35 Things To Do This Long Valentine’s Weekend In SoCal: Feb. 14 – 17

Frieze LA 2020 returns for its second edition this weekend. Last year, Kori Newkirk Hannah Greely’s work was installed at (above)f Paramount Studios. (Mark Blower )

Overpriced, prix fixe meals are passé for Valentine’s Day, so we found more affordable alternatives. A picnic in Grand Park, a Single AF cocktail party, an erotica reading and a lesson in Bawdy Botany. Plus, art abounds during Frieze L.A. Week, the Groundlings hold an open house and a Panic Party raises awareness of climate change.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Frieze Los Angeles 2020
Paramount Pictures Studios, — 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood
The sprawling art fair returns to L.A. for its second edition. View solo exhibitions from artists including Alvaro Barrington, Sayre Gomez, Gladys Nilsson, Alison Saar, Avery Singer and James Turrell as well as works presented by more than 70 galleries. While the majority of the happenings take place at the studio, many official and unofficial events happen around the city. On Saturday at 2 p.m, artist Christopher Wood chats with musician Kim Gordon as part of the Broad’s Un-Private Collection series. If you’re an early riser, join MOCA director Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist for Brutally Early, a conversation that starts at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with coffee and donuts and ends at 11 a.m. with champagne and ice cream.
COST: Prices vary; MORE INFO

Frieze LA isn’t the only art show in town this week. Other smaller fairs include:

Learn about chocolates while tasting them at Ethel M Chocolates. (Ethel M Chocolates)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
The Sweet Surprise Valentine’s Experience
Ethel M Chocolates — 2159 Glendale Galleria, Glendale
The Las Vegas-based candy company’s new store and tasting room features a chocolate tasting and educational session for two. For 45 minutes, learn about how chocolate is sourced, refined and produced as well as the basics of flavor identification.There are two sessions nightly. Tickets include a 14-piece Valentine’s Day satin heart box.
COST: $60 for two people; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Groundlings Bar Fight
The Groundlings Theatre & School — 7307 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
The comedy troupe’s newest main stage show debuts on Valentine’s Day and runs every Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. through April 18. The Valentine’s date package includes hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Darkroom, cocktails by Taffer’s Mixologist, wine, beer, and desserts after the show.
COST: $18 – $25, $50 for Valentine’s Day ; MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Street Food Cinema
Million Dollar Theater — 307 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Choose from two very different movies this Valentine’s weekend. There’s a screening of La La Land on Friday and The Silence of the Lambs on Sunday. Bring food from Grand Central Market into the theater for a great dinner-and-a-movie option. The event also features specialty cocktails, DJ Ivy and a photo booth. This event is strictly 21+. Music from 7:30-9 p.m. Movie begins at 9 p.m.
COST: $23 – $33; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Law and Order: The Musical
The Broadwater Second Stage — 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Chung chung. In this new parody of the TV show (created in accordance with fair-use law) a grisly murder has taken place but cops and lawyers can’t stop screwing up the investigation. Book and lyrics by director Ilyse Mimoun and music by Jeremy Adelman.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Valentine’s Weekend of Love
The Montalbán — 1615 Vine St., Hollywood
Movies, art and magic happen throughout the theater. On the roof, catch a screening of Casablanca (Friday), The Notebook (Saturday) or Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Sunday) followed by a Silent Disco night. The MEZZ Gallery hosts an exhibition featuring the work of Egyptian artist Marwan Shahin. On Friday, on the mainstage, magician Blaise Serra stars in the magic show, TAME: Up Close And Personal.
COST: $18 – $110; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
The Orphic Trilogy
Norton Simon Museum — 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
The museum presents a three films directed by Jean Cocteau. Disturbing and charming, the trilogy opens Friday with The Blood of a Poet (1930), which explores the relationship between art, dreams and metaphors. The series continues the next two Fridays with Orpheus and Testament of Orpheus. Each film begins at 6 p.m. and is introduced by director and screenwriter Gregory Nava. Films are free with museum admission.
COST: Admission: $12 – $15; MORE INFO

iam8bit presents a show of crafted original driftwood sculptures by Amanda Visell. (Courtesy of iam8bit and the artist)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Drift
iam8bit — 2147 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
The gallery opens an exhibition of more than 100 handcrafted driftwood sculptures by Amanda Visell. The opening reception takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and the works will remain on view through Sunday, Feb. 23.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14; 7:30 – 9 P.M.
Valentine’s Day Erotica Reading
Skylight Books — 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel hosts a night of sexy reads from writers featured in the anthology Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5. Hear from contributors Joanna Angel, Lauren Emily, CD Reiss, Jayne Renault and Sabrina Sol. Lube and sex toy giveaways by sponsors überlube and Le Wand.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Pan African Film + Arts Festival
Cinemark Baldwin Hills — 4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008, USA
The 28th edition of the largest black film festival in the country continues this weekend, honoring filmmakers and artists from around the world. Spotlight screenings include the new series Stuck With You, directed by Patricia Cuffie-Jones, and Bedlam by Jared P. Scott.
COST: Adult general admission starts at $14 ; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14; 6 – 11 P.M.
Good Hands Market: Better Together. A Valentine’s Day Pop-up
Segovia Hall at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Need a Valentine’s gift? Check out the pop-up and market party where you can shop the wares of 10 local vendors selling handmade and vintage goods. Stick around for drinks and listen to tunes spun by DJs.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Watch the animated classic ‘The Lady and the Tramp’ for Valentine’s Day. (©Disney)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Lady And The Tramp
El Capitan Theatre — 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The theater’s annual Valentine Day’s tradition returns with a screening of the animated canine classic. Before the 4 and 7 p.m. screenings, guests can enjoy jazzy renditions of classic love songs performed by Josephine Beavers and the 19 -piece Ed Vodicka. If you want to eat Lady and the Tramp-style, Miceli’s restaurant in Hollywood offers Sweetheart Dinners before the evening screenings. Movie packages include a VIP movie ticket and reserved seat, popcorn and a 20 oz. bottled drink.
COST: $50 per person, dinner extra; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 4 P.M. – 12 A.M.
Single AF Cocktail Party
westdrift Manhattan Beach, Autograph Collection, 1400 Parkview Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
Celebrate singlehood with live music from WP Music and cocktails. Toast your exes with drinks like Whiskey Sweetart (whiskey with blackberry and lime) or Mint Condition (Tequila, grapefruit juice and mint).
COST: No cover, no drink minimums; MORE INFO

For a budget-friendly, Valentine’s alternative, pack a picnic and head to Grand Park’s Lovers Rock. (Javier Guillen for Grand Park/The Music Center)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14; 7 – 11 P.M.
Lover’s Rock
Grand Park (fountain overlook) — 200 N. Grand Ave, downtown L.A.
Here’s a great Valentine’s date night that won’t break the bank. Grab a picnic and head to the park where DJ Linafornia spins Lover’s Rock reggae while soft-pink lights transform the outdoor space. Bring friends, lovers, kids and pooches. All are welcome at this party. Park furniture is available on a first come, first-served basis. A couple food trucks will be on site for snack and meal purchases. No outside alcohol is allowed in the park.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14; 7 – 9 P.M.
Animal Matters: The Mating Game
Wallis Annenberg PetSpace — 12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista
PetSpace’s resident animal love expert, Dr. Donna Fernandes, hosts an adult-only event with wine, trivia and little-known facts about animal mating. Learn which animal species change sex, which males exclusively mate with their sisters and which animals have two penises.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal presents Leonard Cohen’s ‘Dance Me’ at The Broad Stage this weekend. (Photo courtesy of BJM)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 7:30 – 9 P.M.
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal: Dance Me
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage — 1310 11th St., Santa Monica
The dance troupe performs its original work about late, great poet-singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Songs highlighted in the production include “Suzanne,” “So Long, Marianne,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “Lover, Lover, Lover,” “Hallelujah” and “First We Take Manhattan.”
COST: $69 – $99; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 7:30 – 9 P.M.
Bawdy Botany
Los Angeles County Arboretum — 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
Why do we give roses to our sweethearts? What are the botanical origins of the birth control pill? What’s the bizarre secret of ficus sex? Learn how plants have played a part in the history of love and sex while wandering through the moonlit gardens. It’s nerdy, naughty fun.
COST: $20 – $25; MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14; 9 – 11:30 P.M.
Bat For Lashes
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
English singer-songwriter Natasha Khan is on tour in support of her latest release, Lost Girls. The album mixes gauzy pop, power ballads and Iranian beats.
COST: $25 – $40; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Scots Festival and International Highland Games XXVII
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach
In addition to music, dance, food and whisky, this year’s festival offers two new athletic highland competitions: the North American Lightweight Women’s Championship and the Stones of Strength series addition to the men’s competition. Watch women compete in all nine Scottish heavy events such as caber toss, throwing the weight, the hammer throw, putting the shot and the sheaf toss. The new men’s contest features competitors carrying natural stone boulders onto platforms of varying heights.
COST: General adult admission starts at $25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Mortified’s Doomed Valentine’s Show
Wanderlust Hollywood — 1357 N Highland Ave., Hollywood
There are two Valentine’s-themed shows, one at 6 p.m. and one at 9. Readers share their teen journals, letters, lyrics and poems. They tell tales of romance and heartache. Some are hilarious. Some are heartbreaking. Some are cringe-inducing.
COST: $20 – $40; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
HFPA Restoration Summit 2020
The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Soak in two days of film (re)discoveries and discussions about film preservation and restoration. The weekend’s program includes 1953’s The Black Vampire (El Vampiro Negro) and a screening of Federico Fellini’s Roma (1972).
COST: $15 per screening; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 2 – 3:30 P.M.
Strong Words — Voices of the City
Los Angeles Central Library — 630 W. 5th St., downtown L.A.
This storytelling salon features stories told through words, music, art and photography. The event opens the library’s L.A. Made cultural series and stars David Haerle and his band Edendale, along with Rose Abdoo, Roy Cruz, Larry Dean Harris, Marlene Nichols and Omar Offendum.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run/Walk and Bike Ride
943 N Broadway, downtown L.A.
L.A.’s Largest Lunar New Year celebration kicks off on Saturday with the lighting of 100,000 red firecrackers, lion dancers, a “PAW’er Dog Walk,” the Firecracker Festival and the 12th annual Bike Ride (with 20-mile and 40-mile routes). The Year of the Rat celebrations continue on Sunday with the 5K/10K Firecracker Run through the streets of Chinatown and DTLA, followed by the festival.
COST: FREE – $80; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
5th Annual Open House
The Groundlings Theatre & School — 7307 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
Come check out what the Groundlings have to offer. Enjoy a day of improv, food, comedy, community and more comedy. Take improv classes (for $10), check out free performances and enjoy bites from some L.A.-fave food trucks.
COST: Free – $10; MORE INFO

The CIA built a 650-foot ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer, with the goal of secretly raising a Russian sub from the ocean floor. (Courtesy of Charlie Canby)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 6 – 7:30 P.M.
Project Azorian: The CIA’s Greatest Covert Operation
Catalina Island Museum — 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon
The museum presents a lecture with slideshow and artifacts that details a secret and elaborate six-year effort to retrieve the sunken Soviet submarine K-129 from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Hear how the CIA used Howard Hughes’ mining as a cover and built a 650-foot ship, with the goal of secretly raising the sub — sitting some three miles deep.
COST: $10 – $17; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 6 – 10 P.M.
Dream Variation
California African American Museum — 600 State Dr., Exposition Park
The Long Beach Opera’s “UnGala” fundraising series continues with a celebration of black composers through history. The night features performances of works by composers of African descent, performed by some of opera’s most exciting black artists. The timeframe begins circa 1745 with Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and continues with the works of Margaret Bonds, Anthony Davis, William Grant Still and Moses Hogan. After the formal program, guests can enjoy soul and R&B tunes by singer-songwriter Isaiah Walker. Catering provided by Harold and Belle’s.
COST: $150; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15; 7 – 9 P.M.
The Celebration of Black History Concert
Forest Lawn — 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Hollywood Hills
This is a one-night-only spectacular of jazz, blues and gospel music, dance, comedy and spoken word. Featured performers include Elaine Gibbs (The X Factor), comedian Six Foota Slimm and keynote speaker Dr. Terrance Roberts, author, retired professor and one of the Little Rock Nine. Music, dance choirs and soloists round out the evening. There’s a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. with refreshments and music by DJ Dan Jackson. Seats re on a first come, first served basis.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16; 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Family Bird Festival
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden — 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont
Spend a day outdoors at a festival of bird watching. Enjoy kid activities and educational opportunities. Hear stories from the Pomona Valley Audubon and International Bird Rescues. Meet live raptors, presented by Wild Wings of California. This event is free with general admission to the garden.
COST: $6 – $10; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16; 1 – 2 P.M.
What Rhymes with Orange?
The Second City Hollywood — 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The family-friendly musical follows Amari into the magical musical world of flying books, feathered librarians, singing raccoons and giants as he tries to answer the question, “What rhymes with orange?” Stick around for an afterparty with food and drinks, games for adults and kids, and a photobooth. There are only 60 seats and they’re available on a first-come, first-served basis.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16; 5 – 8 P.M.
Panic Party
Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Dance, drink and then do something about the climate crisis. This party features music by cumbiatón DJs Sizzle Fantastic and Funky Carmelo, cocktails by Endless West, plant-based food by Cena Vegan, art, installations, films, screen-printing and information from environmental organizations around L.A. Admission includes one cocktail.
COST: $20 -$25; MORE INFO

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17; 8 – 11 P.M.
Rebirth of Slick with Digable Planets
Regent Theater — 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
In honor of Black History Month, kick it old school with Butterfly, Doodlebug and Ladybug Mecca for a night of hip hop, funk and jazz. The trio is backed by a live band. All ages.
COST: $40; MORE INFO

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17; 7 – 8 P.M.
Bigfoot Collectors Club
Bigfoot Lodge — 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village
The podcast Bigfoot Collectors Club, hosted by actors and armchair crypto-zoologists Michael McMillian (True Blood, Crazy Ex Girlfriend) and Bryce Johnson (Pretty Little Liars), holds a live show at the perfectly named venue. They’re joined by surprise guests for casual and enlightening discussions about weird happenings throughout history. They’ll attempt to answer questions like, “Can Sasquatch slide between dimensions?” “Are there really Dogmen roaming the dairy farms of Wisconsin?”” This event is 21+.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

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