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February 9, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I'm in my traditional Cupidian buying frenzy leading up to Valentine's Day, my major organs bursting with good intentions, not knowing quite where to turn, getting a little angry about it actually -- the frustrations of unbridled romance, bordering on malice, verging on angina. Is this what they call lovesick? Or is it that wad-nut of food still stuck in my gullet from the Super Bowl party? During the power outage, I washed down the perfect barbecue sandwich with a double dose of chili, chased by teriyaki meatballs and fistfuls of Lebanese chicken, topped by about 50 oatmeal cookies.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Ripper Street:  The clearing of a local slum reveals a murder scene in a new episode of the 19th century police procedural drama (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). The Graham Norton Show:  Helen Mirren, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are guests and Little Mix performs in this new episode (7:15 and 10:15 p.m. BBC America). American Ninja Warrior: Host Matt Iseman presents footage from last season, including some that didn't air (8 p.m. NBC)
NEWS
February 7, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
I love love. When it comes to Valentine's Day, though, I'd rather skip the whole ordeal and enjoy a date night with my husband on any other night in February. The only thing more dreadful than prix fixe Valentine's meals are the restaurants packed with people slogging through multi-course dinners on forced dates. Almost as bad: Gaudy bouquets with baby's breath. And a close runner-up: Hallmark's tacky version of hearts. “Succumbing in haste to the pressure to be romantic and generous because one holiday dictates we should act this way hardly honors a true and enduring relationship,” writes Iris Krasnow on the Huffington Post.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
On Valentine's Day, maybe you woo your sweetie with flowers, chocolates or even diamonds. But what are you going to do about dinner? Whether you'll be curling up to a showing of “When Harry Met Sally” at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, strolling the streets at downtown L.A.'s Art Walk or checking out “Art by People in Love,” an open mic night for romantics at the Echo Park Film Center, we've got ideas for dining pre- or post-outing with your...
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Treat your sweetie to a Valentine's Day getaway at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa , just 90 minutes from Los Angeles. Pressed for time and can't escape by Feb. 14? The resort's "28 Days of Romance" offers are good until the end of February. Go ahead, play Cupid and choose from one of these room packages: "Relax into Romance" features a dinner at the Oak Grill, either fireside or outside under the 200-year-old oaks, a bottle of Ojai Valley Inn rose Champagne and a late check-out.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What better way is there to tell someone you love them than by giving them a hot pink phone? That's what Verizon Wireless thinks you should do. The carrier announced a Valentine's Day edition of the Motorola Droid RAZR M on Friday morning. The device looks just like its black-and-white counterpart, but it has a bright magenta frame. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The New Jersey-based carrier put the device on sale along with a flurry of of other Valentine's Day deals . Besides offering a special version of the Droid RAZR M, Verizon has also discounted the phone by $50 and now offers it for $49.99 with a two-year contract.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
If there was any doubt that Valentine's Day is as much about consumption as it is about amour, consider this: Americans will shell out $20.8 billion on Feb. 14 this year. That's 3.2% more than in 2012, or $134.08 a person, according to a report from research group IBISWorld. Much of that spending will come on conventional gifts such as candy and flowers as they weather the higher payroll taxes originating from the government's fiscal cliff negotiations, according to IBISWorld.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Forever 21 is slated to launch a Valentine's Day collection on Saturday. The collection will feature sleepwear, intimates and holiday graphic shirts and sweaters in red and vibrant pinks. Prices for the items range from $3.80 to $19.80. Fine jewelry designer Lecil Henderson of the Henderson Collection will be making an in-store appearance to show off his new collection. Henderson will be at Tala Jewelers at 1302 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and at Sarah Leonard Jewelers at 1055 Westwood Blvd.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2012
Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams' big-screen love proved to be couples' top choice on Valentine's Day, as "The Vow" sold a record number of tickets on the romantic holiday. The tear-jerker released by Sony Pictures' Screen Gems label raked in an estimated $11.6 million on Tuesday. That's nearly double Tuesday's No. 2 film, the Denzel Washington thriller "Safe House," which collected $6.1 million. Since opening on Friday, "The Vow" has collected a very healthy $56.1 million.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Happy Valentine's Day. It's an occasion for romance and love, right? Yeah. But it's also an occasion for big business. The average American will pony up about $126.04 to mark the day, according to the National Retail Federation. That's up more than 8.5% from the $116.21 spent in 2011 (with guys shelling out about twice what ladies will pay). With that in mind, is anyone surprised that retailers routinely jack up prices for the spending spree? Have you checked out the prices at flower and chocolate stores?
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