Want to celebrate your Valentine’s day with some great sounding tunes? This is the perfect activity for this fake holiday if you are celebrating it with someone who you aren’t sure about yet. Pick a favorite venue or artist, pick up the cost of your dates’ ticket, and you can say “you’re interesting,” without saying “I’m crazy about you!”
And besides, if you go to a show together, you don’t even have to talk, so that’s perfect for those of you who hate dating because it requires communication.
If you’re OK with hanging out with the older set, you might hit up Tony Bennett’s Valentine’s Day concert. Bennett, of course, is known for “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” and the song is celebration a big birthday – 50! – this year. Carl Nolte said it best in the Chron: “Neither Bennett nor the song has ever gone out of style,” so you might have a super special evening at this show at the Venetian, a benefit for UCSF heart research. It’s sold out, but there’s a move afoot to add a midday show in the rotunda at City Hall. Now, that would make for a romantic lunch break.
For some sultry jazz on Valentine’s Eve, look no further than the Freddy Cole Quartet (Freddy is Nat King Cole’s brother), playing the Rrazz Room. They’re also paying Sunday and Monday, in case you want to beat the hearts aflutter crowd and get a $5 discount. Piano, guitar, upright bass and some old school vocals – I’m in love.
For the less-than-sappy and more of the “so glad this day only happens once a year” set, there’s an anti-Valentine’s party with Love Bites: 80s Power Ballads at the Roxie. Just $11 in the door and you’ll be hanging and rocking with other similarly inclined anti-love folks. Hmm.. sounds like a great place to meet someone.
Want to mix up the music with a live lingerie fashion show? Then you should hit up the Goldenhearts, who are playing the LoveSick 5 benefit for the HIV Foundation’s Race for the Cure. Should be a really good time for a great cause. Venue TBA.
- ‘I Left My Heart In San Francisco’ Turns 50 (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)