Valentine’s Day is a great day for the D.C. Record Fair—as any passionate record collector will tell you, nothing spells love like the warm sound of spinning vinyl. This year’s fair will have plenty of wax (and a few token CDs): The organizers—Som Records, DC Soul Recordings, and the Vinyl District blog—are promising 30 dealers from as far away as North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut. The afternoon also features a who’s who of local musicians DJing throughout the day, like Bluebrain, Geologist (of Animal Collective), Kid Congo Powers, Eric Hilton (Thievery Corporation), Ian MacKaye, and Rob Pierangeli (Casper Bangs). Forget candy, flowers, and an evening out, and instead keep Cupid busy with something unique in this digital era—an afternoon of crate-digging for sexy, old-school soul platters. THE RECORD FAIR TAKES PLACE FROM NOON TO 6 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $2. (202) 667-4490.

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