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On Friday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at the D Street Community Center in Arcata, keep the V-Day momentum going with the annual performance of founder Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues, directed by Carly Sherman ($10, $8 seniors and students).

The play, which has seen updates, revisions and controversy over the years since its first off-Broadway performance in 1996, was born from interviews with some 200 women. It features a number of female characters talking about life, love and lady parts. They cover birth, sex, menstruation, orgasms, sex work, rape and the c-word. It's a lot, so good thing it's funny, too. Ensler's empowering messages about female sexuality and identity fit right in with V-Day's mission of raising funds and awareness to end violence against women and girls. Who can't get behind that?

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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