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"Art, Money Politics: Making it as an Artist" Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakl. www.proartsgallery.org . 6pm, free. Supporting yourself as an artist can be hard. Head over to this panel discussion and get some advice from digital artist Camille Utterback, multimedia artist and designer Favianna Rodriguez, and muralist Eduardo Pineda. They'll share tips on how to make a living in a creative field, bring your hope, dreams, and of course, questions.
"Waypost: Unconventional Travel Stories" Stanza Coffee Bar, 3126 16th St., SF. www.meetup.com/traveltalks . 7-8:30pm, free. A blacked-out Vegas weekend can be a good time but if you're looking to go somewhere that stimulates a... different side of your spirit on your next vacation you might find the inspiration you've been looking for at this series of storytellers reflecting on the meaningful swirls of journeys they've taken. If you can't make it to the event in person, no sweat — you can still participate via Google Hangout.
One Billion Rising performance ritual Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway, Oakl. www.bayarearising.org. 7-8:30pm, $10-100 donation suggested. Free for youth under 17. Dedicate your Valentine's Day to a good cause this year at this fundraiser for International Development Exchange (IDEX), an organization working to empower impoverished women across the globe. The evening will be a mix of spirituality, politics, and performances (flash mob, anyone?) from local groups such as Youth Speaks and Mission Dance Brigade.
Dogpatch Wine Works date night Dogpatch Wine Works, 2455 Third St., SF. www.dogpatchwineworks.com . 6-8pm, $40. Few things spell out romance quite like wine and chocolate. Stroll around Dogpatch Wine Works' tasting room sipping on some vino and snacking on locally-crafted Recchiuti chocolate. After your palette is satisfied you can tour the 15,000-square foot working winery.
"Returning Cupid's Fire" Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission, SF. www.cartoonart.org . 7-9pm, $10. Valentine-less and planning on having a night in with Ben and Jerry? Change of plans. San Francisco comedians Ivan Hernandez, Colleen Watson, and Mike Capozzola feel your pain and will be performing anti-Valentine's Day themed stand-up routines tonight. Refreshments will be served.
Tout Sweet Pâtisserie tasting Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in Macy's Union Square, 170 O'Farrell, third floor, SF. (415) 385-1679, www.toutsweetsf.com . 7-8:30pm, $55 per person. Reservations recommended. Yigit Pura, chef and owner of this sweet shop, is celebrating V-Day with a three-course dessert menu featuring a rotating selection of seasonal offerings, each paired with local artisanal wine and beer. If you already have some sweet Valentine's Day plans don't fret, Pura has more tastings scheduled for March 14 and April 11.
Hella Vegan Eats V-Day pop-up dinner Dear Mom, 2700 16th St., SF. www.dearmomsf.com . 5pm-midnight, free. The Oakland–based traveling food vendor will be in the city to once again take over Mission bar Dear Mom. We are hoping their doughnut burger with secret sauce will be on tonight's menu <3 <3
Valentine's Day at the Armory The Armory, 1800 Mission, SF. tickets.armorystudios.com. 7:30 and 9:30, $55. Start the evening off on the upper floor of the Kink.com porn palace, then head to a workshop led by porn starlet Rain DeGrey that focuses on teaching couples how to make fantasies reality. Afterward, enjoy specialty cocktails and aphrodisiac-themed appetizers at the luxe Armory Club across the street.
SFIndieFest Roller Disco Party Women's Building, 3543 18th St., SF. www.sfindie.com . 8pm-midnight, $10. Grab your striped socks and short-shorts because the '70s are back tonight at this fundraiser for film festival organization SF IndieFest. If your skating skills are rusty, don't sweat. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, not for slickest moves.
46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., SF. www.sfbookfair.com . Through February 17. 3-8pm, $25 for a weekend pass, $15 for a Saturday and Sunday pass. The world's largest rare book fair returns to San Francisco this weekend. You will find one-of-a-kind pieces such as sketches by John Lennon, the first edition of the Federalist Papers, and a Mark Twain autographed manuscript. Before you try to snatch up a John Lennon original, be warned — treasures as fine as these can cost you a pretty penny (up to $362,000 to be exact).
"Opera on Tap" Café Royale, 800 Post, SF. www.caferoyale-sf.com . 8pm, free. Nonprofit organization Opera on Tap wants to prove that opera can be awesome — and not just for those who can afford the cushiony box seats. In Café Royale's intimate and relaxed space, this group will bust out some popular and some more esoteric pieces for an all-new kind of operatic experience.
Family Lunar New Year Celebration San Francisco Botanical Garden, SF. www.sfbotanicalgarden.org . 9-11:30am, free. In celebration of the Year of the Snake and the abundance of magnolias blooming in the gardens, lion and folk dancers will be performing today. While watching the SF Sunset Recreation Center Dance Troupe bust some moves you can pot a plant or make lanterns using magnolia petals.
Urban bicycling workshop San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 3200 California, SF. www.sfbike.org . 10am-2pm, free. RSVP required. The San Francisco Bike Collation wants you to bike and bike safe — which is why it offers a range of course on everything from urban cycling to how to bike safely with your family. Today's topic: traffic 101. Beginners welcome, and participants don't need to bring a bike (though one may be helpful after the class when it comes to putting your newfound knowledge into action.)
Literary salon with Rosie Schaap and Robin Ekiss Tosca Café, 242 Columbus, SF. www.toscacafesf.com . 7-8pm, $5-10 donation suggested. In Rosie Schaap's memoir Drinking with Men she shares her unending quest for the perfect local haunt, which took her everywhere from LA to Dublin to Manhattan. Robin Ekiss writes the "Drink" column for the NY Times, and is the founder of the Ladies Liquor Union, the first fully female intemperance league for ladies who love books and booze. If you too consider yourself a cocktail connoisseur with a literary edge, head over Tosca Café to hear what the two have to say at this Litquake event.