FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Monday Hearts for Madelene
Page Hodel, the multi-talented dj and impresario, has a new book out just in time for Valentine’s Day. Monday Hearts for Madelene is filled with hearts made from a variety of materials. Page will be at Laurel Books Friday night for a party celebrating love and creativity. Drop by the biggest little bookstore in Oakland to buy your copy and support local artists.
Friday, February 12 7 PM
Laurel Books, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Family Extravaganza: Art Hearts
Families and kids can follow in Page’s arty-hearty footsteps and make their own valentine cards at MOCHA Saturday and Sunday afternoon. “Stamp, print and glue unique Valentine cards for all your loved ones. Use paper-mâché, lace and fabric to sculpt a heart centerpiece for display.”
Saturday & Sunday, February 13-14, 1-3 PM
MOCHA 538 Ninth Street
$7 per child and $3 per adult
THIS IS FOR SUN RA: A performance by The Chamber Unit
The Flux Theater is the perfect venue to showcase Big Band improvisation by Eddie Gale, “the original avant-garde trumpeter.” The Blue Note recording and The Coup collaborator, brings his new ensemble, the Chamber Unit, to the Flux for four performances over two days.
Friday & Saturday February 12 & 13, 8:30 PM and 10 PM
Flux 53 Theater, 5306 Foothill Boulevard
$15, $12 for students
Oakland Then and Now
It’s an Oakland kind of exhibit: Embroidery crafted by Mien women living here on display at the big house of a 19th century ranchero. “On Saturday, February 13 at the Peralta Hacienda a trained docent will give a special kid’s tour, getting hands-on with history. In our temporary exhibit, “Embroidering Our Lives: Mien Women at Peralta Hacienda,” we’ll have a family-friendly embroidery activity: challenge yourself to create the complex patterns found on traditional Laotian Mien clothing, and learn what they mean!”
Saturday, February 13, 2 PM, 3 PM kid’s tour
Antonio Peralta House, 2465 34th Avenue
$3 suggested donation
St. Valentine Sweetie Pie and Art Fest
Join the Pie Extremists to eat pie. Yes, this is a festival where people bring pies they made or bought and eat them together. And bonus points if you bring a fork and materials to decorate it with. They’ll have some spares on hand, too — in case you forget. Attendees are welcome to bring pie or other things to eat. And of course, this is a kid-friendly event.
After you’re done eating, do some shopping: Jewelry, handmade books, love potions (or so they promise), art cards, paintings, prints, handmade creams and soaps, and of course, tee-shirts.
Saturday, February 13, 2 PM – 8 PM
4928 Telegraph Ave #1 (dial #19 for entry)
Rocky Horror Valentine
If the Rocky Horror Picture Show fans have a patron saint, it’s surely St. Valentine. The bawdy performers working under the name Barely Legal are back at the Grand Lake Saturday night with their annual Valentine’s Day show.
Saturday, February 13 11:45 PM
The Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand
Sound Tribe Sector 9
If you’re into electronic music — the kind where the computers and samplers marry pianos, drums and guitars — you’ve probably heard of STS9. The five-member band from Santa Cruz is touring after their new album, Ad Explorata, and will be at the Fox Theater on Saturday night. Guest star: the Nalepa Dub Orchestra
Saturday, February 13, 8 PM
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph
Over the decades the Merchant’s Saloon in the heart of the produce market has no doubt been the site of many a messy and ill-considered hook-up. That’s perhaps why the bar, which is Oakland’s best hipster dive, is hosting a F*CK Valentine’s Day party.
It will feature such audience contests as: THE WORST SEX EVER Contest: Participants will have their worst one night stands re-told in interpretive dance!
THE WORST EX EVER Contest: Participants will have one minute to rant and roar why they have the worst ex in history. Winners will have pig hearts sent to their ex lover’s house!
Salacious Burlesque by ISIS STAR * Beatbox Performance by SYZYGY and ASHERMANE * A Notorious SEX ED SQUAD Live Demonstration * Twisted Short Films * Fierce Flogging by the Pussy Posse * Sex Toy Give-Aways. Featuring the Scathing Comedy of THE SCALESMAN with a special ‘Fuck Love’ Set. Hosted by JAMIE DEWOLF and SIS!”
Saturday, 13 February, 8 PM – 12 PM
Merchant’s Saloon, 401 Second Street
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Comedy on a Sunday
Mike Epps has his roots in Def Comedy Jam stand up, but is probably best known for his oles in the Resident Evil films. The comedian, rapper, and actor Mike Epps comes to the Paramount on Sunday.
Sunday, February 14 7 PM – 11 PM
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Tickets: $75.75, $55.75, $39.75