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Best Of LA: Week Of February 2

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(Credit: The Fountain Theatre)

A new month brings with it new opportunities to explore Los Angeles. Celebrate African American History month this week with the whole family or make it a date night as you take in unique performances of artists, musicians, vocalists, and dance. If you are hungry, don't miss two mouth watering options: a prix-fixe downtown dinner with orchestra tickets for the fancy, or a pig roast with whiskey for the down home.

Monday, February 2
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(Credit: Courtesy of Rock Paper Photo)

Bob Dylan Photography Exhibition
The Darkroom
7302 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Just in time for the Grammy's and its 2015 MusiCares Honoree Bob Dylan, The Darkroom on Melrose and Rock Paper Photo present rare and iconic images of the legendary folk artist, Bob Dylan, coupled with a rye-focused cocktail menu. The first of several Rock Paper Photo retrospectives planned to invite music enthusiasts to celebrate rock legends while enjoying a unique venue and beverages, the public has the chance to enjoy iconic moments in music history that have hardly ever been viewed. The Highway 61 flight, featuring three variations of rye, coupled with a classic Dylan music inspired cocktail menu (Blood on the Tracks, Seven Curses, and Oxford Town for example), provide the perfect beverage background to enjoying the art and music of Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, February 3
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Masters of Hollywood Costume- Marilyn by Travilla
Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

In conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts' Hollywood Costume Exhibition and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, don't miss the Tuesday Matinee series, this month following the iconic costume designs of Travilla, known as the outfitter of Hollywood's famous Marilyn Monroe. The first in this series, today's performance will feature the film, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," following two showgirls who travel to Paris and find love. "How to Marry a Millionaire," "The Seven Year Itch," and "River of No Return" round out the series.

Wednesday, February 4
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Cask & Cracklins Pig Roast
8715 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 652-2335

The iconic rat-pack destination dating back to 1948, Dominick's, will partner with Jameson Black Barrel with the return of their annual Casks & Cracklins Pig Roast, an outdoor patio roast, this Wednesday. Chef Brandon Boudet will feature a delicious menu of selections from the Jameson Black Barrel roasted pig including Cracklings, Pig Roast Flatbread, Corzetti with Pig Roast Sugo, and Roasted Pig itself with Fennel Pollen, Garlic, and roasted yams and potatoes. Glasses of Dago wine and Jameson Black Barrel cocktails round out the menu.

Thursday, February 5
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"California: The Tempest"
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy
1001 Arroyo Ave.
San Fernando, CA 91340
(800) 578-1335

Alison Carey's world-premiere adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" combines the classic story with California's challenges as it covers topics like drought, disaster, earthquakes, state politics, fracking, and immigration policy, somehow blending seamlessly with the original Shakespeare rendition. Directed by Michale John Garces as part of Cornerstone Theater's award winning ensemble, the pay-what-you-can performances will be featured for three nights only before heading on a tour across the state.

Friday, February 6
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(Credit: Border Grill)

Get Your Phil
Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Walt Disney Concert Hall
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000

Tonight's installment of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's "Get Your Phil" dinner package gives guests the opportunity to choose between two great downtown restaurants, Soleto Trattoria and Pizza Bar or Border Grill, before heading to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to enjoy Brilliant Brass: Haydn & Mozart. Under the direction of Andrew Manze as conductor, Thomas Hooten and Andrew Bain will offer solos as trumpet and horn respectively. Both restaurants will feature a prix-fixe dinner menu, priced at just $25, inclusive of starters, main entree, and dessert.

Saturday, February 7
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For the Record: John Hughes
7969 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(855) 367-7969

The FOR THE RECORD team is back, this time with a tribute to John Hughes and his classic 1980s teen movies including "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club (celebrating its 30th anniversary)," "Weird Science," "Pretty in Pink," "Some Kind of Wonderful," and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Unlike traditional theater, guests of the DBA cabaret will be immersed in a 360° concert experience that will feature Evan Rachel Wood, Rumer Willis, Tracie Thoms, Lindsey Gort, and more. Running through April 4th, this mashup of some of America's favorite 1980s classics can't be missed.

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(Credit: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Garden)

African American History Celebration
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200

Presented in partnership with the California African American Museum, the Los Angeles Zoo will feature a two-day African American History Celebration this weekend to celebrate African American history month. Visitors will enjoy an array of music and dance entertainment, crafts, animal feedings (including baby hippo Rosie), and keeper talks discussing the animals from African regions. A selection of CAAM's collection of artifacts, paintings, sculptures, and more will be on display with QR codes to help explain the story behind the art. Food trucks, including Ragin Cajun, Sista Soul Food, and Peaches Truck will be serving up delicious fare to complement the event.

Sunday, February 8
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"Flamenco Song from Lebrija and Jerez"
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(323) 663-1525

The Fountain Theatre launches its 25th Anniversary Season with Forever Flemenco's production of "Flamenco Song from Lebrija and Jerez," a rare opportunity to see the oldest forms of gypsy flamenco. Under the direction of Ethan Margolis, acclaimed world music artist and composer, guests include Juan Bacán from the legendary Pinini gypsy singing clan, as well as gypsy singer and dancer Kim Mendez from Jerez. The intimate 80-seat theater provides an up close look at this sensual art form. 8pm.

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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