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Pencil This In: 'Grease' Singalong, 2 for 1 Drinks at Coffee Bean, LACMA's Valentine's Day and a Literary Death Match

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Yes, it's Valentine's Day. For better or worse, there's no getting around it. We know that romance flicks like Safe Haven and Beautiful Creatures open today, but here are a few other ideas that might score you more points than just dinner and a movie. Also, in case you missed them, here are our romantic classical music picks and ourAnti-Valentine's Day picks.

ART*
Celebrate Valentine’s at LACMA tonight beginning at 6 pm. The museum's Ahmanson building—home to the museum's modern, South and Southeast Asian, Islamic and European art collections—In addition to the Stanley Kubrick exhibition stays open until 9 pm, so come alone, come with a date or with friends. While the Love Hurts tours are sold out, take a self-guided tour of art works that feature heartbreak, jealousy, bad affairs and other love-ly topics. Museum admission: $20.

LIT
It’s the first Literary Death Match of 2013 tonight at Busby's East featuring four writers reading their own love/anti-love stories (of seven minutes or fewer), judged by an all-star panel. Two of the writers will compete in the LDM finale. They’re also screening footage from LDM TV: The Pilot, too. Judges tonight are: Moshe Kasher, Sara Benincasa, April Richardson and Kyle Kinane. Readers are Teddy Wayne, Zarina Zabrisky, Melissa Chadburn and Jim Gavin. Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Doors at 8:15, Show at 9:15 (sharp). This event is 21+.

THEATER
Tonight’s the opening night of Jane Austen Unscripted at 8 pm. The cast of Impro Theatre improvises and performs a new Jane Austen story each night. The performers riff on Austen’s romantic comedies and social satires, along with taking audience suggestions. Every show is totally different from the next. A champagne reception follows the performance tonight. At the Carrie Hamilton Theatre (upstairs at the Pasadena Playhouse). $8 pm. Tickets: $30.

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ART
Tonight at 8 pm, the Echo Park Film Center presents the program Art by people you love. The EPFC describes it as an open mic night for romantics. If you’re in love with someone, something or some place—present a work under 10 minutes or fewer related to the theme. Tickets: $5.

COFFEE
All day today, the Coffee Bean offers 2 for 1 drink deals at participating locations. Buy any beverage and receive the second one (the cheaper one) for free. Not valid in Ralphs, airport or Hawaii locations.

SINGALONG
The Noho 7 in North Hollywood and the Royal in Santa Monica are holding a Grease Sing-A-Long tonight for Valentine’s Day. Bring your date along to impress them with your lyrics prowess, belting "You're the One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and all the other songs from the soundtrack. Audiences members are invited to dress up in character for the evening: Rydell High students, Pink Ladies, T-Birds or even beauty school dropouts. Tickets: $11.

*Pencil pick of the day

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