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Weekend preview: 17 ways to find Valentine's Day mood

Love is its own particular brand of lunacy, made all the more exciting with the occasion of a Valentine’s Day full moon on Friday night.

For young dancer and performance artist Ana Mendez, it’s a perfect time for “Date Night,” a Friday night mashup of her new dance piece and “Angel Without You,” an exhibit of the boldly bitchy and achingly sentimental neon sculpture of renowned British artist Tracey Emin at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.

“A lot of my work has to do with rituals, so the cycle of the moon is very important for my own space and the people watching,” says Mendez, acknowledging that she picked the date when MOCA commissioned her dance piece. “[A full moon] is just wild. Energetically, people will be more … kind of … available?”

“Angel Without You” is Emin’s first U.S. museum exhibition, and has been a popular one for MOCA. It includes 60 evocative responses to the complexity of love, written in Emin’s hand and converted into individual neon pieces. They range from “You Loved Me Like a Distant Star” and “Meet Me in Heaven I Will Wait for You” to “F--- Off and Die You Slag.”

Friday’s event, which will run from 8 to 10 p.m. and include refreshments, will require guests to walk through Emin’s words to reach a small room in the rear, where Mendez will perform her 12-minute solo work.

While she doesn’t want to give away too much, Mendez says she’s taking some cues from the “dark and moody” performance space.

“I walked through the exhibit and felt this kind of energy, an electricity, with the handwritten neon,” says Mendez, a Miami native who studied dance at the University of Illinois. “It’s very personal, like a diary. There’s the buzz and the darkness. … I am taking that energy and creating something that can live next to it.”

“Date Night” is $10, members free. Info:, 305-893-6211. For more on Mendez, go to

When Blondie brings “Heart of Glass” and other hits to the eclectic BleauLive music series at the Fontainebleau on Saturday, the Miami Beach resort will offer a few ways to couple up: The Signature Dinner and Show package ($175 per person) includes a three-course meal, two hours at the bar and a pass to the concert; the VIP Fan package ($699) gets you a deluxe room, two concert tickets, two hours at the bar and 2 p.m. checkout on Sunday; the Heart of Glass package includes all the above, plus the pre-show dinner, two spa treatments and a meet-and-greet with Blondie, for $799 per night. Info: 800-548-8886,

The city of West Palm Beach is offering a movie depicting a disaster that led to the gruesome deaths of more than 1,500 men, women and children as a romantic Valentine’s Night adventure. Hey, whatever turns her on. At least you’re not making out to “Schindler’s List.” “Titanic” screens for free at 7:30 p.m. on the downtown Waterfront. Info: 561-822-1515,

Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale will offer a sweet evening that begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a bottle of French wine, a dessert bar and a keepsake photo opp on the leafy John Mager Courtyard, followed by a screening of the French romantic comedy “Girl on a Bicycle” at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 per couple. Info: 954-525-3456,

Seasalt and Pepper, the Miami River restaurant made famous with a recent, buzzy visit from pop culture’s leading couple (that would be Beyonce and Jay Z), is offering a three-course Aphrodisiac Menu on Friday night. Sample entrée: seared filet mignon with bitter Venezuelan chocolate topped with a seared foie gras over a bed of malanga mash in a cappuccino reduction. It’s $85, and includes a glass or Perrier Jouet Champagne. They also have some designed-for-the-day cocktails to get you in a mood.  “The Birds and the Bees” combines the following ingredients:  Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur,  Stoli Sticki (honey-flavored vodka),  almond milk, lemon juice, organic egg whites,  honey syrup and rose water. Damn. Info: 305-440-4200,

You know she wants it. Tickets are on sale now for the recently announced five-week return of the Chippendales male revue to Mansion on Miami Beach, beginning Feb. 20. Info:

Tickets will go on sale Valentine’s Day for April 10-11 performances by the trailblazing  burlesque star Dita Von Teese at Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale. More than a nostalgic homage to stripper kitsch, a night with Von Teese offers a dazzling survey of pop-culture savvy, daring couture lingerie, music and drinks. On sale 10 a.m. Friday, tickets cost $35, $75 VIP, $200 (two-top table), $400 (four-top table) at the box office (100 SW Third Ave.), and all Ticketmaster outlets. Call 954-449-1025 or go to

No matter who he is, the first stirrings of, um,  romance in your man came with the arrival of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (which happens again on Feb. 18). The magazine’s 300-page, large-format,  50th anniversary coffee-table book “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” includes many of the iconic images that were seared into his adolescent brain, from Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley to Elle McPherson, Brooklyn Decker and Kate Upton. You know he wants it. Here's McPherson, 20 years after her first SI shoot, reminding us what beauty is:

Not sure what you’re doing for lunch, but at 1 p.m. Friday a flash mob will take over the grass stage on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road to promote Stiffy Strips, a new all-natural, dissolve-in-your-mouth sexual-enhancement product that contains, among other things, tree bark. Timber! The guerrilla-marketing mob will gather for “a steamy smooching session, complete with heavy-petting and clothes-shedding.” And free samples. Info:

Either way, O’Shea’s Irish Pub in West Palm Beach knows how you feel. For dinner on Friday, they’re offering a three-course meal ($29) that includes a framed, keepsake photo (reservations: 561-833-3865). But at 10 p.m. comes O’Shea’s Anti-Valentine's Day Party, with a heart-shaped piñata and $3 shot specials every time the DJ plays “Love Stinks.” Info:

You cannot release a beer called Fuhgeddaboudit Red on Valentine’s Day and deny that you harbor some hurt feelings. On Friday, the 17 Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza locations in South Florida will debut the new beer from Oakland Park-based Funky Buddha Brewery. At 5.4-percent ABV, it may take a few to make you forget. Info:,

The love of your life these days may be your child, whose unconditional affection often requires expression in crafty, refrigerator-covering ways. The YAA Love Fest at the Young at Art Museum in Davie will provide a fun opportunity to work together from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Music and day-long work stations will entertain your young companion and leave you with several handmade symbols of love. Admission: $14, $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children older than 1. Info: 954-424-0085,

The lovely Nicole Henry (winner of the 2013 Soul Train Award for best traditional jazz performance) can swing, or she can get all sentimental on you, as she may when she performs an evening called “Isn’t It Romantic?” on Saturday in the Rrazz Room at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Tickets: $40 (plus two-drink minimum). Info: 954-344-5990,

At its “Give Your Heart Away” party, American Social in Fort Lauderdale will almost give away two themed drinks to the ladies, charging $2.14 for the Love Potion (pivotal ingredients: tequila and watermelon liqueur, garnished with a jalapeno) and Cupid’s Arrow (starring Absolut, honey liqueur and strawberries) from 7 to 9:14 p.m. Friday. Info: 954-764-7005,

Couples dining at Café Martorano on Friday will receive a CD of romantic R&B mixed by the Fort Lauderdale restaurant’s Philly soul-man owner, celebrity chef and former DJ Steve Martorano. Info: 954-561-2554,

The restaurant known as City Hall (2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) on Friday will host Dark Dining, one of those blindfolded eating events that challenge your senses in invigorating ways. Different is that this version sends a portion of the proceeds to Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. Info: 305-764-3130,

This is called taking one for the team, dude. The Grammy-winning boy band All-4-One, responsible for “I Swear,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “These Arms” and other hits, will perform a Valentine’s Day show at Jazziz Nightlife in Boca Raton. Tickets: $50, $95 and $150 (includes a bottle of champagne, roses, chocolates and a meet-and-greet). Info: 561-300-0730,

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