The V in V-Day does not stand for Valentine. So no, the event is not happening a few weeks too late. Rather, V-Day is part of a global effort that rallies locally to end violence against women and girls. Through yearly events, V-Day raises funds for organizations and increases awareness of worldwide problems including rape, genital mutilation, battery, incest, and sexual slavery. Though the subject matter is heavy, the events this week should be entertaining. Thursday through Sunday, you can check out performances of the Vagina Monologues, a show that spans a gamut of emotions, at the Old Arizona Studio. Saturday the Varsity Theater hosts an epic concert and spoken word event featuring Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Nancy Drew Crew, Maria Isa, Tish Jones, Desdamona, Gospel Gossip, Nikki Schultz, and Sha Cage. Also at the Old Arizona Studio will be screenings of What I Want My Words to Do to You, a documentary that follows a writing group at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, led by feminist, playwright, and activist Eve Ensler. V-Day events here in Minneapolis will raise funds for the Tubman Family Alliance and Women's Prison Book Project, and aid in building a hospital for women and children in Congo. For a complete schedule of events, visit newsite.vday.org. The Vagina Monologues is at Old Arizona Studios (2821 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.871.0050), costs $10, and is at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The Varsity (1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222) show is $12/$15 at the door at 6 p.m. Saturday. The movie screening is $3, and is at noon on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday at Old Arizona Studio.
March 5-6, 7 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 2 p.m., 2009