It may be the shortest month of the year, but this is of course entertainment capital LA. February is loaded with cool things to do around town--chief among them, celebrations of Black History Month, Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year. Here is a list of just a few of the many February events in Los Angeles.
When: Through Feb. 28
Where:The Getty Center, Brentwood
What: Call it a Dutch treat. This exhibit showcases drawings from popular 17th century artists from Holland.
When: Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Where: The Wiltern, Mid-Wilshire
What: Turbo-powered by comedian Jack Black, Tenacious D set out to rock the house for a good cause--a Haiti earthquake relief fund. You never know what surprise guests might show up.
When: Feb. 2-7
Where: Club Nokia, Downtown
What: Whether you have fond memories of Pee-wee's Playhouse from the '80s or are just discovering the bow-tied comedian's antics, you'll want to check out one of his limited engagement shows. Paul Reubens has quite a following in LA so be sure to get your tickets fast.
When: Feb. 5
Where:Echoplex, Echo Park
What: Experimental LA based musical artist Daedelus (a.k.a. Alfred Darlington) does his unique whimsical electronic thing at the 'Plex. Nosaj Thing and Jogger Frosty open.
When: Feb. 7
Where:Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, Downtown
What:Celebrate Chinese New Year a week early if you've already got Valentine's plans (it takes place on Feb. 14 this year). This classical Chinese dance and music show features elaborate landscapes and celestial palaces and backdrops brought to life by dozens of dances and songs.
When: Feb. 7, 7:30 a.m.
Where: Redondo Beach Seaside Lagoon
What: Have you got what it takes to run? Join over 10,000 Southern California racers to honor and celebrate the Superbowl for the 32nd year, with a run, walk or stroll through beautiful Redondo.
When: Twice on Saturdays in February, 12 and 2 p.m.
Where: California African American Museum, near Downtown
What: Celebrate Black History Month at the California African American Museum, which is holding free workshops on Saturdays throughout the month. Learn to create your own lamp commemorating the simple lanterns that lit the "classrooms" of African Americans in the mid-20th century. Watch the PBS documentary For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots.
When: Feb. 10-17
Where:Various venues from Culver City to W. Hollywood
What: Celebrate Black History Month with a showcase of Black creative works. 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. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Japanese American National Museum, Downtown
What: This free museum day features craft activities all day long. Learn to make origami, create handmade Valentine's Day cards, grab a free Valentine's Day cupcake, enjoy storytelling for children, and more.
When: Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Dakota Live Music Lounge, Santa Monica
What: Celebrate Valentine's Day with the ones you love: your friends. Dance the night way with '90s cover band (yes, the '90s retro thing is starting) Knights of Monte Carlo, DJ Montage, and '80s cover band Police Cars.