If you’re over all the mushy, gushy Valentine’s sap before it even starts, we have just the cynical scene for you. Choose your anti-Valentine’s poison from voodoo doll therapy and Blackheart martinis at Birds Restaurant in Hollywood to “Erase Your Past” tattoo removal in Orange County. You can also take a hike to vent your frustrations or catch a Yippee-ki-yay Die Hard Marathon on Feb. 13. What’s more X and O than that?
Birds Cafe & Bar
5925 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028.
No date? No worries. Hit Birds in the heart of L.A.’s most historic district. They’ll have all the great heartache tunes like “Used To Love Her, Had To Kill Her,” “Love Stinks” and more. Toss back a few Blackheart martinis. Maybe even win door prizes for the best “Getting Dumped” story. Birds Restaurant, nestled below the Hollywood sign, has been a Los Angeles landmark since 1994 and is known for serving great food in a unique atmosphere and hosting killer Anti-Valentines parties. Party starts at 8 p.m.
Laser Tattoo Removal
1101 Bayside Drive Suite 100
Newport Beach, CA 92625
You were crazy in love, now get over it. Erase the names and love tokens you once had naively scribed on your body. Cosmeticare is erasing past loves gone wrong. The plastic surgery practice in Newport Beach will celebrate Valentine’s Day by offering the first laser tattoo removal treatment session free on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Those who are seeking to have tattoos bearing the name of their former loves removed must call on Valentine’s Day to schedule their first appointment. For more information, call (949) 718-6900 or visit http://www.cosmeticare.com.
Die Hard Marathon
Participating Regal and Edwards movie theaters
Yippee-ki-yay, all you lovebirds. What’s less warm and fuzzy than a movie about a good day to die hard? Cinemas across Southern California, including Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 & IMAX and Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14, will be hosting a one-day-only Die Hard Marathon on Feb. 13 — the day before the latest installment of the franchise, “A Good Day To Die Hard,” officially opens across the country.
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OC Parks Hike
Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
If you told your loved one to take a hike, or got dumped and were told to do the hiking, get out there — far, far away from any sign on Valentine’s Day. OC Parks hosts all kinds of escapes to help you forget your worries, such as their Fitness Hike Feb. 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Hike the Aliso and Wood Canyons trail on this moderately- paced, four-mile hike (300-ft. elevation gain) on rocky and uneven terrain. For more on it and other happenings, visit http://www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.
Momentum by IRON Singles Workout
1919 Broadway Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
If you’re single and not yet fully jaded by the four-letter word, you could visit Momentum by IRON. They are inviting singles to their group fitness classes at no cost on Valentine’s Day. Hey it’s free, you have nothing to lose. The classes offered will be TABATA at 5:50 p.m. and BARRE FLOW at 6:30 p.m. Led by LA’s top fitness instructors (with A-list celebrity clients like Rihanna, LeAnn Rimes and Emma Watson), the Santa Monica-based studio will hold classes for singles all evening. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (310) 264-9800.
Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California writer who covers events and travel for CBS Los Angeles, as well as lifestyle for Laguna Beach Magazine and Bask Magazine, plus parenting topics for OC Family magazine. Keep up with her at @DebLavdas on Twitter or DebbieintheOC.com.