Lots going on tonight…..Paris Photo Los Angeles takes place all day at Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., LA 90038. Check out their website http://www.parisphoto.com/losangeles/

In Venice….Enjoy a closing reception, art party and benefit at Trunk Gallery. The silent art auction was created to benefit Oakgrove, a human relations retreat program based at Venice High School, which opened on Saturday, March 30. This is your last chance to support the cause and go home with an incredible piece of art.

Sat March30 SottTansey GrayGlacierIcebergWorks of art donated by Venice High students and community artists, including Nick Busco, Raffaello Grimaldi, Scott Tansey Michael Temple, Lili Raygoza, Keiden Oguri and Joshua Hernandez, will be on view for four weeks.

See image: by Scott Tansey

Scott Tansey donated a piece of his work….as part of tonight’s benefit. Tansey’s most recent trip to Patagonia inspired him to capture incredible images of mountain ranges, icebergs and rarely captured landscapes.

A dedicated photographer, Tansy has traveled the world in search of magnificent landscapes.  On expeditions, scott is always the first one up and last to return. Scott Tansey’s panoramic phototgraphy is currently on view at Figtree’s Cafe. http://www.scotttanseyphoto.com

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Photographer Nick Busco’s work (see image) has also donated a piece. He has had the chance to work with many legendary musicians through the years.

He has toured the world as part of rock’s most infamous road trips with access to stars that many can only dream of. Working closely with renowned performers such as Freddy Mercury, Bonnie Rait, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart and more, he has captured classic images.

Busco currently has his work featured at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills. http://www.mouchegallery.com/ http://nickbuscophotography.com/

Artist Michael Temple, aka Mike Tempo…creator and percussionist of the World Beat band The Bondaddys also has agreed to donate one of his paintings to the cause.

Temple paints everyday. He explains, “Although I began to develop my visual language 40+ years ago (Lower-glyphics), it took me a while to develop enough confidence to trust it. Now I do trust the shaman within; and with my visual vocabulary, the rhythm in the performance and the alchemy of paint, I create my view of the cosmos.”

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Oakgrove is a human relations camp at Venice High School that was founded in 1972 in response to the Watts riots of the 1960s. It is a place for Venice High students to speak freely and openly about themselves and their feelings without fear of judgment. The Oakgrove retreat is organized and run by students of Venice High. This unique approach is an integral part of Oakgrove’s model of sustainability. (www.veniceoakgrove.org)

$5.00 suggested donation

What: Benefit and Opening reception
Where: Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd., LA 90066
When:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-483-7221
Website: http://trunkgallery.org

Also in Venice, The Talking Sticks (1411 Lincoln Blvd), host Venice Mozaic Rising from 7-10pm.  http://www.thetalkingstick.net/

In Hollywood…WU ThomasDuncan LucasKnipscher
Thomas Duncan Gallery holds an opening reception for its second solo exhibition with New York-based artist Lucas Knipscher.

On view: April 26th – June 1st

What: Opening Reception
Where: Thomas Duncan Gallery, 6109 Melrose Ave., LA, CA 90038
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 494 1177
Website: http://thomasduncangallery.com/

Or downtown…

Enjoy a cabaret style production…”Les Femmes du Fedora” is an idea of Dancer/choreographer, Lola Ohlala! They will be performing a full Parisian revue at “FIRST AND HOPE” Restaurant, full bar and Cabaret in downtown, each month.

Fri 4.26 FistandHope LesFemmesFirst & Hope Downtown Supper Club is on the southwest corner of First & Hope Street in the Promenade Shopping Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Right across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall, REDCAT Theatre, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

For Reservations Call: 213.617.8555
General: $20.00
Reserved sitting: $30

What: Performance
Where: First & Hope Downtown Supper club 710 W. First St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: 9:00 pm
Website: http://www.firstandhope.com/ www.cabaretversatile.com

In Santa Monica…..

Tonight kicks off a monthly gig for Kat and the Blues Hounds at Sonny McLeans. We will be performing every 4th Friday for the next several months.  The Food is really tasty and admission is FREE!

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Enjoy a hoppin’ night of classic blues plus west coast swing and of some of my original strong woman blues. These musicians are truly incredible players. Kat and the Blues Hounds includes musicians Nick Henry, Jon Derienzo and Mitch Montrose. At this gig we will be having a special guest and veteran sax player joining us named Lucky Wright.

Be sure to LIKE our FB Page – Kat and the Blues Hounds https://www.facebook.com/KatandTheBluesHounds?fref=ts

What: Live Music
Where: Sonnys McLean’s, 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica

When: 9:30 pm – 12:30 pm Every 4th Friday
Phone: 310 449-1811
Website: http://www.sonnymcleans.com/