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This week's top events

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Urban Cat Architecture

Get your cat-struction gloves on: Machine Project is hosting a series of classes where you can design and build your own piece of feline furniture. Keith Rocka Knittel hosts these workshops for creating scratchers, lounges, boxes and more.

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Con/Safos

Artist Rafa Esparaza stacked 1,500 adobe blocks along the LA river to create the ultimate palette for local grafitti artists. Every month, the installation will welcome a new batch of artists to decorate its two blank walls. You can find the installation at the Bowtie Project (approx. 2800 Casitas Ave), a collaboration between Clockshop and California State Parks to reanimate a 19-acre river-adjacent lot near Glassel Park.

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Malibu Pet-A-Palooza

Leave it to our pet-loving Malibuians to throw an entire day for cats and dogs. Bring out your furry companions for a pet costume contest, photo-ops with insta-famous dogs (yes, they likely have more followers than you), pet adoption opportunities, wellness booths, and treats galore. If you’re looking to adopt a pet, this is the time to do it. The Best Friends Animal Society will offer vaccinated, micro-chipped, and spayed and neutered pets, as well as one month of pet insurance, a pet ID tag, a bag of Natural Balance pet food, and more. Transport your four-legged friend to the Malibu Country Mart for this afternoon pet’s paradise.

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Dapper Day at Disneyland

Get out a bow tie and suspenders, and pull together a parasol and pearls: it's Dapper Day at Disneyland. Parkgoers gussy themselves up in (mostly vintage-inspired) sophisticated digs for this biannual Disneyland meet-up. It starts with a two-day style expo at the Grand Californian, a lawn party hosted by Americana addict Charles Phoenix at the Disneyland Hotel and the previously mentioned park meet-up on Sunday, including a "Dapper Derby" around the carousel. We'll be honest: The day starts out charming—SoCal knows how to dress up—but within a few hours, you'll start to see every overly-cutesy attendee as just another body keeping you from the front of the Space Mountain line. If you don't plan on dappering it up, maybe choose another day to go to Disneyland (in short, it's nightmarishly crowded).

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Scott H. Biram

Scott H. Biram—aka the Dirty Old One Man Band—comes to LA for a raucous gig at the Echo to play behind his latest album, Nothin' But Blood. Not just another dude with a guitar hailing from Austin, the metal-country-punk bluesman-slash-record producer has garnered a serious reputation for his badass live performances—a one-man act, he plays all of the instruments himself simultaneously amid an impressive collection of vintage guitars and a handmade stomp board.

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Billy Idol

The man with the iconic sneer (no, not Elvis) hits town with a new autobiography and his first LP in nearly a decade, Kings & Queens of the Underground. Dig the new material, and expect to dance in rockin' '80s-leather fashion to hits like "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell" and "Hot in the City" from the former Generation X punk. Oklahoma garage-rock brothers Broncho will open Idol's two Wiltern dates, with a sweet scuzz that should please fans of FIDLAR and the Black Lips. The Feb. 18 show has sold out, but tickets are still available for the following night.

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Milo Greene

Milo Greene is in fact an L.A.-based quintet, with four out of the five members sharing lead singer duties. (They named the band after their fictitious, British, albino booking agent.) The self-described cinematic pop band creates mellow, pastoral indie-folk music that it imagines playing in movies, livened by propulsive drumming and melodic coed vocals. Here, the group plays the El Rey behind its upbeat sophomore album, Control, scheduled to drop in January.

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Wild Child

Buzzworthy Austin indie-folk outfit Wild Child has a sound and vibe similar to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or the Black Keys, meshing multiple sounds together to create a fun, upbeat atmosphere. The lead male and female singers alternate harmonizing amongst folksy songs with pop elements and instrumentation including violins, ukeleles and banjos. Hear the group peddle its charming, homegrown ditties in L.A. at the Roxy.

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Film events

Moulin Rouge screening

Baz Luhrmann's musical Moulin Rouge will either have you singing along with Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman, or, if you don't enjoy the campy jukebox, you'll still be blown away by the spectacular costumes and production design, in typical Luhrmann fashion. Follow the heated love triangle as Christian (MacGregor), a young writer who comes to Paris, falls in love with Satine (Kidman), a star dancer at the famed nightclub, and must compete with the advances of a jealous, rich duke. See the film on the big screen again downtown at the Electric Dusk Drive-In.  

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Akira + Steamboy double feature

If you've ever underestimated the power of a truly well-crafted anime film, this one may just surprise you (we’re not talkin’ Avatar or Kiki’s Delivery Service). Reserve your Saturday-night seat for this screening of Akira—a sci-fi thriller about a bike gang leader who encounters political activists, military leaders, bombs and other surprisingly intense things. This double feature—part of American Cinematheque's "Japanese Anime Gems" series—will end the night with Steamboy, the 2004 follow-up to Akira.

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Airplane! screening

Arguably the greatest spoof movie of all time, Airplane! stars Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and the late, great Leslie Nielsen. The 1980 comedy will have you laughing nonstop and maybe even reciting all the classically clever lines—from "I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley" to "Looks like l picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue"—when it screens at the Electric Dusk Drive-In.

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Mean Girls screening

The Tina Fey-penned Mean Girls has garnered a cult following over the decade since its release, but given its relatability, quotable phrases and cast—Fey, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, Amy Poehler and starring Lindsay Lohan at her peak—it should come as no surprise. Bring the girls and catch it at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, or the Plastics won't let you join their clique.

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Black Truffle Menu

Black truffles are the stars of this year's truffle dinner series held at SAAM, the chef's tasting room at The Bazaar by José Andrés. The innovative and decadent multi-course meal abundantly features these black gems, foraged by the Truffle Brothers, Marco and Michael Pietroiacovom, of Italy. The menu is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (including Valentine's Day!), and reservations are required.

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Chinese New Year at Hakkasan Beverly Hills

Don't worry if your New Year's resolutions have already been forgotten—you'll get another chance to set the year right with the specialty eight-course Chinese New Year menu at Hakkasan Beverly Hills. Traditional Cantonese dishes like the spicy lamb lupin wrap, the stir-fry black pepper rib eye with merlot, and the grilled chilean sea bass in honey are meant to bring good fortune and successes in the new year, and will be offered in addition to Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon's signature a la carte menu. Speaking of good fortune, the lucky diners who chow down on the festive menu will receive a traditional red envelope with a special gift card for a courtesy cocktail. Of all the days to dine at Hakkasan, try to reserve a spot on Feb 19 for an exclusive lion dance showcase symbolizing wisdom, luck, fortune, and joy in the year ahead.  RECOMMENDED: Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

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Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week

If happy hour is the best hour, what's extended happy hour? For two weeks? In one neighborhood? Old Pasadena is upping the ante with Happy Hour Week, an event that's actually two weeks long and extends to over 20 participating restaurants, bars and lounges. At most establishments, usual happy hour times are extended, drink and food specials are added, and additional flights and tastings will become available. Stop by Dog Haus Biergarten for $1 sliders and $1 fries; the Luggage Room for $5 slushy cocktails; and a $20 bucket special at Lucky Baldwin's Pub. For a full list of participating restaurants and bars and their specials, check out the event website.

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Greenspan's Grilled Cheese Pop-Up

A welcome respite from your standard food court options: Greenspan's Grilled Cheese will be popping up at Westfield Century City from now until mid-April, bringing its famed grilled cheese to hungry shoppers. In addition to some of the standard sandwiches at the lauded Melrose Ave store, there will also be Westfield-specific options, like the Westfield Melt (sourdough, muenster, red onion, short rib, tomato and garlic aioli) and specialty beet and carrot latkes.

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Be Blown Away by Bumble & Bumble

Let’s face it, Angelenos—blow-drying at home is not the same glossy experience as it is at the salon and it certainly doesn’t guarantee the same results.

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Tory Burch Watch Collection Launch

Meet Tory Burch in person at her first ever watch collection launch at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza.

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Alternative Apparel Sample Sale

Known for its ultra soft, eco-friendly garments, Alternative Apparel is hosting an exclusive three-day sample sale.

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Nourish Your Soul

Pair your Sunday morning coffee with a dose of soulful exercise, inspiring dialogue, nutritious eats, and beachside games.

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