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



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!

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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.

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.

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.

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.