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Best Of LA - Week Of March 2

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Welcome to March, Los Angeles. An exciting week awaits for Angelenos in search of educational pursuits, culinary experiences, and entertainment. If you are a television fan, you won't want to miss PALEYFEST taking the stage this week with behind-the-scenes Q&As from your favorite shows. Looking to learn something new this week? Consider taking classes on costume design, taught by the Center Theatre Group, or Charcuterie, brought to you by the fine-dining restaurant Cafe Pinot. Let's get this week started.

Monday, March 2
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Restaurant Opening: Steak & Whisky
117 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 318-5555

Chef Tin Vuong and Jed Sanford of Blackhouse Hospitality have just opened Steak & Whisky, the brand new contemporary steakhouse and whiskey locker to the Hermosa Beach scene. Entree offerings include a 30 day dry-aged meat (Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu), caviar, over 200 wines on rotation, over 80 whiskies (in 10 whiskey lockers), and handcrafted cocktails, all served up in the relaxed beach setting.

Tuesday, March 3
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Theatre 101: Intro to Costuming
Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School
456 S. Mathews St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 268-7241

Center Theatre Group continues its Theatre 101 series this week with Intro to Costuming, a class for 13-23 year-olds interested in the arts. The free series of workshops, taught by professionals in the field, is presented by the CTG's Education and Community Partnerships department for the benefit of the community and local up-and-coming artists. Fashion-loving youth will learn the process behind costume design while using found objects in creating a masterpiece.

Wednesday, March 4
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Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
ALOUD @ The Central Library
630 W. Fifth St.
Los Angeles, 90071

Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will discuss his book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, which explains some of his astonishing findings on the history of the history of American slavery and the courageous acts of the Underground Railroad found in Columbia University's archives. Randall Kennedy and Michael R. Klein, Professors of Law at Harvard Law School will join in the conversation. Although the ALOUD programs at the Central Library are free of charge, space is permitted and reservations are recommended.

Thursday, March 5
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Celebrate National Absinthe Day
The Horn
8933 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 933-6678

Celebrate National Absinthe Day with a one ounce serving of the potent alcohol at The Horn in West Hollywood; for just 5 cents (limit one per person), you can score a taste of the often-banned liquor. To score even more tastes of the powerhouse, consider one of their five specialty Absinthe cocktails including Absinthe Frappe, Death in the Afternoon, Chrysanthemum, Absinthe Sazerac, and Absinthe Suissesse. Absinthe brands served at The Horn include Butterfly, Pernod, Mata Hari, St. George, and Grande.

36th Annual Food Fare
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36th Annual Food Fare
Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) has invited food and brew lovers to hang out for charity at their 36th annual PPLA Food Fare, taking place tonight in Santa Monica. Nearly a dozen California craft breweries will be presenting their best beer samplings alongside various gourmet bites from over 100 top Los Angeles Restaurants. Breweries set to appear include Angel City Brewery, Craftsman Brewing Company, Fireman's Brew, Golden Road Brewing, Ladyface Ale Companie, Modern Times Beer, Omission, Smog City Brewing Company, Strand Brewing Company, Venice Duck Brewery and Wolf Creek Brewery. Café Rockenwagner, Blue Plate Oysterette, Wilshire Restaurant, Border Grill, Boneyard Bistro, Clementine, Pink's Hot Dogs, Hungry Bear Catering, and Pizza Antica will be serving up some of their most special offerings for the event.

Friday, March 6
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The Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(800) 745-3000

The 32nd annual TV fan festival PALEYFEST LA begins today, March 6, running through the 15th at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. The biggest stars from television, including cast members from Homeland, The Good Wife, Girls, Scandal, Teen Wolf, Outlander, Glee, Arrow, The Flash, Modern Family, Jane The Virgin, and American Horror Story: Freak Show, will take to the stage as moderators and adoring fans interact with their favorite TV celebs. In addition to Q&A panels, attendees will have access to behind-the-scenes scoops and breaking news about their favorite shows. Both individual tickets and festival tickets are available. Don't miss Saturday's Salute to Comedy Central!

Saturday, March 7
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The Art of Charcuterie
700 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 239-6500

Study the art of charcuterie at Café Pinot this weekend as Executive Chef Joe Vasiloff offer a one-of-a-kind educational cooking experience focused on the infamous meat and cheese platter. The two hour session, taught in the prep kitchen, will highlight the craft and time-honored methods of curing and preserving meats, followed by a celebratory reception sampling of the featured charcuterie, domestic cheese, and wine. Reservations are required. $75.

Sunday, March 8
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"Succession" and "Songs of Ascent"
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7282

The 110-member Los Angeles Master Chorale continues its vital role of expanding the choral music repertoire when Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts two highly anticipated world premieres based on the theme of ascension by Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner and distinguished Korean-American composer Nackkum Paik at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. "Songs of Ascent" and "Succession," ambitious pieces by the respective composers, utilize lyrical movements set to pilgrim songs and biblical parables. The program also features Eric Whitacre's Her Sacred Spirit Soars, set to a poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri, and Brahms' three-movement a cappella piece Fest und Gedenksprüche.

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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