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Valentine's Day

February 08, 1996|JAMES E. FOWLER

ROMANCE, ANYONE?

OK, maybe you've already watched "An Affair to Remember" or "It Happened One Night" or "Sleepless in Seattle" a few hundred times too many. What else are you and your significant honey dumpling going to do to celebrate Valentine's Day this year?

ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY?

The Glendale Historical Society is selling $5 raffle tickets for a private, romantic Valentine's Day dinner for two in the Doctors' House museum. The dinner, prepared by La Fontana restaurant, will be served Wednesday evening in the museum's restored and refurnished Victorian dining room. The candlelight supper will be served by costumed docents, accompanied by music and followed by a private tour of the house.

The drawing for the dinner will held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday near the close of the society's usual 2-4 p.m. Sunday tours at the Doctors' House, 1601 W. Mountain Ave. Proceeds benefit the Glendale Historical Society. For more information, call (818) 242-4290.

IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE . . .

* Newhall's William S. Hart Park and Museum, 24151 San Fernando Road, is presenting "Bring Your Sweetheart to Hart," a chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Santa Clarita Chamber Players will perform for only 25 couples in the living room of the silent screen star's mansion. The Debussy Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp will be featured in the program, and champagne and desserts will be served. Tickets are $50 per couple. Call (805) 254-4584.

* Studio City's Unitarian Universalist Church, 12355 Moorpark St., is offering "A Valentine's Gift of Music," a benefit concert featuring two bands, Freeway Philharmonic and Soulskin, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the church, the Valley Interfaith Food Pantry Coalition and Valley Organized in Community Efforts. Call (818) 769-5911.

GOTTA DANCE!

The University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, will present a Valentine's Day celebration of wedding and courtship dances from around the world during its International Festival of the Performing Arts at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17, and 2 and 7:30 p.m Feb. 18 in its Gindi Auditorium.

Featured will be the Keshet Chaim Dancers (Israeli), the Fil-Am Philippine Dancers and Musicians, the Cuica Calli Dancers (Columbian), the Aisha Ali Egyptian Dance Company, Ballet Russe of San Francisco and the Beverly Hills Cotillion. Tickets are $23 and $18. Call (310) 476-9777, Ext. 201.

IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE

Radio station K-Earth 101's Valentine's Concert at the Universal Amphitheatre, starring rock legends Chuck Berry and Gene Pitney, will go at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Berry had his first hit, "Maybelline," in 1955. Berry took elements of the blues and country music and combined them with witty lyrics to create a musical catalog that influenced almost every rock musician that followed him. His other songs include "Johnny B. Goode," "Rock & Roll Music," "Roll Over, Beethoven," "Nadine," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "School Day," "Carol," "Little Queenie"and "No Particular Place to Go."

Saturday's concert will be Gene Pitney's first Southern California appearance since 1964, around the time he was enjoying his greatest success with hits such as "Town Without Pity," "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance," "It Hurts to Be in Love" and "I'm Gonna Be Strong." Pitney also penned "Hello Mary Lou," a hit for Rick Nelson, and "He's a Rebel," the Phil Spector-produced classic by the Crystals.

The K-Earth 101 Valentine's Concert, hosted by deejay Brian Beirne, will also feature the Penguins ("Earth Angel"). Tickets are $14-$43. Call (213) 480-3232.

HEART ART MART

Topanga Canyon Gallery, 129 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, offers "Art for the Heart," its fourth annual Valentine's show, featuring paintings, sculpture, bronze and glass art. Ends Wednesday. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Call (310) 455-3923.

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