Valentine’s Day: you know how it goes. OK for some, sucky for most. Drinking is always an option, but that can get depressing fast; fortunately there’s some other stuff going on that might distract you from that massive teddy bear display in the middle of CVS.
Jenn Tisdale and Andrew Bucket host an evening of dark humor and darker music at The Dunes under the uplifting name “My Shriveled Black Heart.” Comedians Jamel Johnson, Bill Metzger, Chelsea Shorte, and Mariya Alexander, as well as a few unannounced special guests, will all share stories and do their best to keep you from thinking about hearts and flowers. 8 p.m. at The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place NW. $5 suggested donation.
Plucky, harmonic, and highly adorable band The Sweater Set plays a Valentine’s Day serenade at Barracks Row art gallery The Fridge tonight—-with free sweet stuff (chocolate-dipped strawberries and cupcakes) and “an opportunity to write your sweetie a valentine,” which you probably should have done earlier than 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Fridge, 516 8th St. NE. $15. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.
Two promising punk shows bookend Adams Morgan tonight, and there’s no reason you can’t hit both: Foul Swoops and Thee Lolitas play Red Onion Records at 7 p.m., and up Champlain Street NW, local softies Cigarette and definitely-not-softies Hand Grenade Job take over a space above City Bikes. No slow dancing or meaningful glances permitted, but the first show may have cupcakes. The first show begins at 7 p.m. at 1901 18th St., no admission price listed; second show at 8 p.m. (or whenever the first show ends) at 2503 Champlain St. NW. $5-$10 donation.
Professional soul man Cody Chesnutt‘s show at the Hamilton will probably make you feel… things. But the real draw may be his opening act: Julia Nixon, whose powerful voice knocked D.C. audiences out in Studio Theatre’s 2006 production of Caroline, or Change. Bring tissues. 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $17.
Probably hundreds of short-lived pairings have been kindled at The Black Cat, and tonight won’t be any different, because celebartender (celebritender?) Chad America is hosting his annual Valentine’s Day Rock & Roll Dance Party at the rock club once again. It’s free, and the romantic options are sure to be tatted. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Red Room, 1801 14th St. NW. Free.
The League of Unstoppable Women is sponsoring a community yoga class supporting One Billion Rising’s efforts to combat violence towards women. The session will be taught by yogis April Ramee and Krisee D’Augiar and followed by a happy-hour dance party at Madam’s Organ. And if “drinking in Adams Morgan” doesn’t scream “find your life mate,” I don’t know what does. Register online and find out more here. 5 p.m. at Embrace Yoga Studio, 1650 Columbia Road NW. Free, donations to House of Ruth D.C. suggested.