Whew…there are lots of fantastic events taking place during May. We will be posting additional updates. Our subscribers will be notified. Our next update will be May 9, 2018 – LIKE LAArtParty’s FB Page to find out about new updates.

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May 3, 2018:

Head to San Pedro for the 1st Thursday Art Walk….DeKor Gallery hosts an opening reception. Art Party: 5-9pm; Dekor Gallery 445 West 6th Street San Pedro, CA 90731; https://www.dekorgallery.com/

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May 4, 5, 6, 2018:
Acid Free Book Market is an event organized by about twenty Los Angeles independent publishers since LA Art Book Fair will not be taking place this year.
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The Organizing Committee aims to represent the breadth of independent and not-for-profit publishing on the West Coast, while diversifying the list with select regional and international invitees. Friday, May 4, 2018: 6-9pm; Saturday & Sunday, May 5, & 6, 2018: 11-7pm; Blum & Poe, 2727 La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; For more info, see the FB Event Page.

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May 4, 2018:
Thinkspace is pleased to present “Strange Tales,”the debut solo exhibition of new works by Croatian artist and street muralist Lonac. Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is “Slaying Idols,” featuring new works by Los Angeles-based artist Drew Merritt. On view: May 4, 2018 – May 25, 2018; Art Party: 6-9pm; Thinkspace Projects, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; http://thinkspaceprojects.com

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May 4, 2018:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents “Apocalyptic Orgasm” by artist Carrie Anne Baade. This will mark the artist second exhibition with the gallery. Also opening “Credo” by artist Patrick McGrath Muniz. On view: May 4 -May 27, 2018; Art Party: 8-11pm; La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90027; http://laluzdejesus.com

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May 4, 5, 2018:
Kick off Cinco de Mayo early. Downtown… Lucha VaVOOM is back at the Mayan Theater. The event features mariachi, Aztec dancers, aerialists, folkloricos, hula hoops, low riders, comedy and more at this year’s “Cinco de Mayan Gigante!” Plus, the incredible Mexican singing sensation Amandititita and electro cumbia wizards from Guadalajara, Los Master Plus, are confirmed to perform. Doors for this 21+ event open at 7:00pm and the show goes from 8:00-10:30pm. Special price, all access tickets are still available for $48.50. For tickets and info, visit the website. The Mayan Theater, 1038 S Hill St., LA 90015; http://www.clubmayan.com; http://LuchaVaVOOM.com;

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May 5, 2018:
Happy Cinco de Mayo to you all – visit our Dining Page for some restaurants featuring the best margaritas to toast the holiday…Don’t forget the Upper West Restaurant is hosting a benefit Cinco de Mayo event for HARK 25% of all sales from 5-11pm will go to this important arts charity supporting the Children’s Hospital. Read more about the event HERE.

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May 5, 2018:
Celebrate the launch of the first of a series of group art show fundraisers benefitting the Earth Harmony Foundation, a non-profit educational, environmental, and humanitarian organization dedicated to Planetary Healing, Earth Stewardship, Sustainability, and Global Harmony.
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Take in a handpicked and methodically curated, jury reviewed show at the Love Hacienda. Indulge in mouthwatering tacos, organic tequila (Dulce Vida), and live music by Atom Rose. Admission starts at $30 for the Early Birds, then go up to $35 after the 19th and $40 at the door. Use code FandF to get $5 off; Art Party: 5-10 pm; The Love Hacienda, 4171 S Cloverdale Ave L.A. Ca 90008; Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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May 5, 2018:
Downtown…Durden and Ray presents “KÀN The Art of Looking” curated by Sijia Chen and Lydia Michelle Espinoza; Artists include Carl Berg, Gul Cagin, Hai-Biao Cai, Sijia Chen, Huang Cheng, Roni Feldman, Ed Gomez, Jenny Hager, Ruowan Li, Ty Pownall and Zhengsai Xie. On view: May 5 – 26, 2018; Art Party: 4-7pm; Durden and Ray, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021; http://www.durdenandray.com/

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May 5, 2018:
Also downtown…Werkärtz is pleased to present “Just Another Step on the Staircase,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Organized by Price Latimer, this is the first exhibition of Lindsay-Hogg’s work in the U.S. since 2015. On view: May 5 – 13, 2018; Art Party: 5-8pm, 927 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA 90021; http://www.werkartz.com/

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May 5, 2018:

One more downtown event…Jason Vass offers an opening for “Lines of Inquiry,” an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by A.M. Rousseau. On view: May 5 – June 2, 2018; Art Party: 6-9pm; Jason Vass, 1452 East Sixth Street LA, 90021; http://jasonvass.com

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May 5, 2018:

In Culver City…Walter Maciel Gallery celebrates a new body of work entitled “The Sky above Us” by San Francisco based artist, John Bankston. In galleries 3 and 4, enjoy “Primordial Chaos” by Los Angeles based artist Maria E. Piñeres. On view: May 5 – June 30, 2018; Art Party: 6-8pm; walter maciel gallery, 2642 s. la cienega blvd., LA, 90034; http://www.waltermacielgallery.com

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May 5, 2018:
In Santa Monica…Bg Gallery presents a group show titled. “Stripes.” Over twenty artists collaborate on creating multi striped groupings of artworks. The event celebrates the launch of the Gestalt Projects space at the new location. On view: April 14, – April 29, 2018; Art Party: 6-8pm; bG Gallery’s Gestalt Projects Space, 3009 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica; http://bGartGalleries.com

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May 5, 2018:
The Loft at Liz’s throws an art party for “Nature: Human Nature.”
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Curated by West Coast Design specialist Katie Nartonis, the group exhibition features the work of veteran artists and designers as well as emerging contemporary makers. The show will feature 2D and 3D art and sculpture, as well as design including studio furniture, lighting, pottery and custom textiles. On view: May 5 – June 15, 2018; Art Party: 7-10pm; The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036; http://www.theloftatlizs.com/

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May 5, 2018:
In the West Adams district…Durden and Ray celebrates the opening of “Emulations” at MuzeuMM (this is the 2nd event being presented by this gallery tonight) “Emulations,” curated by Brian Thomas Jones and Ed Gomez, re-examines our relationship to the multidimensional space of the “hyperreal.” Artists include: Dani Dodge, Ichiro Irie, Ben Jackel, Kiel Johnson, Daena Title Brian Thomas Jones and Ed Gomez. On view: May 5 – 26, 2018; Art Party: 7-11pm; MuzeuMM is located at 4817 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016; http://www.durdenandray.com/ http://www.muzeumm.com

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May 6, 2018:
The Hängar hosts a pre-Mother’s Day VENDOR SIP N’SHOP. Enjoy a mimosa while finding that special gift for Mom. Artist Ray Ford will be in attendance exhibiting his wood sculptures. Additional venders include; Casual Kids and Women’s clothing by @MonicaMahoney; Edgy diamond jewelry designs and new hats for spring by @BonebyDawn; Soy Wax candles by @FloresLane; Subtle, simple, yet striking “everyday wardrobe” jewelry by @Year901; Victorian Jewelry & Tarot readings by @TheRougeMaiden; Organic Body products by @WeaversPort; Hand-curated vintage clothing, shoes and accessories by @LuluMageddon; If you are not familiar with the store, stop in, it’s filled with treasures. Event runs: 12-5pm; The Hängar, 3472 S. Centinela Ave., LA 90066; http://www.TheHangarLA.com

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May 6, 2018:
“Beyond the Streets” a graffiti and street art exhibition officially open for a three-month run. Come witness the evolution of an art form in 40,000+ square feet of immersive exhibits. Roger Gastman has organized an eclectic exhibition featuring artists Shepard Fairey, Jason REVOK, FUTURA 2000, LADY PINK, Lee Quiñones, INVADER, HAZE, SWOON, Guerrilla Girls, Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, RETNA and more. On view: May 6 – July 6, 2018; CHECK THE WEBSITE for TIMES AND DATES – some are sold out! Admission: $25; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; Event runs:12-7pm; BEYOND THE STREETS, 1667 N Main St., LA 90012; https://www.beyondthestreets.com/

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May 6, 2018:
Blue 7 Gallery presents a group show titled “Mysterious World.” Guest artist Ray Ford will once again be exhibiting his wood sculptures as part of this exhibition. Additional artists include Irma Dorokhova, Brian Guth, Charles Malinsky, Larissa Pilinsky, Bruce Sanders, and many more.
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On view: May 6 – June 7, 2018; Art Party: 2-5pm; Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405;(310) 449-1444; http://Blue7Gallery.com

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May 6, 2018:
“Requiem: Aching for Acker” a solo exhibition of multimedia works by Aline Mare opens at Beyond Baroque. See the Upcoming Event Feature for more info on this exhibition. On view: May 6 – May 30, 2018; Art Party: 5-7pm; The Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291;  http://www.alinemare.com  http://www.beyondbaroque.org

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May 12, 2018:
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles honors Los Angeles artist Henry Taylor  at the second annual Benefit Brunch today at noon. A special tribute to celebrate the honoree will be presented by Mark Bradford. Proceeds from the Benefit Brunch support ICA LA’s roster of dynamic exhibitions and education programs–all of which are free to the public. Admission starts at $750 per ticket. For further program information and to reserve tables and tickets, please contact brunch@theicala.org; Event begins at 12:pm; Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1717 E. 7th Street, LA, 90021; https://www.theicala.org

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May 12, 2018:
In Boyle Heights…Chimento Contemporary presents our first exhibition with artists David Donald Sutherland and Chas Schroeder: Affinity and Distance. On view: May 12 – June 16, 2018; Art Party: 4 -7pm; Chimento Contemporary 622 South Anderson Street, Space 105, LA 90023; http://www.chimentocontemporary.net/

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May 12, 2018:
Santa Monica Art Studios hosts “nonagon,” which represents the nine women artists who have come together to showcase their work in this 1 night only pop-up event. From painting, photography and printmaking to fiber arts and sculpture, this group of nine have an eye for color and creativity. There is ample free parking. The artists include Janine Brown, Suzanne Budd, Josiane Cohanim, Faina Kumpan, Sandra Lauterbach, Rachelle Mark, Peta Orbach and Mara Zaslove; Art Party: 6-9pmSanta Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Studio #4, Santa Monica, CA 90405; FB Event Page; http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com/

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May 12, 2018:
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce “DEBORAH ROBERTS: Fragile but Fixable,” the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. On view: May 12 – June 16, 2018; Art Party: 6-8pm; Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034; https://luisdejesus.com

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May 13, 2018:
Happy Mother’s Day to all you fabulous mothers!! Time to treat your Mom right…no cooking today. HappyMothersDaypng
Take her out to enjoy some fine dining…after all she deserves it!

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May 13, 2018:
Take Mom to the legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach to enjoy a special Mother’s Day Champagne Sunday Brunch in the Grand Salon. The brunch includes a full breakfast buffet (pancakes, waffles) with an omelet station, in addition to non-breakfast items, a carving station is also featured, as well as International food choices, desserts, and lots more. Live entertainment; Reservations recommended. $69.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), Children $24.95; Parking: $8 with validation for up to 3 hours; Event runs: 9:00pm – 4:00pm; Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802; http://www.queenmary.com

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May 13, 2018:
Ocean Prime Beverly Hills offers some brunch specials for Moms to celebrate. Specialty items such as crab and eggs, french toast and quiche will be served. Visit the website for a full menu. Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 859-4818, https://www.ocean-prime.com/

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May 13, 2018:
Take Mom to one of my favorite restaurants…the Upper West for some Ahi Tuna crispy tacos – delish! The Hope Ranch mussels appetizer (garlic-saffron broth, chorizo sarta, cilantro, grilled ciabatta, preserved lemon) is out of this world. It’s quite a large serving, and can be shared or ordered as an entree. The sauce is fantastic and a great dipping sauce with bread. Let Mom indulge in Chef Nick Shipp’s famous Chicken Tawook (tomato & yogurt marinated pittman farms chicken, chana masala, herbs, mango, salsa verde, labneh), or Pan Roasted Seabass (green lentil mujadara, tahini, lemon, tomato chutney).
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My favorite is the Braised Prime Short Rib (6 hour braised rib, creamy cheddar polenta, tarragon pesto, and fresno…Yum!! Impress your Mom at the Upper West, 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90405; Reservations can be made by calling 310-586-1111; http://theupperwest.com

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May 19, 2018:
18th Street Arts Center holds its third major Pico Block Party community festival focused around youth artists and empowering youth voices today from 3-6pm. The family-friendly artistic festival will feature youth-led art-making workshops, performances, open studios with resident artists, exhibitions, food trucks, and other creative activities. The Pico Block Party series grew out of 18th Street Arts Center’s in-depth community outreach programs, including its bilingual neighborhood oral history project, CultureMapping90404.org. That project spurred the creation of a Neighborhood Advisory Council in 2018, who helped shaped the content for this Pico Block Party along the theme of “Empowering Youth Voices.” Check out the exhibitions currently on view at the arts center. Event runs: 3:00pm – 6:00pm; 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St Santa Monica, CA 90404; CLICK HERE to RSVP for this FREE event. http://18thstreet.org/

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May 19, 2018:

Tonight, a special preview for the Venice Art Walk and cocktail reception takes place at Google Los Angeles. Gain early access to the Venice Art Walk’s legendary silent auction and secure works by leading contemporary artists. Note: This event is exclusive to Venice Art Walk Angels. Click HERE to find out more details about the Angel Membership Program and see how you can join today and BECOME AN ANGEL. 

CLICK HERE to find out about tomorrow’s event which is open to the public – The Venice Art Walk is one of our Top Ten Events for May. Art Party (Must be an ANGEL sponsor): 5:00pm – 7:00pm; Google Los Angeles,
340 Hampton Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90291; https://theveniceartwalk.org

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May 19, 2018:
Enjoy an art talk with Aline Mare in conjunction with her solo exhibition “Requiem: Aching for Acker” currently on view at Beyond Baroque. See the Upcoming Event Feature for more info on this exhibition.
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On view: May 6 – May 30, 2018; Art talk: 2:00pm; The Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; http://www.alinemare.com  
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May 21, 2018:
Attend a reception for the “Bunker Opens Doors” tonight. Work with both the stylistic tendencies characteristic of Bunker and the spirit of free expression, intellectual and artistic liberty will be on view. Event runs: May 20, 12 – 3 pm(coinciding with the Annual Russian Cultural Festival). On view: April 1 to May 25, 2018; Art Party: 12-3pm; The Long Hall at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046; https://larkgallery.com/

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May 21, 2018:
The Broad Stage and Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University present “ARTISTS TALK: A Conversation with L.A. Artists, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Charles Gaines.” Moderated by Anne Ellegood, this event is the second program in a series of talks with influential California-based artists, established to explore the living legacy of Los Angeles’ vibrant contemporary art scene. Reception: 6:30pm; On-Stage Conversation: 7:30pm; Admission ranges from $35-$75; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA; http://www.thebroadstage.org

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May 26, 2018:
Building Bridges Art Exchange holds an opening reception for “HOX Zodiac,” a collaborative project between an artist and neuroscientist since 2008. Based on the Chinese animal zodiac and the Hox gene, it has evolved into a “dinner” that addresses through experience and dialogue our deep relationship with animals as companions, food and lab experiments. The project brings up issues of GMO and food in a very personal way and also points to the growing influence of Chinese culture in the West. On view: May 27 – July 9; Art Party: 5pm; RSVP: buildingbridgesax@gmail.com; Building Bridges Art, Exchange, Bergamot Station Arts Center,2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2, Santa Monica, CA 90404; https://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org

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