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Best Of LA: Week Of April 28

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What do you have planned for this week, Los Angeles? April is heading out the door and with May comes a fresh new opportunity for fun and adventure throughout the city. Family fun can be found this weekend at numerous early Cinco de Mayo festivals, or bring in some culture with the closing of Brit Week at theaters across L.A. Ready for a culinary adventure? Try out an egg white cocktail or guacamole topped with grasshoppers! For more typical fare, head to a wine pairing feast to get you through your midweek. All that eating requires some dedicated workout time, so consider heading to a workout themed weekend just for grown-ups.

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Monday, April 28

Egg Night at Ray's & Stark Bar
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6180

Easter may be over, but with National Egg Month starting this May, Ray's & Stark Bar is offering up a variety of "breakfast for dinner" egg dishes created by Executive Chef Kris Morningstar (no pun intended). From Green Eggs and Ham, to poached or soft-boiled, egg custard served with asparagus and egg based pasta, Ray's & Stark Bar is the place to be for breakfast meals. They even will be offering egg white cocktails from the bar! Try "The Rocktail" with Campo de Encanto Pisco, chamomile syrup, lemon juice, egg whites, and fennel pollen or "The Al Pepino" with Altos Tequila Plata, cucumber, fresh lime juice and egg white. Enjoy every Monday through May 26th from 5pm-10pm.

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Tuesday, April 29

The Great Gatsby
LACMA Bing Theatre
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

Head to the LA County Museum of Art this Tuesday, April 29th to enjoy their ongoing Tuesday Matinee series, running classic films each Tuesday at 1pm. This week features the 1949 version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's inspired "The Great Gatsby," staring Alan Ladd, Betty Field, and MacDonald Carey. Screened in the beautiful Bing Theatre on 35mm film, this classic offers the perfect mid-day lunch break. The matinee is only $4 and starts at 1pm.

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Wednesday, April 30

Napa Valley Grille Five-Course Wine Pairing Dinner
1100 Glendon Ave #100
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-3322

Westwood's Napa Valley Grille and Summerland Winery Tasting Room & Boutique vineyard located in the heart of the Central Coast— are offering up an exclusive five-course wine pairing dinner to help you get through the dragging, middle of your week. The menu, crafted by Chef Taylor Boudreaux will feature seasonal, rustic options including macadamia nut encrusted halibut cheeks, clue crab cakes with pineapple relish, wild morel mushroom risotto, roast beef tenderloin, and a goat cheese gelato. Chef Boudreaux and wine proprietor Nebil "Bilo" Zarif will guide guests through the dishes and pairings for the entire evening. $85.

La Sandia Guacamole festival

Thursday, May 1

Guacamole Festival
La Sandia
395 Santa Monica Pl #305
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-3300

The annual Guacamole Festival returns this May 1 through June 16th at La Sandia in Santa Monica. Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval will be offering five unique varieties of table-side prepped guacamole inspired by various regions of Mexico. This year's recipes include Yucatan guacamole (with shrimp ceviche, spicy salsa habanero, salsa fresca, orange, lime, and sea salt), Sur guacamole (topped with grasshoppers, tomatillo, cotija cheese, onion, chile cascabel, cilantro, lime, and sea salt!), and Baja guacamole (kiwi, jicama, strawberry, mango, mint, chile arbol, lime, and sea salt), among others.

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Friday, May 2

"40 Something" Weekend
Oaks at Ojai
122 E Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-5573

Ready to pump up the fitness level of your weekend? Head to the Award-Winning Destination Spa, The Oaks at Ojai, for their "40 Something" theme weekend from May 2 to the 3rd. The weekend boasts their usual lineup of 15 daily fitness classes plus an advanced hike, boot camp, advanced yoga, and CXWORX core training, all included in the nightly room rate, inclusive of accommodations, fitness classes, meals, beverages, snacks, and seminars.

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Saturday, May 3

Brit Week LA
"Top Girls" at Antaeus Theater
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA, 91601
(818) 506-1983

Extended through May 18th, "Top Girls" chronicles the life of Marlene, living and working above the glass ceiling in the 1980's, Margaret Thatcher England. The bold commentary on feminism in the modern world can't be missed. "Top Girls" was written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Cameron Watson. Use code BRIT to get $5 off tickets through May 4th.

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"Othello in HD" at James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 827-0889

Filmed live at England's National Theatre, this HD broadcast of William Shakespeare's classic tale of jealousy will feature Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester as the Moor of Venice himself. The one-time showing will cap a dramatic end to Brit Week LA. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Tickets are $20.

Cinco De Mayo Celebrated In Los Angeles
Sunday, May 4

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Various Locations

Although it is still a day early, Cinco de Mayo is in full swing in LA. Head to Olvera Street at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument for traditional music, dancing, and food from 10am-10pm daily. Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood is boasting its 2nd annual Cinco Cuatro de Mayo Block Party from 2pm-10pm where you can enjoy live DJs, plenty of dance opportunities, $6 margaritas, and the chance to make a world record for the most sombreros worn at an event! Family festivals will also take place at the LA Plaza Museum and the Museum of Latin American Art. For a full list, visit our list of The Best Cinco de Mayo Events Throughout Los Angeles.

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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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