PinotDays3Don’t forget to stop by the Pick of the week, The Pinot Days Grand Festival takes place this Saturday at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. The admission is $60.00, but you’ll have the chance to taste the highly acclaimed 2007 vintage, and talk with the gifted winemakers who created these beautiful wines.  Local specialty food purveyors will serve delectables that pair well with pinot.

The festial boasts that they will offer over 400 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Lucia Highlands, Oregon to Carneros, the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast to the Santa Rita Hills.

Th1.28 LOGO PinotNoirDaysdpie Barker Hanger is located at 3021 Airport Avenue, Suite 203, Santa Monica, CA 90405;Be sure to check the website for more details.;

Also in Santa Monica, though you may want to go home and take a nap, if you try every single one of those 400 wines at the festival.

deyermond books is having a book bbq every month in 2012 …sounds good.   They are boasting that they will have two bands, hot dogs hamburgers and veggie burgers, plus kegs and sodas….these guys have some incredibly rare books….just don’t get mustard on them!

The event runs from 3:00 pm till 10:00pm. deyermond books is located at 2801 Main St., in Santa Monica 90405; (310) 450-4400;


1.7.12 merrykarnowksky vivianmaierOr head to Hollywood and stop into Merry Karnowsky’s closing reception of their latest exhibition, “Vivian Maier: A Life Discovered.” This brilliant exhibition, features the very talented photographer, Vivian Maier who was a struggling female photographer, working as a nanny. So sad that she did not receive the recognition in her life time.

If you want to read more about Vivian….I picked the opening reception as my Pick of the Week a few weeks back and wrote about her and her work.  Here is the original article, if you would like to read more about this brillian photographer.

Special thanks goes out to John Maloof, who spotted some of her work at an auction house, and ultimately became the driving force to bring her work to the public.

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is located at 170 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036; 323.933.4408;


“Look into it – if you know how…” A new exhibition by Rich Jacobs opens tonight in conjunction with a group show, entitled “Move,” also curated by Rich Jacobs.  Artists featured are Sandy Yang, Aya Muto, Jeff Canham, Amanda Marsalis, James Gallagher, Billy Sprague, Orion Shepherd , Kelly Nicholson, and others.

Reception 6:00 pm 9:00 pm; New Image Art Gallery is located at 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood 90046; 323 654 2192; 323 654 2192;


1.28 Garboushian JimMorphesis rose Garboushian Gallery, presents  Time and Desire, an exhibition of thirteen new oil and mixed media paintings, accompanied by a series of works on paper, by LA artist Jim Morphesis.

The star and consistent focus of this exhibition is the Rose. Morphesis explains: “When we consider the clock, we deal with both the past and future. We long for what was, and we yearn for—or fear—what might be. For me, time is always about desire, and the rose is the most sensual memento mori image.”  Code phrase…”Life of the Party”

The opening reception runs from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Garboushian Gallery is located at 427 N. Camden Drive in Beverly Hills 90210;


A1.28 ACE EdMoses PahredCE Gallery Lost Angeles holds an opening reception for “Garden of Forking Tongues (Bifurcated)” by renowned artist, Ed Moses.

The opening will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Ace is also celebrating the inauguration of the new first floor galleries. Ace Gallery Los Angeles is located at 5514 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90036; 323 935-3388;


O1.28 luisdeJesus BrandonAndrewr in Culver city….Luis De Jesus Los Angeles presents a group show entitled, “Tilt-Shift LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge.”  

Artists include, Brandon Andrew (see image), Zackary Drucker and A. L. Steiner, Deanna Erdmann, Matthew Greene, Abel Baker Gutierrez, Lia Halloran, Danny Jauregui, Matt Lipps, prvtdncr & bodega vendetta, Christopher Russell and Halle Tate, George Stoll, Suzanne Wright

The opening reception will be held from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is located at 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd, LA, 90034; 310-838-6000;;

I1.28 GR2imagen West LA, The Giant Robot 2 (GR2) presents YEAR OF THE DRAGON – an art exhibition featuring Dragons! Yeah…The opening reception runs from 6:30 till 10:00 pm.

This is a huge group show….so check their site for more info. Some artists include: Elliot  Brown, Stasia Burrington,  Chris Cilla, Jesse Fillingham, Cam Floyd, Harrison Freeman, Renee French, Gabe  Gonzales, Kio Griffith, Nao Harada, Hiro Hayashi, David Horvath, Kerry Horvath, Martin Hsu, Tessar Lo, Ming Ong, Martin Ontiveros, Sana

GR2 is located at 2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 445-9276;

1.28 BettyMoonRock Singer/Songstress Betty Moon plays the Key Club tonight with Hotel Diablo.

Admission is $18.00….but got a LA Art Party special for you …just use the code word Moon and you get in for $12.00.

Show runs from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm at the Key Club located at 9039 Sunset Boulevard  West Hollywood, CA 90069-1828;  (310) 274-5800;;