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February Events in Los Angeles

A Calendar of Events, Festivals and Concerts Going on This Month in LA

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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. 

Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition

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.

Tenacious D and Friends - Stand With Haiti Benefit

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.

The Pee-wee Herman Show

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.

Daedelus

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.

Shen Yun

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.

Redondo Beach Superbowl Sunday 10k and 5k Run/Walk

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.

African Americans Naturally

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.

Pan African Film and Arts Festival

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.

Target Free Family Saturday: Valentine's Day

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.

Valentine's Day Bash: A Totally Awesome Backwards Party

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.

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