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Your Ultimate Guide To February: 20 Awesome Things To Do In Los Angeles

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We found a number of notable events happening in L.A. in February to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details.

All month

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE PALEY CENTER (Celebration + commemoration)
The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills celebrates Black History Month all February with programming that includes two new exhibits, screenings and family activities that honor the African American experience. On view now is the African American Achievements in Television Experience and on Feb. 8, the center opens The Power of Our Presence - An Exhibition Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards with tablescapes and costumes worn by some of our favorite characters. And every Sunday in February, there are family activities and screenings at 12:15 pm from the Paley Center’s archive featuring African American artists including The Proud Family, The Muppet Show with Lena Horne and Sesame Street. All events are free and open to the public.

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Through Feb. 26

These Days gallery in DTLA presents Creepy Crawl These Days - Raymond Pettibon Flyers from the collection of author/director Bryan Ray Turcotte. The exhibition features more than 130 original punk flyers from the late 1970s through mid-80s either created by artist Raymond Pettibon, or using his artwork. Think DIY ads and flyers from Black Flag, Minutemen, Saccharine Trust, Circle Jerks, Wasted Youth, Throbbing Gristle, Red Cross and Descendents. On Feb. 4, there’s a party from 7-10 pm, with DJs Uncle Tim(KXLU) and Rosie Bojangles spinning the tunes.

Feb. 1-11

If you didn't make it to Sundance, there's a film festival closer to home that starts this week. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) runs Feb. 1-11 at the Arlington Theatre. More than 200 films will be screened, including 51 world premieres and 64 US premieres. The festival opens with Phillip Baribeau’s Charged and closes with Lone Scherfig’s period comedy-drama Their Finest. A variety of mini-ticket packs and passes available.

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Feb. 3-17

To celebrate the revival of Twin Peaks later this year, American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre presents the series Pie & Coffee with David Lynch from Feb. 3-17. The series presents double features, pairing Lynch’s work with other films that seem strangely connected. On Feb. 3 at 7:30 pm, things kick off with Mulholland Drive and Sunset Blvd. Tickets: $12.

Feb. 4

On Feb. 4, the 118th annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festivaltakes place in Chinatown beginning at 1 pm (starting at Hill and Ord). The Chinese New Year Festival takes place at Central Plaza Stage (New Chinatown) from 12-8 pm with arts & crafts, food trucks, performances, a vintage market and more.

Feb. 4

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DUMPLING & WONTON FESTIVAL (Food + horse racing)
There’s a Dumpling & Wonton Festival at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 4 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. The $30 package includes 10 scrips (good for 5-6 dumplings/wontons), one craft beer/wine, Clubhouse admission to Santa Anita Park, a racing program and access to Grandstand and Trackside seating areas.

Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Each Tuesday in February, the The Standard, Hollywood teams up with Cinefamily for an All About Almodóvar Retrospective. The screenings are free with RSVP, and specialty snacks (Spanish treats) will be provided by chef Ari Taymor of Alma at The Standard. The retrospective begins with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Feb. 7), and is followed by What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Feb. 14), Matador (Feb. 21) and All About My Mother (Feb. 28). 8 pm weekly. Space is limited so RSVP and get there early.

Feb. 10

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The Great Horror Movie Nightseries returns to the old zoo in Griffith Park. The first screening is Carrie on Feb. 10. Doors at 6 pm. Tickets: $17-$25 or $89 for a series pass for all seven movies.

Feb. 11

MIGOS (Music)
The Georgia-based hip-hop trio Migos (who can count Donald Glover among their biggest fans), plays The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on Feb. 11. 8 pm. Tickets start at $34.50. All ages.

Feb. 12

WHIP IT (Film + fundraiser)
On Feb. 12 at 7 pm, the Alamo Drafthouse presents a fundraising screening of Whip It—a roller derby movie directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis and Barrymore herself. All profits from the film go to benefit the L.A. Derby Dolls, who are in jeopardy of losing their home. Co-stars Alia Shawkat and Landon Pigg will make it in person to do a post-screening Q&A, with more guests TBA! Tickets: $25. All ages.

Feb. 11-12


The Camelia & Tea festival is at Descanso Gardens this month. (Image: Courtesy of the gardens)

CAMELLIA & TEA (Festival)
Descanso Gardens presents its annual Camellia & Tea Festival on Feb. 11-12 from 9:30 am to 2 pm, which celebrates the colorful winter flower. In addition to craft activities and guided walks, there’s a Chado Tea Tasting from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Sample a variety of teas and learn about tea plants (Camellia sinensis) from the Chado Tea experts. Invertigo Dance Theatre performs at 11 am and 1 pm on both days, too. Most activities are free with Descanso admission. It's $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with school ID, $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for age 4 and younger.Feb. 14-16

BRECK TREK (Beer + fun)
Breckenridge Brewery makes the trek from Colorado to California for a Breck Trek with several cool activations planned. On Feb. 14 at 5:30 pm, there’s a Sticky Situation Art Show at Villains Tavern (free entry), as well as a beer dinner planned for Feb. 15 at 7 pm at Craft Hill in South Pasadena; it’s a ticketed event and the only way to get in is through a contest. On Feb. 16, there’s a free concert at the Satellite with the Colorado band, Paper Bird with LA’s Bones Muhroni.

Feb. 18-19

The Long Beach Comic Expo takes place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Long Beach Convention Center. Expect vendors selling their wares, artists signing on Artists Alley, panel discussions and more. Advanced tickets: $30 for a Saturday only ticket; $25 for a Sunday only ticket and $50 for a weekend ticket.

Feb. 18-19

The third Annual LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show—the largest baking convention on the West Coast—returns to the L.A. Convention Center on Feb. 18 and 19 from 10 am to 5 pm both days. The expo quadruples in size this year, so sweets lovers can enjoy even more samples from more than 275 local shops and national brands, meet baking and TV stars and participate in workshops. Tickets: $25/adult and $12/child for a one-day pass or $45/adult and $22/child for a 2-day pass. VIP tickets are also available, which allow for early entry.

Feb. 18

Book Soup presents a ‘tea party’ with local author Amy Ephron from 2-4 pm on Feb. 18 as she presents and signs her magical-fantasy children's novel The Castle in the Mist. She’s joined by original Saturday Night Live cast member Laraine Newman who read for the audiobook. Refreshments will be served.

Feb. 18-19

AIR + STYLE (Sports + music)
Shaun White, Olympic snowboarding champion, brings his Air + Style festival back to Los Angeles’ EXPO Park on Feb. 21-22. The two-day action sports competition and music fest features performances by Flume, Chromeo, Atmosphere, Vince Staples, Phantoms and others on Saturday and Major Lazer, ZHU, TV on the Radio, Marian Hill, XYLO and others on Sunday. Tickets/passes: $79-$229 + fees.

Feb. 24

Pop-Up Magazine returns to L.A. for a night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm. The program—a live magazine—features a mix of true stories, film, photography, art, radio and music live on stage. The presenters include: Wendy MacNaughton (illustrator), Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (MTV News), Kelly McEvers (Host, NPR’s All Things Considered), Jazmine Hughes (NY Times Magazine), Kelley Carter (ESPN’s The Undefeated) and several others. Tickets ($32+ fees) are onsale now.

Feb. 24-25


The art show 'Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion' opens later this month with works by Plastic Jesus and Billy Morrison. (Image: Courtesy of the artists)

Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion is an upcoming art show that features works by Billy Morrison—punk rocker turned artist—and installation artist Plastic Jesus at Gibson Brands Sunset (the former Tower Records). The public reception is on Saturday from 12-9 pm. Feb. 24-26

The fifth annual LA Art Book Fair will once again take over the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from Feb. 24-26. Printed Matter brings together more than 250 presses, antique book sellers, artists and independent publishers as well as talks, performances and panels. The fair is free and open to the public during the weekend, but the opening night preview party on Thursday—with performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black—is $10.

Feb. 25-March 25


Corey Helford Gallery presents a new show by surrealist Alex Gross on Feb. 25. (Image: 'Monogatari by Alex Gross)

On Feb. 25, Corey Helford Gallery presents Antisocial Network, the first exhibition in Los Angeles in more than a decade from pop surrealist Alex Gross. The new collection features oil paintings, drawings and mixed media cabinet card paintings. The opening reception is on Feb. 25 from 7-11 pm.

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