You know what's great about Valentine's Day? Being single.
Let us count the ways: There's no pressure to buy the perfect gift, no scrambling for restaurant reservations, no getting price-gouged for a bunch of roses that'll wither in days.
But going solo for V-Day doesn't mean you have to sit at home poring over Charles Bukowski poems. There's a certain art to being single on this day of Hallmark-style love, and plenty of ways to remain inspired.
While the masses are doing the expected and the obligatory, here's the perfect place to visit on Valentine's Day: the Crocker Art Museum. The second Thursday of each month means Art Mix at the Crocker, with the museum open until 9 p.m. and showcasing some of the coolest names in local music and other features meant to attract the forward-thinking set.
Thursday's Art Mix includes musical performances from Autumn Sky, Project4Trees, Musical Charis and more. Sacramento poet laureate Jeff Knorr and other docent guides will lead gallery tours. That's to say, mingling opportunities will be plenty for the single set, while more brooding types can break off by themselves and engage in solitary art appreciation. Some of the best art, after all, was born in the anguish of heartbreak and solitude instead of the sting of Cupid's arrow.
Thursday's Art Mix runs from 5 to 9 p.m. 216 O St., Sacramento. $10 general, $8 for seniors 65 and up and college students, $5 for young people ages 7 to 17. Children under 6 are free.
For more information: (916) 808-7000; www.crockerartmuseum.org.