Sun Feb17 ChineseNewYear dragon2The 114th Golden Dragon Parade takes place today at 1:00 pm.​ I have been to this parade several times….it’s fantastic….so much fun.

It’s the year of the Snake (hey, they’re celebrating my ex-husband…hee hee…just kidding) The parade commences at Hill and Ord Streets and will finish at Broadway and Cesar Chavez.

Grand Marshals are LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Honorary Grand Marshals are Councilman Ed Reyes, Sheriff Lee Baca and Bibiana Yung.

Sat Feb16 ChineseNYear dragon1If you are interested in getting a seat in the Grand Stand, contact the Chamber Office for a reservation 213-617-0396.

Grand Stand ticket prices run: $32 Pre-sales: $36 On-site; $28 Group (20 +)

Parade Route: Hill Street at Temple toward Bernard. Right on Bernard, right on Broadway back to Broadway & Temple. 

FREE to the public. The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station.  Website:

In Santa Monica,

There’s lotsBergamotStationlogo copy going on at Bergamot too as always. Located at 2525 Michigan Ave., there is also a theatre production tonight….see the end of today’s events.

The Frostig Collection and Jamie Lee Curtis hold a closing reception and online auction for “MY AIM IS TRUE”

SWU Frostig maier untitled 1962ee image by Vivian Maier, who is one of my all time favorite photographers.

The photographs in this collection are by: Richard E. Aaron, Shawna Ankenbrandt, Henry Diltz, Andrew Eccles, William Eggleston, Bob Gruen, Alexandra Hedison, Vivian Maier, Sally Mann, James Nachtwey | Eugene Pinkowski, Sebastião Salgado, Art Streiber,Arne Svenson, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Todd Webb and many more.

The online auction ends at 6:00 PM this coming Saturday, February 16, 2013

What: Opening reception
Where: The Frostig Collection (B-5) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Artist talk begins at 4:30 pm
Phone: 310-828-3535

The Robert Berman Gallery (B-7) also hosts a closing reception from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.   and Rose Gallery (G-5) will be having an opening from 4:30-6:30pm as well. So be sure to stop in.

Frank PicSat Feb16FrankPicturestures hosts a book signing and reading with author Richard Kramer.

Known for his extensive TV background as a producer, you can bet there will be lots of Hollywood types.

What: Book signing
Where: Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station (A-5) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 828-0211

Gallery 169 hosts an exhibition of photographs by Jona Frank. Jona Frank is a photographer based in Santa Monica.

Sat Feb16 Gallery169 jonafrank2“Learning to Fly,” Frank’s third book is about boyhood and, California. And how the only choice to really make is to be in it, to engage, and encourage flight.”

What: Artist’s Opening Reception
Where: Gallery 169, 169 West Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402
When: 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-963-3891

Also in Santa Monica…bG Gallery celebrates “The Art of Literature,” a new exhibit featuring art inspired by great works of literature.

Artists include: Joshua Hagler, Paulo Solano, Simone Gad, Kate Jackson, Barbara Kosoff, Susan Lizotte, Tami S. Tsark, Susan Lizotte, Gay Summer Rick, Linda Smith, Claudia Morales McCain, Barbara Kolo, Joella March, Mike Street, Treiops, Hilary Wootton, Allois, and more.

ASat Feb16 BarbaraKOSOFF-JanesTruthrtist Barbara Kosoff will be part of the show…(I love her work). See image by Barbara Kosoff entitled, “Jane’s Truth” mixed media 10 x 13″ (inspired by a short story by Somerset Maugham).

Select Works of Literature include: Mary Oliver’s “A Thousand Mornings,” The Tanakh, Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”, Robert Frost’s “The Armful,” Dante’s “Inferno,” Camus’ “The Stranger,” Select poems by Emily Dickinson, Lucia Impelluso’s “Aphrodite and the Gods of Love,” and others.

On view: February 16th – March 5th

What: Opening reception
Where: Bleicher Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401
When: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Phone: 310 237 6423

Right next door, Jeanie Madsen Gallery 1431 Ocean Ave, has an art party at 9pm.

Or in the Miracle Mile area, Acme (6150 Wilshire Blvd.,) holds a a reception from 6-8 pm or down the street AndrewShire Gallery (3850 Wilshire Blvd. #107) also has an opening from 6-8pm

In Culver City….

WeSat Feb16 Westernprojectstern Project presents a survey of works by Los Angeles artist Wayne White.

Masterworks is comprised of selected paintings and works on paper from the first ten years of the White’s signature word paintings.

On view: February 16th – March 23rd

What: Opening reception
Where: Western Project, 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, CA
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.838.0609

MSat Feb16 MarkMoore hammer41 1ark Moore Gallery celebrates the opening of “Long Plays,” which features an Austin-based artist collective, Okay Mountain.

Drawing upon various media, including video, sculpture, photography and drawing, the group’s nine members pay homage to the ubiquitous content of contemporary consumer culture. Long Plays delves further into the collective’s observations about the calculated fluidity between entertainment, commodities, and advertising.

On view: February 16th – March 16th

What: Opening reception
Where: Mark Moore Gallery, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310 453-3031

Also in Culver City….The Word is ART Gallery (9349 Venice Blvd.)hosts a post Valentine’s event offering champagne and snacks from 6-9 pm.

Or downtown….

Sat Feb16 Coagula summertimeCoagula Curatorial hosts an opening reception for “Lust Letters,” a group show featuring Tim Youd, Gajin Fujita, Erica Rawlings, Bruce Richards.

See image by Bruce Richards

What: Opening reception
Where: Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Rd., LA, 90012
When: Saturday, February 16, 7pm – 11pm
Phone: (424) 2-COAGULA

Also downtown, a couple doors away….Charlie James Gallery (969 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012) holds a reception from 7-10 pm.

InWUCaged-Postcard-Image 4x6 web Santa Monica….

Check out a new production at City Garage, enjoy a new play by Charles Duncombe, “Caged.” This new play is a tender and absorbing drama about entrapment, a reflection on life, how we see each other, and ourselves.

Feb. 15 – March 24; Fridays, Saturdays, 8:00pm, Sundays 4:00pm.

Admission $25.00; $20 for students and senior citizens w/id.

What: Performance
Where: City Garage Theatre, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building T1, Santa Monica, Ca, 90404.
When: 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.453.9939

Or in the Valley…..keep celebrating the day of love…

The Cabaret Versatile will perform and celebrate valentine after valentine with a touch of Burlesque in collaboration with Bell-esque.

SatFeb16 CabaretVersatileCabaret Versatile is the real French Cabaret choreographed by dancer & choreographer Lola Ohlala trained in classical and modern dance from the age of 4 till 14. She then started studying theater with Jean-Claude Cotillard (father of the famous Marion)

Admission $10.00 online ( and $15.00 at the door

What: Performance
Where: Skinny’s Lounge Noho – 4923 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
When: 8:00 pm 10:00 pm