In Palos Verdes…

Palos Verdes Art Center transforms its center into a Sunday afternoon coffee house serving up poetry and pie. Writer Henry Cherry will be on hand to share pie-eating experiences from his past as a gourmand in New Orleans.

AsSun-Dec11-2016-PalosVerdes the event progresses, he’ll perform a poem created for Palos Verdes Art Center and inspired by the exhibitions Mark V. Lord: L.A. Noir and Kadir Lopez: Havana Noir.
Photo by Mark V. Lord

Henry Cherry is a Los Angeles based writer/photographer. His poems have appeared in Cordite, Slake, Los Angeles Review of Books, Louisiana Review and Southwestern American Literature Review.

This is a Free event; To attend, please RSVP to:

What: Poetry and Pie with Henry Cherry
Where: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
When: Sunday, December 11, 2-4 pm


In Santa Monica…Lisa Rosel and Jeff Ho celebrate Christmas In July at the Santa Monica Brew Works; The brewery is open 12pm-8pm Sunday, and the two will be signing books all afternoon. Book signing; 2-6pm; Santa Monica Brew Works, 1920 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404;



Sun-Dec11-2016-LAArtcoreLA Artcore is pleased to organize this group exhibit of an exploratory nature seizing upon one of humankind’s oldest art forms and tracing its contemporary practitioners as they respond to the ever-shifting role and conveyance of images today, amidst rapid technological, environmental, social, and societal change.

The exhibit’s title, “Direct Translation” underscores mark-making’s immediacy as its artists manifest their unique vantage-points, styles, concepts, questions, media, and themes across figuration, architecture, nature, portraiture, and interiors, tracing each artist’s personalized development of subject matter and material investigation.

Conversation with the artist: 2 pm

On view: December 8 – 30, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: LA Artcore Brewery Annex, 650A South Ave 21, LA 90031
When: 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Sunday December 11, 2016
Phone: 323-276-9320


Also downtown

Sun-Dec11-2016-LAArtcore-UnionCtrAt its Little Tokyo location…

L.A. Artcore is pleased to present a solo exhibit with L.A. artist Mauro Caputo. The artist is known primarily for his product design of cosmetics, Caputo displays three decades of work.

Organized by Molly Barnes, Caputo’s wood works are a formally playful foil to his digital prints on canvas in the front space, centering on the nude and the body’s relationship to pop-culture.

Conversation with the artist: 4pm;

On view: December 7 – December 30, 2016

What: Reception
Where: LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St. LA 90012
When: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm –
Phone: 323.276.9320


In Playa del Rey…

Head to the Playa Vista shopping center aka the Runway Playa Vista to see the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers from 3-5pm.

ThThe Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers byVictoriaGrahame Runway Playa Vista is hosting a holiday block party with all day fun on Old Town Center Drive & Runway from 11am-5pm!

Runway is a family and dog-friendly, mixed-use space offers all the amenities and safety of a suburban neighborhood right in the middle of Silicon Beach. There are several great restaurants, shops, residences and a ton of conveniences.

The complex is home to Whole Foods, and one of my favorite Mexican restaurants – Sol Cocina (I reviewed Sol for the Westside Today – the food is amazing). 

Enjoy rides, live music, crafts, caroling, shopping, and actual sledding on a real snow hill! And of course, we’ll have the Big Guy himself…Santa Claus! (who visits from 11am – 3pm every Saturday and Sunday through December 18th). Bring the kids, bring their list and join the fun!

To find out more about the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers, visit our FB Page. If you are interested in booking us – email me back soon at – we are pretty busy!

What: Holiday Block Party
Where: The Runway Playa Vista, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd. Playa Vista 90094
When: Event: 11-5pm; JB Rockers perform 3-5pm;


Enjoy the weekend!