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Monday, February 14, 2011

My Sucky Valentine: Laugh at Love's Misery at the Center for Sex and Culture

Posted on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Simon Sheppard hates love -- at least tonight.
  • Simon Sheppard hates love -- at least tonight.

All you coupled people probably made Valentine's Day plans about three months ago. So have fun tonight with your romantic dinners, your soft music, and your gift exchanges, okay? Now. You single types. Maybe you've scheduled some little act of protest, like making yourself a nice dinner to celebrate your alone-hood, or wandering into your junky little neighborhood bar to get hammered with strangers. Instead, revel in your rebellion: Go hear a bunch of ribald and really funny writers and artists shoot VD through the head at My Sucky Valentine.

Now, there's being a contrarian, and there's having a whole lot of fun with your embittered derision. Members of this loosely organized group of spoil-sports do dirty (and often creative, artistic, and, yes, cultural) things for a living such as smut writing, smut photography, smut reading, smut performance, smut sales. You get the idea.

These folks also take a great deal of pleasure cutting various holidays down to size. (See also: Christmas Sucks.)

Because they're better writers that us, we'll let them tell you a little more:

Love is all you need! Unfortunately, sometimes in the world of romance what you get instead is a razor-blade casserole of betrayal, crossed wires, conflicting needs, and their resultant existential loathing -- or, if you're really lucky, whacked-out in-laws and the occasional federal indictment.

Tonight's readers include Thomas S. Roche, Sherilyn Connelly, Charles Gatewood, Carol Queen, Kirk Read, Julia Serano, Simon Sheppard, and horehound stillpoint.

My Sucky Valentine starts at 7 p.m. at the Center for Sex and Culture. Admission is $10-$20.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section.

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