Valentine's Blowout at Aviary; Judge BBQ With Gapers Block; Bubbly Class at Vera

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It is time for much stuff! We will give you some Valentine's Day listings tomorrow, but we wanted to call attention first to what we guess will be a hot ticket— The Aviary's blowout, which for $200 per person includes a seven-course menu of food and cocktails, accompanied by "live music in the form of crooners, chanteuses and cabaret singers to swoon with your love to," and has two seating (between 6 and 7 and between 9 and 10). It went out to the Next/Aviary email list last night, watch for a public announcement at the Aviary Facebook page sometime today.

• There will be barbecue, if not bowling, at this year's edition of Gapers Block BBQ Bowl at Lincoln Hall from noon to 3 on Saturday. BBQ competitors will square off, you'll get to judge, there will be music and raffle prizes. $20 gets you in, go here for tickets.

Vera's next class will be on Bubbles Before Brunch; $40 gets you a complimentary glass, a flight of four more to try while you nosh on brunch bites, the lovely Liz Mendez telling you all about how to make bubbly work with food, and, cross-promotionally, a pair of deals with their friends at Leopold: book a Leopold reservation before the class and get $5 off the class, show your receipt at Leopold after and get a complimentary snack from the chef.