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Best Of LA - Week Of April 6

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Welcome to April, Los Angeles. Dodger baseball officially kicks off this week, and families can enjoy a day at the park or one of many other outdoor activities this week including a visit to the Pet Expo that can't be missed. Theater, music, and art opportunities continue this week as well as Los Angeles hosts a variety of free and ticked events for every interest. Let's get this week started.

Monday, April 6
San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers
Carl Crawford, left, and Justin Turner celebrate after Turner's eighth-inning homer gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

MLB Season Opener: Dodgers vs. Padres
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 224-1507
www.dodgers.comFresh on the heels of their weekend exhibition with the LA Angels, the Los Angeles Dodgers will open their 2015 season in a three-game series against the division rival San Diego Padres. A magnet schedule will be given out to the first 40,000 guests in attendance, and three fans will have the chance to win a baseball autographed by the 2015 Dodgers team, led by Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw, and Zack Greinke. Dodger fans will also enjoy a new stadium announcer, Todd Leitz.

Tuesday, April 7
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Matt and Kim Live Performance
Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 245-6400
www.amoeba.comHead to Amoeba Records in Hollywood for a live mini-performance by Matt and Kim, celebrating the release day of their new album, New Glow. Fans who purchase a copy of the new release will score a limited-edition, signed poster by Matt and Kim commemorating the event. Matt Johnson, vocals and keyboards, and Kim Schifino, drums, have worked together to combine the best of their hip-hop, pop, and diversity into their new album. Tonight's event at Amoeba Music is completely free.

Wednesday, April 8
Silvestre Fernandes Pouring Wine - Copy
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Wine After Work
141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3331
www.patinarestaurant.comJoin Downtown L.A.'s Patina Restaurant in their popular "Wine After Work" class series for the budding oenophile. Led by award-winning Sommelier Silvestre Fernandes, attendees will learn tips, etiquette, and drinking customs as they explore five wine pours and selections from Patina's lauded artisanal cheese cart. Guests staying for dinner can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine from any of their previous tastes. Tonight's discussion and tastings centers on the Bordeaux region and advance reservations are required.

Thursday, April 9
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Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
Art Walk Lounge
634 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
www.downtownartwalk.orgIndependent publishing takes center stage this month at the Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk. With a hope to introduce a larger audience to small-scale publishing including comics and zines, the event coincides with the "LA Saves campaign for financial literacy month. The comic book and print designs of Morley, Gavin Hignight, and Ellen Cantor lead the exhibition at the Art Walk Lounge and Edison Room. The first-ever Art Walk Gallery Tour will be featured in tonight's event giving a unique opportunity to enjoy some behind-the-scenes tours and meet and greets with the gallery owners and exhibiting artists.

Friday, April 10
Corktown '57
(Credit: Ed Krieger)

Corktown '57
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
(323) 960-5770
www.plays411.comCorktown '57, the powerful new family drama by John Fazakerley, continues its guest run at the Odyssey Theatre this weekend. Wilson Milan, the Tony-nominated director helms a distinguished ensemble cast including Nick Tate (The Killer Elite, LOST,StarTrek DS) as the family patriarch who, when told he has six months to live, hatches a scheme to regain his status in the eyes of the Irish Republican movement. Through May 3.

Saturday, April 11
America's Family Pet Expo
(Credit: OC Pet Expo)

America's Family Pet Expo
OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500
www.PetExpoOC.orgHead to the OC Fair this weekend for the 26th annual America's Family Pet Expo (AFPE). Families and lovers of pets can join together to celebrate cats, dogs, miniature horses, birds, reptiles, and other friendly animals while discovering interactive exhibits, educational shows, demonstrations, and a large vendor area featuring the latest pet products for sale. The Purina Pro-Plan Performance Team high-agility dog show and the Splash Dogs wet-and-wild canine competition are sure to delight. A human hamster wheel, pig and dog race, bird show, pony rides, face painting, and petting zoo round out the three-day event's fantastic options.

Sunday, April 8
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Skirball Puppet Festival
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500 the Skirball's fourth annual celebration of the art of puppetry features this Sunday as your family enjoys live music, art and puppet making, and live performances brought to life through the use of shadow puppets, full-body puppets, pageant puppets, and marionettes. Featuring the work of nationwide puppet artists in a variety of cultural and artistic styles, celebrated performers include Coyote Rising's large tree puppets, Fratello Marionettes musical performance of "Aladdin," a whimsical sock puppet show by Joshua Holden, Todd McClain (Captain Tall Tale) roaming the campus on stilts, and much more.

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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