LA TIMES TRAVEL SHOW: The experts are marquee-worthy -- Arthur Frommer and Jonathan Gold are two of the names this year -- and the talks and booths and information and take-a-trip tips are plentiful. But we're sweet on all the extras this mega convention always offers, like rock climbing, dance performances and, this year, a Wild Experience presentation called Wild World. Fennec fox, all you need to do is look cute and we're there. The travel show's at LACC from Feb. 23-24.
EDWARDIAN BALL & FAIRE: So you say you've had nowhere to flounce about in your bustle and crinoline? Not since the Dickens Festival wrapped in Riverside a few weeks back? Cry not, steampunk-loving, costume-donning reveler. This annual eye and ear feast lands at the Fonda with its whimsical take on the early 20th century. Acrobatics, strange feats and mysticism shall reign. Saturday, Feb. 23
LA CHINATOWN FIRECRACKER RUN: Not only do you get to move about and shake a leg on a crisp Sunday morning, you get to take in the sights of Chinatown and Elysian Park. And the whole thing is marked by the pop-pop-pop of traditional New Year's firecrackers. Actually, add about a thousand more pops to that; it's quite the sight and sound. A music fest is part of the Year of the Snake party, too. Great doings happen all weekend, but the run's on Sunday, Feb. 24.
PARTY AT OSCAR'S BIRTHPLACE: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has seen its share of stars over the decades, but the fact that it was the place where the very first Academy Awards were held in 1929 will likely be one the main jewels in its tiara for all eternity. You can dine there on Oscar night, and watch a big television, too, tuned into the awards. Feel posh, just down the street from the stars. Sunday, Feb. 24
MEOW MEOW MEOW: February is so often tied to the Westminster Dog Show in the minds of animal aficionados that we like giving the felines a shout-out, too. (Or is it a "meow-out?") More than 200 kitties will be in Glendale, showing off their furry pedigrees and pretty whiskers. It's part of the Malibu Cat Club's 50th anniversary. So can we say it one more time? Meow meow. Saturday, Feb. 23