We've got some totally non-cheesy suggestions on how you can actually have fun this February 14, regardless of your relationship status. Want to shout "Down with love!" at an over-the-top Anti-Valentine's Day party? Check. Want a festive shindig where significant others aren't SO significant? Check. We've even got an itinerary for those who just want to enjoy their own heart's desire. Who knows? 2013 might be the year you actually catch the love bug.
Grab some pals and get down at Chad America's annual Valentine's Day Rock & Roll Dance Party, a classic dance-fest that's been going strong at the Black Cat for 14 years. Even better? It's totally free.
When: Thursday, February 14, at 8 p.m.
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW; 202-667-4490.
Ten percent of the total sales from Benevolent Media's Loving Market pop-up will benefit organizations devoted to combating domestic violence and improving the lives of D.C. sex workers. The pop-up will offer apparel, jewelry, and discounted class passes for Epic Yoga; buy a $20 ticket to the cocktail reception afterward and enjoy small bites, drinks, and love songs.
When: Saturday, February 16. Pop-up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; cocktail reception from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Epic Yoga, 1323 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-833-5914.
Cheese, handmade macarons from DC Patisserie, chocolate figs, and fancy bubbly sounds like a recipe for an amazing Valentine's Day, right? Head to Union Market for Righteous Cheese fromager Carolyn Stromberg's "Chocolate, Cheese and Baller Bubbly" class, where you'll sample four artisanal cheeses with four different glasses of Champagne and sparkling wine, along with unique chocolate treats.
When: Wednesday, February 13th at 7 p.m.
Where: Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE; 202-556-1866. Tickets are $69; advanced registration is required.
As part of the Freer Gallery's 17th annual Iranian Film Festival, film buffs will get to experience Iranian romantic comedy, a genre rarely seen outside of the country. We're curious to check out No Men Allowed, and see how it compares to the American rom-coms we know and love.
When: Friday, February 15, at 7 p.m.
Where: Freer Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW; 202-633-1000.
Photos: Courtesy of Soulcall Paul/Jocelyn Weiss, Righteous Cheese
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