Friday: Pre-V-Day Events

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ART | It’s an art knock life

These days, college students are freaking out about entering the crappy job market, but for art students, the fear is nothing new. Post-grad life for the artsy set ain’t easy, but local artist Max Miller is hoping to make it go a little smoother. After graduating with degrees in studio art and art history from College of Charleston in 2002, Miller has worked hard to establish himself as a working artist, and now he’s created a website to help young artists “who are feeling untethered.” ArtStudentGallery.com is a new online community of emerging artists featuring a monthly exhibition, interviews with established artists, networking, and how-to articles on stuff like how to approach galleries and how to write an artist statement. “It’s something I wish I had in college, a better community of artists that help each other,” Miller says. To celebrate the launch of the website, Miller and his crew are hosting a festive event featuring art- and Valentine’s Day-themed games, funky films, a DJ, giveaways, refreshments, and live art. Attendees are encouraged to bring drawing materials. —Erica Jackson Fri., Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m. (843) 991-5792, www.artstudentgallery.com. CofC Communications Museum, 58 George St.

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THEATER | Hunka hunka burnin’ love

Richard Simmons, Elvis, and Miss South Carolina 2007 (pictured) all on one stage? Yep, it’s true. (Well, as long as you put quotation marks around the first two names ... but we hear they’re great impersonators.) They, along with talented Broadway performers star in “I’ll Take Romance: The Valentine Show.” It’s a series of classic love songs by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, George Gershwin, and many others, mixed in with comedy skits, dancing, and plenty of singing. From the same people who brought you “Broadway Show Stoppers” last year, this animated cast is ready to spice up your V-Day as they get the audience involved in a take-off on The Newlyweds. The performers get a little help from a live orchestra, elaborate costumes, and, of course, cupid. There will be many more surprises in store, so grab your date or round up some friends and go check it out. —Anna Linesch Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 15, 3 p.m. $32.50/adults, $29.50/seniors and military, $26.50/groups 15+, $19.50/kids 12 and under, $22.50/students,, (843) 416-8453. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. www.charlestonmusichall.com.

EVENT | Shot through the heart

Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day is often accused of being a corporate-driven day solely created to make people spend money on chocolate, gifts, lingerie, and fancy dinners. And while all these things are lovely to receive, it’s a pain when you’re on the buying end (or so I hear), and it pretty much sucks when you’re single. Even if you love being unattached, this lovey-dovey day can make you feel all alone. But Mellow Mushroom is here for you. Their eighth annual “F Cupid Party” is Friday, featuring music from Rocky Horror, cocktail samples from Red Bull and Jeremiah Weed’s Sweet Tea Vodka (watch out, Firefly!), and classic slasher flicks projected behind the DJ booth (hey, it is Friday the 13th). The party is open to singles and cool couples looking to avoid V-Day cliches. —Erica Jackson Fri., Feb. 13, 10 p.m. Free, (843) 327-0346. Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St, (843) 723-7374, www.mellowcharleston.com

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