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5 things to do in Philly this weekend

And the weekend starts tonight, right?
New Zealand dance ensemble Black Grace is at the Annenberg Center Thursday, Friday anDuncan Cole

It's not all Valentine's Day this weekend — but it's mostly Valentine's Day.

TALKS

Victorians After Dark: Love and Lust in the 19th Century

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

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Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge Ave.

$20, 215-228-8200

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If you want to add a gothic twist to your Valentine’s, try this talk. It’ll be filled with tales of romance (and romantic scandal) from the supposedly prudish Victorian era. There’s even, we’re told, a sexting scandal of sorts. The storytelling takes places before a fire promised to be roaring, with a dessert and cocktail reception afterwards.

MOVIES

‘Let the Right One In’

Friday and Saturday

Roxy Theater

2023 Sansom St.

$9-$10, 267-239-2941

www.filmadelphia.org

Philadelphia Film Society screens this creepy 2008 Swedish horror-romance, whose weird yet potent mix of young love and murder speaks to the confusion of adolescence, when you’re caught between a vanishing childhood and an adulthood that’s not quite arrived yet. It would be a curse indeed to be stuck forever as a 13 year old, as the vampire heroine Eli is — so awkward!

CLASSES

The Art of the Flirt

Friday, 6 p.m.

Square One Coffee

249 S. 13th St.

Free, 215-758-6352

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All alone this Valentine’s? Maybe you’ll fare better next year after these tips on wooing a would-be lover from local relationship coach and matchmaking expert Kristi Price. Pro tip, though: don’t tell your potential mate that you attended the class. Play it cool! If you want to attend, you’ll have to register online at the address above.

MUSIC

From PhilaHarmonia, with Love: Serenading the Senses

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Fleisher Art Memorial

719 Catharine St.

$22-$60, 800-838-3006

www.philaharmoniasings.com

PhilHarmonia presents an a cappella Valentine’s-themed concert, promising a program of works ranging from Monteverdi to the Who. That’s pretty comprehensive! But sound isn’t the only sense to be serenaded, so there’s also a chocolate tasting from Teuscher chocolates, and for the eyes, there’s the venue itself, a glorious late 19th century Romanesque revival church.

DANCE

Black Grace

Thursday through Saturday

Annenberg Center

3680 Walnut St.

$20-$60, 215-898-3900

www.annenbergcenter.org

Black Grace is a dance ensemble from New Zealand that brings together the diverse indigenous traditions of the South Pacific and mixes it with hip-hop, modern dance to create an deeply physical, narrative dance experience, informed in part by some of the members’ former lives as athletes. They’ll perform five pieces: “Minoi,” “Pati Pati,” “Mother Mother,” “Method” and “Gathering Clouds.”

 
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