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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

It’s Valentine’s Day … You may or may not have plans.

1. Tower District Mardi Gras Parade
If the parade is anything like this flier … Holy crud, watch out.

2. Love, Comedy and Poetry
It’s not love if you can’t laugh together.

3. “50 Shades of Grey
Who cares if the movie is terrible? Am I right?

4. “A Streetcar Named Desire
For background.

5. Blimprov Presents
Be warned: One couple’s story will become the basis for the night’s show.

Plus a bonus five concert picks.

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Where to go for Valentine’s Day — even if you’re single

CEK VDAYPlenty of restaurants are doing something special for couples on Valentine’s Day and I’ll get to that in a minute, but first I want to share this event geared toward single folks who get the shaft on the romantic holiday. Ducey’s Bar & Grill in Bass Lake is having a S.A.D. Party, which is short for Single Awareness Day. It’s not really a sad event, they say. In fact, they’re also calling it a “Cupid is Stupid” party. They’ll have a DJ, drink specials and lots of anti-Valentine’s decor. $5 cover charge, 9 p.m. to midnight.

For those of you lucky enough to have someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, my column last week has suggestions for where you can dine out. They range from the budget friendly (heart-shaped pizza from Me-N-Ed’s) to dinners designed to wow your date (a Valentine dinner at Erna’s Elderberry House). Remember, reservations are must.

A few restaurants that shared their Valentine’s plans after deadline include:

  • Plaza Ventana. Both restaurants are offering a meal for two for $39 that includes a choice of salmon with shrimp, a chicken mango salad, pollo en mole or a rib eye steak. It also includes two margaritas, and dessert.
  • Vino & Friends is having a Valentine’s dinner Thursday and Friday. For $60 per person (plus $20 for wine witch each course), diners get a three-course meal. Entrees include pork chop with sweet potato gnocchi, seared sea bass, duck breast with apricot jam or a roasted filet. A blood orange creme brûlée — doesn’t that sound amazing? — is one of three options for dessert. Full menu here.

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UPDATE: You can win signed ‘Warm Bodies’ poster

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UPDATE: Here are the winners of “Warm Bodies” signed posters: Hailey, Dan, Rachel.

Thanks for all the comments and keep watching for more contests.

ORIGINAL POST: I’m still pushing “Warm Bodies” as a great movie to go see tonight as part of your Valentine’s Day plans. To sweeten the pot, I’ve got some posters signed by the cast to give away.

Send me your short review of the movie — whether you saw it last week, will see it tonight or plan to see it next week — and I will put you into a random drawing to win one (1) of three (3) miniature movie posters for the film that’s been signed by the cast. The autographs includes Nicolas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Dave Franco and Analeigh Tipton. I think the other two signatures are writer Isaac Marion and the director Jonathan Levine but I’m not sure.

The movie may not be here for much longer but I still will give you some time. All review comments must be posted by Feb. 22. The winners will be notified and they will be able to pick up their poster at the Fresno Bee during normal working hours.

Here are the official rules:

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Cupid roundup: Links of love (or at least lust)


Looking for cheer and mirth on this beautiful Valentine’s Day? Here’s a love smorgasbord:

LOVE THAT LASTS: Couples married for decades will perform Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies. [Bee]

INNOVATIVE GIFTS: Send a singing telegram from Fresno City College choral students or “adopt” an animal at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. [ABC30]

LOOK AT ME: How To Get A Guy To Notice You While You’re Having Sex With Him. [The Onion]

FRANK’S PLACE: “Silly Love Songs” with Debi Ruud and Nate Butler, jazz gospel with Epiphany Tones. [Facebook]

LOVE AND ART: Karen LeCocq and David Medley will be on hand 5-8 p.m. today at Gallery 25 to show folks their “26 Years of Valentines.” [Bee]

GETTING SOME ACTION: Why’Die Hard’ is the perfect Valentine’s Day movie (for guys) [CNN]

TEARS OF LOVE: Rick Bentley reviews “Safe Haven,” the new Nicholas Sparks flick. [Bee]

NO HEART: Fresno will evict the homeless on Valentine’s Day. [Indybay]

LATIN JAZZ: Catch the “Little Big Band” music of Rumba 32.  [Fulton 55]

I CURSE YOU, V-DAY: Celebrate the day after with “Lonely Hearts,” an anti Valentine’s dance party. [Facebook]

Photo: Assistant County Clerk Cindy Lee, right, laughs as Clifford and Madeline Gartin kiss. Bee photo by Eric Paul Zamora.

Analeigh Tipton ‘Model’ actor

WARM BODIESTomorrow is Valentine’s Day and three new movies are opening if you are looking for a date option: “Safe Haven,” “Beautiful Creatures” and “A Good Day to Die Hard.” The first two have a romantic element that make them obvious picks. “Dies Hard” doesn’t seem like the kind of film that fits a romantic date but the studio is promoting it as a film where “you can get some action.”

All three are good selections but don’t forget “Warm Bodies.” The romantic comedy about a girl and her zombie is a great date movie because it blends falling in love elements with killing zombies.

If you go see the movie, you might recognize Analeigh Tipton who plays Nora, the best friend to the zombie lover. Before getting into acting, she appeared on the 11th edition of the TV reality competition series “America’s Next Top Model” and finished third.

Here are five questions with the young actress/model:

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Surprise your Valentine with a singing quartet


Looking for something more than the standard dozen roses to celebrate V-Day? Here’s a fun option for you: Send a singing quartet to your beloved. Four singers from the local GNC A Capella men’s barbershop chorus dressed in formal garb will offer a couple of love songs, a red rose and a box of chocolate anywhere in the Fresno-Clovis area for just $35.

There are still openings available on the schedule. Call “Valentine Central” at (559) 456-9566 to make a reservation.