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Shaun White's Air + Style a hit despite this year's unpredictable weather
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Shaun White's Air + Style a hit despite this year's unpredictable weather

Fans weren't going to let a bit of rain ruin their weekend plans as Shaun White's third annual Air + Style powered through at Exposition Park. The two-day event featured a competition featuring the hottest snowboarders right now taking to a man-man ski slope and a great musical lineup featuring Major Lazer, Flume, Vince Staples, TV on the Radio, Chromeo and more.                          St. Lucia live on Day 1     Vince Staples                     Louis the Child       Marian Hill           TV on the Radio       Flume       Chromeo live on Day 1        Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.

Vince Staples and Louis the Child describe their style, plus fashionable fans at Air + Style
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Vince Staples and Louis the Child describe their style, plus fashionable fans at Air + Style

Like any other festival these days, Shaun White's Air + Style attracted some pretty interesting dressers. We spent time with some of the performers, took their Polaroids and asked them to describe their personal style. Vince Staples: "My personal style is a little bit of Michael Jackson, Michael Rapaport and Michael Buble."                       Chromeo's Dave 1: "My personal style is '80s French guy with a motorcycle." P-Thugg: "Funky Saudi prince."           St. Lucia: "We're palm-core."                   Louis the Child's Robby Hauldren: "I'm into more nostalgic clothes. I love like '90s bowl championships shirt and stuff. I think growing up in Chicago and having a lot of '90s sports merchandise and being a fan of Looney Tunes and whatnot, I bring that out a bit in my style." Freddy Kennett: "I like Tommy Hillfiger stuff and vintage kind of shirts that hang loose and are in sick fabric."             Marian Hill: "We're casual chic."               Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.

47 amazing things happening in L.A. this February 2017
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47 amazing things happening in L.A. this February 2017

Plan out your month with the city's best concerts, culture, cuisine and more.

Free things to do in LA
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Free things to do in LA

Read on for the best free things to do and places to visit across the city, for tourists and locals alike.

This week's top events

Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006
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Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006

Jason Rhoades grew up in a small town in the foothills outside of Sacramento—an equivalent of L.A.'s heartland. But Rhoades would go on to study in Oakland, San Francisco and L.A. That ideological division would inform his envelope-pushing installations, which often exuberantly approached politics, race, nationality, commerce, sex and gender through the use of neon signs, mechanical parts and readymade objects. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has collected six such installations from the late artist in his first comprehensive L.A. retrospective. Rhoades would collect readymade objects and mechanical parts, and often work with neon.     Just a quick note: Some subject matter in the exhibition may not be appropriate for children, though not any more so than your typical contemporary art museum.

The Oscar-Nominated Short Films screening
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The Oscar-Nominated Short Films screening

Some Oscar-nominated movies are easy to see. Others aren't exactly playing at your local megaplex. Until now, that is. Take the time to support the little guy by heading to the Nuart to see the Oscar-nominated films in the "Shorts" categories—you know, the ones you hear about for the first time on Oscar night that look really good, and you swear you'll Netflix but then can't find and totally forget about and never see. Choose from a program of either live action or animation short nominees—or both—which will be playing for two weeks, and you're sure to gain a leg up on your at-home Academy Awards ballot this year.

Time Out and Ace Hotel presents: An Awards Show Watch Party
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Time Out and Ace Hotel presents: An Awards Show Watch Party

Mary Pickford co-founded legendary entertainment studio United Artists and picked up the second ever Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929. So we'd say the Theatre at Ace Hotel (formerly the United Artists Theatre) is a pretty perfect place to sit and watch the Oscars. The theater will be streaming the red carpet arrivals as well as the ceremony broadcast. Creative fancy dress is strongly encouraged.

#girlgaze: a frame of mind
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#girlgaze: a frame of mind

Explore the imaginative landscape of young, female and trans-identifying photographers from around the world at #girlgaze: a frame of mind. This mostly digital exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography has been largely sourced through social media by Girlgaze, a collective founded by the famed British-born television host, women’s advocate and photographer Amanda de Cadenet.

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Concerts in L.A.

Tennis

Tennis

Husband-and-wife vintage-pop duo Tennis could easily be described as "Polaroid pop." The Denver outfit’s songs recall the sounds of ’60s girl groups and sunny, vintage rock, marrying Alaina Moore’s vivid vocals to warm organs and guitars. 

American Football

American Football

Amidst the contemporary revival of ‘90s mid-western emo, genre vet Mike Kinsella (of Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc and Owen fame) recently reconvened his short-lived project American Football to release a followup to the band's era-defining, cult classic self-titled debut—possibly the most highly anticipated emo album ever written. You can decide for yourself whether the rebuilt project delivers at its sure-to-sellout gig.

Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos used to be a sly, shy, twee, slightly nerdy indie-pop band known for arch, referential song titles—"Knee Deep at ATP," "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives"—but their latest record is packed with epic, chest-thumping, air-punching, shout-along indie rock.

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Food events

Pretty Thai for a White Guy
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Pretty Thai for a White Guy

Join Same Same for its second iteration of Pretty Thai for a White Guy, an evening of fried chicken, Thai street corn and plenty of wine. Seats are limited so be sure to arrive early (the event starts at 6pm).

LA Magazine Whiskey Festival
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LA Magazine Whiskey Festival

Los Angeles Magazine is bringing back its annual Whiskey Festival for a second year. Celebrate the beloved spirit at the La Brea Tar Pits with master distillers, fine whiskey varietals, a curated food menu and live music. 

AR Cucina Sicilian Dinner with Firriato Wines
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AR Cucina Sicilian Dinner with Firriato Wines

Thanks to Culver City's rustic Italian restaurant AR Cucina and the oenophiles at Firriato Wines, Angelenos can transport their taste buds to the region of Sicily at the eatery's special Sicilian Dinner on Wednesday, February 22nd. The evening kicks off with a welcome reception where guests can whet their appetite with hors d'oeuvres like the eggplant caponata on a crispy crostini and a glass of vino. Immediately following, chef Akasha Richmond will serve up a five-course meal (read: Sicilian stuffed beef with Romanesco cauliflower, pasta with almond pesto trapanese, and the Cassata al Forno, a pie pastry iconic of the region with ricotta and dark chocolate—to name a few), alongside pairings of Firriato's finest, from the Le Sabbie dell'Etna, Etna Rosso, 2013 to the Santagostino Rosso, 2011. Reserve a table for $75 per person, including wine pairings. Buon appetito!    

Tres by José Andrés Oscar Viewing Party
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Tres by José Andrés Oscar Viewing Party

Leave it to swanky Beverly Hills staple Tres by José Andrés to roll out the red carpet for the 89th Annual Academy Awards. On February 26th (aka L.A.'s unofficial holiday, Oscar Sunday), head to the upscale, Spanish-style restaurant for a taste of awards season, complete with a red carpet arrival and photo op, specialty cocktails and bites, a welcome glass of Cava and truffle popcorn, and a raffle ticket to win a stay at the SLS Beverly Hills. Toast this year's nominees with signature dishes like the Patatas Bravas, chicken and béchamel fritters and homemade pappardelle pasta with parmesan foam.

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Shopping events

Melrose Trading Post
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Melrose Trading Post

Better known locally as Fairfax Flea Market, it has become an LA staple for hours of people-watching and treasure-hunting among nearly 200 vendors.

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