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Valentine's Day Listings

The Beloved Self: A Self-Love Workshop & Mass Marriage Extravaganza: Writer, performer, and hip hop artist Aya de León helps the single-folk find their "inner brides," 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568.

Box Set Duo: Jim Brunberg and Jeff Pehrson, along with special guests, perform a Valentine's Day concert, 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $16. Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez (at 23rd St.), 282-2317.

Susie Bright: Sexpert Susie Bright reads from her erotic series Best American Erotica 2004, which includes tales from Jerry Stahl, Maggie Estep, Alan Cumming, Rachel Resnick, and Steve Almond, to name a few, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, free. Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), 863-8688.

Couples Tour of North Beach's Gentlemen's Clubs: Smutty? Horny? Curious about North Beach's rich history of adult entertainment? Take your sweetheart on a fascinating group tour of North Beach's strip clubs, climaxing with a romantic dinner in Chinatown. E-mail or call 510-465-7607 for reservations, 5:50-9:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $70, per person, 510-465-7607 (information). North Beach.

Cupid's Cusp – Dinner Dating for Single Men and Women: Sup with a bevy of unattached men and women also looking for that special someone, hosted by "dating expert" Joel Koosed. Reservations required, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, $15-$20, 864-3500 (information). Atrium, 101 California (at Front), 788-4101.

Electro-Techno-Disco-LOVE: DJs Dan, Donald Glaude, BK, Nick Sentience, Andy Farly, Superfast Oz, Dyloot, Tomslik, and more perform at this 18-and-over night of dancing, with five themed arenas of music in one convenient location, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $25-$40. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove (at Larkin), 974-4060.

Fuck the Pain Away: Have a most happening anti-Valentine's Day night with synthetic songs of love, lust, and loss, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, free. Lit, 101 Sixth St. (at Mission), 278-0940.

How We First Met: Two cloying tastes – couples and improvisational comedy – will go great together as audience members are interviewed about their relationships, while improv players re-enact said love onstage, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Feb. 28, $25-$35. The Velvet Lounge, 443 Broadway (at Kearny), 788-0228.

Hump: Dance with your sweetie at this aptly titled club featuring Altöm, Penta, Cosmic Selector, Audio Angel, Felix the Dog, and Femmes Fatales, 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $15-$20. DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409.

Improv for Lovers: Whether you're single or bringing along that special someone, let BATS Improv intoxicate you with laughter's aphrodisiac, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, $12, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $15. Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. B, Marina & Buchanan, 474-8935.

Jethro Jeremiah Band and Hymin & the Fat Foakland Orchestra: Spend Valentine's Day in the Mission with the soothing, seductive sounds of roots and rock, 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $8. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.

The Larry Stefl Jazz Quartet: Soothing, Brazilian-infused jazz dominates this romantic night, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $3. The Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo (at Hearst), Berkeley, 510-843-2473.

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: Spend a romantic night with saucy Miss Smith, her jazzy band, champagne, and more, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $20-$60. Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason (at Geary), 292-BLUE (2583).

Love Bites: Through solo and ensemble acts, the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of San Francisco sings sad songs about the bitter side of love, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, $10-$15. The Center, 1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555.

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.

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.

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, $6. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-841-2082.

Romance, Myth, and Folklore: Soprano Karen Slack, guitarist Michael Goldberg, and flutist Stacey Pelinka lead the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in a classical concert centered around sweet, sweet love, 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, $14-$19, 642-8054 (information). War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 674-4764.

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.

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 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.

Valentine's Day With Hed Kandi: Hed Kandi along with Mike Van Loon, Mike Amechi, and Bernard Cabigon help you dance away your loneliness, longings, and love's losses, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, $20. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777.

Valentine's Extravaganza!!!: DJs Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, and Rithma spin tender Valentine's Day into a sinful night of sweat, skin, and sexy dancing, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, $20-$25. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie (at Mint), 820-9669.

Valentine's Kiss Cruise: Climb aboard the San Francisco Spirit yacht for a cruise on Valentine's Day, including a three-course meal, music, and the amorous setting of the San Francisco Bay, 7:45-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, $75. Pier 9, Embarcadero & Broadway, 788-9100.


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