lowres HARC logo2011Don’t forget the Pick of the Week happens today at 2:00 pm at the Gebert Gallery on Abbot Kinney. The HARC Foundation always puts on quite the chi chi event. I say start the party early…and the admission goes to a wonderful cause. See above, under by Pick of the Week for more details.

lowresHelenGarber Studio NoirFestSMAlso happening during the day today….If you love photography, take a class with internationally renowned night photographer, Helen K. Garber.

As part of NoirFest Santa Monica, this three session class has been offered for only $175.00, and two of the sessions will meet on the Santa Monica Pier. You will also have exclusive access to the private quarters of the Pier Restoration Corporation, the old apartments above the landmark Carousel. 

You must register at Otis. See my Artists/Exhibition page for more details. Also more detais on www.noirfestsm.com 


lowres HelenKGarber getty-center-frontNow for the evening….of course, there’s always something going on at Bergamot Station, located at 2525 Michigan Avenue, in Santa Monica, CA 90404.

You may as well get there a bit early (since the first opening starts at 5:00 pm) and pop into dnj Gallery (J-1)Artist Helen K. Garber current exhibition, “Encaustic Noir” is still up (part of NoirFest Santa Monica). It is a brilliant show. So if you have not seen it yet be sure to get to Bergamot before 5:30…dnj closes at 6:00 pm.

TAG Gallery (D-3) offers an opening reception from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm celebratin artists, Ty Bowman, Jane Peterson, David Twamley. 310.829.9556; http://www.taggallery.net


2.4 Berman BICKART THUMBThe Robert Berman Gallery (B7) presents “TOWERING MOMENTS”, the premiere exhibition of Los Angeles artist Jonathan Bickart.

If you know Griffith Park, you may be familiar with the famous 14-foot monument of Colonel Griffith J. Griffith on Riverside Drive at the entrance to Griffith Park. Bickart has done many large commisions here in LA.

See image Jonathan Bickart, RUSSIA III, 2011; Polychromed terracotta, hydrocal, brass, steel, cast iron on a concrete base; 80 x 51 x 13 inches; Photo by: Stephanie Kleinman.
The opening reception will be held from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm.


1.14 TedSoqui Just Occupy frontSMALLNow if you haven’t seen the Robert Berman Gallery’s other exhibition  “JUST OCCUPY” make sure to stop in.

This pop up exhibition made quite a stir opening night a couple weeks back and is still on view their D5 Gallery, so don’t miss it.

“JUST OCCUPY” features the photographs of Los Angeles photographer Ted Soqui (see image, right). This has been open for a couple weeks.

1.14 BermanJustOccupy1Also featured in “JUST OCCUPY,” is a series of photographic collages by photojournalist Christopher Felver, (see image, left), who is known for his documentary photographs of the beats, poets and musicians. These photos from his Ordered World series show a stark contrast to the narrative photos of Ted Soqui, yet have a different impact by showing the force of simple words when joined together such as: JUST PEACE, JUST WAR, JUST 99%, JUST OCCUPY.

Great show. Be sure to pop in. http://www.robertbermangallery.com/


NFeb4 Happening RuthSanPietro-1ow in Marina Del Rey, pop into the Happening Gallery, located at 4047 Lincoln Blvd., just south of Washington Blvd. They always have lively openings.

Tonight’s exhibition, is a group show entitled “Instinct” featuring Venice local Ruth San Pietro as well as artists, Natalie Gray, Bridget Jones, Brian Reed Scott Sterling and many more. 

The opening reception runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. http://www.thehappeninggallery.com


SSeanMoreyean Morey brings America’s funniest comedians to Chin Chin in Brentwood (LA) every Saturday night!  Chin Chin is a wonderful Chinese restaurant and Sean has turned their lovely roof-top patio room into a comedy club!

Sean is a 6 time veteran of The Tonight Show and his comedy songs are played on radio stations across America.  His biggest hit is The Man Song.  (I should sing him my song “I need a Man to Clean my House”).

At tonight’s show, Sean will be performing along with Bill Dwyer, Peter Berman, Laura Hayden, Jason Love and Madison Mason.

The show starts at 8:00 pm; Admission is $10. Chin Chin is located at 11740 San Vicente Blvd.  http://www.seanmorey.com/


Or in Culver City, Thinkspace celebrates the work of Ana Bagayan with her latest show “There Is Time To Kill Today.” Artist, Liz Brizzi will be featured in Project Room.

The event will be held from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm.

Thinkspace is located at 6009 Washington Blvd., 90232; 310.403.8549; http://www.thinkspacegallery.com


2.4 Whole9 LO RESThe Whole 9 Gallery, located at 3830 Main St., offers a group exhibition entitled “The Human Touch” featuring artists, Harry Gundersen, Hugh Hamilton, Patti Meyers.

The reception runs from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. 310-836-4600; http://www.thegallery9.com


Lots2.4 BlowUpFront going on in the downtown area, Crewest has an opening reception for Blow up L.A.: The Art of Blowing Up Your City from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. (This one sounds fun)

Blow Up L.A.! is part of a month long traveling Blow Up (Your City!) Aerosol Warfare exhibition which features customized Jamungo BUD & NADE vinyl dolls by national and local artists as well as other artwork.

The opening reception runs from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm at Crewest Gallery with live music by DJ Phyz Ed. Crewest is located at 110 Winston St., LA 90013. http://crewest.com/

2.4 Mujod jpgGallery MUJO presents the solo show of artist, Claude Smith, entitled “Ineffabel: Joy.” The opening reception will be hels from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm. The show will remain open till February 29th.

Gallery MUJO is located at 548 South Spring Street (Unit 113), LA 90014; (located on 6th Street between Spring St. and Main St.)


J2.4 Hivewebust up the street, The Hive Gallery & Studios offers two group shows entitled, “Hard Love.” This is a valentine themed show and they will also be showing “Lullabies and Nightmares”– a collection of children book illustrators.

Be aware that they do charge admission, I believe it’s around $8.

Event runs from 8:00 pm – 12:30 am.

The Hive Gallery & Studios, located at 729 South Spring St., LA, 90014. 213-955-9051; http://thehivegallery.com    

2.4 Redcat MingWongThen close by….Artist, Ming Wong, known for his performance and video works reflecting the history of cinema, creates a series of video sculptures and scenic backdrops that center around the making of Roman Polanski’s seminal 1974 film Chinatown.

In this video exhibition, the artist is cast as two of the film’s central characters. Filmed on location in the Gallery at REDCAT, Making Chinatown transforms the exhibition space into a studio backlot and examines the original film’s constructions of language, performance and identity.

REDCAT is located below Disney Hall at 631 West 2nd St., LA, 90012; 213-237-2800; http://redcat.org