Weekender: Feb. 4-5

Mike Birbiglia

Saturday, Feb. 4

Brown Theatre
315 W. Broadway • 562-0152
$27.50; 8 p.m.

At the age of 33, Mike Birbiglia has accomplished more than most comedians do in a lifetime — including getting stand-up taken seriously as “theater,” a more-respected format that allows for more relaxed storytelling, the possibility of awards, and, oh yeah, higher ticket prices. Indeed, this performance is titled “My Boyfriend’s Girlfriend,” and even comes with a director. The press release states: “On this painfully honest journey, comedian and author Mike Birbiglia struggles to find logic in human relationships.” Sounds like stand-up to me. Don’t get me wrong, I came here to praise Birbigs — a regular contributor on NPR’s “This American Life” — I just want you to know this is going to be a guy saying funny things, not some “Tony & Tina” night at the theater. —Peter Berkowitz

•‘Va Va Valentine’

Feb. 4, 10-11, 17-18

Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road • 584-8088
$20-$30; 8 p.m.

Valentine’s Day is coming, and as we all well know, it’s the high holiday of romantics and chumps alike. Roses and chocolates and fancy dinners — first kisses, stolen glances and love at first sight — it all seems part of the mythos and foolishness. But is there any better way to spend the holiday than with a bevy of buxom, half-naked women singing and performing acts of human profundity? Well, that’s exactly what Va Va Vixens have in mind for their annual “Va Va Valentine” performance at Headliners this month. In the season of romance, there is hardly anything as romantic as a memory that harkens back to the era of burlesque (unless it stars Cher and Christina Aguilera — then it’s just horrifying). So grab your loved one and come out, to get lost in the whim of a bygone time and the gentle beauty of what these shows reveal. —Brent Owen

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