Lovers' Leads

Love Fest 2004 -- A Literary and Musical Celebration of Love: A festival toasting that elusive emotion we call love, featuring Aya de León, James Kass, Corina Peila, Meliza Bañales, Kim Cook, and other artists, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $10-$12. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

Love Swirl: An art and gift show benefiting the American Heart Association, 10-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, free, 752-0171 (information). Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), 621-7797.

Love to Love You: Valentine's Party featuring Cool Nights and DJ Nookie at one of the Tenderloin"s best venues, 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $5. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk (at Post), 923-0923.

LoveFest: Help raise money for a homeless single mother and daughter, with a concert featuring Sovoso, Kid Beyond, Sean Hayes, Larry Gallagher, Keith Terry, and Nazelah Jamison, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, $15, 617-6208 (information). Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez (at 23rd St.), 282-2317.

Meredith Monk Marathon: Composer, singer, director, and choreographer Meredith Monk and guests present excerpts from "Atlas," "The Games," "Songs From the Hill," "Three Heavens and Hells," and "Light Songs," plus the world premieres of "Night" and "Politics of Quiet," 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $6-$12, 510-430-2296 (information). Mills College Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur (at Seminary), Oakland, 510-636-7039.

Mike Greensill & Wesla Whitfield: Seduce your sweetheart with two jazz and cabaret stars, performing on the most passionate day of the year, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $20. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), 863-9834.

Maria Muldaur: Folk, jazz, and blues chanteuse serenades the sweethearts with her show "Songs From My Heart. Love, Maria Muldaur," 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $50. Larkspur Cafe Theater, 500 Magnolia (at Ward), Larkspur, 924-6107.

My Bloody Valentine Bash: Rock away your flying-solo, singledom blues with She Mob, Ramona the Pest, The Shut-Ins, and Ned, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, $7. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-841-2082.

One Night Stand: Over 60 original works of art on display -- plus live dance, music, and poetry -- revolving around the tempting themes of sex and fetish, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $10, 673-3080 (ticket information). Hotel Cosmo, 761 Post (at Jones), 673-6040.

Please Respect the Sexy: An auction where Hastings Law School law students pimp themselves (naturally) to those looking for a future lawyer husband or wife, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, $5-$7. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666.

Popping the Cherry: Set in New York City circa 2001, local playwright Karen Macklin"s new penetrating urban drama explores the lives and loves of two sisters, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, through March 7, $20. Actors Theatre, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 296-9179.

Salsa Valentine's Ball: Whether you're a clumsy beginner or a coordinated expert in the sultry art of salsa, it promises to be a steamy night of dancing, drink, and lust, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $10-$15. Canvas Gallery, 1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0600.

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory Tour: Visit the delicious Scharffen Berger factory, one of the most respected producers of high-quality chocolate, 12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $10, 415-554-9600 (information). Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory, 914 Heinz (at Seventh St.), Berkeley.

Sex in the Sea: Along with a lovely cocktail reception, find out the blush-inducing mating rituals and seducing secrets of the creatures that live in the bay, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $25, 623-5301 (information). Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero (at Beach), 623-5300.

Sunset Kayaking: Spend the romantic twilight hour kayaking in the Bay as night falls, awakening the lovely lights of San Francisco's skyline. Reservations required, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $25, per hour. City Kayak, Pier 38, Embarcadero & Townsend, 357-1010.

Sweat!: Partnered bear (aka fat, gay, largely hairy men) dance during International Bear Rendezvous weekend, 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. Space 550, 550 Barneveld (between Industrial & Oakdale), 550-8286.

Tasting Chocolate in a Cultural Context: Hear chocolatier John Scharffenberger explore the origins, essence, and use of chocolate in cultures over the past 3,000 years, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, $15-$25. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (at Roosevelt), 554-9600.

The Tears in Your Beers Twangfest: Loretta Lynch, The Bellyachers, and Nelly Bly present an evening of intimate and ambient music about love's brief highs and many lows, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $7-$10. The Tea House, 1923 Ashby (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Berkeley, 510-644-2204.

Valentine's Bondage Art Show: The name says it all, folks. Enjoy, 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, free. Shooting Gallery, 839 Larkin (at O'Farrell), 931-8035.

Valentine's Burlesque Show: A sultry and spectacular evening of dining, champagne, and burlesque variety show, featuring Roky Roulette, Gerri Lawlor, Fifi Le Freedom, Desiré d'Amour, and Gorilla X, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $20-$45. Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway (at Columbus), 291-0333.

Valentine's Day Dance: Sarena Orchestra performs its seductive musical Balkan stylings at this sweethearts dance, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $12. Slavonic Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga (at Hwy. 101), 510-649-0941.

Valentine's Day Fiesta: Yaelisa and the Caminos Flamencos Company highlight a lovely night of food, wine, and music to share with that special someone, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, $45-$55, 5, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $55-$60. Café de la Paz, 1600 Shattuck (at Cedar), Berkeley, 510-843-0662.

Valentine's Day Film Program: Single during this sappy season? Spend it cherishing the thing you love most: San Francisco, where five filmic valentines -- A Trip Down Market Street, Notes on the Port of Saint Francis, Moods of the City, Designated Walk, and Patterns -- about the "city by the bay" will screen. Get ready to swoon, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $8-$12. McBean Theatre, Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673.

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