Thursday, February 9 

My Jazzy Valentine: Love Songs from the Great American Songbook: Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with an evening of romantic jazz performed by students in Peabody Conservatory’s prestigious Jazz Program. Selections will come from the Great American Songbook, including standards by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and many others. ($10 – $20) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: museums.jhu.edu, email: evergreenmusuem@jhu.edu or call 410-516-0341. 

Writers LIVE! Dan Charnas “Dilla Time”: Celebrating the release of his book ”Dilla Time” in  paperback, Dan Charnas recounts the life of the late hip-hop producer J Dilla. Dilla, born James Dewitt Yancey in Detroit, was a transformative figure whose beats redefined the genre and procured a following that lauded him as one of the greatest musical minds of the past century.  7 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral Street. In-person and virtual. For more information, go to: prattlibrary.org, or call: 410-396-5430.

Cormega: The Realness 2 Skate Deck Release Show: Celebrate the release of Cormega’s new skate deck with Vú Skateboard Shop. Featuring a live set by Cormega and Skarr Akbar, with DJs Remedy and Excel. VIP tickets include a limited edition deck and meet and greet signing with Cormega before the show. ($20 – $100) 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery, 1700 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: themetrogallery.net or call: 443-425-5139. 

Jazz Jam Sessions @ The Crown: A new Baltimore Jazz listening and jam series at The Crown hosted by Lionel Lyles and the LLQ. Musicians are welcome. ($5 – $10) 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Crown Baltimore, 1910 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: thecrownbaltimore.tumblr.com or call: 410-625-4848.

Montego Thursdays: DJ Taf will play all the best AfroBeats, dancehall, hip hop, R&B, soca, and international hits to set the vibes. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Montego Bar & Grille, 1818 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: montegobaltimore.com or call 443-418-3112. 

Friday, February 10 

Booze and Browse: Spend your Friday evening at The Ivy Bookshoop’s first-ever Booze & Browse happy hour, featuring complimentary beverages and 50% off art books. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Ivy Bookshop, 5928 Falls Road. For more information, go to:  theivybookshop.com or call 410-377-2966.

Valentine’s/Galentine’s Candle Making Experience: Learn to make your own fragrant 12 oz candle as you listen to R&B and Afrobeats. The ticket includes all materials, wine, a mimosa bar, an individual charcuterie box, chocolate, and more. ($85) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Brickrose Exchange, 2216 Boston Street. For more information, go to: brickroseexchange.org, or email: myscenttherapist@gmail.com or call (667) 210-2138

Champagne On The Train: Dip strawberries in chocolate, request your favorite song, and announce a dedication to a special someone before enjoying champagne aboard the Mile One Express during an evening train ride. Sagamore Spirit will also be onsite, offering free whiskey tasting and additional bottles to purchase and take home. The Backyard will be offering a sparkling wine tasting and have bottles available for purchase as well as lite fare. ($25 – $50) 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street. For more information, go to: borail.org or call 410- 752-2490

Lonely Hearts Night – Karaoke & Open Mic: The Lonely Hearts Night is a fun and cathartic way to acknowledge heartache, loss, and foibles when it comes to romance. When you step onto the mic, you can either sing or deliver a poem or personal anecdote about how you feel about love and Valentine’s Day, in a judgment-free zone. Karaoke is free with the purchase of food and drinks. 8 p.m. at Old Major, 900 South Carey Street. For more information, go to: oldmajorbaltimore.com or call 443-873-7363.

Saturday, February 11 

Handmade Valentine Workshop: Express your love with handmade Valentines. Artist Martha Simons will show you how to use stencils, paint, and collage to create one-of-a-kind cards. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ephemera to incorporate into personal messages (photocopies of images, poetry, etc.). Ages 16 and up. ($20) 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. For more information, go to: avam.org. 

Union Collective: Chocolate Love Fest: It’s a day of chocolate love in Baltimore! Featuring chocolate-themed treats from the Charmery, Union Craft Brewing, Baltimore Spirits Company, The Wine Collective, and Vent Coffee. All ages. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing at UNION Collective, 1700 W 41st Suite 420. For more information, go to: unioncraftbrewing.com or call (410) 467-0290. 

Galentine’s Flamingle Brunch & Trivia: This 21+ brunch includes the opportunity to learn about interesting animal facts while enjoying an open bar, a brunch buffet, an interactive game of trivia, and fabulous performances. Tickets include zoo admission, a brunch buffet, an open bar, a drag/burlesque performance, and more. 21+ ($110) 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Maryland Zoo, Mansion House, 1 Safari Place. For more information, visit marylandzoo.org, email: events@marylandzoo.org, or call 410- 396-7102.

The Art of Couples Massage Class: Valentine’s Date Night: You will learn basic skills of massage that can be used for a lifetime. This is a 3-hour course taught by a licensed massage therapist. The ticket price is per couple. ($150) 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at BES Natural Solutions, 1110 North Charles Street, #120. Call to schedule your date (2/11 or 2/14). For more information, go to: besnaturalsolution.com, or call: 410-375-0032. 

Paint your Pet Valentine’s Celebration: Send in a photo of your pet, and regionally renowned painter and teacher Lauren Carlo will do the prep work necessary to guide you step-by-step to make this creation. Supplies are included with the price of the ticket. ($35) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Boulevard. For more information, go to: mobtownballroom.com or call 443-699-3040 or email paintnitelauren@gmail.com  

The Second Saturday S#!T Show: Featuring Anthony D. Oakes. Hosted by Mike Quindlen, this is the longest continuously running comedy show in the history of Baltimore comedy. 21+ ($10) Doors at 7 p.m. at Ottobar (Upstairs), 2549 North Howard Street. For more information, go to: theottobar.com or call: 410-662-0069.

Gilded Lily Burlesque presents the 11th annual Tassels & Champagne: Return to Glamour: Don your most fabulous frocks and dapper duds to show off to our talented cast all the way from Philadelphia, Washington DC, and the stoops of Baltimore. ($15 Virtual Streaming – $28 General Admission) 7 p.m at Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue. For more information, go to: creativealliance.org or call: 410-276-1651.

Crowns Premiere: From playwright Regina Taylor comes Crowns, a moving and celebratory musical play that highlights the beauty and brilliance of the traditional Black church. An Artscentric production directed by Kevin S. MCallister. Crowns is a musical play about honoring your roots, finding your groove, and embracing your own style. ($20 – $44) 7:30 p.m. at Center Stage, 700 North Calvert Street. For more information, go to: centerstage.org, email: info@centerstage.org, or call: 410-332-0033.

Marvel Studio’s Black Panther Live In Concert:  Relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger, all while the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar® and Grammy®-winning score live to picture. ($15 – $70) 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street. For more information, go to: bsomusic.org,  or call: 410-783- 8000

Les Misérables: Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables. direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. 8 p.m. at The Hippodrome, 12 North Eutaw Street.  For more information, go to: france-merrickpac.com, or call: 410-837-7400.

The Love Experience: The first installment of a feel-good R&B listening series featuring a live performance by The Bearded Drummer. There will be a free gift for early arrivals, specialty drinks, an edible vendor, a candle vendor, hookah, and more. ($30 – $250) 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 1123 Lounge, 1123 Hollins Street.  

Galentine’s Day at The Point: A night of drinks and dancing. Tickets include access to premium open bar, light fare, photo booth, and more. Featuring sounds by DJ Diaspora on vinyl. ($45) 9 p.m. at The Point In Fells 1738 Thames Street. For more information, go to: thepointfells.com or call 410- 327-7264. 

Barcocina Baltimore Valentine’s Open Bar:  Tickets include a three-hour open bar, light fare, and beats by DJ Joey Janko. ($40) 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Barcocina, 1629 Thames Street. For more information, go to: barcocina.com or call (410) 563-1500. 

Galentine’s Brunch 2023: A Galentine’s Day to remember, presented by Discover Charm City & Thrill Joy PR. There will be bottomless mimosas, treats from Jagermeister, and a brunch buffet. Organizers will be collecting menstruation products for donation to Helping Up Mission. ($75) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nola Seafood & Spirits, 36 East Cross Street. For more information, go to: discovercharmcity.com, email discovercharmcity@gmail.com, or call: 667-900-6652.

Sunday, February 12

Mounted Orchid Workshop: Take home a wealth of new plant knowledge and a beautiful piece of living wall art. 2 p.m. to  4 p.m. at Good Neighbor, 3827 Falls Road. For more information, call: 443-627-8919 or go to: goodneighborshop.com, or email: hello@greenneighborshop.com

Singles Soirée:  A day party and new take on speed dating. Featuring sounds by DJ/Producer Mister Vershawn. Complimentary cocktails, mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert bar. Your ticket also includes complimentary access to the Superbowl Watch Party immediately afterward. 21+ ($50) 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Zen and the City, 811 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: bmorezen.com, or call 443-766-5830. 

Trivia Sundays: Come play trivia while drinking your favorite Baltimore Spirit Company cocktails. 4 p.m. at BSC Cocktail Gallery, 1700 West 41st Street, Suite 430. (Free). For more information, go to: baltimorespiritsco.com, or call: 443-687-9099.

Valentine Mixology Class: Learn to make three signature drinks, Pink Puss, Bram Cocktail, and White Gummy Bear. All materials are included with the ticket price. ($50 – $90) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 407 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: krazysweetcafe.com, email: treats@krazysweetcafe.com, or call: (800) 342-1706

Tuesday, February 14 

AFRODISIAC: A Sensual Culinary Experience: This event features a food and drink menu curated by April Watts and the chef, and music from a live DJ. Reservation required. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at EDR Restaurant, 1001 Cathedral Street. For more information, go to: eatdrinkrelax.net or call 443-449-5591.

Valentine’s Day Single’s Meet Up: There will be an open bar, light fair, and music. ($25) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 407 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: krazysweetcafe.com, email: treats@krazysweetcafe.com, or call: (800) 342-1706

Sound Bath Experience: In honor of World Sound Healing Day, a free sound bath healing event led by facilitator and musician Maurice Carroll. All you need is a yoga mat or a chair, and you. No experience necessary. Great for beginners and those curious about meditation. (Free) 7 p.m. at Gallery CA, 409 East Oliver Street. For more information, go to: galleryca.org, call: 410-528-9239, or email: info@galleryca.org

A Night of Love: Front Row Comedy Show:  Presented by Comedian Kleon and Friends, this event will feature an elegant atmosphere, comedy, a live band, cash bar, and a lavish buffet. ($40 – $100) 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Grand Ballroom, 7489 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Glen Burnie, MD 21061. For more information, go to: thegrandballroomllc.com, or call: 443-323-0023.

Chocolate & Bubbles at V-NO: This event features a chocolate tasting, sparkling wine, and a variety of spreads. 21+ ($65 – $75) 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at V-NO Wine Bar and Shop, 905 South Ann Street. For more information, go to: v-no.com or call 410-342-8466. 

A Date with John Waters – End of the World: Kick off your Valentine’s Day celebrations with Waters’ ever evolving one-man show in which he discusses early artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of sexual politics. ($44) 8 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. For more information, go to: baltimoresoundstage.com, or call: 410-244-0057.

Wednesday, February 15

So Nice We Had To Do It Twice: This event will feature a delicious meal, a complimentary glass of wine, and the smooth, melodic sounds of Bashiri Asad. ($50 – $80) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m at Terra Cafe, 101 East 25th Street. Call the Terra Cafe business office at 410-936-7852 for more information.

Saturday, February 18

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Full Sensory Movie Experience: This unique movie experience will include a popcorn buffet, themed drinks and treats that correlate to scenes in the movie, and other sensory delights. The film will start 30 minutes after the doors open ($30) 12:30 p.m or 4:30 p.m.. at The Charmery Ice Cream Factory, 1700 West 41st Street, Suite 400. For more information, go to: thecharmery.com, or call: 443-759-4905.

Open King Night: A welcoming space for newcomers and veterans to share in the art of drag king performance, brought to you by GRL PWR and Pretty Boi Drag (Washington, DC). ($15) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Le Mondo, 406 North Howard Street. For more information, go to: lemondo.org or email: hello@lemondo.org 

Nnamdi ft. Infinity Knives + Brian Ennals and DJ JiaLing: Chicago multi-instrumentalist Nnamdi will be joined by Baltimore’s own Infinity Knives + Brian Ennals. Featuring sounds by DJ JiaLing. ($16 – $18) 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery, 1700 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: themetrogallery.net or call: 443-425-5139. 

DRUMline Live: This show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the  hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University  marching band experience. ($25) 7:30 p.m. at Lyric Baltimore, 140 West Mount Royal Avenue. For more information, go to: lyricbaltimore.com, or call 410-900-1150.

DYKE NITE: Valentine’s Benefit for HIPS and Baltimore Safe Haven: Indulge in your masochistic fantasies at the spanking booth run by Artemis and Sailor Mae. Don’t forget your cash for tips. Profits from this party will go to Baltimore Safe Haven and HIPS 21+ ($20) 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.. at Ottobar (Upstairs), 2549 North Howard Street. For more information, go to: theottobar.com or call: 410-662-0069.

Tuesday, February 21

“BowLIQ”: The Bowling Party: A drunk bowling experience featuringRobby 88 x HFrinks and sounds by Que The Que. ($10 – $25) 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Shake N’ Bake Family Fun Center, 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue. For more information, call or text: 240-513-9093.

Wednesday, February 22

Cupcakke, DJ Sweet Spot and Dapper Dan Midas: Bold and outspoken Chicago rapper CupcakKe will be joined by Dapper Dan Midas a.k.a. DDm, as well as DJ Sweet Spot, host of a local LGBTQ event series. All ages. ($27.50 – $32.50) 8 p.m. at Ottobar, 2549 North Howard Street. For more information, go to: theottobar.com or call: 410-662-0069.

Teri Henderson is the Arts and Culture Editor of Baltimore Beat. She is the author of the 2021 book Black Collagists. Previously, she was a staff writer for BmoreArt, gallery coordinator for Connect +...