Dateless In Dallas? Here's Where To Go Stag This Valentine's Day.
While it's generally no big deal to be unattached, for some reason the prospects of spending Valentine's Day's alone seems to frighten a lot of folks. The fact that V-Day — or Singles Awareness Day, as we like to call it — falls on a Friday many, we've noticed, are opting to make an entire weekend of celebrating the divisive holiday.
That's a shame, too. Just because some of us may be lonely, cynical types that don't put much stock into the day, the sudden appearance of happy couples everywhere is enough to make us gag. Even if we're not, necessarily, looking for love at the moment, it can be easy to fall into that mindset that we are markedly unloved.
Whether you're newly single, a habitual loner, or just an all out hater of all things Valentine's Day related it doesn't mean you can't go out this weekend on your own terms. To that end we've put together a list of places to celebrate the so-called holiday the way you want.
Thursday, February 13
The Horn Dog
Dallas Burlesque Festival at House of Blues
One of the biggest drawbacks to being single on Valentine's Day is knowing straight from the jump that you probably aren't going to see too much skin tonight. So the fact that the sixth annual Dallas Burlesque Festival kicks off its three-day festivities tonight couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Being single doesn't have to make a little harmless titillation completely out of the question.
Anti-Valentine's Day Bash at The People's Last Stand
This is one bash that uses term quite literally. Step right up, bat in hand, and take out some of the frustration about your current dating situation on a heart-shaped pinata. Beer, sliders, and all-you-can-eat candy are included with admission, because there's nothing more cathartic than eating your feelings. Well, maybe posing for pics with a “naughty” cupid.
Madison King, Zachary Fox at Twilite Lounge
If drowning your sorrows with a roomful of sad bastards is more your speed, there'll be no better place to wallow away in loneliness than Twilite, where Madison King and Hazzardous Dukes axe man Zachary Fox will fill the night with all the breakup songs as they know. We hate to encourage this type of masochistic behavior, but at least we can guarantee there'll be plenty of beer on hand to cry into. Cover is free and tunes start around 11 p.m.
Friday, February 14
Pretty Thing Peep Show at Kessler Theater
Is there anything more strange than how blindly we as a society have accepted the customs of this greeting card holiday? In short: plenty. More than just a burlesque show, the Pretty Things Peep Show troupe is a bonafide parade of freaks, psycho circus performers, and the like, all of whom delight in a lewd merriment of the bizarre. Embrace the craziness of the day in the most badass of fashions.
The Bloody Valentine
Valentine's Day Massacre at Moxley Manor
Sure, haunted houses are typically reserved for Halloween-related festivities, but is there anything truly more terrifying than the prospects of spending the rest of one's life alone? With their assortment of blood and frights the folks behind Moxley Manor will make a case that being alone tonight isn't the scariest thing in your life. Gather up a group of friends who aren't all that big on V-Day, either, and make it a night to remember.
Love is Blind at Dark Hour Haunted House
The Princess Bride Quote-a-Long at Alamo Drafthouse
What better way to renew your faith in love than with this classically hilarious tale of romance. Sure the kissing parts will make you gag early on, but by the end you probably won't mind so much.
The Wannabe Rockstar
Have a The Bad Marathon at Wherever the Hell You Want
Don't feel like showing your face in public tonight? No worries, the creators of our favorite local web series will finally make the complete first season of The Bad online Friday. Can you say, “Marathon!?” Find all of the episodes here.
Mini Kiss at Big Al's McKinney Avenue Tavern
Well, if distracting yourself from the fact that Valentine's Day is, in fact, actually happening at all, look no further than the biggest little band on the planet.
Saturday, February 15
My Furry Valentine at Main Street Garden Park
Dogs aren't called man's best friend for nothing, because you're never truly alone when your four-legged pal is around. And unlike many other significant others pups are about as loyal as they come. They won't judge you for eating three boxes of Girl Scout cookies in one sitting, either. Have a doggie date at the park this afternoon, or adopt a new love.
The Newly Single
Josh Abbott Band at Southern Junction
If, like Abbott, you've recently split with your partner, this show might be a therapeutic place to commiserate. Misery does love company, after all. Just promise to learn something from all this, like trying to remain faithful in the future and/or not airing all your dirty laundry via Twitter. That just makes everybody else feel uncomfortable, too.