LACMA hosts FREE live music every Friday for the summer. See our Upcoming pageLACMA smalllogo

Tonight enjoy internationally renowned saxophonist Rickey Woodard. This incredible musician began his career as a member of the Ray Charles Band and has gone on to record and tour with jazz’s finest, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ernestine Anderson, Benny Carter, and Horace Silver.

7.6 LACMA RickeyWoodardJuly6What: Live music with saxophonist, Rickey Woodard
Where: LACMA, BP Grand Entrance, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036
When: 6:00 pm 
Phone: (323) 857-6000

6.1 abbotkinneyportraitAlas First Fridays on Abbot Kinney seems to be winding down, I was contacted by several stores telling me they will not be participating and some do Not want promotion….Ah yes, all good things must come to an end….there are some continuing…but LA Art Party’s coverage will grow slim as we are in search of the best parties in LA…so Mama’s gotta move on.

Here is a list of some stores that would like to be included, but go at your own risk, I cannot promise a good party. But hey…start your own, meet friends if its a dud, head to one of the many bars on Abbot Kinney.

Mystic Journey Bookstore (1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd.,) celebrates this First Friday with Special Handwriting Analysis  SAGEMASTER will be at Mystic Journey this First Friday from 7pm on. (310) 399-7070;

Just aroWU GumboKinneyund the corner on Electric, Behind The Other Room….pop by Gumbo Kinney (1130 Electric Ave) for a Vintage Gumbo Kinney re-union. 310.770.4294….now this one may be fun!

Don’t forget to stop into Zingara Trading, (one of the few left to do anything) down the street at 1507 Abbot Kinney for some of their famous S’mores. 310 392-6424;

Bohemian Exchange, will be open as well,  located at 1358 Abbot Kinney, at California 310.396.3044;;WU Skylark

Right next door Skylark will be open too….who will be hosting a 4th of July sale at SKYLARK, 1356 Aboot Kinney.  See image right.

WUKoluPixKeep going South, back across the street, don’t forget to take a peek in, Kolu Clothing, located at 1653 Abbot Kinney.

What: First Fridays on Abbot Kinney
Where: Abbot Kinney between Westminster and Venice Blvd.
When: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
AK Merchant Info:


CinemaWU 7.7 CinemaontheStreet on the Street starts tonight. Presented by Downtown Santa Monica, this is weekly summertime movie series taking place on Third Street Promenade in July!  Bring a blanket or beach chairs, a date, family and friends to enjoy your favorite classic movies!

Free admisson, no reservations required

What: Cinema on the Street
Where: Third Street Promenade, at the 1200 Block, just outside Chipotle.
When: 7:30pm  
Phone: 310-393-8355

Or…show off your planetary knowledge and impress your date with a low cost admission all while enjoying the night sky, hopefully inspiring a bit of romance….hey the rest is up to you.

7.6 DawnPlanetchartNASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which reached orbit around the large main belt asteroid Vesta last year is wrapping up and preparing to depart Vesta in late July for the next destination: the largest object in the asteroid belt, dwarf planet Ceres. View images  and discuss the asteroid belt and why learning as much as possible about it may be a key to our long-term survival on Earth!

Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. Order by phone or in person at the SMC Theatre Arts Box Office (Theatre Arts Complex, SMC Main Campus). Admission to a single show or lecture is $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under). For the double-bill price of $11 ($9 seniors and children), you can enjoy both the Night Sky Show and the evening’s scheduled Feature Show or Guest Lecture.

Screen shot 2012-07-02 at 7.00.18 PMWhat: Dawn at Vesta
Where: SMC Planetarium Drescher Hall Room 223, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., SM 90405
When: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: (310) 434-3005


7.6 LALUZ MILESThompson LG BabyMermaidIf you are in the Silverlake area, La Luz de Jesus Gallery offers an opening reception for artists, Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker, and Miles Thompson (see image).

On view: July 6th – July 29th

What: Opening reception, Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker, and Miles Thompson
Where: La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90027
When: 8:00 pm -11:00 pm
Phone: (323) 663-0122