While an estimated 114.4 million TV sets will be tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7, not everyone is game on game day. Los Angeles is one of the best cities to play while the rest of the city is tuned into the Super Bowl. Try a museum on for size, feed your musical theater appetite, catch the latest flicks or spend an afternoon taking in the fresh air. Think ahead in case you need to make a reservation or purchase tickets — you don’t want to be stuck if football isn’t your thing.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
From the classic movie starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing, the stage show is a great option for anti-Super Bowlers. The story takes the audience back to the summer of 1963 in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where 17-year-old ‘Baby” is on vacation with her family. Finding the spotlight with resort dance instructor Johnny Castle, Baby is on the brink of teen angst and self-discovery. Hit songs including “The Time of My Life,” “Hungry Eyes” and “Hey Baby” are featured throughout the stage performance. Dirty Dancing runs from February 2-21, 2016. An afternoon matinee at the Pantages gives way to dinner at local hot spots such as Katsuya, Off Vine or Beso.
The Edible Monument: The Art Of Food For Festivals
J. Paul Getty Museum at Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Art lovers who don’t want to spend the day in front of the TV may enjoy an exhibit of food through art at the J. Paul Getty Museum. It’s latest showing, The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, is available until March 13. Visitors will discover illustrated rare books including cookbooks and serving manuals, prints, scrolls and more than 120 works from 16th to 19th centuries illustrating the importance of food and culinary practices in early modern Europe. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with free admission. Parking, however, is $15 per car, and $10 per car after 4 p.m. Plan accordingly and have a taste of the museum’s café brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Perry’s Café For Bike Or Rollerblade Rentals
Move your body by taking a lovely bike ride or invigorating rollerblade along the Pacific Ocean. Perry’s Café, known for solid beach grub, also offers bike and rollerblade rentals. There are lots of sites to see while cruising the bike path. For an all-day rental fee of $30, check out the Marina, Dog Town, Venice Beach & its Canals, Muscle Beach and Marion Davies Beach House. There are several Perry’s Café locations throughout Santa Monica and Venice Beach — check out the business website to select where you want to start and end your ride. The bike fleet includes well-maintained beach cruisers, mountain bikes, bicycles built for two (insert heart emoji) as well as children’s bikes and kiddy carts.
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Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Petersen Automotive Museum is as new as can be after a 14-month interior and exterior rehab, which makes Super Bowl Sunday a perfect time to visit. Hundreds of new experiences offer guys, girls, kids and adults a chance to take in history’s most breathtaking collector cars, 50s and 60s nostalgia, race cars like the 1967 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa by Scaglietti and the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette XP-87 Stingray designed, driven and raced by GM President of Design Bill Mitchell. There are art cars, famous Hollywood vehicles (Batmobile and Breaking Bad’s Pontiac Aztec), seminal motorcycles and a lot more. Visit the design gallery to watch students from the Art Center College of Design Studio sketch and mold the next generation of vehicular transport. Petersen is open on Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Café Delish (with spectacular views of the city) is open until 4 p.m.
10840 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
The Oscar countdown is on. It’s time to catch up on the nominations. iPic Westwood theater is the place to spend your movie marathon. The theater is super comfy and gives guests an excellent in-cinema dining menu courtesy of Tanzy Westood, the restaurant next door. Start with elevated movie munchies like Fritto Misto, warm soft German pretzels, and spicy tuna on crispy rice, followed by any of the more substantial meal offerings like the smokey BBQ pizza, Chinese Bao sammy, or go for the Angus burger. Popcorn, truffle fries and crudité are available for snacking, and dessert at this theater is A+ — chocolate s’mores cake, frozen apple pie a la mode ice cream cup and toffee coffee chocolate chip cookies are some of the favorites. If movies aren’t your thing, Tanzy Westwood has an all-day social hour in play, featuring quick bar bites and reasonably priced cocktails.
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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com