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9 things to do in Los Angeles in winter

While the rest of the country laments the post-Christmas freeze, we Angelenos have plenty to look forward to in the winter.

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Let's be clear. There are big differences between a food festival and a food-related convention.

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LA Marathon 2015 guide

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St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles

St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles takes a little bit of planning—as far as drinking holidays in a car-centric city go.

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This month's events

Shed that extra, light sweatshirt—spring is here.

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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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Live Talks LA

LA's star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who, for as little as $25 per Live Talk, will graciously blow your mind. Every week (and sometimes more) from March through May, venues around the city will host guest speakers to tickle a variety of Angeleno brains—from those interested in technology to those who fancy literature. Check the Live Talks website for individual event details, and snag your tickets before word spreads.

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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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The Hamlet Project

Get thee to a drinkery! The audience gets into the act at this "Shakespeare drinking theatrical event." Intoxication is encouraged, so expect the tragedy to come with more than a few comedic twists.

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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

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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Big Trouble in Little China screening

Head to the Japanese American National Museum for its Big Trouble in Little Tokyo film series to see the movie that inspired the series' name—Big Trouble in Little China—on the big screen. Check out Kurt Russell acting kind of like John Wayne opposite a pre-Sex in the City Kim Cattrall in genius filmmaker John Carpenter's 1986 Chinatown-set actioner that's become a cult classic. After the screening, stick around to gain insights from a Q&A.

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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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Michelin-starred Chef Moonlights at Culina

If you haven’t yet indulged in the mouth-watering, modern Italian cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel’s swanky Culina restaurant, this is the time to do so. Take your taste buds to the cobblestone streets of Italy with an authentic five-course meal from Michelin-starred Chef Vito Mollica of Il Palagio Ristorante at the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. In celebration of Culina’s fifth year anniversary, this world-renowned chef will dish out the likes of sea bass and beef fillet carpaccio with bone marrow, sea urchin and citrus dressing; handmade ravioli carbonara with prosciutto wrapped egg yolk, mascarpone and pancentta; and mascarpone ingot with caramelized nuts and coffee ice cream. Mollica will also serve up an equally drool-worthy à la carte menu for afternoon diners.

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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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Hollywood Costume

The last stop of this exhibition's world tour is at the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures—in the Wilshire May Company building next to LACMA.

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CO+OP Pop-Up Shop

Rummage threw a myriad of independent, LA-centric labels at CO+OP’s month-long pop up shop hitting Los Feliz.

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Paige Novick Trunk Show

Shop Paige Novick’s latest Spring 2015 PHYNE collection of lux jewelry that’s sure to dazzle through the glass cases at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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