Happy Valentine’s Day, Slopers! Hope it’s treating you well, and that someone presents you with a super romantic expression of love and appreciation. Or, if not, that you get a chance to, I don’t know, watch your favorite show while eating your favorite food. I know that the folks at Seamless, ever the romantics, are promoting some Valentine’s dinners. Get on that! Do you!
If you’re looking to get out tonight or this weekend, though, there’s plenty going on. Here are our picks for the best events:
Thursday, February 14
• Forgive the assumption, but if you don’t have plans for tonight yet, chances are you are part of the Single-on-Valentine’s club. Yes? Want to hang out with others like you? Get yourself over to Pork Slope. The “meet market” starts at 9:00 p.m. and ladies’ first drinks are on the house. The DJ will be spinning until 2:00 a.m., so find your Valentine on the dance floor. And if you don’t find a date, who needs it? The love I feel for that grilled cheese (pro tip: add some pulled pork) runs as deep as any of this soulmate stuff, anyway.
247 Fifth Avenue between Carroll Street & Garfield Place, 9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., free.
• Also, check out the nontraditional ways that Littlefield, Union Hall, and Bell House will be celebrating the holiday, compiled here. Activities include rock ballad sing-alongs, tales of rejection, and Morrissey covers.
Friday, February 15
• Party Like It’s 1999 is providing the perfect cure for the post-Valentine’s doldrums: a wild (and free!) dance party. Stop by the Bell House for some late-night dancing to the best mix of pop, rock, R&B, and hip-hop from the 1990s.
149 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues, 11:00 p.m., free.
Saturday, February 16
• Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya, creators of the Johnny Wander comics and Brooklyn locals, will be stopping by Bergen Street Comics for the release of the series’ third volume. The party is a pretty big one– last year’s saw droves of fans filling up the shop and enjoying snacks, drinks, and banter with other comics enthusiasts. Pick up a copy of the new issue (and get it signed by the author and artist!), and also check out new releases from art collective Benign Kingdom.
470 Bergen Street between 5th & Flatbush Avenues, 7:30 p.m., free.
Sunday, February 17
• We have Caroline Creaghead to thank for some of the best Park Slope comedy. She’s helped create some truly hilarious shows working as a talent booker for Pretty Good Friends and producer of The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and for the past months she’s taken over weekly Sunday comedy shows at Union Hall with her own endeavor: Creaghead & Company. Have you checked it out yet? This weekend brings guests H. Jon Benjamin, Josh Gondelman, George Gordon, Kevin Barnett, and Selena Coppock. Do it!
702 Union Street at Fifth Avenue, 8:00 p.m. (7:30 doors), $7 at the door.
• Did you know that sword dancing is a “winter celebration that has come down through the ages from the coal-mining regions of northern England”? Did you know that the Half Moon English Sword Dancing Festival has been celebrated in New York for 28 years? Did you know that sword dancing was even a thing? Well it is, and it’s happening this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (58 7th Avenue), Old First Reformed Church (126 7th Avenue), and St. John’s Episcopal Church (139 St. John’s Place).
After these early performances, all teams will gather at the Brooklyn Museum for a grand show at 2:30 p.m. Should be interesting, to say the least. All performances are free, excluding museum admission fees.
Image via The Bell House