Lots going on tonight….Venice Art Crawl and some other cool happenings. See my Favorites for VAC below…

lowres400NoirFest SantaMonica As part of Noir Fest Santa Monica, (the new Noir Arts Festival running through March), the American Cinematheque/Aero Theatre and Film Noir Foundation present a Raymod Chandler Double Feature...”The Brasher Doubloon” and “Murder My Sweet.”

Between films, Chandler Historian, and author or The Long Embrace, Judith Freeman and Alan K. Rode from the Film Noir Foundation will discuss Noir and the films.

Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Ave., in Santa Monica, CA 90403

The films run from 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm; Tickets are $11.00; Students & Seniors, $9.00 with ID; Cinematheque Members are $7.00; 


lowresFigtreescafeoutside2Now it’s time for the February Venice Art Crawl. If you have not yet been to VAC…time to check it out. The Venice Art Crawl is a monthly art event, which happens every third Thursday of the month. Now it appears that things are a bit more spread out…so you may have to pull out the car.

Start off at Figtree’s Cafe who has planned a wonderful event this Thursday from 6:30 pm till 9:00 pm. The Venice Art Crawl is a monthly event which takes place every third Thursday of each month in Venice.

Figtree’s Café has been participating in the crawl since it’s inception. Figtree’s Cafe is known for their healthy delicious food, located right on the Venice boardwalk at 429 Ocean Front Walk Venice, at Paloma Ave, two blocks south of Rose. It’s a great place to start the Crawl. Photo (right) by Greg Dahl.

Tonight, Figtree’s Café presents a group show. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. If you want to have dinner, you’ll receive 10% off (on food only) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Figtree’s has been voted the best restaurant on the boardwalk since 1978. Figtree’s has a wonderful happy hour, Monday thru Friday and also has FREE delivery. 310 392-4937; https://www.figtreevenice.com/

You’ll want to back track a bit, just one block north to the Cadillac Hotel.

Here artists Drew Dunlap, Barbara Mastej and John Ransom are featured in a group show.

These are all amazing artists….The show opened last month and is wonderful, so be sure not to miss the Cadillac Hotel, located at 8 Dudley.

2.16 VAC Alehouse TheresaHolidayThen head one more block north to Rose Ave and stop into the Venice Ale House who will also be offering a group show, featuring artists, Theresa Holliday (see image), Jack Packman and Danuta Rothschild.

Arbor will have a live band and a projection show. There will also be live painting. The Venice Ale House is located at 2 Rose Ave right on the boardwalk. 310-314-8253; http://venicealehouse.com/

Then at the Ten Cinema Gallery, the brilliant work of Isabelle Alford-Lago, known for her enchanting gorillas will be on display. This is a great venue, but new for the Venice Art Crawl. Located off of Westminster, 1317 Innes Place (Between Pacific Ave. and Main St.), tonight’s solo show “In the Buff” will feature a new series of gorillas.

Alford-Lago explains fondly just what these “The Gorillas are a satirical representation of classic portraiture, using an unlikely subject to portray real human emotion and individualized presence.”

Cocktails will be served. Event Begins at 7:00 pm Be sure to RSVP at tencinema.com.

Then right down the block stop into 1320 Main for “Resonant Rust” featuring recent work by Luke Rothschild.

Also Santinos presents an Venice Art Crawl acoustic showcase plus the art of Svetlana. They are also running a drink special two for one drinks with any food purchase.Musicians include The Doosh and Josh Osswald. Santino’s is located at 1611 Pacific Ave, (right off Windward) 90291.

6.21 VAC SunnyBAK BillDambrova

Chlordane in the membrane Claire Danes on the brain oil on canvas ©Bill Dambrova

Also towards Washington Blvd., the other side of Venice, artist, Bill Dambrova is opening his studio to show his recent paintings and sculpture and neon sculpture by Jana Davis.

6:00pm until 10:00pm. Bill Dambrova’s studio is located at 21 26th Ave. #2 Venice, 90291.

Be aware that the Erwin (due to construction) and Momentum are not participating in the Crawl this month.

For more info about the Vencie Art Crawl, see their site http://www.veniceartcrawl.com.