A Night Out

A Decidedly Different Valentine’s Day, No Matter Your Status

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The season of love is for everyone, even for those with no desire for cupid’s arrow. Because really, there’s only so many red roses and candlelit dinners a person can take year after year.  Whether you’re looking to make your move, add some fuel to a growing fire, or just sit this one out, we’ve got you covered with these outrageous, hilarious, and otherwise unexpected Valentine’s events.

February 13

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Isabella Rossellini’s Link Link Circus
Cinema royalty Rossellini ties together a decade-plus of passionate advocacy for animals—which includes not only Green Porno, her cult series of animal re-enactment shorts, but also her master’s degree in animal behavior and conservation—with this delightfully offbeat and personal show that illustrates the science of the animal kingdom through monologues, short films, puppetry, and a helping paw from a canine costar. 7 p.m. Lodge Room, 104 North Avenue 56, 2nd Floor

Art by People in Love
Whether you’re head over heels or perfectly happy being single, this audience-created night of love-inspired songs, short films, readings and more is sure to lift your Valentine’s Day spirits. 7:30 p.m. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 North Alvarado Street

February 14

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Sarah Squirm Presents: A Helltrap Nightmare Bernie Fundraiser
If you love both Bernie Sanders and feminist, horror-laden sketch comedy, this particular evening might be for you. Squirm leads her rambunctious comedy troupe, Helltrap Nightmare (featuring the Shrimp Boys and Scott Egleston), in a mind-bending comedic experience that celebrates the hilarity of the grotesque and, for this night, will raise money for Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign. 7 p.m. Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive

Inspired by Davy Rothbart’s popular Found magazine, this earnest musical comedy begins when Davy finds a note on his car meant for someone else, which jump-starts his desire to examine the many funny, idiosyncratic, and honest notes all around us…and share them with the world. Tonight is opening night; showtimes vary through March 23. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street

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Passing Through
A rarely screened jazz film made by Larry Clark, one of the leading directors of L.A. Rebellion, who joins film curator Jheanelle Brown for a discussion after the show. UCLA- James Bridges Theater, 235 Charles East Young Drive East

Law & Order: The Musical!
This frenetic spoof of the long-running TV series takes inspiration from the film Airplane! to lovingly lampoon the network procedural’s now-familiar tropes. Tonight is opening night; showtimes vary through March 15. Broadwater Second Stage, 6320 Santa Monica Boulevard

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Sub Focus
This veteran British DJ softens the manic pace of drum and bass with some trance smoothness, perfect for a more energetic alternative to a typical Valentine’s Day date. 10 p.m. Exchange L.A., 618 South Spring Street

February 15

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Mortified L.A.’s Annual Doomed Valentine Show 2020
As an international phenomenon and Netflix series, Mortified has struck the perfect chord with audiences by having performers share some of their most embarrassing creations from childhood, including diaries, poetry, home movies, lyrics, and just about any other other weird thing that could only come from the mind of a child. This particular edition appropriately focuses on heartbreak and crushes, as it’s the night right after Valentine’s Day. Showtimes 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wanderlust Hollywood, 1357 North Highland Avenue