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Best Of LA - Week Of March 23

610 Downtown Bookfest. Javier Guillen
(Credit: Javier Guillen for Grand Park)

Spring is officially here. Kick off the start of the spring season with a variety of unique events and activities in and around Los Angeles. Head outdoors to Bookfest, get geared up for a fabulous golf season, and don't miss the dining specials at EatLBC, the Long Beach Restaurant Week. "Newsies," the acclaimed-Broadway success makes its way into town this week along with other great dramatic and musical performances.

Monday, March 23
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Long Beach, CA

Eat LBC, Long Beach's Restaurant Week, continues this week from today through March 28. Over 50 restaurants are participating in this year's event including Simmzy's, Open Sesame, Brix at The Shore, The Federal Bar, Berlin Bistro, Hof's Hut, Naples Rib Company, Russo's Ristorante and many, many more. Diners can enjoy three-course prix-fixe menus in a variety of price points (from $20-$40), as well as shared menu options for two. Wine, beer, and cocktail specials are available at most restaurants throughout the weeklong event. Diners can also win a trip to San Francisco by using the #EatLBC hashtag on social media.

Tuesday, March 24
Attic Theatre
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Early Look: "Charles' Story"
Attic Theatre
5429 West Washington Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 960-4451

Padua Playwrights, in association with PushPush Film & Theater,presents an 'Early Look' at "Charles' Story," written and directed by Murray Mednick. This final installment of Mednick's 8-play "Gary Plays" series follows unemployed actor Gary Bean, the everyman/anti-hero of the series, who undergoes drug rehab for an addiction he doesn't actually have. Two early looks of this production are offered this week, with the full production set to run in the 2015/2016 season.

Wednesday, March 25
"Newsies" Hollywood Pantages Theatre
(Credit: Deen van Meer)

Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 982-2787

The much-anticipated four-week run of Disney's "Newsies" begins this week at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. The musical features a Tony Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the story follows Jack Kelly, a charismatic leader of a ragged band of newsies at the turn of the century in New York City, as he dreams of a better life away from the hardship of the streets of the city. The musical features songs from the film and original works imagined for the stage.

Thursday, March 26
Baroque Conversations
(Credit: Cynthia Smalley)

Baroque Conversations
Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 622-7001

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents Baroque Conversations illuminating a rich array of Baroque cello sonatas tonight at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, joined by LACO artists Trevor Handy and Patricia Mabee, hosts and performs works by Bach, Marcello, Sammartini, De Fesch and Vivaldi Shulman, including Sammartini's Sonata in G major; Continuo, Op. 4, No. 6; Marcello's Sonata in A minor for Cello and Continuo, Op. 2, No. 3; Vivaldi's Sonata in B-flat major for Cello and Continuo, RV 46; De Fesch's Sonata in A minor for Cello and Continuo, Op. 1b, No. 5; and Bach's Sonata in G major for Viola da Gamba and Continuo, BWV 1027. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders and a question/answer period with the audience that allows guests to get to know the LACO artists on a more personal level.

Friday, March 27
golf show
(Credit: L.A. Golf Show)

LA Golf Show
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Kick off golf season at the 2015 L.A. Golf Show this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This massive gathering of golf retailers and exhibitors offers golfers the lowest prices on equipment from industry leaders as well as interactive fun including the chance to try out new clubs at the indoor driving range, fit and test clubs before you buy, play skill contests to win prizes (including a long drive competition), get lessons from PGA pros, and book golf travel. Attendees will receive a golf goodie bag that includes free balls, rounds of golf, and week-long membership to 15 golf courses throughout the L.A. area.

Saturday, March 28
Grand Park's Downtown Bookfest 2014 6
(Credit: Javier Guillen for Grand Park)

Grand Park Downtown Bookfest
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080

The Grand Park Downtown Bookfest returns for its third year in a row giving book lovers access to local authors, publishers, and booksellers. Book related experiences including special readings from Matilda, storytelling by Renaissance Faire Storytellers, performances from the Cornerstone Theater Company, sing-alongs presented by the Zimmer Children's Museum, and book making activities including The Music Center's Artizen Lab, an online platform that gives creatives the opportunity to showcase their ideas among inspiring challenges, allow guests to truly interact with the text in a new level.

Sunday, March 29
(Credit:Los Angeles Ballet)

The Sleeping Beauty
Royce Hall
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 998-7782

The Spring 2015 Season of the Los Angeles Ballet kicks off at Royce Hall this weekend with the premiere production of The Sleeping Beauty. Choreographed by Co-Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary after the original choreography by Marius Petipa, this production of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet requires much of its dancers technically. Audiences will marvel at the skill and precision of the work, performed twice this weekend.

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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