haleARTS S P A C E presents the art of Michael Baroff and Alan Joseph Marx.

MBaroff-Metascape-Perspective-Series-13Santa Monica artist Michael Baroff is showing eight small Metascape oil on canvas and oil on paper paintings from his Expression, Perspective and Vista series. The images, which are described as transitional (between realism and abstraction) seascapes, evoke in the viewer a dream-like meditative quality. www.MetascapeArt.com

Image: Metascape Perspective Series #13 (oil on canvas 10″x20″)

On view: July 24 – August 5

What: Opening reception
Where: haleARTS S P A C E, 2443 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (July 24)
Phone: 310-314-8038
Website: www.halearts.com


July17-nitespaIn Venice…

NITESPA HAS MOVED and come home to Venice. Tonight, stop by an OPEN HOUSE.

Many Venice local may remember nitespa when it was located on Abbot Kinney. Nice to have it back in the hood.

Enjoy chai, Sangria and snacks.

What: Open House
Where: Nitespa Full Circle Wellness, 305 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA
When: Friday, July 24, 6:00 pm
Website: http://nitespa.com


Hamilton Galleries is pleased to present un dia de playaa solo exhibition by contemporary Spanish artist Eva Armisén. Through her art, Armisén has the capacity to transform each day into a unique occasion, she laces humor, charm, a lack of inhibitions and candor. She brings something that goes almost beyond definition: an affirmation of life that vetoes any form of aggression.

See imJuly24-HamiltonGalleries- age: Eva Armisén

Eva Armisén plays with a range of different elements. From the iconographic perspective, she appears to be in search of her lost inner child. The young dreamer that encapsulates the world through simple sketches, the little girl that knows no limits, the girl-woman that dares to fly through the air, with a moon-dress or an umbrella to ward off the tempest. This girl-woman has been gathering her strength, and growing in contention and ripeness. She knows what she wants. She knows how to talk to objects in their simplest form. Eva knows the skills of her trade: an upward or downward curve says it all: can speak of exaltation or reveal the drama. Bright eyes twinkle in a wisely administered stroke.

What: Opening reception
Where: Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
When: Friday, July 24 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Phone: (310) 451-9983

2022 Update: The above gallery and its website are shut down

In the Miracle Mile area…

Fri-July24-Tarfest-Shepard-Fairey Afrocentric 0715TarFest is a premiere arts and culture event in its 13th year in Los Angeles and the Miracle Mile District, produced by LAUNCH LA at the beautiful La Brea Tar Pits Park nestled between LACMA and the Tar Pits Museum.

See image: Shepard Fairey, “Afrocentric,” 2007, limited edition silkscreen of 300, 18 x 24″

TARFEST is a Free / All Ages festival that brings together emerging and established musical and visual artists and a curious and enthusiastic public. Activities include live painting from notable Los Angeles artists, live music curated by Kevin Bronson of BuzzBands LA & 88.5 KCSN, a Lagunitas Biergarten and Wine Bar, Gourmet Food Trucks, A Pop-Up Art Gallery, activities for kids of all ages provided by local museums and sponsors, a chance to view fossils and interact with Tar Pit Museum staff and more.

RSVP required, guest list at the door: info@MKGallery.com

Where: TROIKA, 101 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (July 24)


ROARING NIGHTS 2015 is back….the Los Angeles Zoo’s annual summer music series features Springtime Carnivore starring Greta Morgan.

The event, open to adults (over 18 only) brings an uncommon call of the wild to the Zoo as it also features DJ Johnny Hawkes spinning tunes, L.A.’s favorite food trucks, full-service bars, and a Game Zone with tabletop games and life-size versions of Jenga and Kerplunk.

TFri-June24-Zoo-Roaring-Nights-Event-Page-Headerhe fun also includes pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters, visits to the Zoo’s new jaguar home (along with other animal habitats), and an “Animal Artistry Paint Party” where guests can express their creativity by painting a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. Among the high-profile food trucks are Coolhaus, Komodo, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Ragin Cajun, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Urban Oven, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Bakery Truck, Border Grill, Dogtown Dogs, India Jones, Rice Balls of Fire, Son of a Bun, The Hungry Nomad, The Bakery Truck and The Pudding Truck.

Roaring Nights tickets, which are $20, or $17 for GLAZA members (age 18 and up with valid ID for both price levels). The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

What: Roaring Nights
Where: The Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (July 24)
Phone: (323) 644-6042
Website: www.lazoo.org


In Santa Monica…

BigDaddyFourSonny McLean’s Irish Bar presents Big Daddy T.

The guitarist for this band, Hector Barrera saved the day on my last gig at Sonnys. My piano player had a medical emergcy and Hector came in last minute to play with my blues band (Kat & the Blues Hounds).

Hector Barrera is a fantastic player…and good singer too….so be sure to pop in to see this band. It will be a great show.

Come for dinner…great food here! Plus…FREE music all night at Sonny McLean’s on Wilshre and 26 Street in Santa Monica.

Enjoy Blues Classics – FREE!

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

When: Friday, July 24, 9:15 pm – 12:30 am
Phone: 310 449-1811
Website: http://www.sonnymcleans.com/