8 NSFW ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

Nicky Ninedoors

Nicky Ninedoors at Vancouver FanClub, June 7 2013. Photo: Jess Desaulniers-Lea.

This Friday is Valentine’s Day. Maybe you’re planning to watch a romantic comedy, or check out one or more of these 10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Vancouver. Or maybe you have something spicier in mind.

Here are some activities best done undercover of the night. If our research has proven one thing, it’s that few of the city’s burlesque dancers will be without work Feb. 14.

Galatians 5:19 (Feb. 13 at Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave.) – A group art show featuring include Mark Anderson, Nathan Wiens, Don Sutton, Vincent Dumoullin, I Braineater, NE Nolan, Al Blake, Reineer Derdau, Al Simmer, Milan Basic, Matt Aiken, and Eric Jensen. The show includes live painting, live performance, and something we probably shouldn’t mention on this blog, except to say it’s on wheels, holds up to four people and would give Milton Berle a run for his money. 7 p.m.-late. $2 at the door. More info on the Facebook event page.

Rock & Roll Burlesque (Feb. 14 , Electric Owl, 928 Main Street) – For Valentine’s Day, this monthly live music/burlesque show promises songs about love and heartache – most if not all from the ’90s! The evening’s burlesque lineup includes Ava Lure, Connie Cahoots, Dolly Dynamite, Luscious Ness, Veronica Vex, and Jungle Kat. There are two seatings, that’s how confident these folks are, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (shows at 7 and 9). Tickets: $18-$40 (includes dinner) at ticketfly.com.

Sin City Valentine’s Fetish Ball (Feb. 14, Imperial, 319 Main Street) –  Vancouver’s longest running fetish night tries a new venue, Imperial Nightclub, for its Valentine’s Fetish Ball. The venue has two rooms for dancing and DJs, and has borrowed a dungeon for the night. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 at the door between 9-10, $13 after. More info here.

Burlesque Duos (Feb. 14, Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway) - Now going into its second year, Burlesque Duos features all-new routines featuring stars of Vancouver’s burlesque scene including Lola Frost and Socratease, Burgundy Brixx and Lydia DeCarllo, Melody Mangler and Laura June, and Nicky Ninedoors and Violet Femme. April O’Peel and Tyler James Nicol are your hosts for the evening. Doors at 8 p.m./show at 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door at riotheatre.ca.

Devils and Divas Valentine’s Ball (Feb. 14, Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy St.) – Long-running Vancouver band Jazzmanian Devils host an evening that includes the “Jazzmanian Divas” Laurel Lefay and Vanessa Richards. Other guests include Sparkle Pussies Burlesque, DJ David Love Jones, Siobhan DuVall, Janis McKenzie and the Diviners, the Infamous David McIntosh, Sarah Wheeler, and spoken word Goddess Heather Haley. 9 p.m -2 a.m. Tickets available at independent record stores including Red Cat, Neptoon, Bonerattle, Vinyl Records and Zulu Records.

Rascal’s Valentine’s Party (Feb. 15, WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac St.) – The leading proponent of Vancouver’s kink scene, Rascal’s prides itself on a fully-equipped dungeon with 12 play stations. And we don’t mean videogame booths. On Saturday night, they take over the WISE Hall in East Van. The regular staff will never be the same. 8 p.m -1 a.m. Tickets: $20 at the door.

NOIR Fetish Ball Galatians 5:19 (Feb. 15, Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave.) – Speaking of dungeons – and who isn’t these days – NOIR Fetish Ball presents Galatians 5:19. Not to be confused with the art show, which remains on display upstairs at Chapel Arts, the Fetish Ball features NOIR’s signature Front & Centre dungeon space – the same one being used the night before at the Imperial. Meanwhile, over on the Chapel dancefloor, you can groove to music selected by NOIR frontman and resident DJ Logik, as well as guest DJ Jeremy Warren. We would not be surprised if Nine Inch Nails made the playlist. Note: there’s  a STRICT fetish dress code in effect. 9 p.m.-2 a.m (when all good vampires have to return home). Tickets: $16 ($12 before 10 p.m.).

Graphic Thrills/Cinema Sewer launch party (Feb. 15, Pulp Fiction, 2422 Main St.) – Every year, local cartoonist/writer/movie fanatic Robin Bougie publishes a new issue of Cinema Sewer. It’s a comic-book-size magazine devoted to movies – the obscure, cult, exploitation and even adults-only types. This year, he’s not only celebrating the latest edition of the title, but also a just-published hardcover post book of vintage adult movie posters called Graphic Thrills. Join Robin for drinks, snacks and a reading. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Free.

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