In Downtown LA…

LASun 8.18 LAArtcore ISHII Japanese paper strings -musubu-R Artcore holds its 2nd part of a series focusing on an ongoing International Exchange program with Japan. Today’s event celebrates the opening of the Exchange Exhibit.

The month is divided into two exhibits, with a tandem-solo for Mitsuri Kuroki and Kakuko Ishii, August 1st through the 15th, and a group of visiting artists visiting from Kitakyushi, Japan from August 17th to the 29th.

On View August 17 – 29, 2013

What: Opening reception
Where: LA Artcore Brewery Annex is located at 650 A South Avenue 21, LA, 90031
When: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Phone: 323.276.9320

In Santa Monica…

Throbertbermanade Robert Berman Gallery & Santa Monica Auctions host an art auction and benefit to support “Chain Reaction.” Paul Conrad’s anti-nuclear war sculpture located next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is still in danger of being torn down.

“Chain Reaction,” a 26-foot tall mushroom cloud sculpture was created by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad and gifted to the City in 1991.

Due to years of deterioration from the weather, this “symbol of peace” was deemed dangerous to the public in 2011 and a fence was built around it to keep people a safe distance from it. The City has left the family and supporters with the job of raising the funds to keep it standing. Although receiving landmark status, it’s still in danger of being torn down by the city if sufficient funds are not raised.

FoSun Aug18 Berman Fun-Raiserr the past year, supporters have been rallying the troops and gaining momentum. Robert Berman is one such ally and will hold an art auction and benefit to help raise funds to save the beloved sculpture. Berman has been consistently involved with the cause to save this landmark. See my Santa Monica Mirror article about Berman’s support for saving Chain Reaction back in 2012.

Enjoy live music, Food and Drink and art for sale.

The event starts at 5:00 pm. My band, Kat & the Blues Hounds opens the show. Plus we’ve got a great line-up for you…. DJ Redoz, solo performer, Marnie Herald, Taiko Drummers and the Monday Morning Dixieland Jazz Essemble.

FREE Admission

What: Benefit
Where: THE ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, Bergamot Station, (B-7) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 310.586.9128

In Venice….

WU 8.18-Lowres-TomGramlich-sundaystalkingstickSinger/Songwriter Tom Gramlich hosts a Blues event, Every third Sunday… Tom Gramlich & Mystic Miles w special guests.

Gramlich  is an incredible performer….so be sure to  pop in.

The Talking Stick offers coffee drinks and tasty salads, sandwiches for sale. Yummy desserts too.

Free Admission.

What: Live Music, Tom Gramlich & Mystic Miles w special guests,
Where: Talking Stick Coffee Lounge 1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice 90291
When: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Get out there and enjoy the art, music and more….See ya next week!