Today iWU-8.25MadDecentBlockPartyn downtown LA, here’s another Free music event… the Mad Decent Block Party but you must RSVP, so check their website.

Headlining are Canuck bass fiends Zeds Dead, Theophilus London, Brazilian Bonde do Rolê, DJ Paul Devro, Three Loco and more:

What: Mad Decent Block Party
Where: L.A. Center Studios, 1201 W. 5th St., LA 90017
When: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Also an early event in the Miracle Mile area….The Loft at Liz’s puts on a FREE Diverted Destruction Assemblage Workshop. This is an annual event and guests are welcomed to join in creating found-object and assemblage works.

WU-LizatLoftsFeaturing artists Amy Jean Boebel Ching Ching Cheng, Pascal Giacomini, Karen Sikie and Dave Lovejoy.

As well as Bobby Furst, Clare Graham, Maddy LeMel, Dominique Moody, Frank Miller, Victoria Roberts, Sandhi Schimmel-Gold and Carolina Fontoura Alzaga

What: Diverted Destruction Assemblage Workshop
When: The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036
When: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Phone: 323-939-4403 x6


And don’t POW JeanieMadsen CThompson ItsThePicturesThaGotSmallforget our Pick of the Week takes place tonight at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery in Santa Monica.

Gonna be a fun red carpet event! Over 30 artists will be showing works…come ready to celebrate Hollywood!

In Malibu, yo8.24-25-Jerry-Malibudpiu have a second night to enjoy a fun art party at Malibu Racquet Club for the exhibition And The Past Reared Its Head.

Photographer Jerry Shevick starts off vintage slides taken from both his life and from the lives of others which are then projected, re-shot and re-imagined. Finally he works with a master printer to do the final tweaks.

Shevick explains, “I feel that the process helps to pull you into the stories that each of these photos represent. The images are things that are universal — they tap into our collective past.”

He continFri-8.24 JerryShevick-Malibuues, “The photos embrace all the anomalies that shooting film created — the light flares, the out of focus, the end of the roll etc.”

Finally he adds, “With the ability to shoot digitally and delete until we get it right, we’ve lost some of the story telling magic that film brought to the family slide show and photo album.”

Appetizers and spirits will be served.

What: Opening Reception, And The Past Reared Its Head
Where: Malibu Racquet Club, 23847 Stuart Ranch Rd. Malibu, CA 90265
When: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm


In Venice…
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Venice Arts Gallery presents Venice Family Dog, an exhibition of over 50 new portraits by thirty-six-year Venice resident and long-time Venice Arts supporter Susan Rennie.

Rennie captures the uniqueness and variety of this area through the specificity of the family portait.

This looks like a fantastic exhibit….Come on…everyone knows our pets are part of the family….we all love our babies.

On view: August 25th – September 21st

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Where: Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA, 90291
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-392-0846

Also in Venice, CAVE Gallery (1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd.) offers an opening as well from 6-10pm.


In West Hollywoo…

Los Angeles Art Association presents Applied Science: a special one-week exhibition featuring Rebecca Bennett, David B. Jang, James Peterson and Chie Yamayoshi.

Sat-8.25 LAAAOffering four unique interpretations of the intersection between contemporary art practice and technology, this exhibition will feature contemporary art that utilizes mechanics or technology in the presentation of the work.

What: Opening reception,
Where: Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.652.8272


In Culver City…Bruce Lurie Gallery holds an opening reception for the photography of Richard Franklin. His explorations of color, light, motion, and the human form are accomplished without assistants and creating all special effects within the camera and not artificially in the computer.

What: Opening reception, Photographs by Richard Franklin
Where: Bruce Lurie Gallery, 2736 South La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Also downtown tonight, Grand Performances offers two great acts tonight…..Grand Performances

Montreal’s Nomadic Massive, an open-minded hip-hop group, finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past, combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles. This multilingual, multicultural, super-group has become synonymous with live shows that have high-energy and move crowds.

Born in France to a Chilean father and a French mother, and informed by a childhood soaking up sounds of the world, Grammy nominated artist Ana Tijoux brings her laid-back style and flow mixed with jazzy production and old-school classic hip-hop.

What: GraWU-8.25 AnaTijouxnd Performances, Nomadic, Ana Tijoux
Where: California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles (350 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071)
When: 8:00 pm
Phone: 213.687.2159