Valentine’s Day stages of the heart

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How do I love thee? Let’s count the ways. A dozen chocolates are tasty and a dozen roses smell sweet, but neither will last as long as a dozen magical memories of a romantically special day or evening of entertainment on Sunday.

Movies have always been a date night event, so why not keep the tradition with “Valentine’s Day”? The romantic comedy opening this weekend features a wide-ranging cast, from Shirley MacLaine and George Lopez to Taylor Swift and Bradley Cooper.

For the ups and downs of a long-term literary romance, let Oscar-winner Eva Marie Saint and director Jeffrey Hayden, her husband of 58 years, read you some “Love Letters” in the play by A.R. Gurney. [3 p.m., 222 Mason St., S.F., $40-$50, www.therrazzroom.com]

Explore the “Seasons of Love” in the lives of characters living “La Vie Boheme” in the late Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical “Rent” at the Southside Theatre presented by the Royal Underground Theatre Co. [2 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., $35, www.jericaproductions.com]

“Do You Love Me?” is just one of the many musical questions asked by Tevye (Harvey Fierstein) in Bock and Harnick’s classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” now playing at the Golden Gate Theatre. [2 p.m., 1 Taylor St., S.F., $50-$99, www.shnsf.com]

Turn the tables on The Hoff and see just how much talent America’s favorite reality talent show judge has got on display when David Hasselhoff takes the stage at the Cache Creek Casino’s Club 88 for a romantic night of music. [8 p.m., 14555 Highway 16, Brooks, $45-$65, www.cachecreek.com]

If your love theme is a jazzy tune, celebrate with the velvet tones of Bay Area vocalist par excellence Paula West as she offers two sets of love songs and standards with the George Mesterhazy Quartet at The Rrazz Room. [7 and 9 p.m., 222 Mason St., S.F., $65, www.therrazzroom.com]

Get a kick from the former Kiki (of the Tony-nominated “Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway”) as Justin Bond gets “Close to You” in an evening of Carpenters music at the landmark Castro Theatre. [8:15 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F., $25-$75, www.ticketweb.com]

Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Bobby Caldwell & His Big Band return to the Marines Memorial Theatre with a special evening of swinging tunes for lovers and other strangers. [7 p.m., 609 Sutter St., S.F., $47.50-$67.50, marinesmemorialtheatre.tix.com]

If you love to laugh, why not try a taste of “Strange Love” at The Actors Theatre with stand-up artist Will Franken, the sketch comedy duo (who also happen to be former lovers) Wegent & Page, and host Natasha Muse. [7 p.m., 855 Bush St., S.F., $10, www.sfstandup.com]

Standing on the edge is “On the Periphery of Love: A Solo Performance Festival with Valentine’s Day Implications” at the self-described “intimate, dark and spooky StageWerx Theatre featuring Thao P. Nguyen, Zahra Noorbakhsh and Bruce Pachtman. [7 p.m., 533 Sutter St., S.F., $15, www.stagewerx.org]

Leela James says “Let’s Do It Again” at Yoshi’s as she celebrates her new CD of the same name and offers soulful riffs on classic R&B tracks like “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” [7 and 9 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F., $30, www.yoshis.com]

Remembering how you met your beloved can be a funny story, and “How We First Met” at the Herbst Theatre takes a comedic slant on all types of couples. [8 p.m., 400 Van Ness Ave., S.F., $25-$40, www.cityboxoffice.com]

 

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