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Your Ultimate Guide To February: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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

Feb. 1-ongoing

ART: LACMA presents Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East. The exhibition in the museum’s Ahmanson Building features about 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, including Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, Lalla Essaydi, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Hajjaj, Wafaa Bilal, Barbad Golshiri, and Youssef Nabil, among others. The exhibition is included with general admission ($15 for adults).

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Feb. 2-April 22

ART+MUSIC: The GRAMMY Museum opens its latest exhibition All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur on Monday explores the hip-hop artist’s songwriting and his “legacy as a magnetic performer, charismatic actor, heartfelt poet and outspoken social activist.” The exhibit will feature handwritten lyrics and poems and artifacts from his career as a solo artist and his time with the Digital Underground. Admission: $10-$12.95.

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23

MUSIC: Avid Dancer begins his Monday Night Residency this month at The Echo. On the bill on Feb. 2 are Los Angeles Police Department and Northern American. Bands playing later during Avid Dancer’s residency are Kera and the Lesbians and Haunted Summer, among others. 8:30 pm. 21+. Free with RSVP.

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23

MUSIC: Over at the Bootleg HiFi, Scavenger Hunt also begins its February residency. They’ve curated each of the nights with different bands (first up is LA Girlfriend and Nicky Blitz) and close down each night with a DJ dance party. 8:30 pm. Free.

Feb. 3-March 4

FILM: Film Independent’s Director’s Close Up series gives filmmakers and film fans a chance to hear from the best indie directors and their collaborators talk about various aspects of their work through five in-depth conversations. The programs begin on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at The Landmark in West L.A. with Ava DuVernay: The Road to Selma. Series registration: $125 for Members, $150 for non-Members.

Feb. 6

FIRST FRIDAYS: NHM launches its First Fridays 2015 series with “Do-It-Yourself Science” on Feb. 6 from 5-10 pm with science talks and a salons (with the Nerd Brigade) as well as music by Robert DeLong and Tom Vek. The night includes pop-up performances by Quitapenas and Raul Campos and Mr. Pauer DJing in the KCRW lounge. General admission: $18.

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Feb. 6-7

BALLET: Barak Ballet presents a Triple Bill Performance on Feb. 6-7 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The program includes three works: Yueh Fei, choreography by Melissa Barak and music by Huang Ruo; Left Unsaid, choreography by Nicolo Fonte and music by Bach; and Middle of Somewhere, choreography by Barak with music by Ezio Bosso. 8 pm. Tickets: $35-$100.

Feb. 7-8, Feb. 21

LUNAR NEW YEAR: On Feb. 7 (10 am to 9 pm) and Feb. 8 (10 am-7 pm), there’s a free Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Parkfeaturing seven blocks of entertainment, food, family activities and vendors on Garvey Avenue between Ramona and Alhambra Avenues. The Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival on Feb. 21 happens along North Broadway in Chinatown. In addition to the parade, floats, marching bands, there will be music performances, food workshops and demos, a craft beer garden and more. 12-9 pm.

Feb. 10

STEVIE WONDER: Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life—An All-Star Grammy Salute takes place on Feb. 10 at the Nokia Theatre. Tons of Grammy nominees and musical all-stars pay homage to Wonder’s career and his unbelievable songbook. Expected performances by Janelle Monáe, Ed Sheeran, Usher, The Band Perry, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, John Legend and more. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $65.00-$150.

Feb. 11-12

LUCHA VaVOOM: LUCHA VaVOOM's Valentine's shows take over the Mayan Theatre in DTLA on Feb 11-12. Comedian, actor and writer Ron Funches serves as special guest announcer for both nights, which mix Mexican wrestling, burlesque, aerialists and dancers. Doors: 7 pm. Tickets: $40 for general admission; ringside seats: $55. 21+ event.

Feb. 13

COMEDY: Largo presents Kate, for the Lovers? An Evening of Fun with Kate Micucci and Special Guests on Feb. 13. One-half of Garfunkel and Oates brings her comedy, music and friends to the Valentine’s Eve show and promises it’ll be a blast. Show: 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

Feb. 13

ARCHITECTURE: Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Hollyhock House re-opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 pm on Feb. 13. Following the ceremony, the city of L.A. and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation opens Hollyhock House for self-guided tours for 24 hours until 4 pm on Feb. 14. The admission is free through 11 am on Saturday. They’re encouraging you to use the #WrightAtNight hashtag on social if you visit.

Feb. 13-15

BOHEMIAN PART: Munifisense LOVE is a three-day, Bohemian Valentine’s Day celebration at a 17,000 square-foot Venice warehouse. The three day dance party features projection mapping, sound design and performances at night and workshops on sacred dance, chanting, healing and yoga during the daytime hours. (Note: This is not a 24-hour, ‘round the clock event) Tickets: $30-$80.

Feb. 14-15

SCOTSFESTIVAL: ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXII returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Feb. 14-15 from 9 am-6 pm. Don yer kilt and experience the culture and history of Scotland through Highland games, athletics, dancing, entertainment and food and drink (even Scotch tastings) in homage to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy (the ship was built in Scotland). One-day adult general admission starts at $18, but tastings and dinners are extra.

Feb. 21-22

AIR + STYLE: Shaun White, Olympic champion, brings the first Air + Style Los Angeles to the Rose Bowl on Feb. 21-22. It’s a two-day music fest and action sports competition with 18 bands on three stages, and 32 of the world's best snowboarders and freeskiers competing on a 16-story jump (held in park grounds around the Bowl with real snow). Performers include: Kendrick Lamar, Diplo, Phantogram, Portugal. The Man, Black Lips, Metz and Bad Things. Tickets/passes: $40-$375+fees. Children younger than 10 are free with paid adult admission.

Feb. 21

LUCENT DOSSIER: The Lucent Dossier Experience brings a new, different show to Club Nokia on Feb. 21. Unleash Your Legendfeatures fire, aerials, acrobats and contortionists with DJs MartyParty, Dirtwire and Nico Luminous on the main stage and deep house music by Mikey Lion, Marbs and Deep Jesus of Desert Hearts on the upstairs stage. The show now features more L.A. battle dancers with styles that include crunking, breaking, voguing, bone-breaking, hip-hop and parkour. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. All ages. Tickets: $25-$40.

Feb. 22-April 19

ART: Barnsdall Art Park launches the 2015 arts season by opening two exhibitions, Robert Williams: SLANGAesthetics!, which showcases his new work, and 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group show guest curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery. These two exhibitions commemorate the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz magazine, which Williams founded in 1994.

Feb. 22, 28

HELLO KITTY: The Japanese American National Museum presents the program Hello Kitty Panel Discussion on Feb. 22 at 2 pm, which examines the phenomenon of Hello Kitty. Moderated by Hello! curator Christine Yano, the panel will include Laura Miller, professor of Japanese Studies and Anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; Los Angeles-based artist Jaime Scholnick, and performance artist, writer and playwright Denise Uyehara. Free with Hello!admission; $5 general admission. On Feb. 28 at 2 pm, there’s a panel discussion with curator Jamie Rivadeneira and contemporary artists from the exhibition. The artists will also sign copies of the exhibition catalog. Tickets: $12 members; $15 general. Museum admission not included.

Feb. 23

WICKED ROCKY HORROR: The National Touring Company of Wicked hosts (and performs) The Wicked Rocky Horror Show—a staged rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Fonda Theatre on Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm. The event’s net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets: $40-$125.

Feb. 28

OPERA:LA Opera presents the 2015 Figaro Trilogy—three operas based on the late 18th-century stage comedies by Pierre Beaumarchais. The series begins with The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano (Feb. 7-March 1), followed by Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Feb. 28-March 22) and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (March 21-April 12). DYO (Design your own) trilogy packages start at just $52.

Feb. 28-March 1

COMICS + FILM: For the first time, the Long Beach Comic Expo partners with GeekFest Film Fests to screen geek films during the weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. The expo celebrates comic books and pop culture—and associated lifestyles—with programming that showcases the works of writers, artists, illustrators and creators. Tickets/passes: $30-$45 with other special/VIP passes available.

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