TodMardiGrasay marks the start of all the Mardi Gras Madness…and let’s hope the rain takes a brief respite….yes we need it, so let’s just enjoy a Mardi Gras rain dance!!!

Get on it kids….we’ve got a annual parade in Venice that starts at noon…just get out to Rose and the Boardwalk!  See FB Event Page for more info.

Then head to the original Farmers Market on Fairfax which starts at noon also.

The Farmers Market has a whole day of fSat-Mar1-FarmersMKT-MardiGrasantastic music with Bluecat Express, Jimbo Ross and the Bodacious Bayou Boogie Band, Eddie Baytos and the Nervis Bros, and more.

Get into the cajun spirit, while you dance your heart out.

Also I want to encourage you to EAT here….Great food. Even if you don’t want cajun food….But there will be plenty here….so why not try it out, it’s the perfect day to try something new.

Go to the website to see a full listing of who’s playing and when.

THIS JUST IN Due to the weather pet parade and beauty pageant –From Saturday, March 1 to Saturday, April 12, 2014.

What: Mardis Gras Party
Where: Farmers Market, West Patio, 6333 West 3rd Street, 3rd & Fairfax, LA 90036
When: Noon till 8:00 pm
Phone: (323) 933-9211

Or head to Long Beach….

ThisSat-Mar1-LBMardiGras Mardi Gras is more inspired by the Venetian Carnevale. Everyone dresses up, meeting up in front of the Aquarium of the Pacific at 10:00 am…so it’s really fun.

Music starts at around nooon with the Mardi Gras parade taking place at 3pm. Bands featured include Bonne Musique Zydeco, Lalas, Zydeco Mudbugs, Steven Gail and more.

There are all kinds of family activities for the big day…around Shoreline Village.

If you are not familiar with the area….Shoreline Village offers tons of great eateries and funky bars….some well known chain restaurants too.

You may want to park by the Aquarium…it’s a little cheaper and easier to make a quick exit.

What: Mardi Gras Celebration
Where: Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach
When: 10 am – 7 pm, Parade 3 pm

In Santa Monica….

At Bergamot Station, several happenings are taking place. Don’t forget our PICK OF THE WEEK takes place at Skidmore Contemporary Art….at 3pm till 5pm. Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) also holds an early opening from 4-6pm. 

Sat-Mar1-WilliamTurner-RipleyWilliam Turner Gallery presents a new solo exhibition for LA based artist, Curtis Ripley, entitled Here And Now. Ripley paints improvisational, abstract oil paintings that echo the works of mid-century American anti-figurative painters.

See image: Ripley, The Blues of Evening, 42×54, oil on canvas

What: Opening reception

Where: William Turner Gallery @ Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, E1, Santa Monica CA 90404
When: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phone: 310 453 0909


Then there’s a group show at TAG Gallery from 5-7pm.

Schomburg Gallery presents “Delirium: The Familiar AlSat-Mar1-Schomburg-Doll-Bikers0DomenicCretaraienated” featuring the work of Domenic Cretara. This is the first time that these oil paintings will be on view in Los Angeles. 

Painted between 2011 and 2013 the “Doll” series are Cretara’s response to the objectification of young women in society.  Uniting the genres of figure painting and still life these robustly painted images are seductively beautiful and intellectually unsettling critiques of contemporary life.

On view: March 1st – March 26th

What: Opening reception
Where: Schomburg Gallery, E-3A Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-5757

Also in Santa Monica…

Tara Gallery invites you to the opening reception of Motion + Illumination – a collection of contemporary Iranian paintings.

Sat-Mar1-MotionsIllumination-TaraGalleryThe exhibition features two established Iranian artists: Fariba Bahrami – a veteran Iranian woman artist who has dazzled audiences with her fearless brush movements, creating abstract roosters, horses, and deer; and Hossein Cheraghchi – an emerging artist who is known for the fast growth and maturity of his luminous, abstract work.

On view: March 1st – April 2nd

What: Opening reception
Where: Tara Gallery, 1202 Montana Avenue, Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90403  (entrance on 12th street)
When: 6:00 pm  – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.451.2417

Or in Venice….

Another early event takes place….

Sat-Mar1-VeniceArts-SixShootersVenice Arts hosts an opening for “Six Shooters: A Photographic Conversation” today from 5-8pm.

The exhibition was created to offer an innovative approach to narrative. It exposes the process of collaborative art-making, and engages viewers in creating for themselves a story from the visual associations on display.

The exhibition will present 22 weeks of this ongoing project, featuring both work from the founding Six Shooters and the current Six Shooters, including images newly created early this year.

What: Opening reception
Where: Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-392-0846

Also in Venice….SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd, host a reception from 5-9 pm.

In Culver City…

The Word is ART’s first artist event of 2014 will welcome artist Jenny Wyss to the gallery. Always a fun art party here. All the artists come out to celebrate…

WordisARtJenny’s artwork is characterized as a stylized dialogue with nature, realized through her exceptional jewelry design and acrylic paintings.

Artistically, she sees the golden California sun in saturated color palettes that interpret and celebrate succulent forms. Her wearable art transforms common natural and craft materials into fine art that is worn, particularly at a miniature scale.

Growing up in the coastal forests of the northwest and inspired by her love of nature she has now made Los Angeles, the city’s vibrancy, bright skies and desert flora her fuel for creative art. You will love it and her!

What: Opening reception
Where: The Word is ART Gallery, 9349 Venice Blvd. Culver City 90232
When: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.558.0856

Also in Culver City….

Head to La Cienega…there are several art parties here running from 6-8pm…. Anat Ebgi, 2660 La Cienega Blvd.  Honor Fraser, 2622 La Cienega Blvd. and GREENE EXHIBITIONS, 2654 La Cienega Ave.

Sat-Mar1-Kopeikin-MeiXianQiuKopeikin Gallery celebrates the work of Mei Xian Qiu with an reception for “Qilin”

“Qilin” is a Chinese mythical creature which is itself a combination of the four most sacred beasts in Chinese mythology. It is a creature of innate hybridism and duality, representing simultaneously and truth. Qilins signal the passage of the wise, and is the compass to the West.

Also opening tonight is a new show entitled “Between Friends” featuring the work of Dan Gluibizzi.

On view: March 1st – April 19th

What: Opening reception 
Where: Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd.,
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-559-0800

In association with Hinge Gallery and Caspar Martin, Angles Gallery hosts an opening reception for “RENA SMALL: The Artists’ Hands Grid Continuum.”

Sat-Mar1-AnglesGallery-WayneThiebaudSee image: Wayne Thiebaud, silver gelatin print, 20×16, 1989) 

Presented in full for the first time, this is a life long project by artist Rena Small. The continuum is an on-going collaborative work between her and each of the artists included.
Begun in 1984 Small has explored with this work the mysterious presence of human emotions veiled in the hands.

The series has evolved into both a lifelong collaborative ritual and a tribute to her fellow artists.

On view: March 1st – April 12th

What: Opening reception
Where: Angles Gallery, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., 
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.396.5019 

There’s also one right across the street…don’t forget to use the crosswalk! Head to Blum and Poe at 2727 La Cienega….which runs from 6-8pm. Then back on the East side of the street….George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., hosts an art party from 5-8pm.

BSat-Mar1-BruceLurieruce Lurie Gallery hosts an opening reception for a new exhibition.

The group show features the work of artists Stefano Bolcato, Gary John, and Michael Suchta. 

Refreshments will be served.

On view: March 1st – March 12th

What: Opening reception
Where: Bruce Lurie Gallery, 2736 South La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

David Kordansky Gallery (3143 S. La Cienega Blvd., Unit A), also holds a reception from 6-8pm.

Then back on Washington Blvd…

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to announce Nicola Tyson’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, “Trouble in Happiness.”

Sat-March1-SusanneVielmetter-NicolaTysonWith this new body of paintings and works on paper, Tyson shifts away from the enigmatic and self-contained themes of her previous work, toward a narrative sensibility where she conceives of her figures and objects in relation to one another.

Tyson’s approach to her medium has shifted as well. The paintings are mural-like; created using acrylic, rather than her usual oil, on large pieces of primed linen that are pinned directly to the wall rather than stretched and framed.

On view: March 1st  – April 12th

What: Opening reception
Where: Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, 6006 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310-837-2117

In the Hollywood area…Dysonna City Art Gallery, (5373 Wilshire Blvd), holds an art party from 7-9pm.

In the West Hollywood area…

ltSat-Mar1-Ltd-AmaliaUlmand los angeles is pleased to present Amalia Ulman’s debut solo exhibition outside of Europe.

Used & New will feature 20 new works.Amalia Ulman (1989, Argentina) lives and works between Los Angeles (USA) and Gijón (Spain).

Also opening tonight…Alex Mackin Dolan’s debut solo exhibition in California featuring digital prints on waterproof polyester and hand etched water glasses.

On view: March 1st – April 9th

What: Opening reception
Where: ltd losangeles, 7561 Sunset Blvd #103, LA 90046
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323.378.6842

In the Miracle Mile area…

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles will present an historic first in its exhibition entitled “Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin.”

Sat-Mar1-JackRutberg-JeromeWilkinThe show will unite for the first time the two internationally celebrated artists – identical twins – in this much anticipated exhibition.

“Twin Visions” will open with an evening reception tonight with both artists in attendance.

See image: Jerome Witkin, Vincent and his Demons III, 2012 

On view: March 1st – May 3rd

What: Opening reception

Where: Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Phone: 323 938-5222


Also in the Miracle Mile area…

Moskowitz Gallery will be hosting the 2nd performance of a music series organized by Eric Lamm. Tonight’s show features “Franz Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin.”

Schubert’s immortal song cycle of love and death, Die Schöne Müllerin will be preforSat-Feb15-MoskowitzGallery-EmilyElbertConcertmed by tenor Robert May and pianist Martha Mingle, with narration by Eric Lamm.

Doors open at 7pm, Concert starts at 7:45pm.

Admission charge $20

Refreshments will be served.

What: Performance
Where: Moskowitz Gallery, 743 N La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90038
When: Doors open at 7:00pm, concert starts at 7:30pm

Or Downtown LA…Artist Johnny Naked’s work will be featured at LACDA, 104 E. 4th St., 90013, from 6pm-8pm.

A couple more…at Jancar Jones Gallery, 1031 N. Broadway who hosts an art party from 6-9 pm. and Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home St. 90012, also holds an event from 7-9pm.

In Venice….

There are a few here…one at the Silent Gallery, 236 Main St. from 6-9pm. Check out FB Page for more info. Also one at

And one that runs a bit later….the Return of It Came From Venice takes place at the newly dubbed Sponto Gallery. For those of you who did not know Sponto (he has left us), he was an amazing man…and a lover of art.

Sat-Mar1-Sponto-ItCmFrmVnc ArtSlnt 1Tonight’s show features art from many of our local Venice tribe ..Sean Boyce, Jason Chrisman, Vincent Digaetano, Mark X Farina, Gerry Fialka, Randi Hall, Dave Healey, Hillary, KayeLa.Marche, Barbara Mastej, B. Meade, Margaret Molloy, John Ransom, Geneva Simmons, Ned Sloane, Dougo Smith, and Andrea Wittenberg.

Live music by: Black Shoe Polish, as well as my band mates…..The Venice Street Legends, Eddy LaGrossa, Peter Demian,  and more.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Sponto Gallery, 9 Dudley Ave.
When 6:00 – 10:00 pm
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