Weekend

02/10/2017

Cupid’s Undie Run
Hundreds of Angelenos will brave the cold in just their underwear to raise awareness and fund the research of neurofibromatosis (NF).  The world’s largest organized undie run, Cupid’s Undie Run, is a valentines themed, 1 mile fun run+ a massive party.  All money raised benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation. $35; Saturday, 11 am; The Victorian, 2640 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Sex & The City Zoo
The L.A. Zoo’s adults-only Valentine’s celebration features Fool for Love, a provocative animal presentation, refreshments, up-close animal encounters and an optional intimate, seasonally inspired five-course wine-pairing dinner. $30-$140; Saturday; 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles; 866.949.8007

St. Valentine’s Day Speakeasy & Epic Pie Fight
Suit up in your most dapper attire for a 1920s-inspired speakeasy party and pie battle. Dance to old tunes from the Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang, The lovely Satin Dollz, and Dame DJ Whitton Frank. There’s also a DJ, vintage photo booth, a Best Dressed Couple Contest, and the pie fight. Exclusive VIP area includes VIP bar, appetizers, Italian inspired desserts & coffee bar. $22+; Saturday 9 -m-2 am; LA River Studios, 2025 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065; 310.535.5510

Speed Dating with The Bunker Experience
Get trapped in a maze with a complete stranger and putting your brains together to find your way out. Every Friday in February, The Bunker will offer a round of speed dating followed by an Escape Room Adventure Game so you can potentially win the game and a date! $30; Friday; 20 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Angel City Brewery‘s Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash Broken Hearts Circus
This Valentine’s Day, Angel City Brewery wants to treat the broken-hearted and wiped-out thumb-swipers of the city to a big-top themed day of sips, shows and sweets at Broken Hearts Circus. The circus will kick off with an introduction by Ringmaster Dan, who will guide you through a host of awe-inspiring acts such as comedic clowns, acrobats, and dancers. In between such stints, See-Ya, Supertall Paul, and Blackwater Jukebox will serenade guests in the Beer Hall. In addition to the performances, there is a face painter, magician and roaming stilt walker. Fair-style bites will be available from The Wafl Truck and Ridges Churro, as well as popcorn and cotton candy. You can also put on a heart-themed sweater and smile for the camera in the Broken Hearts photo booth presented by Ugly Sweater Studios. Sunday, 1-7 pm; 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Valentine Distillery Tour and Tasting
Our/Los Angeles Vodka and Mr. Holmes Bakehouse team up to offer a unique tasting experience hosted at the Our/Los Angeles Vodka downtown distillery. Stop by for a flight of three tastings that include a sweet treat. Proceeds benefit Inner-City Arts. $25; Saturday, 5, 6 & 7 pm; 915 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Clean Slate: A Pre-Valentine’s Party
TDR is hosting a pre-Valentine’s party with a major twist. Enter for free if you burn a photo of your ex, in the ‘Burning Cauldron of Love’ upon entering! Start the night feeling liberated as you enter the party free of past baggage. We’ll also have our team of matchmakers playing cupid (in costume), introducing guests to each other. And it’s not actually on Valentine’s Day, so non-single friends should share the love and be a good wing-person by bringing a single friend! There will be a DJ, complimentary truffles, macarons and sweets from SparkleChow, and close-up magic from Professional Magician Mark Paskell. $10+; Saturday, 7 pm-1 am; Viceroy Santa Monica

Win a Diamond Necklace at Vintage Malibu & Malibu Country Mart’s Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Vintage Malibu and Malibu Country Mart are helping lovers delight their sweethearts this Valentine’s Day as they host their fourth annual Scavenger Hunt event. Couples will have the chance to win a $4,000 18k white gold diamond necklace from Vintage Malibu’s Kwiat Ashoka Collection and other prizes. Couples will race the clock and each other to find four hidden jewelry boxes around Mart with prizes including a $500 gift card and $250 gift card to Malibu Country Mart, and a customized beauty treatment from Beauty Collection at the Mart. The grand prize, the diamond necklace, will also be hidden in a jewelry box for a lucky pair to find. Sunday, 10:30 am – 11 am (contest sign up at Vintage Malibu; must sign up no later than 11 am); Vintage Malibu at Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 38, Malibu, CA 90265

Smorgasburg LA‘s Valentine’s Day Gift Market
Smorgasburg LA will be hosting its Valentine’s Day Gift Market featuring gifts, fresh flowers, sweets and treats for sale, in addition to their weekly food, beverage and shopping vendors. It’s the perfect time to celebrate yourself or that special someone with delicious food and thoughtful gifts, such as a beautiful box of macarons from Bumble crumpet, jewelry from Hannah Frost, a special rare book from Brown Bag Books, and lots more. Sunday, 10 am-4 pm; 785 Bay St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Lost in Translation at The Palace Theatre
Bill Murray is hilarious, vulnerable and sweet as an American movie star visiting Tokyo. Scarlett Johannsen is pensive and clever as the abandoned young wife. Together they forget their loneliness, if only for a moment. An odd couple that finds fleeting joy in a far off land, Lost in Translation brims with melancholy, beauty and elation, and is one of the best films of the 21st century. In addition to the movie, there will be cocktails, DJs, a karaoke bar, free photo booth. $25-$50; Saturday, doors: 7:30 pm, movie: 9 pm; 630 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Tuck Room Tavern and iPic Theaters
Celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend with a six-course Aphrodisiac Dining Experience, and a seductive lace mask gift for moviegoers seeing the new Fifty Shades Darker. Chef Sherry Yard’s The Tuck Room Tavern, is serving up a specially crafted six-course prix fixe dinner that includes the “Kiss” of Potato Aligot Popovers with shaved black truffles and Coconut-Curry Lobster Bisque, “Seduction” featuring Bucatini Carbonara with pancetta, parmesan and sage, to the sixth and final “Sweet Sensation”course of homemade Truffles, cookies and candies. During Valentine’s Day weekend, you can also purchase the limited-edition “Sweet Heart Chocolate Cake Push-Up Pops,” created by Guest Chef Ron Ben-Israel or “The Seductress” cocktail crafted by Master Mixologist Adam Seger and receive a complimentary lace masquerade mask. $75, $68 for iPic Sapphire, Gold and Platinum members, $25/wine pairing; Friday through Tuesday; 10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024; 310.307.7004

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Westlake Village celebrates Valentine’s Day
Whether spending Cupid’s holiday with a romantic partner or best friend, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a prix-fixe dinner and sultry Fifty Shades Darker film-inspired cocktail for dinner, drinks and a movie all wrapped into one. The special menu and cocktail, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of plush leather reclining seating and served up by wait service available at the touch of a button. The prix-fixe Menu highlights include House Made Guacamole with goat cheese, Vietnamese Tacos topped with Sriracha sauce, Short Rib Tacos topped with jalapeño salsa and Cinnamon & Sugar Churro Bites. Tickets here; Through February 19th; Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Westlake Village, 180 Promenade Way, Westlake Village, CA 91362

O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar‘s Valentine’s Day

The new O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu, which includes a signature cocktail like the Valentina with Tequila, Disaronno, Blood Orange and Prosecco Rosé. The menu also features options such as the Burrata and Persimmons Salad, Crudo of the Day, Sicilian Parmigiana, 10 oz. NY Bistecca with Weiser Potatoes and nonna’s homemade Ricotta and Passionfruit Cheesecake.View the full prix-fixe menu here. $49; Through Wednesday; 1705 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 424.272.8700

Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica’s Valentine’s Day
Del Frisco’s Grille will also be a place for lovers this Valentine’s Day with mouthwatering cocktails, entrees and dessert. All weekend long, the Grille will feature a specialty cocktail that will have couples Flirting with Ginger, which includes a mix of Absolut Citron, Domain de Canton Ginger, Cranberry Juice and Fresh Lemon Sour. You can also enjoy Crab Stuffed Maine Lobster Tail with Garlic Grits and Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Cream, Bone-in Ribeye with Fried Oysters and Bacon-Horseradish Hollandaise. Add a treat with the Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Tart for $10, which is made with fresh raspberries, sea salt, a little bit of love and a whole lot of chocolate. $49 or $65; Through Wednesday; 1551 Ocean Ave. #105, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Valentine’s Day at Shade Hotel

The Valentine’s Day Romance overnight room package is offered at both properties and includes a deluxe guest room, with rose petals dispersed throughout, sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival. $295; Through February 15th; Redondo Beach: 655 North Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA, 310.921.8950; Manhattan Beach: 1221 N Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; 310.546.4995

Valentine’s Day at The Grill on the Alley
Valentine’s Day menu highlights includes three course and dishes like Ahi Tuna Tartare, Filet Oscar, Double Fudge Chocolate Cake. $70; Through February 14th; 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 310.276.0615

Public School on Tap 
For the month of February, Public School will celebrate #RoseAllDay with Rosé on Tap at each location. From now until February 17th they will also offer Stone Chocolate Coffee IPA. The staff will be sharing their “Sap Tap” videos on social media, telling their worst Valentine’s Day stories. (Multiple locations: Downtown 213, Culver City 310, Sherman Oaks 818)

Fleming’s Valentine’s Meal
Celebrate with a three-course menu that includes an amuse-bouche and choice of salad, followed by a perfectly prepared 8-ounce cut of tender Filet Mignon accompanied with either New Zealand Ora King Salmon or Australian Lobster Tail. Complete the dinner with wines from JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset and finish on a sweet note with Raspberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Fleming’s is also offering Wine, Dine and Shine until February 14, a $1,000 dining experience inclusive of a four-course wine dinner for two, perfectly paired with an elegant jewelry piece from a Luxury Fifth Avenue Jeweler. $79.95; Through February 19th

Baltaire’s Valentine’s Day
Brentwood’s contemporary-meets-classic steakhouse, is cooking up a romantic dinner for two. Known for their outstanding steak program that only uses USDA Prime or better, Executive Chef Travis Strickland is offering signature steak dishes built for two, such as the Tomahawk Ribeye 48 oz., Porterhouse 40 oz., and the special offering, Chateaubriand carved table side. Other new and special menu options include: Lobster Risotto, Wild Burgundy Escargot, roaming Champagne and cheese carts, plus chocolate soufflés made to-order with single origin Manjari chocolate. You can also enjoy live music. Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday;11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049; 424.273.1660 or book here.

Valentine’s Day at Spring
Make it a night of guaranteed romance at Spring this Valentine’s Day, where Executive Chef Tony Esnault will be offering his Spring Valentine’s Dinner. With two nights and two chances to celebrate your loved one, this Four-Course Dinner invites you to enjoy a Mise En Bouche of Soupe de Betterave, a chilled beet soup with ginger, orange and garlic nougatine. Options include the Salade Hivernale made with Santa Monica Farmer’s Market greens, shaved winter vegetables and fine herbs; the Noix de Saint Jacques with marinated Hokkaido scallops, geoduck, kefir lime, avocado and red mustard frill; the Agnolotti with parsnip agnolotti, celery, parsley, arugula, brown butter and jus vinaigré; Risotto au Safran with carnaroli rice, saffron, parmesan reggiano, espelette, extra virgin olive oil and gold leaf; the Bar d’ Atlantique with slowly cooked striped bass with fennel, kohlrabi, celery and blood orange; and the Boeuf de Paturage, a Strauss’ grass fed New York steak with new crop potato, kale and cippolini onion. Dessert includes the rich Foret Noire, a Valrhona chocolate cake with griottes, mint and kirch sorbet, and Verrine, a rose petal panna cotta with litchi, raspberry sorbet and diamant sable. As for cocktails, sip on The Love Bird, a playful spin on a classic Hummingbird cocktail with St. Germain, Cremant de Savoie and fresh raspberries. $95, $48/wine pairing; Saturday, 5-10 pm, Tuesday, 6-10 pm; 257 South Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 231.372.5189

Get Mortified
We all have embarrassing stories. Why not go and listen to some people tell theirs? The global event series Mortified invites regular people to reveal their most awkward teenage experiences on stage in front of a room filled with a captivated audience. $20; Saturday, 6:30 pm & 9 pm; Wanderlust Hollywood, 1357 North Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

One Love Cali Reggae Fest
See performances from some of the biggest names in reggae like headliners Slightly Stoopid (Friday), Rebelution (Saturday) and Dirty Heads and 311 (Sunday). Over 50 other artists also perform, including SOJA, 311, Iration, Chronixx, Stick Figure,  Steel Pulse, J Boog and Fortunate Youth. $65+; Friday-Sunday; 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA; 877.342.0738

Chinatown Firecracker Race
The LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run/Walk is one of the largest Chinese New Year charity runs in the country – 100% volunteer organized, 100% of the net proceeds reinvested in the local community. This fun run kicks off with the traditional lighting of firecrackers. An ice cold pint of Angel City IPA, Pilsner or Lager will be waiting at the finish line in the beer garden where runners can celebrate their post-race smiles in the Angel City photo booth and receive festival party favors. Sunday, 8 am; 943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grilled Cheese Meltodown
Celebrate the classic comfort sandwich by getting a taste of LA’s cheesiest sandwiches from local eateries like The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Carving Board, and Catcher in the Rye. Angel City Beer will also be pouring (two drink tickets are included with your purchase) so bring your appetite and indulge in your favorite childhood sandwich. $25-$35; Sunday, 12-5 pm; Majestic Downtown, 650 South Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

San Francisco Beer Week
Angel City Brewery is pleased to announce their first year at San Francisco Beer Week, where they will be featuring Angel City’s IPA and Pilsner, available throughout California on draft and in bottles. Friday through February 19th; San Francisco, CA

Cosmic Brewery Telescope & Beer
Swig some crafts brews and take in the full moon among various constellations. RSVP hereSaturday, 7:30 – 10 pm; Cosmic Brewery, 20316 Gramercy Place, Torrance, CA; 90501

neat. Opens in West Hollywood
neat., a bar that shows what it means to get back to basics, is now open from Wen Yeh, who is a Principal at BRÜ HAUS, West End, and The Belmont. This neighborhood cocktail bar with savory classic and original craft cocktails has a focus on high quality and distinctive mezcals, bourbons and scotches, along with a small selection of special wines and beers. neat.’s classic cocktails include a Sazerac, a Creole Daquiri, a Penicillin and a Rhum Old Fashioned. Original cocktails include the Buxom Duck with Aylesbury Duck Vodka, the Pimmbledon with Blue Coat Gin and Pimms, and as a nod to the previous bar, the Citizen Kane (R.I.P.) with Portland Potato Vodka.  The cocktails were created by Craft Bartender and General Manager, Jameson Algatt. neat. features a handmade bar top with the owners’ favorite beers, spirits and cocktails etched into it, as well as a row of cocktail tables, an indoor smoking and drinking lounge, and a small VIP section tucked away in the back. neat. will host live entertainment, including a mix of blues and rock bands. Happy hour will take place nightly from 5 – 8 pm. 11780 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Mikkeller Opens
Danish brewing company, Mikkeller opens its first LA outpost in DTLA. Housed in a 100-year-old auto repair shop, they feature more than 62 taps dedicated to their own brews and other top selections. Also enjoy a variety of specialized bottles, craft cocktail program and meat slow cooked in their J&R Manufacturing wood smoker along with upscale fare from chef Enrique Cuevas. The space also features Kaffebaren cafe, which offers nitro cold brew, green tea and kombucha  on tap along with salads and sandwiches. Friday; 330 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Le Petit Paris Launches Brunch
Feast on French classics and sweet treats like house-made breakfast pastries, viennoiseries, crepes, eggs Benedict, and appetizers like cheese and charcuterie, seasonal salads, quiche, entrees featuring seasonal chef specials, and a meat carving station. For dessert, indulge in fresh fruit dipped in a chocolate fondue fountain, as well as a selection of mini tarts, cookies and macarons. The restaurant also hosts an a la carte brunch on Saturdays with highlights from the brunch menu include a Croque Monsieur with Jambon de Paris, Creme Fraiche, Gruyere and a Mixed Green Salad; Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffle; Eggs Benedict topped with Lobster; and Omelette Parisienne with Jambon de Paris and Swiss Cheese. A nice addition to the weekend brunch offerings, the new Bottomless Menu includes the choice of a bottomless Mimosa ($15), Bellini ($16), Bloody Mary ($18) or Champagne ($35). $49/buffet; $25 for children under 12; Free for children under 5); Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday/buffet brunch, 11 am – 3 pm; 418 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013; 213.217.4445

Descanso Gardens Presents Camellia & Tea Festival

When winter comes, camellias have their day in the sun in Southern California! The vibrant blossoms will be celebrated at the annual Descanso Gardens Camellia & Tea Festival. The festival includes dance performances by Invertigo Dance Theatre and walks through the Descanso camellia collection which was designated an International Camellia Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society. Native to Asia, camellias have a long history at the La Cañada Flintridge botanic garden. In the late 1930s, Descanso founder E. Manchester Boddy collected the plants for his new estate. In 1942, he purchased the camellia inventories of two nurserymen of Japanese heritage when they were forced into internment camps during World War II. The tens of thousands of camellia plants became the basis of Boddy’s cut flower business – and became the foundation of Descanso’s first signature collection. The Camellia Festival’s name was changed a few years ago to include “tea,” which recognizes that a variety of camellia, Camellia sinensis, is the source of tea. The program schedule for both days includes: Chado Tea Tasting from 10 am-2 pm; Camellia Crafts from 10 am-2 pm; Camellia Walks at 9:30 am; Camellia Exploration Station from 10 am-2 pm; Invertigo Dance Theatre at 11 am and 1 pm; and Patina Camellia Festival Specials from 10 am-4 pm.  $9, $6/seniors & students with a school I.D., $4/children 5-12, and under 4 are free; 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011; 818.949.4200

Eva Franco Sample Sale
Ladies, shop for playful, yet sophisticated design. They have uber girly structured dresses…perfect for a Valentine’s Date! Friday, noon-6 pm, Saturday, 11 am-4 pm; 2100 E. 14th St, Los Angeles, CA

By Whitney

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