Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day events for everyone in Brooklyn

Classic comedy: “The Philadelphia Story” will screen at BAM as part of its weekend-long Valentine’s Day film series.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Brooklyn offers a multitude of Valentine’s Day events this month for everyone: those deeply in love, the bitter-hearted, and for those who are single and ready to mingle! This roundup of screenings, readings, parties, and wild shows should help you make your plan for Feb. 14! 

Bad romance

The micro-cinema Spectacle in Williamsburg offers some counter-programming with an “Anti-Valentine’s 2020” film series of twisted love stories with a twinge of horror, screening all month. Among the not-so-sweet lovers, are such as “Psychos in Love” (Feb. 14 and 22) about a blood-thirsty couple competing to out-murder one another, the horror spoof “Unmasked,” (Feb. 13 and 14), about the bond between a deformed serial killer and a blind woman, and W. Somerset Maugham’s melodrama of doomed romance “Of Human Bondage” (Feb. 12 and 16). 

“Anti-Valentines 2020”  at Spectacle (124 S. 3rd St. between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, www.spectacletheater.com/anti-valentines-2020/). Various times throughout the weekend. $10 each. 

All the single ladies

Greenpoint bookstore Word will host its fifth annual celebration of bodice-ripping romance novels. Join ladies with an appreciation for written romance at the “Galentine’s Day Spectacular” on Feb. 13, where your $25 ticket gets you a cocktail and a new romance novel. The night will also feature a panel discussion with five romance writers, along with trivia, games, and giveaways! 

“Galentine’s Day” at St. Vitus Bar (112o Manhattan Ave. between Box and Clay streets in Greenpoint, www.wordbookstores.com/event/word-bk-presents-fifth-annual-galentines-day). Feb. 13 at 7 pm. $25. 

For the hotties

Get hot and steamy with your special someone — and some nearly naked others — at Brooklyn’s only Russian bathhouse dance party on Valentine’s night. Cruise over to Brooklyn Banya in Kensington, where you can soak, let off some steam on the dance floor, and then refresh yourself with an appetizer spread of Russian specialties — and an open vodka bar! 

“Steamy Valentine’s Night at the Russian Baths” at Brooklyn Banya (602 Coney Island Ave. between Beverley Road and Avenue C in Kensington, banyaparty.brownpapertickets.com). Feb. 14 at 7 pm, 9 pm, or 11 pm. $40–$65.

Theatre C and Queer Queens will host a sexy dance party paying tribute to the Moulin Rouge. Photo by Clay Burch

Queer it up 

Shake your can-can at the queer dance party “Voulez-vous? Encore!” which pays tribute to the Moulin Rouge and Belle Epoque Paris. Bring your partner, or come single and meet someone new on the dance floor, where costumed figures will launch into choreographed routines alongside the audience, between performances by drag queens, dancers, and musicians. 

“Voulez-vous? Encore!” at 3 Dollar Bill (260 Meserole St. between Bushwick Avenue and Waterbury Street in Bushwick, www.theatrec.org/retro-factory). Feb. 14 at 9:30 pm. $45.

For the romantic

Stop by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the film portion of the traditional V-Day dinner-and-a-movie date. All weekend, the Rose Cinema will host “Long Weekend of Love,” a slate of films that celebrate love in all its forms. The movie series opens with “The Philadelphia Story” on Valentine’s Day, the Hollywood classic featuring a love triangle between Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart (well, between their characters). On Feb. 14, the series will also feature the iconic lesbian love story “Desert Hearts.”
For a romantic dinner before or after the show, check out prix fixe specials at Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg, Bacchus in Boerum Hill, or stay at home an order a heart-shaped pizza dinner for two from Fornino in Greenpoint.
“Long Weekend of Love”  at BAM Rose Cinema (30 Lafayette Avenue (between St Felix Street and Ashland Place in Fort Greene, www.bam.org). “Philadelphia Story” on Feb. 14 at  4:30 pm and 9:30 pm. “Desert Hearts” on Feb. 14 at 7 pm. $16.