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Best Of LA: Week Of April 21

walk now Autism Speaks
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It's a perfect week to fall in love with all things Los Angeles. Get your week started with an Earth Day celebration, explore the significance and impact of women in poetry, watch a stunning love story unfold at the Ahmanson Theatre, or laugh with Jeff Bridges ("The Dude") as you screen "The Big Lebowski." Don't miss the weekend's opportunities to raise awareness for autism as well or learn about the cultural heritage of Los Angeles.

Terranea resort
(credit: Terranea Resort)

Monday, April 21

Earth Week at Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(855) 404-6123

In celebration of both their 5th anniversary and Earth Week, Terranea Resort, the eco-friendly oceanfront resort located in Palos Verdes, is offering five days of earth friendly activities for the whole family. From a pelican release, kayaking/cleanup expedition, denim drive, hiking, and more, the resort is encouraging guests and residents to do their part in making the world a better place. Donations help fund Heal the Bay and The Surfrider Foundation in their efforts to keep the oceans clean and safe. Green Getaway Packages are also being offered.

The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess
(credit: Center Theatre Group/ Michael J. Lutch)

Tuesday, April 22

The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess
Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-4400

One of theater's most beloved and intoxicating love stories, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" opens today at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center downtown. Set in Charleston's Catfish Row, the story follows the romance of Porgy and Bess, who are both troubled by their past. The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess runs through June 1.

FIDM Annual Motion Picture Costume Museum
(credit: FIDM Museum)

Wednesday, April 23

22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 623-5821

Visit the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum this week for your last peek at the Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, closing this Saturday, April 27th. The exhibit, which is free to the public, features costumes from select 2013 Academy Award winning and nominated films, including last year's win for Best Costume Design, Anna Karenina, designed by Jacqueline Durran.

The Voices of Women in American Poetry
(credit: Poetry Society of America)

Thursday, April 24

The Voices of Women in American Poetry
LA Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, 90071

With partnership from the Poetry Society of America, head to the LA Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium for "The Voice of Women in American Poetry" event, part of the library's free "ALOUD" series. Taking place in five cities around the country, the Los Angeles poetry event will feature distinguished contemporary poets Marilyn Chin, Toi Derricotte, and Percival Everett speaking on Ai, Anne Sexton, and Gertrude Stein respectively. The event begins at 7:15pm.

Lebowski Fest
(credit: Lebowski Fest)

Friday, April 25

Lebowski Fest
The Wiltern
3790 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

The Dude himself, Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges, will take part in the 13th annual Lebowski Fest, a two day festival devoted to everything totally awesome about the cult classic Coen Brothers' film, "The Big Lebowski" this Friday and Saturday. Before screening the film, Jeff Bridges and The Abiders will perform a live set. Other special guests from the film will also be on hand. On the 26th, head to the Bowling Party, with costume and trivia contests for guests.

Autism Speaks
(credit: Autism Speaks)

Saturday, April 26

Walk Now For Autism Speaks
Pasadena Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(323) 549-0500

Join Autism Speaks as they walk to change the future of kids and adults who are on the autism spectrum. The 12th annual LA event is a grassroots fundraising effort to provide funds for autism research and raise awareness about the prevalence and rise of autism in the United States and Canada. Participating in the event, including access to the Resource Fair, a large area of vendors offering products and services that cater those on the autism spectrum, is free, although donations and team fundraising is encouraged.

pico house
(credit: Tess M./Yelp)

Sunday, April 27

LA Heritage Day
Pico House
424 N Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The sixth annual L.A. Heritage Day, sponsored by the L.A. Heritage Alliance and El Pueblo Historical Monument, will take place this Sunday inside the Pico House, the birthplace of Los Angeles. Learn about the history and culture that has and continues to shape Los Angeles as you enjoy guided historic tours, museum entrances, children's activities (craft making, games, etc.) and more, all offered free of charge for this event. More than 70 heritage groups will have booths and tables to explore and diverse cultural foods will be offered for purchase. The event is from 11am to 4pm.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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