Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon (PPAO) will provide a twist to the normal Valentine’s Day festivities with its third annual “It’s Not Me, It’s You: Stories From the Dark Side of Dating” event on Friday, Feb. 7.
Jennifer Sparklebritches, a local stand-up comedian, will be hosting the event for the first time with a lineup of other stand-up comedians, writers and more who will be talking about their nightmarish dating experiences.
“It’s a really lighthearted event that’s a fun way for folks to support our work,” says Jimmy Radosta, communications director for PPAO.
The organization has advocated for women’s reproductive rights and for politicians to remain out of conversations that it believes should be between a woman and her doctor, and it wants to keep it that way.
“We have been able to keep Oregon the leading state for reproductive freedom,” Radosta says.
Sparklebritches says that it is important to keep in mind that Planned Parenthood provides care for men as well, including but not limited to vasectomies.
“I have much love for Planned Parenthood and am happy to fundraise for such a great organization,” Sparklebritches says.
The money raised at “It’s Not Me, It’s You” will go directly toward PPAO. Besides fundraising, the main goal of the event will be to relate to people and make them laugh.
“And let’s be honest. Nobody over the age of 17 really likes Valentine’s Day,” Sparklebritches says. “This is for the rest of us.”
Other storytellers include Joshua Isaac Finch, standup comic and editor of Exiled in Eugene, Shannon Rose, aka Gloria Slimem, “perpetual SLUG Queen runner-up and all-round nice girl” and many others.
“It’s Not Me, It’s You: Stories From the Dark Side of Dating,” will take place at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. on Friday, Feb. 7. Doors open at 6 pm, show is from 7 to 9 pm. $13 in advance from cozmicpizza.com or $15 at the door.