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6 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in L.A.

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By Zach Bourque/Special to LAist

Ready for some Hallmark-induced depression? If the recent thunderstorms and barrage of pink and red commercials didn’t remind you, this Tuesday marks the return of Valentine's Day.

Around this date it becomes immediately evident that there are two kinds of people in this world, The Single and the Paired. If dinner and reruns of Pretty Woman don’t sound appealing to you love birds, here are some alternative options to woo your significant other. To everyone else, these events are a wonderful opportunity to wash out that depression with some hard liquor and like-minded individuals as you try to fall in bed with a stranger.

LA’s own Saint Motel will take to the stage headlining MFG Event’s Heartbreaker’s Hideaway at the Belasco Theater Ballroom downtown in an event that promises music and burlesque dancing in a classy ambiance.

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Single crooners need look no further than the aptly titled Love Stinks Karaoke at Neat in Glendale, hosted by Caroline on Crack. Do your best Robbie Hart impression and unite with other singles as you stumble through your own rendition of “Tiny Dancer” while spilling a vodka tonic on your six-inch heals.

The Echo is hosting its own Valentine's Day Song Massacre aka The Sad Hour with a stacked lineup of music including Grant Langston and The Driftwood Singers in an event that promises to celebrate the always inspiring moments of love and heartbreak.

And nothing screams romance like the excitement of Mexican masked wrestling as Lucha VaVoom returns to LA for a three-night run at the Mayan. The event also promises a saucy striptease.

Of course there’s always the option of spending the evening with one of the three hardest men around (Jim, Jack and Jose) who always have your back during this season. Time Warner has also given ladies the best gift of all in the form of Ryan Gosling On Demand where they will have eight of his most endearing films available to dull the pain of the "holiday."

Buck up friends, it’ll be over shortly.