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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 - February 2018

Here are some more fun events taking place....check back for our update this Thursday...February 8, 2018 for some additional events taking place this coming weekend. Then, we will post our final list for the last half of the month on February 15, 2018.

February 1, 2018:

In Santa Monica...Saatchi Art offers an opening for a "CONSTRUCTED" curated by Victoria Kennedy.
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The exhibition presents recent works by thirteen artists: Aili Schmeltz, Aimee Thieu, Benjamin Adelmann, Connor Gewirtz, Javiera Estrada, Jonni Cheatwood, Karen Clark, Michael Spence, Mike Weber, Minas Halaj, Raul de la Torre, Sasoon Markarian, and Valerie Wilcox. On view: June 1, 2018; Art Party: 6-9pm; CLICK HERE to RSVP; Saatchi Art, 1655 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404; www.saatchiart.com

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February 2, 2018:
In the Los Feliz/Silverlake area...La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents "Pool Y Marianela: Kidstianism" with Click Mort & Dan Barry. Argentine artists, Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, turned 33 models of Barbie and Ken into religious icons for an exhibition called "Barbie, the Plastic Religion." On view: February 25; Art Party: 8-11pm; La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, LA, 90027; http://laluzdejesus.com

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February 3, 2018:
Downtown...Head to Durden and Ray to enjoy "Book Club: Speedboat." Curator Steven Wolkoff has organized a diverse group of Los Angeles creatives in variety of fields. Each create work inspired by Renata Adler's groundbreaking novel Speedboat. On view: Feb. 24, 2018; Art Party: 4-7 pm; Durden and Ray, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021; http://www.durdenandray.com/

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February 3, 2018:
Rebecca Molayem Gallery celebrates Yari Ostovany's first solo exhibition with the gallery. "Atmospheric Abstraction" reflects a personal journey of exploration into the realm of the spiritual through the alchemy of paint, color, light, texture and the poetics of space.
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LA,90036; http://www.rebeccamolayemarts.com/

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February 3, 2018:
Enjoy a book release/signing event for Cult Epics: Comprehensive Guide to Cult Cinema at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Art talk: 7-10pm; La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, LA, 90027; http://laluzdejesus.com

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February 3, 2018:
Two exhibitions take place...Upstairs, Launch LA spotlights the art of Holly Elander and Christine Rasmussen from 6-9pm; RSVP essential to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KP Projects celebrates artists Masakatsu Sashie
 and Vonn Sumner in two solo exhbitions. Be sure to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , as there is a guest list at the door. On view: March 4, 2018; art Party: 7-10pm: KP Projects, 170 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles CA 90036; http://kpprojects.net/

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February 4, 2018:
The Troubadour presents Bermuda Triangle featuring Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser; Opening act: Bells Atlas: 8:30pm; Bermuda Triangle: 9:30pm;  Admission $27.50; The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069; http://www.troubadour.com/

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February 10, 11, 2018:
LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. If you love sweets, this is the show for you. Meet thousands of Californians who share your brand's love for all things sweet, salty and savory in the world of baking and sweets.
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The past shows have sold out. So it has moved to a larger space. Event runs: Sat & Sun 9-5pm; Ticket prices range from $13.65-$96.00; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802; http://lacookiecon.com/

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February 10, 11, 2018:
The Los Angeles Print Fair returns in 2018 (but in a new location) as the only independent art fair in Southern California dedicated to the fine print. Event runs 12-6pm both days; Pasadena Hilton Hotel, 168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101; http://losangeles-fineprintfair.com/index.html

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February 10, 2018:
In the Valley...Carter Sexton Artists Materials hosts an opening reception for a group show titled "I Heart..." Art Party: 5-8pm; Carter Sexton Artists Materials, 5308 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91607; https://www.cartersexton.com/

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February 10, 2018:
Downtown...Studio C Gallery *(Santa Fe Art Colony) hosts an opening reception for Red Hot Wicked 2. Caroline Haydon will offer a video wall projection performance at 7-7:30pm; Special Screening: "Definition of Sex" with Aleksandra Karpowicz from 8-8::45pm; Wildflowers: Silversmith Robyn Nichols and Vita Paschetto; Art Party 6-9pm; Studio C, Santa Fe Art Colony, 2349 So. Santa Fe Ave. LA 90058; http://www.studiocgalleryla.com

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February 10, 2018:
RedCat Gallery showcases LA based artist Dave Hullfish Bailey in a solo exhibition titled "Hardscrabble." His work contemplates the complex ecologies of communal organization and ways of living together, from successive waves of modernization and colonialization of the American landscape to utopian communities and countercultural experiments. On view: April 29, 2018; Reception: 6-9pm; RedCat Gallery, 631 West 2ND St., LA, 90012; https://www.redcat.org

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February 10, 2018:
In the Rampart District...Gabba Gallery throws an art party for four simultaneous solo exhibitions by RLFKE, Donna Bates, Corban Lundborg, and Em Wafer. Curated by Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson. DJ Jonathan Williams spinning. Bar sponsored by Humboldt Distillery. Free parking behind 3125 Beverly Blvd. (enter off Dillon). On view: March 3, 2018; Art Party: 7-11pm; Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd., 90057; http://www.gabbagallery.com/

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February 11, 2018:
The Federal Long Beach offers a week of love (see Feb 14 event below). Sunday brunch just got "lovelier" with a Valentine's Day Edition of Burlesque Brunch! The Federal Underground is hosting a Sweet & Savory Burlesque Brunch. Bottomless mimosas are included with a brunch entrée along with the show. $35 per person. Brunch hours: 12pm-3pm Reserve now (562) 435-2000; The Federal 
102 Pine Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90802; http://www.thefederallb.com/

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February 14, 2018:
Upper West Restaurants celebrates Love with an amazing pre fixe dinner for just $90 per couple.
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Enjoy a three-course meal, plus desert. Entree choices are pan roasted duck breast or grilled ahi tuna. See the full menu on our Dining/Travel Page. Call ASAP to reserve your table.  Upper West, 3321 Pico Blvd, SM, 90404; 310 586-1111; http://www.theupperwest.com/

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February 14, 2018:
The Federal Long Beach will host a three course prix fixe dinner for the big day. A variety of choices are available such as Grilled Melon and Baby Arugula Salad, Butter Poached Maine Lobster Risotto, an Alaskan Halibut, or a Salt-Lick Bone-In Kansas City New York Steak...plus incredible desserts. $65 per person; Event runs: 5pm-10pm; Reserve now (562) 435-2000; The Federal 
102 Pine Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90802; http://www.thefederallb.com/

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February 14, 2018:
Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center hosts a Valentine concert with Richard Turner, Jr. and his Jazz Trio. Admission $25 in Advance or $30 at the door; Reservations 310.462.1439; Performance begins: 7:30pm; At the BMPAC, 4305 Degnan Blvd, Suite 101, LA 90008; http://www.barbramorrison.com/

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February 14, 15, 2018:
Lucha VaVOOM is back with its annual two-night Valentine's spectacular...LA's longest running variety features Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy at the Los Angeles' Mayan Theater with special guest commentator Ron Funches (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Black•ish, New Girl, and Undateable) and a host of incredible talent from the Lucha and performance world.
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Doors for this 21+ event open at 7:00pm and the show goes from 8:00-11:00pm. Tickets are on sale now at $35.00 for general admission tickets (includes balcony and mezzanine seats) and $55.00 for ringside seating; Mayan Theater, 1038 S Hill St., LA 90015; http://luchavavoom.com

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February 15, 2018:
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts hosts an art talk with Ariel Zuniga, a distinguished writer, who is the authority, biographer, and chronicler of his father's works. He is Director of the Zuniga Laborde Foundation in Mexico City. Among his extensive writings on art, he has produced four volumes of the Francisco Zuniga catalogue raisonne and is currently working on its fifth volume. The art talk takes place in conjunction with the current exhibition "Francisco Zuniga: Sculpture & Drawings." Also on view is through March 17, 2018 is "Rico Lebrun in Mexico." Reception: 6:30pm; Art Talk at 7:30pm; Limited Seating – RSVP Requested; RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (323) 938-5222; Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036; http://jackrutbergfinearts.com/

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February 15, 2018:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery celebrates Jenn Pelly and Patty Schemel - The Raincoats 33 1/3 / Hit so Hard (A Memoir). Enjoy a reading and book signing from 7-10pm; La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, LA, 90027; http://laluzdejesus.com

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February 16, 2018:
David Kordansky Gallery celebrates artists and Markus Amm Shahryar Nashat. This exhibition of new paintings will be Amm's first in the United States since 2011...it is also his third with the gallery since 2006. "Image Is an Orphan" features the debut of a new series of wall-based sculptures, as well as a major video installation that was first shown in Nashat's 2017 solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel. On view: March 24, 2018; Art Party: 6-8 pm; David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Place, LA, 90013; http://davidkordanskygallery.com/

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February 17, 2018:
In Santa Monica...Annenberg Community Beach House hosts a panel discussion featuring artists of "Four Million Angels"...currently on view in its gallery.
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Katherine Kean, Width of a Wave (detail), 2014, Oil painting18" x 72"

This exhibition examines the people who fill the streets of Santa Monica on a sunny day. Given the dramatic presence of the ocean, the four million people that live in the City of Los Angeles find Santa Monica to be one of our greatest magnets. Art Talk: 3-5pm; Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way, Santa Monica; CLICK HERE for more details and to rsvp, or visit https://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/

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February 24, 25, 2018:
Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show is a 2 day event being held from 24th February to 25th February 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, United States. This event is a direct-to-consumer travel marketplace which allows leading travel companies to promote their travel brands to thousands of highly qualified travel enthusiasts looking for their next vacation. Tickets are $18; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets and to find out more info; Los Angeles Convention Center - HALLS J/K, 1201 S. Figueroa St., LA, 90015; https://travelshows.com/shows/los-angeles/

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February 24, 2018:
UNICEF USA will host the annual UNICEF Next Generation Art Party in Los Angeles. The event will bring together over 800 of the city’s leading young philanthropists, art collectors and artists to celebrate UNICEF’s lifesaving work and raise funds to support vulnerable children on the move in Mexico. Hosted by: Gabé Hirschowitz, Founding Chair, Art Party and the Art Party Committee Curated by: Carlton DeWoody, Jamie G. Manné, Chelsea Neman Nassib, Jessica Witkin,  the event will feature a collection of unique artwork ranging from $100-$500, with the exception of a few rare items for the silent auction. VISIT our Upcoming Events Page for more info. Tickets range from $40 for GA (entry at 7pm) to $150 for VIP (entry at 5pm); Purchase Tickets Here; Unicef Next Gen Art Party: 5pm entry for VIP; 7pm entry for GA – run till 10:30pm; 800 Main St, Venice, CA 90291; https://nextgenartparty.com/

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February 24, 2018:

de Plume celebrates New York surrealist ClockWork Cros with his first Los Angeles solo exhibition titled "SHADE."
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The exhibition will feature more than 400 double-cut clock portraits of celebrities - all behind black sunglasses -- to the heart of Hollywood to confront this legacy of glamorous detachment. His hand-built clocks explore the disposability of celebrity and confront the longevity and reputation of an iconic life by placing time itself on the face of the subject. On view: March 22; Art Party: 6-10pm; de Plume, 5564 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028; (323) 364-8062; http://www.deplume.gallery

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February 25, 2018:
In Lincoln Heights...enjoy a curator walk through of "Memories on Location" with Christine Rasmussen. This exhibition opened on February 17, and was one of our Top Ten events. Walk Through: 2-3pm at Keystone Gallery, 338 South Ave 16, Los Angeles CA 90031;  http://www.keystoneartspace.com/

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