Valentine's Day in Downtown LA

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1. Romantic Dinners

  • Adoro Mexican Grille Serenade Your Sweetheart details

    735 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 955-9204

    This Valentine's, enjoy a three-course dinner with a special selection by the chef and a complimentary signature margarita. Adoro offers authentic fine Mexican cuisine, spiced with traditional Mexican recipes and flavors. You'll enjoy fresh, high-quality ingredients, a variety of tequilas for delicious traditional margaritas, and a romantic atmosphere.

    $60 per couple. Does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations encouraged at (213) 955-9204.

    www.adorogrille.com

  • BottleRock 5-course Valentine's Day menu details

    1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 747-1100
    (Enter on 11th between Flower & Hope)

    Our special five-course Valentine's Day Menu will be available Friday through Sunday, February 12-13, 2010. $50 per person.

    Amuse Bouche: Crispy Polenta with wild mushroom
    First Course: Duck Confit Salad with parmesan, wild arugula and sherry glaze
    Second Course: Seared Scallops with baby turnip, blood orange, almonds, and herbs
    Third Course: Venison Loin with kabocha squash puree, baby onions, bitter chocolate and port wine espresso reduction
    Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake with bruleed bananas and blackberry cabernet sauce.

    Wine pairing is also available. Vegeterian/vegan options available with advance reservation. Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

    www.bottlerock.net

  • Café Pinot Valentine's Day Weekend Celebration details

    Adjacent to Downtown LA's 1920's landmark public library, Café Pinot's guests are surrounded by an impressive metropolitan skyline view, a gorgeous garden setting, and floor to ceiling windows. Enjoy a contemporary Californian menu featuring fresh, sophisticated dishes inspired by the farmers' market as well as a daily rotisserie. Café Pinot is perfectly located for guests attending events at the Music Center and Staples Center.

    Available February 12, 13 & 14
    Service begins at 4:30pm
    3-course menu $65 / 4-course menu $75
    view menu / place an OpenTable reservation

    www.patinagroup.com

  • Chaya Downtown Valentine's at Chaya Downtown details

    525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 236-9577

    Appetizer for two $38
    Kobe roll
    Lobster tartare
    Shrimp and oyster Florentine
    Tuna mille-feuille

    "Hot pot" for two $62
    Maine lobster and chicken Breast, Hot pot porcine lobster sauce, spinach fettuccini

    Beef for two $82
    Cote de buef, café de pari sauce, mushroom and fontina poteto

    A sweet ending dessert sampler for two $22
    Dark and white chocolate covered strawberries
    Gateaux Marjolaine
    Lemon cheese cake
    Bread pudding

    Or enjoy a 3-course meal for 2, for under $125! Going to the theater? Enjoy complimentary shuttle service to all theaters, with 4 hours free valet at Chaya Downtown.

    www.thechaya.com/downtownLosAngeles

  • Checkers Downtown Valentine's Day Menu details

    535 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 624-0000

    Award-winning Checkers Downtown restaurant features American cuisine with French and California influences, served in intimate surroundings. Gourmet Magazine ranked Checkers Downtown as one of the top 20 restaurants in Los Angeles and L.A. Epicurean Rendezvous raves about Checkers Downtown's "dynamic, inventive, modern American Cooking."

    Valentine's Day Menu

    Lobster Bisque with wild mushrooms & lobster medallions
    or Ahi Tuna Salad with pomegranate, blood oranges, baby Lola Rosa lettuce
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    Grilled Local Calamari with Kalamata olives, cipiollini onions, haricots verts & garlic aioli
    or Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly with roasted shallots & Brussels sprout gratin
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    Grilled Alaskan Salmon with asparagus, quinoa, roasted tomatillo & chili relish
    or Myers Ranch Tenderloin with Bloomsdale spinach, fingerling potatoes & béarnaise sauce
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    Coconut Bread Pudding with Tahitian vanilla ice cream & Thai banana
    or Shortcake and Farmers' Market Berries with fresh mint & whipped cream
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    www.hiltoncheckers.com

  • Ciudad Valentine's Day, with FREE Cava Sparkling Wine for two EXCLUSIVE details

    445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 486-5171

    Valentine's Day at Ciudad

    4-course Dinner - $98 per couple or $49 per person
    $5 wine pairings
    A la carte menu at the bar

    Menu Highlights:

    • Tapas Adventure for Two
      bacon wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates, goat cheese fritters, marinated olives, grilled asparagus with romesco, oysters on the half shell, mini spinach empanadas, baby scallop ceviche
    • Paella Valenciana
      white prawns, manila clams, mediterranean mussels, chorizo, peppers, peas, saffron, herbs, aioli
    • Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak
      grilled peppers, papas bravas, wild arugula salad, caper chimichurri
    • Baby Artichoke and Samfaina Vegetable Fideo Pasta
      oven dried tomatoes, olives and herbs, argentine parmesan
    • Carnitas
      white cheddar corn grits, braised organic tuscan kale, smoked tomato sauce, crispy yuca
    • Mediterranean Frango y Figos
      marinated grilled chicken with figs, olives, sun dried tomatoes, caper berries, and herbed israeli cous cous
    • Roasted Poblano Chile Relleno
      potato rajas, cotija cheese, quinoa salad, salsa verde, spiced tomato sauce
    • Sweets Sampler
      barcelona chocolate cake, cajeta flan, chocolate dipped strawberries

    EXCLUSIVE: Free Cava Sparkling Wine for Two!*
    Mention DowntownLA.com and get one split of cava with purchase of Valentine's Day for Two.
    * One split of cava per offer per couple. Not valid with other offers. No cash value.

    www.ciudad-la.com

  • LA Prime Valentine's Day Sweetheart Menu details

    404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 624-1000

    Celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetheart at LA's most romantic restaurant, LA Prime. Enjoy a five-course, prix-fixe menu complemented by a bottle of Heidseick champagne – all overlooking the sparkling evening lights of Los Angeles. Located on the 35th floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, our award-winning restaurant is known for its masterful menu of prime beef steaks, lamb and veal chops, fresh fish and shellfish – enhanced with local produce and an award-winning wine cellar.

    $175 per couple, excluding applicable tax and gratuity. Available February 12-14.
    Open daily at 5:30pm, open early on February 14 at 4:00pm.

    www.thebonaventure.com

  • Morton's The Steakhouse Valentine's Day at Morton's details

    735 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 553-4566

    Special occasions deserve a special night out. Morton's sets the stage with generous portions of USDA prime-aged beef or succulent seafood and classic steakhouse sides. Top it all off with decadent desserts...perfect for sharing with your Valentine. Complete your evening with Morton's Valentine Crush... a refreshing blend of Absolut Citron, Grand Marnier, Raspberry Puree and Segura Viudas Sparkling Wine.

    View the full dinner menu... or take advantage or the limited-time special menus, including Morton's Classic Menu for $79 per guest or Morton's Signature Three-Course Menu, only $109 for two.

    www.mortons.com

  • The Must Sexy Dinner in the Dark: Cupid bartender, Spanish guitar & more details

    118 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 • (213) 627-1162

    The Must welcomes you to our First Annual "Sexy Cupid Bartender, blindfolded dessert pairing, dirty games, Spanish Guitar singing guy, lover's photo op and dirty grab bag Valentine's Day Party!"

    • Enjoy drinks poured by our hot cupid bartender and be swooned by our sensual singer, playing Spanish guitar.
    • Top your dinner off with a romantic and shortened version of a very popular "Dinner in the Dark." Sommelier Giammario Villa will come to your table per order, blindfold you, and guide you through a tantalizing tickle of the senses with dessert and wine/beer pairings. $20 for 2 people, available 6-10pm. RSVP to (213) 627-1162.
    • Since Valentine's Day lands on our Sunday Game Night, you'll find a special selection of sexy games lying around to help set the tone.
    • While you're making memories, we'll help you remember them – pose for free lover's Polaroids throughout the night.
    • Reach deep inside the naughty grab bag on your way out, for a treat to take home.

    www.themustbar.com

  • Nick & Stef's Valentine's Day Celebration details

    Voted "best steakhouse" in Downtown Los Angeles, Nick & Stef's serves superb dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and delicious signature side dishes. The chic, contemporary setting includes a stunning outdoor terrace for al fresco dining and after-work cocktails. We also provide a convenient shuttle service to events at the Music Center and Staples Center.

    Available February 14
    Service begins at 4pm
    $150 per couple
    view menu / place an OpenTable reservation

    www.patinagroup.com

  • Noé Restaurant Set Your Heart Aflutter details

    251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 356-4100

    Set Your Heart Aflutter This Valentine's Day

    at Noé Restaurant, located within the Omni Los Angeles Hotel

    Executive Chef Glen Ishii has created 3 and 6 Course Tastings featuring our new Neo Bistro cuisine. Prices begin at $60 per person. Seating available from 5pm to 10pm. Reservations strongly recommended.

    www.noerestaurant.com/losangeles

  • Patina Valentine's Day Weekend Celebration details

    Located in the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, our flagship restaurant Patina expresses the highest culinary ideals of Master Chef Joachim Splichal. This Relais & Chateaux property pampers its guests with seasonal tasting menus, gourmet cheeses, caviar service, and an award-winning wine list. The recipient of a prestigious Michelin star, Patina's elegant al fresco dining, stylish late night cocktail bar and always-impeccable service, define luxury dining on the West Coast.

    Available February 13 & 14
    February 13 - service begins at 5pm
    February 14 - service begins at 4pm
    4-course menu $125; wine pairings $65
    view menu / place a reservation at (213) 972-3331

    www.patinagroup.com

  • Roy's Restaurant Valentine's Day Menu details

    800 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 488-4994

    It's Valentine's Day. Indulge.

    Celebrate with a perfectly created, decadent 4-course meal. The fresh, exotic flavors and seasonal ingredients promise to make your taste buds celebrate.

    Click here to view the Valentine's Dinner Prix Fixe Menu (PDF).
    Price ranging from $55-$85 per person.

    What's more: Dine with us February 12-14 and receive a $20 bonus card per couple to use on your next visit!

    www.roysrestaurant.com

  • Zucca Ristorante Valentine's Day Celebration details

    Voted "Best Italian Restaurant" in Downtown Los Angeles, Zucca's elegant interior reflects the rich cultural heritage behind the tantalizing menu of handmade pastas, meats, fresh fish, fine Italian cheeses and wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. With spectacular wines and cocktails and warm, personal service, Zucca promises unforgettable quality and style. Elegant private dining rooms, an enclosed patio and adjacent art garden make the perfect settings for special events. We also provide convenient shuttle service to events at the Music Center & Staples Center.

    Available February 14
    Service begins at 4pm
    3-course menu $65 / 4-course menu $75
    view menu / place an OpenTable reservation

    www.patinagroup.com

  • Walt Disney Concert Hall Founders Room Valentine's Day Menu details

    141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 912-7686

    This is the first year the exclusive Founders Room at Walt Disney Concert Hall is open to the public for the evening. There is one seating at 6pm. Enjoy a 3-course menu served by Patina Catering for $80 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

    First Course Selection
    Hamachi carpaccio, ginger soy vinaigrette, wasabi tobiko, shimeji mushrooms
    Duck foie gras "trilogy," green apples
    Winter greens, honey hazelnut dressing, grilled persimmons, pomegranates, shaved Manchego

    Main Course Selection
    Millbrook Farms venison loin, parsnip-celeriac purée, Yukon Gold potato soufflé
    Poached Arctic char in Champagne velouté, root vegetable capellini
    Coq au Riesling "sous vide," butter noodles
    Snake River Farms U.S. kobe beef, sauce béarnaise, savoyard pommes

    Dessert
    Banana tart, coconut sorbet
    Valrhona chocolate fondant, sauce créole, crème fraîche

    www.patinagroup.com

2. Sizzling hotel deals

  • Hilton Checkers "Don't Go Home" 2-night stay package details

    535 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 624-0000 • (213) 624-0000

    Don't Go Home

    Valid for 2-night stay only

    Flowers are charming, dinner is divine. But to truly indulge your heart's desire, don't go home - stay the night and celebrate in style. Hilton Checkers, in the heart of Downtown LA, is offering an overnight escape for lovers looking to stay and play the Downtown LA way.

    • A decadent four-course dinner for two at the hotels' Checkers Downtown fine dining restaurant. See the menu.
    • Rooftop cocktails for two
    • Accommodations for two in a contemporary new guestroom featuring indulgently plush king or queen beds, 42" LCD televisions and marble bathrooms with blissful bath products
    • An in-room bottle of Champagne
    • Complimentary in-room movie with fresh truffled popcorn delivered to the door
    • Morning-after breakfast in bed

    Click here to book
    $329 per night. Available February 13-14, 2010 with promo code "VALENT." Some restrictions may apply, tax and gratuities not included

    www.hiltoncheckers.com

  • LA Athletic Club Valentine's Day at the Speakeasy EXCLUSIVE details

    431 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • (213) 625-2211

    Valentine's Day at the Speakeasy

    • Deluxe Room at the newly renovated Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel
    • Special welcome amenity
    • 4-course dinner for 2 with Jazz Trio
    • Champagne Breakfast for 2
    • Discounted overnight indoor parking at Olive Park

    Call (213) 625-2211 for reservations, with promo code "vday"
    $275.00 per couple (does not include city tax)

    www.laac.com

  • Millennium Biltmore For Love or Money details

    506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 624-1011

    For Love Or Money

    Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend escape or just a relaxing night to get away, this package is perfect for everyone!

    With the "Love" option, you'll get...

    • Luxurious accommodations in one of our Classic Rooms
    • Rich chocolate truffles
    • A bottle of pink champagne in-room
    • Late checkout

    With the "Money" option, we'll offer you a complimentary upgrade to your choice of...

    1. A Junior Suite, with comfortable Biltmore bathrobes and slippers in-room.
    2. OR a standard room on our exclusive Club Level, with access to the Club Lounge, offering complimentary breakfast, afternoon hors d'ouevres and beverages, evening turndown and comfortable Biltmore bathrobes and slippers in-room.

    Call (213) 624-1011 for reservations or visit www.millenniumhotels.com, select "Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles," and use the booking code LOVE! for "love" option, MONEY! for the "money" option. Starting at $179. Valid February 1-28. Excludes tax, subject to availability. Upgrades and room type based on availability.

    www.thebiltmore.com

  • Sheraton LA Downtown Valentine's Package with Shen Yun tickets details

    711 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 488-3500

    Valentine's Day Package with a pair of tickets to Shen Yun!

    Enjoy an evening of dance and music at Shen Yun with the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown.

    This package includes:

    • Overnight accommodations at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel
    • Two tickets to Shen Yun, the show that's leaving millions in awe. Playing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center
    • Complimentary parking

    To make a reservation click Book Now or call (866) 716-8134 and ask for rate plan "SHENYUN1" Rates start at $299/night.

    www.sheraton.com/losangeles

  • The Standard, Downtown LA Huge Love Package details

    550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 892-8080

    Huge Love Package

    Valid for 2-night stay only

    • 2-night stay in our sexy "huge" room with deep oversized tubs (Who will find the soap first?)
    • The "Other Breakfast" for two daily in room dining (Full American)
    • Champagne Welcome Amenity including a mini- Kama sutra kit and Bubbles for the bath!
    • Valet parking for 2 nights (one car per room included)
    • Access for two to the Rooftop each evening

    Come check in and check out the strolling cupids, reciting "love" poems all over the hotel. Perhaps a cupid will read to you in the elevator on your way to your "huge" room or to the rooftop for mimosas and bloody maries.

    Call (866) 670-8686 for reservations.
    $520, plus tax and gratuities.

    www.standardhotels/los-angeles

  • Wilshire Grand Free Junior Suite when you spend $100 in Seoul Jung or Cardini EXCLUSIVE details

    930 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 688-7777

    Free Junior Suite when you spend $100
    in Seoul Jung or Cardini Ristorante
    Available Saturday & Sunday, February 13-14, 2010

    Take your Valentine to dinner at L.A.'s classiest Korean restaurant or Downtown's favorite traditional Italian ristorante, and get a newly remodeled Junior Suite for FREE on Valentine's Night at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Spend just $100 in either Seoul Jung Restaurant or Cardini Ristorante on Saturday or Sunday, February 13th or 14th, 2010 and we will treat you to your room, plus free overnight parking for one car!

    Call (213) 688-7777 for reservations, and indicate in which restaurant you would like to place a reservation. Limited to the first 100 reservations. $100 minimum does not include tax or gratuity. Guests will receive a voucher for their room after completing their dining experience.

    Seoul Jung Restaurant

    "A dip in a sparkling sauce, and you're on your way to tasting the world's best barbecue," writes Caroline Bates, in Gourmet Magazine. Renowned traditional Korean chef, Kim, Dong Hun, has recently accepted the position as Executive Chef for Seoul Jung, the city's finest Korean restaurant. Chef Kim comes to Los Angeles after serving as the head chef of ONDAL, in the beautiful five-star, Sheraton Grande Walker Hill hotel in Seoul, Korea. His culinary expertise garnered several first place awards in international culinary contests as well as the privilege of preparing extravagant state dinners for Presidential events held at the Cheong Wa Dae (The Blue House, the Republic of South Korea's version of the White House) serving many foreign dignitaries, including President George W. Bush.

    Lunch hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2:00pm
    Dinner hours: Daily, 5:30-9:30pm

    Cardini Ristorante

    Robust flavors, bold wines and the freshest ingredients – all painted with broad, colorful strokes in the Italian tradition. The restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor dining, acquires its new chef, Antonio Chavez, from Spectrum Foods. Mr. Chavez has been the Executive Chef for Harry's Bar and Grill for the past 15 years in both Century City and at Harry's Bar in La Jolla since its opening in 2001. Most recently, he also was the Executive chef for Prego in Beverly Hills as well. His culinary expertise dates back to San Francisco where he was Executive Chef of Caio Restaurant, voted the #1 Italian restaurant in the bay area several years running during his tenure.

    Lunch hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2:00pm
    Dinner Hours: Daily, 5:30-10:00pm

    www.wilshiregrand.com

3. Hot bars & Dance Clubs

  • The Association A beloved neighborhood speakeasy details

    110 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • (213) 627-7385

    This speakeasy-style bar is easy to miss from the street – you'll find only a lone bouncer and a door knocker in the shape of a lion head. Inside, you'll find plush seating, moody lighting, and a unique menu of some of the tastiest classic cocktails in Downtown LA. Not even through its second year in Downtown, it's already a neighborhood favorite! Expect good service, electic music, and a casual touch of old-world class.

    To top it all off, there are a number of great dinner and dessert options in short walking distance – including Cole's, Blu LA Cafe, The Nickel, and Babycakes vegan desserts.

    Monday-Friday: 5pm-2am
    Saturday-Sunday: 7pm-2am
    Secure parking available at south-west corner of 6th & Main.

    www.theassociation-la.com

  • Bordello Bar A burlesque-inspired bar & lounge details

    901 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 687-3766

    Bordello Bar flirts with its location's notorious past as Little Pedro's, the oldest bar and brothel in Downtown Los Angeles. Bordello reflects this legendary status as a theater of the unusual and provocative, and will seduce you with rooms lushly decorated and garishly colored – but all in perfect taste. You'll also enjoy distinctive live music, including jazz, be bop, doo wop, blues, Latin, ska, Brazilian, soul, indie and, of course, burlesque.

    www.bordellobar.com

  • Conga Room Poncho Sanchez, "LA's King of the Congas" details

    800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 745-0162

    Poncho Sanchez, LA's King of the Congas
    Presented by KCRW
    8:00pm

    Whether it's salsa, jazz, Latin jazz, or even elements of soul and blues, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Poncho Sanchez's youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. "There's room for a lot of different sounds in our music," he says. "We put it all together in a pot, boil it together and come out with a big stew."

    Limited seats available. For dinner reservations and advance tickets, call (866) 95-CONGA

    www.congaroom.com

  • The Edison Valentine's Day at The Edison EXCLUSIVE details

    108 W. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 613-0000

    Escape to the Edison's Valentine's Day celebration with the romance, style and sophistication of a long-lost era.

    DJ Jonny Boy and live jazz will set the mood, and each guest will enjoy a free Rosebud Martini – made with organic vodka, hibiscus liquor, a splash of champagne, topped with a rose petal. Singles, couples and groups will enjoy tantalizing drinks, outstanding entertainment, and fresh oysters with "A Sense of The Sea" Edison Oyster Bar, Presented by Matre Ecailler and Chef Christophe Happillon.

    Table for Two Special:
    Includes one cocktail each, 1/2 dozen oysters and a delectable dessert. $100.

    For table reservations, please call (213) 613-0000

    EXCLUSIVE: $5 off tickets: $15 for DowntownLA.com customers, with coupon code "vd21410"

    www.edisondowntown.com

  • Elevate Lounge A penthouse lounge with wraparound skyline views details

    811 Wilshire Blvd., 21st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 623-7100

    Sleek. Stylish. Unique. Step into an ultra-lounge penthouse on the 21st floor, where indoor and outdoor become one. Featuring a large dance floor, elegant seating and secluded areas with ambient background music, and sliding glass windows providing striking skyline views, Elevate Lounge truly mystifies the senses.

    Thursday-Saturday, 10pm-2am. $20 cover charge
    Dress to impress. Guys: Wear collared shirts or a blazer, with dress shoes. No ball caps or baggy/torn jeans.

    www.elevatelounge.com

  • The Standard, Downtown LA LA's hottest rooftop bar details

    550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 892-8080

    The Rooftop Bar at The Standard, Downtown LA, offers an unmatched visual feast of surrounding skyscrapers and panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles. The Roof encompasses a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, dance floor, bar, outdoor fireplace, vibrating waterbed pods and a grassy knoll with sculptured topiary. Nightly DJs, excellent food and special events have established the Rooftop Bar as one of the most coveted nightlife destinations in LA.

    Bar service daily, 12pm-1:30am
    Dining daily, 12pm-12am

    www.standardhotels.com/los-angeles

4. Heartwarming theater

The Subject Was Roses

Starring Martin Sheen, Frances Conroy and Brian Geraghty
February 10 – March 21

When it comes to family, there are three sides to every story. A young man's return from World War II becomes a catalyst for an emotional tug-of-war in which love is a prize and a weapon.

Martin Sheen returns to the play that earned him a Tony Award nomination in 1964; now as the patriarch of a family forced to confront its own privatized emotions and buried truths. Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) complete the family triangle struggling to reconnect after years of emotional distance and rediscover the beauty in the simple gift of roses.

www.centertheatregroup.org

Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 628-2772

The Butterfly Lovers - China's Romeo and Juliet

February 12-14

Don't miss this Chinese New Year special event! Set in Eastern Jin Dynasty of China (circa 265-420), the legend of Butterfly Lovers comes alive on stage in a stunning performance choreographed to China's most famous violin concerto. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with dancers from the famed Beijing Dance Academy Resident Dance Company in a production of classical Chinese dance. The 90-minute show will feature China's best young talents in several classical Chinese dances rarely seen outside China, along with the dance drama of the Butterfly Lovers. Hailed as China's Romeo and Juliet, this tragic love story has touched millions of peoples' hearts.

www.butterflyloversdance.com

Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 000-0000

5. A lush orchestral concert

Schumann, Debussy & Ravel

with conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Sunday, February 14 @ 2pm

Express your love through music at the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Ravel's lushly scored Symphony No. 3 ballet, Debussy's enchanting Nocturnes, and the passion of Ravel's dynamic Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2.

www.laphil.com

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (323) 850-2000

6. A world-class art exhibit

Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years

Whether you're exploring the art of love or just love art, the MOCA's First Thirty Years exhibition is an inspiring way to spend the 14th. A two-part exhibition that includes the largest-ever installation of MOCA's permanent collection features impressive works added since the museum's founding. They include Mondrian, Rothko, Rauschenberg, Pollock, Kline and much more.

This is the largest-ever installation of the museum's renowned permanent collection – with more than 500 artworks by over 200 artists. The layout is chronological, providing a comprehensive survey of the past 70 years of contemporary art history. Filling the galleries at both of MOCA's Downtown LA locations, the installation occupies 24,000 square feet of exhibition space and features works dating from 1939 through 1980.

www.moca.org

MOCA, Grand Avenue & Geffen Contemporary
250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 • (213) 621-1741
152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013 • (213) 621-1737

7. A "Night in Morocco"

La Bistecca Presents "A Night in Morocco"

Sunday, February 14

For something intriguing and exotic, enjoy a Moroccan menu featuring appetizer "mezze" courses, authentic entrée choices and rich desserts. Lavishly decorated, the Rendezvous Court will feature colorful fabrics, romantic lighting, and private cabana tables, with live belly dancing performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Seatings at 6:30pm & 8:30pm

For reservations, call Smeraldi's at (213) 612-1562
$120 per person, or $400 per couple for private cabanas, which include a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne and open bar during dinner (prices exclude tax and gratuity)

www.thebiltmore.com

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • (213) 624-1011

8. A mani-pedi treat for two

EXCLUSIVE

A Bed of Roses

Manicure and pedicure for two, with champagne
Available Friday & Saturday, February 12-13

Whether you want to start the romance a day early or just get ready for the big day, Neihulé – a sophisticated urban salon – offers plenty of options. Couples can enjoy the "Bed of Roses" package that includes a manicure and pedicure for two, plus champagne, in a romantic setting. Whether you want to get dolled up for your date or need a great gift for your Valentine, start off on the right foot at Neihulé!

EXCLUSIVE: Visitors who mention "DowntownLA.com" will receive a free lip balm.

www.neihule.com

Neihulé – Hair. Skin. Body.
607 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • (213) 623-4383

9. A sparkling gift

Jewelry Shopping at St. Vincent Jewelry Center

Great deals on quality jewelry, every day

The old adage that diamonds are a girl's best friend still rings true, especially at Valentine's Day. For the most unique assortment of diamonds, gems and other jewelry, the St. Vincent Jewelry Center – the largest jewelry complex in the world – is a sure bet to find special sparkles for that special someone on any budget. For last-minute gift givers, the Broadway side of the jewelry center will be open on Sunday, February 14.

www.svjc.com

650 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • (213) 629-2124

10. A fragrant field of flowers

The Freshest Flowers in LA

For first dates, friendship, mom, anniversaries, or just because, flowers never fail. The Los Angeles Flower District – the largest wholesale flower market in the U.S. – features virtually every variety of cut flower, potted plant and exotic blossom that is commercially available, with many California grown. A fresh, exquisite bouquet will brighten anyone's Valentine!

Valentine's weekend hours: February 13-14, 6am-2pm

www.laflowerdistrict.com

766 Wall St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • (213) 622-1966

11. A single's night out

Heartbeat – Find your Valentine

Saturday, February 13 • 8pm-2am

Come enjoy drink specials, games, entertainment and a room full of singles. In partnership with theLEK.com – an LA-based website for singles – Remedy Lounge is pleased to invite all the single ladies (and gents) to a free singles mixer party.

TheLek.com combines online personals with a comprehensive city guide, matching users based on the places and things they like. TheLek.com also hosts exclusive events, bringing members together for group surfing lessons, wine tastings and everything in between.

Remedy Lounge is Downtown's hottest new upscale lounge and nightlife destination, with expertly trained mixologists, perfectly prepared libations and contemporary American small plates in an sleek, modern, and sultry atmosphere.

RSVP at theLEK.com/heartbeat

www.remedylounge.com

800 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 • (213) 489-1406

12. A sleek bowling lounge

EXCLUSIVE

Bowling in Style

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge @ L.A. LIVE

More than just a bowling alley, this is bowling blended into a sleek atmosphere with plush designer seating, cozy dining areas, an exceptional menu, private party areas, a posh VIP suite called Luxe, billiards, DJs and electronic art projections. Bowl the night away with friends at Lucky Strike, the perfect night out for those who would much rather avoid the V-day hype.

EXCLUSIVE: Bowlers who mention DowntownLA.com can enjoy 2-for1 appetizers and bowling.

www.bowlluckystrike.com

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 • (213) 542-4880

13. Fun with the Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters at STAPLES Center

February 14 • 1pm & 6pm

Can't find a babysitter on the 14th? Take the whole family to STAPLES Center to see the Harlem Globetrotters. An entertainment experience like nothing else, enjoy high-flying dunks, fan interaction and laughs by some of the world's greatest athlete-entertainers.

Buy tickets for 1:00pm
Buy tickets for 6:00pm

www.harlemglobetrotters.com

STAPLES Center
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

14. A dog dance for your loyal companion

EXCLUSIVE

Bark Avenue Valentine's Sweethearts Dance

Pawrty and Adoption Event • FREE Admission
Saturday February 13, 2010 • 5-8pm

EXCLUSIVE: Mention "DowntownLA.com" for a FREE Natural Balance treat bag. Available while supplies last.

Your ever-loyal pet will always be your No. 1 Valentine. Dog lovers can find a date for their pooch at Bark Avenue Valentine's Sweethearts Dance, a free "pawrty" and adoption event. Corsages and ties for pups will be provided, and the party will feature high school dance décor, music, snacks and desserts (for people and pooches), plenty of wine and a crowning of the Valentine's Day King and Queen.

Doggie formal wear strongly encouraged. Sweetheart photos are available for $5.

RSVP to Cristina@BarkAveLA.com or to (213) 748-7485.

Here's a tip: Book your pre-dance doggie makeover at the Bark Avenue Spaw, open Monday through Saturday.
Also: Find the new love of your life with one of our adoptable dogs from the Bark Avenue Foundation.

www.barkavela.com

Bark Avenue
545 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 • (213) 748-7485

 
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