Once again you’ve waited ’til the last minute and, unless you want to eat at 4 p.m., all your favourite restaurants are booked up. Meanwhile the hotel packages look great but you want something a little bit different (not to mention easier on the pocketbook) to impress your significant other. What do you do?
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of weird and potentially wonderful events waiting to entertain you and your loved one in Vancouver. And if you’re single, these might be the best places for an unexpected look from a stranger’s eyes. Just remember to invite us to the wedding. (All events Feb. 14 2013).
Dances for a Small Stage 28 – Each year, Dances for a Small Stage presents some of the best of local contemporary dance at the Legion on Commercial Drive (2205 Commercial Drive at 6th). This year’s is set around the theme of – what else – love and features former Ballet BC dancer Donald Sales with his new troupe Project 20, Karissa Barry, the Glover Sisters (pictured) and more. With work staged on an 8-foot-by-11-foot stage, this is a rare chance to see original, dance works in an intimate setting. Dances for a Small Stage 28 runs Feb. 14 – 16. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8. Tickets at the door the night of the show. More info a the Dances for a Small Stage Movent page.
Valentwerk with Lady plus guests – Howard Stern, MTV, BBC, Huffington Post and Perez Hilton are all talking about Lady. Born Shamika Brown in 1989 in Talbotton, Georgia, the rapper with a rep for hardcore rhymes and cocky deliveries is poised for a breakout. She’s playing a special Valentine’s Day set at Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender St) with Falcons, local duo G3nesis and djs Blondtron and Cherchez. Tickets for Valentwerk are available online here. For more info visit the Valentwerk with Lady Facebook page.
Lovers of Hendrix – The Lovers Cabaret presents a story about love, lust and freedom – told with 16 female performers. This 45-minute presentation uses dance, multimedia, voice and a full score of Jimi Hendrix. There are two shows at Electric Owl (926 Main St.) the night of Feb. 14, including a 7:30 show with dinner and a 10 p.m. show with dessert. There’s also a Feb. 15 performance. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more info visit the Lovers of Hendrix Facebook page.
Burlesque Duos – Four tassels are better than two as eight of Vancouver’s top teasers take to the Rio Theatre stage for a special VDay burlesque extravaganza. Catch these perhaps-once-in-a-lifetime duos of Cherry OnTop and Melody Mangler, Burgundy Brixx and Nicky Ninedoors, Lola Frost and Bloody Better, April O’Peel and Miss Fitt. Violet Femme hosts. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 door. 19+ only with bar service; 2 pieces of ID required.
Be My Amigo – Back in January of 2012, a Vancouver man named Jorge Amigo complained to Vancouver Magazine (and the city at large) about his treatment at the hands of this city’s fairer sex (“Do Vancouver Women Suck?”, Vancouver Magazine, Jan 9 2012). Somehow he has turned the mini-celebrity that arose from his letter into mini-celebrity. He hosts his second annual Be My Amigo Valentine’s Day event at Vancouver Urban Winery (55 Dunlevy Ave.). Guests are seated at 20-person tables to indulge in select local meats, cheeses, five different hand-picked wines, and of course conversation with strangers (and, if you’re lucky, Amigo himself). A live jazz band in the fireside lounge closes the evening. For tickets to Be My Amigo visit BemyamigoVDay.eventbrite.com.