It may be the shortest month of the year, but this is of course entertainment capital LA. February 2013 is loaded with cool things to do around town--chief among them, celebrations of Black History Month and Valentine's Day.
When: Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Descanso Gardens, La Canada-Flintridge
What: John Lyons teaches eager green thumbs the basics of raising chickens and beekeeping in an urban setting. Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers
When: Feb. 3
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 35th year, with a run, walk or stroll through beautiful Redondo.
When: Feb. 7, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Where: Orpheum Theatre, Downtown
What: An all ages show featuring singer/songwriter/guitarist M. Ward. Tickets: $20-30.
Where: Billy Wilder Theater, Westwood
What: A screening of Paramount's first sound feature, The Wild Party (1929), a comedy set at an exclusive women's college starring Clara Bow.
When: Through February 10, 2013
Where: The Getty Center
What: A look at painting and illumination between 1300 and 1350 through seven paintings by renaissance master Giotto (the largest number assembled in N. America) and works by his contemporaries like Bernardo Daddi and Taddeo Gaddi.
When: Feb. 7-18
Where: Various venues from Culver City to W. 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. 9, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Banning Museum, Wilmington
What: The Banning Museum hosts its annual Valentine's Day tea event. It includes tea served on antique tea sets, self-guided tours, and live music in the Carriage Barn of a mansion built in 1864.
When: February 9, 6 p.m.
Where: LA's famed film composer conducts the Young Musician's Foundation's Debut Orchestra (proceeds benefit the foundation).
When: Feb. 17-23
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.
When: Feb. 21, 9 p.m.
Where: Club Nokia, Downtown
What: An all ages show featuring the dark and macabre Manson. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50.