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Best Of LA: Week Of June 16

June 16, 2014 5:00 AM

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Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings holds the Stanley Cup to cheering fans during the Stanley Cup victory parade on June 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings are celebrating their first NHL Championship in the team's 45-year-old franchise history. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings holds the Stanley Cup to cheering fans during the Stanley Cup victory parade on June 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings are celebrating their first NHL Championship in the team’s 45-year-old franchise history. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(credit: Shakespeare by the Sea)

(credit: Shakespeare by the Sea)


This week, we officially say goodbye to spring and hello to summer in all its glory. Take advantage of the beautiful weather to attend some amazing events outdoors: from a Bayou festival to sipping spiked lemonade at an outdoor cafe, to a beach cleanup and surfing day, to movies and even Shakespeare performed under the stars. Other must-sees this week include two plays drawing inspiration from classical literature: the Biblical account of the Jewish people and Oedipus of Greek antiquity.
(credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

(credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)


Monday, June 16

Kings Stanley Cup Trophy Ceremony
Figueroa & 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
kings.nhl.com

If you’re an LA Kings fan or even just a fan of Los Angeles, come join thousands of revelers for the official parade to celebrate the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions, your LA Kings, on Monday, June 16th. The main parade, beginning at 12pm at 5th and Figeuroa is open to all fans and will head south and end at the STAPLES Center / LA Live Plaza by 1pm whereby a rally will be held for season ticket holders only. In addition, if you are a season ticket holder, you are welcome to watch the parade via the Jumbotron in STAPLES Center. For all fans without a ticket, join the thousands of excited people that will be lining the route along Figueroa. For a full map of the parade route, visit kings.nhl.com. Come on down and root for your Kings and see the Stanley Cup trophy in all its glory! GO KINGS! #GKG

(credit: Daniel_Brodie)

(credit: Daniel_Brodie)


“Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
www.hollywoodpantages.com

A new touring production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is wrapping its run at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood this week. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first collaboration, “Joseph” tells the Biblical story of Israel’s favorite son as he rises and falls in the favor of his both his family and the surrounding nations. The musical combines pop, country, and rock music for a fun-filled, hilarious retelling of this epic saga.

(credit: Geoffrey Wade)

(credit: Geoffrey Wade)


Tuesday, June 17

“The Curse of Oedipus”
Antaeus Theater
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA, 91601
(818) 506-1983
www.Antaeus.org

Drawing inspiration from Sophocles’ ancient Greek myth, playwright Kenneth Cavander has imaged “The Curse of Oedipus,” a drama spanning three generations of legend as a curse lies upon the land and people of ancient Thebes. The world premiere, directed by Casey Stagnl and acted by the Antaeus Company, continues through August 10th on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and weekends.

(credit: Culver Hotel)

(credit: Culver Hotel)


Wednesday, June 18

Neighborhood Happy Hour & Spiked Lemonade Tasting
Culver and Washington Blvd’s.
Culver City, CA
www.downtownculvercity.com/

Start your summer off right by taking a stroll in downtown Culver City for their monthly neighborhood happy hour. This month, in honor of summertime nostalgia, you can get your “Third Wednesday Passport” stamped with each sample of Spiked Lemonade at participating restaurants and bars. Your completed passport can be entered to win summertime prizes or simply enjoy the live music, complementary treats, and fun tours of downtown Culver City.

In addition, don’t miss Culver City’s Third Wednesdays, where dozens of businesses in the area provide food, music, entertainment and more! Experience the uniqueness of the neighborhood first hand.

(credit: Mickey Elliot)

(credit: Mickey Elliot)


Thursday, June 19

“Hamlet”
Point Fermin Park
807 Paseo del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731
www.shakespearebythesea.org

Prepare for an evening of tragedy as you take in Shakespeare by the Sea’s production of “Hamlet,” staged on the outdoor theater at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. Bring your blankets and chairs to cozy up in as you watch Hamlet’s disturbing visions and famous soliloquies (“To be or not to be…”), revealing that indeed, “Something’s rotten in Denmark.” Their 17th season, Shakespeare by the Sea features multiple performances throughout the summer.

(credit: Malibu Country Mart)

(credit: Malibu Country Mart)


Friday, June 20

Summer Movie Series
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
www.Facebook.com/MalibuCountryMart

Enjoy the great summer weather by taking in a movie under the stars at Malibu Country Mart’s 2nd annual Summer Movie Series. Taking place only three times this summer, families and shoppers can cap off a day of shopping by taking in a movie on the big screen in the evening. Mr. Chow, Taverna Tony’s, and Tra di Noi will be open for guests to order menu items for the movies, including new offerings from Mr. Chow. Sample Mr. Chow Spareribs, Scallions Pancakes, Five Spices Tofu, Chicken Satay, and more from just $6.50. Tonight’s classic family film, “Finding Nemo”, will begin at 8:15pm.

(credit: Island Packers)

(credit: Island Packers)


Saturday, June 21

Celebrate International Surfing Day
6th Street and Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA
(949) 355-4571
www.hsbsurfrider.com

Organized by the Huntington Beach Seal Beach chapter of Surfrider, the 10th annual International Surfing Day will take place right on the sand in Surf City itself, Huntington Beach. From surfing on demo boards to try out, to yoga on the beach, to beach cleanups, live music, and surf industry reps, there is something for every fan of summer. The event is from 12-4pm.

(credit: Long Beach Bayou Festival)

(credit: Long Beach Bayou Festival)


Sunday, June 22

Long Beach Bayou Festival
Rainbow Lagoon Park
E Shoreline Dr
Long Beach, CA 90802
www.longbeachbayou.com

The rich culture of New Orleans and the Louisiana Bayou Country heads to Long Beach this weekend, and you can join in the Big Easy fun. Live music, entertainment, and plenty of Cajun and Creole cuisine await you and your family at the 28th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival, located in Rainbow Lagoon Park, just steps away from the seaside. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, numerous lessons are offered throughout the day in Zydeco and Cajun dancing.

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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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