Love is in the air. Or not. Either way, let's relish the weekend. Jamzilla may be closing down a six-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway, but we won't be closing our hearts to a delightful three days off. Enjoy potentially awkward speed dating, contemporary heart art and a slew of classic flicks at venues around Los Angeles.
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If only we could erase our exes. That's the premise behind this romcom/sci-fi thriller starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in the oddest of love stories. In light of the flick's 10th anniversary, Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre will present a late night showing of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Grab dinner and a drink before heading over to see this Academy Award winner.
When: 11:59 p.m. Friday; doors open at 11:30 p.m.
Price: $12 | Purchase tix here
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Are you bike curious? See what the cycling culture is all about at this day-long festival filled with bicycle workshops and transportation vendors. The price of admission includes access to workshops, a live panel and food and beverage. If you don't own a bicycle, Orange 20 Bikes will have commuter bikes on hand to borrow.
When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday
Price: $10 admission; $15 for families | Purchase tickets here
3. I ART YOU
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Dive into creative culture with emerging artists, designers, DJs and musicians at Create Fixate's one-night art exhibit in downtown Los Angeles. The event will kick off with a singles mixer hosted by Beverly Hills-based Matching Up. Stop by to check out new art and new people.
When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday | 4 to 7 p.m. gallery preview
Where: Lot 613 | MAP
Price: $15 admission before 9 p.m.; $20 after | $5 donation for gallery preview | Must be 21 and over after 7 p.m.| Pre-Sale tix here
Drink F-Bombs and mingle with singles at Universal CityWalk's dueling piano bar Friday. Howl at the Moon is hosting this not-so-romantic rager with drink specials, "Love Sux" games and live music. Most of the songs played will be fueled by requests, so we suggest you bring your favorite aggro music. Think R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts” and Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
When: 5 p.m. Friday
Price: Free | RSVP here
Meet Lady: A pampered Cocker Spaniel with the perfect life. That is until she meets the Tramp, a downtown mutt from the wrong side of the tracks. Walt Disney's 1955 “Lady and the Tramp” is a cute classic — and even more adorable on the big screen at El Capitan. The theater is hosting Valentine’s dinners this weekend before select screenings (call for details).
When: Various times Friday through Feb. 20
Price: $15 and up for adults; $12 and up for children and seniors
Join a community of cyclists and catch some of the most iconic and historical sites in Watts. The bike ride is organized by East Side Riders Ride Leaders and C.I.C.L.E volunteers. Spanning nearly 10 miles, be sure to stock up on water and electrolytes before the long trek.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday | Bike ride begins at 10 a.m.
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Let your creative juices flow as you surround yourself with the serene gardens of the Huntington while learning to create colorful paint strokes with the help of artist Peifang Liang. The kids will love this introductory course as they paint flowers, lotuses and trees inspired by the surrounding landscape.
When: 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday
Price: $25 for a student and one accompanying adult
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Forget Match.com. Metro is hosting "Speed Dating on the Red Line" for those in search of true love — or maybe just a memorable Valentine's Day. Register to be a speed dater at one of seven Red Line stations before boarding a special "Speed Dating Train Car" decked out in holiday colors. If you spot two Metro cupids, be sure to snap a photo for Metro's Instagram contest, #LoveMetroLA. Not into Speed dating? Check out Metro's moving art tour here (also on Friday).
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday
Where: Red Line | MAP
Conjunction Junction, what's your function? As if Schoolhouse Rock hasn’t branded our brains enough, the pop culture phenomenon is back and on the big stage through February. Surprise the little ones this V-Day with a sweet surprise filled with musical lessons of history and grammar.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Price: $10 for adults; $8 for children
10. "BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S"
Plan a date night with Audrey Hepburn and 1960s New York at the Aero in Santa Monica this Friday. The theater is screening "Breakfast at Tiffany's" for one night only. Watch socialite Holly Golightly fall for handsome Paul Varjak all over again. Pro tip: Arrive early, because the first few dozen audience members will receive Godiva chocolates.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Price: $11 | Purchase tix here