Today/Tonight…we have some art and Holiday events for you….all over LA.
In Culver City…

Center for the Study of Political Graphics hosts an open house & Holiday sale. Enjoy refreshments, tours & more.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking in back of the building.  Center for the Study of Political Graphics, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd (Suites 103/104) Culver City, CA 90230; 11-3pm; 310-397-3100;

In Downtown LA…

LA Artcore presents a group show of three artists with significant skill and distinct voices. Each working in varying degrees of abstraction while retaining links to the suggestion of recognizable form, they take us into the realm of our own role in interpreting and identifying unexpected forms.

ArtisSun-Dec7-LAARTCORE-KathiFloodjpgts include: Kathi Flood (see image), Steven Rey Fujimoto, and Emily Halpern.

Kathi Flood identifies herself as a guerrilla sociologist, creating sculptural collage out of ephemera and antiques, installations that occupy the walls salon style, burst out of frames to spill into the room, and accumulate on the furnishings.

Steven Rey Fujimoto works with organic materials, shaping them beyond the threshold of certainty, until their character takes on the suggestions of more cosmic themes for the artist.

Emily Halpern produces expansive, striking paintings that walk the line between abstract and representational.

On view: December 3 – December 28

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

Also at the other location…

LA Artcore presents a solo exhibition by Los Angeles painter Beanie Kaman.

Kaman’s amalgams of landscape, abstrSun-Dec7-LAArtcore-BeanieKamanaction and figuration have seen tremendous change upon returning to residence in Los Angeles after having lived, worked and raised her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the last twenty-four years.

In this time Kaman developed a body of paintings whose compositions revolve between domesticated, Buddhist, and natural imagery on amorphous backgrounds or quilt-like foregrounds that belie the steady thread of the artist’s hand guiding her subjects along.

On view: December 3 – December 28

What: Opening 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

Offramp Gallery (1702 Lincoln Ave., 91103) also hosts an opening from 2-5pm.

In Venice….

The Rockers will be performing at the Abbot Kinney Family Fun Day on Abbot Kinney. We will be performing exclusively for at Tumbleweed and Dandelion at 3:00 pm. This charming shop is located at 1502 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 450-4310;

The famed street will host a holiday shopping event complete with real snow in the parking lot of the Brigg (1515 AK Blvd), just across the street from Tumbleweed.

lowres TheOffTheirJingleBellRockers atTenWomenSee image, below from left to right of The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers Jon Preston, Kathy Leonardo, Suzy Williams, Catherine Allison, Mikal Sandoval, and Rory Johnston.

Just in case you don’t know….here is some info on the group.

The Off their Jingle Bell Rockers are not your typical holiday group. Yes they happen to be terrific singers, but they also dress incredibly flamboyant, and have an amazing amount of energy, which makes for a truly fun and lively show. They add a different slant to Christmas Caroling. Their offbeat harmonies and original arrangements bring a zany twist to the classic Christmas Carol.

The Off their Jingle Bell Rockers are still accepting bookings for private parties. Call Leslie Reed at (682) 587-7766. For more information about the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers, see FB Page.

Also in Venice…Sun-Dec7-BridgeLighting

It’s time for the annual Canal Bridge lighting in the much loved VENICE CANALS (which are locaed between Venice Boulevard and Washington Blvd…between Pacific Ave and Ocean Ave). This is a community event!!!

People are invited to bring a DISH TO SHARE (do NOT show up empty handed)….It’s the 13th annual Bridge lighting….the event takes place at the Sherman Canal footbridge.

If you do NOT know the Canal’s ….it can be VERY confusing. I suggest you mapquest this location. The event runs from 5-7pm.

In Santa Monica….

Upper West Restaurant presents Miracle on 34th Street….a toy drive and fundraiser benefiting Miracles for Kids.  See my Huffington Post article about this event. 

TDec7-2014-300w-UpperWest-Miracleon34thHIS IS A GREAT Cause….and a way to give back while enjoying an AMAZING mea. Chef NIck is a brilliant chef. Before the dinner, Chef Shipp will instruct the young chefs from the foundation – outfitted in their own chef coats provided by the Upper West a few tricks of the trade. Chefs form the Academy of Culinary Education (ACE) will also work with the young chefs decorating gingerbread cookies at the event, to be presented as gifts to young cancer patients at the Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center holiday party just down the street.

The event is perfect for singles (common table) and holiday group parties to start the season. Be sure to reserve your spot soon as Chef Shipp’s Pairing Dinners have sold out since they began in 2010.

For more information about Miracles for Kids, check the website.

ADMISSION: $120 per person (includes two glasses of wine). Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy.

What: Miracles for Kids Fundraiser & Toy Drive
Where: Upper West Restaurant, 3321 W. Pico Blvd. (33rd Street), Santa Monica, CA
When: 6:00 pm – cocktails & silent auction; 7:00 pm dinner
Phone: (310) 586-1111
Website: http://www.theupperwest

Enjoy the weekend and embrace the season….cause it’s HERE!!!