Like Christmas and Halloween, Valentine's Day is the type of holiday that will encompass an entire week. And, although Thursday is the designated day for chocolates and Hallmark cards, Dita Von Teese has decided to celebrate four full days of the flirty event — not that we're complaining! Plus, our favorite museums and bars are hosting alternative V-Day plans, which is great for folks who shun dinner-and-a-movie date nights. And, if you're trying to avoid the lovey-dovey theme completely, there's a slew of other stuff happening that has nothing to do with hearts and such — unless you count our love for The Ally Coalition's mission and Ra Ra Riot's new music. In that case, we've totally been struck by Cupid's arrow.
Start This Week On A fun. Note With The Band And Rachel Antonoff
Whether or not you've already invested in the cozy sweatshirt, tonight's your chance to help benefit The Ally Coalition, a nonprofit founded by the band fun. and designer Rachel Antonoff. Alia Shawkat (you know, Maeby from Arrested Development) will be joining in on the action, and actor Donald Glover will be on the ones and twos. The proceeds will support TAC and Colors, a local LGBTQ youth Counseling & Community Center. Just don't forget to bring art supplies and healthy, non-perishable food upon arrival — folks will be collecting the goodies at the door.
When: Monday, February 11, 8 to 10 p.m.
Where: Soho House West Hollywood, 9200 Sunset Boulevard (at Cory Avenue); 310-432-9200.
Put Down The iPod And Tune Into Ra Ra Riot's New Album, Live!
We've concluded that internet addiction is 100% real, but we can't credit social-media obsession for our love of Ra Ra Riot's latest album. Sure, Beta Love is inspired by all things scientific and electronic (frontman Wes Miles majored in physics, after all!), but it's the catchy hooks and pared-down instrumentals that have had us swooning since it dropped on January 22. Now, the indie group takes center stage at the El Rey, and we can't wait to hear which new tunes they perform.
When: Tuesday, February 12, 8 p.m.
Where: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard (between South Burnside and South Dunsmuir avenues); 323-936-6400.
Trade Chocolates For Kubrick This Valentine's Day
Not down with cheesy Valentine's Day happenings? Then hit up LACMA, where the museum will have extended hours for its Love Hurts guided tour. Whether attached or single, spend about 30 minutes viewing works portraying heartbreak, jealousy, affairs ending badly, and more. Included in the $30 ticket is after-hours admission to the Ahmanson Building and the acclaimed Stanley Kubrick exhibition.
When: Thursday, February 14, 6 p.m.
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.
Where Bitter Betties Will Celebrate The Loviest Day Of The Year
If Valentine's Day is your idea of hell, then book it to Birds Café-Bar in Hollywood for a hilarious take on the romantic holiday. Guests are invited to take out their anger on voodoo dolls while sipping on Blackheart Martinis and listening to a soundtrack of heartache music. Prizes will be given to those with the best "getting dumped" tale — sob stories are strongly encouraged.
When: Thursday, February 14, 8 p.m.
Where: Birds Café-Bar, 5925 Franklin Avenue (at Tamarind Avenue); 323-465-0175.
Indulge In Some Va-Va-Voom With Dita Von Teese This V-Day
Coupled readers, don't fret — we've got a good gig for your Valentine's Day plans as well! This one, mind you, isn't a prix fixe menu or a chocolate tasting — but something delicious, nonetheless! Dita Von Teese is bringing her Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray! variety show to the House of Blues for four nights this week. Featuring MC Murray Hill and special guests, the evening performance is a great way to add a bit of spark to the routine date night, and maybe you can even pick up on some pointers for your beau later!
When: Tuesday, February 12 through Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where: House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Boulevard (between Queens and North Kings roads); 323-848-5100.
Photos: Courtesy of The Ally Coalition; Via Scott Harrison/Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray! Variety Show; Via LACMA; Via Birds Café-Bar