Hallmark holiday or not, you'll feel lame if you're sitting alone on the couch this Valentine's weekend. With this much stuff going on around town, there's bound to be something to fit your love agenda. Whether you need a date idea, an actual date, or a place to celebrate your single glory, we've got you covered. KAMALA PULIGANDLA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13
DATELESS—Have no fear, there is a cure for the lonely hearted: The second annual Allure event auctions off 20 singles as a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Paying for love never felt so right! Plus, DJ Rafa kicks out the jams all night long.
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $10
TUG OF THE HEARTSTRINGS—Once is the touching, musical love story of a man who fixes vacuum cleaners and sings, who meets a woman who has a broken vacuum cleaner and plays the piano—proof that there is someone for everyone.
Fifth Ave. Cinema, 510 SW Hall, Fri & Sat 7 & 9:30 pm, Sun 3 pm, $3
DISPLAY OF AFFECTION—How better to impress your lover than with the grand Cirque l'Amour? This dinner theater production boasts a love story, circus performances, and a four-course meal by Le Pigeon. The price tag might force you to grope for change under the sofa cushions, but no price is too high for love!
w/the Stolen Sweets; Bossanova, 722 E Burnside, Fri-Sun 6:30 pm, $37 ($76 w/dinner)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
LOCAL STARS—Portland's electro pop band Starfucker is known for their off-the-wall live show and their dancey, lighthearted music. They headline a show that features more locals: Strength, Explode into Colors, and Dirty Mittens.
Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8 pm, $10-12, all ages
'80s LOVE—Do you still pine after an old valentine who got away? Every February 14, do you listen to soft rock and wallow? Cover Your Hearts features 10 bands playing the best of emotional '80s covers with the added bonus of raising money for the Ethos Music Center.
Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, 8 pm, $8-10
MORE '80S LOVE—Starring Nicolas Cage as a punk from the wrong side of the tracks, Valley Girl is the quintessential '80s teen romance, both cheesy and adorable, with soundtrack gems from Men at Work and the Psychedelic Furs. Tonight's screening is a benefit for the Cascade AIDS Project.
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 9:35 pm, $10 suggested donation
FRANCOPHILE—If it's not possible for you to whisk your valentine off to Paris for the weekend, there is always Discotheque Internationale. Les Étrangers offer up 1960s French garage rock along with the indie rock of the Tea Cozies.
w/DJs Matt Hollywood, FlightRisk; East End, 203 SE Grand, 9 pm, $6