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Valentine’s Day Events: Celebrations of love all week, countywide

Mating rituals and sexy paintings will put you in the mood

Friday, February 10: Chocolate and Wine in Temecula
  • Friday, February 10: Chocolate and Wine in Temecula

Thursday | 9

Past Event

Mating & Dating in the Animal Kingdom

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego
  • 21+ / $20 - $25

Explore the science behind animal sex

Explore the science behind animal sex

Mating & Dating in the Animal Kingdom

As part of their exhibit celebrating the San Diego Zoo’s centennial year, join the San Diego History Center in exploring the science behind animal sex with one of the zoo’s reproductive physiologists. The center will dive into the evolution of human courtship practices, drawing playful comparisons to the mating practices of animals. You can mingle, enjoy drinks and appetizers, and play games that test your knowledge about animal sex, reproductive organs, and mating rituals.


Past Event

The Lemon Twigs

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $12 - $14

Elton John says, “They’re very cute.”

Elton John says, “They’re very cute.”

Lemon Twigs

“They’re very cute. I think they have an amazingly bright future,” says Elton John about brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, the brain trust and talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists behind Lemon Twigs. In fact, much of the UK — where they were on tour last year — finds the Long Island, New Yorkers’ Beatles/Beach Boys/Bay City Rollers mash-up smashing, if you follow the Guardian and London Times. Better yet, follow your own ears to thelemontwigs.com and stream their dandy debut, Do Hollywood. Sir Elton may be right about these lads. Reader rock writer Dave Good picks their Casbah show on Thursday as the set to see inthis week’s Of Note.


Friday | 10

Past Event

Pechanga Wine Festival and Chocolate Decadence

On Friday it’s about pairing chocolate with wine.

On Friday it’s about pairing chocolate with wine.

Chocolate and Wine in Temecula

A two-day event. On Friday it’s about pairing chocolate with wine. Enjoy an array of chocolates and pastries while sampling wines, domestic sparkling wines, champagnes, spirits, and dessert wines. Saturday, wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Temecula, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand will offer a few hundred vintages to sample along with dishes from the chefs of Pechanga Resort. $55–$65 for each event.


Saturday | 11

Past Event

Scott Rohlfs: Made You Look

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • ArtHatch, 317 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido
  • Free

Women, women, and more women, depicted in a variety of styles

Women, women, and more women, depicted in a variety of styles

Scott Rohlfs: Made You Look

The exhibition includes a dozen new medium and large-scale acrylic paintings as well as mini paintings created specifically for the exhibition. The theme? Women depicted in a variety of styles, from high fashion to experimental. Runs through March 4.


Past Event

Carnival of Caffeination

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 3612 Kurtz Street, Midway District
  • $45 - $75

Bad-ass brewers and roasters occupy a new warehouse

Bad-ass brewers and roasters occupy a new warehouse

Carnival of Caffeination

We’ll let the promoter take the mic on this one: “A meticulously selected cadre of bad-ass brewers and roasters will occupy our new warehouse and event space, the Fortress of Raditude. On hand will be an arsenal of dark, coffee-centric, and barrel-aged beer alongside a king’s ransom of dazzling coffee-creations from some of the most boss-level roasters in the universe.” Food trucks will be on site, with vegan options available. All proceeds go to BikeSD, a nonprofit making San Diego a better place to ride.


Past Event

Three Acts of Goodness Cultural Day

Learn about meditation, Chinese music, and Buddhism straight form the Buddhist Association

Learn about meditation, Chinese music, and Buddhism straight form the Buddhist Association

Three Acts of Goodness Cultural Day

Learn more about Chinese culture and Buddhism in this free event. Programs include an introduction to tea meditation, appreciating Chinese music, a temple tour, a Buddhism Q&A, Chinese calligraphy, and an Experience Chinese New Year celebration.


Sunday | 12

Past Event

David Duchovny

  • Sunday, February 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • 21+ / $30

David Duchovny put out a folk-rock record called Hell or Highwater in 2015. Um, see for yourself.

David Duchovny put out a folk-rock record called Hell or Highwater in 2015. Um, see for yourself.

David Duchovny

“I want to believe” in Fox Mulder’s musicianship. The X-Files actor went rogue and dropped a folk-rock record called Hell or Highwater in 2015. The label, Thinksay, compared the collection to Leonard Cohen, Wilco, and REM, but the critics’ grades suggest otherwise. Even adult-contempos Consequence of Sound gave him a C, which puts him in league with Keanu Reeves, Kevin Bacon, and Russell Crowe. But no one goes to these shows for the music. It’s a starfest, and why not? Mulder plays the Music Box on Sunday.


The event promoters use the word “doggie” often. If you think that’s cute, you’re sure to love this event. If not, you may still be able to have a good time.

The event promoters use the word “doggie” often. If you think that’s cute, you’re sure to love this event. If not, you may still be able to have a good time.

Past Event

Valentine’s Day Brunch for Dogs

Valentine’s Day Brunch for Dogs

Bub’s at the Ballpark hosts this third-annual event with Second Chance Dog Rescue, Camp Run-a-Mutt Point Loma, and Zoe’s Dog Training with a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, a special dogs’ menu, raffles, giveaways, a Little Beasties pet caricature artist, pet photography, and rescue dogs available for adoption.


Tuesday | 14

Past Event

Classic Hollywood Valentine’s Day Dinner

It was good enough for Bob Hope and Lana Turner back in the day. How’s Valentine’s Day at the Lafayette in 2017?

It was good enough for Bob Hope and Lana Turner back in the day. How’s Valentine’s Day at the Lafayette in 2017?

Classic Hollywood Valentine’s Day Dinner

The Lafayette Hotel was established in 1946 as a haven for celebs such as Bob Hope, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner — all of whom stayed at the hotel back in its heyday. For Valentine’s Day 2017, a three-course dinner by executive chef Ryan Gilbert plus live music and dancing. Whether you’re envisioning Casablanca or Titanic, the historic hotel promises red-carpet treatment in the Mississippi Ballroom.


Wednesday | 15

Past Event

Lucero

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
  • 21+

Lucero is probably going to play up on their country roots way hard.

Lucero is probably going to play up on their country roots way hard.

Lucero

From Memphis in Tennessee, the country-punk five piece is touring in support of their latest ATO release, All a Man Should Do, which found the group leaning on their country roots a little more than usual, pumping up the brass and piano runs. Stillandall, these boys are aging like good whiskey, about which they know a thing or three — they sure sing enough songs about the spirit. Lucero headlines sets at Belly Up Wednesday after soul-rock singer/songwriter Esmé Patterson for one hell of a double bill.

For a full list of Valentine's Day events and dinners in San Diego, visit our Events section.

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