Things to Do, Hear, Eat, Learn, and See: Feb 13 – 16

You all know how I feel about the big V – that would be Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a fabricated, commercialized guilt-fest, though there it does have its roots deep in history.

The origins of Valentine’s Day are in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, traditionally held in mid-February, which celebrated the coming of spring. Once upon a time, observance of Lupercalia included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery.

Thankfully, we don’t do that anymore. BUT there are plenty of other love-related things on tap for the coming weekend. The Mistress of Fun has collected some of them here for you to consider, along with some non V-Day events for the curmudgeons amongst us (like me). Read on.

Thursday, February 13:

Cooking with Wine with Your Valentine. Different Drummer’s Kitchen Co., Albany

Collar City Latinx Night: autocuidad. Carmen’s Cafe, Troy

Lesson Night: Microtalks!. Tech Valley Game Space, Troy

Friday, February 14:

Flurry. Through Sunday. Saratoga Springs City Center

Valentine’s Day Mead, Creme Brulee and Cupcake Pairing. Royal Meadery, Delmar

Twiddle with Wild Adriatic and Strange Machines. Palace Theatre, Albany

Twiddle After Show with Mihali, Mike Gantzer, Gubb and Rob Houk with special guest Eggy. Pearl Street Pub, Albany

Glass Pony Pre- & Post-Twiddle Show. Parish Public House, Albany

Hey Greasy & The Abyssmals Present A Valentines Ball. The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy

Love Sulks: Emo Valentines Party. Fuze Box, Albany

Bachata Room: Bachata, Love, & Friendship. LAX on Lark, Albany

Freezer Burn. The Half Moon, Hudson

Cupid’s Love Late Night. BSP Kingston

Night of the Loving Dead. Stockade Tavern, Kingston

Saturday, February 15:

Slow Jam Saturday with DJ Trumastr. The City Beer Hall, ALbany

Half Moon 7 Year Anniversary Party. The Half Moon, Hudson

Saint Motel. Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park

Pop Culture Provocateurs Presents: Tainted Love!. Takk House, Troy

Pom Pom’s Punk Prom 2020. The Avalon Lounge, Catskill

Trevor Noah. Times Union Center, Albany

Fire on the Mountain. West Mountain Ski Area, Queensbury

Sunday, February 16:

Invisible Cities 5. The Avalon Lounge, Catskill

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