Formalwear is life's cruel joke. Men usually rent tuxedos rather than owning them, and it's almost always for weddings -- where they're under someone else's aesthetic direction and end up looking like a member of a high-school choir circa 1983. Women, meanwhile, spend small fortunes on wedding dresses that transform them into the most stunning creatures on the planet, but they wear the garments only once, stashing them in the attic or eventually giving them to thrift stores. Tonight is your chance to dress like it was your own wedding – whether you're married or not – without having to match a color scheme worthy of a Reno Wal-Mart. Wear the tux that makes you look like a million bux. Resurrect your own wedding dress, or go to a thrift store and rescue one from being used in a Halloween costume. It's the Eternity Ball, where anyone can be a bride, groom, or member of a wedding party while supporting a good cause and celebrating Valentine's Day. Part of the proceeds benefit the Greater Bay Area Make-a-Wish Foundation, which helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Organizers created the ball to be like a giant wedding reception. The emcee is comedian Jeff Applebaum, whose scrappy New York City attitude is balanced by a genuine sentimentality appropriate for V-Day. Other entertainers include DJ “Freestyle” Franco, Apple Z, and Left of Centre. Couples who want to either get married or renew their vows in a private chapel at the event can pay a bit more to do so. The official dress code is black tie, and wedding and bridesmaid dresses are strongly encouraged. The ticket price includes cocktails from a hosted bar, wine, dinner, dessert, dancing, a certificate for free jewelry for women, and a tuxedo rental for men.
Tue., Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m., 2012