Continue the party this weekend, while getting into the spirit of the season…Bring the kids…Santa Claus is coming to the Santa Monica Pier. Catch him on the Pier Bridge at 11:00 a.m. and he will be available for visits and photos from 11am to 3pm.
Rides on the historic Merry-Go-Round are free during Santa’s visit. Soda Jerks, the Pier’s old-fashioned soda fountain, will be on hand with hot cocoa and assorted holiday treats.
There will be caroling too. Santa Monica Pier is also partnering with Outward Bound to collect food items for families in need this holiday season.
Free admission; Event runs from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm. 310-458-8901 Santa Monica Pier Merry-Go-Round Building, 200 Santa Monica Pier.
The 3rd Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl takes place today starting at 5:00 pm all over Santa Monica. With your official SMPC wristband you will receive drink and food specials at the participating locations, on Main Street, The Pier, Third Street Promenade and Wilshire.
Ticket includes entrance into the Official Pub Crawl After-Party and will automatically be entered into the pub crawl raffle with the chance to win prizes.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Westside Food Bank to feed the less fortunate over the holidays. Tickets are $10. http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/
The Raven Spa (which recently opened) in Santa Monica will be hosting a private Party open to all laartparty.com viewers.
The event happens from 7:00 pm till 11:00 pm. This highly anticipated year end Holiday party will feature fine wines, food from around the world.
The Raven Spa is located at 208 Pier Avenue, Santa Moníca, California 90405 Telephone:(310)399-4747; www.theravenspa.com/monica
The Beachhead celebrates their 43rd Anniversary tonight at Beyond Baroque at 7:00 pm. The event will feature a screening of “Feeding the Sparrows by Feeding the Horses” which is a rare film about Venice in the 1970s by Moritz Borman.
The film, in English, was made by Borman for German television. It is not on VHS or DVD and is nearly impossible to get. This may be your only chance to see this classic film which includes Venice notables of the time like Moe Stavnezer, Arnold Springer, Sweet William, Frank Gehry, and the ever-popular Beachhead staff.
Beyond Baroque is located at 681 Venice Blvd. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/
Mihai Nicodim Gallery presents “Boydem” – the first solo show in the US of British artist Eddie Peake.
Event runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Mihai Nicodim Gallery is located at 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd, Unit B, Entrance is on Blackwelder, 90016. http://nicodimgallery.com/.
David Kordansky Gallery presents “Res Gestae,” an exhibition of new work by Alan Michael. The opening reception runs from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
David Kordansky Gallery 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd. Unit A., 90016; 310-558-3030; www.davidkordanskygallery.com
Corey Helford Gallery presents an opening reception for “Gilded Roses” by Los Angeles artist Sylvia Ji from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Ji is internationally recognized for her highly-collected works. This is her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.
This exhibition will be open until January 14. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 8522 Washington Blvd., in Culver City 90232; 310 287-2340; www.coreyhelfordgallery.com
Also, if you would like to support a great cause as well as dropping a bit of cash ($25.00 entry), Mark Moore Gallery presents “Spread the Word” • An Art Auction Benefiting 826LA
“Spread the Word” will auction unique works by over 80 contemporary artists starting below $100 – with special emphasis on local talent – to raise funds for 826LA! Featuring a live set by 88.9fm KCRW ‘s Jason Bentley, craft beer tasting, local food and unique artworks for sale from artists such as Gary Baseman, Jessicka Addams, Dave Eggers, GLEE’s Dianna Agron, Ryan Travis Christian, Okay Mountain and more!
826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 years old with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826LA was founded by celebrated novelist, Dave Eggers, and is a non-profit focused on youth literacy, creativity and fostering unique voices in the arts.
Or head to La Brea and pop into Merry Karnowsky Gallery, who offers an opening reception for photographer, Vivian Maier from 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm.
Unearthed by John Maloof in 2007 at a local auction house in Chicago, Maier is only now beginning to be recognized as an iconic street photographer from the 50’s and 60’s. Maier’s photographs represent the street life and architecture of New York and Chicago, as well as, destinations as far off as Egypt, Bangkok and Italy.
Merry Karnowsky Gallery 170 S. La Brea Avenue, (In the Art 170 Building), 90036; 323.933.4408; http://www.mkgallery.com/