In Downtown LA….

TSat 10.5 SAFestivalhe inaugural South African Arts Festival takes place for the next two days. Commissioned by the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, the South African Arts Festival features a rich mix of South Africa’s cultural production.

The event will showcase film and music. Seven South African films and six musical artists will be featured at free events in Downtown Los Angeles. The 2013 festival will also host a series of professional film and music panel discussions and seminars. Selected by the South African Film Commission, showcased films represent the diversity of the South African film industry and include animation, narrative, and documentary works.

Be sure to check the website for full presentation schedule. For the most updated info, please visit

What: Festival
Where: Various Downtown venues – Omni Hotel, Grand Performances, etc.
When: 9:30 am  – 10:00 pm (film screenings start at 9:30 am)

AWU Sat samurai geisha festnewlso Downtown…

The Samurai Geisha Fest takes place today at The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC).

The Festival runs through October 20th. Various events will be taking place throughout this time. See website below for a full listing.

The George J. Doizaki Gallery will feature an exhibition curated by Norbertellen Gallery. Artist Brooke Harker’s work will be featured.

Although known for her playful cityscape paintings, Los Angeles based artist Brooke Harker, will debut a portrait of a geisha from her earlier works.

After living in Tokyo, Harker painted “Yara’s Geisha,” from a photo taken by her friend and co-worker at the Tokyo American Embassy, Yara McClain Conway.

WU 10.5 GeishaFestivalYarasGeishaBrookeHarkerHarker has painted several other works highlighting the vibrant urban scenery of Tokyo. To see more of her work go to her website at:

See image: Yara’s Geisha oil on canvas 36 x 24

The event is FREE, but there is a suggested donation.

Be sure to check website for last minute changes and more details.

What: Festival
Where: The George J. Doizaki Gallery, 244 S. San Pedro St, LA 90012
When: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Another Downtown daytime event takes place at Night Gallery (2276 East 16th Street
LA, 90021) from noon till 7pm.

In Santa Monica…

BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival) takes place today at 18th Street Arts Center from 1-5pm. If you like beer, you don’t want to miss this. Enjoy delicious craft beers from 34+ craft breweries, 3 bands, open galleries and artist studios, Crash Courses to learn, as well as gourmet food trucks. most anticipated cultural celebrations.

BAWUBAMBEERM Fest guests also have the special opportunity to explore a dynamic installation by 18th Street’s Lab Artist, Adrià Julià. Current resident artists who create daily at 18th Street Arts Center open their studios as well. These include Cheryl Walker, Yvette Gellis, California Lawyers for the Arts, Highways Performance Space and EZTV. Food Trucks will also be there to soak up all the brews.

Don’t want to drive? There will also be a FREE Bike Valet, so cruise on down!

For more info about Bam Fest along with a full list of breweries and bands, see our Upcoming Events Page. Tickets are on sale at:

What: Opening reception
Where: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St. Santa Monica, 90404
When: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-1912

In Downtown LA….

TWU 10.5 DeCOMFlyerhe 11th Annual LA Burning Man Decompression Art and Music Celebration known as “LA Decom” will be held at the LA State Historical Park in Downtown LA. The event is a showcase of Los Angeles Burning Man art, music and performances, decorated art cars, theme camps, and costumed participants.

Enjoy dozens of interactive installations, activities, and large-scale art scattered throughout 20 acres of the park. This is a great way to get a taste of Burning Man for those interested in going and for those not into camping or dust storms. Be entertained by stilt-walkers, jugglers, fire-breathers, belly-dancers, hula-hoopers, crooners and clowns, as all converge for a day of excitement and creativity.

For music lovers, acts on eleven stages include dozens of bands, spoken-word performers, comedy, rap, retro-puppetry and DJs. See website for full list of performers.

Also this year, there will be special dedicated fire stage, with a Fire Jenga Exhibition planned for the evening hours. Including choreographed dance, fire-poi spinning, flaming hoops, fire-eaters and more.

WU Sat 10.5Decom NickHutchingsSee image: by Nick Hutchings

As always, there will be workshops to attend, theme camps to visit, gifting, hugs, food trucks, and of course, our French Quarter –themed bar area, for those 21 and over. 

This will be the final year in this location. If you can’t make it to the park, for the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live, via a “Mutant Vehicle” known as the Mars Rover Art Car. Created by a group from JPL and NASA, this vehicle with multiple cameras will provide a live webcast of the activity for your home-viewing pleasure at

Tickets are $25 at the door, or pre-sale online.

What: Festival
Where: LA State Historical Park, 1245 N. Spring St. 90012
When: 1:00 pm – 2:00 am

In Culver City

TheSat 8.24 GabbaGallery Gabba Gallery offers a closing art party…

Curators Jason Ostro and Jaime Becker challenged the artists to think beyond the canvas.

No Canvases allowed (love that).

The group show will feature artists Zachary Aronson,  Jaime Becker, Clinton Bopp, Croskey, Garth, Nate Geare, Jamie Kim, Math, Andrew MyersL, Liberated, Objects, Steve Olson, Judy Ostro, George Rivera, Patrick Haemmerlein, Septerhed, and more.

On view: August 24th – September 28th  

What: Reception
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd., LA, 90057
When: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Phone: 310-498-2697

Also in Culver City….a bit later, Thinkspace (6009 Washington Blvd.) hosts an opening from 6-9pm.

In the Pacific Palisades…

Sat 10.5 DangerDogDanger Dogs will be exibiting today. “Cathleen Crone’s Annual Art Exhibition at the Palisades Public Library benefits the Alzheimer’s Association Southland Chapter.  

This year she is featuring Cathleen Crone, Jean Nunes, the Nepal Art Dogs and Angel’s with Alzheimer’s.”

On view through October 31.

What: Reception
Where: Pacific Palisades Public Library, 861 Alma Real, Pacific Palisades, 90272

When: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm  
Phone:  310 390-1969

NewpWU way over yonderort Folk Festival presents Way Over Yonder, celebrating America’s folk music scene.

Performers Conor Oberst, Neko Case and Brett Dennen headline, plus many more.

The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit

What: Festival
Where: Santa Monica Pier
When: 2:00 pm

OTopanga CREATiveMixr head to Topanga Canyon….

Creative Mix opens at Topanga Canyon Gallery and features the work of Donna Geist Buch, Farideh Azad and Sharon Tanner.

The three artists have joined together to create what promises to be an inspiring, stimulating and engaging exhibition.

Each artist has incorporated her own distinct style; love for color; and use of mixed media, to create a compelling and creative exhibition.

On view: September 25 through October 20

What: Opening reception
Where: Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 109, Topanga, CA 90290
When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Or in Pasadena from 2-6pmThe Folk Tree (217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., 91101) hosts an opening.

In Santa Monica…

At Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave.), we’ve got a couple for you…

Latin American Masters holds a reception for José Alberto Marchi “Sacrificio” at 6:00pm.

TAG Gallery hosts an opening reception featuring three solo shows.

SeSat 10.5 TAGMcGilvray Camey Seven Moons Acrylic Woode image: Camey McGilvray, Seven Moons, 2013, Wood, Wire, Acrylic, 37 x 37 x 2 in. 

Artists featured are Camey McGilvray, Katherine Rohrbacher and Della Rolle. 

Mixed media sculptor Camey McGilvray further explores the wire medium in her latest exhibition. Beginning with a line drawing, McGilvray starts her process on paper before creating multidimensional mixed media sculptures constructed of wood and wire.

Katherine Rohrbacher offers a personal view into her journey with lupus in her new exhibit.

Expanding upon her previous figurative work, sculptor Della Rollé takes on a more abstract approach to the depiction of the human form.

On view: October 1st – October 26th

What: Opening reception

Where: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404

When: 5:00 pm 8:00 pm 

Phone: (310) 829-9556


WU 10.5 TaraGallery opening originalAlso in Santa Monica,

Tara Gallery holds its Grand Opening with an artist reception for “Trees of My Homeland.” The exhibition features the work of twelve artists living and working in Iran today.

The group show spotlights contemporary Iranian paintings that provide a vibrant and nostalgic view of motherland trees. The event is sponsored by the American Foundation for Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA).

On view: Oct 5th – Nov 14th

What: Opening reception
Where: Tara Gallery, 1202B Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 90403
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 310.489.2417

This one will be fun too….right next door to the Pick of the Week…

bGSat 10.5 bGGallery GSR Gallery (Bleicher/Golightly/Gorman) presents “Gay Summer Rick: Series in Night and Day.” This will be the third solo exhibition at BG Gallery of paintings by Malibu artist Gay Summer Rick. For her new ‘Series in Night and Day’, Gay has created paintings inspired by her travels up and down LA’s coastline.

See image: Gay Summer Rick, “A Stop on Electric Avenue” Oil on Canvas, 40″x30″

She has stopped on roads and highways across Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice absorbing the nighttime and daytime urban and coastal views. With palette knives and oil paint, Gay’s signature overlay of colors, which meld impressionism and abstract color-field painting, speak as much about the emotion evoked by a place as they do about the place itself. Two different cities are evoked through paint: one bathed in color and sunlight between veils of fog, and one where the color seeps in behind the darkness of night.

There is complimentary valet parking in the building during the reception (bring ticket to gallery for validation).

What: Reception
Where: Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, Ca 90401
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Phone: 310.451.9983

In Venice…

ShThurs 9.19 VAC Shulamit GaryBasemanulamit Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Mythical Homeland,” a solo exhibition by renowned artist Gary Baseman.

Known for designing the best-selling board game “Cranium,” Baseman often integrates drawings, paintings and sculptures to construct multi-dimensional environments. His fantastical creatures and mythic narratives have captured the hearts of his beloved fans worldwide.

His seminal exhibitions align closely with the mission and vision of Shulamit Gallery as an innovative art space committed to engaging locals through cross-cultural productions and programming. Devoted to building bridges between our regional and global community, Shulamit Gallery focuses on the Middle East with a special interest in Iranian, Israeli, and Jewish artists.

On view: now – Dec 14th

What: Opening reception
Where: Shulamit Gallery 17 N. Venice Blvd., Venice
When: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.281.0961

Starting a bit later….There are several events happening tonight such as Decomm LA (see aboave) and an art party dowtown at The Hive Gallery & Studio,(729 South Spring St.) from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Be aware there is an admission charge. Check website.