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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 10:40 UK time, Thursday, 10 February 2011




Valentines... what do you do, embrace it or ignore it? Either way, here's a few options... tickets still available for everything as I write this...


On Saturday night, Birmingham's indie club promoters and party organisers, Chicks Dig Jerks are throwing a Valentine's party, Hott Date, at The Flapper on Kingston Row, described by NME as 'the epicentre of Birmingham's Indie scene' . There will be live bands, DJs, a Blind Date game and a kissing booth.


Also on Saturday, at London's O2 Academy Islington, the guys behind indie night Feeling Gloomy, bring you Down With Dating - an anti-Valentine's night with the brilliant innovations of 'Speed Hating' and 'Blind Hate'. You also get entry to Feeling Gloomy afterwards. The bad news though is that this is only open to blokes - not sexism, just all the girls' tickets have sold out, but if you're a boy, they want you!


Or how about some old time dancing at one of London's best and most atmospheric venues -The Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley in South London. http://www.therivoli.co.uk/ If you haven't been before it's a dance hall - a brilliant and evocative retro slice of how things used to be back in the 50s. You'll find yourself surrounded not only by trendy young things but oldies who were there first time around. On Saturday night, they have a Juke Joint Jump jive night. Tickets available here:


On the dreaded night itself, you could forget about it all and go and see British Sea Power at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle.


Or how about a Victorian style Erotic Magic Lantern show courtesy of The Last Tuesday Society? I've talked about these guys before - they organise all sorts of 'fin de siècle'-style decadence and dandyism out of an old curiosity shop in Hackney. This features a show of antique French erotic slides accompanied by a talk by Professor Mervyn Heard. A saucy yet erudite way to yet you and your lover in the mood.


And if you're stuck for gift ideas, how about taking a peek at the Mills and Boon Pop Up shop in London's Selfridges?


A couple of interesting film events


Two touring film events have caught by eye. The first is Back to the Future: Japanese Cinema Since the Mid-90s. This is organised by the Japan Foundation, London and is a season of lesser known yet influential Japanese films from the last 15 years or so.


The films come from a selection of Japanese directors who have had success at home but may not be so well known overseas, so if you're into Japanese cinema it's a good chance to expand your horizons. Screenings include the serial killer thriller Cure by horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (not the famous Kurosawa) and Linda Linda Linda - a comedy about a teenage girl rock band.


The films are touring round the country between now and the end of March. You can see them at The ICA London, The Queens Film Theatre Belfast, Filmhouse Edinburgh, Broadway Nottingham, Arnolfini Bristol and Showroom Workstation Sheffield.


Look here to find out what's on when.


And the second tour that I want to mention is Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slideshow. Glover is an American film actor. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you may have seen him as George McFly in Back to the Future or the creepy thin man in the Charlie's Angels films or the Knave of Hearts in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. He was even in Huey's favourite movie Hot Tub Time Machine. He also famously once aimed a kick at David Letterman's head whilst on his TV show.


But, as well as acting in mainstream Hollywood films, albeit generally doing creepy unusual roles, he has kept up an intriguing sideline as a film-maker of strange independent films (look up 'What is It?' and It is Fine. Everything is Fine!' - the first two parts of a trilogy) and a writer of odd books. This tour involves a screening of It is Fine. Everything is Fine! followed by Glover reading from some of his books accompanied by a slideshow and then a Q&A.


He's just coming to the end of a little tour of the UK, but you can still see him at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on Feb16th and the Lighthouse Cinema in Wolverhampton on Feb 17th. For more details, look here



And finally...


A quick reminder about Leicester Comedy Festival, which kicked off on 4th Feb and runs till the 20th. So much comedy to check out - you'll get people's show from last year's Edinburgh Festival and people warming up for this one.


If you're in town next Wednesday, 16th, you can catch me doing my DJ Danny show at the Belmont Hotel at 7pm.


For details on everything going on at the festival, look at this




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