Love stinks! The Valentine’s Day guide for people who hate Valentine’s Day

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Whoever said that one is the loneliest number obviously never celebrated Valentine’s Day in Brooklyn.

This year, there are plenty of quirky events honoring the singles, cynics, drinkers and the recently dumped — so you can go out with confidence in your singlehood this Feb. 14. And who knows, maybe you’ll find someone to go home with, too.

For the cynically single

When the people behind “The Love Show” say “Go F—k Yourself,” they mean that in the best way possible. The dance cabaret, which brings comedy, dancing and burlesque to Public Assembly on Feb. 7, is just an early reminder that being single means not having to feel guilty about drinking excessively while watching sexy men and women strut their stuff.

“It’s going to be a rowdy, fun and charming good time,” said Love Show performer Rachael Ma. “We’ll be doing different types of comical dance numbers about all different types of love.”

Single but not completely cynical yet? Then head to the Black Rabbit in Greenpoint this Valentine’s Day for its “Smiths Speed Dating,” where the first 20 guys and gals to sign-up will get a chance to meet their potential love.

“Our Valentine’s Day is hip,” said bartender Dennis Delaney. “Can you imagine speed-dating while listening to the most depressing music of The Smiths? It’s really fun and ironic.”

The Love Show’s “Go F—k Yourself” at Public Assembly [70 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 384-4586], Feb. 7 at 9 pm. Tickets $10. For info, visit; “Smiths Speed Dating” at Black Rabbit [91 Greenpoint Ave. between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street in Greenpoint, (718) 349-1595], Feb. 14 at 8 pm. Free. For info, visit

For the recently rejected

So you’ve been spurned. Laugh at others who have been rejected worse than you at the Bell House this Valentine’s day with the “Rejection Show,” featuring writers, comedians, cartoonists and artists who will share their failures in business and love all to make you feel better about yourself.

“It’s a supportive show,” said host Jon Friedman. “It’s a laid-back party atmosphere, plus there is live music, we have a lot of fun.”

Indeed, afterwards, The Defibrilators will rock out love songs from the 1980s.

“Rejection Show” at The Bell House [149 Seventh Street and Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], Feb. 14 at 7 pm. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door. For info, visit

For the recently dumped

If after a bad breakup, all you feel like doing is singing Meat Loaf’s “I Do Anything For Love,” you’d find yourself in good company at Union Hall this Valentine’s Day for “Love Bites: The Power Ballads Singalong.”

It will be a night of belting out your heartache to hits from the 1980s and ’90s, including songs from Journey, Bryan Adams, Poison, Aerosmith and Seal. There will also be a contest for the worst breakup story, so you may actually end up feeling like a winner.

And if you’re recently dumped, it’s time to start thinking about your needs. So treat yourself to the “Steamy Valentine Night” party at Brooklyn Bayna, where you can enjoy steam rooms, Jacuzzis and a cold plunge pool all designed to ease your pain. There is also a pool-side dance floor, hookah lounge, and rooftop smoking deck.

“This is a fantastic place to go on Valentine’s Day that isn’t depressing and is just fun,” said Larisa Fuchs of Gemini and Scorpio, the event’s organizer. “It’s so comfortable for singles and everyone is exceptionally friendly.”

The best part may be an hour open vodka-bar, free pierogi and a performance by The Hungry March Band. Because nothing lifts the spirits quite like a street brass marching band playing “Push It.”

“Love Bites: The Power Ballads Singalong” at Union Hall [702 Union St. near Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638-4400], Feb. 14 at 10 pm. Tickets $5. For info, visit; Steamy Valentine’s Night at Brooklyn Bayna [602 Coney Island Ave. between Beverley Road and Avenue C in Kensington, (718) 853-1300], Feb. 14 at 7 pm. Tickets $45. For info, visit

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
keep digging up photos of the burlesque performers...I love them! This Burlesque revival is a great gift to Brooklyn Paper and its readers.
Feb. 3, 2011, 10:35 am
Emily from Gowanus says:
You forgot the people who wanna hate on V-day just 'cause they're lonely, but secretly want a giant heart-shaped box of candy and flowers. That's where comedy comes in...

theskint's OOEY GOOEY Valentine's Comedy Party at The Bell House goes down (yes!) on Friday 2/11.

From the facebook event:
Whether you're alone or in love, theskint's "Ooey Gooey" Valentine's Comedy Party will bring you a mega-heartshaped-box full of laughs!

Your cupid of comedy and host, Kurt Braunohler ("Hot Tub", Penelope: Princess of Pets) and funny folks Claudia Cogan ("Turtle Tank", Last Comic Standing) and Jessica Delfino will charm you with their first, best and worst Valentine's stories and titil...lating tales of love (and lust!) that are sure to put Hallmark to shame. To spice things up, we'll turn the lights down low for cringe-worthy love and dating videos presented by the Found Footage Festival as well as a special performance by the Little Top Circus and Medicine Show.

Submit your secret love confessions, regale in a helium sing-a-long, snap sexy photo booth pictures, and win treasured raffle prizes. Indulge in $1 mini cupcakes from Robicelli's (Serious Eats' 2010 People's Choice winner) and sexy $2 tacos $3 hot dogs from Oaxaca.

Afterwards, a dance party featuring two decades of songs you love to love ('80s and '90s) kicks off in the Front Room where Party Like It's 1999's DJ Steve "The Whitman Sampler" Reynolds will feed you a delicious assortment of musical bonbons...sweet!

Ooey Gooey Valentine's Comedy Party
The Bell House
Friday, February 11
7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show

Feb. 3, 2011, 10:47 am
David F. Slone, Esq. from Williamsburg says:
Hey, Joey from Clinton Hill. There are plenty more images where that one came from on our site:

Also, check out photographer Bryan Kwon's site:
Feb. 3, 2011, 11:31 am

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