Cupidity: Valentine’s Events

Matt models as a beary hot Cupid for the fifth annual Cupid’s Back benefit for the GLBT Historical Society. See February 11. photo: Nick Aitken

Valentine’s events
by Jim Provenzano

If candy hearts, chocolates and bouquets of flowers aren’t your style, consider some unusual February events focusing on romance for singles, couples and, well, whatever combination shoots that arrow through your heart.

Tue. 2
Literary Speed Dating @ SF Public Library

Five-minute mini dates for LGBTs, focusing on a favorite book (bring it) as an ice-breaker. Limited capacity.  RSVP ddrummond@sfpl.org Straight version Feb. 1.  5:45-7:45pm. 100 Larkin St. at Grove. www.sfpl.org

Sat. 5
Bearracuda @ Club Eight

Enjoy a beartastic dance night with DJs John LePage and Brian Maier, plus an upstairs cuddle lounge with pillows and comfy space.  $6-$8. 9pm-3am. 1151 Folsom St. www.bearracuda.com

Sat. 5
Get Down @ Maya

Free monthly party for women, queers and pals each first Saturdays, with DJs Olga T and Astro. Taco menu, cheap beer buckets, private room reservations. 9pm-2am. 303 2nd St at Harrison. www.mayasf.com

Maria Volante

Tue. 8
Maria Volonte @ The Rrazz Room

Get your romantic blood going as the Argentine singer-songwriter performs the works of great Latin American composers. $28.50. 2-drink minimum. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. at Ellis. (800) 380-3095. www.therrazzroom.com

Wed. 9
Dynamic Dating Profiles @ SF Public Library

Blogger and single mom Carol Renee leads a workshop in writing compelling and confident oneline dating profiles. 6:15-7:45pm. Lower level. 100 Larkin St. at Grove. www.sfpl.org

Love on Wheels. photo: Tommy Bensko

Wed. 9
Love on Wheels @ Public Works

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s annual fun games show (a la The Dating Game) with cyclist puns and prizes for gay, lesbian and straight contestants. Enjoy discounts on  swag when you become a SFBC member. $5-$10. 21+. 7pm. Free valet bike parking. 161 Erie St.  www.sfbike.org/?love

Thu. 10
BiBar @ 1015

New monthly club night for bisexuals and their pals, or curious queers. PK DJ and DJ Smoove spin tunes. $5-$10. 10pm-3am. 1015 Folsom St. www.bibar.com

Fri. 11
Cubcake @ The Lone Star

DJ Medic spins tunes for the bear set each second Friday. 9pm-2am. 1354 Harrison St. www.lonestarsf.com

Fri. 11
Cupid’s Back @ Trigger

Fifth annual singles fundraiser for the GLBT Historical Society. Host Mark Rhoades welcomes up to 300 cute single guys; open bar (sponsors Ketel One and Don Julio) and PG&E. Wear pink or red! $30-$35. 8pm-12am. www.glbthistory.org www.clubtrigger.com

Sergio’ll spin at the Lil Heartbreakers Ball

Sat 12
Lil Heartbreaker’s Ball @ Li Po Cocktail Lounge

It’s a Valentine’s Day disco blowout at an underground Chinatown locale, with DJs Le Ephant, Katie Belway, Dr. Sleep and Sergio Fedasz playing grooves for the happily single or the soon-to-be coupled. 916 Grant Ave. Free before 10pm. $5 after. 8pm-2am. 21+. 982-0072. www.GoBangSF.com

Sun. 13
Heart @ Million Fishes

Nothing impresses a potential lover more than showing you have heart. Enjoy donating to the Lyon-Martin Women’s Health Center at a benefit evening with food, drinks, prizes, raffles, art and music. $15-$50 and up.  Prizes include a $200 tattoo coupon, so you can etch your lover’s name somewhere nice. 6pm-9pm. 2509 Bryant St. www.lyon-martin.org www.brownpapertickets.com/event/140886

Sun. 13
Score @ The Stud

Queer Dating Game Show and variety show. 6pm-1am. 399 9th St. at Harrison. www.studsf.com

Sun. 13
Sundance Saloon @ Space 550

Sundance Saloon presents country-western dancing for the LGBT community and its friends two night a week, every Sunday and Thursday.  The club is always packed with friendly urban cowboys and cowgirls two-stepping and line dancing the night away. $5. 21+. Sundays 5pm-10:30pm, lessons 5:30–7:15pm. Thursdays 6:30–10:30pm, lessons 7pm-8pm. 550 Barneveld Ave., near Bayshore and Industrial. www.sundancesaloon.org

Sun. 13
Word Up Wine Tasting @  Fort Mason Center

Local winemakers from San Francisco bring their delicious wines for a benefit tasting night. Proceeds benefit Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. $50. 2pm-5pm. Marina at Bay St. 626-7500. www.friendssfpl.org

Mon 14
Bloody Valentine’s Day @ The Hole in the Wall

Enjoy Bloody Marys to your heart’s content at the very alternative gay bar; all day and night; 2pm-2am. 1369 Folsom St. www.hitws.com

Fetish nights at Chaps II. photo: Rich Stadtmiller

Wed. 16
Fetish Nights @ Chaps II

Didn’t find the love of your life by February 14? Join the crowd. Spank out your unrequited lust at one of several
weekly kink nights at the intimate leather bar. Draft beer as low as $2. 9pm-2am. 1225 Folsom St. at 8th. 255-2427. www.chapsbarsanfrancisco.com

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