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Top 5 Foolish Activities For April Fool's Day in LA

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Want be a fool on April Fool's Day? It's not all about playing pranks on friend. Up the ante this year on April fool's day bragging rights by taking part in any one, or all, of these foolish adventures. Get shivers at the Old LA Zoo, set your throat on fire with jalapeño infused ramen, or punk yourself. We're not fooling around.

April Fools Horror Movie Night
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See a Scary Movie in a Haunted and Abandoned Zoo
Old Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The crew who created the Haunted Hayride and the Great Horror Campout continue their monthly Great Horror Movie Night Outdoor Screening Series, with Stanley Kubrick's classic "The Shining" at the Old Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park. Creepy hauntings on screen and a viewing spot in a haunted and abandoned zoo? You'd be a fool to go - or not to go. Don't be a ghost-monkey's uncle and find out.

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Be a Comedy Fool
Upright Citizens Brigade
5419 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Opposite Bob Dylan's Unfunny Non—April Fools Day Show, is the bizarrely named hilarity on tap at comedian and writer Craig Rowin's impersonanation show at UCB Sunset. Who is he impersonating? Well, Dylan himself of course. For April Fools Day, Rowin brings Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch, Saturday Night Live player John Milhiser, Jon Gabrus, John Gemberling and Jenn Bartels to set up the fun. But beware and dare to attend as audience members are primed for April Fool's Day punking.

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Be a Punk on "Get Punked Day"
Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Jennifer and Jessica Clavin bring their "punked" roots to their latest act, Bleached. Backed by drummer Nick Pillot and bassist Micayla Grace, get ready to get punked with the sounds of their latest album, "Welcome the Worms." And here's the craziest April Fool's self-punk of them all: see if you can leave Amoeba Music without finding a single album you don't already own.

April Fools Prohibition
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Pretend It's Prohibition - and Dance
Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323 )660-4254

Not feeling the fun in pretending it's an era when beer was touted as a societal evil? Don't be a fool. Flapper dancing was plenty of fun, and now April Fool's Day brings the chance to experience just that. Roaring 20's activities start April 1st with a self-guided tour of Hollyhock House and a party in Barnsdall Park with entertainment by the Satin Dollz. So get foolish and put on some fringe, kick up those heels, and Charleston like it's 1925.

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Get Spiced Up
Orochon Ramen
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka S.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Talk about the ultimate April Fool's dare. If you're looking for one, this is it. Make a visit to this unassuming Little Tokyo spot and and join the restaurant's so-called "Wall of Bravery." Order and eat in 30 minutes or less the Special #2 ramen and go ahead and be a fool. This dish consists of chili-spiked jalapeño flavoring so intense that the fire will still be burning when it hits your belly. Best of all, your foolish face will appear via Poloroid on the restaurant's wall.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | | | DiversionsLA | Twitter.
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