It is America’s biggest weekend for entertainment television: the Oscars. While you probably know where you’re going to be on Sunday from 8:30-11:30 p.m., you still need a few fun activities to keep you occupied until the big night arrives. Whether you like art, music, or theatre, you’ll find something unique and creative to do from this list of the weekend’s coolest events.
1.On the Friday before The One Ring’s extravagant Oscars party, they will be hosting an "Unexpected Art Show." The show will feature the works of over 30 artists, some of which will be available for immediate purchase. Tim Kirk, who illustrated the 1975 Tolkien Calendar, will have his work on display. At the climax of the evening, a live auction and DJ will complete the event. 2.22 at 7 p.m.
2. Shel Silverstein is one of the most notable children’s poets of all time. "An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein" stars 10 actors performing 9 short plays by Silverstein. While Silverstein wrote a lot of fiction for children, this night will be an adults-only production. 2.22 at 8 p.m.
3. If being active outdoors is more your style, join nature enthusiasts for a free bus ride to Solstice Canyon where you can be one with the babbling brook, towering trees, and winding trails. 2.23 at 9 a.m.
4. Celebrate Black History Month through food with “A Journey Through Food.” Chef Lovely will be cooking traditional dishes inspired by African American culture so you can get a taste of all the month has to offer. 2.23 at 2 p.m.
5. Held at the Titmouse Animation Studios, "Eat Your Art Out" will transform the studio into an urban art wonderland and drive-in movie party with a monster theme. Have a crazy night filled with food trucks, open bars, DJ sets, photo booths, B movies and general mayhem. 2.23 at 7 p.m.
6. Get dressed up in your most whimsical costume and dance the night away at the Edwardian Ball. The night will be a celebration art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, and circus so try on any of your fun-loving personalities. Usually taking place in San Francisco, the ball makes its debut in LA to spread the tradition of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, a vending marketplace, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and more. 2.23 at 8 p.m.
7. Combine underwater life with Black History Month and you get the African American Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific. With the backdrop of fascinating jelly fish and larger-than-life sharks, the weekend will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and more. Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, tap dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. 2.23-2.24 at 9 a.m.
8. If the chilly weather has made you stir crazy and you’re in need of a getaway, get ideas for your next trip at the LA Times Travel Show. Listen to best-selling travel authors speak about their tips and tricks as well as share tales of their adventures. Plus, watch live cooking demos, peruse the booths of exhibitors from countries around the globe, and get your adrenaline rush with indoor zip lining. 2.24-2.24 at 10 a.m.
9. If you missed all the Chinese New Year festivals in the past couple of weeks, it’s not too late to celebrate. The Chinatown Firecracker 10K will be held on Saturday and Sunday with a handful of day and night activities taking place all weekend. Those who would rather bike than run can participate in the early morning bike ride. Throughout the day, lion dancers, bands, and singers will entertain the crowds. On Sunday, the 5K and 10K runs will begin with the lighting of 100,000 firecrackers. 2.23-2.24, times vary.
10. On the 4th Sunday of every month, you can get cultured with art and music at the Leimert Park Artwalk. While you browse the pieces and listen to the jams, you’re your tummy with delicious food from local LA food trucks. The area also offers a wide selection of boutiques and restaurants that you can check out. 2.24 at 1 p.m.
Even though the Oscars are this Sunday night, you don’t have to sit around all weekend waiting for the big night. Get outside and enjoy all the fun, culture, and festivities that LA has to offer!