NewCinco-de-MayoCinco de Mayo is here and or course, we’ve got some fun suggestions….In case you’ve been hiding under a rock…Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the Fifth of May…duh! The day honors the Battle of Puebla, where the Mexican Army celebrated a huge victory in 1862. So get out and party!!!

crazy-kentucky-derby-hatsNow let’s not forget, today is also the day of the Kentucky Derby….so head to SOUTH for your Old Kentucky Home on Derby Day!

For the fourth year in a row, South in Santa Monica will lead the Run for The Roses in Los Angeles. South offers a Derby Day Menu featuring Kentucky Hot Brown and other Derby favorites. 

adsouthwgirlEnjoy a DJ all day, prizes for the best-dressed guy, the lady with the best hat and anyone who can pick the trifecta! Featuring specially priced Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps until we have a champion.

Then stay, and continue the party as they transition straight into Cinco De Mayo w/ specials all night leading up to the Mayweather/Cotto fight!!!! Keep the party going all night!!!! Yeah mama likes!

Horseskentucky-derbyWhat: Party all day, Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo
Where: South ‪3001 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 90403‬
When: All day and into the evening
Phone: ‪(310) 828-9988‬

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 This year….celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Saturday and Sunday down at Olivera St.
A traditional celebration with mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and other activities for the kids at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

What: Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street
Where: Olvera Street pedestrian zone at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 845 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles
When: May 5-6, 2012, Saturday noon- 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Phone:(213) 289-4641

MartiniOr if you are into the Bar scene….Melody Bar starts early (at 10:00 AM) with Drink & Food Specials All Day!! There will also be lunch specials and a Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm. The Lounge Cash Bar will offer LOCO drink specials! DJs start at 7:00 pm. DJ Creepy’s All Star DJ Collective, DJ A-Tar, DJ VINC3P0. Don’t forget to RSVP! $5 cover after 7pm

What: Cinco de Mayo All Day!
Where: Melody Bar 9132 S Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045-4804
When: 10:00 am – 1:00 am
(310) 670-1994
Parking: Free in the back

Or in Santa Monica, celebrate, Cinco de Mayo at Lula’s. Open at 11:30am. 5.5 Lula

Free Tequila Tastes All Day Long (12-7:30pm) will be offered. See their website for Happy Hour times and specials.

What: Cinco de Mayo
Where: Lula, 2720 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405
When: 11:30 pm – 1:00 am (Doors open at 11:30 am)
Phone: (310) 392-5711

Also Border Grill has lots goig on….the Santa Monica location (1445 4th St) has a spicy Chile Dinner…..Border Grill offers a 3-Day Fiesta including margarita specials, happy hour and late-night happy hour.  Check out their webiste for all the details.

 OK…Let’s get back to ART Parties…..5.5  Frostig BRAD HOWE

At Bergamot Sation, The Frostig Collection (B-5) holds a closing reception for Brad Howe’s solo exhibition of Kinetic Sculptures. Brad has generously brought in new works to replace the ones that were sold….so come enjoy the new works as well.

Curated by Kate Stern, this exhbit will benefit The Frostig Collection, a wonderful organization, raising money for social skills programs for children with learning disabilities, Asperger’s and high-functioning autism.

What: closing reception, Brad Howe
Where: The Frostig Collection (B-5) Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-3535


5.5 Skidmore chupik2Also at Bergamot…

Skidmore Contemporary presents Conscience of Quills, New Paintings by artist, Kevin Chupik. In his series “Plumage,” Kevin Chupik juxtaposes the female form with that of birds. Within each diptych, Chupik creates a tapestry of carefully painted dots and dashes exploring the formal elements of design and symbolism of the human female form with that of exotic plumed birds.

5.5 Skidmore kevinChupikGotta stop into this one…it’s a wonderful exhibition.

What:Opening reception, Conscience of Quills, Kevin Chupik
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., D-2  Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-5070


Also at the Pacifice Arts Center….opening tonight is Paint the Town – Los Angeles.
Curated by, Shida Pegahi, the exhibition will feature the work of artist Bridget Nielsen.

T5.5 PacificArtsCenter BridgetNielsenhis 2 day show captures the essences of Los Angeles through paint! This series of paintings hold the energies of the tranquil ocean, the magical LA canyons, vibrant Hollywood, and more!

What: Opening reception, Bridget Nielsen, Paint the Town – Los Angeles
Where: Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Boulevard  LA, CA 90025
When: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: (310) 384-4921


5.5 VitellosPenlandSinatrThen there’s always live music… In honor of Cinco de May, Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club offers Reflections On Sinatra (say what?).

This event will include Jazz All Stars:  Jim Hughart, Llew Matthews, Ralph Penland and Vocalists Melodye Dewine and Luca Ellis.

Sounds like a great night of music…..not sure how it relates to Cinco de Mayo, heard they have good margaritas!

What: Reflections On Sinatra
Where: Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, 91604
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm; show starts at 8:00 pm
Phone: 818-769-0905
Admission: $ 20.00

5.5-KatherinCone YouDontKnowJackinviteIn Culver City….

You have to stop by this one…it will be an incredible show…..

Katherine Cone Gallery holds an opening reception for You Donʼt Know Jack. This exhibition focuses on Jack Brogan’s recognition as a leading art fabricator, conservator and key collaborator with artists since 1965.

Such artists include Frank Gehry, Robert Irwin, John McCracken, Lynda Benglis, Larry Bell, Peter Alexander, Chris Burden, John Eden, Clytie Alexander, and Helen Pashgian.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10-6pm

What: Opening reception, You Donʼt Know Jack
Where: Katherine Cone Gallery, 2673 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 287-1558

An5.5 Gallery825other one in Culver City….Los Angeles Art Association presents four solo exhibits by Carolyn Applegate, Nancy Baron, Peggy Pownall and Kristine Schomaker at Gallery 825.

What: Opening reception, Four solo exhibitions
Where: Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.652.8272

Or in downtown LA…

PPYOGallery Yunsun PressReleaseYO Gallery LA presents a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles based artist Yunsun Lee. Lee’s paintings examine the struggle for survival within the framework of the multicultural American experience.

Working on a ground of translucent layers, weeds are poetically arranged to illustrate the interplay between native and foreign species. The exhibition dates are April 7 thru May 19, 2012.

What: Opening reception, Yunsun Lee
Where: PYO GALLERY LA, 1100 South Hope St., Suite 105, LA 90015
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 213.405.1488

5.5 NorbertEllenNorbertellen Gallery celebrates SAKURA Exhibition 2012. Be the first to preview the collection and vote for this year’s winner.

The show proves to be an exceptional one and an event not to be missed.

There will be over 200 exciting artists featured, working in a variety of mediums and styles creating exceptional works in Japanese Anime, Illustration, Manga, Experimental and more.

What: SAKURA Exhibition 2012
Where: Norbertellen Gallery 215 W. 6TH St. #110 LA 90014;
When: 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm
Phone: 818.662.5041

Also right around the corner, the Hive Gallery will be having an opening as well. Be aware they do charge admission. Event runs from 8-12:30 am.

One more for you downtown….Ele5.5 Elena kealy invitationna Kealy offers a new collection of paintings with special lighting and live music.

The paintings feature, nude girls are playing different instruments, jumping and flying.

What: “F..k my job and let’s rock!”
Where: Kiisel studios. 6-th floor, 546 S Los Angeles street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
When: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
818 -749-3530

5.5TrunkGallery Roman DeingruberOr on the Venice/Mar Vista border, stop by Trunk Gallery on Venice Blvd offers an opening reception for Believing Is Seeing / selected works 2002-present featuring artist, Roman Deingruber. The exhibition includes a new video installation by Deingruber.

What: Opening Reception, Believing Is Seeing / selected works 2002-present
Where: Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd., LA 90066
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m
Phone: 310-483-7221