We're coming up on the weekend before Valentine's Day, which means there is plenty planned for lonely hearts and weekday shut-ins if you want to get your love on. Hell, we even have plenty to do for people who'd rather spend Valentine's Day weekend watching movies and listening to authors. Basically, no matter how you feel it, we've got plenty to keep you busy so you don't break into tears. (See our full guide of Valentine's events.)
Neon Knights/Double Shadow at The Meadowlark (Friday, $5) If you're in the mood for some dancing and schmoozing to celebrate the sort-of holiday weekend, there is no better place than the Meadowlark tonight. Two different parties have teamed up to throw the biggest Valentine's Day possible, with three DJs spinning romantic tunes all night long. It might be the place you'll meet that special someone if you go it alone.
Breathless Reads National Book Tour at Tattered Cover LoDo (Friday, free) The Breathless Reads Book tour is a place where young readers and writers can get a chance to meet the people producing the finest young adult fiction. On tap tonight are authors Ally Conde, Andrea Cremer, Kristen Miller, Beth Revis and Brenna Yovanoff. The event will feature question and answer sessions as well as book signings, so whether you're a fan of YA lit or new to the genre, you should have plenty to enjoy here.
This Time Things Will be Different at Plastic Chapel (Friday, free) Plastic Chapel might best be known as Denver's premier outlet of cool toys and crazy miniatures, but it looks like artist Sandra Fettingis will be breaking that mold slightly tonight with her show, This Time Things Will be Different. We can't say exactly what you should expect, but judging by her prior work, we'd venture to guess that there will be some cool laser-cuts, fancy handmade jewelry and plenty of other three-dimensional stuff.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Esquire Theater (Friday-Saturday, $7.25) What better way to spend the weekend before Valentine's Day than to go out and see a romantic movie? There is no better way and there is no better movie in the theaters in town right now than Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Sure, it's more of a giant nerd reference-point than a rom-com, but it's founded on the beginnings of a relationship (or two). Can you earn the power of love this weekend?
Oscar-Nominated Animated and Live-Action Shorts 2011 at Chez Artiste (Friday-Sunday, $7.50-$10) While the short film category of the Oscar's rarely gets any TV time, it's still a collection of some of the most amazing and innovative films in the entire awards show. Thankfully, the little-known and often abused category is getting some screen time this week at the Chez Artiste, where you'll be able to watch the whole collection in one sitting. There are some great films here, and they're all well worth viewing.
Samadhi Center Grand Opening Love and Healing Festival at Samdhi Center for Yoga (Saturday, free) If this whole Valentine's Day hoopla has you stressed out, we recommend you hit up the Love and Healing Festival this weekend. Once you're there, you'll have access to all kinds of healing techniques, from psychics for your brain to massage for your body. Get fixed up nice and good so you don't completely break down come Monday.
Monster Jam at the Pepsi Center (Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, $10 for kids) That's right, the Monster Jam is back in and town, and even though it seems to be confused about what day it should be on (Monster truck rallies should always be on Sunday, right?), it should provide plenty of fun for the whole family. While adult tickets will cost a bit more, children aged 2-12 can score tickets for just $10. What better way to bring your family together than to sit around and watch giant trucks crush little cars?
Colorado Garden and Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center (Saturday-Sunday, $10) Okay, you'll have to be a senior citizen if you want to score this one for only $10, but once you're in, the Home and Garden Show is the best place to spend a boring weekend afternoon. You'll get to check out tons of different and new ideas for home repair and enhancement and building a sick, sick garden. If you're trying to figure out how to spice up your boring old house, this is the way to do it.
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In the Dead of Winter: Victorian Mourning at Four Mile Historic Park (Sunday, $4-$7) If you're a big fan of death or you just happen to be an unusually weird creeper, In the Dead of Winter should provide you with some totally amazing death-related fun this weekend. You'll get to check out speakers who will be lecturing on the various aspects of Victorian living (and dying) as well as a tour of a Victorian funeral home, gravestone rubbing and more.
The Love Project Show at Flobots.org Community Center (Sunday, free) The Love Project Show is equal parts concert and art opening. The whole thing is going down to celebrate the release of photographer Lucia De Giovanni's book, The Love Project, which features photos of, well, love -- clearly. There will also be plenty of love songs performed by an array of local musicians. It should be a happy, lovely evening to enjoy with your loved ones.