Regardless whether you’re one-half of the cutest couple ever or are happily single, figuring out what to do on Valentine’s Day can be a real pain in the keister. Following are a few suggestions on how to give up the stress and instead be entertained—and even enlightened—on the big night. No partner is required, but if you’re spending the evening with the one you love, the three events will definitely suffice when it comes to date night.
Anneka Deacon wants the general public to know that the 4th annual Circus Valentine’s Day Show at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab is for everyone, not just those who are coupled up. “I created this show, in part, to counter the clichéd messages about love and romance that flood our consciousness every Valentine’s Day,” she says, “by creating an experience that truly engages people on a heart/emotional level.” In addition to performances from members of the Circus Guild and guests from Seattle and Vancouver—including talented folks from Teatro Zinzanni, Circus Contraption, the Aerialists, the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, and others (many are pictured to your left)—there’ll be a photo booth, portraits by Kelly Bjork, tarot readings, face paintings, curly fries, handmade truffles and a post-show dance party. Oh, and if your Valentines happen to be your kids, feel free to bring them along. When: 8pm Thurs., Feb. 14 Where: Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., Suite #102 Cost: $10 for kids under 12, $20 for adults (tickets can be purchased in advance at the Community Food Co-op). Info: http://www.bellinghamcircusguild.com
When does Valentine’s Day become a revolution? When Eve Ensler gets involved. The author, playwright and rabble-rouser—she who brought The Vagina Memoirs to life—is spearheading One Billion Rising, a global dance party focusing on ending violence against women and girls. “We are inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to this violence,” reads the “Why We Rise” section of the organization’s website. Bellingham’s getting in on the action, and not in a small way. More than 100 women and girls will dance at the local portion of the event, which will also include poetry, speakers (including Mayor Kelli Linville), additional performances and much more. Expect to be moved, and bring the family along to show them what a revolution looks like. When: 7pm Thurs., Feb. 14 Where: Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.onebillionrising.org
As of press time, tickets still remained for the two Valentine’s Day Shows at the Upfront Theatre. While those expecting to see a regular 8pm Thursday-night opening set by the Satellite Ensemble might be disappointed, that feeling won’t last for long. Instead, members of the Mainstage cast will tailor their improvised show to Valentine’s Day themes. The 10pm show, typically known as the “Project,” will still incorporate comedic experimentation, but—you guessed it—will be focused on the day of chocolate and flowers. Per usual, no date is required. Just bring a sense of humor and you’ll be fine. When: 8pm and 10pm Thurs., Feb. 14 Where: Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Cost: $10 for the early show, $4 for the late one. Info: http://www.theupfront.com
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