Some Valentine’s Day alternatives: a cool documentary and a musical TV show

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Photo: Greg Gayne/The CW)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Photo: Greg Gayne/The CW)

Knife Skills

If you find yourself with 40 minutes to spare, you can watch the Academy Award-nominated short documentary Knife Skills for free on The New Yorker’s website. It follows the opening of Edwin’s, a fine-dining French restaurant in Cleveland that employs people recently released from prison. I’m saving the film for an upcoming plane ride this weekend, but please tell me if you enjoyed it. [Kate Bernot]


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Valentine’s Day is one of those Hallmark holidays that can really suck: If you’re not with someone, it can seem like everyone in the world is just marching by you in pairs, ark-like, on their way to a fancy dinner tonight. If you are spending V-Day alone for whatever reason, we have a great binge-watch for you: The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Now in season three, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) has figured out that many of her problems can be traced to her tendency to obsess over relationships, so her journey to finally put herself first has been engaging to witness. Plus it leads to fun theme songs like “Without Love, You Can Change The World,” with many suggestions for positive causes you can concentrate on instead of obsessing over whether someone has texted you or not today. [Gwen Ihnat]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.



Sooo what did my fellow sex-havers do as a special dinner? Me and my SO tend to try to make a special meal even if we’re busy during the week. We’ll splurge on ingredients or open a special bottle.

I made a beet, grapefruit and orange salad ( inspired by a recipe from Kenji at on arugula with pine nuts and feta.

Main was a grilled lobster tail risotto with Asiago cheese and truffle oil. Asparagus side.

We started with a bottle of Moët we saved from Christmas.

All in all it turned out pretty good except I put fresh rosemary and thyme in the vinaigrette and in hindsight I should have stayed with the high citrus notes instead. Maybe try ginger next time.