Enjoy a Pier Party and fundraiser for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) The Family Event also features a VIP Component Featuring top local restaurants benefiting the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation.

ThSun-April27-PierPartye VIP part of the event features a continental breakfast reception with the Superintendent and brunch and cocktail tastings provided by top local restaurants including: Al Mare, Barlo Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Erwin, Blue Plate Taco, Caffe Luxxe, Chinois on Main, Del Frisco’s Grille, FIG, Hostaria del Piccolo, Hoyt Wines, JiRaffe, Joe’s/Bar Pintxo, The Lobster, Michael’s, Pier Burger and Wilshire.

Purchase at www.PierParty.org Level 1: $25 each or 5 for $100, includes a wristband for unlimited rides Level 2: $50 each, includes a wristband for unlimited rides, $5 game card and a meal ticket

VIP: $175 each, includes brunch served by our finest local restaurants, , live auction, wristband for unlimited rides, $7 game card and a first-come, first-served parking pass to Lot 1 North

What: Benefit
When: Sunday, April 27, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Website: www.PierParty.org

2014-BreweryThe Brewery ArtWalk hosts its annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating residentartists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists’ studios. Born on the site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, the Brewery Arts Complex began in 1982 and is the largest complex of its kind in the world.

For the spring open studio weekend at the Brewery Arts Complex, artists open their studios to display new works. Attendees can speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the studios.

Get there early…there is lots to see…unless you have two days spend at the Brewery….there are soo many great studios down there.  The artwalk continues tomorrow as well.

Admission is free.

What: The Brewery Art Walk
Where: The Brewery, 2100 North Main Street, LA, 90031
When: 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m
Website: http://www.breweryartwalk.com

YSat-April26-LAZoo-EarthDayGL-BlBrou’ve got one more chance to enjoy the Earth Day Expo at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The weekend expo spotlighting California wildlife and the role it plays in the health of Planet Earth.

Earth Day Expo features interactive stations throughout the Zoo providing guests an opportunity to explore information and ideas about animal conservation and preservation, sustainable living for humans, recycling, and how to make Earth a better place to live. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission.

All Earth Day Expo activities are included with paid admission to the Los Angeles Zoo, which is $18 for adults, $13 for children 2-12, $15 for seniors 62 and up. Admission is free for GLAZA members and children under two.

What: Earth Day Expo
Where: LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, LA 90017
When: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: (323) 644-6042
Website: http://www.lazoo.org

In Hollywood…

Paris ParisphotologoPhoto Los Angeles, the second US edition of the world’s most celebrated photography fair, will present exhibitor content by 81 international galleries and bookseller participants. The fair will be held at Paramount Pictures Studios from April 25-27, 2014. Concurrently, many significant exhibitions that resonate with the spirit of Paris Photo Los Angeles will also be on view in and outside of the city.

For Paris Photo’s second edition in Los Angeles, BMW is proud to present the 850CSi Art Car by David Hockney. Almost 20 years after its creation in 1995 the Art Car returns to its roots in LA, the city that has been Hockney’s hometown for more than 40 years.

Sun-PARISPhoto-DavidHockneyCarSee image: BMW Art Car by David Hockney

Leica Camera’s Celebration of 100 Years of Photography: Leica’s booth will feature rare classic black and white photographic prints from the Classic Leica Collection including Magnum photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastio Salgado, Constantine Manos, Rene Burri and other masters which will represent the “Then.” These prints will transition into digital medium format large scale color prints by EJ Camp from her body of work entitled “SEA” which will represent the “Now.” Lise Sarfati will do a book signing of her new book SHE on Friday.

Admission: Tickets range from $20 – $40; For more info or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

What: Paris Photo Los Angeles
Where: Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., LA 90038
When: 12:00 to 6:00 pm  
Website: www.parisphoto.co

It’s the final day of PHOTO INDEPENDENT Art Fair:The International Exposition of Contemporary Photography.

PHphoto-independent-logo6OTO INDEPENDENT held its inaugural debut at Raleigh Studios all weeken. As the first and only high-visibility platform for independent photographers, PHOTO INDEPENDENT presents a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between photographers, collectors and art professionals. Scheduled to run concurrently with, and next door to, Paris Photo Los Angeles, PHOTO INDEPENDENT provides potential exhibitors with the unique opportunity to present their work to global decision makers — curators, galleries, collectors, editors and publishers — who seek to acquire, publish and commission the best photographic talent today.

Fri-PhotoIndependent-HelenGarber-topanga-motelSee image: Helen K. Garber 2014, 28″ x 40″, photo based mixed media with encaustic, framed with 100 year old wood from the santa monica pier.
Presented by Fabrik Media, Photo Independent will take place at Raleigh Studios Hollywood. See below for dates and times. For more info and to buy tickets, Click HERE!

DATES & HOURS: Friday, April 25, 7-10pm:  Opening Night Premiere Preview & Party; Saturday, April 26, 11am-7pm; Sunday, April 27, 11am-6pm

What: Photo Independent
Where: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., LA 90038
When:  11am-6pm; 
Website: http://photoindependent.com

In Beverly Hills…

The 26th Annual Vintage Bouquet Food & Wine Event hosted by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, takes place at today at Greystone Mansion.

The BSun-April27-BHBA VIntage Bouquet 2-by Lee Salemeverly Hills Bar Association’s popular Vintage Bouquet has been serving up tastes of amazing wines, spirits and food to raise money for community based pro bono legal service programs for more than a quarter century. Each year delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by many of Los Angeles’ best restaurants and chefs are paired with tastings from California’s top wineries, spirit and beverage companies. The event also features live and silent auctions, exceptional musical entertainment and a VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge.

See our Upcoming Events Page for the full list of wine, liquor and restaurant sponsors

Proceeds benefit the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation’s pro bono legal services, including free monthly legal clinics, programs for elementary school students to teach them about tolerance, feeding the homeless at Samoshel, and much more.

Photo by Lee Salem

Admission: $150 in advance; $175 per person at the door; $225 VIP tickets (include entree to VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge). For tickets and info, call Knock Out Productions at (818) 610-0300 or go to website.

What: Beverly Hills Bar Association’s 26th Annual “Vintage Bouquet” food & wine tasting event
Where: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When:  Noon – 4 pm
Phone: (818) 610-0300
Website: www.vintagebouquet.com

Sun-April27-Overduin-splashIn the Hollywood area…

Overduin and Co. hosts an opening reception new exhibition entitled “Warm Side of Zero.”

Artists include: Rob Halverson, Yuji Agematsu, Sam Anderson, Lucas DeGiulio, Sam Lewitt, William Pope.L, Erika Vogt.

On view: April 26th – May 31st

What: Opening reception
Where: Overduin and Co., 6693 Sunset Blvd., LA 90028
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Have a great weekend…and enjoy some culture!!