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Romance 2.0: Valentine's events for singles

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  February 4, 2013 04:00 PM

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So you'll be single on Valentine's Day. So what? It doesn't mean you need to resign yourself to your couch with a box of leftover Christmas chocolates while the Spoken For crowd reigns over OpenTable reservations (unless that's your thing; then by all means, meander away). These events around the Boston area are sure to spark your interest—and maybe ignite a flame with a mysterious stranger. Some require advance registration and/or tickets; be sure to click the links to learn more.

Update! Some of the events I initially listed have sold out. (I told you to check those links!) A few more have been rescheduled due to this past weekend's snowstorm. Check below for subtractions and additions, singles.

Tuesday, February 12, 7 PM - A Night of Love and Secrets with Christopher Castellani and Randy Susan Meyers at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner
Artistic director of Grub Street Christopher Castellani (A Kiss from Maddalena and The Saint of Lost Things) shares his lauded new novel All this Talk of Love. Meet the Grassos: a family of Italian immigrants who travel back to their ancestral village of Santa Cecilia. Surprising secrets unfold in this warm and witty tale of family and the immigrant experience. Plus: three women’s lives intersect in ways they could not imagine in Randy Susan Meyers’ dark, revealing, honest tale about the aftermath of infidelity. Grub Street Ambassador and author of theThe Murderer’s Daughters introduces us to three mothers, two fathers, and one child - and deep questions about the meanings of love and family.

Wednesday, February 13, 7 PM - Meet Your Valentine with Instinct Matchmaking at Sacco's Bowl Haven, Davis Square
Strike! Bowl your way to romance at this laid-back gathering, with plenty of complimentary pizza from adjacent Flatbread Company and bowling to help break the ice. Cocktails will be available for purchase, too. Be sure to preregister to guarantee your spot!

Wednesday, February 13, 8 PM - Dig Boston's Pre-Valentine's Day #lastminutelove Tweet Up at The Avenue, Allston
We've reached 14K followers, and to celebrate, we want to court you. And drink with you. And let you tweet Sweet Nothings into the ears of your Twitter crushes ... IRL. In addition to FREE beer compliments of Harpoon Brewery, there will be tons of FREE raffle tickets—with prizes compliments of RAWR, ONE Condoms, the Somerville Theatre, Shambala Meditation Center and more!

Thursday, February 14, 7 PM - The Somerville Arts Council presents Nibble at Porter Square Books, Cambridge
Happy Valentine's Day! Join The Somerville Arts Council at Porter Square Books for a virtual stroll through the cultural mecca that is Somerville. Nibble is an illustrated tour through the food landscape of Union Square, with its beautiful, motley mix of pizza joints, mom-and-pop markets, lively pubs, farmers markets, posh new restaurants and brimming global flavor. Nibble captures this dynamic and delicious place with personal stories, illustrations by local artists, and recipes from the featured restaurants.

Thursday, February 14, 8 PM - Anti-Valentine's Day Pizza & a Movie at Ducali Pizzeria & Bar, North End/West End area
Ducali Pizzeria & Bar knows not everyone wants to dress to the nines on Valentine's Day. That's why the pizzeria is bringing out its big screen projector and playing the Jim Carrey classic, Dumb & Dumber, with its full pizza, beer, wine and cocktail menus available for ordering. What better time to pick a pie that's heavy on the garlic?

Thursday, February 14, 10 PM - Tainted Love Industry Party at M.J. O'Connor's, Back Bay
Valentine's, shmalentines! There'll be no mushy stuff at this party, hosted exclusively for the city's industry staffers—the bartenders, barbacks, waitstaff and hosts that will no doubt be serving up their share of kissing couples—with plenty of prizes and giveaways, a $6 late night menu, and drinks on tap from Pinnacle Vodka and Stella Artois. A DJ will spin anti-love tunes, so dance the pain away!

Friday, February 15, 8 PM - The Timberfakes Present: Cry Me A River (Valentine's Day Hangover Party) at the Hard Rock Cafe, Faneuil Hall
Boston's only Justin Timberlake tribute band is back at the Hard Rock Cafe Boston for their annual Valentine's Day celebration. Whether you're single, in a relationship or in between, come shake what your mama gave you with The Timberfakes and their special guests: the charismatic artist known as Elektrik Kidd and the smooth soul sounds of Band 51.

Friday, February 15, 10 PM - Cupid & The Three Kings' Valentine's Bash at Nix's Mate, Financial District
The Three Kings are at it again! Their Valentine's Day bash will feature a dessert bar, a Valentine's-themed lingerie fashion show and a kissing booth (of course). Plus, expert matchmaker Emily Romano of Dateover will be on hand to help the lovelorn find their soul mates. A $20 ticket gets you in (VIP tables are available; acquire via the above link), with all proceeds going to charity. Festive attire is encouraged—think pink (and red)!

Sunday, February 17, 6 PM - Write on the DOT Valentine's-Themed Open Mic at Savin Bar & Kitchen, Dorchester
Bring your best/worst eros-inspired odes, erotica, limericks, diary entries, love sonnets...or seduce us with the work of another author.Hosted by Aaron Devine, with appearances by Sam Cha, Willie Pleasants, Betsy Gomez, Teresa McMahon, Nathaniel Hunt, Lynn Holmgren,Karen Locascio, Karyn Polewaczyk,Theadora Siranian, Lewis Feuer & more! Includes drink and food specials starting at just $4.

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Karyn Polewaczyk lives and writes in Boston, and believes that heading out into that good night, like any adventure, begins with the first step. Let's Go Out is a conversation about dating and nightlife in our notoriously chilly city, with first-hand tips from the trenches. Karyn's writing, which focuses largely on women's lifestyle topics, has appeared in the Weekly Dig, Jezebel, xoJane, Northshore Magazine and More.com, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @KarynPolewaczyk.

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