Be My Valentine, Bettie Page

It doesn't matter if you’re in a relationship or single, a hunchback or a hottie, the brand-spanking-new gallery-slash-bookstore on the block is offering all St. Louisans a valentine, signed, sealed and delivered with a kiss. For Tuesday’s grand-opening event, the Phantom Gallery and Bookstore (1300 Washington Avenue; 314-338-4220 or www.phantomstlouis.com) has assembled Bettie Page: Uncovered, an exhibit celebrating the undisputed queen of pinups. The show will include some of Bettie’s most notorious photos, snapped by the New York Camera Club and Bunny Yeager, illustrations by Olivia De Berardinis and Hajime Sorayama, and revealing, intimate shots of Bettie from then-boyfriend Charles West. The opening reception is free, includes complimentary Champagne and chocolates, and will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Bettie will remain on display through Sunday, March 18.
Tue., Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m., 2012
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