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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

Each month the LAArtParty staff, led by Kathy Leonardo decides which events will be featured. Posted at noon on the Thursday prior to the last week of the month, LAArtParty.com features the Top Ten Art Parties, plus other fun events each month. VIP subscribers find out ONE week prior to the public and receive discounts and invites to VIP parties throughout the year.

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Additional Art Parties/Events in October 2017

Enjoy some additional events. We will have more events coming....stay tuned for updates. Become a subscriber and you'll receive updates. Just email us back at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive weekly updates. We will post the more event for the 2nd half of the month on October 13. Till then, I'll catch you out there in the galleries.

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October 1, 2017:
Walk the streets of Santa Monica....Back for its second year, Santa Monica's COAST Open Streets Festival once again shuts down the streets to cars for a cultural festival. This year, the City of Santa Monica is pulling off even more live music, interactive art stations, and loads of food. The route is two-miles long, so can easily be walked, biked, or even skated. COAST is free and open to everyone. Enjoy a lively Sunday in Santa Monica. Event runs: 10-4pm; Free admission; Info: 310-458-8411; Downtown Santa Monica; smgov.net/coast

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October 1, 2017:
A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) holds its signature heART Awards at Hotel Casa Del Mar. Support a great cause while enjoying a scrumptious brunch. See our Upcoming Event Feature about this event. Tickets range from $125 - $1000; Event runs 11am-2pm; Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, 1910 Ocean Way, 90405. https://awbw.org

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October 5, 2017:
Pacific Design Center Fall Market takes place today from 9am-6pm; Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave (PDC) W. Hollywood; Click here to find out more about the event.
Oct5-2017-PDCAdditional art parties take place from 5:30-9:30pm at Young Projects, Brenda Harrop Art Advisory, Cmay Gallery, and Industry Gallery.

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October 6, 2017:
Head to Ventura...for the opening reception of "DRIVEBYE," a solo exhibition, featuring paintings by Marjorie Moskowitz. Call for an appointment to see the exhibition - 805-907-5100; On view: October 28, 2017; Art party 6-9pm; 643 Project Space, 643 Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001; http://marjoriemoskowitz.com

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October 6, 2017: 
In East Hollywood...Lauri Firstenberg (LAXART), and Los Angeles–based artist Anthony James celebrate their joint venture There-There with its inaugural exhibition titled "Anthony James: Absolute Zero" tonight. Art Party: 6-9 pm; There-There 4869 Fountain Avenue, (Merrick Building) LA, 90029; https://there-there.co

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October 6, 2017:
La Luz De Jesus Gallery celebrates a two part exhibition: The first, "The Art of Tiki 21st Anniversary Show" will offer a reunion of many of its original artists, including the very first Shag Tiki painitng, alongside a gathering of new disciples. The second part, "The Art of Tiki: No False Idols" will feature the world's first and most comprehensive public offering of original, mid-century Tiki décor ever. Legendary period Tiki artists include Leroy Schmaltz, Barney West, William Westenhaver, Jim Casey, Milan Guanko, Richard Ellis and Andres Bumatay. On view: October 29, 2017; Art Party: 8-11pm; La Luz De Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., LA, CA 90027; (323) 666-7667; http://laluzdejesus.com

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October 7, 2017:
The Culver City Art Walk takes place from 2pm to 6pm. The ArtWalk event will be centered on Washington Blvd. between Helms and Fairfax Avenues and will celebrate the beginning of the fall art season with a free self-guided tour of art galleries exhibiting new, and distinguished artists, a pop up installation by Culver City's Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), musical and dance performances throughout the day at various venues, interactive art experiences and special offerings at several area restaurants.
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As parking in the area is limited, guests are encouraged to carpool, bike or take public transportation to the event. The Arts District is located just one block east of the Culver City Expo stop and guests are advised to refrain from parking in the residential area. see website for more information about the ArtWalk. Event runs: 2pm-6pm.   http://culvercityartsdistrict.com
See more up-to-date info on the FB Event Page.

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October 7, 2017:
Arcana: Books on the Arts will particpate with a book signing of HUNTED & GATHERED and a reception for Senon Williams. Event runs: 4–6 pm; Arcana: Books on the Arts, 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California 90232; 310-458-1499; https://www.arcanabooks.com/

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October 7, 2017:
Artist Ryan McCann will be feaured in "Participating in the Illusion." Art Party: 7:00-10:00PM;  Set 2426, 2426 W. Washington Blvd., LA, 90018; http://ryanmccannart.com

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October 7, 2017:
Downtown...Durden and Ray hosts a reception for a new exhibit titled “Soul Case” curated by Jorin Bossen and Nano Rubio. Art Party: 4-7 pm; Durden and Ray, 1923 S Santa Fe Avenue, LA, 90021; http://www.durdenandray.com/  

Close by…Baert Gallery celebrates “Teresa Braula Reis: White Helmet.” Art Party: 6-9 pm;  Baert Gallery, 2441 Hunter Street LA, 90021; https://www.baertgallery.com

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October 7, 2017: (Date change per gallery) 
Also downtown...Track 16 Gallery celebrates its move to downtown Los Angeles. For Track 16's inaugural DTLA exhibit it will participate in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time LA-LA initiative. The group exhibition focuses on Latin American artists who changed how we see the world. The new space is located in the Bendix Building in the heart of the Garment District just off Santee Alley. On view: November 18; Art Party: 6-9pm; Track 16 Gallery, 1206 Maple Ave, #1005, (Bendix Building) LA, 90015; http://www.track16.com/

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October 7, 2017:
Enjoy an art party at Trunk Art Gallery to celebrate artist REINE RIVER's exhibition "Surfin' the Range" featuring paintings, prints and ceramics. Stop into to see MIKE TEMPLE's Open studio and Art Speakeasy in the backroom. Music at 8pm - Andy and the Rattlesnakes! On view: Nov 4, 2017; Art Party: 6-10pm; Trunk Art Gallery 12818 Venice Blvd. L.A. 90066 (310)483-7221; http://www.trunkgallery.org/

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October 8, 2017:
Listen to some live classical music In a lovely home in the Tarzana Hills. Susan Greenberg - Flute; Bernadene Blaha-Blaha - Piano; Ted Sugata - Oboe; Amy Jo Rhine - French Horn; Michele Zukovsky - Clarinet; Judith Farmer - Bassoon;
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Meet the musicians while enjoying delicious appetizers after the show. General Admission - $35.00; Premium Price - $55.00 (Choose your Seat); Students $25.00; Show begins: 3:00pm; 19365 Lemmer Drive - Tarzana CA, 91356; Call 818-343-3095; Contact Ronna Binn Hersh: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; http://classicalencounters.org

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October 8, 2017:
In Topanga....Acclaimed singer/songwriter and homegrown Topangan Inara George returns to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum for her annual concert that benefits the theater's artistic and educational programming. Special guests: Mike Andrews, Barbara Gruska, Joe Kennedy, Alex Lilly, Merrick, Gabe Noel, Lexi Pearl, Samantha Sidley, The Living Sisters, Wendy Wang. Patrons are welcome to arrive early and picnic before the performance. Tickets range from $25-$35; VIP Package: $55 (includes reserved, preferred seating; a commemorative poster signed by the artists; and a complimentary beverage during the 'happy hour' before the show); Show begins: 6:00pm; Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga CA 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway); http://theatricum.com

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October 12, 2017:
Tonight, stop by Gallery 825 for an art talk with LAAA's solo show artists: John Rosewall, Ken Weingart, Karchi Perlmann & Flora Kao. Art Talk: 7pm; Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, LA, 90069; http://laaa.org

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October 12–14, 2017:
The Dorrance Dance Company launches its 2017/18 season of Dance @ The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on October 12-14, 2017.  This is the West Coast premiere version of Myelination featuring original live music. For additional info see the Upcoming Event Feature
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Single tickets are now available for $45 – $125. Performances Thurs-Saturday: 7:30pm,  Saturday Matinee 2:00pm; Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210;  http://www.thewallis.org/
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October 13, 2017:

Beyond the Lines hosts a closing event for the “Wow! Art Show.” The group exhibition features thirteen local and international artists with a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, and ceramics. Art Party: 6pm-9pm; Beyond the Lines, Bergamot Station G#8, 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM; http://beyondthelinesgallery.com/

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October 14, 2017:
Audi and The Rescue Train present the 12th annual RACE FOR THE RESCUES. The Rescue Train's largest annual fundraising event, Race for the Rescues began twelve years ago, and has raised over $3.75 Million to help save the lives of thousands of homeless animals in Southern California. Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will be this year's host. For more info, see the Upcoming Event FeatureRACE FOR THE RESCUES event begins 8:30am (Registration: 7:00am); The Rose Bowl, Area H 1001 Rose Bowl Drive Pasadena, CA 91103; http://www.therescuetrain.org

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October 14, 2017:
18th Street Arts Center opens up its campus for a festival of interactive performances and artists workshops, celebrating our PST: LA/LA exhibition A Universal of History Infamy: Virtues of Disparity in collaboration with LACMA. This family-friendly event will feature tours of the exhibition, art-making workshops, open studios, food trucks, live music and much more. This exhibition is part of The Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Latin American & Latino Art in Los Angeles) initiative. Event runs: 1-4pm; 18th Street Arts Center 1639 18th St., Santa Monica, 90404; http://18thstreet.org/

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October 14, 2017:
Noysky Projects presents A Narrow Passage, a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores themes of constriction, compression, and concealment as a way to relate to personal biographies. Abstract works from A Narrow Passage are comprised of materials that twist, turn, choke, or smother to the point of collapse, while others have approached constriction in a more gratifying way, like pleasure derived from pain. Artists include: Lana Duong, James Gilbert, Jenalee Harmon, Megan Mueller, Jenny Rask, Nicolas Shake, Katya Usvitsky, and May Wilson.
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Parking Options: 2 hour validated parking at Hollywood & Highland Center: 1768 N. Highland Ave ($2); 1618 N. Las Palmas Ave ($10); 1520 N. McCadden Pl ($7); or street parking in vicinity ($2 per hour); On view: Nov 12, 2017; Art Party: 3-6pm; Noysky Projects, 6727 7/8 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028; 212-920-5934; noyskyprojects.com

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October 14, 2017:
Craft in America continues its focus on Latino artists via its three part exhibition "Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists." The second of three exhibitions, curated by Emily Zaiden, will include a group of ceramic sculptural works by Oaxaca-born and Los Angeles-based artist Gerardo Monterrubio. This exhibition is part of The Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Latin American & Latino Art in Los Angeles) initiative. See below for info on the Oct 28 art talk. On view: November 25, 2017; Art Party: 4-6pm: Craft in America Center, 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; http://www.craftinamerica.org/

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October 14, 2017:
Gabba Gallery is proud to present four simultaneous solo exhibitions by Hero, Lucas Raynaud, Collin Salazar, and Dcypher. Curated by Jason Ostro. All four shows open tonight. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Toshee spinning. Sponsored by Fort Point Beer Co. and Original New York Seltzer. Free parking at 3000 Beverly Blvd. (enter off Reno). On view: November 2, 2017. Art Party: 7-11pm; Gabba Gallery is located at 3126 Beverly Blvd. http://www.gabbagallery.com

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October 14, 2017:
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis) presents Turn Me Loose, a comedic drama by Gretchen Law, produced by John Legend and Mike Jackson, about the life of trailblazing comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory who passed away last month at the age of 84. The production, under the direction of John Gould Rubin, will open in The Wallis' Lovelace Studio Theater, which will be transformed in part into a comedy club. For additional info see the Upcoming Event Feature. Single tickets are available for $60 and $75; Performances runs through November 19, 2017: Thursdays–Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2:30pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2:30pm; Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Lovelace Studio Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210; http://www.thewallis.org/

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October 19, 20, 2017:
In Santa Monica....Take in some theater at the BFF (Binge Festival of Theatre). One traumatic episode as a teenager can alter the way life flows – written and performed by noted actress-producer-writer Ruchika Mandhyan. All seats are free as part of the Second Annual Santa Monica Playhouse BFF Binge Festival of Theatre. The BFF (October 16 – 29) offers over 4 dozen FREE plays, workshops and family friendly events. Show times: 7:30pm; Reserve a seat at 310-394-9779 ext 1; The Other Space @Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., SM 90401; http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com/

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October 21, 2017:
Keystone Arts Space and Gallery, offers a diverse group of artists open their studio doors. Keystone Art Space has over 50 artists studios featuring painting, illustration, printmaking, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. All seats are FREE as part of the BFF Binge Free Festival of Theatre. Event runs: 6-10; Keystone Arts Space and Gallery, 338 S. Ave 16, LA, 90031; http://www.keystoneartspace.com/

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October 21, 2017:
Get into the spirit of Halloween - Dress up while enjoying a sscreening of A Night of the Living Dead...Intelligent, crafty and terrifying, the late great George Romero single-handedly started the zombie horror genre. Take a pix in the free photo booth, and pack a picnic with beer and wine in the Hollywood Forever cemetery! Freixenet Cava will be on-sitecomplimentary bubbly for guests with 21+ valid ID. tickets $12-$16; Doors open: 5:15; Screening: 7:00pm; Hollywood Forever cemeter, 6000 Santa monica Blvd., Click Here to purchase tickets;

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October 23 - 31, 2017:
Start celebrating Halloween early with "INVASION" at The Magic Castle® Members & their guests* are welcome to join the party in their Halloween's best for the biggest week of the year at The Magic Castle®: Halloween Week! The Magic Castle will transform the club into its very own "INVASION!" inside-out! Think retro "War of the Worlds," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "The Day The Earth Stood Still," etc.
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The art of Brayden Bugazzi will be featured. Brayden explained the work he is exhibiting, "I am showing a collage fusing vintage space exploration recreating a famous photograph from the Moon landing, to the new modern dreams of reaching further out to Mars and beyond. This will play into the Space, invasion theme that the Magic Castle is building with their Halloween event."

Be sure to stop in. All week long, enjoy themed magic in the showrooms, legendary candy coffin, tarot card & palm readings, themed cocktails in souvenir glassware & themed menu items, RFID special FX-triggerable gags around the club, No door charges for member plus 5 guests during "off-peak" evenings: The Magic Castle®, 7001 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA;  http://www.magiccastle.com/halloween/

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October 28, 2017:
An artist talk will be held with Gerardo Monterrubio. The event takes place in conjunction with the current three part exhibition titled "Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists." This exhibition is part of The Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Latin American & Latino Art in Los Angeles) initiative. Art Talk: 4pm; RSVP to the talk: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Craft in America Center, 8415 W. Third St., LA, 90048; http://www.craftinamerica.org/

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Stay tuned kids...we'll have some more events coming!