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The 10: Valentine's Day, Anti-Valentine's Day and fish fries

1) Valentine's Day activities, various times in various places (but Valentine's Day is Feb. 14, if you're behind).

-- Where to get local aphrodisiacs -- in food!
-- Beer-focused Valentine's Day events, via Kevin Wise
-- Just Pizza's heart-shaped pie celebration, via Emeri Krawczyk
-- New flavors from Blue Table Chocolates, via Emeri Krawczyk
-- Sound choices for Valentine's Day brunch, via Emeri Krawczyk

Odds you'll find love: Pretty high. Chances are if you're celebrating Valentine's Day in some fashion, you're doing just fine in the relationship department. We skipped the whole "where you should get dinner reservations" because A) that wouldn't work in The 10 due to timing and B) we've rather write about beer, heart-shaped pizza and aphrodisiacs.

Just Pizza's heart-shaped pizza is served only one day a year — Feb. 14.

Just Pizza's heart-shaped pizza is served only one day a year — Feb. 14.

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2) Anti-Valentine's Day party, 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in Hotel @ the Lafayette (391 Washington St.) Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online in advance or in cash at the door.

Odds you'll find love: Don't rule it out! But the whole premise of the event, which is directed primarily toward women but doesn't exclude men, is less about bemoaning relationships and more about having a good time (instead of weeping under blankets watching rom-coms and mauling quarts of One Buffalo ice cream).

There are free Cosmopolitans poured down through an ice sculpture (presumably into a glass and not your mouth, directly), as well as photo ops with someone named Mr. Cupid. I bet that guy has a rough life.

This is what happened when I typed "Mr. Cupid" into Flickr/Creative Commons. (flickr/deadplace)

This is what happened when I typed "Mr. Cupid" into Flickr/Creative Commons. (flickr/deadplace)

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3) Fish fries, various costs in various places

Odds you'll find love: Hey, if you celebrate Lent, then it's a time of sacrifice, which is a roundabout way of showing love to something or someone. Anyhow, Buffalo is a hotbed of fish fries, and we've uncovered the history of Buffalo fish fries as well as produced our practical fish-fry finder.

The community fish fry guide is out! (Buffalo News file photo)

The community fish fry guide is out! (Buffalo News file photo)

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4) Sugar City Soul Night, 10 p.m. Feb. 12 in Milkie's (522 Elmwood Ave.) Entrance is $5 cash, which goes to support Sugar City, an all-ages community art space on Niagara Street that's finishing up renovations.

Odds you'll find love: Considering the motto for the event is "Shake your hips and meet some lips," the odds are in your favor. Music will be performed by Handsome Dan and The Good Reverend Johnny Drama, and the event is known for being a lively dance party that draws very well.

Sugar City Soul Night is a dance party that takes over Milkie's on Elmwood. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

Sugar City Soul Night is a dance party that takes over Milkie's on Elmwood. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

[See more photos from Sugar City Soul Night on Oct. 11, 2015]

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5) Queen City Roller Girls: Devil Dollies vs. Alley Kats, 6 p.m. (doors) Feb. 13 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.)

Odds you'll find love: You're there to watch roller derby, not find a significant other! There's no love lost between Saturday's two foes, who jostled to a 164-161 decision, in favor of the resurgent Alley Kats. According to QCRG, early ticket sales are outpacing even the home opener, which drew 1,300 to RiverWorks.

Queen City Roller Girls fans urge on their teams in the home opener of the 2016 season. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Queen City Roller Girls fans urge on their teams in the home opener of the 2016 season. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

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6) Blue Man Group, 8 p.m. Feb. 12, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Tickets range from $32 to $72 and can be purchased here.

Odds you'll find love: Well, do you like blue, bald men? Just kidding. Blue Man Group is a whir of color, technology, comedy and music, a sensory display that won't allow your attention to stray. Here's a taste in the video clip below:

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7) Evening of Hope, 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $55 pre-sale or $65 at the door.

Odds you'll find love: You'll be showing love more than finding it. The dressy gathering that features live music, a "Wall of Wine," beer and wine tasting, auctions and raffles, as well as ample hors d'oeuvres, takes over one of downtown Buffalo's most magisterial venues.

Proceeds benefit the LAM Foundation, which fights Lymphangioleiomiomatosis, a rare lung disease that mostly affects child-bearing women.

A former church, Asbury Hall -- home of Babeville -- stands tall in downtown Buffalo. (Buffalo News file photo)

A former church, Asbury Hall -- home of Babeville -- stands tall in downtown Buffalo. (Buffalo News file photo)

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8) Eat Your Heart Out, 8 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12 through 14 in District of the Dead Haunted House (1881 Ridge Road, West Seneca). Tickets are $13, include popcorn, and can be purchased here or at the door.

Odds you'll find love: If you equate love with blood-curdling shrieks, then this sounds romantic. The event website gives precious few details (although it does kind of growl at you) -- I mean, there's no sense in giving away any of the spine-tingling surprises -- so you'll have to head to suburban West Seneca to find out.

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9) Jack Drummer's exhibition "The Effects of Time," 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.).

Odds you'll find love: "Impossible darkness obscuring some persistent hope" is both a fitting way to characterize my love life as well as Jack Drummer's exhibition, which Colin Dabkowski writes more about here. On a serious note, this is the first time since Drummer's 2013 death that a compilation of his renowned canvases will be on display.

An untitled pair of paintings by John E. Drummer will be on view in the Burchfield Penney Art Center as part of “Jack Drummer: The Effects of Time.”

An untitled pair of paintings by John E. Drummer will be on view in the Burchfield Penney Art Center as part of “Jack Drummer: The Effects of Time.”

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10) The Buffalo Auto Show, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $10, or $30 for a family four-pack.

Odds you'll find love: If you love speed or new shiny objects, direct your affection here. Usually flush with celebrities, this year's Auto Show is no different, as former Bills Jim Haslett, Fred Smerlas and Shane Nelson -- the Bermuda Triangle -- will appear on Sunday, while David Brock, Dhane Smith and Ryan Benesch from the Buffalo Bandits -- as well as the Bandettes, the dance team -- will sign autographs on Friday.

Even as a guy who doesn't follow cars too closely, the 2016 Jaguar looks pretty sleek. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Even as a guy who doesn't follow cars too closely, the 2016 Jaguar looks pretty sleek. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

[See a photo gallery from Day 1 of this year's Auto Show]

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who feels like he has a haunted house in chest, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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