LA Weekend Calendar: Kid Infinity, An Edible Exhibit & CicLAvia's V-Day Party (VIDEO)
What: A special meal cooked with love at home is possibly the best date a person (especially a woman) can ask for. And pizza is one of the most versatile dishes out there. So if you know how to make dough, have countless different meals (and dates) at your fingertips. Grilled shrimp and roasted eggplant pizza with bell pepper puree, anyone? At this cooking class with Master Chef Eric, you'll get creative with the endless cheese, sauce and toppings possibilities. Eat up!
When: Friday, Feb. 10, 7-9:30pm, $85 per person
Where: 2366 Pelham Ave., LA, CA
Shhh, It's A "Secret" Menu
What: An edible exhibit? Oooh yeah. Pacific Standard Time's Art As An Appetizer is a "collision between art and food that nourishes the mind, body and spirit." What does that mean? It means that restaurants Playa and Rivera are offering a "secret menu" from now until March 31. It is a three-course menu that costs $37 and is the delicious genius of chef John Sedlar, artist Ron Cooper and mixologist Julian Cox. If you're not convinced, just look at these pictures, and you will be salivating... in an artistic kind of way.
When: Friday, Feb. 10, see Playa and Rivera websites for hours.
Where: Playa, 7360 Beverly Blvd., LA, CA & Rivera, 1050 South Flower St., LA, CA
We Heart Bikes
What: Everyone loves CicLAvia, the event that shuts down 10 miles of LA so bikers and walkers can take over the streets. So come share some V-Day love for the event as this holiday party and benefit. Highlights include speed dating so you can find a Valentine, and an auction that will include a prize date with "bodacious biker babes." There will be drinks, food, a photo booth and music by DJ Survive, Alanna Lin and Fascinoma. All the ingredients for a "love"ly time! Hat tip to blogger and friend, Bruce Chan, for this one.
When: Friday, Feb. 10, 7-10pm, Free
Where: Atwater Crossing, 3245 Casitas Avenue, LA, CA
What: Don't know what to get your Valentine this year? You can't go wrong with great food and quality time together on the nice side of town. Six Taste is offering an "Indulgence" food tour through Beverly Hills. Treats on Saturday's menu include spaghetti, wine, truffle popcorn, lamb ribs, calamari, agnolotti, penne oxtail, spicy Maya hot cholocate, tequenos, cheese tasting and chocolate truffles. Click here for Sunday's menu and a list of all of the stops. Treat your sweet!
When: Saturday, Feb. 11 & Feb. 12, 10am or 2pm both days, $125/person, 21+, pre-registration required
Where: Beverly Canon Gardens, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA
Get Your Craft On
What: This kind of weaving is not for your grandma, unless she's experimental. The Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) is using the special exhibit NOW on display as a reason to craft this Saturday and gain inspiration from a pro. Maximo Gonzalez's exhibit, "Playful," consists of "installations, mural and weavings made from global currencies, videos, symbolic objects and performance." CAFAM's Holly Jerger's "Craftlab" workshop will teach the basics of weaving while experimenting with a range of unusual materials, just like Gonzalez. "Over and under" gets rejuvenated.
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:30-3:30pm, $5 (includes museum admission)
Where: CAFAM, 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, LA, CA
What: When we see very different genres being claimed on a band's Myspace page ("Metal/Classical/Samba"), we think "Yeah right." But Kid Infinity really is an amalgam of punk, electro, hip hop, pop... and more (see video below). When KI's playing, the crowd is dancing and shouting the lyrics (you'll catch right on) and the rapper is on the ground, in the mix with his fans. As if their music wasn't original enough, this band has pioneered 3D visuals in live performances (picture everyone dancing with the funny glasses). This Saturday, KI will do its thang at The Handbag Factory, a new downtown live venue that triples as a recording studio and art gallery. In addition to KI, the speakers will blast equally edgy acts including MC Draperies, Telle Eyed Specs, VCR Monster, Peg Leg Love and DJ Ham On Everything.
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 9pm-2am, $7 after 11pm, 18+
Where: (the) Handbag Factory, 1336 S. Grand Ave, LA, CA
Snow For A Cause!
What: If you're like us, you'll take any excuse to get out of town. What if your excuse was a good cause? Bingo. Join Stoked Mentoring nonprofit, which introduces outdoor sports to at-risk youth, for a day on the slopes. They need volunteers for the day to teach kids how to snowboard. And you'll be treated well with provided equipment and lunch. Exercise + volunteering + vacation in one. Check out iVolunteer's website for more information.
When: Sunday, Feb. 12, 6:45am for bus pick-up, Free
Where: Meet at Stoked Los Angeles Headquarters, 1930 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 509, LA, CA
A Love Story
What: Going to the movies is a timeless date option. But let's face it: Star Wars isn't very romantic. Which is why the Arclight is showing the following classic romance movies in 35mm: "The Philadelphia Story" (1940), "The African Queen" (1951), "Sabrina" (1954) and "Dirty Dancing" (1987). Completing the evening: champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries available in the theater cafe. Now that's romantic!
When: Sunday, Feb. 12 & Tuesday, Feb. 14, See websites below for times and prices.
Where: Hollywood Arclight, Pasadena Arclight and Sherman Oaks Arclight