Fancy Friday: Antique Book Fair, Culinary Indulgences, and Musical Fêtes

Get out your cummerbund and dust off your bow tie. Here is a selection of lavish events going on in Los Angeles this week that appeal to all of your senses.

Holding onto a special first edition novel? Experts at the 45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be available for appraisals and book sales February 10 through the 12. Visitors to the book fair will be able to peruse stacks of dusty tomes holding hidden literary gems.

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Remember, swirl, then sniff. The Pasadena PinotFest is a celebration of Pinots, from the bold and dark to the crisp and sweet. Held at the Altadena Town and Country Club, this tasting event features over 100 top producers of Pinot Noir in California and Oregon, 200 different wines, and cuisine from top restaurants.


Make your way to Indulge Los Angeles for your weekend sugar buzz. Guests will sample chocolate sweets and pastries baked up fresh by an international cast of chocolatiers and top-notch chefs while sipping the finest wines, champagnes, and spirits.


Cocktail attire is essential for The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Crystal Ball, an anniversary bash to celebrate Music Director Jeffrey Kahane's 15th season with the orchestra. There will be a dinner service, music performed by LACO musicians, and festive dancing to commemorate the occasion.


A cultured mind will appreciate the Los Angeles Master Choral's presentation of Bruckner and Stravinsky on Sunday, February 12, where the romantic and entrancing Bruckner 'Mass in E minor' will make its Disney Hall debut.


If your Valentine's Day needs some cinematic drama, take in 'Sunrise' with the Cinefamily. This 1927 American silent art film about a man torn between love and loyalty is full of passion and intrigue -- perfect for a date night. BYO tissues.


John Cage, a seminal new music composer of the 20th Century, will be honored at the REDCAT John Cage Centenary Festival. Rarely-performed pieces will be played by ensembles from CalArts, including one written to include a mix tape. Count on Cage's mid-century music sounding abstract, modern, whimsical, and yes, fancy.

Images courtesy *clairity*, Arvada Center, and Judy** via Flickr Creative Commons.

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