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Valentine's Day

Looking for a cultural event for your Valentine's Day date?

Highlights from the weekend's romantic offerings

  • Valentine's treasures at MAST
    Courtesy Tasha SabatinoValentine's treasures at MAST
  • Amy Rude's Heartbeast, Saturday at The Screening Room
    Amy Rude's Heartbeast, Saturday at The Screening Room

Friday, Feb. 12

MAST hosts “Paper Hearts and Golden Boots,” a gallery opening and fundraiser.

For those not familiar with new Lost Barrio gallery and boutique MAST, a primer: Founded in 2009 by artists Mellow Lomba, Alison May, Sofie Albertsen-Gelb and Tasha Sabatino, MAST features handmade jewelry designs, ceramics, clothing and accessories by themselves and other artists.

On Friday, MAST opens a new exhibition by sculptor Nick Georgiou and painter/illustator by Titus Castanza. Both artists are bold figurists whose powerful imagery resonates with contemporary concerns. Georgiou’s carefully-constructed newsprint-sculptures engage in commentary on their intended urban backdrop; Castanza’s charged portraits reflect on the nature of portraiture even as they remain beautiful objects.

The ladies of MAST have all created special items perfect for the one you love, or want to love, including fantastic, handmade valentine cards with all proceeds going to Partners in Health to aid in the Haitian relief effort.

The reception, held from 6-9 pm, will include a performance by local band, Golden Boots.

MAST, 299 S. Park Ave. 720-0299

Saturday, February 13

The Screening Room presents a Pre-Valentine's Day Look at Love, headlined by Tucson's own Amy Rude's Heartbeast.

This entire evening of performance will focus on the subject of love, in all its configurations. Amy Rude will lead her band in some love songs for the occasion. Partial proceeds for this event will benefit Tucson’s Kore Press.

Opening for Rude will be a spoken word piece by local performance artist/gallerist Colleena Candelabra; a poetry reading by Stephanie Balzer; a performance by Phoenix artists Simon Donovan and Chris Danowski; and improvisatory dance from local troupe Movement Salon.

After the performances, there will be a selection of short films by Rebecca Barten, Edward Rosenbloom, Helen Hill and more.

The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress. Doors open at 8 pm, show is at 8:30 sharp, tickets are $8.
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Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa presents Diane Schuur with the Jeff Daniel Band. 

Diane Schuur, two-time Grammy Award winner for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, brings her unique voice to La Paloma. Also a songwriter, Schuur’s playful sensibility and vast songbook is sure to impress your valentine, just as she has impressed the likes of collaborators Stan Getz and B.B. King. Jeff Daniel Band will open the show.

Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive

7:30 pm, admission $35-$75

Call 742-6000 or visit for more information

Club Congress: Foreplay

For a little naughty fun with your valentine, Club Congress and Switchblade Parade present “Foreplay,” their 2nd annual Valentine Cabaret. The VIP room , access to which comes with VIP admission, promises to deliver an arousing experience.

Club Congress, 311 E. Congress

8pm doors, 9pm show, followed by Bang Bang afterparty.

General admission $8, VIP admission $20/$35 per couple

Call 622-8848 or visit for more information.

Sunday, Feb. 14

Romance at Tiffany's: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Little Black Dress fashion show.

The Loft celebrates Valentine’s Day with the screening of a brand-new, 35mm print of Blake Edwards’ classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” This is the film that launched Audrey Hepburn from starlet to icon as Holly Golightly. 

The film, adapted by George Axelrod from Truman Capote’s novella, is a true romance, featuring George Peppard as Hepburn’s love interest, and Mickey Rooney as her madcap landlord.

The Loft will also present as part of the screening a fashion show by Black Cat Vintage, featuring the “little black dress” Hepburn is partially responsible for making a fashion must-have.

A raffle to win a bracelet from Tiffany and Co. at the event will benefit Tucson’s Hermitage cat shelter, who will send representatives to the screening to help us help Tucson cats in need, just as Holly Golightly helps the film’s beloved Cat.

The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

7 pm, admission $8

For more information, call 795-7777 or visit

Attention all wedding crashers! 

Hotel Congress is offering free wedding ceremonies and vow renewals in the hotel’s Copper Hall. While the weddings are all booked, the receptions, to be held in the Club, ought to be a blast. What’s more romantic, than a wedding, after all? Tucson’s own Cathy Rivers will serve as officiant for the ceremonies, and a Club Congress DJ will play songs selected by the brides and grooms.

Club Congress, 311 E. Congress

Call 622-8848 or visit for more information.

All the single ladies

Forget retail therapy! Pay dealer prices at The Gown Rack's sale, featuring a large selection of vintage dresses. The sale is hosted by Habitation Realty, and is being held on Sunday Feb.14 from 8am-12 pm at 105 W. 5th St.

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