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
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 a few days early 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.
Who better to love on Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) than yourself? Peruse the Pleasure Chest's aisles of toys, DVDs 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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Dart around Santa Monica in your undies—for a good cause, of course—at this annual Valentine's Day-themed run. The party starts at noon at the Victorian and the run kicks off at 2pm. The event raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, so consider that uncovered underside of yours a charitable contribution.
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.
Slam down those Valentine's Day blues with Lucha VaVOOM's "Twisted Valentine" 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.
David Duchovny—the X-Files and Californication star—has found time to dabble in music and he'll be showing his skills during a concert at the Roxy on Valentine’s Day. And while we would probably go just for the novelty factor, by the standards of actor side-project bands, Duchovny’s music might actually be… pretty alright? His record, Hell or Highwater, is sort of rootsy, sort of Americana. Duchovny’s distinctive, gravelly voice is clear in the mix, so it sounds like Fox Mulder is singing right to you—though the lyrics don't have much to do with aliens or government conspiracy.
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 Valentine's Day, 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.
What started as an adverse reaction to the celebutante-heavy and TMZ-soaked club scene has flourished into one of the artsiest, most inclusive parties in the city. Rhonda International (the same crew behind A Club Called Rhonda) throws a few particularly massive parties, including this special Valentine's one. Rhondavous: A Lover's Ball is taking over the new nightclub Union with "a crew of consumate cupids to capture your hearts with the sounds of sensuality."
Angel Olsen, an acrobatic-voiced Chicago indie-folkie whom you might have heard singing alongside Will Oldham, headlines supporting an elegant new LP, My Woman. As an old soul trapped in the feverishly creative and restless mind of a young folk artist, Olsen has a lot to say, and it often comes out in a torrent of hot-blooded emotion.
As an answer to the all of the clowns in the dating pool, the Angel City Brewery is gathering acrobats, dancers and professional clowns for this afternoon of beer and amusements. Grab something to eat from the Wafl Truck and Ridges Churro, as well as popcorn and cotton candy. And throw on a heart-themed sweater for a broken hearts photo booth.
Is there anything better than oozing cheese between two slices of bread? We think not. Join us in celebration of L.A.'s top grilled cheeses as we challenge a handful of outstanding restaurants to create their very best version, which attendees can enjoy alongside beer from Angel City Brewery. Contestants include the Grilled Cheese Truck, Richeeze, Catcher in the Rye, The Carving Board, Mix N Munch and the Walrus & the Hedgehog, along with tomato soup from Tender Greens.
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.
Going out on a first date?
It's tough enough being single in L.A., but when you finally score a first date, the challenge becomes finding the perfect place to meet. While we can't promise fireworks between you and your new fling, these cocktail bars, breweries and other date-worthy spots will at least help kick-start a conversation. Avoid the whole "no, no, you choose the spot," take matters into your own hands and meet your next match at one of these prime first date bars.