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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:55 28 April 2011

L.A. TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

April 30–May 1. Lovers of lit venture to the USC campus in east L.A. for this annual event featuring readings, discussions with authors, signings and books for sale. The event also has live entertainment and a children’s area for budding bookworms. Just another fun thing to enjoy while on your sightseeing tour of LA.

Free.

Parking $10.

University of Southern California, Exposition Boulevard and South Figueroa Street, L.A.

213.237.2665

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:01 27 April 2011

Houdini: Art and Magic

As gas prices seem poised to hit $5 a gallon, we wage three wars, and only the poor and almost-poor are called upon to carry the nation’s tax burden, couldn’t we all use a little magic? If only to lower the cost of oil per barrel? Well, while we can’t wave any magic wand to make it all better, you could head to the Skirball for two magical exhibitions that remind us that life could still work out. “Houdini: Art and Magic” showcases the most brilliant of prestidigitators: Peruse artifacts, images (some from his personal collection), Art Nouveau–era posters, playbills, theater ephemera, memorabilia and archival and silent-film footage that tell his magical story.  Come by and check out such a show while you tour LA.Observe Houdini’s tools of the trade: his straitjacket, a milk can, and the Metamorphosis trunk he used as part of his miraculous escape tricks. A re-creation of his famous water torture cell is also on hand. A second, companion exhibition, “Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age,” features once-famous magicians who were innovators in their own right — and often Houdini’s competitors in pushing the boundaries of make-believe — but whose names have been lost over the years. While you won’t actually learn how Houdini or anyone else accomplished their sleight of hand, you may leave feeling that anything is possible.

Skirball Cultural Center

Price: $10, $7 seniors

April 28-September 4

Everyday.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 1:22 27 April 2011

Corkbar Offers “Sausage Supper” Three-Course Artisanal Dinner

This isn’t your ordinary night for eating tubed meat. On Wednesday, April 27, for the second installment of its ongoing Artisanal Dinner Series, Corkbar partners with local purveyor Huntington Meats for a three-course, $25 prix-fixe “Sausage Supper.” As a part of this ongoing series, each dish in the prix-fixe will showcase an artisan ingredient from Corkbar’s purveyor partner, and in this case, it will be housemade sausages from the local butcher. I’m a fan of good food, along with some great wine to go down with it, come check this place out as you tour LA. Optional craft beer or California wine pairings are available for an additional $10 or 15, respectively.

6 p.m.-close. Corkbar, 403 W. 12th St., downtown, 213.746.0050.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 25 April 2011

Fan Workshop and Lecture

Something small I hope everyone enjoys this week. Listen to Kanji Ishizumi’s lecture on the history of fan making, then personalize a fan out of paper and wood. Come check this out during your sightseeing tour of Los Angeles. While on your visit here, I thought it would be fun to check out an event that’s really not unique to LA but are fun and different in general.

Sun., May 1, 12:00pm-4:00pm

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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:35 24 April 2011

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN

Through May 1. This international touring production, directed by Tony Award®  winner Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane), and originally mounted by Druid theatre company of Galway,  Ireland, has already racked up awards in New York, the UK and Ireland. This is a great play, I’ve been revealing some hidden gems out there and this is definitely one of ’em. Crazy good acting, all around a good and fun experience, come by after you tour LA. This international touring production, directed by Tony Award®  winner Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane), and originally mounted by Druid theatre company of Galway,  Ireland, has already racked up awards in New York, the UK and Ireland.

Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 6:09 23 April 2011

GOD OF CARNAGE

Through May 29. This straight-from-Broadway comedy, the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play, is re-created in an exclusive engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown. This is a very keen-witted little comedic play, it stays true to the original, highly recommended when it comes to things to do in Los Angeles.It reunites an outstanding cast featuring Jeff  Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden.

Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772

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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:50 21 April 2011

THE 2ND 8TH ANNUAL GRILLED CHEESE INVITATIONAL

April 23. Gorge on more than 30,000 grilled cheese sandwiches at the largest grilled cheese contest in the nation. Tillamook Cheese sponsors the event where revelers can feast on complimentary grilled cheese samples and enjoy an array of entertainment, while seeing which competitor wins in each grilled cheese judging category. This’ll get you lookin’ forward to a weekend trip to Los angeles. Come check this event out while you work on your Los Angeles tour plans. This year the festival as added a new grilling category, “Love, American Style” to the competition, specifically dedicated to the classic American grilled cheese.

11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 West Fifth St., L.A.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:13 20 April 2011

Scarpetta & Easter-tasticness

Debuting its weekend brunch buffet last week, just in time for easter, Chef Scott Conant’s Beverly Hills outpost at the Montage Hotel offers a luxurious brunch experience. Find everything from sashimi offerings like yellowtail and ahi tuna, citrus cured salmon, raw bar with freshly shucked oysters, shrimp and lobster; an array of baked pastries; salads such as roasted asparagus, caramelized cauliflower, roasted tomato and mozzarella; carving stations for fish, beef and lamb; omelets made to order, fresh fruit selection and fresh cheese plates made to order by The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. This is quite an easter experience, please take the time from your busy sightseeing as you tour Los Angeles. Topping off the experience is a room full of desserts including macaroons, bite-sized chocolate tarts, financiers, strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar and some themed for Easter by executive pastry chef Richard Ruskell. Also, children dining at Scarpetta or staying at the Montage are invited to join the easter egg hunt (noon and 3 p.m.) being held in the gardens adjacent to the Scarpetta/Montage patio. $88 adults (includes a complementary Mimosa or Bloody Mary)

$35/children 12-5, children under 5 free.

225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 8:00 19 April 2011

Spring Egg Workshop with Natalie Orlins Gebet

Natalie Orlins Gebet teaches you how to decorate an Easter egg Ukrainian style using wax, dye and “ancient motifs.” I thought this could be a cute fun family event for those to head to while they go and tour LA.

Craft and Folk Art Museum

Price: free

Sat., April 23, 2:00pm-3:30pm

5814 Wilshire Blvd. L.A., CA 90036 (323) 937-4230
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LA Adventure Specialist - 2:43 18 April 2011

A Family Trip & Tour

About a month ago, I went down to Southern California to visit my extended family. When I was little my family lived in the area, so I saw everyone on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Since I moved away, however, our contact has been less and less frequent. In fact, it had been over five years since I had seen anyone who still lived there.

It was amazing to see how the younger members of my family had transformed in the years since I had seen them last. They planned to take me on an LA tour, which is a treat I never thought was possible ever since grandpa’s hip surgery – he’s had trouble walking by himself. But the second day after my arrival, I found myself touring Hollywood Boulevard with the whole family.

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