We have updated this list of additional art and entertainment events for May 2017. Remember, to check our back on the 15th of each month, *(for additional update) as we add more events for the latter half of the month. – Hope to see you at the art parties!


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May 12,  2017: 
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Skirball Cultural Center’s exhibition “Paul Simon: Words & Music” at night for FREE! Stop by anytime between 6:00 and 10:00pm tonight to celebrate the artist’s enduring legacy. At 7:00 p.m., take a tour of the exhibition led by Museum Director Robert Kirschner. Read my Huffington Post Review about this exhibition.
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[Paul Simon by Edie Baskin CM#1784] Paul Simon, New York, 1975. Photograph by Edie Baskin 

“Paul Simon: Words & Music,” opened at the Skirball Cultural Center on April 27, 2017. The traveling exhibition is curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Developed based on exclusive interviews with the artist, the show will walk visitors through Simon’s life and music and illuminate his creative process. On view will be instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, and stage maquettes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon’s six-decade career. Exclusively for the Los Angeles presentation, “Paul Simon: Words & Music” will include additional artifacts from Simon’s private archive and a newly created music lab developed by the Skirball in cooperation with Roland Corporation. 

For additional info, visit our Upcoming Event Feature. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Admission to exhibitions: $12 General; $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $7 Children 2-12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays. On view: April 27 – September 3, 2017; The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049; (310) 440-4500; skirball.org

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May 12, 2017:
In harmony with the upcoming 2017 Getty PST: LA/LA and following the path paved by Latinos such as Ricardo Montalbán, The Montalbán Theater, located in the heart of Hollywood, is proud to present “Modern Angelenos.” Featuring works of art by Victor Castillo, Pablo Cristi, Fabian Debora, Oscar Magallanes, Poli Marichal, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Monica Orozco, Antonio Pelayo, Sandra Vista, Wenceslao Quirozand, and Sonia Romero, among others. “Modern Angeleno” is a jointly curated exhibition between art historian/curator Isabel Rojas-Williams and Baha Danesh – artist, founder, curator at WeChooseArt.com; 7-11pm; The Montalban, 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, California 90028; FB Event Page;

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May 13, 2017:
Join artist Kathy Leader in celebrating our wonderful Mothers by creating art for, or with, your mother. All levels and ages welcome! 
Admission charge: $30 – CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; Workshop: 2-4pm; 11693 San Vicente Blvd, #551, Los Angeles, CA 90049; (310) 339-6289; www.theart-process.com

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May 13, 2017:
Launch LA Chinatown hosts a closing reception and artist walk-through of “Western Pictures” featurig the art of Eric Nash. I love this artist and wrote an article for Artillery Magazine and interviewed him a few years back. As on ongoing series, “Western Pictures” explores scenes from daily encounters with Los Angeles. Street signs, buildings, businesses and iconic landmarks become cinematic sets when rendered in Nash’s monochromatic palette. 4-6pm; Launch LA, 936 Mei Ling Way, LA 90012; http://www.launchla.org/

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May 13, 2017:
In Culver City…Head to Samuel Freeman. “PARATEXTUAL” is a group exhibition featuring works by Basma Alsharif, Maura Brewer, Juan Capistran, David Horvitz, Shevuan Wright and Samira Yamin.  Opening Reception: 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Artist Walkthrough: 5:00-6:00pm; Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 00034; http://www.samuelfreeman.com

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May 13, 2017:
huZ Gallery presents a solo exhibition titled  “Luis Sanchez: Introspection.” 
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Art Party: 6-8pm; huZ Gallery, 341 W.7th St. San Pedro, 90731; https://www.huzgalleries.com/

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May 13, 2017:
Kira Vollman, longtime contributor and collaborator in both the art and experimental music scene in Los Angeles, will present Ascending Intervals a solo exhibition at Neutra Institute and Museum in Silverlake.  On View May 9 – 28, 2017; 6-10pm; The Neutra Institute Museum & Gallery, 2379 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039; https://neutra.org

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May 14, 2017:
In Chinatown…Enjoy an art talk and closing reception for “
Hollywood & Fine,” a presentation of contemporary and historical fine art focused on Hollywood in all it’s ramifications. Art Talk: 3-6pm; A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books, 502 Chung King, LA, 90012; www.veniceica.org www.aggeiger.com

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May 14, 2017:  MOTHER’s Day! 
Don’t forget your mom on Mother’s Day. See our Mother’s Day Gift Giving article on our Retail Page for gift ideas from local designers.

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May 14, 2017:  MOTHER’s Day! 
Take Mom to Descanso Gardens for a lovely brunch. Check out my THRIVE GLOBAL article (Arianna Huffington’s website) about a day trip I took to Descanso Gardens. The brunch takes place in the rose garden and will feature a harpist performance and caricature artist for a fun memento to take home. strawberries, toasted almonds.
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Enjoy a Baker’s basket of fresh baked muffins, croissants and Danish, served with sweet butter and fresh fruit preserves, Soft scrambled eggs with crème fraiche and chives, apple wood smoked bacon and pork breakfast sausage. Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, sugar Bar: granulated, powder, raw, dark brown, Milk Bar: whole, non-fat, soy, almond, Yogurt Bar: vanilla, plain Greek. Fruit Bar: navel oranges, D’Anjou pears, Gala apples, bananas, assorted wild berries. Chopped Fruit: watermelon, pineapple, honeydew. There will also be a baked potato bar, Carved roast beef, natural au jus, fresh horseradish, Crispy fried chicken and beignets with lots of sides and veggies. Plus House made to order crepes will be available featuring Nutella, caramelized banana, chocolate sauce, creamy peanut butter, wild berry jam, powdered sugar, fresh cheese, vanilla Chantilly. Four seatings 9:00am; 11;30am; 2:00pm; 4:00pm; Brunch ranges from $25-$75 (depending if you are a member. https://store.patinagroup.com/store/?id=496

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May 18, 2017: 
Meet local artists at the Venice Art Crawl (which happen quarterly on the third Thursday of the month). Enjoy art, culture and entertainment from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. The events runs from Venice Blvd, from the beach to Oakwood Blvd., and surrounding areas. Check the website for more details…as of posting this – it was NOT updated…but as it gets closer to the date, check back. http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

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May 20 & 21, 2017
The Beverly Hills artSHOW takes place today and tomorrow. Celebrating 44 years, the artSHOW featues over 240 artists and all types of media such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital media, drawing, printmaking, glass, two and three-dimensional mixed-media, painting, photography, sculpture and watercolor. The FREE event takes place from 10am to 6pm and runs along Santa Monica Boulevard from Rodeo Drive to Rexford. See our Upcoming Event Feature for additional info or visit www.beverlyhills.org/artshowinfo   


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May 20, 2017: 

The Craft in America Center celebrates the art of Kazuki Takizawa. Los Angeles artist Kazuki Takizawa captures human emotions in the shimmering, fragile form of glass. Passion, turmoil, self-expression, and mental health are driving forces behind Takizawa’s articulate approach to sculpture; for the past decade, Takizawa has been using the medium of glass to bring awareness to suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, and therapy. The artist uses blown and shaped glass to shed light on the darkness that can overwhelm those who face depression, disorder, and mental illness in their lives. His powerful bulbous shapes and vessels encapsulate these taboo topics and provide a personal catharsis to the artist. Art Talk 4:pm; Art Reception 5-7pm; Craft in America Center, 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; http://www.craftinamerica.org/

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May 20, 2017: 
In Culver City…Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents “Vernacular Environments, Part 1,” a group exhibition of works selected from the 1960s through present day that explore the diversity of tensions between built environments, bodies, and narratives. Among the artists featured in this exhibition are Stephen Berens, Jennifer Bolande, Raúl Cordero,William Leavitt, John Mason, Alex Schweder, Robert Smithson, Clarissa Tossin, and MICA-TV (Michael Owen/Carole Ann Klonarides) in collaboration with Dike Blaire, Dan Graham, and Christian Marclay. On view: May 20 – July 15, 2017; Art Party: 6-8pm; Edward Cella Art + Architecture, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034; http://www.edwardcella.com/

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May 20, 2017: 

In Playa Vista…THE Party is the concluding event of the 2017 Venice Design Series: 
Architecture + Arts. The VDS consists of six personalized events between April 29 and May 20, taking place in locations from Venice to Malibu and Culver City, led by leading architects and art patrons. THE Party, on May 20 is the culminating event of the Series, which raises funds for the non-profit Venice Community Housing.
May20-2017-VeniceDesignSeriesTHE Party will take place at ad agency 72andSunny, in the former HQ of the Howard Hughes corporation in Playa Vista. ADMISSION $500.00; FOOD AND DRINK WILL BE SERVED; 310-505-4220; 7-10pm; venicedesignseries.org

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May 20, 2017: 
The Loft at Liz’s host an art party to celebrate the art of Anna Dusi “Ardumman House Project – Drawings And Sounds.” Anna Dusi absorbed the magic of Ireland and she “blended” with the soul of Ardrumman House. Sound installation by Giuseppe Patanè. Curated by Kio Griffith. In collaboration with Instituto Italiano Di Cultura; Artist talk June 14, 7- 9pm; Artist Reception: 7-10pm; The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave (upstairs), Los Angeles 90036; http://www.theloftatlizs.com

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May 21, 2017:  
The Venice Art Walk takes place today. Visit the stuidios of local Venice artists. Tickets are $50 and will benefit the Venice Family Clinic. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; Studio tour runs from 12-4pm, then from 4-6pm, head to the silent art auction (open to the public – free) at Google, 340 Main Street; https://theveniceartwalk.org/


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Performances run through June 30, 2017: (extended through June 2016) *admission
In Hollywood…The hit play ELEVATOR, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, returns to Los Angeles for a special limited engagement at The Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood. The cast features Devon Werkheiser (Nickelodeon’s “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”) William Stanford Davis (Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”), Deborah Vancelette (FX’s “Terriers”), David Abed (Blue Man Group), Karsen Rigby, Erica Katzin and Kristina St. Peter.

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The creative team includes scenic and lighting designer David Goldstein (Off Broadway’s Soul Doctor, Stalking the Bogeyman, Ghostlight) and original music and sound designer Mario Marchetti (who has collaborated with such artists as Demi Lovato, JoJo, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, among many others). ELEVATOR runs through Sunday, April 30, 2017. 

See a review of the play on our Review Page

Performances take place from Sat, Mar 25 – Sun, Apr 30, 2017 ( 8pm; Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm); Single tickets are now available for $40. 
Click Here to purchase tickets, or call (323) 960-7787. Ticket prices subject to change. No late seating will be accommodated. Coast Playhouse 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 90069; http://www.coastplayhouse.org

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