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Best Of LA: Week Of June 30

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Happy Birthday, America. Celebrate our nation's independence this week with a full lineup of all-American fun and activities. From a walk through comic book history to two very special American culinary holidays (National Ice Cream month and National Fried Chicken day), to a toe-tapping jazz concert to 4th of July fireworks and fun festivals, this week is filled up with terrific Americana activities.

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Monday, June 30

The Batman Exhibit
Warner Bros. Studio
3400 W. Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 972-8687

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics with a new attraction at the Warner Bros. Burbank studio. For a short time this summer, the VIP Studio Tour will now include "The Batman Exhibit," a large collection of exciting props, costumes, and vehicles from seven Batman films. See the original Batman suits worn by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale; villain costumes including The Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, and Mr. Freeze; numerous props; and several vehicles like the Batpod, Tumbler, and Batmobile.

Chicken Tikka Poutine Badmaash
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Tuesday, July 1

Celebrate Canada Day
108 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 221-7466

Celebrate Canada Day, the national day of Canada in downtown LA today. Toronto transplants Pawan, Nakul, and Arjun Mahendro of the Indian gastrobub Badmaash are serving up a unique Chicken Tikka Poutine to join in on the fun. A great combination of Indian and Canadian food, the dish features masala fries topped with traditional cheese curds and beef gravy, with an added touch of chicken "dhaba style" and cilantro for a unique kick.

Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers
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Wednesday, July 2

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cleveland Indians
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 224-1507

This Wednesday at 12pm, come on down to Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers take on the Cleveland Indians. With the July 4th weekend quickly approaching, it's the perfect way to start your holiday early. Grab a Dodger Dog, a soda and root for the home team as they seek to hold on to their division standing. Go Dodgers!

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"Hate From A Distance" Screening
Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 772-2504

In association with Dennis Yares and Dan Ireland, the Museum of Tolerance will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The short film "Hate From A Distance", which is inspired by the struggle for civil rights throughout the country, will be screened at 7:30pm with a reception before starting at 6:30pm. The event, which is free, will also feature a discussion which follows the screening and will feature special guests and Freedom Riders, Dr. Robert and Helen Singleton.

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Thursday, July 3

Indulge in National Ice Cream Month
9201 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060

Keep cool this summer by participating in one of America's greatest pastimes, National Ice Cream Month. To help you get started off right, head to RivaBella's West Hollywood restaurant for a grown-up version of their popular Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream dessert, prepared tableside in an instant in a hand-cranked Kitchen Aid mixer. To celebrate the month, RivaBella will feature a Bailey's infused vanilla ice cream topped with Frangelico, Chambord, and toasted hazelnuts. Non-alcoholic versions will also be available.

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Friday, July 4

Celebrate Independence Day
Various Locations

Celebrate our nation's independence with 4th of July fireworks, festivities, and family friendly events throughout Los Angeles. From an 1910 Old Fair-style voyage and fireworks spectacular at The Queen Mary, to a red, white, and blue cocktail at Little Dom's, to an all-American feast and front row seat at Marina del Rey's fireworks spectacular at Cafe del Rey, there is plenty to do all across Los Angeles to celebrate our nation's freedom. For ideas of where to celebrate, visit The Best Places To See July 4th Fireworks in LA.

Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series
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Saturday, July 5

Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 461-3673

The Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series is kicking off at the Ford Amphitheatre with two amazing, two-tapping acts: The Dustbowl Revival and Preservation Hall Jazz Band (coming back for the first time since Coachella). The Dustbowl Revival merges bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues, and 1930s swing; this Venice based local band is a real treat to see live. Legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays traditional New Orleans jazz music self dubbed, "the planet's happiest music." Your senses will delight at this fun, upbeat show.

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Sunday, July 6

Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
351 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with Chef Ernesto Uchimura's award-winning Smokey Fried Chicken or Southern Fry from the award winning Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. Available at both locations, the Smokey Fried Chicken includes Jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, and spicy pickled okra. The Southern Fry sandwich is topped with pimento cheese, duck breast ham, and pickles. Brined in buttermilk and fried in beef tallow, the fried Jidori chicken is flavorful, crispy, and a great reinvention of this southern classic.

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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