It's the day of heart-shaped candy boxes, overpriced rose bouquets and battling to get a spot among a sea of couples at a restaurant. If the run-of-the-mill Valentine's Day activities sound more unbearable than attending a seven-hour seminar on the importance of paperweights, fret not. You can still have some Valentine-y fun today, even sans a plus-one.
Why not do something that will warm your heart in a non-consumerist way? Visit the American Red Cross's mobile unit today and give some blood. The Valentine's Day Blood Drive takes place from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Broadview University campus.
After you've done your good deed for the day, check out the Valentine's group art show opening today at the Fulton Street Showroom from 5-9 p.m. The show features the work of 20 local artists, and the opening reception will include candy, desserts and other refreshments, so you can get your Valentine's Day dessert fix even if you didn't make a restaurant reservation a week ago. Purchase a piece to display in your home and you'll have a Valentine's Day memory that will outlast most relationships.
Feel a little more like performance art? The hard-to-escape burlesque trend continues with the Glitterati Burlesque and Variety Show at Liquid. The Fleet Street Klezmer Band and Pyrotactics Fire Troupe will dazzle eyes and ears alongside the glimmering burlesque dancers at Liquid. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $5 for those flying solo and $7 for twosomes, which includes roses for couples.
If you'd like to celebrate the candy-heart holiday with the whole family and don't mind a bit of a drive, the Cupid's Cabaret show at Nexstage Theatre in Ketchum provides a lot of singing, piano-playing fun for young and old alike. The show starts at 5 p.m. and costs $25.
And if all the coupley-ness of the holiday is more than you can stand, take your solo self to the Neurolux for the Love Stinks party with DJ Stardust Lounge. For $3 you can dance the night away and use the money you saved by not buying gifts for a significant other to imbibe on some stiff drinks. The fun starts at 8 p.m.