Whether you think it's a corporate sham or a sweet reminder of sentimentality, Valentine's Day evokes strong feelings in us. Sure, you could spend the day watching a Claire Danes "cryface" video on YouTube or throwing Hershey Kisses at pigeons, but we urge you to consider these Valentine's Day alternatives, which should, regardless of your Big Feelings, make you love or hate the holiday a little bit less. For the science lover, you'd be remiss not to check out My Furry Valentine (sfns.org, free) at the Randall Museum. Zookeeper and naturalist Patrick Schlemmer promises to describe the bewildering array of strange mating habits in the animal world (with pictures!). For the comedy (and plain ol') lover in your life, How We First Met(howwefirstmet.com, $40-$55) involves couples telling their “how we met” stories, while an improv ensemble recreates those stories with improvised sketches and songs. (We hope one of the couples are vampire squids). For art luvvahs, head to Live Worms Gallery for "The heART of North Beach" (sflivewormsgallery.com, free), which is an art exhibit and benefit that celebrates all things North Beach — people, espresso, pizza, activism, and probably Francis Ford Coppola. For the more traditional, Union Street Has a Crush on You(unionstreetsf.com, $20) is a wine walk in the Marina where, for a cool Jackson, you're treated to wine, finger foods, and a stroll (arm-linking optional) through the iconic neighborhood. Stop off at American Cupcake after (one of our favorite bars, even though it's a cupcake place). Lastly, if you're like us, the pinnacle of romance definitely involves a wily septuagenarian and her morbidly obsessed teen lover. We speak, of course, of the film classic Harold and Maude, which screens late tonight (and every night, in our hearts).
Feb. 14-16, 2013