It’s tHappyHalloweenhe weekend before Halloween…so there will be lots of fun house parties. This is the night to put on that slutty costume and take your chance to turn into a lunatic! You know Mama’s gonna be out there enjoying the holiday. I’ll be singing at a couple of events tonight…See our Pick of the Week for more info.


In the meantime, lets get back to our normal (non Halloween) events.

In Sat 10.26 Syntropyla Google TimesMagazineVenice, at Electric Lodge, speakers Sonia Arrison – NY Times best selling author, Aubrey de Grey – TED2005 speaker, and Ramez Naam – Author, Speaker, Futurist will discuss life.

Is life extension possible? Can you extend your life? What does it mean? Would you want to? The questions are provocative, captivating, exciting! “Life Enhanced” will show you what is possible with your life.

Admission $20.00 advance purchase (10% discount for LA Art Party readers – promo code synla) Day of event $25.00

What: Talk; Book Signing
Where: Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave Venice, CA 90291
When: 3:00 pm -5:00 pm
Phone: 310-349-7044


In Santa Monica…

1WU Sat 10.26 18StArts8th Street Arts offers a screening and discussion about “EL GIGANTE” in the main galley.

See image: Carolina Caycedo, Butressed, 2013, Digital Print

The documentary is by Bruno Federico, Andrea Ciacci and Consuelo Navarro. Enjoy a conversation with Atossa Soltani (Founder and Executive Director of Amazon Watch) and Paul Wertheimer (Crowd control expert and Founder of Crowd Safe).

What: Screening
Where: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St. Santa Monica, 90404
When: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-1912


Also in Santa Monica….Bergamot Station hosts several art parties…There’s an early one taking place at Schomburg Gallery, (E-3A) from 4-7 pm.

The Frank Lloyd Gallery presents the opening of Scot Heywood: A Survey of Small Paintings.

Sat 10.26 FrankLloyd ScotHeywoodSee image: Scot Heywood Un Deux Trois Yellow, Red, Blue, 2006 acrylic on canvas and wood

This solo show will run concurrently with Santa Monica City College’s fall exhibition in the Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, titled Scot Heywood: A Survey of Large Paintings, 2006-2013. Together, these two shows will present a broader look at the career of this self-taught, Los Angeles-based artist.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Frank Lloyd Gallery, Inc., Bergamot Station (B-5b), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 264-3866

Another art party takes place at Bergamot….a bit later.

CoSat 10.26 Berg CoproEgoDeathpro Gallery hosts a perfect “Halloween Flavored” exhibition by Chet Zar.

See image: Chet Zar, Ego Death, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

“Ego Death” will feature a Hearse, a funeral procession, a coffin (with Black Magick inside, playing the role of The Ego), a eulogy, a live organ player and tons of other surprises.

The work artist Nikko Hurtados will also be celebrated with “Renati.” Nikko’s brand new body of work focuses on his talents as a fine artist with works on wood, canvas and paper.

What: Opening reception
Where: Copro Gallery (T-5), Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica
When:  8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Phone: 310.829.2156


Also in Santa Monica…

CeSat 10.26 HarvestBash rawstarlebrate “A Harvest Moon,” a free evening of poetry and music, surprise treats, excellent elixirs and more. (I will be singing some of my originals on the early side of the evening).

The the season of harvest and abundance, honor our earthly and departed ancestors, celebrate Halloween with tricks and treats, feed a few hungry ghosts, many happy ghosts, some witches brews,

PeSmall KathyLeonardo-PhilKimball photo1rformers include: shanti, tresha haefner, kathy leonardo, phil kimball (see image), chef bryan au bird and the stars star sevadar, mukta-ananda, ava bird & special surprise guests!!

FREE admission

What: A Harvest Bash
Where: THE RAW STAR CAFE, 306 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA (3 blocks from the beach)
When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

In the Valley…

Julie’s Joint presents a House Concert featuring Brad Colerick, Kevin Fisher and Gary Stockdale.

Sat 10.26 JuliesJointPhotosKevin wrote hits for Rascal Flatts, Brad writes for films and commercials, and Gary is a 2-time Emmy nominee for his TV themes for Penn & Teller. The show will run around 90 minutes. Plenty of street parking.

Admission: $15.00 Dinner is included. RSVP to Julie Zipperer for directions.

What: Live Music
Where: House concert in Winnetka, bet Canoga Park & Van Nuys.
When: Doors open at 5:00 pm, opening act, John Zipperer and Friends, starts promptly at 5:30


In the Miracle Mile area…

Couturier Gallery presents “JAY KVAPIL – NEW WORKS,” an exhibition of clay works that feature evocatively scaled and vivaciously glazed forms that highlight Kvapil’s passion for traditional ceramics and experimental studio practices.

This isSat 10.26 Couturier JAYKVAPIL Kvapil’s second solo show at the gallery. The exhibition showcases the depth of his exploration into the boundaries of wheel thrown forms and intriguing crater glazes. The wheel is his “rabbit-hole” into a Lewis Carroll-like world of vibrant and alluring works of surprising contrast in size and spectrum of multilayered colors.

On view: Oct 26th –  Nov 30th

What: Opening reception
Where: Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323-933-5557


Also nearby, Known Gallery, (441 North Fairfax Ave.) hosts an art party from 8-11pm.


In Culver City….there are several opening art parties.

WU 10.16 KatherineCone SusanWoodruff SmokeThe Katherine Cone Gallery is proud to present Suzan Woodruff’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery.

See image: Suzan Woodruff; Smoke, 2013; Acrylic and polymer on panel; 48 x 70 inches

Woodruff’s “Echo Maker” series unveils a compelling body of work that retains her formidable use of color, and displays a vision of depth, subtly and maturity.

On View: October 26th – December 7th

What: Opening reception
Where: Katherine Cone Gallery, 2673 S. La Cienega Blvd, LA, 90034

When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 287-1558

Couple more for you in Culver City….Koplin Del Rio Gallery (6031 Washington Blvd.) holds an opening from 6-8pm.

Klowden Mann presents its first solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Jamison Carter, “White Light from Dark Matter.”

The WU Klowdenexhibition features sculptures constructed with wood and plaster, and works on paper combining monoprint and highly structured ink line. The work investigates the tension between divergent materials, and the dialogue between directed action, amorphic form, spontaneity and control as they function across mediums.

On view: October 26th – December 7th

There will also be an artist talk on November 16th at 3:00 pm.

What: Opening Reception
When: 6-8pm
Where: Klowden Mann, 6023 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232


In Sat 10.26 AWBW HealingArtworksBeverly Hills.

A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) hosts Artworks for Healing, an elegant and heartfelt gala tonight, from 7-10 pm, at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Artworks for Healing is an annual event and the signature fundraising event for A Window Between Worlds’ art programs and socially engaged art projects, which give voice to survivors of domestic violence.

Th278906 10150262178697630 623457629 7412591 5018618 oe evening will feature more than 50 exceptional original works created by Los Angeles-based artists including Sophia Gasparian (see image), Yolanda Gonzales, Nina Jun, and Margaret Lazzari, exhibited for purchase.

Be aware that all of the works have been anonymously donated by the artists. For an opportunity to own these specially commissioned and curated works, and to support AWBW on this heartfelt evening.

Tickets are $175.

What: Benefit
Where: The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd.,  Beverly Hills, CA 90212
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Just East of Hollywood….Pepin Moore, (5849 1/2 W Sunset Blvd. LA 90028) holds an early reception from 3-5pm.  In Silverlake, Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, LA 90042, holds a book signing reception from 7:30-10pm.


In Downtown LA…

WU 10.26 JancarJones rickbahtophotoJancar Jones Gallery, hosts a receptionfor a new exhibit of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Rick Bahto.

The show will include a selection of photographs and two accompanying 16mm films that will be screened at scheduled times throughout the run of the show.

This exhibit will focus on a selection of works from the series Compositions, which is comprised of 16mm films, 35mm slides, and C-prints.

On view: October 26th – November 30th

What: Opening reception
Where: Jancar Jones Gallery, 1031 N. Broadway
When: 6-9pm


Also Downtown….

ArtWU 10.26 EdFreemanist Ed Freeman opens in a new show entitled “Future Downloads.”

See image: Ed Freeman, Future Downloads,Hand made paper/ aluminum , 5 by 8 feet

For his first show of new work in over a year, photographer and computer artist Ed Freeman is exhibiting some of his most radical work to date.

Blurring the distinctions between camera and computer imagery, photography and painting, realism and abstraction, these haunting, and at times disturbing nudes and portraits stretch the boundaries of photo-based art in new and unexpected ways.

What: Opening reception
Where: The Ed Freeman Photography Gallery, 945 Chung King Road, LA,90012
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Also close by…a couple more openings take place…Coagula Curatorial, 974 Chung King Rd., holds an art party from 5-11 pm  Jancar Gallery (961 Chung King Road) from 6-9pm and Charlie James Gallery (969 Chung King Road), from 7-10 pm.


Fri 10.25 Sat 10.26 VortexDomeVortex Immersion Media, c3: Center for Conscious Creativity & The Art of Sound presents an “Ultra Immersive Concert” in The Vortex Dome wiht ambient music innovator Steve Roach, and 360 Immersive digital animation by visual artist, Audri Phillips.

Admission: $40;

Parking: Athena Parking Lot at 1037 West 6th Street, LA 90017 (Enter Studio through NE Gate where guard is posted)

Where: The Vortex Dome @ LA Center Studio, 1037 West 6th St., LA 90017
When: Saturday, October 26th 7 pm show and 9 pm show
Phone: 213.706.2376