In Santa Monica…

hWU Fri 7.26 halealeARTS S P A C E hosts an opening reception for a group show featuring the work of Alain Rogier and Art Venti. Enjoy white wine and freshly popped popcorn.

Working predominately in colored pencils, Art Venti creates amorphic shapes, gracefully caught in a moment of movement.  Both originals and prints are available.

Alain Rogier’s large abstract pieces create a dialogue between strife and harmony; his abstract shapes pushing for order amidst a backdrop of bold markings, lines and color.

On view: July 26 – August 7th

What: Opening reception
Where: haleARTS S P A C E, 2443 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-314-8038

Fri 7.26 MecumAuctionAt the Barker Hanger, Mecum Auctions will be rolling out the red carpet for a fleet of celebrity cars and motorcycles at its inaugural Mecum Celebrity Items Auction: Celebrating the Legendary History of Hollywood. You will have a couple chances to stop in today and tomorrow. July 26-27.

View an updated list of celebrity, collector cars now online here.

Included in this elite auction are: Steve McQueen’s 1969 Chevrolet C/10 Baja Truck (Lot F239), Elvis Presley’s former 1972 Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon (Lot S210), plus a 1989 Jaguar XJS (Lot S169) that Frank Sinatra used as his main mode of transportation in Palm Springs and lots more.

Adults: $20.00 per person per day

Children: 12yrs and younger free

What: Mecum Auctions
Where: Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave., SM 90405
When: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In Pasadena….

“IWU Fri 7.26 Pasadena-Art-Showt’s Only Natural” opens tonight at the Pasadena Art Gallery. Curated by Linnea Lenkus, the art focuses on themes of Women, Men, The Naked Truth, Body Image, 7 deadly Sins and Duality. The mediums explored range from paintings to photography to video and mixed media.

There will be a live art demonstration by artist Annie Terrazzo and live Musical Performance by Kids Without Instruments.

Enjoy  wine and bites!

On view: July 27 to August 4 (Call for a private viewing)

What: Opening reception
Where: Pasadena Art Gallery, 545 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. (near Old Pasadena)
When: 5:30 pm 9:00 pm
Phone: (310) 491-0269

In the Miracle Mile area…

Fri 7.26 KohnGallery IanbarryThe Michael Kohn Gallery presents ‘The White, The Black, The Kestrel’, an exhibition of original motorcycles by Ian Barry. The White emerges from Barry’s exploration of speed and propulsion, using the motorcycle to convey the concept of engineering as an art form.

Also on display are The Kestrel and The Black, two of Barry’s earlier works from The Falcon Ten collection, as well as original drawings and photography illustrating the inspirations and concepts that inform his work.

On view:  July 26th – August 31st

What: Opening reception
Where: Michael Kohn Gallery, 8071 Beverly Blvd,. LA, 90048
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323 658-8088

Or in West LA….

JWU 7.26 Jaus NathanredwoodAUS presents “Marooned,” the third installment of its 2013 group exhibitions related to color.

See image: Nathan Redwood  Mighty Mud  2007, Acrylic on Canvas  79 x 91 inches

Organized by Ichiro Irie, the show will feature paintings and sculptural objects by artists Virginia Broersma, Mike F. Connolly, Ronn Davis, Nobuki Mizumoto, Max Presneill, Nathan Redwood.

On view: July 26 – Sept 1

What: Opening reception
Where: Jaus, 11851 La Grange Ave., LA 90025
When: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Phone: 424.248.0781

Don’t forget the Awareness Film Festival is taking place in SM. The event started on Thursday and runs through Sunday July 28. See Sunday’s events page for the full listing.

In Santa Monica…

Tonight, Kat and the Blues Hounds will play our monthly gig at Sonny McLean’s on Wilshire and 26th St. Sax man, Lucky Wright is back!!!

Fri July26 katandBluesHoundsFlyrEnjoy FREE blues every 4th Friday (NOT last Friday) from 9:15 pm until 12:30 am at Sonny’s, a fun Irish Bar, located at 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica…The Food is really tasty and admission is FREE!

It’s gonn be a hoppin’ night of classic blues plus west coast swing. These musicians are truly incredible players.

Kat and the Blues Hounds includes Kathy Leonardo (me) and musicians Nick Henry (guitar), Jon Derienzo (bass), and Rick Bryan (Drums), with special guest Lucky Wright on sax!

Photo by Steve DePena.

Be sure to LIKE our FB Page – Kat and the Blues Hounds

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

When: Friday, July 26th  9:15 pm – 12:30 pm
Phone: 310 449-1811