By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
They say Love is Blind. They also say our love won't pay the rent. "They" say a lot of things, actually, and you really shouldn't listen to "them" ever. But what's this? Lucky7 is hosting Love is Blind to raise funds for Assessment Treatment Services Center? What's that? I'm waiting to hear back. But I do know it's at the new Symposium Wine Bar. So are you a young professional looking to make a difference in your community? Are you looking to fill an area in your life by helping others? Can you do so by drinking some wine at this here pre-Valentine's Day fund-raiser? Will there be hotties? It is decidedly so! $10. 6:30 p.m. Symposium Wine Bar, 2963 Michelson Dr., Irvine, (714) 730-5683.
The magnificent Chapped Cheeks, who, according to our fine Calendar section, are Southern California's premier western/swing, classic country band, play Cook's Corner (which Country Music Television called one of the best honky-tonks in the country) one more time. The real question is: Will Buck Naked be playing with them? Reply hazy! Try again! 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Cook's Corner, 19152 Santiago Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon, (949) 858-0266.
Oh, dear me! What to do? Will you go see alt.-country superstar/redneck nemesis Steve Earlewith Allison Moorer at the Mouse House of Blues? 9 p.m. $25-$27.50. All ages. 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 778-2583; www.hob.com.
The masterfully bizarre Jonathan Richman ("I Went Dancing at the Lesbian Bar"; "Pablo Picasso Was Never Called an Asshole") in the intimate Detroit? 7 p.m. $10. 21+. 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0600.
Or the purty, classy Linda Ronstadtwith Pacific Symphony Pops? 8 p.m. $26-$125. All ages. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2122; www.ocpac.org. Well, that depends where you fall on the coolness spectrum, no?
If you've plumb fallen off the scale altogether, you can head over to the Valentine's Dinner Dance sponsored by Confidential Christian Introductions, where a Christian DJ plays disco, funk, oldies, country, swing, Top 40 and contemporary Christian. Dinner includes chicken picatta, a mixed-greens salad, vegetables, mashed potatoes and New York cheesecake with raspberry sauce—and for each course, the men will change tables. And they will not be serving alcohol at all. FUN! 6 p.m. $44-$50. Sheraton Four Points, 1500 S. Raymond Ave., Fullerton.
Remember when the city of Long Beach was so stupid they wouldn't let Koo's Art Cafť hold nude life-drawing classes because dirty old skeeves might pop a boner? Remember how we pointed and laughed? Well, they didn't like that very much. They hemmed and hawed and acted like they like art, and then they finally gave Koo's its license. So now, praise Jesus, you can join the Barely Legal Life Drawing Class. Please be over 18 and erect. 1-4 p.m. $10. 540 E. Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 491-7584; www.koos.org.
Is it that time of year again? Oh, yay! Now, I've been cured of the Sierra Singles—the time I went, I said I was going out to my car for something and never came back—but this time, the Chapter Meeting features the Sierra Madre Search & Rescuepresenting Winter Awareness and Preventative Search & Rescue. And they might be hot! Team members will talk about some of their most memorable rescues—in your pants! Bring utensils, beverage and optional potluck item to share. 6:30 p.m. $2. Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 963-6345.
Or you could go for the much more appropriate Drag the River. I don't know who they are, and I don't care: they sound awesome. 9 p.m. Free. 21+. Gypsy Lounge, 23600 Rockfield Blvd., Lake Forest, (949) 854-5661.
Now that Valentine's Day is over, it's time for the Divorced and Step-Family Workshop! No, seriously. I know you don't think you need to, but you need to go. 7 p.m. Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way, Brea, (714) 990-7100.
Let me peer deep into my crystal ball, and see whether you'll be attending the Cal State Long Beach Campus Progressives for a lecture by journalist Kevin Pina, who speaks and shows clips from his new documentary, Haiti: The Betrayal of Democracy on the U.S.-sanctioned kidnapping and coup of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004—6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Cal State Long Beach University Student Union, Beach Auditorium, First Floor, 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 714-2976—or whether instead you'll enrich yourself with a "concert" by the no-talent little sister of no-talent Jessica Simpson. Yeah, that's right! Ashlee Simpson! Hmmm, peering deeply . . . deeply . . . and it looks like we should totally carpool to the Grove! 8 p.m. All ages. The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 712-2700.
Remember when your honey gave you the clap? Yeah? Good times. Well, in a sign that Valentine's Day is really and truly and honest-to-God over (just like the love that was once in your heart), Peter Howley discusses the relationship between papilloma viruses and cancer in Viruses and Human Cancer—Opportunities for Prevention and Therapy. Reservations required. 4 p.m. UC Irvine, Sprague Hall, University & Campus drs., Irvine, (949) 824-8202.