Anti-Valentine’s Day - Who Needs Love Anyway?

If you’re recently single or just not fan of flowers and candy, Valentine’s Day can be a real drag. But there is hope! Whether you want to go out or stay in, there is plenty to do on Valentine’s Day without falling prey to sappy cards and expensive dinners.

 Why wait until the 14th to start the anti-love fest? If you’re feeling down about being stag or just not into “love at first sight”, be sure to visit the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre’s Singles Mixer.  They say that humor is the best medicine and you’ll be sure to get your daily dose here. This improv comedy show gives you a chance to laugh off love and all it’s woes on Tuesday the 12th.  For only $5, the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre promises a night of laughs based on all the awkward and embarrassing aspects of love.

 Spend your Valentine’s Day commiserating with others over the trials and tribulations of the heart at Mortified LA - Doomed Valentines Show!  After rediscovering an awkward old love letter in the late 1990s, Dave Nadelberg started Mortified.  This show gives people a chance to share their most embarrassing and memorable forays into the world of dating in front of a live audience.  Even though it might be too soon to share your own story of heartbreak, there is nothing wrong with listening to and laughing at others’ stories.

 To get as far from the topic of love as possible this Valentine’s Day, attend Lucha VaVOOM Valentines Spectacular: BESOS PROHIBIDOS! Even if you can’t personally pound your ex, you can find comfort watching these luchadores battle it out.  Nothing says un-romantic like authentic masked Mexican wrestling.  Instead of spending your money on an over-priced dinner, $55 will get you ringside seats to this unforgettable show.  


Bitter sweets

 If you think you’re love life is in ruins than read David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men to gain some perspective.  Foster Wallace crafts a series of short stories that expose the uncomfortable awkwardness of being human. Based on a series of one-sided interviews, this novel gives the “hideous men” a voice as they detail their twisted relationships with women.  From the ''Secret Compulsive Masturbator” to “the depressed person”, these candid accounts will make you simultaneously cringe and smile.     

 After reading about the problems of love, relax with your favorite tunes. Music provides the perfect remedy for the angst-ridden and the lovelorn. While there a thousands of song that will soothe a broken heart, be sure to try these tracks.  The 2010 chart topper, ”Love The Way You Lie”, recorded by Eminem and featuring Rihanna, has the right mix of anger and nostalgia to set the anti-Valentine’s mood. 

 Everyone knows that breaking up isn’t easy but no one says it better than Coldplay in “The Scientist”: “Nobody said it was easy,/No one ever said it would be this hard”. You’re in good company if you think that love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

 Is it too soon to forget? Listen to “I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace. The lyrics; “Every feeling that I get/ But I haven't missed you yet”, will reaffirm your single status. 

But, maybe it’s time to move on. To help, turn on Adele’s “Someone Like You”.  Her velvety voice lends credence to the words: “Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead."  Finish your mix with an upbeat old favorite; Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and revel in the freedom of being unattached.

 Enjoy your anti-Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to hit the February 15th chocolate sales (you deserve it)! 

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