Valentine’s Day Alternatives

It’s bad enough that Valentine’s Day is the most overrated and over-advertised consumer holiday. One look at those plush teddy bears holding a heart with the words “I Love You” tauntingly written on them and you feel compelled to push all the pink and red merchandise off the shelves. Still, Valentine’s Day is not just for the lovebirds, and San Francisco is the perfect place to go out for an alternative Valentine’s Day.

San Francisco Valentine’s
Day Pillow Fight
Grab a pillow and your friends and head to Justin Herman Plaza at 1 Market Street. Once the clock strikes 6 p.m., swing your heart out and free that Valentine’s Day aggression. For more information, check out

Tainted Love Concert
What’s better than watching a great cover band perform your favorite ’80s songs? Put on your dancing shoes and head to Bimbo’s to hear anything from Pat Benatar to the B-52’s. Performances are on both Friday and Saturday, 21 and over. Cover fee $23. For more information, check out

The Vagina Monologues
If you’re looking to stay on campus, go see the College Players’ annual rendition of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” It plays the 12-14th in the Presentation Theater (Education Building) at 8 p.m. and proceeds benefit V-Day and the SF Women’s Building. It’s the perfect event to hang out with your girlfriends, teach your boyfriend a little about womanhood or channel your inner feminist.

Go to the movies and see “My Bloody Valentine” if you’re feeling angry or “He’s Just Not That Into You” if you want to watch other people in love.
Movies you can rent that’ll take your mind off Valentines Day: “Ghostbusters,” “Super Troopers,” “Jaws,” “Kill Bill,” and “The Professional.”


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