Let’s enjoy the final days of MAY…and the Memorial Day weekend. Take some time to slow down…celebrate our men and woman in the military, and enjoy our family. Our June post will be added on May 31, 2018. 

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May 26, 27, 28, 2018:
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer. Celebrating 45 years, Topanga Days celebrates forty-five years this weekend. 
May26-28-2018-topangadays copyThe annual festival offers two stages featuring musical acts, contests, games, art vendors, food, Fun Zone, and a parade. The main stage features well known acts such as Milo Greene, X, Breakestra – check the website for the full schedule. The Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade takes place along Route 27 (Topanga Canyon Boulevard) on Monday morning. This year’s Grand Marshal is actor Jason Momoa. Single day, non-member tickets are priced at $25 with various options for three-day passes, kids, seniors and military. On Memorial Day, all members of the armed forces (past and present) with military I.D. receive free entrance to the Festival. Saturday, Sunday, Monday
, May 26, 27 & 28 2017; 
10am – 7pm; Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. https://topangadays.com/

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May 26, 27, 28, 2018:
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by heading to Hermosa Beach for the 46th Annual Fiesta Hermosa. Enjoy a beer and wine garden, a food court, art and craft booths, and a kid’s carnival. This event features artisans of all types, painters, photographers, sculptors, and jewelry designers. With two stages featuring tribute bands, you can dance off all that delicious kettle corn you consume. Event runs 10-6pm each day (Saturday, Sunday Monday). Hermosa Ave & Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254; http://fiestahermosa.net/

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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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May 26, 2018:
Santa Monica Art Studios (SMAS) hosts the 11th annual event for ARTRIBE Los Angeles. An annual student-run gallery event showcasing high schoolers’ visual art and music to benefit the SPIRAL Foundation. Operating since 2007, ARTRIBE has generated hundreds of thousands dollars, all of which has been returned to Vietnam and Nepal to fund much-needed humanitarian aid programs. Art Party: 6-10pm; Admission $15; SMAS 3026 Airport Ave., SM 90405;  
http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com/

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May 26, 2018:
Downtown…Track 16 Gallery present Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet’s “American Procession,” a panorama of American icons and ideology. The project was executed on two seventeen foot long woodblock prints plus a “title page” woodblock print. Pignolet and Birk will also be exhibiting individual works including a new series of #metoo ceramics by Pignolet and lithographs and etchings by Birk.
May26-2018-Track16-SandowBirkandElysePignoletjpgOn view: May 26 to July 28, 2018; Art Party: 6-10pm; RSVP at Facebook Event Page; TRACK 16, The Bendix Building, 1206 Maple Ave, #1005, Los Angeles, CA 90015; http://track16.com

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May 26, 2018:
Also in the Bendix Building…Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles (TSA.LA), also hosts an opening reception for “NOR HEAT NOR GLOOM OF NIGHT.” On view: May 26 – Jun 17, 2018; Art Party: 7-10pm; Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles (TSA.LA), The Bendix Building, 1206 Maple Avenue, #523, LA, 90015; http://www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com

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May 26, 2018:
HouseGuest offers a reception for “Volume I of Rule of a High Priest” featuring artist Anne Guro. The solo exhibition is curated by Sam Shoemaker and Patrick Michael Ballard. Art Party: 7-10pm; HouseGuest, 8902 Guthrie Ave. Los Angeles, CA; http://www.anneguro.com/

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May 27, 2018

Catalyze opens tonight at Atche Art Space. The multicultural show is a part of the Shed Collective. Catalyze features a 2-person show with Los Angeles artists, Dani Dodge and Chenhung Chen. Also on view: Scott Froschauer will be exhibiting one of his well-known reassuring street signs and an outdoor, interactive installation by artists, Ching Ching Cheng and Diane Williams. In the Music studio, Non Credo: Kira Vollman & Joe Berardi will perform their blend of electronics, vocals, and bass clarinet to create improvised atmospheric landscapes. On view: May 27 –June 30, 2018; Art Party: 3-6pm; Atche Art Space, 3908 Wawona St. LA, 90065; See FB Event Page.

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May 28, 2018: 
Memorial Day is here!! Thank you to all our men and woman in the armed forces. I hope you and your loved ones have a great day – SLOW Down – Yeah, I need to do that.
MemorialDaylogoRelax and vegetate. That is all I want to do. Of course there are several events taking place over the holiday weekend which continue today – such as Topanga Days, (listed above) etc.

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May 29, 2018:
A group shop for the CA Artists Spring Show will be celebrated tonight at Open Mind Art Space. The exhibition features Kim Nelson, Melissa Carter, Carlos Rene Castro, Heather Hedman, Jose Angel Hernandez, Hayley Samantha Jensen, Grigor Malinov, Jessica Newman and many more. This is a ONE night exhibition. Art Party: 7:30pm – 10:00pm; Open Mind Art Space, 11631 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025; http://www.openmindartspace.com

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May 30, 2018:
LACE is thrilled to celebrate its 40th anniversary as the longest-running contemporary artist space in Los Angeles, at the annual Benefit Art Auction on May 30, 2018 at Vibiana with a special reception by celebrity chef Neal Fraser’s Redbird. Visit the Upcoming Event Page for additional info and a list of artists.
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Admission starts at $200 per person – CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. The online auction launches May 16, 2018 on Paddle8. PRIVATE HOST COMMITTEE RECEPTION starts at 6:00pm with all night DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club; SILENT AUCTION AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION at 7:00pm with a special performance by Rachel Mason with Kevin Zambrano & Mao; LIVE AUCTION begins at 8:00pm and runs through 9:00pm; Vibiana, 214 S. Main Street, LA, 90012; http://welcometolace.org/

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May 30, 2018:
Open Mind Art Space hosts a reception for a solo exhibition for artist Hutch Dano. This is a ONE night exhibition. Art Party: 7:30pm – 10:00pm; Open Mind Art Space, 11631 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025; http://www.openmindartspace.com

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