Whether you are single or happily taken, there isn't much debate about it: Valentine's Day can sometimes feel a little daunting. The high expectations, the gifts, and all of those gushy cards can make even the world's biggest hopeless romantic go a little cross-eyed. Instead of hiding at home away from all the lovey-dovey fuss, get out and try a scene that won't be so typical.
• "Love Sux" anti-Valentine’s Day party hosted by Howl at the Moon at Power Plant Live! This is a strictly no-romance-allowed party. Go the extra mile and bring a shredded or mutilated picture of an ex and you’ll be granted free admission and entered into a drawing for a $50 Howl at the Moon gift card.
• Looking for laughs? Comedian Greg Morton puts on a Valentine-themed show at the Baltimore Comedy Factory. Tickets are $17. For $60, upgrade to the SweetHearts package, which includes drinks throughout the show, or the VIP package for $68.
• Comedian Brian Scott McFadden performs at Magooby's Joke House in Timonium at 8 p.m. Most recently seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, McFadden is also known as the voice of the sheep from the Serta Mattress commercials and has done voice-overs for animated films including Ice Age II and Robots. Expect some relationship-themed comedy as he's currently recording material for his upcoming comedy CD What A Woman Wants. Tickets are $17.
• Young Jaguars, Black Shades, and Robert Mitchell rock out at the Windup Space. Gather some friends and sing your worries away. Tickets are $10 for couples and $7 for singles. Doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m.
• Live music and dancing at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia. The restaurant is offering a pre-set menu on Valentine’s Day, but the real party is on Saturday, February 16. Shelli and Kurt from the band NightLife will play from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. and special appetizers will be served on the dance floor.
• Mom always has your back and this Valentine's Day is no exception. Singles and couples are welcome at Mothers Federal Hill Grille for drink specials and a $12.95 steak dinner.
[Image: courtesy of Baltimore Comedy Factory]