Valentine's Day events in Tampa Bay : MUSE art show, GLBT dance, blow a glass heart for your Valentine, Pieces of Love Fabaret and more

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Instead of leaving your heart in SanFran, you can find it in Gulfport – or, more accurately, make it. Learn to Blow a Glass Heart for Your Valentine at the Industrial Arts Center (cue Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” jokes), or just buy a professionally made one if you want your sweetie to know you’re giving them your heart, not a blob of misshapen glass.


Okay, so you like the romance but your sig-o likes to laugh: try the M.A.D Theatre Pieces of Love Fabaret, a collection of amour-inspired Broadway hits performed at everyone’s favorite GaYbor destination, Streetcar Charlie’s.


Or, just forget all the lovey-dovey BS and get down and dirrrty with the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins, who’ve been split into teams and pitted against each other for the Bloody Valentine's Day Death by Derby.


MUSE art show, Sat., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.-midnight, ARTpool, 919 First St. Ave. N., St. Petersburg, $10 in advance, $15 at the door, artpoolrules.com; GLBT Valentine’s Sweetheart Dance, Sat., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.-midnight, The Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, $25 in advance, $30 at the door, sphf.org; Blow a Glass Heart for Your Valentine, Sat., Feb. 13, 6-10 p.m., Industrial Arts Center, 2902A Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, industrialartscenter.org; Pieces of Love Fabaret, Feb. 12-13, 8 p.m. dinner, 9 p.m. show Fri.-Sat., Streetcar Charlie’s, 1811 N. 15th St., Ybor City, 813-248-1444 or madtheatre.com for reservations; Bloody Valentine’s Day Death by Derby, Sat., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., USA Skateplex, 5313 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, tampabayderbydarlins.com.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview up-and-coming events to mark your calendar for. This weekend's fast-approaching Valentine’s Day is a holiday for lovers – but if you’re heading to ARTpool’s MUSE show, it might be best enjoyed as a single (unless you enjoy getting slapped for ogling). That’s because the exhibit, inspired by “love, sex, nudes or Saint Valentine” showcases a lot of interesting work by talented St. Pete artists – but Saturday’s trendy love-fest is also packed with hordes of painted nekkid ladies (like the gal pictured right). Yep, they’re wearing nothing but some pasties, a bit of string, maybe a few feathers, and the work of some very lucky airbrush artists. Commence drooling.

If you’re more candlelight than flambé, try the GLBT Valentine’s Sweetheart Dance at the Coliseum, where you’ll find St. Pete’s cutest couples cuddling up on the dance floor, swaying to tunes of DJ Kaylee. Best part is, proceeds go to the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, which helps local women in need.

More inexpensive, arty, fun, flirty, romantic Valentine's events after the break:

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