Art takes over Los Angeles this week. From an art book fair to an artist-run flea market featuring James Franco and a particularly cathartic public photo shredding, there's a twist on art viewing that anyone can enjoy. Or, catch a sneak preview of the Olympics as it runs through L.A. Then take advantage of the warm weather and the extra day of weekend to hit the waves in San Clemente, one of SoCal's many beautiful surf spots.
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February 12–14 | Art book fair
Printed Matter L.A. Art Book Fair
New York non-profit Printed Matter is dedicated to showcasing the wares of a diverse group of artists and small presses from around the world. They maintain quite an expansive and impressive inventory: 15,000 titles by over 6,000 artists. The annual open-to-the-public L.A. Art Book Fair (now in its fourth year) is a chance to promote these artists and publications to over 43,000 visitors. Don't miss the Xe(rox) & Paper + Scissors display, where you'll find dozens of indepedently published artworks, books, and zines from all over the world.
Times vary | The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles |(212) 925-0325 | Free | website
February 13 | Olympic trials
2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon
This is where Olympians are chosen. Seriously. The 300-plus runners who hope to join the U.S. 2016 Olympic marathon team will line up for a marathon around the Staples Center, USC, and Exposition Park. Winners will be chosen at the race's end, and those three men and three women will get to continue with their Olympic medal-winning dreams.
10 a.m.–1 p.m. | Locations vary | Free | website
February 13–14 | Flea market
Rob Pruitt Flea Market
Equal parts performace and actual market, this flea market showcases the best of L.A.'s artists and tastemakers in one place. Post-conceptual artist Rob Pruitt hosts the event, which is as much a celebration of art as it is a place to buy it. Artists and performers include actor James Franco, sculptor Bari Ziperstein, and artist Bettina Hubby (the mind behind 2014's "Thanks for the Mammaries"). Prices are unbeatable (last year, an authentic William Wegman drawing sold for only $20), and anyway all the proceeds go to charity—so there really is no better excuse to shop than this.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. | 1019 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles | Free | website
February 13–14 | Anti-Valentine's Day
Shred Your Ex
Gastropub Public School is hoping to make your Valentine's Day a chance to get rid of your ex, permanently. Bring a picture of the heartbreaker to any Public School location (downtown, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, or Culver City) on February 13th or 14th and shred that memory through a festively decorated paper shredder. Feel that catharsis. Then feel the joy of getting 50% off a drink from Public School's extensive craft beer selection.
Times vary | Locations vary | Free | website
February 13–15 | Escape the city
Take advantage of the unseasonably high temperatures and head straight to the beach. The rest of the United States may be digging out of piles of snow, but we’ve got sun for days here in L.A. For a premiere surf location with an ideal set-up, head to San Clemente: Trestles, T-Street, and San Onofre are perfect spots to hang ten. It’s no coincidence that Surfing magazine, The Surfer’s Journal, and Longboard magazine are all published here. When you’re ready to hang up that board, hit up beachfront Casa Tropicana for drinks and some Cajun-inspired grub.
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.