imageOne day isn’t good enough when it comes to LGBT love. Valentine’s Day isn’t until Sunday, but gay Atlanta gets started early with art shows, a film fest, parties, commitment ceremonies and more.

Hallmark may have resurrected an obscure holiday to push greeting cards in an otherwise slow season. But starting Wednesday and continuing through the big day, our people make it their own. Some two dozen local events are on our daily Gay Agenda community calendar so far.

A chance to make a political statement? Three in fact. To support local artists and queer film? Yup, times five. To celebrate sexuality? Naturally. To honor loved ones who passed too soon? Check. Any reason to party? But of course.

To thumb our noses at the whole concept of the holiday? Yes, even those are on the list.

But you don’t need us to wax on. We’ll give you more details on some of the biggies later. For now, click for details and get a jump on your plans with this advance glance at Valentine-themed plans for this week:

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Stupid Cupid
with GoGay411
Taverna Plaka

“Abstracts of Love” art exhibit
Artists reception honors Allen Thornell and benefits Georgia Equality
Jack Art Gallery
Show continues through March 5.


Thursday, Feb. 11
“For the Love of Art”
Artist showcase and wine tasting
Bellissima

Papi’s Café Con Leche “Red Hard Candy Fiesta”
Heretic

“Love Me, Love Me Not”
Valentine party and straw poll with Stonewall Democrats
Phillip Rush Center

“St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” Goth Night
Mary’s


Friday, Feb. 12
Your own same-sex commitment ceremony
First MCC.
Reserve your slot now.

CinErotic Film Fest, Night 1: “Queer as F*ck”
eyedrum gallery

Black & White Valentine Ball
YouthPride

Cliterally Speaking: Valentine’s Bliss
with Diana Cage
Charis Books & More

Candy Shop
with DJ Vicki Powell
Bellissima

Love Hangover Weekend
with Traxx Atlanta
Atlanta Live

VD breakout: Love stinks
with the Spirit of St. Judy Garland
Mary’s


Saturday, Feb. 13
CinErotic Film Fest, Night 2: “Passion & Pleasures”
eyedrum gallery

Same-sex commitment ceremonies continue
First MCC. Reserve your slot.

Mass Commitment Ceremony
includes reception and certificate
Paris Decatur

Queer Valentine Poetry Readings
with 17 poets
Bound to Be Read Books

Red Hot Mixx
with DJs Vicki Powell and Brett Long
Mixx Atlanta

Valentine’s Dance & Dinner
with LGBT & Allies Dance Group
Christ Covenant MCC

BigMuscleBears.com Bash
Heretic
Meet and greet your online friends

Love Hangover Weekend
Traxx Atlanta


Sunday, Feb. 14
CinErotic Film Fest, Night 3: “Kink-O-Matic”
eyedrum gallery

Love on the Rocks
Valentine cocktails benefits Joining Hearts
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom

Heartbreakers Ball
with DJs Shane V. and Justin Ryan
Tongue & Groove

Give Cupid the Boot
Artmore Hotel’s Studio Bar & Lounge

“14” V-Day Party
with Rockstar Productions
Academy Ballroom

Armorette’s Anti-Valentine’s Day show
Blake’s On the Park

Trashetta Galore’s “V-Day Sweets & More”
Bangkok Thai

Boots & Ballroom: Couples dancing, Valentine’s Edition
Mei Zhong Tai Chi Studio

Love Hangover Weekend
with Traxx Atlanta
Scores

Show Some Heart for Helen fundraising concert
with Lilli Lewis Band
the 5 Spot

Days of Whiners and Roses
Model T