The Obvious Circus Events (Until 2/15)

CHOCOLATE OBLIGATIONS

If you don’t care for typical Valentine’s Day fare, there’s plenty happening this weekend that has little or nothing to do with hearts or chocolate. But if you are inclined towards the celebration of love and obligatory gift-giving, you will also be happy with the heart-shaped box full of assorted goodies happening this weekend.

On to the calendar!

Friday 12

Acoustic Showcase

Coat of Arms in Marunochi from 20:00

CoA’s Friday night unplugged session is quickly becoming my favorite way to unwind after a long week. The double header lineup of two of Nagoya’s most popular songwriters, Tom Fallon and Elijah Ben, guarantee that I’ll be fighting for a seat. Get there early! DOOR ¥500

Robert’s Rockin Birthday Jam

GC Live in Shinsakae from 19:30

Local artist Robert Moore is celebrating another year with an open jam session and an exhibit of his pop art renditions of some of the biggest giants in music. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Love Land Club

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Taking advantage of the entire Mago complex from the live performance space at Lounge Vio to the main dance floor, this event is not so much a party as it is a festival dedicated to the rhythm of the night. DOOR ¥2500

Saturday 13

Nagoya Metro Club

Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00

Providing gay, lesbian and all open-minded people a place to come together and celebrate life, the Nagoya Metro Party throws a V-day party like none other; with singers, dancers and drag queen performances in the hottest of floor shows. When you’re at Metro, everyone is your Valentine. DOOR ¥2500 (2D)

Rock’n Roll Valentine

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:30

“Whether you’re broken hearted or all twitterpated, come celebrate the day of love and loneliness with songs about sweethearts and dirty cheats.” Live performances from Borrowed Brass and The Jerks. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Gypsy Which?

GC Live in Shinsakae from 19:30

Most live houses in Japan have a business plan often referred to as pay-to-play, which basically means most performers will never see a single yen for their hard work. Gotham City Live, however, with their crazy idea of actually paying their talent, has made them one of the most popular destinations for musicians and music fans alike. Join them on this and every weekend to help support local artist like rockers Gypsy Which?

SMASH

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

DJ Ogawa will once again be manning the decks for another epic progressive mix at his monthly house party. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)

Sunday 14

Swing-Hearts Dance

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00

The ballroom dance aficionados of Nagoya Swings are hosting their annual Valentine’s Day dance with a special live performance from Aichi-based jazz band Etsuro’s Swing Service. There will also be a beginner’s dance lesson at the start for anyone looking for a cure for their two left feet. DOOR ¥1500

Café Mustache

8 Ball Tatoo Social Club in Kita Nagoya from 12:00

A chance to pick up some Ballroom style from the talented dance instructors of this monthly party, along with some amazing live jazz that will get you ready to swing, pussycat, swing. DOOR ¥500

Valentine’s Day Live Music

Sienna in Takaoka from 19:00

With Bite-sized Cookies featuring Aya Kawakami and Takashi Terada DOOR ¥500

Monday 15

Monday Night Jam

Gotham City Live in Shinsakae from 18:00

This and every Monday, GC Live offers all the chance to take the stage and join a supergroup of local talent for the best jam session in town. DOOR ¥1000

Wednesday 17

Between The Buried And Me

Club 3Star in Imaike from 18:30
I’m not particularly a fan of most metal bands, but even I have to give credit to the technical complexity of the music of this North Carolinian band, especially from their latest the progressive opus Coma Ecliptic. But their name still sucks. DOOR ¥5000

Thursday 18

WARFUCK

DayTrive in Shinsakae from 18:30
I’m glad I built up some positive karma with that last review, cause I’m about to burn it all away. This French band’s music is a hate crime. DOOR ¥2500

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