So, it’s Valentine’s almost weekend. And while for some that means a celebration of love and romance via kitschy American Greetings cards and sinful cornucopias of chocolate and nougat, for us Valentine’s Day serves as a kick off to a weekend of laughs, thrills and uninhibited booty-shakin’. Whether you’re the puppy-loving couple in search of a twist to your mandated evening of love or a proud single looking for a fun night out with the homies, our weekend recommendations are sure to keep the blood pumping to your vital and voracious hearts. Thump, thump.
Thursday, February 14
Treat your ticker to a night of out with writer, comedian and best-selling author Greg Behrendt at the Addison Improv. Behrendt’s cynical yet sensible quips on love, rejection and the general mayhem of the dating game has garnered him a Comedy Central standup special, writing creds on HBO’s Sex and the City and the outrageous success of his co-authored New York Times best-selling relationship handbook He’s Just Not That Into You. Although, Behrendt’s fame was solidified through his insights into unrequited love, the self-proclaimed “uncool” artist has been tickling audiences with his confident and clever social commentary long before his relationship revelations. Laughter, beer and the humorous dissolution of the labor of love – you can’t go wrong.
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We suggest that you bypass the yuppie-candy-coating of West Village and strut your splendid self right over to its delicious gooey center -- The Magnolia Theater and Gallery -- for an eerily beautiful art exploration and a movie. The “St. Valentine’s Massacre” exhibit at The Magnolia Gallery is a cryptic mind merger of Dallas horror filmmaker Patrick Johnson, photographer David Lyles and stylist Ferrule Rose. The photographs are mysterious and lovely, much like the matters of the heart. And the best part is that the art exhibit is free. Wrap up the evening with a showing of the heartfelt and hilarious tear-jerker Juno, and you’re sure to end your night satiated and snuggled up with yourself or your honey and a bellyful of Junior Mints.
Saturday, February 16
Tonight, you simply shake-it-off. Scoot your sneakers over to the Slip Inn for the best Saturday night dance party in town. Squeeze yourself into the dance floor anonymity of the Slip Inn’s homage to vinyl, hip hop, pop and uninhibited self-exoneration. This is the ultimate place to rock your body and celebrate the anthems of L-O-V-E. -- Krissi Reeves