Cupid's big day lands on a weekend this year, so you can bet Valley hot spots and hangouts are going all out with chocolates, poetry, burlesque, and more.
Whether you're single, situated, or somewhere in between, there are plenty of reasons to be out and about this Valentine's Day. Here are 14 to consider.
Lawn Gnome Publishing is getting Valentine's Day started early with a special steamy poetry slam. The erotic poetry open mic hosted by Hattie Jean Hayes will offer 20 five-minute slots for artists of all types. Admission is $5. The show starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 10. Visit the event on Facebook for more information.
Stop by The Shout! House after 7 p.m. on Valentine's Day and let everyone know where you stand relationship-wise with a colorful stoplight party: red if you're taken, green if you're single, and yellow if it's complicated. There will, of course, be plenty of musical ambiance at the dueling pianos bar, as well as specials on shots and cocktails. Cover is $5. Visit www.theshouthouse.com/az or call 623-772-1500.
The FilmBar is giving you and your date a chance to cuddle up in the dark with a 7 p.m. screening of Romeo and Juliet , starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, and a 9:40 screening of The Princess Bride. Tickets are $25 for Romeo and Juliet and $18 for The Princess Bride. Each screening comes with complimentary champagne and candy. Visit www.thefilmbarphx.com or call 602-595-9187.
Desperately Seeking SMoCA presents a Totally '80s Valentine's Day Party complete with all your favorite tunes of the time, '80s arts and culture trivia, neon prizes, and a costume contest for the best Madonna and Swayze of the night. The party starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Visit smoca.org or call 480-499-8587.
Raven's Red Hot Valentine's Day Ball takes over Talking Stick Resort with live music, dancing, drink specials, a chocolate fountain, and contests for the hottest single and hottest couple of the night. The ball begins at 8 p.m. Tables start at $150. Visit www.talkingstickresort.com or call 480-850-7734.
The edgy Los Angeles-based comic, who's made a name for herself calling out men, women, and the truth about relationships, comes to Stand Up Live for Valentine's Day weekend. Showtimes are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, February 14, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, February 15, and 7 p.m. Sunday, February 16. Tickets are $28, and there's a two-drink minimum. A special three-course Valentine's Day meal package will be offered on Valentine's Day for $57.28. Visit www.standuplive.com or call the box office at 480-719-6100.
Cult Classics and Zia Records are making the Valentine's Day festivities last through the weekend with a 9:30 p.m. screening of Tony Scott and Quentin Tarentino's True Romance, starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, followed by a screening of the 1974 kung fu film, Street Fighter on Saturday, February 15. Admission is $11 for True Romance, $15 for a True Romance and Street Fighter double feature, $25 for a double feature with a movie art print, $35 for a double feature with two movie art prints or a Cult Classics T-shirt, and $55 for all of the above. Visit trueromance.bpt.me to purchase tickets.
Horns & Halos Productions presents Fetish Revolution 2014 with Genitorturers' 20 Years of Depravity Show as well as other acts including Valerie Gentile & Abbey Nex, The Audio Virus, Midori, Samar, Life Suspended, and DJ Pneumatic Fist. Things are set to get naughty at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 15. General admission is $22 in advance or $27 at the door, and VIP tickets are $50. Visit luckymanonline.com or call 480-829-0707.
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Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony bring the visually stunning yet tragic love story of a temple dancer and a warrior to the stage. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $116. Visit balletaz.org or call 602-381-1096.
If you're looking to laugh at dating, marriage, and all of love's other shenanigans, check out Tempe Center for the Arts' special Valentine's Day show, Love and Other Funny Stuff. There will be free food and live music from 5 to 7 p.m. The show starts at 7:30. Tickets range from $10 to $25. For tickets, visit tempe.gov or call the box office at 480-350-2822.