Mark Sayler, the actor behind last summer's dragilious production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, returns to Actor's Express for A VALENTINE'S CABARET on FEB. 14. Atlanta rocker Angela Motter and cabaret pianist Debbie Lawrence join Sayler for sets of classic rock, Broadway and alternative tunes. Rumor says Hedwig (pictured) may (wink, wink) make an appearance. $30. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Actor's Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107. 404-607-7469. www.actors-express.com.
Synchronicity Performance Group presents LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT on FEB. 14. This cabaret features classic love songs from "Crazy" and "Making Whoopie" to contemporary hits. Choreographer Hope Mirlis also performs "Cell Block Tango." Tickets include a dessert reception after the show, sponsored by Souper Jenny. Proceeds benefit Synchronicity's 2004 theater season. $35 per person, $60 per couple. 8 p.m. Hertz Stage, Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.synchrotheatre.com.
Looking to take some of the sap out of the holiday? Out of Hand Theater presents THE VD SHOW: RE-INFECTED FEB. 12-14. Billed as the show for angry singles and couples, the evening includes music, purity tests, make-out sessions and the Kama Sutra Challenge. $12-$25. 8 p.m. C.J.'s Landing, 270 Buckhead Ave. 404-522-6194. www.outofhandtheater.com.-- Heather Kuldell
Where for art thou, Romeo?
That Shakespeare knew a thing or two about tugging at heartstrings, didn't he? Show the one you love your undying love by watching a story of dying love when the Atlanta Ballet opens ROMEO AND JULIET on FEB. 12. Remember: When watching a ballet, "pirouette, pirouette, plie" means "I love you." $20-$66. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 and 7 p.m. No matinee Feb. 20. Continues through Feb. 21. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.atlantaballet.com.-- HK
Maybe your hands will touch in the popcorn
The movie date is the perfect first date, isn't it? A few hours of sitting next to each other in a dark theater -- not talking. You haven't said anything dumb ... your date hasn't said anything dumb ... these few hours of not talking are the most perfect you will probably ever have. PushPush Theatre and the Daily Projects present LOVE FEST, a mix of sensual and erotic films created by Atlantans for your viewing pleasure, FEB. 14. As a bonus, you can do the ol' arm stretch trick, you know, to be ironic, but you and I both know that arm is staying around your squeeze. $10. 8 p.m. PushPush Theater, 121 New St., Decatur. 404-377-6332. www.pushpushtheater.com.-- HK
Feb 12 - Thursday
J.S. van Buskirk and her Bureau for Public Assembly present this month's INFO DEMO #9 that asks the burning question: "You wanted a winter wonderland maybe?" Mr. Man Martin, Katherine Lewis, and MC Wondabread present various performance art pieces plus another "Guess What's in the Boxes" contest. $3. Third Wednesday of every month, 8 p.m. (doors). Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. (HK)
Feb 13 - Friday
When "Where are they now?" discussions roll around to R&B artists, DIONNE FARRIS tops the list. Her funky 'tude and commanding voice dropped out of sight after her hit "Hopeless" in the late '90s. Atlantans, fortunately, are blessed to have her as a resident. Expect mellower tunes but the same rangy vocals during her Apache Cafe sets. $10-$15. 9 p.m. (doors). Continues through Feb. 14. 64 Third St. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. (Bill Addison)
Feb 14 - Saturday
Let's face it, the result of a past Valentine's celebration may still wake you up early Saturday mornings demanding a bowl of cereal and the morning 'toons. Celebrate the day o' love with Cartoon Network's DON'T BE MY VALENTINE MARATHON, eight hours of love-themed animation and segments, featuring romantically challenged Johnny Bravo offering advice on picking up women. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. www.cartoonnetwork.com. (HK)
Feb 15 - Sunday
Do you wanna rock 'n' roll all night? Or just go to the 11th ANNUAL ATLANTA KISS EXPO everyday? Among the costumes and memorabilia will be Kiss and Tell author Gordon G. G. Gerbert. $12-$25. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. 678-455-7891. www.kissonline.com. (HK)
Feb 16 - Monday
After changing the band's name from Reverse back to Afro Sounds, drummer Chris Burroughs and company signal a return to their African-laced jazz and funk roots -- minus the electronic leanings and a couple of the Reverse players. The band's a crowd-pleasing staple at Apache Cafe, but the weekly show goes down at Churchill Grounds, 660 Peachtree St., 404-876-3030. www.churchillgrounds.com. $5. (T. LaGon)
Feb 17 - Tuesday
Diego Lerman's Argentinean film SUDDENLY is one-part dark, arty character study, one-part whimsical road-trip comedy with subtitles to boot. Presented by the Peachtree Film Society. $6.50-$7.50. 7:30 p.m. Lefont Garden Hills Cinema, 2835 Peachtree Road. 770-729-8487. www.peachtreefilm.org. (Karen Kalb)
Feb 18 - Wednesday
Ringmaster Casual Cal returns for the 11th year with UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS, the most flamboyant act this side of Siegfried and Roy. $10-$26. Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, noon, 4:30 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Continues through March 7. Turner Field Parking Lot, 521 Capitol Ave. 404-249-6400. www.universoulcircus.com. (KK)