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Valentine’s Day events and things to do for singles

No date? No problem. Make your way through L.A.’s best Valentine’s Day events and things to do for singles.

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By Michael Juliano and Time Out contributors |
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Solo on V-Day? Whether you’re happily single, just dumped or dating long-distance, check out our list of Valentine's Day events and things to do where it’s alright to be a party of one (or a party of many, if you round up your untethered pals for a friend date) on February 14. Step away from that singles bar and check out these things to do for singles instead.

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13 Valentine’s Day events and things to do for singles

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Comedy, Storytelling

Listen to V-Day tales worse than your own at Mortified

Mortified is a live storytelling extravaganza—a show-and-tell, if you will, of people’s most embarrassing, awkward and often seminal moments. At this Mortified event, celebrate and commiserate with stories of past V-Days gone wrong. The event is all ages at Wanderlust, but you can still expect beer, wine and inappropriate tales all around.

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Lux LaCroix at Lucha VaVOOM
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Things to do, Festivals

Add some sexo y violencia to your night at Lucha VaVOOM

Slam down those Valentine’s Day blues with Lucha VaVOOM’s “Pin Ups & Pin Downs” show. The masked wrestlers aren’t the only ones showing some skin at this extravaganza of Mexican lucha libre wrestling-meets-striptease showcase. The “Buxoticas” add some serious sexo to the violencia on display. Expect cartoonish costumes, an edgy rock ’n’ roll/rock en español aesthetic, crowd-pleasing hijinks from hula hooping to pole dancing and ladies who bare it all save for pasties and the proverbial fig leaf.

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Sex and dating

Treat yourself at the Pleasure Chest

West Hollywood

Who better to love on Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) than yourself? Peruse the Pleasure Chest’s aisles of toys, adult flicks and other titillating treasures and treat yourself to something sexy, then take yourself and your new purchase home to bed. Studies prove that self-lovin’ leads to a longer, healthier life (which means more time for self-lovin’, and on it goes).

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Courtney Barnett
Photograph: Pooneh Ghana
Music, Rock and indie

Do some avant gardening with Courtney Barnett

Starting with her brilliant breakout “Avant Gardener,” Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has penned funny and poignant songs about everything from allergies and roadkill to heartbreak and the hardships of being a woman in the music industry. See her and some mystery guests play the Palace Theatre on Valentine’s Day in a benefit for the Newport Festivals Foundation.

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How to Break Up by Text
Photograph: Courtesy Ben Kiesewetter
Comedy, Stand-up

Get some hilarious closure at How to Break Up by Text

Ever been broken up with over text? It sucks. But a bunch of comedians are here to help bring you the closure and catharsis you’ve needed. Here’s the gist: Text a screenshot of your contemptible convo to 818-392-4759 and a stand-up may read and analyze it during a live show in West Hollywood. Comedian Allison Goldberg hosts the show; there’s a drinking game component (take a drink for each typo) and, because all dumpees-by-text deserve a happy ending, a bit of matchmaking, too.

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Los Angeles Theatre
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Movies, Comedy

Find your own Julia Gulia during a ‘Wedding Singer’ party

Adam Sandler plays a wannabe rock star stuck on the wedding band circuit who falls hard for Drew Barrymore’s already-engaged waitress character in The Wedding Singer, this mid-’80s–set comedy. And this year, it’s Cinespia’s film of choice for its annual Valentine’s Day party, held at DTLA’s handsome Los Angeles Theatre. In addition to the screening, expect DJ sets, drinks and a photobooth, all of them ’80s-inspired.

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The Moth
Photograph: Courtesy The Moth
Things to do, Literary events

Shake off the sting of love at the Moth

Originated in New York City, the Moth is an open-mic storytelling show that has spread across the country, all the way to Los Angeles, where there’s certainly no dearth of performers. For the pre-Valentine’s Day edition, the show’s theme is “Love Hurts,” in which storytellers will retell a five-minute tale of a time that love made them go “ouch”—kinky stuff included.

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Million Dollar Theater
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Movie theaters, Outdoor

Spend the night with Hannibal Lecter at Street Food Cinema

Multiple venues

If the only man-searching you want to do on Valentine’s weekend is a manhunt, who better to join than Clarice Starling, the FBI agent star of The Silence of the Lambs? Forget the mush of Street Food Cinema’s saccharine-sweet La La Land screening on the 14th: You’re here for the “Bloody Valentine’s” screening the next night, and we do mean bloody.

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Things to do, Games and hobbies

Shoot off a few rounds at the L.A. Gun Club

Downtown Arts District

Okay, so it’s a little aggressive, but if you’re feeling any misplaced animosity toward your ex, your newlywed friends or just the consumerist-driven, made-up-holiday insanity going on all around you, shooting off a few rounds—in the safe, regulated environment of the L.A. Gun Club—might be the healthiest way to ease your frustrations.

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Angel City Brewery
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Things to do, Quirky events

Make a circus out of L.A.’s dating scene at Angel City Brewery

Angel City is making a circus out of L.A.’s dating scene with this post-Valentine’s bash. As an answer to the all of the clowns in the dating pool, the Arts District brewery is gathering jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians and comedy acts for this afternoon of beer and amusements. Make sure to throw on a heart-themed sweater for a broken hearts photo booth.

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Romantic film: Casablanca
Movies, Drama

Cry into a bucket of popcorn at the Aero during ‘Casablanca’

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” Catch Humphrey Bogart at his most romantic in this WWII classic. He stars as Rick Blaine, a nightclub owner who runs into past love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) and has to make some tough decisions. Head to the Aero Theatre to celebrate Valentine’s Day to mourn a star-crossed love. If nothing else, it’ll be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Volunteer opportunities in LA: A Midnight Mission Thanksgiving
Things to do

Volunteer your time

Hey, sad sack—instead of moping around all day feeling lonely, think of all the folks in L.A. who are less worried about getting a date and more worried about getting a meal. Volunteer some time and we guarantee you’ll end the day with a lot more love in your heart than if you’d stayed home with the cat and your Netflix queue.

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Looking for a watering hole to hit up solo?

Good Times at Davey Wayne's
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Bars

The best bars for singles in L.A.

We've done some hopping around at the city’s buzziest watering holes—namely, some of the best beer bars, hotel bars and cocktail bars—to bring you the scoop on the where singles dating in L.A. can find Mr. or Ms. Right (or, let’s be honest, your next hookup).

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