Anthony SchmittNow for the Pick of the Week…..Get groovin’ in the holiday spirit tonight at The Main Street Holiday Extravaganza in Santa Monica.

The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers are very excited to be performing again this year at The Main Street Holiday Extravaganza, from 6:30 pm till 9:00 pm.

The event begins with a Christmas tree lighting at Ocean Park and Main, (the site of the Sunday Santa Monica Farmers Market) followed by a candlelight walk to an amazing Shopping Cart Christmas Tree at Edgemar P l (by Ben & Jerry’s and Peet’s Coffee, 90401).

The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will sing a set, before they move on down the Street. Most of the stores on Main Street will stay open and the Rockers will be stopping in to spread holiday cheer.

Be sure to get to the shopping cart Christmas tree early….it get’s pretty crowded. “The compassion tree” is created and designed by artist, Anthony Schmitt and is 33 feet tall made of 84 shopping carts with multi colored and twinkle lights.

The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers byVictoriaGrahamBe sure to head right next door to Uroborus, at 2407 Main Street. They know how to throw a good party. This season Uroborus welcomes the holidays by spreading the joy with new fashions, specials and brand new designers such as Europa, Fahmina and more. Also featured are art pins and paintings by artist, Max Laser.

Uroborus is a full fashion and design boutique offering original fashions from around the world. Known for its European flair, this charming shop has been in business for over 18 years. Located on the affluent Main Street in Santa Monica, Uroborus offers edgy sophisticated casual chic fashions with a bohemian touch. Enjoy spirits and appetizers.

Also here are a few parties and check the Main Street website….there will be lots more too.

Head back north for some of these…then turn around and hit the Southern side of Main. Books & Cookies (2230 Main) will serve cocktails, snacks and store discounts.

Next Salon (2400 Main) celebrates with food, drinks and fun!  Receive a special gift with hair services.

G-Bike (2502 Main) is having a party, coffee, cookies, punch and the like!

Bumble Bee (2651 Main) is having a party called  Mexican Posada. Appetizers  and our special drink.

Monkie (2665 Main) will be serving a hot beverage and offering special discounts and a raffle that night as well. Also Station 26 (2665 Main) right next door has a DJ

Agabhumi (2665 Main) celebrates with a SNOWFLAKE SALE!  Spend $50 or more and catch a falling snowflake for a Santa discount of 10%, 15% or even 20% OFF your purchase! Holiday treats and hot apple cider will be served.

Mindfulnest (2711 Main) will offer a party from 6-10 p.m. Drinks, snacks, 15% off (sale merchandise and consignment art excluded).

Arm Candy (2717 Main) presents, CANDY LAND! Plus, up to 40% off Handbags & Accessories, and Candy Buffet & Sweet Drinks

hip’tique (2727 Main) is going have a holiday open house, shopping suggestions, spiced cider and holiday treats.

Accents Jewelry (2900 Main) Come enjoy Wine & Cookies and AXELHONEY trunkshow with lots of cool new jewelry and other gift items, made by ttheir own in house designer Melissa Contreras.  10% off during the party!

Varga (2714 Main) will be having refreshments, in store promotions and selected items 50% off.

Live music and refreshments at Fedora Primo (216 Pier Ave.)…..whew….don’t forget to check the website for more info.


Now before the Main Street Holiday Extravaganza….Or if you don’t feel like celebrating….(a bit of a humbug…eh?), you may want to head to Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica,….some fun openings happening here.

If you are into the whole Pacific Standard Time exhibitions….which I am thoroughly enjoying….start off at the Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) from 4:00 pm till 6:00 pm, to enjoy the opening reception for artist, George Herms, Edmund Teske (see image) and Julian Wasser . Actually, you should get there a bit early…since George Herms and Julian Wasser will briefly speak about their work at 3:45pm

George Herms who came out of the Beat generation from the 1950’s is a leading figure of California Assemblage. His work combines aged, stained, and rusted detritus, usually rubber stamped with the four letters L-O-V-E (the E printed backwards).

Todays exhibition also presents a small exhibition of photographs by Edmund Teske of legendary artists and the early L.A. art, music and experimental film scenes such as George Herms, Kenneth Anger, Ramblin Jack Elliott and Jim Morrison.

JuliaJulianWassern Wasser (see image, left) started his career in photography in the 1950s as a teenager shooting crime scenes in Washington D.C.  This exhibition, entitled Los Angeles will include night scenes of the Sunset Strip in the 60s, images of key LA figures such as Joan Didion, Ed Ruscha and Jack Nicholson, as well as historic photos of the Watts Riots and Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel.  His picture of Marcel Duchamp playing chess with a nude woman (Eve Babitz) has become an icon of conceptual photography.

The Lora Schlessinger Gallery (T-3) offers a closing reception for Judith Foosaner from 5:00 pm tll 7:00 pm. (310) 828- 1133.

Stop off at the Frank Lloyd Gallery (B5b), for the opening reception of Grinn, featuring artist Adrian Saxe. The extraordinary experimentation in ceramic art of Los Angeles since World War II is international in scope. Saxe’s early work was site-specific sculpture that employed arrays of modular ceramic elements. The reception also happens from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 310 264-3866;

TAG (D- 3) offers an opening reception for artists John Clendening, Camey McGilvray, Joan Vaupen from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Since you’re  at Bergamot, stop by he Robert Berman Gallery’s newest and third gallery (B-7), at Bergamot. The exhibition, Lost and Found/Abstracting Los Angeles 1945-1980 just opened two weeks ago. It’s a wonderful show, as well as Berman’s latest offering for the Getty Foundation’s initiative, Pacific Standard Time.

This historic gallery space was home to the Patricia Faure Gallery, where well known artists gathered at notorious parties. So it is apropos that the grand opening will occur simultaneously with an exhibition which celebrates the same iconic artists as part of Pacific Standard Time.

This exhibition honors the legend of the Cool School days, born out of the famous Ferus Gallery. The focus of this exhibition is post-war works up to 1980. The new space has been renovated and opened up, giving the gallery a much more airy and spacious feel.

The Robert Berman Gallery has one other Pacific Standard Time exhibition that will be open as well.

Paid to Play (C-2) is also exceptional and includes works by Willardson, White, Palombi, Llyod, George Petty, Bob Zoell, Mick Haggerty, Lou Beach, Van Hamersveld, Ben Talbert, John Altoon, Jim Heimann, Mark Ryden, Dennis Mukai and others.


In the Marina, the gallery, Marine Contemporary presents Tender is the Night, a group exhibition curated by Emily Sills, presenting the works of Sam Knowles, Rachel Hovnanian, Polixeni Papapetrou, Allie Pohl, Christine Rebet, Katy Stone, and Frank Zadlo. In a long line of appropriation, this show takes its cue from F. Scott Fitzgerald, who borrowed the line as the title for his novel from John Keat’s poem “Ode to a Nightingale.” The opening reception runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Marine Contemporary is located at 1733 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, suite A, CA 90291;


Or Downtown…Norbertellen Gallery holds an opening reception from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm for their latest group show, CONVOCATION. They will also be hosting the DOTMOV FESTIVAL 2011, international digital film festival presented by Shift magazine. The gallery will show the festival throughout December and January with special presentations during the Downtown LA Art Walks (2nd Thursday of each month). See their website for more info.  Norbertellen Gallery is located at 215 W. 6th St. #110. 818 662 5041;

Then right around the corner, The Hive Gallery, located at 729 South Spring St., LA 90014, offers The Hive’s Annual “Price….less” $250 and under themed show. Artists featured from this group show are Catherine Kaleel, Roxy Morataya, Fikrie Oz, Josie Portillo, Michelle Romo, Daniaelle Simonsen and more. Be aware there is always a charge of $8.00 at this gallery to cover costs. 213-955-9051


Also in Inglewood, Beacon Arts presents the Loop Show curated by China Adams. The exhibition features sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and collage by Miyoshi Barosh, Thomas Deininger, Amy Drezner, Mark Dutcher, Doug Harvey, Anne Hieronymus, Robert Larson, and more.

Opening Reception will be held from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm. Beacon Arts is located at 808 N. La Brea avenue, CA 90302;


Also happening tonight, if you are in the Silver Lake area, is Occupy Silver Lake with Brazilian Art. Pop in at Zebi’s showroom at 3318 Sunset Bl., Silver Lake Ca 90026 from  7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Artists include Sandra Zebi – creamics and digital print, Adrianna Lobo – paintings, Ana Silvani – paintings & poetry, Lluy Rodrigues – paintings, Rose Lobo – paintings, Mireille Demeyere – photography with music by DJ Salada. For more info. call 310 738 2529;