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Best Of LA: Week Of September 8

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Autumn is right around the corner, and with it comes the last few moments to relish summer. Take in dinner and an outdoor show, enjoy superb and unique dance performances under the stars, step outside the norm with a provocative theater performance, or try an indulgent and tasty treat. From cultural activities to culinary adventures, this is your week, Los Angeles.

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Monday, September 8

Celebrate Breakfast Month
7450 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-9744

Celebrate National Breakfast Month today at BLD. Appropriately named after an acronym for the three main meals of the day, BLD is one of those eateries that offers more of a modern approach to the brunch. With modern twists to egg dishes like their fried egg sandwich, three bean huevos rancheros, and their braised pork and & poached eggs , one is sure to be satisfied after a visit for brunch at BLD. The restaurant also offers some delicious french toast as well as house made granola, blueberry pancakes and more. The brunch hotspot also offers a number of tasty vegetarian options. Portions are known to be generous and service is great as well.

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Tuesday, September 9

EXTRA at Universal Studios
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377

Kick off the latest season of EXTRA while visiting Universal Studios Hollywood. The popular TV Show, hosted by Mario Lopez, begins taping this week, covering breaking news in the entertainment, pop culture, politics, and lifestyle industries. EXTRA will be filmed in front of live audiences at various locations in both Universal Studios and Universal CityWalk and admission to the theme park is not required to attend CityWalk portions of the tapings. Today's guests, taping in front of the Globe Fountain in CityWalk, include Gary Sinise, Jillian Michaels, and Laurence Fishburne.

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Wednesday, September 10

Country: Portraits of An American Sound
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(213) 403-3000

Curated by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Country Music Hall of Fame, Country: Portraits of an American Sound will be wrapping its exhibition this month. With over 100 historical photos, country music artifacts, a digital jukebox, and an original documentary, this stunning cultural exhibit is surprisingly free, giving you the perfect mid-week break from your metropolitan endeavors.

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Thursday, September 11

Downtown Art Walk
620 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Taking place tonight in Downtown Los Angeles, the monthly Art Walk is a self-guided public art tour that attracts local art lovers as well as community members looking for a great night on town. Local restaurants and businesses will also be on hand to join in the fun making it a complete evening. Make sure to grab this month's map and details at the Art Walk Lounge on Main Street so you can make the most out of your evening. This month, you can also exhibit your own photography at the Art Walk. The piece with the most votes wins!

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Friday, September 12

Diavolo Dance Company/Architecture in Motion
Greek Theatre
2700 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-5857

Internationally renowned performance company Diavolo/Architecture in Motion, under the artistic direction of Jacques Heim, will bring their extraordinary dance production to The Greek this weekend for a unique combination of dance, theater, and thrills. The performance includes acrobatics, martial arts, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and other dance programs.

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Saturday, September 13

Ezralow Dance
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 461-3673

Closing off the Ford Theater's summer season, the world premiere of Ezralow Dance will take the stage tonight. Ezralow, dubbed "one of the best American dancer-choreographers now working on an international scale" by the Chicago Tribune, has choreographed numerous theater, film, opera, and television performances including The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Batsheva Dance Company, and Paris Opera Ballet.

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Outdoor Movie: "The Goonies"
Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
100 N Garfield Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

Wrapping the final summer 2014 Eat | See | Hear evening under the stars, head to Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall to close the season with live music, food truck goodness, and a screening of the 1980s cult classic, "The Goonies." Food truck offerings will include Jogasaki, Pie N Burger, India Jones, Border Grill, Son of a Bun, Rushed Art, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Coolhaus, and more. With great weather, it makes for the perfect evening to watch a movie under the stars and enjoy delicious eats.

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Sunday, September 14

"Spring Awakening"
Rosenthal Theater
Inner City Arts
720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(818) 762-2998

The multiple Tony Award-winning musical "Spring Awakening" will be performed in an immersive and innovative production performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language through the Deaf West Theatre ensemble. The musical shares the story of sexual awareness, lost innocence, and struggles of youth, and is based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name. The cast of 25 are all deaf or hard of hearing actors and musicians. Through October 19. Mature audiences only.

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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