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Sweetheart candy hearts are seen on the shelf at the To The Moon Marketplace on January 29, 2019, in Wilton Manors, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Listen to tales of love and heartbreak. Learn to cook vegan coconut flan. Watch stories of love and friendship at the Reel Love Film Fest. Listen to a panel discussion about the Black women of rock and roll. Kick back at a screening of Minari, the story of a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm. Bite into a half-off pizza deal on National Pizza Day (Tuesday, Feb. 9).

February StorySLAM: Love HurtsThe Moth returns with tales of love and heartbreak. If you have a story to share, prepare a five-minute version for a chance to be featured. The night is hosted by Angelica Lindsey-Ali from the Phoenix StorySLAM community.COST: $10; MORE INFO

Elijah Cummings' MemoirALOUD at the Central Library presents a program that centers around the late congressman's memoir, We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy. His widow, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, will be joined in by James Dale, the book's coauthor.COST: FREE - $33.99; MORE INFO

Cooking with LACMAJocelyn Ramirez of Todo Verde, a plant-based Mexican food company, holds a live cook-along of vegan coconut flan inspired by Frida Kahlo's painting "Weeping Coconuts (Cocos gimientes)!" The ingredients are listed on LACMA's website. The program starts with an introduction by LACMA educator Vivian Lin who discusses Kahlo's work and others who have portrayed her. COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Suspiria: Drive-In Dine-Out Mess Hall at FLIGHT1705 Flight Way, TustinThe Frida Cinema teams up with the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival for a pop-up screening of Dario Argento's 1977 horror flick. When the young dancer Suzy (Jessica Harper) attends a prestigious ballet school in Germany, she finds that it holds a dark secret. Bring your own food or purchase from one of the Mess Hall's restaurants before the film.COST: $25 per car; MORE INFO

Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and RollIn her book Black Diamond Queens, Maureen Mahon documents the history of Black women in rock from the 1950s to the 1980s. She's joined for a panel discussion by Daphne Brooks of Yale University,Gayle Wald of George Washington University and visual artist Nikita Gale. They'll also discuss the history of performance as it impacts the California African American Museum's exhibition, Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER. COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Heartbeat Opera: Breathing Free The indie opera company's latest work, Breathing Free, is a filmed song cycle dedicated to the celebration of Black artistic voices. It builds on Heartbeat's collaboration with 100 incarcerated singers in six prison choirs. Live opening remarks, a post-screening panel discussion and an audience Q&A will accompany each presentation. This is the work's West Coast Premiere and is presented online by The Broad Stage. COST: $10 - $75 (pay what you can); MORE INFO

Reel Love Film FestJust in time for Valentine's Day, this virtual film fest focuses on new love stories, from romance to family and friendship. Opening the festival is the punk-rock misfit love story Dinner in America. Several diverse short and feature films round out the schedule. Complementary programming includes podcasts, live storytelling and open mics. These include Alie Stewart's Never Sent, featuring participants reading from past letters, emails and texts they didn't send.COST: $10 - $85; MORE INFO

Major Rewrite Theatre Forty presents a Zoom reading of a new comedy by Michael Halperin. Based on true events, several film stars Charles Laughton, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Glynis Johns, Eli Wallach, Burgess Meredith gather in Boston in 1956 for George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Between their egos, personal crises and pressure from the House Un-American Activities Committee, they reach a boiling point when Herman Wouk, brought in to edit the play, throws everyone off-balance. COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Welcome to Your FantasySpotify's latest true crime podcast premieres this week and it focuses on the story of the male "exotic dancers" of Chippendales in the 1980s. Beyond the g-strings and oiled pecs, host and historian Natalia Petrzela uncovers a story of greed, corruption and murder in eight episodes. The podcast follows how two men an immigrant from India and a children's TV producer from New Jersey transformed a seedy L.A. nightclub into a global phenomenon.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

California LiteJulie Rico has curated an online art show for the nomadic New York-based gallery Arcade Project Curatorial. The exhibition brings together 26 multicultural artists living in California to present their interpretations of light and life under the California sky.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MinariWE Drive-Ins302 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica The new drive-in space (in the Sears parking lot) opens this week with a screening of last year's Sundance darling about a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. COST: Tickets start at $30; MORE INFO

Stars of JazzThe UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a screening of two newly preserved episodes, with improved audio, from the Stars of Jazz, a television series that ran from 1956 to 1958 on KABC. Hosted by musician and actor Bobby Troup (the songwriter of "Route 66"), it showcased the jazz music and musicians at a time when few Black artists were seen on TV. Historian James A. Harrod, author of the book Stars of Jazz: A Complete History of the Innovative Television Series, 1956-1958, joins TV archivist Mark Quigley for a post-screening conversation.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Boys State Virtual Live Q&AThis Apple original film follows the annual immersive program in which 1,000 Texas high school seniors gather for a mock exercise in building their own state government. Even at this age, the film shows that differing personalities and politics don't often mix. Join filmmakers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss as well as student Steve Garza for a live, post-screening Q&A.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

This Album Saved My BreakupKCRW holds an anti-Valentine's Day event for the sad, the single or those in a sentimental mood. KCRW DJs Anne Litt, Novena Carmel, Anthony Valadez, Chris Douridas, Travis Holcombe and Jeremy Sole celebrate our love/hate relationship with the Hallmark holiday as they chat about the albums that got people through their breakups. COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Mr. Wash & Ikechukwu OnyewuenyiThe Hammer Museum presents a conversation between Fulton Leroy Washington (aka MR. WASH) and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi focusing on Mr. Wash's painting practice. He creates portraits of public figures and individuals that he met while wrongfully incarcerated for more than two decades. You can see Mr. Wash's works at both the Hammer and The Huntington. COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Art Past Present with Meleko MokgosiThe Wende Museum's online series continues with a Zoom conversation with Meleko Mokgosi, an artist and assistant professor at Yale University. His work includes large-scale paintings that explore themes of colonialism, democracy, nationalism and life in Southern Africa. COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

The HeadThe international thriller The Head premiered last week in the U.S. on HBO Max. The six-episode survival saga is set in an Antarctic research station where the winter team must remain for six months, until spring. When the relief crew arrives, they find most of the winter team either dead or missing. It's up to Johan Berg (Alexander Willaume) to find his missing wife and uncover the killer. Yes, it's bleak but it's intriguing. Produced in Spain, it is in English, Danish, Swedish and Spanish. Watch on HBO Max.

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