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Best Of LA - Week Of April 27

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Los Angelenos can enjoy a high-energy week of dance festivals, film festivals, critically-acclaimed live theatrical debuts, and the hint of summer as we head into the month of May. A week-long happy hour is running throughout Los Angeles if you are in need of a post-work pick-me-up, and the whole family can enjoy the exciting world of Marvel Comics as comic books come to live in an epic good vs. evil showdown at the Forum this weekend.

Monday, April 27
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Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
various locations

For a look at the unique theatrical contributions from Asian and Asian-American producers and directors, head to the 31st annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, continuing this week through April 30 at a variety of venues throughout the Los Angeles area. Film screenings, seminars, panels, in-person guests appearances and award presentations will showcase the best in Asian cinema; the event is the largest of its kind in the region.

Tuesday, April 28
Motown the Musical
(credit: Joan Marcus, 2014)

Motown the Musical
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 982-2787

A six-week limited engagement of the critically-acclaimed "Motown the Musical" begins this week at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood sharing the true story of Motown founder Berry Gordy in his journey from featherweight boxer to music mogul (launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and many more). Julius Thomass III and Allison Semmes take the stage in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross; Nicholas Christopher and Jarran Muse play Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye respectively. Through June.

Wednesday, April 29
dineL.A. Happy Hour Week
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Take Part In DineLA Happy Hour Week
Various Restaurants & Bars

This week only, Los Angeles residents can enjoy a fun expansion of the popular dineL.A. restaurant week with the first ever dineL.A. Happy Hour Week, running from April 28th to May 1st. In addition to a unique variety of signature from LA chefs, specialty cocktails and libations are being offered by the city's best bartenders at bars, breweries, and past restaurant week participants across the valley. Visit our official guide for the best places to visit.

Thursday, April 30
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14th Annual Dance Media Festival
various locations

Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. Taking place across the Los Angeles area including venues in Beverly Hills, DTLA, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Westwood, the festival, which runs through May 5, will feature a variety of dance forms including modern, post modern, world, tap, ballet, and more. In addition to live dance, over 30 films will be screened during the festival.

Friday, May 1
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Marvel Universe Live!
The Forum
3900 W Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90305
(310) 330-7300

Superhero fans won't want to miss Marvel Universe Live! Featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled together in one production. The high-caliber arena spectacular puts fans in the middle of an epic battle of good versus evil as Marvel's biggest heroes including The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Wolverine work together to defeat Loki, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and more. Six performances run this weekend only with VIP tickets available.

Saturday, May 2
Street Food Cinema) SFC West Hollywood Field Night 2
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Street Food Cinema
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 744-7458

Street Food Cinema, the celebrated outdoor movie and entertainment series, is back for the summer 2015 season. Kicking off the series tonight at Exposition Park is a screening of The Breakfast Club, just in time for the 30th anniversary of the iconic film. LA's favorite food trucks, including the likes of Kogi BBQ, The Grilled Cheese Truck, and Cousins Maine Lobster will join in the fun with live music entertainment taking the stage before the movie begins. The series runs Saturdays through October 31.

Sunday, May 3
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"Immediate Family"
Mark Taper Forum
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7353

Don't miss "Immediate Family," a biting new comedy by Paul Oakley Stovall, directed by celebrated actress and director Phylicia Rashad. The play, opening at the Mark Taper Forum tonight, explores marriage and family as the Bryant siblings come together to attend a wedding-turned-family-reunion. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said the play is "highly entertaining…[it] just bursts with life." Through June 7, 2015.

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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