Each month we offer new additions to our lineup....we have amazing guest musicians that sit in....it's so much fun.
I'll also be singing some jazz in addition to our classic blues.
If you've never been to this funkiy Irish Bar, you will love it...its located at 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica...FREE music all night and the Food is fantastic!
Enjoy Blues Classics. We've got a great lineup....Bob Crickmore on Keys, John Wiemken on bass, Rick Bryan on Drums, with Lucky Wright on sax, Bruce Friedman on Trumpet....plus we have guest fantastic musicians scheduled to sit-in this month.
Check out a performance of "Summertime" from our monthly 4th Friday gig at Sonny McLean's shot by Wayne Ford.
You can find more info and images on facebook. Be sure to LIKE our Kat and the Blues Hounds FB Page.
What: Live Music
Where: Sonnys McLean's, 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica
When: Friday, October 24, 9:15 pm - 12:30 am
Phone: 310 449-1811
Website: http://www.sonnymcleans.com/ www.kathyleonardo.com
This year's 5th annual celebration is part of 18th Street's 25th Anniversary weekend that starts on October 25th with a chic benefit event from 6-10pm and continues on Sunday with BAM Fest. The weekend celebrates 18th Street Arts Center's rich legacy over the past 25 years and will include everything from performance art and video art installations to gourmet food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music by 3 bands as well as artisanal wine, spirits, and specialty beers from over 40 craft breweries.
The event is a steal, with tickets priced at just $45 before October 24th and $50 at the door (that is if tickets aren't sold out by then!). BAM Fest attendees love spending a Sunday afternoon sipping in the sun, engaging with artists, and exploring significant artworks while listening to booty-shakin' music. But what really makes this event special for its guests is that they know that all proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 25-year-old, influential non-profit arts organization in Santa Monica. It is a culturally infused event that benefits a great cause.
Participating breweries have been carefully selected by the team and represent the best of the craft beer industry. The 40+ breweries range from big to small, including the popular and widely known New Belgium Brewing Company and Angel City Brewing Company to newly launched breweries including Three Weavers Brewing Company, whose main goal is to cultivate community through beer. Another new brewery on the scene is Santa Monica Brew Works which has given 18th Street additional support as a lead sponsor.
See image: BAM Fest, photo by Bernie Wire
The diverse craft beer offerings at 18th Street's Beer Art & Music Festival present a range of styles for tasting enjoyment. For the beer connoisseur, this year's BAM Fest is showcasing limited release seasonal beers such as Hangar 24 Craft Brewery's Seasonal Oktoberfest and dark strong ales like Brother Thelonious Belgium Style Abbey Ale from North Coast Brewing Company, which partners with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of Jazz education. Along with their Golden Road Hefeweizen, Golden Road Brewing will also be featuring their Might As Well IPL, a lager highlighting bold passion fruit and pear contributed by Galaxy and Calypso hops.
A special bonus for BAM Fest attendees will be the opportunity to participate in 20-minute mini-educational sessions called 'Crash Courses' by craft beer, wine, and art experts. These fun and engaging classes cover a wide range of topics such as how to pick out food flavors from different beers or how art could be paired with some of the best wine and beer. And for those who prefer fermented grapes to hops there will also be an area to sample some of the nation's finest wines hosted by Wine Enthusiast, Allie Merrick as well as non-alcoholic home-brewed sodas by the Maltose Falcons, America's oldest Home-Brewing Club. This year BAM is also including Mama's Boy Infusions, the one of a kind tequila fruit infusion with an original chili kick as well as the semi-sweet, orange-blossom honey mead of Golden Coast Mead's Mirth in a Bottle. Clearly BAM also has your delicious and exciting alternatives to all of its many craft beers.
The tunes lined up for BAM Fest is just as diverse as the beer samples. From the Latin infused rhythmic sounds of KoTolàn whose songs, celebrating cultural diversity, are sung in Japanese, Spanish, and English to the dance-inducing soulful funk of Nick Shattuck; the featured music at 18th Street's BAM Festival is sure to make you move. The young duo of the new hit band Trapdoor Social will take attendees on a musical tour with their passionate alt-pop music that is inspired by their desire to bring awareness to solar and other renewable energy sources.
BAM attendees will also be able to do more than just see or purchase art; they will actually be able to interact with and visit the studios of 18th Street Arts Center's artists-in-residence and arts organizations like Otis College of Art and Design's MFA in Public Practice program. As one of 18th Street Arts Center's patrons remarked, 'There is something to be learned, or something to stimulate the imagination at 18th Street all the time because it is a place where art is made...not just exhibited, but actually created.' Through BAM and other events throughout the year, 18th Street Arts Center incites its public through challenging art that sparks dialogue.
Need a little something to soak up all the scrumptious brews? Naturally you can’t have a festival in Los Angeles without food trucks. A diverse selection of six food trucks such as will provide a bounty of signature dishes that should keep your grumbling stomach at bay. Food Trucks include DogTown Dogs, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, India Jones Chow, Meat-the-Greek and the Border Grill Truck. The science, technology and culinary art of NITROPOD, frozen liquid nitrogen desserts, will also be a part of the gourmet food at this year’s event. With the marriage of beer, art, and music, BAM Fest has brewed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event. This is one craft beer festival not to be missed!
To support 18th Street consider purchasing tickets securely online at http://www.18thstreet.org/bam
BAM - Sunday - October 26, 1-5pm; pre-sale tickets: $45 before October 24; $50 at the door.
Purchase Tickets HERE.
Event produced by artisanal drink, food and cultural event planner, Nicole Gordillo Schimpf, Tap & Cheer Events.
All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
See website for a full list of current participating Breweries. For more information about BAM Fest 2014 and 18th Street Arts Center visit: http://www.18thstreet.org
See below for this month's classes. Choose from Teambuilding, Private Coaching, Intuitive Watercolors, Dream Mapping™ and Source Painting™. Of all the options, L.A. Source Painting™ Courses and Tuscany Retreats bring an especially liberating style of expression that is truly experiential and personally profound.
These courses evoke pure artistic freedom with paints by busting through any blocks and bringing you in alignment with creative confidence and authentic expression. Applying tempera paint on life-sized, 7' easels, you are invited to "Paint as if you will Burn It!"
Participants enjoy sidestepping their inner critic and allowing colors and images to simply emerge without being planned. Unburdened by pressures to perform, produce, or compete, clients are able to experience deeply joyful, creative, freeing, and relaxing benefits. It can get messy, it can get wild, and it always gets rich! Learn more about the benefits and read testimonials.
What do participants enjoy most?
• Experiencing a total sense of relaxation and "get-away" from life's pressures and obligations
• Breaking through creative blocks around writing, design, and visual arts
• Accessing one's unique visual voice, even if you've never painted before
• Coming away with feelings of rejuvenation, empowerment, aliveness, and wholeness
• Connecting purely and satisfyingly to self and like-minded people
• Painting big or small, inside or outside, with finger or brushes – whatever pleases the painter
• For the Italian Retreats:
o Having plenty of easy, beautiful moments in a gorgeious, carefree setting
o Easy access to extra activities, including hot air ballooning, massage, horse-back riding, wine tours, etc.
o Walking to the local village of Montisi to find it chock-full of farmers, wine-growers, and expats all mingling together for coffee, wine, live music, and laughs
Free Your Creative Bliss
You are invited to explore your creative nature, move through creative blocks, and deepen your sense of enchantment with life through authentic and intuitive painting and creative expression.
Source Painting™ brings a deeply liberating style of intuitive art-making, that is truly experiential and personally profound
4 Week Series starting Tuesday October 28th from 7-9:00PM: http://www.paintyourgutsout.net/upcoming-events/2014/9/23/4-wk-series-source-painting
$145, all supplies included
1-Day Mini-Retreat: Sunday October 26: from 9:30-4:30 http://www.paintyourgutsout.net/upcoming-events/2014/10/18/1-day-source-painting-workshop
$145, all supplies and healthy gourmet lunch included
Life Inspired Collage classes for launching your dream life are also available. See more about our classes: http://www.paintyourgutsout.net/
Incorporating a skeleton, with spiders and bats, we are feeling a little shakey!
All the artists will be represented in the window with their darker side, including a life size sculpture from Bibi Davidson, a framed ornate mask from mixed media artist, Shawn Riley, and hand blown glass pumpkins by Susan Haskell, always a sell out item on Halloween.
To view more of Bibi Davidson, Shawn Riley and Susan Haskell's work as well as the other artists of Ten Women Gallery visit www.tenwomengallery.com
Halloween Hop is Friday October 31st from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
The Ten Women Gallery and numerous other Merchants on Montana Ave will be Offering Candy and Treats!
Fun for kids of all ages! Safely stroll Montana Ave for tricks and treats!
To view current works as well as other artists of Ten Women Gallery visit www.tenwomengallery.com
Ten Women Gallery is a vibrant artist's co-operative gallery showcasing 24 local women artists.
Located at 1128 Montana Ave., in Santa Monica, Ten Women Gallery is open everyday from 10 am - 6 pm.
For more information, visit www.tenwomengallery.com or call 310-393-6254. LIKE Ten Women Gallery on Facebook Facebook.com/TenWomenGalleryonMontana
The event honors community angeles Tiffany Rochelle and Paul Hibler, both long-time supporters of Venice Arts and the Venice community, as well as dedicated artist-mentors Michael Cersosimo and Michael Jasorka.
See image: (on flyer) by Rickie Bautista
For the past 21 years, Venice Arts' program of free media arts instruction, mentoring, and internship opportunities has opened windows of possibility for thousands of poor and low-income children. This year alone, students have received 25 prestigious national, state, and local awards, including: Presidential Scholar in the Arts; YoungArts Awards; California Scholastic Arts Awards; and the Music Center's Spotlight Award. Graduating seniors this past spring went off to colleges including Boston University and NYU, some on full scholarships.
Describing the impact of his four-year involvement with Venice Arts on his life, current student Rickie Bautistia, age 18, said "When I started at Venice Arts ... it took time for me to get out of my shell. I've changed ... I can speak to people now. I can allow myself to take photos. Going to Venice Arts helped me to form a family that ... can help me with any problems that I have. I'm really thankful for having this family." Rickie is just one of the thousands of low-income young people whose lives have been transformed through their involvement with Venice Arts over its 21-year history.
In addition to its primary youth programs, Venice Arts also serves as a vibrant arts center and gallery connecting audiences of all ages with contemporary documentary photography and film. The organization expands the impacts of its work beyond the local area by consulting and training foundations and NGOs in participant-media, storytelling for impact, and artist and curriculum development, nationally and internationally.
See image: Jonas Yip, from the series Somewhere Between
To celebrate 21 years of exposing underserved young people to new opportunities, developing their creativity, and transforming their lives, Venice Arts will host its 21st Anniversary Gala on November 1, 2014, 5–8pm.
The fun and festive evening will include delicious food from the best local restaurants, exclusive wine from Kitá Wines and Sapere Aude Sparkling, beer from Lagunitas, and spirits from FAIR Vodka and Revel Spirits; a silent auction of work by renowned photographers and Venice Arts' talented students, as well as numerous enticing items and services from local businesses; music by Santa Monica High School Jazz Combo; and fabulous raffle prizes. Guests will be able to have their portrait taken and caricature drawn by Venice Arts photography and comics students, and can go home with one of four custom t-shirts featuring Venice Arts students' photography, live screenprinted by Junk Food Clothing Co. This is a great opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts to purchase a beautiful piece of original artwork, or goods and services generously donated by local businesses, while supporting a local nonprofit organization.
Information on tickets and sponsorships can be found at www.venicearts.org
This is Galleani's first exhibit of abstract paintings and is quite a departure from her photography based mixed media art, although some of the key components are similar. The work is inspired by the various textures of urban and industrial decay, which have always fascinated her and that she used to photograph and incorporate in her photo montages. However, in these paintings the textures are created from scratch using paper, paint and foil to emulate worn-out walls and metal surfaces with vivid colors and jewel-like sparkles. Similarly to her previous art, the color choices include blue, yellow, pink, orange, silver and gold, and the work is created on wood panels in size varying between 24x24" and 30x72".
About the artist: Italian-born Anyes Galleani, who has a BFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, uses photo montage and collage to create unique images and mixed media art with an urban, contemporary style. Since the 90's Anyes' evocative work has been complementing homes, offices and public venues and has been featured in a variety of magazines and exhibits.
See image: Abstract Smart, mixed media on wood panel 36x47.5"
More information about Anyes Galleani and her work can be found at Galleani-Art.com. For more info about this show click here.
On view: November 8 - December 20
What: Opening Reception
Where: Bustamante Gill Gallery, 2675 S La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Exhibition at TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica featuring Artists: Sue Keane, Andrea Rubin Kichaven, and Alison Lowe Platt.
About TAG Gallery – Established in 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation, TAG Gallery is a member-owned community of approximately forty artists. Through the physical gallery in Santa Monica's landmark Bergamot Station as well as lectures from exhibiting and visiting artists, TAG Gallery has become a valuable resource for launching the careers of both emerging and mid-career artists based in the greater Los Angeles area.
New Works on Paper, Sue Keane
Making a dramatic shift from her previous focus on ceramic media, artist Sue Keane explores abstract two dimensional expression in her current body of work. Working solely with oilbased inks and paper, Keane creates monoprints within a restrictive palette of black and white, occasionally infusing bold orange hues.
See image: Sue Keane, VesselI Monotype 25.75x18.25in. 2014
High contrast images emerge in pieces like "Vessel," as strong lines thrust upward in compositions that simultaneously suggest motion and strength. Keane is inspired by architectural patterns and forms, using a linear style that she developed first in her clay works and translates seamlessly to paper. The effect is one of fluid grandeur using the ancient technique of ink printmaking with a contemporary perspective.
Windows of Dreams, Andrea Rubin Kichaven
The exploration of atmosphere, weather, composition and mood are Kichaven's focus in her upcoming show, Windows of Dreams. Mindful moments captured in a small window of time create a dreamlike expression of space and place. The spiritual and physical become the catalyst of her exploration.From a lifelong fascination with the magic of the sky and the elusiveness of clouds, Kichaven's current work reveals the fleeting moments that have the power to make us stop, look up, and daydream.
See image: Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Spectrum of Light, Acrylic 24x36in
Kichaven's work is built on layers of texture, exuberant marks, and color, to crystallize this visual imagery. Modernists Mark Rothko and Josef Albers have inspired Kichaven's use of color. "Her color sensibility and layout are remarkable," said acclaimed artist Franklyn Liegel. Color is the heart and soul of Kichaven's work. Through the process of application and elimination, Kichaven gradually builds layers of color, creating depth and translucency that give way to recognizable yet abstract landscapes. This experimentation with texture and color reveals ethereal compositions that resonate as spiritual landscapes.
Explorations, Alison Lowe Platt
In her most recent body of work, artist Alison Lowe Platt shifts stylistically from her pleinair and oil painting background to focus on animated mixed media compositions. Implementing a vibrant use of color with media that combines photo transfer along with ink, gouache, oilbased inks, and pencil elements, Platt's new work takes on a more intuitive approach.
See image: Alison Lowe Platt An Offering Mixed Media 30x22in Unframed
According to Platt, her intent is to achieve organic art pieces. By drawing equally from the influence of family and friends as well as spiritual meditations, each work in "Explorations" unfolds leaving the viewer with narratives of both frivolity and intangibility. "There's an element of surprise with these [pieces] that is both challenging and exciting," says Platt. "I love the pushing and pulling of colors and learning how to manipulate the viewer's focus." By incorporating an array of provocative and ethereal imagery in her subject pallet, Platt's works take on a contemporary and philosophical motif.
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 20 at 5:00 pm
On view: September 30 - October 25, 2014
What: Opening reception
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404
When: Ocotober 11 - 5-8pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556
See image: LA Art Party staff writer Gigi Fields (right) with Yvonne Garcia (left) from Cerveteca/Venice Beach Wines.
Offering up some de-licious bites-plates-bowls and other samplings- way too fabulous to be called samples. Toss in to those fine food offerings- 8 indiviual bars!!!
There were 4 boutique vinters- 1 micro brewery, and my fav... 2 booze bars with funky new twists on the ever changing craft cocktail. Did you hear about the 190 lb fully loaded crispy roasted pig on display for your carving fantasies offered from Venice Beach Wines. I just couldnt tease you with the photos.
So many super restaurants represented, but by far my favorites were:
1) Hosteria Del Piccolo (see image) with its super traditional Rigatoni and italian style sausage in a light tomato creme sauce-but soooo al dente (means 'to the teeth' ..not mushy) it was painful to toss out-but I had no choice - I had to save precious stomach space for the tasting crawl to come. Also notable was their Nella Panza traditonal Italian bread salad=heirloom tomatoes, cukes,red onion, black olives, basil and those unique croutons... reminded me of my old life in ROMA! hosteriadelpiccolo.com
2) Superba Food + Bread came in a close 2nd with their smoked trout crostini and a modern take on Tiramisu (means 'to pick me up") for the espresso soaked lady fingers inside. Those guys at Superba cut tiramisu into bite size squares and dipped them in white cholcolate then topped it with dehydrated espresso fans shooting out-Gordan Ramsey would have served them! http://www.superbafoodandbread.com/
3) Komodo (see image) extremely surprising super tasty 'Komodo 2.0' seared sirloin steak tacos with jalepeno aioli and southwest corn salad from our new main st addition ''Komodo' near rose (which was even written up in GQ magazine.) This place is cool, vibey, modern, indoor outdoor, healthy, super tasty Asian California Mexican fusion for very much less than a full service restuarant, with everything else... but the server. komodofood.com
4) Santinos had yummy roasted eggplant rolls=marinated eggplant, feta and roasted peppers and Empanadas Argentinas=eggplant, spinach and beef empanadas! santinosrestaurant.com
Those who attended "Taste of Venice" were treated to all this entailed-but the buzz between souls was...DONT EAT TOO MUCH HERE NOW-
THERE ARE 15 VENUES TO HIT ON THE TASTING CRAWL AFTER THIS!!!
The main event that followed was small groups taken on individual tours to sample the wares inside 15 of Venice's hip and trendy, groovy restaurants-bars-coffee shops-ice cream spots-and hidden gems all on Abott Kinney. They were such varied places that they crossed label bariers. There was Tom's Flagship shoes that is so multi purposed-leveled and functioning in evades a true title.Is it a coffee shop? shoe shop? computer singles meet up?
Willie Jane, which I had sadly overlooked - is so sweet and cool with 4 areas of indoor -outdoor varied vibes with such relaxed comfort.Their place is worth checking out -be sure to go outside and see both patios- super happy hour as well.
The tour also introduced us to a hidden, out of the way eatery named Another kind of Sunrise, which recently opened on Abbot Kinney this past May of 2014.
See image: (LA Art Party) Left to right Kristina Von Hoffmann and Mary Smith
Chef and Owner, Lela Buttery partnered with the previous owners to create a more dynamic menu which included a buttery brew and paleo baked goods.
After our 15 stop crawl we were invited back to the lot at Electric Lodge to PA-TAY with a sweet DJ till the sun went down with open bars-dessert buffets and what else? MORE FOOD!!! GLUTTONY RULED Sunday as the sun went down!
On view now at Skidmore Contemporary Art - "Destination LA: A Road Trip." The exhibition features new linocuts by Dave Lefner.
See image: Stardust Motel, 2014,
Reduction linocut in 7 colors,
Edition of 8, 24" x 35"
Dave Lefner, best known for his detailed linocuts of iconic Los Angeles neon and facades, takes his carving tools on the road to capture the American "motor inn" culture of the West. Depicting classic motel images from sunny California, Nevada, Utah and beyond, Lefner ultimately brings it home again...as all roads lead back to LA. For the first time in a gallery, he will be unveiling his on-going "LA Alphabet" series, a sort of scavenger hunt, featuring individual letters from iconic to obscure neon signs all over this City of Angels.
Here is some more info about the artist direct from the gallery's website:
The year was 1992, and Dave Lefner was into his second year of college at Cal State Northridge. He had just discovered printmaking, an artistic soul mate that would stand the test of time, but for now it was the red hot "I have to have you now" kind of thing and the presses at school were all busy. So Dave improvised. He had his linoleum canvas carved into his vision – an abstracted street scene featuring a traffic light and liquor store sign. Now he needed pressure. He thought, "What is the heaviest thing I own that rolls?" That would be the "Green Bomb," a classic 1972 Oldsmobile. Dave positioned his carved linoleum behind the back wheel, carefully placed a piece of Masonite over it and hopped into the driver's seat. Slowly he backed up, and then rolled forward. It was a crude way of doing it, but Lefner had just made his first linocut print. It was the beginning of a long love affair.
Lefner always knew he was going to be an artist. He has a drawing tacked up on his refrigerator that he did when he was in first grade. It shows an artist at an easel, even sporting a French beret, with a caption reading "Someday I will be an artist. I will paint a lot of pictures. It was my first self-portrait," Lefner laughs. He may have known what he wanted to be when he grew up, but he still had a lot of growing up to do.
See image: The Continental, 2014, (Triptych)
Reduction linocut in 7 colors,
Edition of 6, 36" x 62"
Born and raised in Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, Lefner had a traditional suburban childhood. He went to Crespi, a Catholic all-boys prep school, where the focus was on academics and football. Lefner was a wide receiver on the 1986 Divison 1 championship team, which in a state as large as California, is no small accomplishment. Lefner admits most of his high school life was centered on football, and that high testosterone culture wasn't exactly a Petri dish of support for a budding art career. "No, it wasn't cultivated in high school," Lefner remembers. "But I always had the ability to draw. I would do caricatures of the coaches and things like that."
Stop by the gallery to see the exhibition - Tuesday through Saturday - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
On view: October 18 - November 15, 2014
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., D-2 Santa Monica, 90404
Jason Ostro curates this bright, fun filled, futuristic exhibit bringing it into the almost 2000 sq. ft. gallery, featuring musician, artist, actor Vance DeGeneres along with Joey Feldman, Dave Pressler, L Croskey, MD MN, Jennifer Korsen, Chris James and Darcy Yates.
"We sometimes feel like robots in our world looking for that great can of WD40, this show has it! - Jason Ostro, Curator
The artists included in "WALK YOUR ROBOT" have often populated their work with these friendly robots and this exhibition is the first occasion where they have all been brought together.
Sponsors include: Perrier, Huberts Lemonade, Fair Vodka, 7/11, and Nue Magazine.
Artists Reception: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7pm - 11 pm
Nue Magazine Fashion and Art Show: October 18, 2014
On view: October 11 – October 30, 2014
What: Opening reception
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. 90057
When: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm