In the Highland Park area…Future Studio Gallery (5558 N. Figueroa St. LA 90042) hosts an all day event from 10am–8pm. it’s FIG JAM–an all-dauy celebration of No. Figueroa Street’s Past, Present & Future. A mayor’s Great Streets LA event, there will be all kinds of stuff happening throughout the day. Featured artists: Teenie Duchamp, Kristen Johanessen, Roseanne Kleinerman Lyn Mayer, Corey Miller, Janet Olenik, Barbara Thomason, Louisa Van Leer, Katsu Yokoyama: Chicken Boy…and more.



LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show, the West Coast’s larla-cookie-con-2016gest baking and sweets expo, is returning for its second year February 6 & 7, 2016. After a sold out event in 2015, the show is expanding to the Los Angeles Convention Center to make room for even more attendees and vendors. With over 10,000 guests expected, sweets-enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 125 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite TV stars and watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops in cookie and cake decorating.

On Saturday, Food Network’s Cake Masters will film on site with celebrity baker Duff Goldman. Duff will deliver an extravagant cake to share with some of our lucky attendees. Plus, actress and entrepreneur Sarah Michelle Gellar, is bringing Foodstirs (a company she co-founded) to the convention.

The Kids Zone, sponsored by LA-based Otis Spunkmeyer will offer free face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, games and more, compliments of Mommy Nearest and Baking with Melissa. 100% of the proceeds from the sugar art and baking competitions will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Last year’s event raised $5,000 for CHLA.

Special Guests: This year’s celebrity lineup includes Saturday’s headliner Ron Ben-Israel of Food Network’s “Sweet Genius”, “Cake Wars” and famed cake decorator in New York luxury baking market. Sunday’s headliner is Rosanna Pansino, New York Times Best Selling Author and creator of the show ‘Nerdy Nummies’, which airs on her YouTube channel RosannaPansino, garnering more than 5 million subscribers and 1 billion video views.

Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events Page for all the details about this YUMMY event!

Cost: $21/adult and $10/child for a one-day pass OR $35/adult and $15/child for a 2-day pass. Guests can purchase their tickets at www.lacookiecon.com. 100% of the proceeds from the sugar art and baking competitions will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Last year’s event raised $5,000 for CHLA.

What: LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center – 1201 S. Figueroa St.
When: Saturday, February 6, 11:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday, February 7, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Website: http://www.lacookiecon.com/


Sat-Feb6-Market-jonmarcedwardsIn Silverlake…

Artist JonMarc Edwards is introducing local Angelinos with a new exhibition venue MARKET, a small literary minded art space located in the heart of Silverlake, CA at 612 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026.

To celebrate it’s first exhibition MARKET will open with “The Debriti Show” Modeled after a medical marijuana dispensary, however, you will not need a prescription to enter “The Debriti Show” is dispensing something more powerful than any drug… words, as it explores that transformational power of language and tangible text.

MARKET is located at 612 Silver Lake Blvd., LA CA 90026 (Cross street is Bellevue, 2 blocks N. off the 101 Silver Lake exit).

What: Opening reception
Where: Market, 612 Silver Lake Blvd., LA CA 90026
When: 1:00pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: 213.483.1183
Website: http://www.marketstudio.org


Head South…

Muzeumm presents “Scar Stories” curated by Ted Meyer.  Sat-Feb6-Scar-Stories-Muzeumm invite

“Scar Stories”centers around the work of Los Angeles artist Ted Meyer’s 17 year project “Scarred for Life”. Ted shows 35 of his favorite scar prints.  In addition Muzeumm will be showing an international group of who’s works also focus on Scars.  

Artists include: Zeina Baltagi, Mrs. Hobbs, Ted Meyer, Lilli Muller, Allison Romanczuk, and May Tanferrer .

What: Opening reception
Where: Muzeumm, 4811 W. Adams Blvd., LA 90016
When: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Website: http://www.muzeumm.com


In Venice…

Sat-Feb6-ShulamitShulamit Nazariam hosts an art talk today featuing Laura Fried and the artist Elham Rokni.

“Clavileño” opened in January. The exhibition explorea the relationship between light, movement, and narrative, from Iran-born, Israel-based artist Elham Rokni. Anchored by two videos, the exhibition features new large-scale abstract works on paper that bring flashes of brightness, in the otherwise, dramatically dark installation. Following in the footsteps of experimental filmmakers before her, Rokni embraces a cinematic language that uses autobiographical expression through nonrepresentational imagery to challenge conventional notions of narrative and reflect an individual psyche.

On view through February 18

What: Art Talk
Where: Shulamit Nazariam, 17 North Venice Boulevard, Venice 90292
When: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Website: http://www.shulamitnazarian.com


Stay in Venice…

Enjoy a Poetry of Venice Photography Show. Paramedia ecologist Gerry Fialka hosts award-winning Venice photoSat-Feb6-BeyondBaroque-Venicegraphers, exploring landscapes of the human psyche and pushing pictorial representation beyond! Examine the trance-inducing transforming power of cameras in our community by way of McLuhan.

Featured local Venice artists:
B. Meade, Kristy Campbell, Todd Von Hoffmann, Aisha Singleton, Gerry Fialka, Margaret Molloy, Dave Healey, Regina Barton, Trish Ellebracht, Ned Sloane, Mark Lipson.

Show runs: one night only, Feb. 6, 2016, Saturday.

Admission charge:  Free, donations accepted. Parking:  street and lot parking. Wine and refreshments will be servied .

What: Opening reception
Where:  Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice CA 90291
When:  Feb. 6, 2016, Saturday.  2-4pm: panel discussion in upstairs gallery, 4-6pm: opening for Photo Show in gallery & lobby.
Phone:  310-822-3006
Info: FB Page


Your Mom’s Agency from Berlin in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, Bold LA, and Raumfeld presents a new LA music festival called From Berlin to LA. This is an all day event starting at 2pm and running well into the night. Featuring artists such as Robot Koch and Perera Elsewhere, this will be a two-day event held on February 5-6th that is free to the public and hosted at a variety of venues around Los Angeles. From Berlin to LA addresses electronic music enthusiasts of different horizons and ages thanks to panels and workshops about DJing or digital production, projections, live and DJ sets with a new tech twist or an old-school flair showcasing Berlin-influenced electronic music ranging from electronica new beats, to house, techno and experimental. Visit the FB Page Here.


In Culver City…

Sat-Feb6-ArcanaBooksAracana Books presents a book signing for Steven Rea’s book…Hollywood Cafe, Coffee with the Stars.

Enjoy nostalgic black-and-white photos that celebrate screen icons from the Silent Era through the eighties making and drinking their own cups of joe, java, pour-overs, and percolated brews. Hollywood Café bridges the vibrant coffee culture of the present with the glamorous coffee culture of the star-studded past. A cast of nearly two hundred stars – including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Michael Caine, Robert Mitchum, Rita Hayworth, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Wayne, Bette Davis, Clara Bow, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, and many more – is captured on the set, on the run, in costume and out, behind-the-scenes, and at the kitchen table refilling and refueling, sipping and savoring, drinking the good stuff.

Come meet our longtime pal Steven Rea and celebrate the publication of his charming new follow-up to the ever-popular Hollywood Rides a Bike here at Arcana this Saturday, February 6th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM with divine, freshly-brewed coffee graciously provided by neighbors Cognoscenti Coffee!

An RSVP is recommended. If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of Hollywood Café: Coffee with the Stars, Hollywood Rides a Bike: Cycling With The Stars – or both! – please place your secure online order here, or call at 310-458-1499.

What: Book Signing
Where: Arcana Books, 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: 310-458-1499
Website: http://arcanabooks.com/


In Santa Monica…

It’s tTheTasteofnightMarkethe 2nd night of Taste of Night Market (a two night event) at the Barker Hanger. From the creators of 626 Night Market, the original and largest night market in the U.S., comes a new premium tasting event on Los Angeles’ Westside. The event will feature an international pan-L.A. mix of cuisines from local chefs and rising tastemakers. Activities and performances will revolve around the theme of the Lunar New Year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

Come feast with dozens of tantalizing L.A. based chefs, artists, and performers at the exclusive Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Admission includes all food, drinks, and performances. Ring in the Lunar New Year the right way by filling up on tasty creations and unique cultural performances!

tunatacos-upperWestOne of my favorite restaurants will be participating in the Saturday event. With a constantly changing menu, Upper West boasts of Chef Nick Shipp’s eclectic individualistic dishes that tickle the palate with unique ingredients from all around the world. The restaurant reflects an uncompromising approach to modern American cuisine that knows no bounds coupled with exceptional customer service. For more info, visit http://www.theupperwest.com

Genernal admission is $75/plus fee; VIP is $95/plus fee 

Click Here to purchase tickets

What: Taste of Night Market
Where: Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
When 6:00pm-10pm (Vip starts at 5pm)
Website: http://www.tasteofnightmarket.com


In Santa Monica…FAB Studio hosts an opening reception for John R. Martin from 6-9pm.


One more taking place later in Venice…

C.Sat-Feb6-RalphZiman-Eland-2015-Digital-Photograph-44x66A.V.E. Gallery presents “Bones,” a new solo exhibition by South African artist, photographer and filmmaker, Ralph Ziman. I featured this exhibition in my Art Hopping column coming out this Friday in the Westside Today.

See image: Ralph Ziman, Eland, 2015, Digital Photograph, 44″ x 66″
In Ziman’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, Bones will feature a series of photographs and sculptures that directly respond to the current state of trophy hunting in South Africa and the resultant commercial exchange that occurs between South Africa and America. C.A.V.E. Gallery will host a reception at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard on Saturday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m.

February 6th – March 5th

What: Opening reception
Where: C.A.V.E. Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291
When: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Website: http://www.cavegallery.net


Untitled Project Space (707 Mateo St., LA 90021) offers a reception for a group show titled “Postcards From Paradise” from 6-10 pm


Artists Corner Gallery hosts a special benefit and art party tonight… I wrote a Huffington Post article about it – come out to support a really great cause.

SSat-Feb6-ArtistCorner-RoundHole-SquarePeg-Andy-Warhol-TRASH-1970-Photo-by-Douglas-Kirklandee image: Andy Warhol’s TRASH 15 mm Filmstrip 1970, 16 x 20 Framed Signed Photographic Print Edition of 10. Donated to the Trevor Project Auction by the Artist Douglas Kirkland​ With Andy Warhol, Joe Dallesandro, Paul Morrissey and Jane Furth

Artists Corner Gallery in Hollywood presents Andy Warhol Film Icon, Joe Dallesandro  raffling off his autographed photos and memorabilia. Hosted Prosecco and Vodka bar.  Performance Art, DJ Paul V. and more. 

Meet  Andy Warhol Superstar Joe Dallesandro at the Trevor Project Art Auction Benefit  Party at the Artists Corner Gallery in Hollywood World of Wonder’s James St. James will be the MC toast-master, Mia Dinelly (publisher of West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine) is our special premier host, with special guest Eastside goddess divine, Lenora Claire.  Enjoy film, edibles, performance art, and a hosted bar. Music provided by DJ Paul V. (Dragstrip 66/Born This Way Blog).

Art sales benefit The Trevor Project: the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT young people.

Info and tickets  CLICK HERE

What: Opening reception
When: Artist Corner Gallery, 6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 90038
When: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Website: http://www.artistscorner.us


Dysonna City Art Gallery (5373 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036) hosts an art opening and book signing from 7-9pm.


Night Gallery (2276 East 16th StA 90021) throws an art party from 7-10pm.


In the Rampart District/Downtown…

“CuratGabba-Curatethis2-flyere This 2″ is the second annual exhibition highlighting the artwork of well-respected Los Angeles Artist/Curators presented by The Gabba Gallery from February 6 to February 26, 2016. The 2000 sq. ft. Gabba Gallery will be filled with the work of contemporary Los Angeles tastemakers who both create and curate art.

“These talented artists are also the curators whose influence is being felt in many galleries in Los Angeles today. Having the work of these minds together under one roof annually is a great record of L.A.’s place in the landscape of the art world.” – Jason Ostro

The artists included in “Curate This 2” are contemporary Los Angeles-based curator/artists selected by Gabba Gallery curators Jason Ostro and Phil Santos as a testament to their vision for the Los Angeles art scene. Artists include: A.S. Ashley, Agapito Doronio, Britt Harrison, Dani Dodge, Daniel Rolnik, David Brady, David Cedeño, Huss Hardan, Jason Ostro, Juri Koll, Kat Monroe, Daniella Batsheva , Kristine Schomaker, Lisa Derrick, Mark Farina, Mark Satterlee, Mark Waldman, Mitchelito Orquiola, Nathan Cartwright, Osceola Refetoff, Peter Goode, Phil Santos, Radhika Hersey, Dicapria, Shana Nys Dambrot, Skye Amber Sweet, Ted Meyer.

See our Upcoming Events Page for full details about this exhibition.

On view: February 6 – February 28, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. 90057
When: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Phone: 310-498-2697

Website: http://www.thegabbagallery.com


Also downtown…

Sat-Feb6-HiveGalleryHive Gallery February 2016 presents “Stitch Fetish 4”

Featured Artist 1: Emma Rose Laughlin; Featured Artist 2: My Wicked Eyes

“Stitch Fetish 4” curated by Ellen Schinderman –  www.schindermania.com :

Adipocere / Mark Bieraugel / Ashley V Blalock / Olisa Corcoran/ Croshame / Amy Dame / Jess De Wahls / Spike Dennis / Nicole Filiatrault / Giddy Girlie / Peg Grady / Erika Hagberg / Becca Hammond / AshFord Harrison / Nano Hernandez / Annette Heully / Sally Hewett / Bascom Hogue / Josephine Huang / Alexander Kain / Billy Kheel / Michelle Kingdom / Barbara Bryn Klare / Katharine Lawrie / Jenny Lee / Rebecca Levi / Robin Mcgeough / Mackenzie Mollo / Matthew Monthei / Carie Musick / Oh Sew Nerdy / Stephanie Pasa / Miel Rose / Julie Sarloutte / Ellen Schinderman / Heather Marie Scholl / Pete Seäzle / Meghan Willis / Jessika Wood / Wu Stitch / María Lucía Varona / Ben Youdan.

$5 suggested donation on opening night (Donations help keep the Hive Alive) 10% off drinks at Peking Tavern night of the opening (see front Hive attendant)

On view: February 6 –  February 27

What: Group Show
Where: The Hive Gallery 729 South Spring St., LA 90014
When: 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Phone: 213 955-9051
Website: http://hivegallery.com/