Valentine's Day: Celebrate on the cheap

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With Valentine's Day falling on a Tuesday this year, we're guessing that many folks will procrastinate on putting together any special plans. But just because you elected to wait until Monday doesn't mean that you can't still plan something awesome for your sweetheart. Looking for ideas? We've put together a list of hot happenings this tomorrow evening, including free music shows, cheap theater, and even a few fun dinners. Not feeling the V-Day spirit? We've got some anti-Valentine's events on our list as well. And while most of these shindigs aren't free, they won't break your bank either as nothing here costs over $50.

Free music shows:

Valentine's Day Show
(Fine Line Music Cafe: 318 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100)

With Featherlegs, BlueClaw. 7 p.m.

Nikki's Birthday Shindig
(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-3454)

Featuring Rapedoor and Sheephead.

February Conspiracy Series: Good Diction
(331 Club: 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746)

10 p.m.

Elliott Blaufuss & the Sensitive Fellas

(Gluek's Restaurant & Bar: 16 N. 6th St., Minneapolis, 612-338-6621)

9 p.m.

The Bootstrap Family Band, Up Jumped the Devil, El Drifte 'The King of Love'
(Lee's Liquor Lounge: 101 Glenwood Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-338-9491)

9 p.m.  

The Weekly Triple Double

(Triple Rock Social Club: 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-333-7399)

9 p.m.

Staving
(Merlins Rest: 3601 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-216-2419)

7 p.m.

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Looking for Love?

Nerds at Heart's First Annual Love Fest
(508 Bar & Restaurant, 508 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-339-0036, www.bar508.com)

Come meet your nerd match at this barhopping event featuring games, video trivia, drinks, and more. Registration is required, so visit nerdsatheart.com. 7-10 p.m. $30.

Poetry SlamMN's 17th Annual Erotica Slam

(Kieran's Irish Pub, 601 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-4499, www.kierans.com)

Bring your sexiest thoughts to share, and be sure to come early, as this event gets crowded fast. 8 p.m. (sign-up at 6:30 p.m.). $7.

Fun events to bring a date to:

V-Day Vegan Gourmet Dinner
(Seward Community Cafe, 2129 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, 612-332-1011, www.sewardcafempls.net)

Proceeds benefit Boneshaker Books. Seatings at 7 & 8:30 p.m., $20.

Victorian Poetry Slam

(James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St Paul, 651-297-2555, www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh)

Come listen to old-fashion love notes from writers of bygone eras. 7 p.m., $10.

An Ideal Husband

(Red Eye Theater, 15 W. 14th St., Minneapolis, 612-870-0309, www.redeyetheater.org)

Walking Shadow Theatre Company explores Oscar Wilde's tale of love. 7:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can.

Two Chairs Telling: Big Hearts, No Flowers
(Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737, www.bryantlakebowl.com)

Featuring Nancy Donoval and Susan O'Halloran. 7 p.m., $8-$12 sliding scale.

This Valentines Day Soiree
(Bayview Event Center & Charter Cruises, 687 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior, 952-470-VIEW, www.bayviewevent.com)

This party features comedian Kristin Andersen, drinks, appetizers, horse-drawn sleigh rides, boutique shopping, and a candle-lit dinner. 5:30 p.m., $35-$125.

Open Skate
(The Depot Skating Rink, 225 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-375-1700, www.minneapolisdepot.com)

Practice your moves on the ice with your sweetie. $6-$8; $6-$7 skate rental.

Love Lies Bleeding: A Valentine's Day Tribute to Elton John
(Amsterdam: 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3990)

With Elton Hills Drive, Kevin Bowe, John Eller, JoAnna Jahn, the Laurels String Quartet, more., $8/$10. 7 p.m.  

Music for Lovers by Lovers
(Artists' Quarter, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-292-1359)

7 p.m., $15; $25 per couple.

Ono Aloha (Delicious Love): Valentine's Rendezvous at Psycho Suzi's

(Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612.788.9069)

What says romance more than a medium pizza, six pack of beer (or bottle of wine), and ukulele music? Call ahead for reservations. 5-11 p.m., $30.

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Anti-V-Day Events:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
(Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, 612-377-2224, www.guthrietheater.org)

An enduring train wreck, Emily Swallow and Peter Christian Hansen star in this production of Tennessee Williams's landmark play. 7:30 p.m. $29-$68.

Gigantour
(Myth, 3090 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, 651-779-6984)

Jam out with Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil. All ages. 6 p.m. $46.

Minnesota Wild vs. Ducks
(Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-602-6000, wild.nhl.com)

Screw love. Spend the evening wallowing in sports. 6:30 p.m.
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