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Flowers, cute conversation hearts and extravagant dates are enjoyable if you have a honey, but Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a lousy occasion for Houston residents without significant others. Fortunately, there are a number of options to celebrate sans Cupid’s silly arrow. And there are plenty of ways to ignore the holiday altogether. Some bars throw anti-Valentine’s Day bashes for those single and ready to mingle. Another alternative is to grab a friend and hit up a concert or some other non-mushy event.

The Corkscrew Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
1308 W. 20th St.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 230-8352

Known for its laid-back atmosphere, The Corkscrew is a casual wine bar worth visiting any day of the year. On V-Day, the place may have a special appeal to those who want nothing to do with the holiday. The co-owners, brothers Doyle and Andrew Adams, host an Anti-Valentine’s Day event every year and they are planning another non-romantic shindig this year. The owners said the event is great for singles and people who hate the day in general.

Howl at the Moon
612 Hadley St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 658-9700

For the past six years, singles in the Houston area have been belting out a vast array of anti-love songs during the Howl at the Moon Love Sux parties. The anti-Valentine’s Day ritual is a big hit in Houston and other cities with Howl at the Moon establishments because of drink specials, dueling piano numbers, contests and, of course, mutilated pictures. Anyone that brings a mutilated photo of their ex receives discounted admission. Howl at the Moon usually brings out unique Love Sux drinks, such as the X-Boyfriend cocktail and Bad Romance Bucket.

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NBA All-Star Jam Session
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 853-8000

Who needs romance and expensive gifts when you can play games and meet NBA legends? The NBA All-Star weekend hits town February 14-17, and the fun starts with Jam Session on Valentine’s Day. Current and former NBA players will be on hand to sign free autographs. Then challenge your buddies in various basketball skill challenges, including a three-point shootout and dunk contest. There’s also basketball clinics and hoops exhibits.

Pablo Francisco at Houston Improv
7620 Katy Freeway, Space 455
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 333-8800

Laughter may be the best medicine for not being in a relationship on Valentine’s Day. If you and your other non-attached buddies are looking to laugh the night away, the performance by Pablo Francisco at the Improv is a good bet. Audiences from across the globe have seen Francisco perform his stand-up routine, which is filled with his large cast of characters. Francisco is perhaps best known for his impersonations and sound effects. He has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and several Comedy Central shows.

Fun. at Bayou Music Center
520 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 230-1600

“And you can take all your things; the boxes and rings and get going.” Those lyrics from the song “All the Pretty Girls” are about the end of a relationship, probably something many Houston singles can relate to. While the indie rock band Fun. has many catchy songs to sing along with and dance to, those people who enjoy reflecting on lyrics can find some meaning in the group’s songs. Some of the band’s numbers deal with love or breaking up. The group, which was nominated in December for six Grammy Awards, will hit Houston the day before Valentine’s Day. Get your tickets for the February 13th show now.

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Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.