25 Things to Do Around Philadelphia on Valentine’s Day

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If you’re hunting for Valentine’s Day things to do, try a Stephen Powers “Love Letters” mural tour. Photograph by Adam Wallacavage for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

ART
Love Letter Steve Powers Pop-Up
Steve “ESPO” Powers — creator of those uplifting Love Letters murals visible from the El on the sides of West Philly houses — is setting up a free screen-printing shop in Suburban Station on Valentine’s Day. Bring a garment and he’ll put a love-themed design on it while you wait. Bonus: On February 16, you can join the Love Letter Train Tour to see all the murals with your own eyes ($23, tickets here).
Free, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Suburban Station, Concourse Level at Track 0, Section A, 16th Street & JFK Blvd.

THEATER
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Mimi Imfurst (from RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Stephanie C. Kernisan star in this one-night-only edition of the “genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation” with the kickass soundtrack. Produced by reTHEATER. Benefits Attic Youth Center.
$25-$40, 7 p.m., Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James St.

TOUR
Valentine’s Ghost Tour
To paraphrase The Sixth Sense: “Philadelphia is really old, so pretty much everywhere you go, there are ghosts and only you can see them, little kid.” That’s the gist of it, I think. Anyway, yeah. Bundle up and hit the pavement with your sweetheart on this walking tour focused on history, love and death.
$22, eight tours starting every 45 minutes, with the first departing at 6:30 p.m., here’s the schedule, meet at 244 S. Third St.

MOVIES
Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 film tells the story of an enchanting and pale naïf wandering around Paris finding sensual pleasures and making good-hearted interventions in the lives of her neighbors. I promise it’s not as insufferable as that might sound. Stars Audrey Tautou.
$11.25, 7:30 p.m., Ambler Theater, Inc., 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, PA.

MUSIC
Cover Band Xtravaganza
It’s national cover band day? Apparently? Sounds like a good excuse to see artists posing as some old favorites like Kate Bush, the Cranberries, Robyn, the Velvet Underground & Nico and the Breeders. “Girls, gays, and theys” are welcome at this benefit for Project Safe and SOL Collective.
$5-$12 donation, 7-11 p.m., Cousin Danny’s Lounge, 5001 50th St.

ACTIVITY
Sweetheart Skate
For four hours, you and a sweetie can enjoy two-for-one skating at the rink near City Hall. Will you do the thing where you’re holding hands and smiling and then one of you falls and drags the other one down with you and it becomes sort of a metaphor for your low-key codependency but you laugh and laugh because it’s fun to fall?
$5 per couple, 4-8 p.m., Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

CRUISE
Valentine’s Day Champagne Dinner Cruise
Hop aboard the storied Freedom Elite Yacht Charter for a night cruise on the Delaware featuring champagne, a buffet and live music.
$159.90, 6:30 p.m., departs from Penn’s Landing. (Runs again on Saturday.)

MUSIC
Cherry Glazerr / Sneaks
Have a sweet indie-punk romance in the Church basement, where the sweat will flow like wine and the wine will probably have to be drunk ahead of time since this is an all-ages gig. Sneaks, from DC, does minimalist electronic music you can shake a hip at. Cherry Glazerr is a sweet, moody rock band from L.A. Here’s a creepy video.
$15-$20, 7:30 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

FOOD
Beer Hearts Cheese
Di Bruno Bros. and Allagash Brewing hook up at this benefit for the American Heart Association focused on beer, cheese and (why not) chocolate. Live music, live illustrations and goodie bags, too.
$40, 6 p.m., Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse Square, 1730 Chestnut St.

ACTIVITY
Cupid’s Arrow Archery
Focusing on the archery aspect of the Cupid legend (instead of the matchmaking), the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is installing a pop-up archery range for a couple hours and welcoming amateurs with free instruction and practice time. Take refuge, wildlife.
Free, 4-6 p.m., John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.

MOVIES
Casablanca
An all-time classic romance movie. Michale Curtiz’s 1942 drama stars a down-and-out expat (Humphrey Bogart) who has to get over his ex (Ingrid Bergman) and look for new love (Claude Rains) because, you know, there’s a war on.
$9, 7 p.m., Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut St.

CABARET
Glitter & Garbage Cabaret: Love Is Easy
Shannon Turner (aka the Salty Chanteuse) hosts this Cabaret Valentine starring Lili St. Queer, Grampy Knockers and Messapotamia, plus special guests, glittery facepaint and more.
$12, 7 p.m., L’Etage, 624 S Sixth St.

STORYTELLING
First Person Arts StorySlam
FPA hosts its biggest show(s) of the year, the “Ex Files,” in which area yarn-spinners tell true tales of humor and heartbreak.
$14, 7 & 10 p.m., FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.

MOVIES
The Honeymoon Killers
A BYOB screening of Leonard Kastle’s beloved but rarely shown 1967 romance inspired by the real-life Lonely Hearts Killers who conned and murdered a bunch of people in the late 1940s. Stars Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco.
$10, 7 p.m., Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St.

COMEDY
Strange Love: A Valentine’s Day Sketch Comedy Show
Philly Improv Theater gets into the spirit of the holiday with sketches about “IUDs, emotional baggage, actual baggage, ‘love,’ and Billy Joel.”
$5-$12, Thursday & Friday, 9 p.m.; Saturday, 3:30 & 9 p.m., Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

ART
Valentine’s Date Nights @ Clay Studio
Put yourself on the waitlist for these candlelit couples clay classes with chocolate, champagne and mood music. (Just remember: No Ghosting.)
$125 per couple, Thursday & Friday, 7-9 p.m., The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. Second St.

DESTRUCTION
Shred-Her (or Him) at The Bourse
Bring a photo of your ex and shred it for free at The Bar by Bluebird Distilling in the newly revived Bourse. Shredders get one free cocktail. This event is probably not the healthiest thing in the world, but if it makes you happy it can’t be that bad.
Free, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., the Bourse Philly, 111 S. Independence Mall E.

MUSIC
Metric
These Canadian indie rock veterans are feeling the love in their new “fan-sourced” video for “Love You Back” off the new Art of Doubt. If you got yourself a boo who likes Metric you’re doing okay.
$36-$43, 7 p.m., Fillmore Philly, 29 E. Allen St.

COMEDY
Valentinos
Kaleb Stewart, Shane O’Connor, Joe Bell, Cassandra Dee, Benny Feldman and Molly Hanulec star in this comedy showcase at Good Good. Also on the bill: free beer.
$12, 8 & 9:30 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th St.

POETRY
Shakespeare in Love: Open Mic Poetry Night
Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and the Free Library “invite you to listen or perform some of the greatest works of romantic literature.” There are a lot of ironic and/or heartbroken v-day events out there (see: the rest of this article), but this one sounds sorta classic and earnest. Maybe you’re into that.
Free (but register ahead of the time), 6 p.m., Parkway Central Library, Skyline Room, 1901 Vine St.

MUSIC
Matter Movement Group Performs Cupid’s Funeral
Philly act Matter Movement Group continues revives its multi-disciplinary Cupid’s Funeral show featuring “fierce choreography, aerial dancing, burlesque, drag and a performance atmosphere like no other.”
$15, 8:30 p.m., Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

MUSIC
PJ Brown & Her Resistance
PJ Brown is a vocal powerhouse and a Philadelphia funk/soul treasure. Just listen.
Free, 7 p.m., Love City Brewing Company, 1023 Hamilton St.

ART
Love Connection {IRL} Valentine’s Day Mixer
An open bar an hors d’oeuvres sounds pretty great but if you need more reason to drop by this romantic soiree-slash-mixer, there’s live music, live comedy and artist Taylor Rudolph showing off “her never-before-seen erotic art zine collection.” Performers include Nicole Phoenix, Seana Bailey, Afrodisiac and Jahwula Seapoe.
$10-$20, 7-10 p.m., Open Space, 1014 N. Marshall St.

MUSIC
Dave Cope
Sip V-Day cocktails and enjoy the music of Philly folkie/rocker Dave Cope.
Free, 5 p.m., Dock Street Cannery + Lounge, 705 S. 50th St.

ART
Magdalene San Millan’s V-Day Showcase
Magdalene San Millan — aka Magda, aka creator of the decidedly intense Fringe show Wild Feral Girl Child — and her cohorts (Katelyn Bobeck, Brett Robinson, Ana-Miren San Millan, Meghan Turbitt) perform a reaction to Valentine’s Day and the theme of “love.” What’s that mean? You’ll have to show up to find out.
Free, 8 p.m., Bok Building, 1901 S. Ninth St.

MUSIC
York Street Hustle
Maybe your baby likes to dance? Bring ’em to a York Street Hustle show. The 10-piece horns-and-all band plays nothing but feel-good ’60s soul: Gladys Knight, Steve Wonder, Aretha Franklin and on and on.
$15-$20, 7 p.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill St.