The consensus around the office is in: whether you’re single, a honeymooner, or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day can be anything but romantic. The only thing more stressful than fighting the crowds for overpriced flowers and a marked-up dinner is forgetting to make a dinner reservation and scrambling at the last minute to make plans.
Don’t fret. Here are some alternative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day that aren’t stressful, aren’t sappy, and won’t break the bank.
A Day at the McNay
This year the McNay will debut two exhibitions on lover’s day: Van Gogh to Munch: Seduction and Anxiety as well as American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings. The Van Gogh to Munch exhibit will feature artists like Paul Gauguin and Charles-Marie Dulac, with art that explores our inner psyche. The American Dreams exhibit is a celebration of the postwar American renaissance. This period, sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age,” will be on display at the McNay in the form of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and 10 classic cars presented as modern sculptures.
McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
Pick & Shred
If you’re single and are willing to risk staying single, Pick’s Bar will be hosting a special edition of live band karaoke for “Anti” Valentine’s Day. You can sing (or shout) your favorite tunes with an actual band backing you and live out your childhood dream of being a rock star. If you want a different type of shredding experience, you can also hop over to Bowl & Barrel, just make sure to bring a picture of your ex. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available to those who want to destroy pictures of their ex-partners. Therapy will not.
Pick’s Bar, 4553 1604, Ste. 1101, San Antonio, TX 78249
Bowl & Barrel, 17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste. 102, San Antonio, TX 78257
Binge & Chill
If leaving the house on Valentine’s Day still sounds like a struggle, then cuddle up with your significant other, order some takeout, and use the day as an excuse to catch up with one of these highly acclaimed shows:
If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, now’s a great time to find out. Season 3 of True Detective is well underway, with one episode left this Sunday before the season finale on February 24. The series itself is an anthology of separate, unique seasons with a self-contained narrative, so you don’t need to have seen the previous two seasons (although season 1 is phenomenal) for context.
Season 3 takes place in the Ozarks across three time periods and focuses on the death of a young boy and his missing sister Julie Purcell – who may or may not still be alive. You can stream the series on HBO now, free for the first week.
Bandersnatch is an interactive film that is part of the greater, Black Mirror BBC anthology series. Because it is interactive, it gives you and your sweetheart the ability to choose what fates befall the protagonist Stefan Butler. In theme with the series’ dark psych-thriller genre, Bandersnatch even has an ending where the character realizes he is in a simulation.
The film is available on Netflix.
If you and your partner (or just you) are looking for a hilarious series to binge, look no further than CBS all access’ No Activity. Already in its second season, this side-splitting hidden gem is packed with comedic talent including Amy Sedaris, Jason Mantzoukas, Tim Meadows, and executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
The series follows two low-level cops who attempt to bust a major drug cartel while time and again tripping over their own incompetence. The web series is available via CBS all access as well as iTunes.
Of course, you don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day to be romantic. When it comes to showing affection towards his wife, newlywed Jarryd Morton says, “I’m not a one hit wonder, I’m an all year kinda guy.” Do you have any special ways you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If you do, we’d love to hear! Email us via firstname.lastname@example.org and share with us how you like to mark the day. We at Crosley Law wish you and your family a very happy Valentine’s Day!