The Sunset Strip Music Festival takes place today….check their website for details (sorry the website is down)

In Santa Monica…

BergamotStationlogo copyBergamot Station hosts a couple of art events taking place on the early side. Several galleries will be open, the receptions may have happened already, but you can still take in some great exhibits.

TAG Gallery holds an art talk with Christo Brock, Alison Lowe Platt and Anne Ramis.

On view: July 16th – August 10th

What: Opening reception
Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404

When: 3:00 pm 4:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-9556

Since you’re at Bergamot early…..pop by some of the other galleries….Petter Fetterman has a fabulous show featuring the photography of Sebastião Salgado, which is simply breathtaking.

BeSat 7.20 Skidmore TRColletta-SongWithoutWords sure to stop in Skidmore Contemporary Art, who has a wonderful exhibition on view entitled Summertime.

See image: TR Colletta, Song without Words  Oil on linen  50″ x 50″  2008

If you have not yet seen it, be sure to pop in. This gallery features top-notch artists, and the work is consistently strong.

“Summertime” celebrates the season with works by gallery artists Kelly Reemtsen, Robert Townsend, Dave Lefner, Jennifer Bain, Eric Nash as well as a few summer guests.

Dive into images of swimming pools, motels, a vintage jukebox, candy, and a grid of exquisite paintings of sushi by Mike Geno.

The gallery will remain open until 5:00 pm,….so get there early and stop in.


On view July 16 – August 31

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., D-2 Santa Monica, 90404
When: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-5070

FIG Gallery holds an opening reception to celebrate the work of artist Ronn Davis.

The artist deals with ideas of perception and understanding, transforming the world we perceive into visual data that can be manipulated, recycled and reinterpreted.

On view: July 31st – August 31st

What: Opening reception
Where: FIG Gallery, 2525 Michigan ave., G-6 Bergamot Station, SM 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


In West Hollywood, Louis Stern Fine Arts (9002 Melrose Ave.) will host an opening from 6-8 pm.


Or in the Miracle Mile area….

TSat 8.3 TobyMosshe Toby Moss Gallery present prints, photographs and drawings by Carlos Almaraz, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan O’Gorman, Francisco Dosamantes, Alfredo Zalce, Alfredo Mexiac, Raul Milian and others.

See image: CARLOS MERIDA   1891-1984, Popul Vuh #1, Color lithograph 1943  12 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches (30.8 x 27.0cm)

The images reveal stark contrasts of fiery political zeal and the warmth of family as community. By clicking on the individual images, fuller files will be revealed.

What: Opening reception
Where: 7321 Beverly Blvd, LA 90036
When: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: (323) 933-5523


Another early one in Culver City takes place at Anat Ebgi, (2660 La Cienega Blvd, LA 90034) from 3-5pm. 


Then back in the Miracle Mile area….Dysonna City Art Gallery, (5373 Wilshire Blvd.) holds an art party from 7-9pm.


In Silverlake…..

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Enjoy Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in Griffith Park. The free performance is presented by the Independent Shakespeare Company.

Grab your honey, bring a blanket, some cheese and juice (you know what I mean), and meet some friends.

What: Performance
Where: Griffith Park Old Zoo Picnic Area, 4730 Crystal Springs Blvd., LA
When: 7:00 pm
Phone: (818) 710-6306

==========================================Also in the Eagle Rock area….

Keystone Fine Art Studios hosts an opening for its newest exhibition curated by Idol Wild. (OK, so it’s not a very original name)….”Idol Wild presents Possessed: A Group Art Show” features artists Helen Bayly, Casey Jex Smith, Miri Chais, Micke Tong, Scott Greenwalt, Derek Weisberg, Justin Pape and David Young V.

On view: August 3rd – August 31st

What: Opening reception
Where: Keystone Fine Art Studios, 2558 N San Fernando Rd., LA 90065
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Or how bout some music?

In Culver City….Sat Aug3 BlvdMusicJamesHurley

Boulevard Music presents two incredible performers tonight…James Hurley and Severin Browne.

Hurley’s third solo release “Tempest in a teacup” reinforces his well-deserved reputation as a consistently compelling artist whose music is a reflection of the life he lives.

SevSat Aug3 BlvdMusic SeverinBrowneerin Browne performs solo to packed house concerts, intimate listening rooms, and even an occasional almost-rowdy bar crowd with friends from his SoCal roots.

What: Performance
Where: Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
When: 8:00 pm
Phone (310) 398-2583


In Downtown LA…

L2kontemporary presents “Expedition,” the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Brooklyn born Barry Markowitz. Although Markowitz, a curator, educator and fixture on the L.A. art scene for 30 years, focused on Performance Art through the mid-1970 and 1980’s, he has always maintained his practice as a painter and installation artist.

On view: August 3 – August 31

Where: L2kontemporary, 990 N. Hill St., #205 (upstairs, entrance on Bernard St.), Chinatown, CA 90012
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 323-225-1288


Also downtown…

The Terrell Moore Gallery and Dale Youngman Projects present “A Summer Fantasy,” the first major exhibition by LA artist Scott Forrest. Scott has completed some exciting new large-scale work, which is best described as “exuberant” in color, depth, and emotion. Also featured tonight is the work of renowned metal sculptor Leon Leigh. British sculptor Leon Leigh’s contemporary steel sculptures are waif-like whimsical creatures, elongated forms that are at once delicate and substantial.

What: Opening
Where: Terrell Moore Gallery, 1601 S. Hope Street, LA, 90015 at the corner of Hope and Venice
When: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: 213 744-1999

Also downtown….if you are looking for a late night art party, here ya go.

WU Sat 8.3 NIghtGallery VIDEOSTILL2 1Night Gallery holds a closing art party for its current exhibition featuring artists Sarah Cromarty, Katie Herzog, and Kenneth Tam.

On view through tonight

What: Opening reception
Where: Night Gallery, 2276 East 16th St.,
When: 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Phone: 323 589 1079