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True Love on Valentine's Day


The most romantic day of the year is upon us – Valentine's Day! Show that someone special in your life that you truly love and appreciate them.


One of the best times you can have with your love is by listening to music. There are tons of places where you can relax to the cool tunes of Jazz.


The Baked Potato in Studio City was opened by keyboardist Don Randi in 1970. This musical hub has been touted as “by musicians, for musicians.” It offers a focus on Jazz fusion artists with great sound in an intimate setting. www.thebakedpotato.com


Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City features nightly performances that range from Jazz to Latin, R&B, cover bands and comedy. Come join the sold-out crowds nightly while dining on amazing Italian cuisine. www.vitellosrestaurant.com/supperclub


A hidden gem in Topanga, Canyon Bistro & Wine Bar features Randy Strom on the guitar every Monday. Other musical nights feature the Bistro All-Stars and special guests. www.canyonbistrotopanga.com


The Write-Off Room in Woodland Hills is a taproom with a state-of-the-art sound system, stage and dance floor, designed by musicians, for musicians, in a classic West Valley setting. There is an extensive, curated liquor list, 37 craft beers as well as delicious wines on tap. www.thewriteoffroom.com


Aldabella Custom Crush Winery in Westlake Village hosts live musical acts four nights a week with a wide lineup of talented local artists. Reserve a table in the lounge to catch the most popular acts. www.aldabellawinery.com


Located in Westlake Village, Bogies at the Westlake Village Inn is a bar/nightclub with live Jazz on Tuesday nights as well as Salsa dancing lessons one night a week. www.bogies-bar.com


With a stunning view of Westlake Lake on the Landing, Zin Bistro Americana in Westlake Village offers live Jazz on Wednesday nights. www.zinwestlake.com


Art exhibits are a great source of beauty, especially when you view the stunning pieces with your significant other.


The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana promotes visual and performing arts by Valley-based artists. Upcoming exhibits include: Art Across the Valley, Gerald Brommer: A Lifetime Journey Through Art, the Valley Watercolor 2019 Juried Exhibit and the California Art League Juried Exhibit. www.sfvacc.org


Want to learn more about the history of your hometown? The Museum of the San Fernando Valley acquires, displays, and preserves the artifacts, documents and records of the San Fernando Valley. The Museum offers interactive exhibits, tours for the public, lectures and performances. www.themuseumsfvnow.org


Blinky The Friendly Hen 40th Anniversary Exhibition is now on display at the The Main Art Gallery at CSUN Art Galleries. Comprised of a Relic Chamber, a Blinky Theatre, Blinky book editions (1979-2019), chapel, gift shop, stained glass, and historical artifacts, this retrospective exhibition celebrates historical and contemporary works relating to the Blinky phenomenon. Feb. 2 - Mar. 16. www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art-galleries


A Photographic Exhibition by Luis Luque is showing at CSUN Art Galleries. Luis Luque is a Los Angeles based photographer who graduated from CSUN. From his background as a wedding photographer to his dynamic images of performances in The Soraya, Luque is a versatile artist with a sensitivity for his subjects. Runs through Mar, 31. www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art-galleries


The Valley Relics Museum remembers “the good ol’ days” at its location at the Van Nuys Airport. This one of a kind pop culture museum features neon signs, classic cars, rare documents, yearbooks, restaurant menus, art, western clothing, vintage BMX bicycles, a playable retro arcade and much more! www.valleyrelics.org

Valley Girl Redefined is on exhibit at 11:11 A Creative Collective located at Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale. This exhibition endeavors to look past the myopic lens of popular culture that created the “valley girl” and delve into the true identities and diversity of women in the Valley through the artwork they produce. Runs through Mar. 22. www.1111acc.org


The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: Over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997. Each car on display is serviced and maintained to remain as drivable as when the vehicle originally rolled off the showroom floor. On view are Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winners and cars once owned by movie stars, royalty and other notable personalities. www.nethercuttcollection.org


What are love-filled date ideas for the most romantic day of the year? Enjoy a walk along the beach or a horseback ride through the mountains. Fly above beauty with a gorgeous helicopter tour. There’s something to suit everyone's taste.


Enjoy an unforgettable trail ride among the beautiful vistas of the Santa Monica mountains. Ready to pop the question? Your private trail guides will take you and your love onto the mountain trails on a gentle, beautiful horse. When you reach the perfect peak they'll give you privacy as you drop to one knee and ask the magic question. www.losangeleshorsebackriding.com


At Four Seasons in Westlake Village, they welcome you and treat you with care. Share a tranquility couples massage at the Spa at Four Seasons. During this treatment, the curative touch of trained therapists guides you and your significant other to new heights of relaxation. www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/spa


Lucky Strike Lanes, located adjacent to the Staples Center, has a bevy of things to do for Valentine's Day. The “Be My Valentine” party features music, food, fun and bowling, perfect for couples! Lucky Strike also features a bar with the latest in cocktails. www.luckystrikesocial.com


You don’t have to take a plane to Italy to experience romance. Gondolas D’Amore will give you the most wonderful experience of your life! Navigate the waters of Marina del Rey as your gondolier takes you on this love-filled excursion. For $150 you get an appetizer plate, music, candles, pillows and blankets, and glasses for wine or champagne. You can also bring your own meal to enhance the experience. www.gondolasdamore.com


With stunning water views and delicious cuisine, there’s no better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than the Queen Mary. The ship combines world-class cuisine from several restaurants with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. There’s also tours, shows, and exhibits to make your stay unforgettable. www.queenmary.com


Griffith Park is a favorite destination, and it’s worth a visit. In addition to the iconic Hollywood sign, there is a fascinating observatory, bike paths, hiking trails, picnic spots, and even botanical gardens and the zoo. www.laparks.org/griffithpark


Embark on a romantic evening at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood for an unparalleled fan experience. Covering everything from famous athletes to musicians to movie stars, Madame Tussauds offers gorgeous wax figures perfect for that Instagram photo opp! www.madametussauds.com/hollywood


Enjoy romantic evening aboard a Valentine's Day harbor sightseeing cruise with Island Packers. A 64 foot catamaran will take you on a cruise around the Ventura Harbor with light appetizers. Have dinner in the harbor or downtown Ventura to complete your evening. http://islandpackers.com/harbor-cruises


A Sunset Champagne Helicopter Flight is the perfect option for you and your sweetheart. Experience intimate aerial views as you are whisked over Beverly Hills, the Sunset Strip, and the Downtown Skyline. Marvel at the historic Hollywood Sign and the stunning sights of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, and Hollywood Bowl. Breathtaking coastal areas of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Venice Beach, and Marina Del Rey are also on display. www.orbicair.com


What is a better way to spend time with your significant other than taking in a gorgeous panorama? From gorgeous mountains and the ocean to the skyline of Downtown – you can't get better views to see!


Spend an afternoon with a trip to the top of the U.S. Bank Tower in Downtown. OUE Skyspace offers unparalleled views of the city, with sight lines from the Pacific Ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains. For adventurous couples, try the Skyslide. This exhilarating slide is located on the outside of the building and takes you on a thrilling ride from the 70th to the 69th floor. www.oue-skyspace.com


The Getty is a breathtaking museum with stunning works of art on its own, but the views during sunset facing Westwood and Downtown towards the east and over the ocean on the west are truly amazing.


The Top of Topanga Overlook is located on Topanga Canyon Drive above the San Fernando Valley. The overlook provides outstanding views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Santa Susana Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the wide valley below.


You can take in eye popping views of Malibu Canyon down to Malibu Lagoon, towards Catalina Island looking south, as well as the Las Virgenes Valley on the other side, if you take a detour from the corner of Malibu Canyon Road and Piuma Road. The elevation rises to 1500 feet and the views are jaw dropping.


Valentine's Day is the perfect time to visit a Lover's Lane! Lock lips at these ultimate spots for romance.


Angelenos have their choice of 15 different public parking spots along the famous Mulholland Drive, but a romantic favorite is the Fryman Canyon Overlook. Located on the north side of Mulholland, it’s the parking lot for the Fryman Canyon Park Betty B. Dearing Cross mountain trail. But why hike when you can stay cozy with your honey in the car?



The view just above the city of Long Beach is Hilltop Park. This plateau sports an amazing 360-degree view of all things Southern California – the urban sprawl of Orange County, downtown Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean and several mountain ranges. It's perfect for kisses in the privacy of your automobile.


The Secret Stairs of Pac Pal and Castellamarre in Pacific Palisades are one of the most romantic places in LA. They're hidden, they're private, they're scenic, and they're a shared secret – it's a perfect aphrodisiac.


Happy Valentine's Day!

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