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20 Of The Coolest Events Happening in L.A. This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week.

MONDAY, FEB. 13

ROMANTIC ENCOUNTERS STORYTELLING SHOW (Stories)
LA’s top comics/humorists tell their funniest love and sex stories on Monday at 8 pm at Bar Lubitsch in WeHo. Hosted by Melinda Hill, this edition of Romantic Encounters is a live taping for Audible/ Amazon. The show features Margaret Cho, Missi Pyle, Tracy McMillan, Carlos Alazraqui , Ritch Shydner , Jackie Kashian, Jibz Cameron AKA critically acclaimed performance artist Dynasty Handbag. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 at the door (cash only).

COCKTAIL WORKSHOP WITH AARON RANF (Drinks)
Esters Wine Shop in Santa Monica holds a Cocktail Workshop with Aaron Ranf (Rustic Canyon’s Bar Director) on Monday from 7-9 pm. Ranf leads participants in an interactive class that creates two drink recipes, while guests enjoy snacks and bubbly. $45 per person. Spots are limited, so call (310) 899-6900 or email hello@esterswineshop.com to RSVP.

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THE BUSINESS: LOS ANGELES (Standup comedy)
The Business: Los Angeles is a free weekly standup comedy show that takes place at Little Joy in Echo Park. Hosted by Megan Koester, Anna Seregina and Bucky Sinister, this week’s lineup features: Alison Stevenson, Jenny Yang, Tim Dillon, Pam Severns, Zach Sherwin and others. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.

OTHERWILD (Benefit)
The retail store-graphic design studio Otherwild holds Our Endless Love—a shopping event with a percentage of proceeds going to Planned Parenthood/The Downtown Women’s Center—on Monday from 6-9 pm. The night includes musical performances by Bouquet and Charlyne Yi; new pieces from 323 Clothing and A Sitting Nude; floral arrangements by Lani Trock; tarot readings by Sarah Faith; Clara Cakes treats; DJ set by Georgia O Kief and free drinks. Suggested $5-$10 donation to Planned Parenthood at the door. Percentage of proceeds to Planned Parenthood / The Downtown Women's Center.

HOW TO WRITE ROMANCE: A SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY PANEL
(Book discussion)

The Last Bookstore holds the panel discussion How to Write Romance: A Special Valentine’s Day Panel on Monday at 7:30 pm. Three romance authors discuss the billion dollar industry/literary genre. Panelists include: Laurelin Paige (Chandler), CD Reiss (Marriage Games and Separation Games) and Vanessa Fewings (Enthrall Secrets). Free.

TUESDAY, FEB. 14

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BRECK TREK LOS ANGELES (Beer events)
Breckenridge Brewery comes to L.A. this week for a Breck Trek with a series of events and activations planned. On Tuesday at Villains Tavern, Breckenridge presents the Sticky Situation Art Show beginning at 5:30 pm, featuring a Colorado-inspired street art show curated by Ink Monstr! On Wednesday, there’s a beer dinner at 7 pm at Craft Hill in Pasadena at 7 pm (ticketed event, enter raffle to win). On Thursday, Breckenridge presents a free show from Paper Bird, a Colorado-based band at The Satellite at 8 pm.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BILLBOARDS OF THE SUNSET STRIP (Art)
There’s Something Happening Here…On The Sunset Strip 1966 is a series of exhibitions and events presented by the city of West Hollywood and WeHo Arts that mark the 50th anniversary of the Sunset Strip riots. The series continues on Tuesday with the outdoor exhibition Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of The Sunset Strip by photographer Robert Landau. Ten large format (8’ H x 13’ W) pieces will be installed on Tuesday morning around the perimeter of the city parking lot at 8775 Sunset Blvd., 90069. Landau will be on-site from 3-5 pm for a meet-and-greet and to discuss the work.

GRAND PARK VALENTINE’S DAY (Date night)
Angelenos are invited to picnic at Grand Park after sunset on Valentine’s Day. Pack a picnic and stroll under the stars without spending too much for a prix fixe menu or dealing with crowds and lines. There are tables for two around the fountain and throughout Olive Court, which will be illuminated with the glow of electric candles. The evening will be complemented by a soundtrack of love songs.

TANGO AT THE TRAIN STATION (Dance)
Metro Art presents Tango in the Train Station for Valentine’s Day at Union Station. The evening features a free tango lesson (so you, too, can learn the dance of love and passion), a milonga (tango social dancing), a live orchestra, Tangótico, led by composer, arranger and producer Matias Piegari and a performance by top tango performers Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes. Doors open at 7:30 pm with the dance lesson at 8 pm and the Milonga at 8:30. The live orchestra begins at 9 pm and wraps at 10:30 pm. Free.

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VILLAGE OF LOVE (Music)
Panache's Valentine's Day Village of Love is a Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles Benefit Concert Special that takes place at The Teragram Ballroom on Tuesday night. Performers play their favorite love songs and cover songs. The night features music by Ty Segall, Kevin Morby, King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, Jennifer and Jessie Clavin (Bleached), Entrance, Tim Rutili, The Cairo Gang, Shana Cleveland (La Luz), Shannon Lay, DINNER, Gal Pals, Warm Drag, Rodrigo Amarante, a special guest and Permanent Records DJs. Doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. All ages. Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 day of show.

THE NOTEBOOK (Valentine’s Day screening + party)
Cinespia presents Nicholas Sparks’ tearjerker The Notebook (2004) on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Theatre. Watch Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in this guilty pleasure movie with a date or a group of friends or solo if that’s your preference. Dress code: Elegant/Formal attire (Jacket and tie required for men). Before the movie, acts onstage will entertain with music and dance. Tickets are $33-$85 Premium. Doors at 7 pm, show at 9 pm. Ages 21+.

RED VELVET ALE + VIDEOGAMES (Alt Valentine’s)
Eagle Rock Brewery’s Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner Red Velvet (Imperial Red Ale) returns to ERB’s taproom for Valentine's Day, available on draft and in (4-pack) 16 oz. cans to go for the first time. The taproom’s also planning on a video game tourney with prizes. The festivities run from 4-10 pm.

TIKI NO: SINGLES NIGHT (Party)
Tiki No in North Hollywood holds a singles night on Valentine’s Day beginning at 5 pm. The night includes a chocolate fountain, food by The Grilled Cheese Truck, cocktails by Bayou Rum and $7 Ladies Drink Specials for cocktails from the bar’s Beverage Director Simon Jones. The bar is also holding a drawing for free bar tab for a couple (or two singles) all night.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

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WHITE LIES (Music)
The U.K.-based band White Lies plays a sold-out El Rey Theatre with Vowws opening. White Lies is currently on tour to support the album Friends, released last year. We love this band—so get tickets any which way you can. All ages. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $25.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD BOYS (Film + Q&A + Party)
Cinefamily presents the series Punk & No Wave Weekend with Go Nightclubbing beginning on Wednesday at 7:30 pm with a screening of Night of the Living Dead Boys. The classic live concert film of the Dead Boys at CBGB in 1977 is followed by a Q&A with Cheetah Chrome (of the Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs), video artists Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong and an opening night party. Tickets: $15.

BOWLING FOR BOWLING GREEN (Fundraiser)
There’s a Bowl for Bowling Green fundraiser at Lucky Strike at LA Live to benefit the ACLU—and not the nonexistent “Bowling Green Massacre”— on Wednesday from 8-10 pm. (100% of the ticket and raffle proceeds and 10% of food and drink will benefit the nonprofit.) The night’s co-hosted by Frederick Douglass, too. Tickets: $40, which includes bowling shoes, raffle and more; $20 for admission and no bowling.

FOUR SEASONS: DINNER AND A MOVIE (Food + film)
Starting on Wednesday and running through Feb. 23, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills holds screenings of Oscar-nominated films in its in new screening room. Guests of the Dinner and a Movie screenings indulge in a $69 prix-fixe, three-course dinner at Culina at 6:30 pm, followed by an 8 pm film screening. Proceeds will benefit the Make a Film Foundation, which grants film wishes to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The series begins with Arrival on Wednesday. Check out the complete lineup. Make reservations by calling (310) 860-4000. Only 30 seats are available at each screening.

FIGHTING HATE ONLINE (Community discussion)
The Anti-Defamation League’s Asian Jewish Initiative and NextGen Community team up to present the discussion "What role can we play in fighting hate online?" on Wednesday, at Google in Venice at 7 pm. Speakers include Brittan Heller, ADL’s first Director of Technology and Society, and Robert Kang, Cyber Security Counsel and lecturer. A NextGen-hosted happy hour follows the program. Admission is free but online pre-registration is required or by calling emailLA@adl.org.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16

CUISINE & CONFESSIONS (Circus + food)
Cuisine & Confessions is a theatrical/culinary experience at The Broad Stage from Thursday through Saturday. This production is a creation of the Montreal-based circus, The 7 Fingers (an offshoot of Cirque du Soleil), and it combines acrobatics with storytelling and cooking. At the end of each performance, the audience leaves the show nibbling on the banana bread that’s been cooking all evening. Cuisine & Confessions runs on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm and on Saturday, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $50.

FOLLOW THAT (Comedy + videos)
Follow That is a new show at NerdMelt that combines comedians and "cry-worthy" videos. Hosts Matt Lieb and Jason Webb host serve up emotionally manipulative videos, then comics Nikki Glaser, Howard Kremer, Chris Fairbanks, Nicole Byer and Jon Huck are called on stage to make the audience laugh. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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