It’s the 3rd day of the Dance Camdance-camera-West-logoera West Dance Media Film Festival. Celebrating its 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, Dance Camera West (DCW) puts a spotlight on dance explored through film and live performance.

Today’s event takes place at the Crest Theatre…Program 1: 2:30pm; $15

I Was Within – USA, 2014, 9:46; Jenny Stulberg (filmmaker), Jenny Stulberg/Sebastian Grubb (choreographer); Examines the course of a relationship through the multi-faceted elements of love, loss, time, and identity.

DCW-Photo credit-TheUnfinishedDance-ZevaCohen-3See image: ​Photo credit – The Unfinished Dance

Fall to Rise – USA, 2014, 92:00; Jayce Bartok (filmmaker), Catherine Cabeen (choreographer); Who Will Catch You When You Fall? A famous principal dancer injures her knee and attempts to settle into motherhood only to realize she has no identity without dance, and struggles to return with the help of an equally troubled formerThe festival takes place at various venues all over Los Angeles. Be sure to see our Upcoming Events Page for the remainder of the days (Mon/Tues).

Ticket Prices: Free – $15; Festival Kickoff $75; To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

What: Dance Camera West
Where: Venues all over Los Angelesphoto-independent-logo6
When: Thursday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 5, 2015


It’s the second day of PHOTO INDEPENDENT.

This is the 2nd year of this photographer-only art fair showcasing the works of fine art photographers, will debut two new sections: PHOTOBOOK INDEPENDEN and PHOTO CONTEMPORARY at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA on May 1-3.

See our Upcoming Events Page for more info.

PHOTO CONTEMPORARY, a new section for gallery participation, provides an opportunity for galleries to connect with the artists participating in PHOTO INDEPENDENT and collectors who prefer a traditional gallery-based experience. PHOTOBOOK INDEPENDENT, a new section devoted to photography books and publishers will showcase a wide array of contemporary and historic books curated for photo enthusiasts.

photo-independent-LAAA-1030x686Admission to PHOTO INDEPENDENT runs from $15 – to $95 (VIP) wihch includes the opening event and benefit taking place on Friday May 1 from 5-10pm. CLICK HERE to purchase Tickets.

Where: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038, entrance on Van Ness Avenue, just south of Melrose Ave.
When: Saturday, May 2, (11am-7pm)


In the Miracle Mile area…here’s another early event.

The Cohen Gallery offers art lovers May1-2-CohenGallery-ArthurTaussigfor a bit respite on their way to and from Paris Photo. Collectors, curators, gallerists, and enthusiasts are welcome.

See image: Arthur Taussig, from the series Signs O’ The Times, 1972

Enjoy Muffins, mimosas and coffee. Arthur Taussig: A Life of Reflection – will be on view

What: Art stop-over
Where: Cohen Gallery, 7354 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: Friday & Saturday, May 1st & 2nd from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Phone: 323.937.5525


A couple early ones take place (in different parts of LA) that I wanted to point out.

In Culver City…Paul Loya Gallery celebrates its 2nd year anniversary from 2 – 7pm; The event will feature free beer, tacos and music.


In South Pasadena…

TSat-May2-Pasadena-MusicFestivalhe Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk is an annual, multi-venue, day-long event that features a diverse line up of musical artists and fine artists.

The Festival also includes an Art Walk featuring open galleries and studios, food trucks and food courts with beer and wine gardens.

Arist J.T. Burke will be a part of the event. He designed this year’s flyer. Also see new ilfe sized sculptures by Lorraine Triolo.

The Elliott Caine Quintet (as well as MANY other bands) will also perform at the festival at the South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena 91030, performing for one set at 9:00pm.

Be sure to check the website for additional info.  FREE

What: Festival
Where: 538 Mission St…and various other venues
When: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm


In Venice…

Beyond Baroque hosts an opening reception for a group show curated by Cathy Weiss titled “Stories We Hold.”

Sat-May2-BeyondBaroqueStoriesStories have the ability to connect us together. It’s the human condition to want to share them as it helps us make meaning of our lives. Since the beginning of human existence, stories have been told. Cave painting gives us insight into life 40,000 years ago.

Our stories inform our work and help shape who we are. Stories place us on the timeline of humanity. The women in this exhibition use the vernacular of sculpture, painting, print, photography and installation. 

Suggested donation $5.

On view: May 2 – May 31

What: Opening reception
Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Also in Venice…

Sat-may2-StandupVeniceStand-Up for Venice, a fundraiser and VENICE style party takes place. Local Ivonne Guzman is one of the organizers. The event was put together by locals who are concerned about Venice..

I will be stopping in to sing after 8 pm with the fabulous Greg Cruz and the Venice Street Legends at the Stand-Up for Venice event.

If you would like to make a donation now – please go to: and click on the “Donate” button.

Admission: $20 – included food and drinks.

What: Fundraiser
Where: 733 Brooks Ave., Venice 90291
When: 6-11pm


In Santa Monica…

TONIGHT…INCOGNITO2015-Incognit-Pensato-Logo Jeff-McLane2, SMMoA’s annual benefit art sale returns for its 11th year. Luminary and emerging artists have donated more than 700 artworks to celebrate and support the Museum’s mission. Each 10 x 10 inch work sells for $375 each and is signed on the back; artists’ identities are revealed only after purchase. Guests are invited to trust their instincts and purchase the pieces they love.

See image: INCOGNITO 2015 logo by Joyce Pensato. Photo: Jeff McLane

Work by such iconic artists as Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Simone Forti, Catherine Opie, Jim Shaw, and Ed Ruscha are shown along with an exciting array of burgeoning talents. Guests will also enjoy a party with specialty cocktails provided by the The Macallan’s master mixologist, distinctive food by Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger’s Mud Hen Tavern, and music by DJ Eddie Ruscha.

VIP Preview guests enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception, a sneak peek at the art, and the advantage of knowing exactly what they want and where to find it when the doors for INCOGNITO open at 7:30 pm.

T2015-incognito-pixickets: Rare Bird: $1,000 Roadrunner: $150 Admission for one (1) to VIP Preview Admission for one (1) to INCOGNITO Priority place in line for INCOGNITO. Purchase tickets HERE.

To purchase one of the first 20 places in line for $10,000–$2,000 ($10,000 = Place 1, $9,000 = Place 2, and so on), call 310.586.6488. All proceeds support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs.

Where: SMMoA, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, G1 SM, 90404
When: Saturday, May 2, VIP Preview 5pm; General public 7:30 pm;
Phone: 310.586.6488


In Culver City…LOUDHAILER Gallery (2648 La Cienega Ave., LA 90034) features a new exhibition from 6-9pm.


One more in Culver City…Fabien Castanier Gallery (2919 La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, 90232) holds a reception from 6-9pm.


In West Hollywood…

A Frame Hollywood hoolds an opening reception Sat-May2-AFrameHollywood-Jimi Hendrixfor artist Oliana Afano. 

See image: Oliana Afano, Jimi Hendrix, April 2015, Acrylic

Oliana Afano is a contemporary expressionist painter using mainly acrylic mediums and some mixed media. She has exhibited her artwork in group exhibitions including The Los Angeles Women’s Expo, Montrose Arts and Crafts and numerous occasions for Pacific Fine Arts in which she was recognized for her work in their featured brochure.

On view: May 2 – May 31

What: Opening reception
Where: A Frame Hollywood, 7317 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 90046
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


In the Miracle Mile area…

David Kordansky Gallery is very pleased to announce Some Crazy Pictures, an exhibition of recent paintings by Peter Saul.

Sat-May2-DavidKordansky-PeterSaul3 See image: Art and Money, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.9 cm)

Over the last 50 years Peter Saul has created one of the most immediately recognizable bodies of work in contemporary American painting. By maintaining allegiance to no particular school–indeed, his career has in part been predicated upon the skewering of the endless litany of “-isms” that are commonly assumed to define art in the 20th and 21st centuries–he has allowed his own idiosyncrasies to channel the strangeness and perversity of modern life. In his pictures formal experimentation is never far removed from social commentary, and the broad scope of history painting is bound up with emotional responses to the specific day-to-day realities of being an artist.

On view: May 2 – June 20

What: Opening reception
Where: David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl., LA, 90019
Where: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Phone: 323.935.3030


In Hollywood…Hannah Hoffman Gallery (1010 N Highland Ave. LA 90038), hosts a reception from 6-8pm. 


Also just down the street…Various Small Fires (812 North Highland Ave., LA 90038) offers an opening from 6-8pm.


Groundspace offers an opening reception for artist Susan Feldman.

See image: by Susan Feldman

The solo exhibition features installation, sculptures, and wall works that engage sculpture, weaving, and drawing.

On view: May 2nd – May 30th

What: Opening reception
Where: Groundspace Project, 1427 E. 4th St. #4, 90033
When: 6:00 – 9:00 pm


On the outskirts of Silverlake…

The Gabba Gallery presents “Zodiac,” an exhibition inviting the viewer to experience a myriad of interpretations of an age old driving force. Arriving in the 2nd millennia BC, astrology is, arguably, part of the human collective unconscious.

TMay2-GABBA-Zodiacflyerhe artists included in Zodiac were hand-picked by curators Ostro and Santos to explore and share their unique visions of this ancient, deep-rooted and sometimes controversial subject of astrology and the zodiac, and are as follows: Amy Smith, Andrea Lahue, Benedigital, Bleep Bloop, Cody Bayne, Daisuke Okamoto, Daryll Peirce, Espana Garcia, Frank Forte, Gabe Larson, Gianni Arone, Jeremiah Allen Welch, Jessica Ward, Jinx, Joey Rotten, Keith Dugas, Kristi Bockrath, Laurene Alvarado, Mary Ancilla Martinez, Mary Hanson, Michele Waterman, Mike Bell, Mike Christy, Moncho1929, Monty Montgomery, Paul Hogue, Michael Pukac, Rene Gagnon, Scott Holloway, Septerhed, Toshee, Vakseen, Valerie Pobjoy, William Zdan.

DJ Sharper Image will be spinning tunes. The event is sponsored by 7/11, Hubert’s and Perrier.

On view: May 2 – May 23

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