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February 2017 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our February 2017 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts

Photograph: Courtesy Chinatown Business Improvement District

Let's get this out of the way: February is the time for everyone's favorite love-hate holiday, Valentine's Day. But there's a lot more to the mini month than chocolates and roses. There are still plenty of things to do in Los Angeles in winter before the seasonally-similar spring arrives. And you can take advantage of the extra day off during Presidents' Day and skip town with a weekend getaway. No matter your plans—and love life status—you'll find plenty of things to do in our February events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2017

All About Almodóvar

The Cinefamily stages a complete retrospective of the works of acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, including all 20 of his films, from 1980's Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom to his newest work, Julieta, an adaptation of three Nobel Prize-winnding stories by Alice Munro. Following January's screenings, the Standard, Hollywood will reprise the series with select free screenings, as well as specialty snacks provided by chef Ari Taymor of Alma at the Standard.

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The Standard , West Hollywood Tuesday February 28 2017

God Looked Away

God Looked Away tells the story of playwright-screenwriter-novelist Tennessee Williams. The infamous writer's life and career are at the epicenter of this production, starring Al Pacino and Judith Light. Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, the show contains adult material.  

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Pasadena Playhouse , Pasadena Until Sunday March 19 2017

Citizen Science + Suds

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Find out how harnessing the power of people can have a serious impact on science at this beer and lecture series. Each month the Natural History Museum will highlight a different community project, while Angel City Brewery will involve participants in its quest to build the first crowd-sourced beer.

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Angel City Brewery , Downtown Arts District Thursday March 9 2017 - Thursday April 13 2017

Pop-Up Magazine

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Pop-Up Magazine brings together the best kinds of creatives—writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, puppeteers, the list goes on—and puts them onstage to share and discuss their work. All pieces performed at the show are new and unpublished, either created for the event or as part of a larger ongoing project. This means getting a first look at work from some of the biggest names in fiction, photography, film and more—according to senior editor Pat Walters, "work everyone else will start hearing about a year from now." Also, nothing is recorded, so everything shared is a one-time only creative experience.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Friday February 24 2017

DocuDay LA

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Catch all of the Oscar-nominated feature-length and short documentaries during this daylong screening evening, with filmmaker Q&As following each feature.

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Writers Guild Theater , Beverly Hills Saturday February 25 2017

Bob Baker Day

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In celebration of the late Bob Baker's 93rd birthday, the namesake theater is hosting an afternoon of puppet shows, live music, comedy and more. Last year's festivities included a performance by DJ Lance Rock and the Yo Gabba Gabba crew, a community show and a variety show with ventriloquism from Beakman World's Paul Zaloom and a juggling act from Lindsay Benner. The celebration spills out onto First Street with an outdoor stage of puppet shows and live music, plus art displays and puppetry workshops. Bob Baker puppeteers will also present behind-the-scenes tours in between shows.

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Bob Baker Marionette Theater , Westlake Saturday February 25 2017 - Sunday February 26 2017

I Me Mine book launch and exhibition

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To celebrate the late Beatle's would-be 74th birthday, Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects is hosting pop-up exhibition in honor of George Harrison. On February 26, the Echo Park gallery will put original handwritten lyrics and personal song commentary on display alongside family photos. In addition, Fairey has designed a half-dozen portraits of Harrison just for the occasion. The exhibition doubles as a launch event for the I Me Mine Extended Edition, an expanded reissue of Harrison's 1980 biography. The first 100 customers at the gallery will receive copies signed by Shepard Fairey.

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Subliminal Projects , Echo Park Sunday February 26 2017

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

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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.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Sunday February 26 2017

LA Art Book Fair

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Printed Matter presents LA Art Book Fair, a unique (and free!) event showcasing artists' books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals and zines. Over 250 international presses, booksellers and independent publishers from twenty-one countries come together to hawk their wordy wares at this not-to-be-missed companion fair to New York's Art Book Fair. Peruse naughty pulp paperbacks, catalogues full of fancy modern art, and books that you don't really "read" so much as just admire.

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The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA , Little Tokyo Until Sunday February 26 2017

LA Art Book Fair Afterparty

Cap off a well-read afternoon at the LA Art Book Fair with a late-night after party. Printed Matter and Mount Analog have put together a DJ-heavy lineup at the Regent that includes Against All Logic, Sophie, Gaika, Juliana Huxtable, Yves Tumor, Marie Davidson, Bill Kouligas and Cooper Saver B2B Jock Club, with lighting design by Taran Thunderhorse. Stop by the Mount Analog and Printed Matter booth during LAABF to skip the ticketing fees.

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The Regent Theater , Skid Row Saturday February 25 2017
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On Saturday, February 25th at 1, UCLA professor and lead author Darnell Hunt will discuss the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report at the Washington Irving branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Free! 4117 W. Washington Blvd.


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On Tuesday, February 17th, Famed Chicago Matrimonial Attorney Jeffery M. Leving will be presenting and signing copies of his book, How to Be A Good Divorced Dad, at the Fathers & Families Collation of America’s National Families and Fathers 16th Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California. Joining Attorney Leving at this event will be Gladys Knight.