Find your inner artist at Word is Art Gallery with an art workshop with Kelly Kilmer.

Ins4pix WordisArttructor Kelly Kilmer: “This class has been brewing in my head for several years now and I can’t wait to share it with you! In this six hour workshop, you will learn skills in box making, book making, collage, assemblage, art journaling, self expression, composition, design, and much, much more. We will begin by creating a book box covered in papers that are chosen by you (and provided by me.) Next up is creating a variety of books that fit into the box. Learn a variety of simple but fun construction and bookbinding techniques. I strive to make each of the techniques that I present in my classes different than other classes and you will love what you create in this workshop!”

To register for classes:

Workshop Fee $110

What: Workshop
Where: The Word is ART Gallery, 9349 Venice Blvd. Culver City 90232
When: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: 310.558.0856

In Downtown LA...Think Tank Gallery (939 Maple Avenue, Suite 200, LA 90015) hosts an art discussion from 1-3pm about Vaginas…Yes you read that right…Mama got a good laugh too. The event goes till 6pm.

It’s the 2nd and final day of the Festival of Books, a two day event…Be sure to check the website.

Sat-Sun-April12-13-LATimesFestivalofBooksThe 19th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held at the University of Southern California’s University Park Campus.

The Festival is free and open to the public, celebrating ideas, creativity, and the written word with a wide range of programming to entertain, engage, and inspire people of all ages and interests. The complete lineup and schedule are available on the Festival’s website at:

In Culver City….enjoy a group show featuring the Graduates of Otis College of Art and Design, Graduate Studios, 10455 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Or in Santa Monica…

Enjoy the Amazing Acro-Cats perform at the Santa Monica Playhouse. The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights.

SApril2014-SMPlayhouse-TheRockCats-1amantha Martin, chief human for the Amazing Acro-Cats, challenges the idea that “cats can’t be trained.” A portion of the Acro-Cats’ tickets sales is donated to feline shelter and rescue organizations. Martin advocates adoption from these organizations. Over the past four years, Martin has also purr-sonally found homes for over 130 cats and kittens and continues to take fosters on the road and help them find their furr-ever homes.

For more show details and information about the cats, visit our website at

The show runs from April 10th – April 20th;  Show times are: Thursdays & Fridays at at 7:00 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

General admission tickets are $25 and are available at

What: Performance
Where: The Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, SM 90401-1391
When:  1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm

Phone: 310-394-9779 ext 1

In Echo Park…

The Echo kicks off its 2014 season and 9th year tonight….featuring Americana and country music every Sunday this spring and summer.

TSun-April13-ECHOhe Grand Ole Echo started as an idea for a casual Sunday ‘hang’ for musicians on the patio of the renowned nightclub, The Echo. Soon the gathering also took over the main stage and nine years later, the live music show has become not only a neighborhood institution, but also a showcase for both local and traveling roots music acts. The show is every Sunday, April-September.

Opening: The Get Down Boys are a Los Angeles based string band performing high-energy traditional and original Bluegrass music.

Midline: Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin’ American roots and blues duo comprised of “One-Man-Band” Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion).

Headline: The Jolenes – Let’s just call this crew 3 songwriters and drummer. Made up of Los Angeles roots/rock superstars Grant Langston, Dan Janisch, and David Serby.

Back porch: Ranger, a singer/songwriter performing for the better part of a decade.

What: Music
Where: Grand ‘Ole Echo, & Echoplex 1822 Sunset Blvd., LA 90026
When: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 213.413.8200

In Westwood…

At UCLA’s Royce Hall, The American Youth Symphony (AYS) will celebrate it’s 49 years with “The Alumni Project.”

Sun-April13-AYSThe concert, led by Music Director Alexander Treger concludes the season. It features the orchestra’s 106 current members and a host of alumni, including acclaimed former concertmaster Nigel Armstrong, finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition.

The program will feature Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64, one of his largest operatic works, which is scored for 125 players and depicts the spectacular climb up an Alpine mountain from twilight to dusk. Treger also conducts Debussy’s tone-poem An Afternoon of a Faun, Chausson’s Poème, Op. 25, and Saint-Saëns’s Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28.

The event is FREE however, reservations are recommended. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095.

What: Performance
Where: UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood, CA 90095
When: 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 470-2332

Sun-April13-RAW-OhmIn Hollywood…

Michael Cook, A.K.A “Cookie” Featured Artist at RAW: Hollywood Presents Mosaic.

Cookie Joins Other Visionaries & Storytellers of his Generation for an Amazing One-Night Celebration of Urban Creativity.

For more info about Cookie, see

What: Art Party
Where: OHM Nightclub located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd #433 (located on the 4th floor of the Hollywood & Highland Complex)
When: 7:00 pm

Go forth….and enjoy the art parties…