2014 Valentine's Day event guide


17 great ways to spend V-Day weekend, whether you’re single or taken.

Tom Wallace


Tristan and Yseult

This romantic play from U.K.’s Kneehigh Theatre is premiering at the Guthrie Theater. Based on the 12th-century French medieval legend, “Tristan and Yseult” tells the tragic story of a warring king who falls for his enemy’s sister and the love triangle that ensues. (7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri. 1 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 1 & 7 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Wed. Ends March 23. $29-64. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. 612-377-2224 or www.guthrietheater.org.)

Sextravaganza: The Sex Pun Show

The lurid side of V-Day is front and center in Pundamonium’s “Sex Pun Show,” which challenges eight of the Twin Cities’ “dirtiest” comedians to come up with as many puns, innuendos and double entendres as they can in two minutes, slam-style. Suitably capping things off is a live set from “naughtybilly” band Courtney McLean and the Dirty Curls. (8 p.m. Fri. $10. Club Underground, 355 NE. Monroe St., Mpls.)

Bootleg Valentine: Romancing in the Prohibition Era

A tie-in to the Minnesota History Center’s exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” this Valentine’s Eve event harks back to a time of gangsters, flappers and speakeasies. Pianist and storyteller Dan Chouinard hosts, with performances by soprano Maria Jette and the Minnesota Showboat Ramblers, and tales of St. Paul gangster hangouts and supper clubs. (7 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. show Thu. $45-$50. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-259-3000 or www.minnesotahistorycenter.org.)

Victorian Poetry Slam

Don’t mind your sweet nothings being shown up by the pros? Then check out the Victorian Poetry Slam at the James J. Hill House. Actors rocking 1890s eveningwear will regale the crowd with classic poems by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and more. Refreshments and house tours follow the hour-long performance, which isn’t limited to lovey-dovey stuff (topics range from romance to war). (7 p.m. Fri. $8-$12, 240 Summit Av., St. Paul, www.mnhs.org.)



Le Cirque Rouge

The Twin Cities burlesque scene won’t let a cheeky theme like Valentine’s Day go to waste. This year’s shows include the annual revue from Le Cirque Rouge, boasting song and burlesque from local favorites Queenie von Curves, Buttercup Flowers and Red Austere, plus comedy and a live jazz band. (8 p.m. Fri. $15-$120. Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul. www.amsterdambarandhall.com.)


Meanwhile, sassy, Afroed darling Foxy Tann presents a special edition of her monthly revue, “Afrodisiac,” serving up dance, art, music, poetry and Tann’s signature booty-shaking burlesque. (10 p.m. Sat. $15-$20. Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 612-825-3737 or www.bryantlakebowl.com.)

Men of the Strip

Justin Timberlake may have brought sexy back, but Jeff Timmons is, uh, “taking sexy to a whole new level.” Make it a girls night out, as the 98 Degrees bro joins Emmy-winning choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard in a live male revue. As of press time, tickets were still available to ogle these muscly guys doing song-and-dance routines and some Cirque Du Soleil-style acrobatics. ( 9 p.m. Fri., $30-$40. 18 & older. Mill City Nights, 111 N. 5th St. N., Mpls. 612-333-3422. www.millcitynights.com.)



Walker After Hours

Whether you bring a date or take the opportunity to canoodle with the well-dressed art scenesters, head to Walker Art Center for an After Hours party. Peruse the new exhibit “Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take,” pose in the Party People photo booth, groove to the sounds of DJs Olga Bell and Angel Deradoorian (both of Dirty Projectors) and catch an appearance by musical guests Sisyphus (Serengeti, Son Love and Sufjan Stevens). (9 p.m.-midnight Fri. $20-$30. 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-375-7600 or www.walkerart.org.)

Art Shanties Dinner

Select art shanties — those wild and wonderful artist-designed ice houses on White Bear Lake — will be open to groups of four for a catered dinner that doubles as a fundraiser for the Art Shanty Projects. The evening includes on-ice antics and a party in the Dance Shanty. (6-7:30 p.m. Fri. $100. Lake access at White Bear Lake County Park, White Bear Lake. www.artshanties.com.)

Fifty Shades of Red

The AZ Gallery is seeing red. In honor of V-Day, the Lowertown art space is holding its “Fifty Shades of Red” exhibit through Feb. 23. Member artists invited guest contributors to explore the color of passion via the medium of their choice. Stick around downtown St. Paul — apparently the most romantic North American getaway, per USA Today — for food, drink or a stroll through nearby Mears Park. (5-8 p.m Thu.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul, 651-224-3757, www.theazgallery.org.)

Hot Hot Hot 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. Sat. Free. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia. www.franconia.org.)



Flip Phone: Robyn’s Heartbreak Ball

Swedish popstress Robyn’s 2010 release “Body Talk” detailed relationships gone awry, heartbreak and dancing alone. The DJs of monthly dance night Flip Phone host their annual valentine to the pop singer, complete with a Robyn-heavy set, a “Call Your Girlfriend” dance-off and drag performances by Esmé Rodríguez. (9:30 p.m. Fri. $5. Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. www.honeympls.com.)

Worldwide Discotheque

The popular monthly dance night is presenting a special Afro-Latin-flavored soundtrack. Resident DJs Brian Engel (Hipshaker) and Steely Dan McAllister (KFAI’s “Kinda Cloudy”) will spin an all-45 set that’s sure to heat up the dance floor. (10 p.m. Fri. $5. Clubhouse Jäger, 923 Washington Av. N., Mpls. www.clubjager.com.)

Hotpants: Tribute to Sam Cooke

The soul-spinning maestros of Hotpants are saluting the King of Soul. Expect Cooke classics such as “You Send Me,” “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Chain Gang” mixed with sexy R&B grooves from the ’70s — the better to slow dance to. (10:30 p.m. Fri. Free. Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul. 612-285-3112 or www.amsterdambarandhall.com.)



Gastro Non Grata

The “chef-driven, alcohol-fueled machine” foodie/music series Gastro Non Grata is giving new meaning to “dinner and a show.” Korean-fusion restaurant the Rabbit Hole will serve up three dishes alongside samples from Indeed Brewing and local beef jerky maker Cool Jerk. DJs Shannon Blowtorch and Mike 2600, Mary Allen and the Percolators, “Magician of the Living Dead” Joe Lyon and Clancey’s Dead Meat Door Prize round out the night. (6:30 p.m. Sun. $10-$15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. gastronongrata.blogspot.com.)



Ice Skating

The Depot Ice Rink: Noon-11:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. $6-$9, skate rental extra. 225 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 612-339-2253.

Wells Fargo WinterSkate: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Free. Rice Park, St. Paul.