Drought or no, it’s only a matter of time until a shower of Cupid’s arrows comes raining down in Sacramento, turning a city of perfectly rational humans into a gaggle of pink-washed love saps. Whether you’re dispersing the chalky “Be Mine” candies (which now include phrases like “text me” and “tweet me”) or taking them from the office bowl, you’re inevitably going to get sucked into the game.
But there are better ways to spend the holiday than tracking the details of Justin Bieber’s arraignment with a pint of ice cream. Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, so end a long, dismal week with a little pop and sizzle. No need to get your hands dirty making a five-course meal or empty your wallet on some swanky soiree. There’s plenty of love potion to be sought right around the corner.
Here’s our pick of quirky, locally inspired events for singles and couples who want to dodge the status quo on the night of Feb. 14, a.k.a. Valentine’s Day.
Laughs Unlimited Valentine’s dinner
No one’s taking Be Mine Day too seriously at Laughs Unlimited, where good-humored couples can find entertainment, alcohol and carved roast beef. Featuring Laughs Unlimited regulars Ace Guillen and David Lew.
Laughs Unlimited, 1207 Front St., Sacramento; 7 p.m.; $80 per couple; laughsunlimited.com
‘Love in Motion’ dance and art
Indulge all of your senses with the multimedia art show “Love in Motion,” presented by the Contemporary Dance Conservatory.
The evening marks the premiere of the Chaotic Dance Collective, which will perform as local artists present work in another room. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
Contemporary Dance Conservatory, 213 26th St., Sacramento; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $10; contemporarydanceconservatory.com
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Itching to buy that corset at last? The Sacramento Horror Film Festival’s showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is just the occasion for it. The timeless film will light up the screen while Amber’s Sweets, a Sacramento performance troupe specializing in cult classics, struts the historic Colonial stage in fishnets and hot pants. Be warned: This event is not for the faint of heart.
The Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento; 10 p.m.; $15; sachorrorfilmfest.com
LangeTwins winemaker’s dinner
Kick up the class with this five-course winemaker’s dinner at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. Chef Ame Harrington will serve farmstead cheese, duck rillette, bouillabaisse and more as Lodi’s LangeTwins Winery pairs each course.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, 1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento; 6-8:30 p.m.; $60 per person; sacfoodcoop.com
Speed dating at Marilyn’s on K
Anyone going through Valentine’s Day alone can take a shot at love Friday with happy hour drinks until 8:30 p.m. Stick around after for live rock from Old Screen Door, Sacto Storytellers, and The Slippery Slope.
Marilyn’s on K, 908 K St., Sacramento; 7 p.m. speed dating, 9 p.m. show; $8; Marilynsonk.com
Patris Studio Art and Sip
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so grab a brush and put your love on canvas. Patris Gallery and Studio is doing a “drink wine and paint things” evening that can either end in masterpiece or disaster. Admission includes a canvas, an art supply box and step-by-step instruction, along with a glass of wine. (It’s BYO for refills).
Patris Studio and Art Gallery, 3460 Second Ave., Sacramento; 7-9:30 p.m.; $35 per couple; patrisstudiogallery.blogspot.com
Take an old-fashioned road trip to Cal Expo for the first day of the Sacramento Autorama show, where more than 500 fancy cars will be on display all weekend. Finish it out with a picnic in at a riverfront park and call it an early night.
Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento; Friday noon-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $20 per person; rodshows.com
Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.