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    The week ahead: Nightlife

    Clubs & Dance Nights

    FLIRT FEST Think you have the best (or worst) pick-up line in existence? Even if it doesn’t win you a date, it might get you a prize in the Best & Worst Pick-Up Line Contest. This anti-Valentine’s Day event for singles also features a reception, DJ, and dancing, and the crowning of Boston’s biggest Male and Female Flirts. Feb. 14, 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets: $20. Bell in Hand, 45-55 Union St., Boston. 781-444-7771, www.bostonevent

    ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY SOIREE Another event for those that disdain the February holiday for lovers. Local bands Shadwell, Ruby Rose Fox, and Parlour Bells provide the music, and storyteller Brendyn Schneider tells the tales. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 advance. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0759, www.lizardloungeclub

    TRISTAN GARNER During February, the Estate has been hosting an impressive lineup of international DJs. Next up is Parisian DJ/producer Garner, whose international hits include “Give Love,” “Freedom,” and “Caribe.” Garner’s recent project is the new Xtra Life Records. Get ready to dance. Feb. 15, 10:30 p.m.
    Tickets: $20, $30. 21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000,


    ERIC PRYDZ The house music master is a man of many names (Cirez D and Sheridan, for example). He’s enjoyed commercial success with “Call on Me” and the Grammy-nominated “Proper Education,” and continues to churn out music at an impressive pace. Feb. 16, 10 p.m. 21+. Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston.

    Milva DiDomizio


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    LOVE AND OTHER GATEWAY DRUGS Improv Asylum’s main-stage cast takes aim at Valentine’s Day with improv games structured for couples and some of the best romance-related sketches from the last 15 years of the company’s shows. Feb. 14, 7 and 9 p.m. $25. Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston. 617-263-6887,

    FAITH SOLOWAY’S LESBIAN CINEMA SCHLOCK TREATMENT Soloway takes down lesbian cinema of the ’90s,
    “Mystery Science Theater 3000”-style,
    in song and commentary, starting
    with “Claire of the Moon,” which she calls “claustrophobically bad.” She
    describes the show as “revenge therapy.” Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $15. Somerville Theatre,
    55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700, www.somervilletheatreonline

    “Mortified” is already a squirm-inducing event, featuring regular people reading their awkward teen journals, poetry, or lyrics,
    and that should only intensify with the young-valentines theme. Early show
    is sold out. Feb. 14, 10 p.m. $15. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 866-811-4111,

    Offerman is closely associated with his “Parks and Recreation” character,
    Ron Swanson. With his one-man show, he steps out as himself, expounding on virtues like common courtesy and
    getting outside. Feb. 16, 7 and 9:45 p.m. $29. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849,

    Nick A. Zaino III