Saturday, January 31, 2015

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These first dates will virtually guarantee you a second helping


You made the first move when the ball dropped at midnight.

But now you're in the no-single-man's land known in LA as winter. So call her. Show her what you look like out of a tux. 

From ziplines to kinky artwork, here's another look at our top 5 first dates in LA, all designed to showcase your particular brand of awesomeness. 

5. Mr. Artsy: Leopard by Matthew Brannon
Brannon's newest show features a multi-layered presentation of his erotic novel, Leopard. The exhibition is high-brow enough to show off your appreciation of abstract art, but racy enough to get you both thinking about what could happen after dinner. 
Thru Jan 18. David Kodansky Gallery, 5896 Smiley Dr., Culver City (310-558-3030). 
4. Mr. Adventurous: Ziplining in Wrightwood
The best zipline in Southern California, the Navitat Canopy Adventures Zipline Tour features eight ziplines up to 1,100 feet long and as high as 300 feet above the forest floor, four suspended sky bridges to bring out your inner Indiana Jones, and two rappels down pine trees. We'll leave the next move after that shared adrenaline high up to you.
$99-129. 6047 Park Drive, Wrightwood (760-249-9990)
Sometimes the best way to enjoy LA is to forget you’re in it. One of LA’s best-kept secrets, Franklin Canyon Park is hidden away near Mulholland and Laurel Canyon. You’ll be surrounded by the scent of pine trees, five miles of hiking trails with great natural views, a lake and a duck pond, and a distinctive sense of I can’t believe we’re in Beverly Hills.
2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills
This museum of curiosities encourages you to question reality (did someone really carve a sculpture of Donald Duck from a human hair?) with the resulting confusion making for some surefire one-of-a-kind conversation fodder.
$8. 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City (310-836-6131)
1. Mr. Fun: Blipsy Barcade
Date at a regular arcade: decidedly G-rated (except in Long Island). Date at this K-town arcade-meets-bar: at least PG-13. Bring rolls of quarters and challenge her to an array of old-school videogames from Galaga to Donkey Kong. It's science: relationships that start by bonding over the '80s stay together.
369 N. Western Ave., Koreatown (323-461-7067)

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