Happy Holidays to you all…Although Hanukkah is over, Santa is coming soon, along with Winter Solstice and Kwanzaa. This will be final post for December and 2018! Don’t forget to check our Upcoming Page for lots more events….see our Features drop-down, AND our Performance drop-down for more events in December. I’ll catch up with you in 2019!!!
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LAArtParty.com NEWS


LAArtParty art critic Joseph A. Hazani is pleased to announce the launch of his fine arts criticism Patreon page at: https://www.patreon.com/adilettante. Patrons can promote the public cultivation of Los Angeles high culture by supporting the endless task of art criticism to answer the question “what is good art?” Mr. Hazani affirms the answer is art that beatifies living as timelessly and universally as possible, and examines public works of art according to this criterion. Patrons will receive the latest art and theatre opening reviews – offered as separate monthly subscriptions through the website – in their email inboxes and have access to the reviews in downloadable digital reader format (Kindle, iBooks, etc.). Future goals, listed on the Patreon page, include expanding the available review format to podcasting and podcasting artist interviews.

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December 13, 2018:

Gloria Delson Fine Art presents “The Meaning of L,” by Ty Joseph. Although influenced by Pop Art, with its bold, eye-catching images and impersonal approach, at the core of Ty Joseph’s work is an intense desire to express individuality, elegance, and social interactions by applying symbolic overtones. Art Party: 6-10pm; GDCA, 727 S. Spring St. LA, 90014; http://www.GDCAgallery.com

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December 15, 2018:
Bergamot hosts its annual Winter Open House. Enjoy this wonderful holiday celebration of arts and culture with a variety of fine art gallery exhibitions + festive food + live music and more! Parking is limited at Bergamot, due to the metro, so visitors are highly encouraged to carpool, ride share or take the Metro! The Expo stop is onsite at the exit 26th St/Bergamot. Craig Krull Gallery (B3) hosts an opening 4-6pm and Building Bridges Art Exchange has one from 6-9pmEvent runs 11 – 5pm; Bergamot, 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM; http://visitbergamot.com

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December 15, 2018:
Head to San Pedro for an art talk and gallery tour at the Loft. VICA founder Juri Koll offers a walk-through of the solo exhibition “William Turtle: An Undiscovered Legacy.” Read more about the exhibition on the Event Feature (located on the Artists / Exhibitions Page under the On View drop-down. Event runs: 1:00pm – 3:00pm; The Loft in San Pedro, 401 S Mesa St, San Pedro, 90731; https://www.veniceica.org/

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December 15, 2018:
Join JAUS for the closing reception of the solo show “Captain Rooftop” by artist Julie Orser. This exhibition will most likely the last brick-and-mortar exhibition for JAUS in its current manifestation. JAUS Director Ichiro Irie will continue nomadic and online activities as an independent curator, as JAUS, and as a member of the curatorial collective QiPO. WE LOVE you JAUS and Ichiro…LAArtParty and our readers will miss your events! Art Party: 2pm to 4pm; JAUS, 11851 La Grange Ave, LA, 90025; http://www.jausart.com/

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December 15, 2018
In Long Beach…C Gallery on Broadway presents the official opening for “Everything Begins Elsewhere,” a solo exhibition by Annie Clavel. Find out more on the Upcoming Event Feature.
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Art Party: 5-8pm; C Gallery on Broadway, 441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802; https://www.cgalleryonbroadway.com/

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December 15, 2018:

Los Angeles Art Association presents the 2018 Open Show, LAAA’s signature survey exhibition featuring the very best in emerging art, juried by Cynthia Corbett, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London. Artists include: Julia Alexander-Bates, Danielle Bewer, Liza Botkin, Ellen Cantor, Cung-Ping Cheng, Connie Conway, Paula, Craioveanu, Michelle Lynn Dyrness, Tony Gangitano, Carlos Grasso, Brooke Harker, Meghan Hedley, Shelley Heffler, Gina Herrera, Peter Hiers, Julienne Johnson, Caroline PM Jones, Joes Joseph, Carol Kleinman, Shannon Lee, Margaret Lewis, Mercedes McDonald, Janet Milhomme, Chris Shelby, Carl Shubs, Stephen Spiller, Mara Zaslove, and many more. On view: December 15, 2018 – January 11, 2019; Art Party: 6- 9pm; Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069; https://www.laaa.org

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December 15, 2018:

In the Rampart District…Gabba Gallery hosts its second art Party for “Wishlist,” a “cash and carry” show, once a piece sells, another piece is put in. Given the nature of this show, it has evolved into a whole new show! Art Party: 7-11pm; Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd, LA, 90057; https://www.gabbagallery.com/

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December 15, 2018:
The Malibu Guitar Festival proudly presents Heal For The Holidays…benefitting Malibu fire victims through the Boys and Girls Club Of Malibu Emergency Relief Fund. Dec15-2018-MalibuGuitarFestBenefit

Featuring Performances by Butch Walker, Coffee Shop Trio, Brandon Jenner, Cisco Adler, Canyon Grass, Kenneth Brian, Sky Renee, Chase Anderson. Music Direction By Steve Ferrone.Support the cause by shopping at the Holiday Pop Up Shop – Including the Following Brands will be participating: Dawn Baker/Happy LA, Lady J, Zadig, Voltaire, Jim Evans Artwork, D’Angelico Guitars and more brands. Read more about this benefit on the Event Feature (under the Upcoming Events Page). Admission is $100 suggested donation; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. Event: 7pm; music starts at 7:30pm; Casa Escobar Malibu, 22969 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265; http://malibuguitarfestival.com/

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December 15, 2018:
ShockBoxx Projects presents the “Miniature Art Show.” The group show features artists Lark, Eva Montealegre, Ronen Pollak, Tom Wright, and many more. Art Party: 7-9pm; ShockBoxx Projects, 636 Cypress Ave, Hermosa Beach, 90254; 
https://www.shockboxxproject.com/


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December 16, 2018:
bG Gallery presents “Gifted,” a table show of gift-able artworks and fine crafts created by artists. One-day holiday festivities occur on the 16th and 22nd for last minute gifters. Artist Ray Ford will be exhibiting his wood sculptures at this event. Original works of art make for a perfect gift for your loved ones. Event runs: 1-4pm; BG Gallery, 3009 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90405; http://www.santamonica.bgartdealings.com

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December 16, 2018:
In Mar Vista…The Hangar celebrates the paperback release of WRDSMTH’s novel — ‘The Holden Age of Hollywood.
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WRDSMTH will also be offering & signing Merch, including a brand new ‘Aspire To Inspire’ tote bag in addition to prints, shirts, pins, etc. Buy a tote and stuff it with merch…makes a great gift! The book is also available online at: WRDSMTH.com; Event runs from 2-5pm; The Hangar, 3472 South Centinela Avenue – Los Angeles, CA 90066; https://thehangarla.com/

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December 16, 2018:
Boomtown Brewery hosts an all out bash to benefit the International Association of Fire Fighters. Given the recent devastating fires that consumed our golden state, Boomtown felt the need to give back in the best way they know how – a party for the books that will feature tasty food from Stoked! BBQ, delicious craft beer, and live performances by artists like Dave Yaden and others (TBD) all sandwiched between some of the best DJ’s in Los Angeles. Your first beer will be included in the ticket price, and Boomtown will be donating a portion of all beer sales to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), who help victims of fires as well as the firemen themselves. Admission for this event are $20 with 100% of the proceeds going to help fire fighters. Donations will be taken on site as well. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; Event runs: 2-8pm; Boomtown Brewery, 700 Jackson Street, LA, 90012; https://boomtownbrew.com

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December 16, 2018:
Big Pictures Los Angeles has extended its current group show “sweet cheeks,” and will host a closing party. Enjoy cocktails and S’mores and cocktails by Mélanie Faure. All are welcome, please rsvp so there will be enough S’mores and cocktails to go around. RSVP to: info@bigpictures.la; Art Party: 4:00pm – 6:30pm; Big Pictures Los Angeles · 2424 W. Washington Blvd. LA, 90018; http://bigpictures.la/

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December 16, 2018: 
In Venice…Public Works Improvisational Theatre presents A Voice In The Well Production. 
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Ring in the holiday season with “Jingle Bell Rock” an evening of lively variety arts programming – celebrating talented singers, storytellers, poets, musicians and comics. Performers include Lee Boek, Fred Rubin, Peter Kosenko, the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers. Produced and hosted by Eric Vollmer. Admission $10 /donation based; Students and Seniors $6 / Members Free; Event runs: 7-9pm; Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; (323) 762-6073; http://www.beyondbaroque.org/
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Enjoy the holidays…
Take in some fine art at local museums. We are so lucky to live in a city that is FILLED with wonderful art institutions such as LACMA, the Hammer Museumthe BroadMOCAHauser & Wirth, and the Skirball Cultural Center. Don’t forget to check our Upcoming Events Page for additional options. See Performances drop-down for our staff picks for theatre productions. Plus we have more events posted on our Features drop-down too.

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December 22, 2018:
bG Gallery presents a chance for you to find original art gifts for your holiday list. “Gifted” is a table show of gift-able artworks and gift-able fine crafts created by artists. Ray Ford will be exhibiting his wood sculptures at this event. It’s a perfect one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones this holiday season.
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Ray Ford creates his original wood sculpures in his studio.

Event runs: 2-4pm; BG Gallery, 3009 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90405; http://www.santamonica.bgartdealings.com

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TOP TEN ALERT: December 22, 2018 – All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 performance at The Broad Stage …see the home Page.

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December 22, 2018:
Street Art House hosts a closing art party to celebrate Karen Bystedt and “The Lost Warhols Show.” When Karen Bystedt was an outgoing NYU photography student in the early 80’s, she made a bold move and cold called Andy Warhol at Interview Magazine. Her request? For the pop artist to sit for a photography session for a project she was working on. He agreed to be photographed as a male model. Two weeks later, he met her in the conference room at The Factory. The resulting photographs became the subject of a dynamic art show. See the Event Feature – the opening was one of LAArtParty’s Top Ten Events and there are several other events taking place in conjunction with the exhibition. Admission is $17. Click HERE to purchase tickets. Closing Art Party:  5:00pm -9:00pm;  Street Art House Playa Vista, 12775 Millennium Drive (located on Runway Road), Unit 115, Playa Vista, CA 90094; https://www.streetarthouse.com/

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December 23, 2018:

Sing-a-long with the classic film White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The entire audience will join in as the movie plays on the big screen with the lyrics of the musical numbers projected at the bottom of the screen. Admission ranges from $34-$69. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. Two shows – one day only: 3pm and 8pm;  Walt Disney Concert Hall, 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown; https://www.laphil.com/

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December 24, 2018:
The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers (that is the holiday band I sing with) perform tonight at James Beach in Venice. The food is fabulous here.
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Book a reservation and enjoy a wonderful meal cooked just for you and let us – the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers, entertain you. Dinner runs from 5-10pm, but be aware, we go on at 7pm for roughly an hour. James Beach, 60 North Venice, Venice 90291; CLICK HERE for event info. https://jamesbeach.com  

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Through December 30, 2018:

Dixie Tupperware’s party returns to Los Angeles, featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party out of the living room and into the 21st century. Written by Kris Andersson, the one-woman show is directed by Patrick Richwood. Runs December 1 – 30, 2018; Performances: Wed-Sat 8:00pm & Sat matinee 2pm, Sun matinee 1pm; Admission ranges from $35 to $75 for VIP tix. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; 9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232; https://www.centertheatregroup.org

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December is the time to put some ice skates on. Many of you may not know, I starting ice skating when I was just 6 years old and toyed with the idea of going professional – Remember Olymic champion Dorothy Hamill?…she skated at my neighborhood skating rink. My skating partner (my brother) dropped me way too many times…that helped change my mind. 

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Photo courtesy of Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

Head downtown to the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, celebrates its 20th anniversary, in downtown LA. Surrounded by city lights, it made a fantastic romantic or family setting. During the day the views are breathtaking as well.
Open thru: January 15, 2019; Check the website for admission and hours. http://holidayicerinkdowntownla.com/

Or in Santa Monica…take advantage of its holiday pop up 8,000 square-foot ice skating rink located on 5th and Arizona. Head to the beach AND do some skating while you are there…what more could you want? Check website for admission for all-day skating, which includes skate rental. Find more info on http://www.downtownsm.com/

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TOP TEN ALERT: December 31, 2018 – LA Music Center’s New Year’s Eve LA at Grand Park…see the home Page.

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December 31, 2018
Spend New Year’s eve at the Bungalow Santa Monica. DJ Jason Bentley & Kayper will be spinning in a in a tented outdoor dance Fête. Enjoy a premium hosted bar, small bites, casino games, dancing and more! Email ahead to make VIP table reservations – NYE.SM@thebungalow.com; Event: 8:00pm; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. http://www.thebungalow.com/

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December 31, 2018:
The Upper West is THE place to be on New Year’s eve. The popular Santa Monica restaurant will be offering two seatings to ring in the New Year. The earlier time (4:30-6:30pm) allows diners to choose from the full menu…and there will still be time to make it to another New Year’s eve party, or go home to celebrate.
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The second seating begins at 8pm and runs to 10pm. This includes a champagne toast for New Years and a four-course pre fixe menu. At 11pm, a dj will keep the place hoppin’ during the big event. The Times Square countdown will allow the entire restaurant to celebrate with the rest of the world. Call to make a reservation now…310 586-1111; The Upper West, 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404; http://www.theupperwest.com

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December 31, 2018:
Crustacean Beverly Hills offers a glamorous New Year’s eve. With three options, one can attend the early seating between 5-6:30pm to enjoy an a la carte dinner by 8:30, or partake in a prix fixe dinner from 8:30 to 10pm, with champagne and entertainment ($198 pp), or have your own party with white glove service in a private dining room (16 people max). For more info about the menu or to book, contact IsabelM@houseofan.com or call (310) 205-8905; 468 N Bedford Dr, Beverly Hills, California 90210; www.CrustaceanBH.com

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December 31, 2018:
Yamashiro will host of a luminous New Year’s party. Yamashiro is a traditional Japanese mansion in the Hollywood Hills also used as an event space…perfect for this celebration. Stocked with amenities like a 5-hour premium open bar and a live DJ heating up the dance floor with Top 40, Hip-Hop, House, and mash-up hits, the evening peaks in a DJ-led live countdown to midnight complete with complimentary champagne and party favors outdoor pool with a Buddha temple and unparalleled views of the city of Los Angeles. Event runs 9:00pm – 2:00am; Admission is $125 per person; No Refunds; *Food will not be served at this event. if you are interested in dining, see the website for additional options CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for non-food New Year’s eve event. Yamashiro, 1999 N Sycamore Ave. LA, 90068; https://yamashirohollywood.com

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