Los Angeles Things To Do in February

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Gastro Garage, fully immersive, interactive dining experience, where unique chef meets mechanic, lights up LA at its pop-up.

From Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year celebrations to exciting art exhibitions, world-class dining, theater and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in February 2017 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

First Fridays 2016 “Serving Up Science: The Dish on Food”
Feb. 3. Kick off the 2017 season of foodie-themed First Fridays at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. Each month, the provocative series offers discussions from top scientists, prestigious food writers and farm and garden experts, along with live music and DJ tunes. Drop by this month for cutting-edge science and a musical performances by Oddisee, Mndsgn and D∆WN, and DJ performances from KCRW Resident DJ Anne Litt and DJ Aaron Byrd. 5-10 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.763.DINO. nhm.org

118th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival
Feb. 4. Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown. Golden Dragon Parade features floats, bands and grandstand seating available for purchase. New Year Festival offers live indie bands, cultural performances, a beer garden, food trucks and more. Parade 1-3 p.m.; festival noon-8 pm. Free. Parade: from Hill and Temple streets toward Bernard Street, then to Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue, Chinatown, 213.617.0396. Festival: Central Plaza Stage, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.680.0243. lagoldendragonparade.com

Ours is a City of Writers
Feb. 5-March 26. The new exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery pays homage to the vibrant intersection between writing and the contemporary art world. Invited writers have selected artists to collaborate with and vice-versa. Each collaboration has led to a new piece of writing, artwork, performance, lecture, or program, exhibited in the gallery and staged as live events. Among the nearly 60 artists and writers featured in the show are the multi-disciplinary projects of Karon Davis, Scott Benzel, Susan Silton, and Young Joon Kwak. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. lamag.org

All About Almodóvar
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28. The Standard, Hollywood and The Cinefamily team up to host screenings of Pedro Almodóvar films every Tuesday this month. Catch Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Feb. 7), What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Feb. 14), Matador (Feb. 21) and All About My Mother (Feb. 28). Also enjoy snacks like manchego ham beignets with romesco and natural cava from Spain from chef Ari Taymor of Alma at The Standard. Free with RSVP. 8 p.m., early arrival is suggested to get seating. 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. RSVP

Gastro Garage
Through Feb. 11. The fully immersive, interactive dining experience, where unique chef meets mechanic, lights up LA with a 12-night pop-up in Hollywood. Gastro Garage deconstructs classic dishes and reconstructs them into signature “tanks,” made from savory brioche donuts that are filled with nitrous foam in a variety of flavors and then torched with gourmet toppings, finishing oils, purees and spices. The chef’s four-course Torch Me menu starts at $50; you can also order any three tanks for $12 at the grab-and-go Gastro Counter and lounge in the garage in a more casual setting. Thurs.-Sat. 7065 1/2 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.993.3979. thegastrogarage.com

Through March 13. The multilayered, multimedia theatrical event that aims to take audiences on an often comedic tour of the collective unconscious. Ovation Award-winning co-writers Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill (The Common Air) team with Grammy Award-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans and two-time Emmy Award-winning editor/producer Peter Chakos (The Big Bang Theory) to examine how the brain is able to rewire and heal itself. In it, a comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while hovering family members and loved ones (all played by Lyras) divide into scheming camps over grave neurological decisions. Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.960.7787. plasticitytheplay.com

God Looked Away
Opening Feb. 8. Al Pacino and Judith Light (Transparent) star in this drama by Dotson Rader. Pacino portrays playwright-screenwriter-novelist Tennessee Williams during a turbulent period in Williams’ life and career. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529. pasadenaplayhouse.org

Masters of the American West
Opening Feb. 11. Each year, the Autry Museum of the American West hosts the Masters of the American West art exhibition and sale, the country’s premier Western art show, where 75 nationally recognized artists present their best work (such as Kim Wiggins’ A Vanishing Breed. The pieces showcase the range of subject matter that contemporary, historic and mythic Western experiences inspire. The exhibition is open to all museumgoers, while art aficionados can attempt to claim a piece for themselves on opening night. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000. theautry.org

Edwardian Ball
Feb. 11. Spend a merrily macabre evening at this annual fete, which toasts the work of author-illustrator Edward Gorey at the Globe Theatre. $70-$90.  740 S Broadway, downtown. edwardianball.com

Motown the Musical
Through Feb. 12. Motown founder Berry Gordy is the subject of this musical, which traces Gordy’s beginnings as a boxer to his career as a music mogul who launched the careers of greats like Michael Jackson and Diana Ross—and has a killer soundtrack to boot. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters
Through June 15. See the late icon through a different lens with photographs made during Bowie’s only visit to Mexico City 20 years ago. Forest Lawn, 1712 Glendale Ave., Glendale. forestlawn.com

One Love Cali Reggae Fest
Feb. 10-12. See some of the biggest names in reggae at One Love Cali Raggae Fest. Headliners are Slightly Stoopid (Friday), Rebelution (Saturday) and Dirty Heads (Sunday). Over 50 other artists also perform, including SOJA, 311, Iration, Chronixx, Stick Figure,  Steel Pulse, J Boog and Fortunate Youth. In addition to weekend and single-day passes, you can also find VIP Lounge, Legend VIP, Rage On The Stage and VIP Cabana packages. See website for full line up and VIP packages. Tickets start at $65. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. onelovecalifest.com

Feb. 11. Grammy-nominated quintet Kneebody generates explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. $45+. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.com

Sex & The City Zoo
Feb. 11. The L.A. Zoo’s wild, adults-only Valentine’s celebration features Fool for Love, a provocative animal dating-mating-cohabitating presentation, refreshments, up-close animal encounters and an optional intimate, seasonally inspired five-course wine-pairing dinner. $30-$140. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 866.949.8007. lazoo.org/sexandthecityzoo

Clean Slate: A Pre-Valentine’s Party
Feb. 11. No Valentine? No problem! Let the Three Day Rule matchmakers be your personal cupid as we take over the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel for a massive pre-Valentine’s bash. Enjoy cocktails, truffles, macarons and lose-up magic from professional magician Mark Paskell. Get free admission when you bring a photograph of you with your ex and throw it into the Burning Cauldron of Love. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. cleanslateparty.eventbrite.com

True Pablove 2017
Feb. 11. The Pablove Foundation’s signature family event and Valentine’s celebration offers a day filled with unique arts and crafts, music, food from local restaurants, silent auction and more family fun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $75 advance/$90 door. Casa Vertigo, 1828 Oak St. pablove.org/truepablove

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Feb. 12. 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—just in time for the holiday. 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 breathtaking diamond necklace, will also be hidden in a jewelry box for a lucky pair to find. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Vintage Malibu at Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Suite 38, Malibu. MalibuCountryMart.com

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Feb. 14. Because Valentine’s Day isn’t just for happy couples, We Like L.A. and the Museum of Broken Relationships Los Angeles are throwing a party that offers evening access to all of the museum’s exhibits, in addition to an assortment of entertainment that’s sure to make you forget about this whole true love thing. Highlights include DJs spinning anti-love anthems all night long, food from NoMad Truck and Pico House, cash bar, raffle and more. 21+. $27, includes one complementary drink ticket. 7-9:30 p.m. 6751 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. brokenships.ticketleap.com

The Local Band Hangout
Feb. 16. Listen to top local artists and up-and-coming bands while experiencing the wonders of the majestic Queen Mary every third Thursday of each month. The new concert series takes place in the historic Observation Bar. Arrive early for Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. See website for changing lineup. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Show begins 8 p.m. $10. Parking $8 with validation. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com

Zoot Suit
Continuing. Demián Bichir (A Better Life, The Hateful Eight) stars in this much-anticipated revival of Luis Valdez’s landmark 1978 play. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIX
Feb. 17-19. Celebrate Scottish heritage at the annual event. The festival will kick off with the Burns Supper on Friday night followed by a weekend of rich Scottish culture highlighted through authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine including border collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations, performances by the Scots Greys Calvary, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and historic re-enactments in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. See website for full weekend schedule and pricing. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com

Air + Style
Feb. 18-19. This festival, presented by snowboarder Shaun White, returns to L.A. this Presidents Day weekend with a full lineup of action sports and music headliners including Major Lazer, Flume and TV on the Radio. 2 pm. One-day pass $79; VIP $129. Two-day pass $139; VIP $229. Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, L.A., 323.651.4300. airandstyle.com

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Continuing. Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1957. Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina star in this powerful portrait of a single day. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.com

L.A. Cookie con & Sweets Show
Feb. 18-19. The West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo lets attendees enjoy free samples, meet foodie TV stars like Cake Masters’ Duff Goldman, watch baking demonstrations and participate in hands-on workshops. 10 am-5 pm. One-day pass $25; kids 3-12 $12. Weekend pass $45; kids 3-12 $22. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown. lacookiecon.com

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
Feb. 18-19. The largest travel show in the nation features entertainment, food and tips from TV’s travel experts, including keynote speakers Rick Steves, Andrew Zimmern and Peter Greenberg. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One-day ticket $11-$15, two-day ticket $18-$22, under 17 free. Los Angeles Convention Center (Halls GHJ), 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 203.878.2577, ext. 100. travelshows.com

Hanging with Harris
Feb. 20. Celebrated culinary MC and fundraising auctioneer Billy Harris announces his new dinner series that kicks off this month at Union in Pasadena. In each of the eight sessions Harris hosts a unique dinner at restaurants like Union, Lucques and Osteria Mozza, to name a few. The evening begins with a cocktail reception hosted by a mixologist from the leading Scotch whisky distiller, William Grant & Sons, followed by a four-course seated dinner with wine pairings from each distinguished chef. Each event will also have a charity auction where all proceeds (and a portion of ticket sales) will benefit James Beard Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, No Kid Hungry and PIGGY BANK. $125/pp. View full schedule on website. hangingwithharris.events.table8.com

Finding Neverland
Opening Feb. 21. This popular musical follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he is inspired by four young brothers and their mother to dream up the magical world of Peter Pan. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

Fun Home
Opening Feb. 21. This groundbreaking Broadway show and Tony winner for best musical is based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel about her childhood. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Mardi Gras Celebration
Feb. 25-26, 28. The Original Farmers Market celebrated Mardi Gras with full regalia. Celebrate with traditional New Orleans and Zydeco music, bead-throwing, authentic Cajun food, beer, and much more including the annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade. Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

—With contributions from the editorial staff of WHERE Los Angeles and Performances Los Angeles magazines