Cupid delivers some spice for Valentine’s Day 

Love makes the world go round and love will keep us together. So how will you entertain your love on the most romantic weekend of the year?

THE FOOD OF LOVE

Music is the food of love, according to Shakespeare, so feast on the banquet of Bay Area love songs.

Flash back to the 1980s with Tainted Love, playing songs from “Beds are Burning” to “Video Killed the Radio Star.” [9 p.m. today-Saturday, $23. Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F., www.bimbos365club.com]

For the best in Latin jazz, nothing can beat Bay Area favorite Pete Escovedo and his band, including daughter the great Sheila E. [Today through Monday. $20-$35. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 655-5600]

Seventies favorite Maria Muldaur (famed for “Midnight at the Oasis”) belts out the blues in a holiday performance. [8 p.m. Sunday. $35. Rrazz Room, 222 Mason St., S.F., (800) 380-3095]

Romantic grande dame Faith Winthrop croons standards and more. [4:30 p.m. Sunday. $25-$35. Bliss Bar, 4026 24th St., S.F., www.blissbarsf.com]

Get “In the Mood” for a 1940s big-band revue, a show that brings to life the era when America was listening and dancing to Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra. [2 p.m. Monday. $49-$59. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com]

Incomparable jazz singer Paula West — in the middle of a nice, long hometown engagement — offers a special holiday Champagne and chocolate-laced treat. [7 p.m. Monday. $65. Rrazz Room, 222 Mason St., S.F., www.therrazzroom.com]

Smoky-voiced chanteuse Nancy Gilliland sings romantic songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s in an intimate cabaret setting. [7 p.m. Monday. $15. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, (650) 369-7770]

STAGES OF LOVE

What’s love without a wedding? Try some mambo Italiano at “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” onstage in a Chinatown location. [7 p.m. today-Saturday. $88.50-$115. Imperial Palace, 818 Washington St., S.F., (888) 775-6777]

Then there’s a reception at San Mateo High School with “The Wedding Singer,” based on the adorable movie with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. [7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$15. Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St., San Mateo, www.smhsdrama.org]

However, before taking those vows, Theatre Rhinoceros suggests “Marry Me a Little” with music by Stephen Sondheim and a Proposition 8 twist. [8 p.m. today-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $20-$35. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F., www.therhino.org]

Torch” is a tale of a forbidden love that dares to live beyond boundaries and beyond safety. Shotgun Players’ cabaret series presents a concert version of the new musical by Brendan Simon and Robert Michael Moreno. [8 p.m. Monday. $23. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, (800) 838-3006]

Valen-Tiny Idea Night” — presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Michelle Tea’s RADAR Productions — is a freewheeling evening of artistic debauchery featuring music by Portland’s Lovers, dance by Jess Curtis/Gravity, “Infatuated,” an “interactive cellphone game of amour” designed by Situate, and three exhibits to view. [8:30 p.m. Saturday. Free, RSVP required. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.ybca.org]

The San Francisco-based Cirque Noveau, presenting contemporary aerial and acrobatic circus stunts in the style of Cirque du Soleil, premieres its performance piece “Devil / Fish,” a riff on the Faust legend. [7 p.m. today-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. $26. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F., www.cirquenoveau.com]

Revel for a good cause at San Francisco’s Go Red Valentine’s Day Ball, a romantic evening that benefits American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women programs. [7:30 p.m. Saturday. $50. Hyatt Regency, Embarcadero Center, S.F., www.heart.org/sanfranciscogored]

CELLULOID LOVE

The End of Love as We Know It” is a collection of short films contemplating a wide range of amour as part of SF Indiefest at the Roxie. It’s on a double-bill with “Love Bites: Power Ballad Sing A Long” featuring the your favorite hair band, metal glam anthems by the likes of Guns N’ Roses and REO Speedwagon. [8:30 p.m. today. $11. Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., S.F., www.sfindie.com]

The Exploratorium offers holiday activities, beginning with a self-guided Ultimate Date Tour of the museum’s “heated” exhibits and followed by a special screening of “Animated Affection,” four short films that explore how the bonds of love hold people together. [2 p.m. Saturday. $10-$15. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., S.F., (415) 561-0363]

VIEWS OF LOVE

Take a California Twilight Cruise and take in The City’s iconic landmarks and spectacular views. Live music, an appetizer buffet and beverages round out the romantic excursion. [5:30 p.m. today-Sunday. $54. Pier 43½, Fisherman’s Wharf, S.F., (415) 673-2900, www.redand white.com]

LOVE AND LAUGHTER

Comedian Marga Gomes hosts “A Stupid Cupid Celebration” for singles and couples at The Marsh in Berkeley starring five comedians who are head over heels in love … with themselves. [8 p.m. Monday. $10. The Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, themarsh.org]

Adding sass and wit to the local scene for a holiday stand-up show is Natasha Muse, who also happens to be a trailblazing transgendered comedian. [9 p.m. Monday. $5. Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight St., S.F., www.liveatdeluxe.com]

Born with the millennium, Jill Borque’s 11th annual “How We First Met” celebrates the fits and starts that begin love, with major audience participation. [8 p.m. Saturday. $25-$45. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.howwefirstmet.com]

About The Author

Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol

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Robert Sokol is the editor at BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, and a lifelong arts supporter. Diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer, he has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!)... more
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