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Valentine's Day: Where To Get Romantic, Or Not

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is here. Plan accordingly.

California Academy of Sciences "Sex and Science" Wine & Dine Tour

The day before Valentine's Day, see how love and sex manifests itself in the animal kingdom, from penguins to lobsters to sea slugs (!) and more, then toast your date over wine and a four-course meal at the museum's decorated Moss Room restaurant. Make it a double whammy with a quick trip to the de Young beforehand. $159 per person. Starts at 6 pm. 415-379-8000. Tickets here.

Mortified's 5 Year, Mega-Angsty Anniversary Party

We've covered Mortified a lot over the years, but next month marks the holy grail of angsty onstage confessions and hilarious admissions of geeky absurdity. It's the oft sold-out show's 5 year anniversary. They're throwing a birthday party at the Makeout Room on December 3rd and 4th, but you can get a taste this Thursday and Friday at 8 pm if you've never experienced the magic. You'll want to grab tickets for the anniversary now, because they'll be gone in a flash.

Get Mortified at the Make-Out Room This Weekend

Remember those things you wrote as a kid—diaries, unanswered love letters, cheesy song lyrics, the first few chapters of what you believed could be the next great American novel—that for some reason you saved? You're not alone. Since 2002, Mortified has collected and presented "angst written" artifacts of youth and will celebrate four years of bringing shame to San Francisco this weekend with two shows at the Make-Out Room. Come see the best (worst?) of SF's 2009 Mortified participants—from seasoned performers to jittery amateurs—share their adolescent masterpieces.

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