Fireball Weekend returns permanently to President's Day Weekend in 2004. Art Against AIDS, an auction of 150 original, donated works of art, is Feb. 12 at Germania Place, 齠) 965-4827. Fireball opening party 'Ignition' will be at The Aragon Ballroom Friday, Feb. 13; followed by 'Hearts On Fire' at Finkl Steel Mill Feb. 14, and 'Inferno' at the Museum of Science and Industry on Feb. 15. Weekend passes, VIP tickets and individual event tickets are now on sale by calling 龢) 468-3401 or visiting ticketweb.com, thefireball.com . Proceeds benefit area charities.
Lambda Legal hosts a Marriage Equality Reception with cake, bouquet toss, and dancing, Thursday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m., High Risk Gallery, 1113 W. Belmont, 鵸) 663-4413, ext. 43, email@example.com .
Amigas Latinas' Viernes de Verdades/Real Deal Fridays, a place for real deal conversations about the challenges of being a Latina lesbian or bisexual, meets for four Fridays in February. Call Edith 齅) 282-2620.
About Face Theatre's Pulp Literary Festival is three evenings of post-show events presented in tandem with Patricia Kane's world premier comedy PULP. On the first evening of the series, the Pulp Literary Festival welcomes the Chicago Kings for an intimate discussion forum. At Victory Gardens Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln, 齅) 871-3000, See www..aboutfacetheatre.com .
Hysterical Women's Tag-Team-O-Comedy is Feb. 12. Come see Chicago favorites come together for a night of non-stop laughing. First formed in 1998, Chicago's Hysterical Women have grown from a widely popular group of three stand-up comics to a team of seven women from very diverse backgrounds; 8 p.m., $5 and 1 drink minimum, The Lincoln Lodge, 4008 N. Lincoln, 鵸) 475-1670.
Broadway star Karen Mason performs Feb. 12-13 at Speakeasy Supper Club, $65, 1401 W. Devon, 齅) 338-0600.
Jewish Family & Community Service presents The Gay Male Experience—An Intergenerational Group, starting Feb. 11. This six-week group for gay males of all ages will use film to explore how the gay experience has differed over the decades. Every Wednesday through March 17. 6-7:30 p.m., Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville, 龏) 568-5252 or 齅) 508-1000.
The Partly Dave Show is at No Exit Feb. 11. Seven performers impersonate favorite mythological figures. Post-Neo-Futurist Dave Awl's monthly cabaret variety show reincarnates one of the show's most popular recurring themes, 'Gathering of the Gods.' 8 p.m., $7, 6970 N. Glenwood, 齅) 743-3355.
Big Wig celebrates its 4th anniversary Feb. 13. D.J. Hiroki and Ford Agency Models will be leading the festivities; $4 U-Call-It cocktails all night long. 8 p.m., 1551 W. Division, 齅) 235-9100.
Genderwork is a group for FTMs and other masculine-identified or questioning female-born people; they meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month, in a supportive environment with a professional therapist facilitating. For more info contact Laura at 齅) 615-3527 or ChicagoL@aol.com .
Star Gaze hosts Pink: A Lesbian Valentine's Day Party, Feb. 14, featuring D.J. Castro and D.J. Latinheat, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m., $5, 5419 N. Clark, 齅) 561-7363.
V-Day presentation of the Vagina Monologues features an all star cast of Chicago women, with proceeds to benefit AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Southwest Women Working Together, Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., $65-$250, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 鵸) 922-2322.
Plan ahead to Feb. 28: Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children—C.C. Carter and friends celebrate Black History Month; 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, 鵸) 409-0276, www.angelfire.com/il2/mmch.
Happy Valentine's Day to all, and especially Jean.