— Friday night, celebrate the day early with a romantic night of both opera and Broadway show tunes, with the “Bizet to Broadway” concert, featuring lyric tenor Richard Troxell and mezzo-soprano Kirsten Chavez, set for 7 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Tickets are $22 at the door.

— A card and chocolates not enough to express your love? Order up a singing Valentine courtesy of the Mainely Music Chorus, a barbershop quartet that will, for a $40 donation, deliver a rose, chocolates and a song to the person of your choosing. To reserve a song in Greater Bangor, call Rick at 207-944-8017.

— In downtown Bangor you can celebrate your love in several ways. At Nocturnem Drafthaus, the Bangtown Swingers will sing songs of love and lust from 8 to 11 p.m., while the chef offers up a special, decadent V-Day dinner menu. At Tantrum Nightclub, the Haus of Paradigm will give an encore V-Day performance of their bellydance show “Mio,” set for 8 p.m. And at the Downunder Lounge at Seasons, local band the Trendy Robots host a Valentine’s Singles Dance.


— In what’s now a nearly two-decade traditions, “The Vagina Monologues” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Neville Hall on the University of Maine campus. Admission is $8 general and $6 students, with proceeds benefiting Spruce Run, Rape Response Services and the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center.


— In Washington County the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott hosts a lovely Valentine’s Dinner at the Center, located at 10 Commissary Point Road. Take your pick of either Parmesan Crusted Chicken or Pork Medallions, with vegetables, Waldorf salad, steakhouse bread, beverages and desserts, including Decadent Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce, Red Velvet Cake or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce. For reservations, call 733-2233.


— The Chocolate Church Arts Center hosts an evening of romantic songs performed by local musicians and singers, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. The cost is $15 per person or $20 per couple and includes dessert. There is a cash bar. This is a fundraiser for Hot Chocolate Jubilee VIII coming up the last weekend in March. For information and for tickets, email or call 207-442-8455.


— Want to proclaim your love, either avant- or apres-ski? Saddleback Ski Resort offers a chance between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, for couples to renew their vows or even get married. Let the fine folks at Saddleback known you’re coming by calling 864-5671.


— Feeling dancey? There are two cool events right on Congress Street that’ll do just that. At One Longfellow Square local rockers the Dapper Gents will perform with dance troupe Collective Motion, with the theme of love in all its forms, with two shows set for 5 and 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Meanwhile, over at Geno’s Rock Club, get a little naughty with Holly Dancer’s annual Valentine Burlesque Show, featuring all sorts of local dancers and artists performing. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $10.

— Feeling extra dancey? Portland Ballet hosts a sweet night of love-inspired ballet titled “Boy Meets Girl,” featuring dances choreographed to classic love songs. It’s set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14, at the Portland Ballet Studio Theatre on Forest Avenue. Tickets are $25-$40.

— The fourth annual Local Love Muscle Valentine’s Day Film Festival is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Space Gallery, bringing Portland’s finest filmmakers to the Space screen. Space says this is an “unthemed selection of short films intended to intrigue, enchant and delight” — we say it’s a great chance to see some local cinematic art. Best of all, it’s free.

— Finally, some of us have sweethearts. Some us have spouses. Some shower affection on our children. And some of us love our dogs. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, Planet Dog on Marginal Way in Portland hosts its annual Dog Kissing Contest, in which dogs and their owners can pucker up for a photo. The best photo subject gets a $75 gift certificate to Planet Dog.

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Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.