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Best Of Los Angeles: Week Of August 11

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This week, Los Angeles can eat, drink, watch, listen, and play their way through the days with a variety of events and happenings appealing to nearly everyone. From celebrating the 21st anniversary of the classic and legendary Viper Room (with a full lineup of concerts all week) to watching firefighters compete in their biennial games, to the chance to play together as a family with the Imagineers from Disney Parks, to tasting some temping treats in time for Olive Oil Month and National Creamsicle Day, get ready to enjoy the week!

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Monday, August 11

Viper Room 21th Anniversary
8852 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-8471

Celebrate the 21st birthday of West Hollywood's Viper Room with a week-long lineup of special shows. The all-star lineup starts tonight with soul legend Bettye Lavette and yes, you need to dress up in your fancy 1960s attire. The rest of the week, you can hear Jam Prancer, Jesse Malin, Paloalto, Mike Stinson, James Hall, and Jesse Dayton.

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Tuesday, August 12

Celebrate National Olive Month
8490 Melrose Pl.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

Best known for their signature olive oils paired with each dish, what better place to celebrate National Olive Month than FIG & OLIVE on Melrose Place. Executive Chef Pascal Lorange is featuring a seasonal Zucchini Carpaccio, made with local farmer's market zucchini and their Picholine Olive Oil, which boasts a sweet buttery flavor. Complement your meal with the restaurant's first ever olive oil based cocktail, The FIG & OLIVE cocktail, made with their signature blood orange olive oil, cucumber-infused vodka, blood orange purée, celery, egg white, simple syrup, and lime juice. It's simply delicious!

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Wednesday, August 13

"Fix Your Mood With Food"
Whole Foods Redondo Beach
405 N. PCH
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 376-6931

Heather Lounsbury, author of the brand new book, "Fix Your Mood With Food" teaches you how to fix your mood (everything from panic attacks, aggrivation, stress, worry, and depression) at the Whole Foods in Redondo Beach on Wednesday. Lounsbury, one of Los Angeles' most well-known acupuncturists, will be on-site signing books and speaking with patrons about the body's ability to be naturally healed from a variety of psychiatric ailments, in addition to serving up a delicious quinoa salad! Reservations recommended.

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Thursday, August 14

National Creamsicle Day
Nest at WP24
900 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8824

This Thursday, relive your childhood as you celebrate National Creamsicle Day at the Nest at WP24. The restaurant will be offering two special treats including a popsicle with a lime twist (Kalamansi Creamsicle) as well as a Creamsicle Cocktail which is a specialty adult-beverage that combines the essential flavors of your youth in one grown up glass. Vanilla vodka, orange juice, and simple syrup, topped off with whipped cream combine together to recreate this quintessential summertime treat. Stop by and get your creamsicle inspired treats in honor of this foodie holiday.

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Friday, August 15

Echo Park Rising
Echo Park
Los Angeles, CA

On Friday, join fellow neighbors for the 4th annual Echo Park Rising, a neighborhood event focusing on music, creativity, diversity and small businesses from Echo Park. Multiple stages and activities will be on hand throughout the weekend. This free event will take place on the main routes on Sunset Blvd, Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Avenue and Echo Park Avenue. Although the event is free, they are offering VIP tickets which include some benefits such as easy access to the main venues, special bars and more. The event runs all weekend with Friday's activities beginning at 4pm and ending at 10pm. Street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.

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"Bye Bye Birdie"
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Head to the Skirball Cultural Center for a day of family fun before watching the 12:30pm Classic Film for a Song, "Bye Bye Birdie." This 1963 musical adaptation tells the story of Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-esque rock star who is set to join the army. The film is free with admission to the Skirball.

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Saturday, August 16

KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks
Center Street Promenade
110 W Center Street Promenade
Anaheim, CA 92805

Take the whole family out for a day of active (and free!) fun at the kickoff for KaBoom! Play Together Powered by Disney Parks. The event includes an obstacle course, designed by Disney Imagineers, team-building stations, team flag making, puzzle solving, and more. Families will also learn about local volunteering opportunities and can enjoy the imagination play zone after completing the race. Advance registration is required.

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Sunday, August 17

Smooth Summer Jazz
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000

Round out the week with The Hollywood Bowl's summer concert series which continues with this super-concert that will feature a variety of the world's finest jazz artists. Patrons will experience a beautiful LA evening under the stars as they listen to the smooth sounds of Boney James, Keiko Matsui, Eric Benét, The Ohio Players, and BWB, including Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, and Norman Brown. What's better than an event at the Hollywood Bow? Don't miss out! The event begins at 6pm.

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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