Does Valentine’s Day make your heart sing? Or perhaps the idea of greeting cards and bouquets induces a decidedly less pleasing bodily response. Either way, we’ve got some ideas for you this week.
From February 12-16 in Los Angeles, you can check out Fat Tuesday at the Original Farmers Market, a free Tuesday at LACMA, the L.A. Art Show in DTLA, Lovestruck Cinema at Million Dollar Theatre, Celebrating in Our Ancestor’s Footsteps at Union Station, a Chaotic Singles Party, Night Market at Ivy Station, and more. Whatever your feelings on romance, we hope you enjoy the week!
Things To Do This Week
M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick
Synth Night at Common Space – FA > Normally held every first Monday of the month, the LA Synth Club brings monthly jam session to Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne for a special second Monday event this week where musicians are invited to bring their favorite synthesizers, drum machines, or any other electronic instruments to experiment / jam with. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.
Celebrating James Brown: Say It Loud – M > On Monday, the GRAMMY Museum hosts a special evening celebrating life and career of the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown. The program features exclusive clips from A&E’s forthcoming documentary James Brown: Say It Loud followed by a conversation with director Deborah Riley Draper and producer Jimmy Jam. Event runs 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. More info here.
Fat Tuesday at The Original Farmers Market – FA > Mardis Gras festivities at The Original Farmers Market culminate this week with a Fat Tuesday celebration this week featuring Cajun grub and a performance by The Nevis Brothers. Runs 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.
Netflix Is A Joke Radio Presents: Are You Still Listening? – M FA > Netflix’s free monthly stand-up series returns to Dynasty Typewriter this Tuesday with host Mae Martin and a lineup that features Amberia Allen, Hannah Jones, Mala Muñoz, Milan Patel, Sydney Castillo, and Tommy Brennan. No cost to RSVP for admission, but seating is first-come, first-served and not guarantee entry. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and show starts an hour later. More info here.
Free Tuesday at LACMA – FA > Every second Tuesday of the month the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers free admission all day long. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get more info and reserve in advance here.
friend or flame @ The Friend: A Big A** Valentines Party – FA TP > friend of flame brings their single and mingle meet-up to The Friend in Silver this Valentine’s Day for an evening of specialty cocktails, tunes by DJ Allancito, popup speed dating, and chill vibes. Free to attend. 21+ only. More info here.
Lovestruck Cinema – M > Street Food Cinema’s Valentine’s Day themed series wraps up this Wednesday at the Million Dollar Theatre in DTLA with a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, preceded by a live performance by Cabaret Versatile. GA tickets start at $35 with several different types of packages for couples that go up to $110 (per couple) that include perks like sangria, snacks and reserved seating. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.
Silent Book Club of Death – M FA > This monthly meet-up at Lawless Brewing in NoHo beckons bookworms with decidedly existential vibe. The group gathers for a quick mix and mingle, spends some time in quiet reading of a death-themed book (your choice), then gathers afterwards for a post-read chat. Bring your own book. Buy your own beer. Starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Note that walk-ins will be accepted even if RSVP’s are full. More info here.
Free Flowers in DTLA – M FA > To celebrate Valentine’s Day, DTLA Alliance will host a free flower giveaway at office buildings located on and near Flower Street this Wednesday. Beginning at 11:30 am until all flowers are distributed, 1,500 free roses will be given away at six locations including Bank of America Plaza (333 S. Hope St.), The Bloc (700 W. 7th St.), City National Plaza (515 Flower St.), FourFortyFour South Flower (444 Flower St.), Ketchum-Downtown YMCA (401 S. Hope St.), and US Bank Tower (633 W. 5th St.).
L.A. Art Show – M TP > This Wednesday to Sunday, the L.A. Art Show returns with 180,000 feet of exhibition space at the Los Angeles Convention, featuring works from 120 galleries, museums, and non-profit arts organizations from around the world. One-day admission is $35, and it’ll run you $250 to attend the opening night premiere. Get more info here.
Celebrating in Our Ancestor’s Footsteps – M FA TP > This Thursday, Metro celebrates the Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939 exhibition with a live performance of a traditional lion dance by local students of the East Wind Foundation, followed by a walk-through led by Metro Art. Also on hand will be representatives from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California plus several descendants of the families connected to the exhibition to hear personal stories and insights. The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the station Waiting Room. Free to attend. More info here.
Chaotic Singles Party: Anti-Valentine’s Day -> If Valentine’s Day goes against every fiber of your inner core, then maybe you’re down for a Chaotic Singles Party. Coming to Harlowe in West Hollywood this Friday, the anti-Valentine’s Day edition of the viral TikTok IRL event expects 200+ singles to join the fray, all centered around an Emo-night theme. Tickets start at $17. Chaos begins at 8 p.m. More info here.
Ivy Station Night Market – M FA TP > The monthly night market at Ivy Station returns this Friday, featuring handmade and artisan goods from 25+ local vendors plus food trucks, craft beer, games, and music. Plus, this month’s event will double as CicLAvia’s season launch party / fundraiser at Los Angeles Ale Works, which is located at the Ivy Station Complex. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.
Jo Koy at Kia Forum -> Chart-topping comedian Jo Koy brings his brands of arena-packing humor to the Kia Forum for a pair of post-Valentine’s Day shows (this Friday and Saturday) as part of his 2024 world tour. Get more info here.
It Might Get Dark – M > If you’re willing to revisit some emotional traumas from your childhood through the lens of laughter, consider It Might Get Dark, a monthly affair at The Crow in Santa Monica billed as ” variety show for people whose parents don’t love them.” Yikes! Tickets are $15. Rae Ainslee and Kendall Iler produce. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.
Dining & Drinking
(picks by Christina Champlin)
Pali Wine Co. Valentine’s Day Wine Flights and Pairings -> Pali Wine Co. in the Arts District hosts special Valentine’s Day wine flights and pairings from Tuesday, February 13 through Thursday, February 15. Five of Pali Wine Co.’s blush and sparkling wines will be featured, accompanied by a choice of pairings such as fresh local oysters, a curated cheese board, or chocolate-covered strawberries. Priced at $50 per person, the tasting can be booked via Tock.
Good Clean Fun’s Free Wine Tasting & Valentine’s Day Menu -> Visit Good Clean Fun between 5 to 8 p.m. on V-Day to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting as part of their “Wine Wednesday” series. The Downtown Los Angeles wine bar is also offering a special Valentine’s Day three-course menu priced at $60 per person. Highlights of the menu include Grilled Artichoke, Cacio e Pepe, and a Mini Lovers Cake. Secure a spot via Resy.
English Pub Food on Valentine’s Day -> The Cat & Fiddle, the 42-year-old institution in Hollywood, is an excellent option for those seeking a substantial meal paired with great beer. On February 14, guests can indulge in a three course meal featuring a choice of starter and enticing mains like Prime Rib & Chips, Blackened Salmon, Beef Wellington, and a Nut Roast Wellington. Several dessert options help wrap the meal up, choose between Chocolate Mousse, Sticky Toffee Pudding or a Chocolate Pistachio Ice Cream Cake. With prices ranging between $34 and $50, the pub offers a reasonably priced dining experience for Valentine’s Day. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Resy. The menu is also available for delivery and takeout.
Agua Viva Valentine’s Day Specials -> Agua Viva, Chef José Andrés’s Asian-Latin influenced rooftop eatery at Conrad Los Angeles, will offer special menu items exclusively on February 14. Guests can enjoy a poached lobster served with peanuts, tobiko, and Thai dressing; Acorn Squash Soup with miso and charred habanero oil; and a Carrot Agua Chile with Peruvian scallop, carrot escabeche, and cucumber. Prices range from $20 to $74. Reservations can be made through OpenTable.
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