Lots of people are ready to get their Valentine’s Day on this weekend, but there are plenty of events happening that don’t require you to partake in that particular holiday.
Art, music and fish collide at Aquarium of the Pacific’s Night Dive on Friday night. Night Dive features DJs, musical performances and live art, as well as guest speakers who will talk about bizarre animal mating rituals. The soiree is for those 18 and up and starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14.95. However, everyone is welcome free of charge to visit the food trucks that will be outside the Aquarium. Food trucks that have already RSVP’d include the Grilled Cheese Truck and Tornado Potato, and they will start cooking at 4 p.m. (Metro Blue Line or Metro Bus Line 232 to Transit Mall Station.)
Saturday morning, head outdoors and do some bird watching with the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society. Their monthly Bird Walk starts at the southeast entrance of the Wildlife Area in Woodley Park. Go by yourself, in pairs or with your family and get back to nature. A bird expert will be guiding the walk and imparting knowledge about the feathered residents in the area. The walk starts at 9 a.m. and lasts about two hours. (Metro Orange Line to Woodley Station, Metro Bus Line 164, 236 to Woodley/Victory.)
Saturday night, head to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA – if you’ve got the right school ID, that is. Exclusively for high school students, Dissent: Teen Night 2012 is an event that features live performances and visual art by local students. Hang out, have fun and learn about the political and social role of artists during a time when speaking out pretty much meant being silenced. This year’s attendees will receive a free museum membership. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and those under 18 are required to bring a guardian waiver form. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Rapid 730 to Temple/Alameda.)
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Zoo is putting on their third annual Sex and the City Zoo, an event that celebrates love in the wild. Zoo veteran Jason Jacobs will talk about dating disasters one might face in the jungle, and there will be a pre-lecture reception with drinks and treats starting at 5 p.m. After the lecture, you have the option of staying for a unique dinner at Reggie’s Bistro. The event is 21+ only, and you can buy tickets for just the lecture, just the dinner or both. Check the website for pricing. (Metro Bus Line 96 to Western Heritage Way/LA Zoo.)
This weekend is also the annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5K/10K Run. Saturday morning is the bike ride and Sunday is the run. There will also be plenty of shows to entertain those who are less athletically inclined, including Lion Dances, taiko drumming and the lighting of 100,000 firecrackers. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Local Bus 45, 83 or 84 to Broadway/College.)