The impending Valentine’s Day weekend tends to have its share of naysayers. There are those Noam Chomsky apostles who decry their seasonal distaste for the capitalist-fueled agenda behind a holiday that predates any industrial machine. The rest are likely just jaded, pissy individuals who’ve probably got little love to give. But these aren’t the people this article is for. This is for the people who may have been hurt, may have hurt someone, or love the idea of being in love, but haven’t found it just yet.
What: Shred the Love
When: Saturday, Feb. 12 (12 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
Where: Midtown Global Market (920 East Lake Street)
Letting go is easier said than done. While the ex-significant other is usually just as toxic as all best friends continually say, the lingering mementos only make it harder to forget the good times and remember the crap times as anyone should.
That is why Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market is hosting its third annual “Shred the Love,” event. Because all the hand-written “I love you” paraphernalia only makes moving on that much harder, the market will be fully stocked with shredders, scissors and trash cans. House vendors will also be serving up regional treats. West Indies Soul Food’s (What a Jerk) chicken will be the perfect nosh after an hour of romantic purging.
“People are laughing. They’re having a great time,” market coordinator Kimberly Hanna said. “They share stories, which we love hearing.”
It’s also an event that, according to Hanna, has a fairly co-ed attendance. So keep watch. A shared shredding experience may be the stepping stone to a love less lost.
What: The Rockstar Storytellers: The Romantic Fun Time Sexy Naughty Show
When: Sunday, Feb. 13
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl (810 West Lake Street)
While Rockstar Storytellers may come off as a ballsy title for a group of relative no-names, those involved have the local pedigree to back it up. From musicians (Courtney McLean) to stage performers (Joseph Scrimshaw) to comedians (Ben San Del,) the group has a verbose set of disciplines to draw upon the same basic art — telling a story.
For anyone on the rebound or for the individual who shares a similar penchant for promiscuity, take a night off from rehashing the breakup sagas or awkward hookups. These guys are pros.
What: Gastro Non Grata’s “Pre-Valentine Fricasse”
When: Sunday, Feb. 13
Where: Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Avenue)
She’s gone. Along with her went waking up to the bacon aromas on Saturday mornings and the home-cooked Saturday evening dishes. But as you lie there gnawing at your pillow in the fetal position, try to remember the details. She cooked turkey bacon when you wanted pork. When you wanted a nice fatty rib-eye cut, she brought home a leaner top sirloin steak.
But you’re on the prowl once again, and Gastro Non Grata will be returning Sunday to the Triple Rock Social Club for an evening of beer, meat and bands.
“We’re just throwing a really good show,” Gastro Non Grata co-founder Craig Drehmel said. “It’s all about loving everybody. It’s all about having a good time.”
Chowgirls Catering will be providing the evening’s signature stews — hopefully in full Western garb, Drehmel said. New York’s Southern Tier brewery will be providing the drink. Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back Band along with throwback rockers Running Scared will fill out the evening’s entertainment bill.
What: A Recession Celebration: Black Valentine
When: Monday, Feb. 14
Where: 7th Street Entry (701 First Avenue)
The dreaded day has arrived. The anti-love bender has likely made it easy to dodge that roommate who has been fawning all week over the intricacies of his weekend passion cruise. If it’s any consolation, fights concerning dinner reservations or paltry gift offerings likely marred any obligatory evening-closer sex the two pretended to enjoy.
And that’s why your Valentine’s Day evening will be better. Gone is the financial commitment of date nights or chocolate hearts. Tonight is an evening for the casual hookup, and the 7th Street Entry is the perfect place to find that promiscuous counterpart.
The evening’s bill includes aged Birmingham psych-folk rockers Tea & Symphony as well as Minneapolis’ Mean Larry. While the latter’s affinity for Leonard Cohen stylings may prove a bit harmful to those spitting their magical game, anyone working far from the stage and close to the bar will assuredly go home with someone else’s hand in their pocket.
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