What to Do Today: Hella Valentine’s Stuff, K-Pop, Joyce Carol Oates, BRIEFS

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It’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you want to celebrate it, berate it, or ignore it, there’s an event for you. Also, our BRIEFS screening happens tonight!

1) V-DAY
Looking for a romantic dinner overlooking the lake? Maybe a bitch fest about how much you hate Valentine’s Day, coupled with alcohol? Or, if you’re single, some self-love and empowerment? Maybe a speed-dating event (for the vegan)? Those, and a whole lot more.

2) KOREAN WAVE
Before K-pop, there was J-pop, but why have international audiences glommed onto the former? Gain insight on the so-called “Korean wave” and why “Gangnam Style” became the first online video to get a billion hits at a lecture titled “What Is the K in K-Pop?” At the Institute of East Asian Studies; 4-6 p.m., free.

3) SOWING OATES
The prolific, award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates graces UC Berkeley’s public “Story Hour” today in Morrison Library (inside Doe Library); 5-6 p.m., free.

4) BRIEFS
Hey, in case you haven’t heard, we hold an annual erotic shorts film competition open to the public called BRIEFS. The finalists will screen tonight at the Grand Lake Theater (7 p.m., $10), followed by a sexy afterparty at the Stork Club (9:30 p.m., $5). Last year’s screening sold out, so get there early!

One of the films showing at BRIEFS.
  • A still from one of the films showing at BRIEFS.

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