Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event was originally the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Following is a list of Los Angeles events and cultural institutions participating in Black History Month.

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On the second Thursday of every month, something strange happens in Downtown L.A. It starts in the morning, when owners of L.A. art galleries begin to hustle around making last-minute preparations — adjusting lighting, getting a lineup of drinks ready, choosing music. Come nightfall, the historic core of Downtown L.A. comes alive with remarkable energy.

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From Downtown's burgeoning art scene to Venice's longstanding funkiness to San Pedro's eclectic collections near Los Angeles Harbor, local art walks give both locals and visitors an opportunity to get the true flavor of a community, not to mention a much-needed art fix.

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It’s no secret that Angelenos love their cars. Throughout the year, Los Angeles hosts stellar events and unique exhibits that will engage even the most dedicated gearhead. Every fall, the LA Auto Show is a must-see event for car fanatics. Year round, enthusiasts can visit exhibits at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Nethercutt Collection, and even ride in a classic car at the Automobile Driving Museum. If you feel the need for speed, rent an exotic car at Midway Car Rental, then hit the road with our guide to great L.A. drives.

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Cleopatra: The Exhibition, featuring the largest collection of its kind ever assembled in the U.S., opened at the California Science Center on May 23, 2012.

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Ever since Bing Crosby famously crooned in 1944 that he would "make the San Fernando Valley my home," Los Angeles has had a prominent role in popular music, whether it be rock (Led Zeppelin's "Going to California"), surf (Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA," which name-checks Pacific Palisades and Redondo Beach, among other spots), swing (Frank Sinatra's "LA Is My Lady") funk (Kool & the Gang's "Hollywood Swingin'"), alternative (Tom Waits' "Heart Attack and Vine"), soul (War's "Low Rider"), punk (X's "Los Angeles") or hip-hop (NWA's "Straight Outta Compton").

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If your dream is to be a contestant on your favorite game show, winning cash and prizes on television, Los Angeles is the perfect place! Open casting calls and auditions are held year-round in the L.A. area for some of TV’s most popular game shows. Each game show has its own procedures, but if you read and follow the directions carefully, present yourself with enthusiasm, and thoroughly explain why you should be the next contestant, you’ll already have a leg up on the competition.

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Rarely do bands miss the chance to play in Los Angeles, and for good reason. Not only are Angelenos passionate about music and entertainment, but the city has the perfect venues for every type of performer. Whether it's in an intimate space such as Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE or an iconic venue like the Hollywood Palladium, you'll love seeing your favorite acts on stage in L.A.

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A trip to Los Angeles isn’t complete without visiting Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of the city's premier cultural destinations. Whether it's the majesty of the architecture, the purity of the sound or the beauty of its public garden, Walt Disney Concert Hall has become one of the symbols of Los Angeles. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the concert hall is part of Music Center’s collection of performing arts venues.

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For music lovers, Los Angeles nightlife wouldn't be complete without a trip to one of the many great jazz clubs in the city. See where to go for jazz in LA, and while you're at it, read up on LA's historic jazz background, as well as interviews with prominent members of the jazz scene.

Los Angeles Jazz Guide
Where to see top-notch jazz in LA, from Latin to blues to bebop.

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