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Chicago's anti-Valentine's Day events

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February 13, 2012|By Katie Karpowicz, for RedEye

Sometimes the best way to deal with being single on Valentine's Day is to confront it head-on and laugh in its face. One of the good things about living in a city as big as Chicago, is that you're not the only single person. Not even close. And because there are so may single people (like you!), finding a place to hang out with all of them on Feb. 14 isn't as big of a to-do as you might think.

Andersonville bar Hopleaf is all about finding the humor in Valentine's Day this year. The second Tuesday of each month features the "This Much is True" reading series and this week the readers are focusing in on the lighter side of V-Day. "This Much is True" producer and reader Scott Whitehair says that this is the place to be if you're feeling a little down in the dumps about flying solo on Tuesday.

"What’s great about our show is there’s a sense of community with the audience. They're always mixing and mingling and meeting new people."

All that craft beer flowing from Hopleaf's bar couldn't hurt your spirits either.

"This Much is True" has been hosting readings in Chicago for over two years. Not a literary buff? Not a problem. This isn't Shakespeare! It’s a chance to grab another single friend, drink some beer and laugh along to some good stories. The single life is sounding pretty good right now.

"The way our readers [stories] are, they'll probably make you glad you're single,” Whitehead said, laughing.

The readings start at 7:30 p.m., but get there when the doors open at 6:45 p.m. for a better seat. Whitehead told RedEye that Hopleaf usually reaches capacity before the show starts, so don't be late! "This Much Is True" is free to attend.

Here's a few other non-Valentine's Day spots RedEye thinks you should check out tomorrow:

- The Reader's Third Annual Anti-Valentine's Day party at Logan Square Auditorium –This party features an all-chick goth bands, Windy City roller girls and a ceremonious burning of everything that reminds you of your ex.  8 p.m.; $14

- Letters/X at The Apollo Theater—Comedy sketches and spontaneous songs about horrific dates, band breakups and even worse hookups. And you thought your story was bad. 8 p.m.; $12 in advance, $15 at the door

- Hey Valentine’s Day, @#$% You at The Underground Lounge—Sketch comedy masters (and avid Valentine's Day haters) the Pistol Party throw a party for single Chicagoans and anyone else that’s not a fan of the holiday. 8 p.m.; $5

- Ladies' Night at Soha Comedy at Sopo—An all-gal stand up comedy lineup headlines Sopo restaurant in Lakeview. Listen to these funnywomen skewer their exes and recount their worst Valantine’s Day tales while enjoying a half-priced margarita. Um, yes please. 9 p.m.; $5, no cover fee if you’re a lady

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