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Valentine's Day treats: A selected guide

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On the Edge

Pajama party
The Viper Room will entertain jammie-clad romantics with live, loud rock provided by Hollywood Roses, a Guns N' Roses tribute band starring a singer who's a dead ringer for Axl Rose. Prizes for the best PJ-clad guests. (310) 358-1881

Love ball
Glam rock's Club Make-Up (at the Key Club) hosts an über-red event featuring the glitter-rock band Sex With Lurch and DJ Coyote Shivers. At midnight, performer Alexis Arquette plans to hit the stage amid a snow flurry to belt out "White Wedding," and drag performer Momma plays Cupid for the night, floating above the stage on a wire singing "Don't You Want Me?" (310) 274-5800.

Not just shredding wheat
Silver Lake punk rock hang Juvee Skate Shop will have rock bands the Shakes, the New Detectives and Three Way cranking while skate punks shred Juvee's half-pipe. (323) 666-2989.

MERGE, if you've the urge
The Highlands and its regular Friday night MERGE celebrate V-Day with hip-hop head DJ AM, Tarot card readers and an elixir bar. Discounts for guests dressed in red and entry to the Aphrodisiac Lounge. (323) 461-9800.

Poets and they know it
Valentine's Day is all about poetry and rhymes, right? So that notoriously costumed rap outfit Insane Clown Posse, at the Grove in Anaheim, is ideal for anyone looking for a V-Day outing with a major twist. (714) 712-2700.

On the Town

Salsa for dessert
Bandleader Poncho Sanchez and his orchestra return to the Conga Room for a special "Dia del Amor" including a sizzling Latin menu -- a hot fusion of Cuban, Puerto Rican and South American dishes -- and post-show salsa dancing. (323) 938-1696.

I love view
The Elliott Caine Quartet plays during dinner, then a Top 40 DJ provides the music for dancing as Windows (atop the 32-story Transamerica Center) provides the crow's-nest view of L.A. (213) 746-1554.

Cuban music along the coast
Elayne Y Su Orquesta Cubaney play salsa music on the Santa Monica pier at 10 p.m. Those who want to get their feet wet, so to speak, can show up early for a dance class for singles and couples. 6 p.m. (310) 458-8900.

Cha-cha like Chubby
Swing, fox trot, tango, Texas two-step, rumba, polka, cha-cha, samba and disco will be spun by DJ Brian Schreiber at the Joslyn Community Center in Manhattan Beach. (310) 802-5420.

Music of the night

Unplugged Yoakam
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam promises an acoustic set of his stripped-down honky-tonk music at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. (714) 957-0600.

A dash of hee-haw
Texan Junior Brown will bring a smile to your date's lips and a sparkle to his or her eye with such songs as "My Wife Thinks Your Dead." Tonight at the Ventura Theatre, (805) 639-3965, Saturday at the Key Club in Hollywood, (310) 274-5800, and Sunday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, (714) 496-8930.

Straight men
Bill Perkins, Sam Most, Mundell Lowe and Chuck Flores play straight-ahead jazz for jazz lovers at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach. (310) 937-4693.

Winging her way here
One of New England's most respected vocalists, Rebecca Parris crosses the country to sing Friday and Saturday at Steamers Café in Fullerton. (714) 871-8800.

The combo platter
The Jane Andree Jazz Combo plays at Lunaria in West L.A. (310) 282-8870.

Jazz and java
Bassist Jeff Littleton's quartet, including trumpeter Richard Grant and drummer Tony Austin, play at the Howling Monk Jazz Coffee Bar in Inglewood. (310) 671-8551.

Dressed up

Isn't it romantic?
Andrew Davis leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in concerts Saturday and Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion that marry Strauss' "Don Juan" and Dvorák's Romance for Violin and Orchestra. (323) 850-2000.

Worth crying about
The Paris-based opera company Teatro Lirico d'Europa offers "Rigoletto," Verdi's tragedy of love and deception, Friday and Saturday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (800) 300-4345.

The male perspective
UC Irvine's resident male vocal ensemble puts its spin on Valentine's Day with a concert at the campus' Winifred Smith Hall. (949) 824-2787.

Literarily speaking
Novelist Peter Lefcourt ("Eleven Karens") and poet Lois Starbuck ("Journey Through Sun and Shadow") discuss their works. Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. Today, (714) 842-4481.

Just for Fun

Blind date
ComedySportz show will feature improvised comedy based on "personal ads" filled out by the audience at National Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. (323) 856-4796.

Hip-hop ha-ha's
Valentine's show teams Darren Carter's hip-hop humor with Bob Marley's views on marriage and parenting at the Ice House in Pasadena. (626) 577-1894.

Comedy with bite
Bobby Slayton, "pit bull of comedy," serves up his "adults only" view of Valentine's. Today through Sunday at the Ontario Improv. (909) 484-5411.

The duo dynamic
A day-after Valentine's show features improv with couples as the theme on Saturday at the Improv Studio in L.A. (323) 653-6886.

One of a Kind

Sexo y Violencia Spectacularrrrrr
For some pre-Valentine's antics, join Lucha VaVoom at L.A.'s Mayan Theatre for tonight's show featuring the old-time burlesque of the Velvet Hammer with masked Mexican wrestlers. (213) 746-4287.

Silent, with sound
Valentine's weekend, organist Bob Mitchell plays the soundtrack to Buster Keaton's "The Battling Butler" at L.A.'s venerable Silent Movie Theatre. Musical guests Janet Klein and Ian Whitcomb sing hits from the 1920s. (323) 655-2520.

Make love not war
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics presents a Significant Forum for a Significant Other discussion, with artist, educator and activist Robbie Conal, center director Carol Wells, editorial cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and Guerrilla Girl Kathe Kollwitz. Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica. (310) 264-4678. (562) 432-6964.

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