Don’t forget our Pick of the Week continues at 18th Street Arts SUN--Oct26-BAMFESTBEERCenter. BAM Fest (Beer Art & Music Festival) takes place today.

BAM Fest features specialty beers from over 40 craft breweries, artisanal wine, spirits, live bands, food trucks and more. $50 at the door

In Downtown LA…

Start the day early at the Brewery ArtWalk. Time for its annual open studio weekend at the happening art complex. This event in fabulous…I have attended many times. I even wrote an article in the Downtown News about it a couple years back about the 30 year anniversary…See our Weekly Features Page.

Twice a year, the innovative, Sat-Sun-Oct25-26BreweryArtWalkexperimental artists of the Brewery open their homes and studios to art lovers and cultural explorers. This fall’s Brewery Artwalk promises to be one of the best ever with new artists, interactive exhibits and an opportunity to find your perfect holiday gifts early.

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.

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 am – 6:00 pm
Phone: 323.638.9382

In Silverlake…

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery present Doris Duke’s “Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art” in the North gallery. Works of art and artifacts from the Doris Duke collection, alongside new works from eight Shangri La artists in-residence. Organized by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and curated by Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins.

Sun-Oct26-LAMAG-ImaginedCitiesIn the South gallery, “Shangri La: Imagined Cities” will be featured curated by Rijin Sahakian. This DCA-commissioned companion exhibition features contemporary works by artists Haig Aivazian, Jananne Al Ani, George Awde, Taysir Batniji, Charles Gaines, Mariam Ghani, Gelare Khoshgozaran, and Adrian Paci.

The opening reception will include public printmaking with Self Help Graphics Barrio Mobile Arts (BMAS) and deejaying by Discostan. From 1-2 p.m., a Curators’ Talk with Thomas Mellins and Donald Albrecht (curators, Doris Duke’s Shangri La) and Rijin Sahakian (curator, Shangri La: Imagined Cities) will precede the Opening Reception at LAMAG. From 5-7 p.m., an Artists’ Dialogue with visiting artists Mariam Ghani and George Awde will follow the Opening Reception at LAMAG.

These exhibitions are part of the Los Angeles /Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) an unprecedented citywide initiative on Islamic arts producing and presenting programming such as art exhibitions, panels, discussions, and performances.

On view: October 26 to December 28, 2014

What: Opening Reception
Where: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los
Angeles, CA 90027
When: 1-2pm curator’s talk; 2-5pm reception; 5-7pm-artist talk
Phone: (323) 644-6269

In Pasadena…Offramp Gallery (1702 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103), hosts a reception from 2-5.

Sat-Oct25-AgabhumiIn Santa Monica…

Agabhumi, a truly lovely jewelry and clothing store at 2665 Main Street in SM (N. of Hill, east side of block) is throwing a catered party in the courtyard adjacent to the store to make it fun and easy to shop for gorgeous and very reasonably priced, fair trade imports from BALI.

Shop for holiday clothing and gifts for yourselves, family and friends and what better than to shop for a cause! Venice Community Housing will receive 20% of the net proceeds.Shop for holiday clothing and gifts for yourselves, family and friends and what better than to shop for a cause! Venice Community Housing will receive 20% of the net proceeds.

What: VCH Benefit
Where: Agabhumi, 2665 Main St. Suite A, SM, 90405
When: 3:00pm – 7:00 pm

In Santa Monica…

Upper West hosts an opening reception for artist Erich Koyama.

The exhibition will feature photo collage, which is quite a departure for the restaurant. (I can’t Sat-Oct26-UpperWest-artwait to see it…I’ve seen images, via email…it looks amazing!)

Koyama has been behind the camera from an early age. Many hours were spent in the darkroom of the family business, developing an obsessive fascination with the still image, culminating in the study of Photographic Science, Sensitometry and Photo Chemistry.

In his early career, Erich worked as a professional photographic laboratory technician, making Chibachrome, EP-2 and Black and White mural prints and transparencies, as well as process monitoring E-6, C-41 and Chibachrome process.Erich then began his photography business specializing in Architecture, Interiors and Art . He has been published in many books and magazines around the world including Time, Newsweek, Conde Nast, Art Forum, Progressive Architecture, Pointe and several covers for Architecture, Architectural Record and Art in America. Clients include Frank Gehry, Nancy Rubins, Tony Berlant, Chris Burden, Enric Miralles, LACMA, MCASD, Michael Maltzan, Wes Jones, Ellerbe Beckett, HOK, Johnson Fain, Gagosian Gallery, HOK, Gensler, Johnson Fain, Oakley and Target.

Enjoy wine and light refreshments

What: Opening Reception
Where: Upper West, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica,
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310)586-1111

In Venice…


7:30 PM: Red Reign Director Masha Savitz (in person) exposes forced organ harvesting in China of prisoners of conscience & explores the involvement of the Western World.

At 8:30 PM: My Name is Jansa Janez (2012, 69 minutes) probes the role of one’s name in private and public life, exploring the problem of homonymity and reasons for changing one’s name, drawing references from history and popular culture.

Suggested donation $5.

What: Performance
Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291
When: 7:30 pm

Get out there and just see how many great events you can get to….I’m gonna do my best. See ya out there!!