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Los Angeles Weekend Events Roundup Jan. 31-Feb. 3

Watch the big game and enjoy top-notch bar fare at 40 Love.

There are plenty of fun options for where to watch the Super Bowl, plus lots of non-sports things to check out—like free museums, new theater and the Breakup Bar. Check out our top Los Angeles weekend event picks for January 31-February 3.

Edited by William Yelles.


Breakup Bar Pop-Up
Opens Feb. 1. If you’ve had your heart broken not too long ago, don’t fret. For two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, the space next to Severance Wine Bar will transform into a place to take comfort and start anew—with Champagne, cocktails, food and a Wall of Broken Relationships mini art installation. Tu-Th 7-11 p.m., F-Sa 7 p.m.-midnight. $20, includes cocktail or sparkling-wine flight. 7276 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. breakupbarla.com



Chinese New Year Festival
Feb. 2-3. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The festivities boast lion dancers, mask-changing performances, martial arts, Chinese music and dance, and more. See website for a complete schedule of events and ticket prices. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100. huntington.org





NFL Championship Party at OUE Skyspace LA
Feb. 3. Come watch The Big Game while enjoying 360-degree panoramic views of L.A. Whether you’re cheering on the Rams or Patriots, the VIP Watch Party offers a family-friendly atmosphere with games and giveaways throughout the event. $60 VIP admission ticket includes access to all levels of Skyspace, a ride on the all-glass Skyslide, an open bar through the end of the second quarter and a buffet-style lunch featuring your favorite game-day eats. 2:30 p.m. OUE Skyspace LA, 633 W. Fifth St., 70th floor, downtown. Tickets


Super Bowl Viewing Party
Feb. 3. Enjoy the game under sunny skies and shady palms in a lush poolside garden at Santa Monica’s famous art deco Hotel Shangri-La. The entrance fee includes a barbecue combo platter (Shangri-La burger, chicken wings, herbed fries and two beers), with additional menu items and drinks available for purchase. Optional cabana rentals include bottle service for those looking to enjoy the game with their own private group of friends. 1-7 p.m. $55 GA; $500 cabana rental. 1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.394.2791. Tickets


Super Bowl Party at 40 Love
Feb. 3. With giant plush booths and over 25 flat-screen TVs, the country-club-inspired sports lounge 40 Love is the perfect spot to watch the big game. Enjoy top-notch bar fare or healthy food items and soak up the sun with a cocktail on the large patio. 21+. 1:30 p.m. $50. 829 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.7221. Tickets




Super Sunday Funday
Feb. 3. Believe it or not, WeHo’s fabled The Abbey is a great place to enjoy the Super Bowl. Viewers at the gay bar are used to watching men hit on each other, and there’s hardly any room to get a good seat to watch the halftime show. Catch the game on the larger-than-life LED wall inside the main room or on the TVs throughout the venue. The Abbey Food & Bar, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.8410. theabbeyweho.com



For more Super Bowl happenings, check out our complete list of best places to watch the big game.



Rams Pie Holes
Feb. 1-3. The Pie Hole pie and coffee shops lend their support to the Los Angeles Rams this weekend, offering Rams Pie Holes (blueberry crumble topped with whipped cream and sprinkles). Available while they last at all locations. See website for hours. 714 Traction Ave., downtown; 6314 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 324 Lincoln Blvd., Venice; 59 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; 658 Americana Way, Glendale. thepieholela.com



Boomtown Brewery Anniversary
Feb. 2. Boomtown Brewery is celebrating its fourth anniversary of brewing choice beers and its second year at its taproom in the Arts District. The bash will feature food options including the Burger Shop, DJ sets, live music, photo booths and more. Special beer releases include the new Anniversary Ale, a single-barrel imperial stout, a hazy IPA and a collaboration with Dry River Brewing (Grand Cru Wheat Beer). Noon-2 a.m. Free. Boomtown Brewery, 700 Jackson St., downtown, 213.617.8497. boomtownbrew.com



National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Feb. 2. Artisan ice-cream purveyor Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams celebrates with the debut of its limited-time banana French toast flavor. All profits will be donated to She Should Run, a nonpartisan organization committed to getting 250,000 women to run for office by 2030. Coffee and other delicious flavors will be available too. 9 a.m.-noon. 123 N. Larchmont Blvd., Hancock Park; 1954 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; 540 Rose Ave., Venice; 4751 Commons Way, Suite A, Calabasas. jenis.com



Smorgasburg Dumpling Day
Feb. 2. Try some of the most exciting dumplings in SoCal while enjoying a day at the races. Popular Smorgasburg LA vendors Workaholic and Brothecary are setting up shop at Santa Anita Park. They’ll be joined by pop-up vendors Stuff’d, offering its gluten-free European-style dumplings; Dina’s Dumplings, which specializes in a modern take on classic Chinese dumplings; and Fly by Jing, which will serve up Sichuan Chili Crisp sauce dumplings. Tickets include dumplings, craft beer, betting vouchers, access to the clubhouse, trackside seating and more. Noon-4:30 p.m. $30-$110. Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 626.574.7223. Tickets


Super Vegan Sunday
Feb. 3. Smorgasburg LA teams up with Eat Drink Vegan for the second annual Super Vegan Sunday, on the day of the big game. In addition to regular plant-based market vendors like Cena Vegan, Todo Verde and Donut Friend, special plant-based pop-up options will be on hand, while non-vegan eateries will be adding special vegan options to their menus. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown. la.smorgasburg.com




Night of Ideas
Feb. 1. The French Consulate, in conjunction with the Natural History Museum of L.A. County, hosts over 50 panelists, speakers and artists, who will address questions related to the nature of our current political, social and ecological moment; ways to effect change in response; and the power of imagination and creativity. See website for complete schedule. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, 213.763.3466. nhm.org



Photo L.A.
Feb. 1-3. The Photo L.A. photography fair features a curated roster of local and international exhibitors, as well as special installations, docent tours, film screenings, panel discussions, artist talks and lectures. See website for complete schedule of programming and ticket prices. F-Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. photola.com




Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Opens Feb. 2. The Actors’ Gang, led by artistic director Tim Robbins, presents Accidental Death of an Anarchist, written by Italian playwright and Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. In this world-renowned farce, Fo writes of a madman who invades a police-station interrogation room where an anarchist accused of bombing a railway station has recently “accidentally” fallen out of a window. Donning various disguises and voices, the madman manipulates policemen into a truth-inducing hysteria. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Actors’ Gang Theatre, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.838.4264. Tickets


Two Trains Running
Opens Feb. 2. The team behind last year’s acclaimed production of August Wilson’s King Hedley II returns with another installment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s American Century Cycle, a decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in 20th-century America. Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. $35. Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 855.326.9945. Tickets




lacmaMuseums Free-for-All
Feb. 2-3. For the 14th year running, LACMA and dozens of museums across Southern California will open their doors and invite visitors to attend free of charge. This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. See website for complete list of participating venues. socalmuseums.org




All About Valentina
Feb. 3. Valentina—best known for her appearances on VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race and her performance as Angel in Fox’s Rent—debuts her full-length evening theatrical production of song, dance and video projection. The L.A. native will perform a selection of live tracks, including her single “A Prueba de Todo.” Staying true to her drag roots, she will also perform a selection of lip-synced numbers featuring contemporary and classical dancers. 7 p.m. $29-$49. The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, East L.A., 323.343.6600. Tickets


Photos: Super Bowl at 40 Love courtesy The h.wood Group. Super Bowl Viewing Party courtesy Hotel Shangri-La. Super Sunday Funday courtesy The Abbey Food & Bar. Smorgasburg Dumpling Day courtesy @smorgasburgla/Instagram. Super Vegan Sunday courtesy @eatdrinkvegan/Instagram. Photo L.A. image Christopher Richmond, “Self-portrait as Asteroid,” 2018, archival pigment print, courtesy Photo L.A. “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” by Ralph Steadman. “Two Trains Running” by Tiffany Judkins. “All About Valentina” courtesy The Luckman.

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