If, like everything else in the past year, love hasn’t worked out for you, there’s no need to spend Valentine’s Day with Netflix as your date. Get out to these great singles events.
Whether love has been good or bad to you, there’s a power ballad to scream out your feelings at this love-themed karaoke dance party. In case you don’t know the greatest love hits of Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and more by heart, lyrics will be onscreen along with their iconic music videos; dress up in your ‘80s and ‘90s balladeer best for a costume contest, play your sickest riff in the air guitar competition, and sip themed cocktails like the Kiss from a Rose. Fri, Feb. 10, 9:30 p.m., $10, Union Hall, 702 Union St., Brooklyn
The hipster nihilist humor of Lynn Bixenspan is exactly what you need to cut through the BS of this thing called love. Comics will offer their relationship stories, good and horrific, while real therapists listen and may even solve your problems, too. Proceeds benefit the Council for American-Islamic Relations. Friday, Feb. 10, 9:30-11 p.m., $8-$10, QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria
The Skint’s singles dance party is back, and once again in black to remind yourselves that “every living thing on earth dies alone.” Party into blissful oblivion with DJ Gordon Gloom spinning the best broken heart ballads of the ‘80s to today, drink specials, “a cleansing anti-love ritual” and more. Friday, Feb. 10, 10 p.m., $6-$10, Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Brooklyn
This is 2017, you don’t need someone else to buy you chocolates. Get to the Brooklyn Chocolate Takedown at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club to taste your way through sweet and savory treats made by 18 cooks using Raaka Chocolate. Sunday, Feb. 12, noon-2 p.m., $20, 514 Union St., Brooklyn, $20
This event, at a venue called Madame X, may sound like a BDSM wonderland, but the only pain here will be breaking the ice. Engage in some literal play of the board game variety to meet someone romantic or otherwise — there’s nothing like Cards Against Humanity to learn something about people. Tickets include 2.5 hours of open bar and appetizers. Mon., Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m., $80, 94 W. Houston St.
Daybreaker has been a game-changer for the healthy partying crowd, moving the fun to the morning and taking out alcohol for green juices and good vibes. For Valentine’s Day, they’re trying something new, mixing theater, poetry, “movement meditation” and, somehow, astronaut Leland Melvin into the usual dance party to start and spread some love. And knowing they’re into yoga bodes well for other aspects of a relationship.Feb. 14, 7-9 a.m., $30, Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.
The Strand is bringing together the three Cs of self-care: coloring, candy and canines. Get to the brainy paradise that is their Rare Book Room for tastings of Brooklyn’sFine & Rawchocolates, find zen inside the lines of coloring pages and the ultimate stress-reliever: playing with adoptable puppies from the ASPCA.Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7-9 p.m., $15, 828 Broadway
Singles who are ready to mingle should get to NoMo, the fashionable SoHo spot where the night belongs to you beginning at 6 p.m. with a one-hour champagne open bar, followed by heart-themed cocktails, small bites and live music from DJ Julian O’Keefe.Feb. 14, 6 p.m.-midnight, $25 ladies, $35 guys, 9 Crosby St.
Remind yourselves that while love is rarely easy, it’s always worth it at the 10th annual Valentine’s festival of short films. From a hopeless romantic who puts her dates to the movie love test to a couple separated by Alzheimer’s, you’re sure to shed tears or joy and sorrow. Dating consultant Steve Dean is sure to send you home with some new strategies for finding love in 2017.$20, Tues., Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m., Village Pourhouse, 64 Third Ave.
Little Cinema is a little late with their immersive screenings of Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet.” But since 20 years later we’re still not over the star-crossed love of Claire and Leo, anytime is a good time to purge our feelings about it again, helped along by aerialists, ballet dancers, 3D video effects, themed cocktails and a live DJ (with afterparty).Feb. 15 & 17, 8 p.m., $15-$120, House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick