Or stay in Venice, for First Fridays on Abbot Kinney. Most of the stores below will be starting around 6:30 pm, but remember it is Venice. Stores stay open till around 9:00 pm, sometimes later.….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. I’m sure there will be a few surprises.
Enjoy live music at Joe’s restaurant. Tonight’s show features Grammy-nominated artist John Beasley with his quartet, sharing the stage with Bennie Maupin. That is pretty amazing!!! There is no cover charge. Call for an RSVP 310.399.5811; Joe’s Restaurant is located at 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291.http://www.joesrestaurant.com/
Now continue on, there is a lovely shop called Altered Space Gallery 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd., who will be featuring tiny bronze sculptures by artist Ria Charissa of Swallow (see image), as well as the work of Carla Caruso. Music by Twoversusone.They will be serving refreshments. 310 452-8121;
Back again across the street off Santa Clara, is Nitespa, 1301 Abbot Kinney, a lovelybeauty spa and shop that will have all kinds of specials which come with complementary beverages consisting of herbal teas, red and white wine and beer.
There will also be art and jewelry for sale. Enjoy their handpicked spa soundtrack, rosemary water and organic teas. Open till 10:00 pm. mini-makeovers and specials on all treatments. The entrance is on Santa Clara. 310.396.5122; http://www.nitespa.com/
Keep going north and on the right side is Ananda, stop in for some snacks and refreshments. They have beautiful things. Ananda is located at 1356 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (310) 399-4186.
Directly adjacent, pop into Skylark 1356 Abbot Kinney Blvd who will also be open 310 392-9099;
Bohemian Exchange kicks off their Halloween blow out sale. The sale runs fromFriday October 7th until October 31st.
Bohemian Exchange offers sassy edgy designs at amazing prices that can double for a flamboyant costume. Beautiful carnival type masks with feathers and gems are also available. Be provocative and create your own mysterious look this Halloween while adding a fabulous accessory to your wardrobe.
Don’t wait to the last minute….kids. Get your costume started tonight! It’s gonna be a fun time, refreshments will be served. So come on by, get your groove on and purchase a Henna tattoo and Hair extensions.
Bohemian Exchange is located at 1358 Abbot Kinney, at California 310.396.3044; http://on.fb.me/ob9r0y
Stop into the G2 Gallery, Enjoy a fascinating presentation about spiders by photographer Rebecca Jackrel and arachnid enthusiast, Miriam Schulman.
Yes there will be live spiders. (eech, as long as there wine too, I’ll be fine) Miriam Schulman will explain why these little creatures are so important to both our rural and urban habitats.
G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney. Admission is $5 at the door, which will directly support environmental charities. 310-452-2842; http://www.theg2gallery.com
You won’t be able to miss Zingara Trading, right next door at 1507 Abbot Kinney for their First Friday event. They will be offering snacks and their famous S’mores.310 392-6424; http://www.zingaratrading.com/
Keep going South and pop by Very Venice Art & Design Gallery located at 1629 Abbot Kinney. They will be showing works by over 90 artists including Linda Fenster, Outi, Dary Rees, Fahmina, Rachel Rubinstein, just to name a few. Event runs from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. http://www.veryveniceart.com/
Stop by Robin’s Sculpture Garden and enjoy the music of Tommy Santee Klaws, accompanied, by aerials in the sky. Robin’s Sculpture Garden, is located at 1632 Abbott Kinney. This one tends to start later, 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm. Popcorn & Beverages, but there is a $10-$15 donation suggested.
Also see fashions from Show Me Your Mumu, and Anna Bruce Designs, who will be featuring local artists as well as serving refreshments. These are both just outside of the garden, so you won’t have to pay the admission fee.
Saturday October 8th
What about a fabulous trip to Joshua Tree? Go for the weekend. Enjoy nature,hiking and art. Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency presents their TOUR DE FORCE at Joshua Tree Art Gallery.
Support an organization who supports artists. Check out their website to read about their Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residency program. Tonight’s event is their opening gala reception featuring a group show from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Five years ago FrederickFulmer and Jim Berg stepped up to the plate and sponsored the first annual JTHAR program. This year they are joined by co-sponsors Sarah Kennington, Steve Bardwell, Ruth and Steve Rieman.
JoshuaTree Art Gallery is located at 61607 29 Palms Hwy., Suite B from 6:00 pm till 8:30pm. http://www.jthar.com/
Also if you would like to plan a trip, check out this lovely Joshua Tree Vacation rental. Just say you heard about it on KTR Promo and that you would like to attend the art exhibiton and you get a 10% discount…Yeah! Treat yourself to a romantic weekend. Call 760 366- 3636.http://www.joshuatreehighlandshouse.com/
Norbertellen Gallery presents their ANNUAL FALL INTERNATIONAL / ELEVEN, TWELVE, FOURTEEN group exhibition.
Stop in for the artist reception from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm and meet and greet the artists. This show features 15 emerging artists such as Kim Berg, Nancy Caster, Fabian Landgrave, Graeme Whittle and more.
Since you are downtown, pop over to Hold Up Art, where celebrity photographer, Sunny Bak shares her photos in her latest exhibition entitled Boys and Dogs. Though Bak has photographed numerous celebrities, she is perhaps, best known for her photos of the Beastie Boys and the “Licensed to Ill” tour. Sunny also co-created a best-selling book, Pupple, with Garrett Simmons which features dogs dressed up as famous people spoofing People magazine. This exhibit will feature both.
Sunny Bak is an incredible photographer, I highly recommend this exhibition. Reception starts at 7:00 pm. Hold Up Art is located at 358 E. 2nd Street, 90012. http://www.sunnybak.com/
At Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave,Frank Pictures (A-5) offers HIGH BALL, an exhibition of baseball themed kinetic sculpture and multi media paintings by Greg Jezewski,
While you’re there…pop into The Robert Berman Gallery (C-2) to see the show Paid to Play Illustrating Los Angeles: 1945 – 1985.
Paid to Play is the first of several exhibitions to appear at The Robert Berman Gallery which fall under the umbrella of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. See image by Palombi.
It opened in September, but it’s a fabulous show, you gotta see it. This exhibition features artists who earned their living as illustrators. This exhibiition offers some incredible, pin-ups and collectables.http://www.robertbermangallery.com/
In Culver City, Thinkspace offers a group show, entitled “In the Wake of Dreams.” The exhibition features artists Stella Im Hultberg, Mari Inukai, Audrey Kawasaki and Amy Sol
Stay in Culver City, and stop by Rumors (formerly the Rumor Mill), at 11739 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90066. Enjoy an artist reception for Dusan Kralik while you enjoy live music with Rick Mayock and East of Lincoln from 7:30 till 10:00pm.http://therumormill.us/
Sunday October 9th
Now to my PICK of the WEEK…..Get your butts to 18th Street Arts and support a great cause, BAM Fest which stands for Beer, Art and Music Festival. BAM is a benefit fundraiser for 18th Street to support their international visiting artist programs. So THERE is a bit of a pricey ticket….$40.00 at door/$35.00 pre order, but it’s ALL YOU CAN DRINK BABY!!!
For $35 you get unlimited sampling of some the best craft breweries around, and the first 500 people who purchase a ticket will receive a commemorative Duvel/BAM Fest 2011 tastingglass. Let’s not forget about the MUSIC…there will be live sets by four incredible bands including JT ROSS AND SPEEDWAY, UPSTART, THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL and THE ORLANDO NAPIER BAND.
And I am told there will be a wine tent for all of us winos…yum….I’m goin’ for sure. Buy your tickets early and save $5 off the door price. Here is a taste of the breweries, but the full list is on the website…way too many to list.
18th Street Arts Center’s International Visiting Artist Program is a worldwide leader in artist exchange programs and provides one of the few international artist exchange programs in Los Angeles. 18th Street has hosted artists from two dozen countries: Australia, Austria, Cameroon, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cuba, France, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Korea, Sudan, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Don’t forget to stop into their current exhibit entitled, Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artist Space Movement. See image by Barbara T. Smith. Curated by Alex Donis, this exhibition is part of the Getty Foundation’s innitiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945–1980.
Check back for more events on Friday for my Weekend Update!
Special Tuesday October 11th, Event
On Tuesday Oct 11th, South on Wilshire presents singer/songwriter Geoffrey J and friends. I just wrote an article about him for the Santa Monica Mirror…comes out this Friday. He is a wonderful performer…and they are extending the happy hour till 8:00 pm. I’ll be there…so come on by.
Geoffrey will be performing his own original roots folk music roots music. His songs offer a large amount of passion for such a young performer.
His organic approach to songwriting allows his lyrics to be vulnerable yet direct. His melodies sometimes haunting, are also upbeat, memorable and consistently entertaining.
The show starts at 8:00 pm and runs till 11:00 pm. South is known for its incredible Southern food, Chicken and Waffle Sliders, Gumbo, BBQ Pork Ribs, Mac N Cheese, Sausage Bread, Southern Fried Chicken etc. This bustling sports bar is the happening place to be on the weekend. People come for the great tasting food, the always jumpin’ packed bar and the huge flat screened TVs place strategically across the sprawling restaurant and bar.