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The SoCalendar: How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Movies to Watch

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LOS ANGELES – In case you’re looking for last minute Valentine’s Day ideas, The SoCal scene has you covered.

  • There is nothing better than breakfast in bed. Call Bardonna in Santa Monica for a special takeaway in the morning, along with a chocolate heart and custom message if you order in advance.
  • How about a heart-shaped pizza for dinner? Order from Abbot’s Pizza in Venice Paper Pizza Company in Downey, California Pizza Kitchen, or even Papa John’s – use the promotional code VALENTINE for a pie of love.
  • California Donuts offers valentine themed donuts with heart shaped ring pops.
  • Stop at Hotel Figueroa for the “Vases to vases” florist pop-up with fresh flowers and bouquets available on weekends.
  • Ready to spruce it up? Order the theme party package “When pigeons cry”—A Valentine’s Day experience of Purple and Prince, including libations, a lava lamp and even a flower bath bomb to recreate one of his legendary music videos.
  • Naked at the Museum: A Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt is an online team game that takes a “cheeky look” at nude art from museums across the country and the trivia behind it.
  • Want to hear Lady Gaga rediscovered in reggae? Grand Park LA hosts “Lovers Rock”—A two-week virtual experience featuring reggae versions of classic love songs hosted by LA’s top DJs.

If you’re looking for something not tied to Valentine’s Day, here are a few options:

  • To celebrate California Craft Beer Week until February 21, as brewers across the state will ship local sample packs direct to you from the Central Coast to Orange County. But sign up quickly: they sell out quickly.
  • Ready to show off your inner Spielberg? The Music Center and dublab have a free film competition called ‘A Quiet Scene: LA’, which asks amateur or professional filmmakers of any age to submit a short film that is ‘an authentic reflection of Los Angeles in the present day’. Visit For more information.

And here are three movies to watch with Oscars buzz:

  • Minari follows a Korean-American family who moves to a rural farm to start a new life. LA Times called it “the movie we need now” and it will hit select theaters and drive-ins February 12th.
  • Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of the FBI infiltrating the Black Panther Party, streamed on HBO Max from Feb. 12.
  • Nomadland plays Francis McDormand and is about a woman who turns into a nomad after the collapse of her small town. The Hollywood Legion Drive-in will host an exclusive theatrical run from February 19-22.

The Sundance Film Festival may be over, but you can see it Slamdance, which was started by filmmakers who couldn’t get to Sundance. This year they present Unstoppable, a showcase for filmmakers and makers with disabilities.

Slamdance concludes with the world premiere of 18th and Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story, the story of Los Angeles, told through the historic fighting palace that housed countless characters, events and a pioneering woman. Don’t miss this piece of SoCal history.

Watch The SoCal scene on Wednesdays at 9pm on Spectrum News 1 and the Spectrum News app.

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