Shroud Eater's Janette Valentine Leads All-Female "The Trouble With Girls" This Weekend

There's hardly a day that relies more on gender stereotypes than Valentine's Day. Lingerie, flowers, and expensive dinner tabs, we're told, make Cupid's aim a sure thing. But thankfully, Broward's foremost indie gallery, the Bubble, will offer an alternative to the endless dinner specials and pink balloons that ostensibly appeal to women this time of year.

Instead, the all-female art show "The Trouble With Girls," in its second year at the gallery, will celebrate XX-chromosomes with much more than stuffed animals and Hallmark platitudes -- though there will be some lingerie, compliments of the burlesque dancers and curator Janette Valentine's photography.

"Trouble With Girls"

will present work from more than 20 local women artists and vendors,

including crafts, paintings, photography, live music, and burlesque,

among others. But make sure to arrive early to catch the Supa Fly Car

Wash, which will feature XY performers Evan Rowe, Brady Newbill, Trav,

and Garo Gallo (who are also part of a 2011 all-boy calendar, shot by

Valentine) getting wet and maybe wild while they wash your car.

So if you want to treat your special lady friend to something special

made by other special ladies (or to the ridiculous spectacle that

involves male performers getting bubbly), bring some cash to scoop up

the various artwork or handmade goods for sale. If you don't think much

of Hallmark-constructed holidays, come for an education in the diverse

contributions of women in our local arts community. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Saturday, and admission costs $5 to $10. The Bubble is located at 810

NE Fourth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit

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