Valentine's Day event guide

JAHNA PELOQUIN , vita.mn | Updated 2/14/2013

The Twin Cities culture scene offers these unique Valentine’s dates.

Tomahawk Tassels
Gary Cook

‘I Heart Cindy’

The Cindy Sherman exhibit ends its run at Walker Art Center with this Valentine’s-themed closing event. Sherman-themed activities to share with your sweetheart include a dress-as-your-alter-ego photo booth and a romantic poetry reading. Also, the Walker’s Gather restaurant is taking reservations for a special prix-fixe menu and a signature cocktail, the Love Potion. (5-9 p.m. Feb. 14. Free. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. www.walkerart.org.)

Valentine’s Iron Pour

Franconia Sculpture Park’s annual Valentine’s Iron Pour gives you the chance to snuggle up with a special someone. Bring a thermos and warm up next to a bonfire as you watch the demonstration. (Noon-5 p.m. Feb. 16. Free. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia. www.franconia.org.)

‘Make Art with Your Sweetheart’

Light Grey Art Lab is offering a special Valentine’s art-making class geared toward couples. The class fee includes a bottle of wine and materials to create a set of framed custom cameos to take home. (7 & 9 p.m. Feb. 14-15. $60. Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St., Mpls. www.lightgreyartlab.bigcartel.com.)

‘Locavore Love Affair’

If Amy Rice’s paintings were part of a meal, they’d be the dessert. The local darling with a whimsical, quirky touch opens her latest exhibit in conjunction with a Valentine’s Day prix-fixe dinner hosted by Chowgirls Killer Catering. (Dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m., free opening reception 7-11 p.m. Feb. 14. Chowgirls Parlor, 1222 NE. 2nd St., Mpls. http://chowgirlsvday 2013.eventbrite.com.)

‘Pucker Up’

For its First Thursday open studio event, northeast Minneapolis’ Solar Arts Building is hosting an evening of art and sound, courtesy of local circuit-bending duo Beatrix*JAR. Guests are encouraged to lay one on each other for Springboard for the Arts’ Smooch Project, which aims to collect 10,000 photographs of the “affectionately inclined” for an online gallery. (5-9 p.m. Feb. 14. Free. Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Av. NE., Mpls. www.solarartsbuilding.com.)

‘Erotic Valentines: A Shadow Show’

Who knew puppetry could be sexy? “Erotic Valentines” makes the case, coupling the art of erotic shadow puppetry with live erotica readings. Stimulate all the senses with an evening of food, drink, sights and sounds that are sure to leave you hot and bothered. (7 & 10 p.m. Feb. 14. $12-$16. Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. www.bryantlakebowl.com.)

Ramsey After Dark: The Language of Love

Get schooled in the ancient art of seduction and get a taste of local history at the historic Alexander Ramsey House, with readings from Ramsey family love letters and Victorian courtship games. (6:30 & 8 p.m. Fri. $7-$10. Alexander Ramsey House, 258 S. Exchange St., St. Paul. www.mnhs.org.)

‘Hello, I Love You: An Evening of ’60s Seduction & Romance’

Burlesque provocateur Tomahawk Tassels pays tribute to one of the most seductive of decades: the 1960s. The evening includes performances by Tassels and other burlesque acts, a retro fashion show and mobile vintage shop from Tatters, a costume contest and a ’60s dance party. (8:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $10-$25. Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul. www. amsterdambarandhall.com.)

Single and looking to mingle? Against “VD-Day” altogether? Here are some events for wallowing in your singledom in style.

Rockstar Storytellers’ Sexy Fun-TIme Love N Stuff Show

Forget romance — this Valentine’s show is all about the booty call. The freewheelin’ literati behind the Rockstar Storytellers are back with another edition of their sex-themed show, where they’ll be joined by “erotic bluegrass” band Courtney McLean and the Dirty Curls to tell salacious stories. (10 p.m. Fri. $10-$15. Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. www.bryantlakebowl.com.)

Flip Phone: Heartbreak Ball

Swedish popstress Robyn’s “Body Talk” was one of the most beloved pop albums of 2010, thanks to its relatable songs about relationships gone awry and dancing alone. In her honor, the DJs of monthly dance night Flip Phone are hosting a Valentine’s party for all the lonelyhearts on the dance floor. Expect a Robyn-heavy set along with pop anthems from the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga. (9:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $5. Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. www.honeympls.com.)

The Edge Valentine’s Spectacular

New dance night the Edge celebrates the music of the local 1990s alternative-rock radio station of the same name. This month they’re doing a Valentine’s theme, ideal if you’re looking to hook up with someone with similar taste in Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage. They promise a kissing booth, cupcakes and all the retro alt-rock you can handle. (9 p.m. Feb. 14. $1-$3. Club Underground, 355 NE. Monroe St., Mpls.)

We’re All Going to Hell: The Love Hangover

Still dealing with the rejection of not having a Valentine’s date? Then take in a night of heavenly bodies and wink-wink innuendo courtesy of Black Hearts Burlesque, where Elektra Cuete, Dahlia Dulce and Lucy Furr will be joined by special guests Queenie von Curves and Jean Bardot. (10 p.m. Feb. 15. $10. Hell’s Kitchen, 80 S. 9th St., Mpls. www.hellskitcheninc.com.)