Pan African Film and Arts Festival 2014 is in its third day, (it started on Thursday 13th and runs to Monday 17th at the Baldwin Hills Mall.

EPanAfricanFilmFestivalstablished in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

Over 100 established and emerging fine artists and quality craftspeople from the US and the world over whose artistic aesthetic is rooted in Africa and its Diaspora present their creative works using oil on canvas, watercolor and pastels, acrylic paper, glass, ceramics, metal, cloth, plastic, wax, wire, leather, stone and more.

The art of Zebi will be on view. Stop by and say hi….she’s does beautiful work. You’ll find her across from the store, Forever 21, near the food court.

What: Festival
Where: Baldwin Hills Mall, 3650 W Martin Luther King Jr. Bl , L.A. Ca 90008
When: 11am to 9pm Today thru Monday

BergamotStationlogo copyIn Santa Monica…at Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave…where the Pick of the Week is taking place), TAG Gallery (D-3), will host an artist talk at 3pm.

Also at Bergamot….Rosamund Felsen Gallery  (B-4) hosts a reception from 5-7pm

Sat-Feb15-RoseGalleryROSEGALLERY is pleased to announce Robbert Flick: Freeways. Large-scale color photographs will be on view.

See image: Robbert Flick, P2760885-904 from the series Freeways, 2011, Archval Pigment print, variable

Pioneering Los Angeles photographer Robbert Flick is known for working within and furthering the well-established tradition of California landscape photography and for his emphasis on the distinctive urbanscape of Los Angeles.

On view: February 15th – April 12th

What: Opening reception
Where: Rose Gallery (G-5), Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., SM 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.264.8440

Duncan Miller Gallery proudly presents Pacific Northwest: Vintage Photographs by Ray Atkeson.

ProSat-Feb-15-DuncanMillerminent among photographers of the American West, especially winter landscapes and the emergence of the modern ski industry, Atkeson also made poetic photographs of the bustling industries gaining momentum in the region during the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s.

An ardent conservationist as well as an admirer of man’s ambitious rush to embrace modernity, Atkeson’s unique vision combined his affection for majestic, hardscrabble vistas and a fascination with the tumult of this new industrial frontier — resulting in images that are both strange and familiar, dreamlike and indelible, magical and ominous.

On view: February 15th – March 29th

What: Opening reception
Where: Duncan Miller Gallery, Bergamot Station, (A-7) 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 838 2440

In the Miracle Mile area…

Sat-Feb15-MoskowitzGallery-EmilyElbertConcertMoskowitz Gallery will be hosting a performance by Nomadic soul songstress Emily Elbert. Musical Director Eric Lamm has organized a concerts in a series entitled “Songs & LIeder.”

Elbert has performed DIY tours in 15 countries around the world, independently released four albums, and won accolades from sources as diverse as the Washington Post and Glamour Magazine.

Admission charge $20

Refreshments will be served.

What: Performance
Where: Moskowitz Gallery, 743 N La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90038
When: Doors open at 7:00pm, concert starts at 7:30pm

Also in the area…Richard Telles Fine Art (7380 Beverly Blvd.), also offers an opening from 5-7pm. and there’s another reception from 7-10 pm at New Image Art Gallery (7920 Santa Monica Blvd.)

In West Hollywood…

Los Angeles’ First International LGBT Photography Show Opens With A Two-Day DOUBLE LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY. World of Wonder, the production company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, presents “Art With A Manifesto: ROUND HOLE, SQUARE PEG.” The group show is curated by Phil Tarley at ARTISTS CORNER GALLERY & BOOKMAKING. YOU MUST RSVP SEE BELOW

SSat-Feb15-CornerBkStoreee image: THE ANATOMICAL MAN Photo By Richard Sawdon Smith (UK)

Inspired by Los Angeles’ Musuem of Contemporary Art, Bob Mizer- Tom of Finland exhibition , ROUND HOLE, SQUARE PEG is an effort to find a new visual esthetic for the diverse LGBT community. The show consists of two different exhibits.

The first presents the 30 winners of a juried competition of emerging and mid-career artists from 8 different countries. The second is an invitational with some of the best LGBT-themed photography of our times including work by such renowned artists as Arthur Tress, Rick Castro, Tom of Finland, Duane Cramer, The Good Wife costar Alan Cumming, Austin Young and more.

The Love Parties will offer the show’s catalog of the entire exhibit at half price $35.

Refreshments, parking and entrance are free. DON’T forget to RSVP…mention LA Art Party to ensure entry. Free admission with RSVP –

On view: February 14th – March

What: Opening reception
Where: Artists Corner Gallery, 6585 Santa Monica Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90038
When: Two night opening TONIGHT Feb 14th & Sat Feb 15th 6-9pm

In Culver City…

Samuel Freeman presents three new works: Physical Limits II by Ray Barrie, Mon Amour by David Lamelas, and Bearings by Patrick Killoran.

PhySat-Feb15-samuelfreemansical Limits is a group of experimental sculptures that Ray Barrie produced between 1967-69, currently being presented as “three-dimensional documentations.”

Using the evidence of drawings, photographs, models and commentary from his archive, Barrie’s aim has been to re-enact a process, rather than reproduce the “original.”

David Lamelas addresses the limits of art’s temporality, and its potential for creating alternative processes of communication and cognition. With Mon Amour, David Lamelas is reconsidering his “Reading Films” of the 1960’s: Reading Film from “Knots” by R.D. Laing, and Reading film from “Labyrinth” by J.L. Borges.

Patrick Killoran’s project Bearings is an exterior installation that advances the artist’s ongoing exploration of American consumerism. Killoran has placed a lemon tree in the courtyard and surrounded it with what might be considered its fruit. In place of lemons he has provided us with an array of yellow consumer products. The lemon tree sits in its original crate; the “fruit” sit below the tree on the ground in an arrangement that mimics the disarray of fallen lemons.

February 15th – March 15th

What: Opening reception
Where: Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.449.1479

Also in Culver City…

InSat-Sun-ArcarnaBooksWizardOfEgg large conjunction with the Zine Fest (taking place tomorrow…see Sunday’s Events), Arcana Books hosts a special two-day exhibition beginning on Saturday, February 15 Arcana: Books on the Arts will feature the work of reclusive outsider artist and folk engineer, eb.

Oft-viewed as a crank by the academic establishment, this special presentation will take a closer look at eb’s controversial-yet-plausible theory. For decades Egyptologists have been incorrectly attributing symbols depicted in the hieroglyphic language as religious icons, when according to eb, they are simply artistic renditions of the actual tools used to build the pyramids.

The exhibit will include reconstructed contemporary working versions of these tools as well as present a fully operating ramp model that demonstrates exactly how all of the oddly shaped “function specific” tools depicted on the hieroglyphs worked together to form a larger assembly line system that enabled the Egyptians to easily roll the massive stones up the ramps.

What: Opening reception
Where: ARCANA: BOOKS ON THE ARTS, 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Another one in Culver City…

Sat-Feb15-WHole9Whole 9 Gallery hosts a benefit tonight.

A portion of the proceeds for this music event will help rebuild the Philippines. Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Admission $10.00

What: Benefit
Where: The Whole 9 Gallery, 3830 Main St., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Phone: 310-836-4600

Also in this area….Western Project (2762 S. La Cienega Blvd.), holds a reception from 6-8pm.

Sat-Feb15-WWA-PrismaWWA Gallery holds an opening for its FINAL show.  PRISMA Collective Group Show The owners are refocusing their efforts into WWA’s sister gallery, the Wonderful World of Animation. Established over twenty years ago, the Wonderful World of Animation showcases Original Animation Art from early Disney concept art to more contemporary work such as the Simpsons.

Thanks for all the great art and art parties. Good luck to the WWA Gallery Staff; Rob, Dave, Callie, Kiyoko, Lin, and Gallery Owner Debbie Weiss.

What: Opening reception
Where: WWA Gallery, 9517 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
Phone: 310-836-4992
Also in Culver City….a double art party.

CSat-Feb15-CoreyHelford-RISK OTA INNOCENCE LOSTorey Helford Gallery presents “Innocence Lost,” a new exhibition by LA based Graffiti artists, RISK and NATHAN OTA.

“Innocence Lost” is a show that explores the artist before he or she become an artist.That magical moment, where you are mesmerized by the power and mystic of art. It also explores those pivotal moments when things become all to real.

Risk and Nathan Ota have painted together since they met in high school. They have tried to capture the feeling they had as adolescents embarking on an artistic life long journey.

Then right next door…Keep the art party going…..

POW-CoreyHelford-Sarah Folkman-VanityCHG Circa hosts an opening reception for new works by LA based artist, Sarah Folkman. Her solo exhibition “The Burden of Adoration” will be opening on This is Folkman’s most notable body of work to date and it is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Folkman is recognized for using exotic woods as her canvas and for infusing nature and the female figure. Her upcoming exhibition will explore a new realm of intense emotion.

On view: February 15th – March 8th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Corey Helford, 8522 Washington Blvd. / CHG Circa, 8530-A Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 7-10pm
Phone: 310.287.2340 323-363-9338

Several other openings are taking place Downtown…starting early from 3pm to 2 am…CreateFixate at Lot 613 : 613 Imperial St., LA, 90021. There is a $20 charge at door. See website for details.
Also another opening at Groundspace Project, (1427 E. 4th St. #4). from 6-9 pm and one presented by Lark Gallery (126 E. 6th St.90013) from 6-8 pm. 

In the Leimert Park area… The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center (4305 Degnan Blvd., LA 90008) will host a Champagne Reception ($20 admission) and CD Release Concert to celebrate blues guitarist Bernie Pearl’s just-released recording, “Take Your Time.”

Back in the Miracle Mile area…

TropicSat-Feb15-ForroinLAo de Nopal presents, Forró in LA Valentine’s Edition with live music by Môfo Forró {foh-hoh} “for all” is the popular music and dance rhythms from the Northeast of Brazil.

See photo: Forró In L.A. members Fabio, Marialice, Andrea, Reyes

This months event will feature MÔFO – the only forró band in LA Andrea and Fabio teach a free introductory lesson of Forró steps at the event.

Forró In LA dj, Reyes plays 100% Forró, from xote, baião to xaxado!  Come and be part of our Forró in LA! Guaranteed a great fun-forró-festa time!

Admission: $10

What: Forró in LA Valentine’s Edition with live music by Môfo
Where: Tropico de Nopal Gallery Art-Space 1665 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles 90026
When: 9pm
Phone: (213) 481.8112
Parking: lot next door and plenty of street parking.

Sat-Feb15-LeftCoastWine-JasonLuckettIn Glendale…

Jason Luckett performs at Left Coast Wine Bar in Glendale.

Luckett will perform a solo show with invited guest performers and collaborators. Groovy acoustic soul based, singer/songwriter with rock, folk & Brazilian influences. Guest performer Ana Guigui and co-writer will debut their new song.

Original music, with an occasional reinterpretation of the vaguely familiar. No cover.

Enjoy some tasty food with Luckett….Showtime starts at 8:30. He’ll be playing three sets.

$10 minimum. All ages.

Left Coast Wine Bar, 117 E Harvard St Glendale, CA 91205
When: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Phone: (818) 507-7011