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How to Be Alone on Valentine’s Day

…or not

February 12, 2014, 12:00 am

If the couples around you flaunt their love in what you’re sure is overcompensation of the highest degree and your love of Gin Blossoms explodes into a full-on obsession, it can only mean one thing—Valentine’s Day.

How can you possibly cope alone on the holiday that inspired that particularly insidious Gary Marshall movie of the same name? Music, that’s how.

We all know the stuff has the power to heal the hurt, and you’re going to need something to do while you get drunk enough to deal with that 2 am last call desperation rodeo.

Start 12 hours earlier with the works of Chopin and Debussy at St. John’s College (1160 Camino Cruz Blanca). If you’re nurturing a sad mood, “Claire de Lune” is there to help. You can start drinking around 5 pm at the Cowgirl’s (319 S Guadalupe St.) Happy Hours with singer/songwriter Michael Kirkpatrick… we won’t tell anyone.

Around 7 pm at a performance from Anthony Leon and Joe West at Duel Brewing (1228 Parkway Drive Unit D) kicks into gear. Both these country/rock dudes slay, so this is like the peanut butter cups of jamz. Or, if you want to feel awesome about yourself, swing by The Lodge (750 N St. Francis Drive) for one-woman musical, Give it All Away. It’s probably exactly what you think it’s like, and Pachanga hosts a Latin dance party immediately afterwards in case you want to stay put.

Jimmy Stadler rips it up with blues and rock at La Fonda (100 E San Francisco St.) and there are rooms right upstairs at this place in case you meet that special someone. A trek up to El Farol (800 Canyon Road) around 9 pm will result in some good old-fashioned rock from Little Leroy or, if you wanna stay near the Plaza, The Sean Healen Band gets folksy at The Palace (142 W Palace Ave.) at 10 pm.

Want to set the mood a couple of days earlier, you Casanova? SFR’s Valentine’s extravaganza is back and it takes over the Inn at Loretto on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 7 to 10 pm. You know, in case any lonely hearts out there want to party with a bunch of super geniuses.

Whatever you choose to do, just do it safely. Oh, and for those of you who are totally in love? You’re all jerks. 


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