The 30 Best Things To Do In L.A. In February

Photo: Courtesy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.
If you're expecting February to be a bummer of a month, you're definitely not alone. That said, you're also wrong. Though short (and heavy on the chocolate hearts), this February happens to be jam-packed with some of the best events all year. And, no, we're not even talking about the Oscars here (though we are looking forward to a night of critiquing the red carpet from the couch). 

From artisan ice cream pop-ups to Lady Gaga live to a massive vintage-clothing extravaganza, this month's forecast is straight-up stellar. Ahead, we've got a whopping 30 events to pack into a mere 28 days. Are you ready to rally?




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Photo: Courtesy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Pop-Up
The artisanal ice cream shop isn't opening its first L.A. brick-and-mortar shop until March — but, until then, you can follow their truck! They'll be stopping at various rad L.A. locations, so there's really no excuse to miss out on a scoop of Brambleberry Crisp or Whiskey & Pecans.

When: Saturday, February 7, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, February 14, 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: February 7: Poketo, 820 East 3rd Street (near South Hewitt Street); 213-537-0751. February 14: Silverlake Flea Market, 1511 Micheltorena Street (near Sunset Boulevard); 323-467-0623.

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Photo: Courtesy of United Artists.
Screening of Annie Hall
“I was thrown out of NYU my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final, you know. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.” In case you weren't around when the original was in theaters back in the '70s, now's your chance to catch the classic flick on the big screen.

When: Friday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Reed Hutchinson/The Los Angeles Ballet.
Sleeping Beauty Ballet
Disney fans, rejoice! The Los Angeles Ballet's latest production will let you indulge in childhood nostalgia — but in a totally sophisticated way.

When: Saturday, February 21, through Sunday, March 29
Where: Various locations; details here.
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Photo: Courtesy of America Martin.
America Martin's “How The Sun Goes” Exhibition
We've been fans of local artist America Martin for a while (remember when we visited her studio?), and we couldn't be happier to find out she's got a brand-new show this month at JoAnn Artman Gallery.

When: Thursday, February 5, through Tuesday, March 31
Where: JoAnn Artman Gallery, 326 North Coast Highway (near Aster Street); 949-510-5481.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Natural History Museum First Fridays
Kick off NHM's 2015 First Fridays with a bang! The night's theme is "Do It Yourself: Science," and includes a performance by Tom Vek, a DJ set by KCRW's resident DJ, a talk focused on L.A.'s hidden wildlife, and about a dozen other surprises.

When: Friday, February 6, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard (at Figueroa Street); 213-763-3466.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Phone Call.
2015 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts
Just in time! Watch all of this year's Oscar-nominated live-action shorts the night before the big show. (P.S.: We're rooting for The Phone Call.)

When: Saturday, February 21, 7 p.m.
Where: The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard (near North Las Palmas Avenue); 323-461-2020.
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Photo: Courtesy of Vanessa Prager/Richard Heller Gallery.
Vanessa Prager At Richard Heller Gallery
If you haven't seen Prager's work up close, it's worth the trip. Titled "Dreamers," the L.A.-based artist's upcoming exhibition will showcase her latest oil paintings. Employing a technique that involves large chunks of paint, Prager's massive, colorful portraits look almost like they're melting. The result is totally unique and slightly haunting.

When: Saturday, February 21, through Saturday, March 21
Where: Richard Heller Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue (near Cloverfield Boulevard); 310-453-9191.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bneato.
Bneato Declutter Workshop 
The local organization wizards behind Bneato are here to save you from clutter and chaos! Do yourself a favor and don't miss this one.

When: Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Where: Poketo @ The Line, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Normandie Avenue); 213-381-7411. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Malibu Country Mart.
Malibu Pet-A-Palooza
Best Friends Animal Society is teaming up with the Malibu Country Mart for a day of furry fun. Whether you want to adopt a new best friend or just get your current fur-ball a good grooming, they've got you covered.

When: Saturday, February 21, 12 to 3 p.m.
Where: Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road (near Pacific Coast Highway); 310-456-7300.
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Photo: Courtesy of Enrou.
Enrou Pop-Up
For one weekend only, help to lessen global poverty while scoring everything from unreal roasted coffee to one-of-a-kind home goods — all made in developing communities around the world!

When: Saturday, January 31; Saturday, February 7; and Sunday, February 8; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Malibu Wines, 31740 Mulholland Highway (near Zuma Ridge Fire Road); 818-865-0605.
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Photo: Courtesy of Los Angeles Bacon Festival.
Los Angeles Bacon Festival
Did someone say bacon? From breakfast sandwiches to bacon cupcakes, this festival might as well be called Pork Lovers' Anonymous.

When: Saturday, February 7, 12 to 3 p.m.
Where: Paramount Pictures New York Streets Back Lot, 5555 Melrose Avenue (near North Gower Street); 323-956-5000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibition
Fashion meets art in this exhibit, which will focus on the history of the brand, all the way up to the Spring-Summer '15 collection.

When: Friday, February 6, through Sunday, February 22
Where: 1135 North Highland Avenue (near Santa Monica Boulevard); no phone.
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Photo: Courtesy of modelFIT.
modelFIT Pop-Up
The New York fitness class that's made converts out of Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr heads west for a pre-Oscars pop-up. Time to work that body and see what all the fuss is about.

When: Monday, February 2 through Sunday, Feburary 8
Where: Catchlight Studio, 633 North La Brea Avenue (near Melrose Avenue); 323-936-6106.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lulu & Georgia.
Lulu & Georgia Pop-Up Shop
The online mecca for bright, fresh home buys is going brick-and-mortar — but only for two days! Head over early — before all the goods sell out.

When: Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, February 1, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 645 North Robertson (near Santa Monica Boulevard); 888-271-9280.
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Photo: Courtesy of Regeneration.
Vintage Fashion Expo
We'll get straight to the point — if you're the least bit into vintage clothing, you need to check this out. Seriously!

When: Friday, February 6, through Sunday, February 8
Where: The Reef, 1933 South Broadway Street (near West Washington Boulevard); 909-240-8506.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fred W. McDarrah/ Rock Paper Photo.
Bob Dylan At The Darkroom
This year's Grammy Awards will honor Bob Dylan with the 2015 MusiCares Award. To celebrate, head over to The Darkroom to see some really rad photos of the legend (including a bunch you've likely never seen before).

When: On view now through Saturday, February 28.
Where: The Darkroom, 7302 Melrose Avenue (near North Fuller Avenue); 323-931-3800.
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Photo: Courtesy of Andy Stagg/ Hammer Museum.
Provocations: The Architecture And Design Of Heatherwick Studio
If there's one exhibit we're most excited about in L.A. this month, it's this one. The show's next-level design and architecture will without a doubt leave your brain spinning — in the best way.

When: Opens Friday, February 20
Where: The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Westwood Boulevard); 310-443-7000. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
Air + Style
Missing Coachella this year? No worries! Featuring live performances by everyone from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros to The Flaming Lips, this festival-meets-skater-palooza will help cure your FOMO.

When: Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, February 22
Where: The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive (near North Arroyo Boulevard); 626-577-3100.
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Photo: Courtesy of Revival Vintage.
Revival Vintage Goodbye Sale
The sad news: Revival Vintage is shutting its doors. The good news: Everything is on sale!

When: Now through Saturday, February 14
Where: Revival Vintage, 7403 Beverly Boulevard (at North Martel Avenue); 323-933-3708.
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Photo: Courtesy of Busy-Being.
Busy-Being Pop-Up
Leave it to Space 15 Twenty to host a pop-up shop that focuses entirely on really rad Texas artisans like Cobra Rock Boot Company, Folk Fibers, and many, many more. Aside from finding a beautiful item or two, you'll leave with a new favorite American brand to add to your inventory.

When: Saturday, January 31, through Saturday, February 21
Where: Space 15 Twenty, 1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard (near Sunset Boulevard); 323-465-1893.
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Photo: Courtesy of Betty Woodman.
Betty Woodman's "Illusions Of Domesticity" At David Kordansky Gallery
Regardless of whether you deem her a sculptor, painter, or ceramicist, one thing is for sure: Betty Woodman is incredible. And, her latest exhibit, which spans 50 years of work, is proof.

When: Saturday, January 31, through Saturday, March 21
Where: David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 West Edgewood Place (at South La Brea Avenue); 323-935-3030.
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Photo: Courtesy of Patina.
Patina Cooking Class
We'd like to think we'd leave this class and be able to cook a three-course meal at the same level of deliciousness as Patina, but we're also realists. However, we do hope to learn a few tricks, and can't wait to taste our creations at the end.

When: Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Patina, 141 South Grand Avenue (at West 1st Street); 213-972-3331.
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Photo: Courtesy of Matteo.
Matteo Sample Sale
The L.A.-based textile company (which specializes in simple, high-quality linens that are sewn locally) is hosting a sample sale and offering its perfect, minimalist bedding for up to 90% off. In other words, your bed just got a serious upgrade...

When: Now through Sunday, February 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Matteo, 912 East 3rd Street (near South Garey Street); 213-617-2813.
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Photo: Courtesy of Epic Records.
Meghan Trainor Live
If, like us, you catch yourself singing "...Because you know I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass..." or "I know you lie, cause your lips are moving" at least once every day, it's time you give in and accept yourself as a true Meghan Trainor groupie. See you at the concert?

When: Saturday, February 21, 8 p.m.
Where: The El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Burnside Avenue); 323-936-6400.
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Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury.
Meet Charlotte Tilbury @ Nordstrom
Want to learn a few makeup tricks from the best around? Charlotte Tilbury — the makeup maven behind the namesake line, and genius behind Sienna Miller and Amal Clooney's Golden Globe beauty looks — is making a pit stop at The Grove two days after the Oscars. The entry fee is $50, which will be redeemable towards product purchases at the event.

When: Tuesday, February 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Nordstrom at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive; 323-930-2230.
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Photo: Courtesy of Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Sex And The City Zoo
Celebrate Valentine's Day with an adult-only night at the zoo, dedicated entirely to learning about sex and relationships in the animal kingdom.

When: Saturday, February 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive (at Western Heritage Way); 323-644-4200.
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Photo: Courtesy of Eileen Quinlan/LACMA.
Lens Work: Celebrating LACMA's Experimental Photography At 50
The best experimental photography ever exhibited at LACMA — all in one show! Boasting work by Eileen Quinlan, Mark Kessell, Sheila Pinkel, and many, many more, the exhibit showcases photographers who really explored the medium and pushed boundaries. Altogether, the range is slightly trippy, at times dark, and definitely full of mystery.

When: Saturday, February 7, through Saturday, July 4
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Glasswing.
Flower Pop-Up Shop At Apolis
Need a Valentine's Day pick-me-up? Stop by Apolis and treat yourself to one of Glasswing's stunning, colorful bouquets.

When: Friday, February 13, and Saturday, February 14
Where: Apolis, 806 East 3rd Street (near South Hewitt Street); 855-894-1559.
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Photo: Courtesy of Poketo.
Shape Play
At its first-ever solo exhibit, Seattle-based design house Ladies & Gentlemen Studio will showcase a vast range of its flawless designs and overall knack for pairing objects with atypical materials. Aside from being a treat for the eye, the show will likely leave you with a few great home-styling tips for when you next redecorate.

When: Thursday, February 12, through the end of the month.
Where: Poketo, 820 East 3rd Street (near South Hewitt Street); 213-537-0751.
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Photo: Courtesy of THIRTEEN Productions.
Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Concert
Considering how stoked we'd be to see either of these artists live, seeing them together will without a doubt be a next-level experience.

When: Sunday, February 8, 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Western Avenue); 213-388-1400.
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