It may be the shortest month of the year, but this is of course entertainment capital LA. February 2014 is loaded with cool things to do around town--chief among them, celebrations of Black History Month and Valentine's Day.
When: Feb. 2
Where: Redondo Pier
What: Have you got what it takes to run? Join over 10,000 Southern California racers to honor and celebrate the Superbowl for the 36th year, with a run, walk or stroll through beautiful Redondo.
When: Feb. 6, 10 p.m.
Where: Club Nokia, Downtown
What: A bedazzling live version of Ru Paul's Drag Race tv show. Advance tickets: $29.50-75.
When: Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Descanso Gardens, La Canada-Flintridge
What: Honor the beautiful camellia, a flower which brightens gloomy winter days with its colorful blossoms. Descanso presents a day of related activities from a fairy tour of the 'enchanted' forest to a tea ceremony.
When: Feb. 13
Where: Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
What: Extremely popular throughout the '80s, Silver Lake's own soul/mod revival band, The Untouchables plays a special show.
When: Feb. 6-17
Where: Various venues from Baldwin Hills to Hollywood
What: Celebrate Black History Month with a showcase of over 130 creative works from the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, the U.S., Europe, the South Pacific and Canada by people of African descent. The PAFF, a non-profit dedicated to promoting cultural and racial tolerance through film and art, aims to destroy negative stereotypes with its annual event. It has been doing so since 1992.
When: Feb. 8
Where: Banning Museum, Wilmington
What: Kick off the mansion’s 150th Anniversary and Valentine's Day with their 9th Annual Tea & Tunes special event featuring champagne and Parisian music.
When: February 14
Where: Billy Wilder Theater, Westwood
What: The final showing in a presentation of films of the era: two movies by producer Harry Cohn, Men in Her Life and Lover Come Back (both from 1931).
When: Through February 15-23
Where: The Getty Center
What: A selection of films about Queen Victoria, the most dramatized of all British monarchs.
When: February 14-16, 6 p.m.
Where: Ahmanson Theatre
What: This limited engagement celebrates godfather of soul James Brown’s influence and offers audiences a new perspective on the history of Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater.
When: Feb. 23-March 1
Where: Various locations
What: Few do film, fashion and art with as much style as the Italians. Historically some names spring to mind: Versace, Botticelli, Fellini. Come see what it's all about at this festival celebrating Italian artistry and style.