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Best Of LA: Week Of June 2

June 2, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: Kimpton Hotel Wilshire)

(credit: Kimpton Hotel Wilshire)

(credit: Miss Hill/Thomas Bouchard)

(credit: Miss Hill/Thomas Bouchard)

For the final week of May, Los Angeles is offering some great events. Start your week off with a salute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our great country with various Memorial Day festivals and events and spend the rest of the week kicks off this final week of May. The summer has officially begun, so here are a few events that should help you start the season right.

(credit: Girasol)

(credit: Girasol)

Monday, June 2Fresh Cherries at Girasol
Girasol Restaurant
11334 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA 91602
(818) 924-2323
www.girasolrestaurant.com

Take advantage of the very short cherry season and head to Girasol in Studio City for their farm-to-table inspired Rainier Cherries dish served with Frozen Herbs, Greek Yogurt, Chamomile Froth, and Green Almond. Executive Chef CJ Jacobson draws on his herb inspiration to create this unique offering, “The herb presence in this dish brings out the sweet flavor of the freshly harvested Rainier cherries without being too overpowering.”

credit: Mohawk Bend

credit: Mohawk Bend

Tuesday, June 3Artists Worth Celebrating
Mohawk Bend
2141 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-2337
www.mohawk.la

The inaugural event in a brand new series by Mohawk Bend, Artists Worth Celebrating begins tonight with a reception in honor of June’s focal artist: Topo. Topo, a Mohawk Bend regular, often works right in the bar with a pen and pad in hand. His commitment to his craft and community reflect the same values of Mohawk Bend and they are pleased to feature Topo as their first artist in this series. Proceeds from the show will go to Villa Esperanza Services, a non-profit providing care to individuals with disabilities.

(credit: California Heritage Museum)

(credit: California Heritage Museum)

Wednesday, June 4Awkward Family Photos
California Heritage Museum
2612 Main Street
Santa Monica, 90405 CA
www.californiaheritagemuseum.org/

You’ve seen these hilarious awkward family photos in viral threads and even at the grocery store on greeting cards, but head to the California Heritage Museum for their current exhibit dedicated to everything amazing about Awkward Family Photos. This is one art museum exhibit that will have you and yours laughing in the halls as you explore hundreds of photographs filled with awkward poses, funny smiles, and just plain bizarre situations. Bonus: you can make your own Awkward Family Portrait in the onsite studio!

(credit: Jason Adams)

(credit: Jason Adams)

Thursday, June 5“Dates and Nuts”
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 389-3856
www.bootlegtheater.org

The West Coast premiere of the sweet and crazy romantic comedy by Gary Lennon of “Orange is the New Black”, “Dates and Nuts” features the story of an animal rights activist who is searching for Mr. Right in the dating jungle of New York City. Directed by Wilson Milam and starring Dianna Aguilar, Elizabeth Regen, Josh Randall, Dave Scotti, and Darryl Stephens, this production runs now through July 13.

(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Friday, June 6The Music Center
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(310) 248-4944
www.DanceCameraWest.org

The 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival will celebrate dance through film throughout this weekend. The public event features free live dance performances, outdoor movie screenings, a family-fun dance-along, and an inaugural CalArts Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition. In addition, over 20 shorts and full length films and documentaries will be screened at various locations.

(credit: Kimpton Hotel Wilshire)

(credit: Kimpton Hotel Wilshire)

Saturday, June 7Staycation at Hotel Wilshire
6317 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(866) 650-2154
www.hotelwilshire.com

Get away from it all while staying close to home at Kimpton’s Hotel Wilshire. Weekends throughout the summer, guests can choose from a variety of awesome packages including the Weekender that offer martinis upon arrival, food and beverage credit, and UBER gift cards in addition to awesome rates. The Penthouse package is the ultimate luxury weekend splurge and includes couples massages, breakfast in bed, and romantic dinners on the rooftop.

(credit: Ed Krieger / The Fountain Theatre)

(credit: Ed Krieger / The Fountain Theatre)

Sunday, June 8The Brothers Size
The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(323) 663-1525
www.FountainTheatre.com

The limited engagement of “The Brothers Size” opens this weekend at the Fountain Theatre. Although it is the second play in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed “Brother/Sister Plays” trilogy, this production stands alone and needs no knowledge of previous or latter productions to enjoy this one. The drama weaves together the rhythms of life in the Louisiana bayou with African Yoruba mythology. The event runs through July 27.

Share your ideas for this events of the week in the comments below!

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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