Valentine's Day is one of those polarizing holidays that you either dig or detest. And, usually, it depends greatly on the state of your love life. If you're currently involved with someone, you're probably way into it and have a big date night planned for this weekend, which may including drinking, dancing, or other activities. As for those who are rolling solo? Eh, not so much.
The good news is that whatever your particular feelings are on the whole V-Day thing (or however your Facebook reads these days) there is some sort of party or nightlife event happening over the next few evenings that's geared towards your state of mind, be it single and looking, attached and happy, or flat-out jilted and jaded.
El Hefe Scottsdale On the prowl? Eager to assess your current market value? El Hefe in Scottsdale, which is pretty infamous for its social scene on an ordinary night and will become even more of a meet market on Wednesday, February 11, during its Valentine's Bae night. VIP table and bottle service will be available and Deejay Diesel will be spinning. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Wasted Grain There definitely won't be any love songs booming from the speakers of Wasted Grain's 100 Proof Lounge during the Pre-Valentine's edition of Bass Wednesdays on February 11, to say the least. Instead, as the night's name implies, it will be electronic dance sounds of the low-end variety. What else can you expect? Co-promoter Sam Groove says there will be complimentary champagne for the ladies until 11 p.m., plenty of PLUR vibes, and an all-female lineup of DJs (including Mahal, Hemmesphere, and Tina Marie) who will perform and "making heart signs throughout their sets." Awww. Doors open at 10 p.m. and there's no cover.
Bloodfest Valentine Massacre Valentine's Day might be all hearts and flowers for some folks, but not for local rave guru Doctor MD. Instead, he'll be embrace its more carnal side at a special V-Day version of his annual Bloodfest dance party on Friday, February 13. As such, it will offer visual thrills from such fringe performance artists as The Infamous Boom Boom and the Agents of Lust, music from more than a dozen DJs, and endless amounts of fake blood being sprayed on those in attendance. This all-night dance party, which goes from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., will take place at a currently undisclosed venue. Admission is $15. Call 602-359-7160 on the night of the event for its location.
Arizona Event Center Hip-hop will be the focus of the Fucc Valentines - Its Glo Time party on Friday, February 13, which will be hosted by local rap stars Hakeema Gentry and YgBmb and feature DJ Strvhggle on the decks. A full bar, food, contests, and other distractions are planned. Admission is $10 before 11 p.m.
The Rogue Bar Anyone who has a love affair with the monstrous works of the H.P. Lovecraft is likely to dig the equally twisted Valentine's weekend edition of monthly fetishistic feast/dance party Cupcake! on Friday, February 13, which celebrates the late author's weirdness and extra-dimensional creatures. And if you're wondering what about the connection between a holiday devoted to specifically to love and the various grotesqueness of the Lovecraftian canon, the event's Facebook page explains it thusly:
"For some of us, Valentine's Day isn't far off from the things that go bump in the night and amorphous, thousand-eyed beasts with tentacles that H.P. Lovecraft depicted in his stories. The Necronomicon is more appealing than a bouquet of flowers or a heart-shaped box of chocolates." Alrighty, then. As with any Cupcake! party, freaks and geeks will be about, industrial and electro will be on the sound system courtesy of DJs Self.Destrukt and DJ Defense Mekanizm, go-go girls will perform onstage, and sweet treats will be served. The shenanigans start at 9 p.m. and admission is $6 for one, $10 for two.
Apollo's Lounge There will be more than just love in the air during Cosmic's latest session on Friday, February 13, at Apollo's. The sounds of house, obscure funk, eclectic soul, rare grooves and deep disco will flow throughout the bar, courtest of DJs like Adam K., Freedom, C-Dot, Joseph Mercado, Byron Fenix, RMC, and Mr. Fah Disqo. The beats start dropping at 10 p.m.
Casablanca Lounge The DJ triumvirate of Sir Plus, DJ Fourplay, and DJ Skillz will get the crowd at Casablanca in the mood for love (or, at the very least, some close-quarters contact) with their mix of neo-soul and old-school R&B during the Grown and Sexy Friday's Pre-Valentine's Affair on Friday, February 13. Ladies get in free and guys pay only $5 before 11 p.m. if they hit up the online guest list. Be sure to dress to impress since there will be a "no effort, no entry" dress code. Doors are at 9 p.m.
Livewire While Mix 96.9's Broken Hearts Ball on Friday, February 13, is admittedly aimed at singles who'd like to mingle, couples are also welcome to attend and swoon along with everyone else as headlining performers and heartthrobs Mat Kearney, Dayweather, and Christian Burghardt perform their poppy love songs. DJ Aaron Taylor will also be in the mix, should you want to get close on the dance floor. Doors are at 8 p.m. Admission is free for those who RSVP online.
Rips Ales & Cocktails Valentine's Day gets mashed up with a couple of other occasions at Rips. For example, since the night before V-Day falls on a Friday the 13th, Adrian Flanagan and a few of his fellow DJs - such as Jared Alan, Halo, and Join the Abuse - are riffing on the spooky occasion with their Friday the 13th: The Lovers Edition dance party. According to its Facebook page, it will include electro, indie dance, and house tunes being spun and drink specials being poured. (Jason Vorhees-style hockey masks adorned with hearts may also be involved in some way.) The dancing starts at 9 p.m. and there's a $5 cover.
Flanagan is also hosting Obscura's Voodoo Valentine Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 14, at Rips, which will have a Mardi Gras flair and should include the monthly dance affair's usual assortment of Britpop, post-punk, New Wave, indie and retro alternative music. He also says he and the party's special guest DJ AKA might also cue up a few love songs and anti-love songs too boot. Masks are encouraged and both newly released CDs and tickets to upcoming concerts will be given away throughout the evening. The ball begins at 8:30 p.m. with free admission before 9 p.m., $5 thereafter.
Palazzo Your pulse might just quicken when burlesque artist Pyrrha Sutra performs inside Palazzo as a part of the Valentine's Day-inspired event, "A Romantic Affair" on Saturday, February 14. A wealth of other artists will entertain with music, comedy, and astounding feats during two different cabaret-style performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., such as flamenco artist Carlos Montufar, dancer Camilla Cruelle, and contortionist Cleodora. General admission is $25 and the VIP treatment (which includes complimentary champagne, cheese and fresh fruit) is $100.
Xecutive Showclub We don't mean anything by this, but if you're lonely and single on Valentine's Day - and enjoy the female form -- there's the possibility you might wind up at an exotic dance emporium. And if it happens to be the Xecutive Showclub, you can attend its Fuck Valentines Day Bash, which will feature appearances by Eye Candy Models, specials on bottles of Belaire Rose wine, and more. Local rapper Tycoon hosts the party, which starts at 9 p.m. Cover charges vary.
ThirdSpace Feeling lovelorn and hating all things connected to V-Day? You'll fit in at ThirdSpace during its Anti-Valentine's Day Party on Saturday, February 14. A variety of drink specials will be on tap "for you to drown your sorrows" and performances by Dirty Hairy, Andy Warpigs and performance art group The Cult of the Yellow Sign will be in the house. Things get going at 9 p.m. Music starts at 9 p.m.
Editor's Note: This blog has been updated since its original publication with additional events and parties.
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