Happy Valentine’s Day to you all…
If you have NOT planned something yet boys….oooh….you gonna be in trooouuble!!! You better whip up some amazing sexy meal and pretend that was your plan the whole time. Most restaurants will be completely booked by now. And you better not just put a bow on that bad boy…and think your Mama’s gonna be happy…or you won’t be all year long.
Flowers, candy…and love notes….write little love notes on post-its and put it all over the house. Tell her or him what your love the most about them…Work it boys!
But let’s not forget its time to celebrate Mardi Gras too. Festivities kick off this weekend, cause FAT Tuesday is next week…whew….there is just too much to do today.
See below for more Valentinte and Mardi Gras event (listed by time)
Start early in Venice…
Its day two of MUNIFISENSE LOVE, a three-day art and music event which runs through Sunday.
Presented by Focus Entertainment, the event will feature state of the art LED dance lighting, 40K lumens of immersive projection mapping, and 25,000 watts of Focus’s innovative sound design.
Daytime workshops in sacred dance, chanting, healing, yoga, and a packed roster of LA’s hottest contemporary DJs, artists, and performers will keep the good vibes flowing this Valentine’s Day.
Beginning at 7pm on Friday, February 13th, opening night will ¬¬set the tone with DJ performances by international music influencers Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Coachella darling Henry Pope. Valentine’s Day brings a slate of transformational workshops, yoga, ecstatic dance, and more. The party keeps going Saturday night with live music performances and thumping Bass DJs, and Sunday recovery brings Deep House and Techno vibes with sets by Ben Seagren (DISTRIKT), Eduardo Castillo (Eclectech) and Tara Brooks (Desert Hearts).
Check the website for a full shedule of today’s events.
Saturday, Februay 14 – 10:00 am – 2:00 am
ADMISSION: Tickets range from $20 to $90 for the full weekend…so be sure to check the website. Click Here to purchase Tickets
Start early in Santa Monica, at Bergamot Station located at 2525 Michigan Ave.
Craig Krull Gallery offers an early art talk with Don Barchardy in conjunction with its current exhibition. Don Bachardy has created thousands of portraits…all from life, never from photographs, at his studio in Santa Monica Canyon, where he still lives and works today.
See image: DON BACHARDY, Tilda Swinton, 2014, acrylic on paper, 29 x 23″
The Exhbition features a selection of Hollywood portraits from the past 50 years. Don insists that the work is always about the collaboration between the artist and sitter, and creating a likeness from life. It is not about “celebrity;” all of his sitters sign their finished portraits whether or not they are famous.
The list of his Hollywood sitters includes Natalie Wood, Jack Nicholson, Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Laurence Olivier, Montgomery Clift and most recently, Marion Cotillard. He was even commissioned by Angelina Jolie to have her portrait made in the nude at various stages of her pregnancy.
RSVP ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited. Coffee, bagels, donuts and orange juice will be served.
On view: January 24 – February 28
What: Opening reception
Where: Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, 90404
When: 10:00 am
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Venice with a parade up the Boardwalk. This is always fun!! Parade starts at noon and runs from Rose to Windward and back. $5.00 Donation for beads. Then at 2 pm the Gumbo Brothers play at the Venice Bistro (323 Ocean Front Walk) FB Page.
The world-famous Farmers Market is THE place to be for Mardi Gras in LA. The three-day, family-friendly celebration kicked off yesterday. Today’s event starts at 2pm.
Enjoy roving New Orleans-style bands, arts and crafts, and some delicious cajun grub. The famous “Original” Farmers Market is home to more than 100 restaurants local food vendors.
See tomorrow’s events for info on the Mutti Gras Pet Parade. The weekend’s events culminate in a free concert on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd Street, 3rd & Fairfax, LA 90036
The Muttigras parade starts at noon on the plaza.
Go to the website to see a full listing of who’s playing and when.
What: Mardis Gras Party
Where: Farmers Market, West Patio, 6333 West 3rd Street, 3rd & Fairfax, LA 90036
When: 2:00 pm
Phone: (323) 933-9211
MENSA’s yearly Stargazer’s event presents “Women and Art: Their Passions and Journeys”.
The author Simone Kussatz and documentary filmmaker Susan Morgan Cooper will be present. Cooper will talk about her documentaries “An Unlikely Weapon” (a film about war photographer Eddie Adams), her film “Mulberry Child,” and her current project about Bill Browder and the adoption ban in Russia.
Guests need to RSVP before Thursday February 12, 2015. See FB Event Page.
Mensa’s entrance fee for one event is $15, plus parking.
Where: The Concourse Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport, A Hyatt Affiliated Hotel, 6225 West Century Bllvd., 90045
When: 2:30 pm
Phone: 1 424 702 1234
FB Event Page
“Between Two Worlds” curated by Bia Gayotto is a show with 14 transnational LA-based artists that investigates the relationship between artistic practice and cultural territory. Instead of one nationality or region, the show focuses on how artists circulate between multiple geographies and mediums, and translate their multicultural experiences into their work.
Artists include: lsmael De Anda Ill, Young Chung, Michelle Dizon, Patricia Fernandez, Bia Gayotto, Flora Kao, Seema Kapur, Gala Porras-Kim, Maryrose Mendoza, Yong Soon Min, Amitis Montevalli, Camilo Ontiveros, Evelyn Serrano, Haruko Tanaka.
Parking is available on campus in Lot C for $1 per hour. Free disabled parking available behind the Fine Arts building in Lot 8.
On view: February 12 – February 28
What: Opening reception
Where: Fine Arts Gallery, 1st floor Fine Arts Building, California State University, 5151 State University Drive, LA, 90032
When: 4 pm – 7 pm
Phone: (323) 343-4040
Website: FB Page
In Santa Monica…back at Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave), FIG (G6) features a reception from 4-6pm. http://figgallery.com/
Rosamund Felsen Gallery celebrates artists Jacci Den Hartog, and Tanya Haden. “The Etiquette of Mountains” consists of painted landscape sculptures.
See image of Jacci Den Hartog with work
Inspired by Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac (1949) and his writings on ideas of land as community and the delicate equilibrium for which nature constantly aspires, Den Hartog constructs mountain and water forms that appear both tenuous and grounded simultaneously.
Also on view is the work of Tanya Haden. Inspired by interesting encounters throughout her life, Tanya Haden shows drawings & paintings that explore and flesh out these amusing and at times frustrating situations for her first one artist exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery.
On view: February 14th – March 14th
What: Opening reception
Where: Rosamund Felsen Gallery, (B-4) 2525 Michigan Ave., SM, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 828 8488
In Hollywood…Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) located at 6522 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90028 celebrates Valentine’s Day with an art party from 8-11pm. $10.00 admission. http://www.welcometolace.org/
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS hosts a magazine launch for VNA magazine’s 29th issue. This issue has features on well known artists including Cleon Peterson, Ricky Powell, Tony Arcabascio, Mattis Dovier, Blek Le Rat and more.
Available at the event will be a limited edition (ed of 150) screen-printed version of the magazine, signed by Cleon Peterson. The limited edition is part of a box set which includes die-cut stickers and postcards. VNA will also be giving away free copies of the regular issue as their Valentine’s gift to the first 100 people to arrive.
Delicious Sixpoint Brewery beers will be served and Cleon Peterson and the VNA crew will be in attendance.
Please RSVP to email@example.com to ensure entry.
What: Magazine Launch
Where: Subliminal Projects, 1331 W Sunset Blvd., LA 90026
When: 6 to 9 pm
Downtown…Groundspace Project, (1427 E. 4th St. #4, LA 90033) debuts a new exhibition from 6-9pm. http://groundspaceproject.wordpress.com
Back to Valentine’s Day options….
I’d tell you to go to one of my all time favorite restaurants…Upper West. If you have NOT yet been…you gotta go. Unfortunately they are completely booked for Valentine’s Day Dinner. So put it on your wish list. http://www.theupperwest.com/
In Santa Monica…
Sonoma Wine Garden offers a Valentine Day’s dinner for $45 per person.
CALL ASAP for Reservations 424-214-4560
The menu starts with appetizers such as French Onion Soup, Burrata Salad. Then entree choices include diver scallops, braised short rib, vegetarian lasagna and finally dessert features flourless chocolate cake & hand-dipped chocolate strawberries
A Valentine’s dinner with cost $45 per person. There is also an optional Wine Pairing as well for $20 per person.
What: Valentine’s Dinner
Where: Sonoma Wine Garden, 395 Santa Monica Place # 300, Santa Monica, 90401
When: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: 424 214-4560
In Venice…Starting at 7:00 pm, Witzend (1717 Lincoln Blvd.) presents the music of with Stefani Valadez, Steven Moos, Christo Pellani, Rick Moors, Al Keith, Javier Mosley, Nigel Walsh, Brandon Niznik, Danny Moynahan, Kate Nicholsen, Nichelle Monroe, Austin Nicholsen. $10.00 ADMISSION For table reservations, call 310-305-4792; FB Page; http://www.witzendlive.com/
Whiskey Reds celebrates Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu with a four course dinner.
The special dinner includes an appetizer, choice of soup or salad, entrée and dessert.
Entrees Include: Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, Fire Grilled Rib Eye Steak, Pistachio Crusted Halibut, Seafood Collage, Grilled Salmon, Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail.
Be sure to CALL for reservations ASAP!
What: Valentine’s Dinner
Where: Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
When: Seating starts at 4 pm