20 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Weekend in L.A. (Many of Which Have Nothing to do with Valentine’s Day)

Whether you want to celebrate being in love or ignore it completely, you’ve got options

Whether you want to celebrate being in love or ignore it completely, you’ve got options.

HEAR: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down with Sonny & the Sunsets
On their latest album, We the Common, San Francisco folkster Thao Nguyen and her band weave simple tunes accented by smoky vocals. More information (February 15; The El Rey Theatre)

CELEBRATE: Got Funky Sole: Lover’s Edition
The soul-spinning vinyl-centric Funky Sole has been serving up ’60s jams at the Echo for years. For this event the DJ crew is joined by the Breakestra, a hip-hop big band that deconstructs rap samples by playing the original songs.  A full bar and food trucks complete this romantic night out under the L.A. sky. More information (February 14, Grand Park) 

TASTE: Chef Tila’s Flavors of Thai Town Food Tour
Chef Jet Tila leads a tour of Thai Town tastes, from papaya salad to jade noodles to coconut banana fritters. More information (February 16; Thai Town)

SEE: My Mondo Valentine
The wildest and most ridiculous love-themed clips have been edited together and will be screened for your cringe-inducing pleasure. The treasures include sexy ads, homemade movies, and vintage “how to” videos. More information (February 14, Cinefamily)

HEAR: Bettye LaVette
For 50 years Bette LaVette has been recording songs audiences will instantly recognize, marked with her inimitable style. The two-time Grammy nominee will present a selection from her five-decade career including songs from her critically acclaimed new album Thankful n’ Thoughtful. More information(February 15, The Broad Stage)

SEE: Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition
The 24th annual event promises a total of $6,500 in cash prizes for those who can best shimmy and shake. Participate in workshops, check out the vendors, and watch the celebrity judges bestow this year’s coveted “Champion of Champions” title on one lucky winner. More information(February 14 – 16, Long Beach Convention Center)

CELEBRATE: ‘80s Prom
For those who never got their prom moment of glory here’s a second chance with a night of drinks, music, and dancing. Wear your best ‘80s prom garb for the chance to be crowned prom queen or king, both of whom will win a free night’s stay at the hotel. More information (February 14; The Standard, Downtown)

DANCE: James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, A Celebration in Dance
The Philadelphia Dance Company pays tribute to the enormous influence of James Brown, showcasing many of the musician’s classics accompanied by dances from a global array of choreographers. More information (February 14; The Music Center)

HEAR: Spiritualized
A choir and full orchestra will accompany British rockers Spiritualized as they play their entire 1997 album Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. The performance will mark the debut of the new theater at the downtown Ace Hotel, which just opened in January. More information (February 14; The Ace Hotel)

WATCH: House of Cards, Season 2
For the couple that’s already comfortable with each other and more inclined to order Thai food and collapse on the couch, nothing says love like binge-watching an entire season of the political drama. Break out the wine and prepare for a big night of backstabbing, ruthless maneuvering, illicit affairs, and coverups as season two of House of Cards debuts on Netflix. (February 14; your laptop or television) 

CELEBRATE: Fake Prom 2
Part dance party and part costume showdown, this event encourages couples, singles, and “just friends” to head down to the Arts District in downtown where they can relive their wackiest high school dances. The all-inclusive event has free drinks, snacks, awkward prom photos, and a make-your-own corsage station. More information (February 14, The Unique Space)

HEAR + EAT: L.A. Soul
Food/music podcast Food is the New Rock and KCRW DJ Henry Lawrence are kicking off their new event series, Beats Bistro, this month with L.A. Soul. The production features tastes from My Two cents, a soul food restaurant in Mid Wilshire, and beats from soul singer Rozzi Crane. Guests pick from two experiences—$20 general admission includes a small bite; $50 VIP reception includes balcony access, appetizers, and beer from Heineken. More information (February 16; The Troubadour)

CELEBRATE: I Hate Valentine’s Day Dance Party 
Here’s a comedic dance party for couples that are looking for something offbeat and singles that are ready to mingle. Hosted by comedian Melinda Hill, the organizers promise that you’ll laugh, cry, and dance your booty off. More information(February 15, The Bootleg Bar & Theater)

SEE: Arranging Family
Three large-scale photographs and three sculptures offer an intimate look into L.A. artist Carlee Fernandez’s family. The exhibit also boasts a dress that has been printed with images of her family members’ eyes and DNA strands. More information(February 15, ACME Gallery)

SEE: Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose
Just in time for Palm Springs Modernism Week, the exhibition focuses on works dedicated to subjects in various states of reclining, reposing, and lazing about. More information(February 15 – June 8, Palm Springs Art Museum)

SEE: Tartuffe
George Costanza once postulated, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.” In Molière’s 17th-century comedy, a sleazy visitor schemes to snag his host’s riches—and his hot wife. More information(February 15 – May 24, A Noise Within)

CELEBRATE: 21st Annual Scots Festival
The Scots come to SoCal for two days of traditional games, music, dance, cuisine, and, as one might expect, plenty of whiskey. More information(February 15 – 16, Queen Mary) 

SEE: Harlem Globetrotters
Expect fake-outs, alley-oops, and slam dunks when the team of humorous hoopsters brings comedy to the court. On February 16 the b-ballers move on to Staples Center for a family-friendly bonanza. More information (February 15; Honda Center)

SEE: I Art You
Nonprofit arts organization Create:Fixate presents a night of more than 30 mixed medium artists and local musicians, complete with a singles mixer organized by a Beverly Hills matchmaking company and an adult friendly Valentine card station. More information (February 15, Lot 613)

SEE: Titanic
One of downtown’s historic theaters will open to the public for an exclusive Valentine’s night screening of Titanic. With photo booths, twinkling chandeliers, and four full bars, this event offers a much swankier way to watch your favorite love story. More information (February 14, Los Angeles Theatre)