Pick of the Week is tonight, Friday, August 5. Get your butt down to La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Silver Lake. The event is on FRIDAY, August 11, 2011, and it’s going to be a fun one. Remember you could enjoy some other events first and still make this one…since it starts at 8:00 pm and runs till 11:00 pm. Not only is there a group show entitled “Gene Pool” which features Lou Beach, Alpha Lubicz and Sam Lubicz, but this event will showcase several other artists tonight, including José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ latest project, Disenchanted.
There is also a group show entitled “Gene Pool” which features Lou Beach, Alpha Lubicz and Sam Lubicz, as well as other artists showing tonight, including Jessicka Addams (see image above), Walt Hall, Derek Harrison, Miso, Click Mort, Jasmine Worth and others. The Artist reception runs from 8:00 pm -11:00 pm. La Luz De Jesus Gallery is located 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027. http://www.laluzdejesus.com/
Also in Venice, head to First Fridays on Abbot Kinney which is always a good time. You can always head to the Pick of the week, after First Fridays.In case you have never been to First Fridays on Abbot Kinney, the festivities start around 6:30 pm. Stores stay open till around 9:00 pm.….
With the recent arrival of food trucks upon the boulevard, some stores have decided to close early. However, here is a list of some shops that have confirmed with me that they will indeed be open and participating in the event. So start with these, and I’m sure you will stumble on more.
You may want to start here since it’s located on the North end. Get there early and snag a table (call to reserve) while you enjoy a delicious dinner with some drinks and dancing.Or pop in later for standing room only.
Enjoy live music at Joe’s restaurant. There is no cover charge. Call for an RSVP 310.399.581; Joe’s Restaurant is located at 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291.
Now continue on… there is a lovely shop called Altered Space Gallery, located at 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd, and will be hosting and event.
The featured artist is Keba Konte, showing wall art – mixed media. Refreshments will be served. There will also be an opening in the back gallery for Farid Kia. 310-452-8121; 2022 Update: Website is down!
Aedas La Gallery, which looks like an office, with no name, is located at 1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd. They are having an artist reception, featuring the sculpture and jewelry of Su Benningfield. http://www.subeningfield.com/
Back again across the street off Santa Clara, is Nitespa, 1301 Abbot Kinney, a lovely beauty spa and shop that will have all kinds of specials during the evening. Why not take advantage and treat yourself? $10 Brow wax, $15 lash tint and $50 facials. All services include complementary beverages consisting of herbal teas, red and white wine and beer. Enjoy their handpicked spa soundtrack, rosemary water and organic teas. There will also be art and jewelry for sale. Open till 10:00 pm. mini-makeovers and specials on all treatments. The entrance is on Santa Clara. 310.396.5122;
Back across the street again, The G2 Gallery(1503 Abbot Kinney) offers two all new exhibits at The G2 Gallery’s First Friday Fundraiser. This exhibit supports the International Crane Foundation’s work on behalf of the endangered Whooping Crane. This is presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Saving Cranes.” Also on view will be Nature LA: Sebastian Artz a Venice photographer’s look at underwater creatures. This is an early event from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Admission is $5 at the door. 310-452-2842;
2022 Update: G2 Gallery has closed, and its website is down!
The Modern Dog, a charming Pet accessory store, is located at 1611 Abbot Kinney will be having a book release party. The book is called “Follow My Lead” by local Venice writer Carol Quinn. Event runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Refreshments and cookies will be served. 310-450-2275; 2022 Update: Website is down!
“Shipping & Receiving” highlights a photographic and personal storytelling exchange between youth in Venice and youth on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. The exhibition will feature texts and panoramic, collaborative double-exposure photographs, paired with over thirty black-and-white and color photographs taken by youth who have participated in the My Viewpoint Photography Program since its inception in 2005. This is the first public exhibition of their work.
Venice Arts is located at 1702 Lincoln Blvd., between California and Venice Blvd. Opening reception is from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm. http://www.venice-arts.org/
The Robert Berman Gallery (C-2, D-5) features the original drawings and unique multiples of Dwayne Booth aka Mr. Fish – political cartoonist and author of GO FISH (how to win contempt and influence people). Take advantage of some wonderful sales, as The Robert Berman Gallery is part of “The Dog Days of Summer Sale.” Opening reception runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm.310 315-9506. http://www.robertbermangallery.com
You can pop by Culver City to see a wonderful opening at Corey Helford Gallery featuring artists David Stoupakis and Tom Bagshaw. The opening reception will run from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. In case you have never been, they always offer snacks and a nice bar too.
Corey Helford Gallery is located at 8522 Washington Blvd., in Culver City 90232; www.coreyhelfordgallery.com
Or downtown, head to Grand Performances, afree outdoor concert series in its 25th year located at California Plaza in Downtown LA.
Tonight’s show features Miguel Atwood Ferguson and Geoff “Double G” Gallegos (daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra), who team up to present an evening of new works and surprising interpretations of covers.
These two string quartets and a combined octet presentation could well be one of the most talked about events of the summer. http://grandperformances.org/
Cotrutza Gallery celebrates their One Year Anniversary!!!
This will be a wonderful opening reception for artists: Zareh Meguerditchian, Kaloust Guedel and Claudia French from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm.
Cotrutza Gallery is located at 446 South Main St. 213 622-0121;
Since you are downtown, why not stop by Hive Gallery for their 4th annual ‘Bee-rotica” show? Be aware that it is $8 at door. However, it does include live music. Show runs July 9th-30th.
The Hive Gallery is a fun funky gallery located at 729 South Spring St. 8:00 pm till 12:30 pm. http://hivegallery.com/
Also you’ll have a chance to purchase Danger Dogs (& cats) on sale. The Nepal Dogs will be on display in the courtyard. See image, this work was created by Sufraj Khadka.
Enjoy delicious treats from Sweet Beats, the mobile boutique and ice cream truck with a built-in DJ booth. Refreshments from Pressed Juicery, LA’s most popular natural juice company.
TAG is another gallery that will be participating in “The Dog Days of Summer Sale” and will be offering a “Yellow Dot Sale” for the gallery’s group show representing 40 artists: Works with yellow dots will be 10% off. Light refreshments will be served.
Or you may want to head downtown to a art show at LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts (120 Judge John Aiso St. LA, 90012).
They are having an opening reception from 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm featuring artists Beanie Kaman, Toko Tokunaga, . 213.617.3274; http://www.laartcore.org/