Stores such as Urobouruson Main Street will be having a very special event.
This is a group show of all their gallery artists. Show Runs Sept. 10 – 25th.
There are some fun happenings at local LA Restaurants. Check out tonight’s, special events under the Restaurant/Bar tab…..Some great happy hours and free music too. http://www.ktrpromo.com/p/restaurantsbars.html If you’re looking for a fun art event in Silver Lake, stop by La Luz De Jesus, to see a group show featuring artists Sam Doyle, Lauren Gardiner (see image), Charlie Lucas, Herbert Singleton, Rob Reger and Purvis Young. This dude looks like a guy I used to date…Guess who?
The Artist reception runs from 8:00 pm -11:00 pm. La Luz De Jesus Gallery is located 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027. Phone 323-666-7667; http://www.laluzdejesus.com/
Another opening in Silver Lake, happens at the gallery, Weekend, which is an edgy venue that is hosting an opening reception from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. This exhibition is entitled Big Haul and features the work of artist, Janne Larson. Weekend is located at 4634 Hollywood Blvd., 90027; 510 206-4001; http://weekendspace.org/
Since you are in Silver Lake, stop into Rafa’s Lounge Art Gallery (next door to the Echo) to see a wonderful local singer songwriter, Geoffrey J. Tonight, James Elliot joins him on lead guitar.
Geoffrey J plays original roots rock/folk music as well as some classic and modern rock covers. Enjoy this acoustic duo from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. This is a FREE event. Rafa’s Lounge Art Gallery is located at 1836 W. Sunset Blvd, 90026. No Cover, 21+http://rafaslounge.com/; http://www.geoffreyj.com/
If you would rather stay in Venice, there’s the always happening, First Fridays on Abbot Kinney.
In case you have never been, most events start around 6:30 pm, but remember it is Venice. Stores stay open till around 9:00 pm, sometimes later.….
You may want to start here since it’s located on the North end. Get there early and snag a table (call to reserve) while you enjoy a delicious dinner with some drinks and dancing.Or pop in later for standing room only.Enjoy live music at Joe’s restaurant. There is no cover charge. Call for an RSVP 310.399.5811; Joe’s Restaurant is located at 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291. http://www.joesrestaurant.com/.
Now continue on, there is a lovely shop called Altered Space Gallery 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd that always has a happening on First Fridays. Great jewelry too. 310-452-8121;http://www.alteredspacegallery.com/.
Ten Women Gallery, located at 1237 Abbot Kinney Blvd is closing. So sad to hear, but they are having a final farewell bash tonight….so stop by to support the artists. I want to encourage everyone to buy something to remember them by. Support local Art.
Back again across the street off Santa Clara, is Nitespa, 1301 Abbot Kinney, a lovely beauty spa and shop that will have all kinds of specials which come with complementary beverages consisting of herbal teas, red and white wine and beer.Enjoy their handpicked spa soundtrack,rosemary water and organic teas. There will also be art and jewelry for sale. Open till 10:00 pm. mini-makeovers and specials on all treatments. The entrance is on Santa Clara.310.396.5122;http://www.nitespa.com/.
Keep going north and on the right side is Ananda 1356 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (310) 399-4186….they will be open, serving refreshments and snacks. Directly adjacent, pop into Skylark1356 Abbot Kinney Blvdwill also be open 310 392-9099; www.skylarkvenice.comRight next door, is Bohemian Exchange who sells beautiful clothes and accessories. This place has its own style and charming ambiance. Known for its vintage style and great prices, Bohemian Exchange supports local designers and fair trade. SAVE THE DATE Sept 8th….next week Bohemian Exchange will be having a big celebration with a fashion show for “Fashion’s Night Out”.
There will be some special sales tonight. Bohemian Exchange is located at 1358 Abbot Kinney, at California 310.396.3044; http://www.bohemianexchange.com
Back across the street again, The G2 Gallery(1503 Abbot Kinney) offers Sebastian Artz (see image), a Venice photographer’s look at underwater creatures. Live music performed by Eric Kufs. Admission is $5 at the door, which will directly support environmental charities. 310-452-2842; http://www.theg2gallery.com.
Keep going south and you have to stop into Zingara Trading1507 Abbot Kinney for their First Friday event. They will be offering snacks and their famous S’mores. Also get a free henna tattoo.310 392-6424; http://www.zingaratrading.com/And across the street at one of my favorite furniture stores, Tumbleweed and Dandelion 1502 Abbot Kinney Blvd will be open with wine andsnacks and a Furniture sale too!
Then we have the fun new gallery,called Very Venice Art & Design Gallery located at 1629 Abbot Kinney. They had a great opening party. They will be showing works by over 40 artists including Linda Fenster, Outi, Dary Rees, Rachel Rubinstein,Kristina Valentine (thanks for the photo, Kristina) just to name a few. Event runs from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. http://www.veryveniceart.com/ Stop by Robin’s Sculpture Garden and enjoy the music of Tommy Santee Klaws, accompanied, by aerials in the sky. Also see fashions from Show Me Your Mumu, and Anna Bruce Designs. Robin’s Sculpture Garden, is located at 1632 Abbott Kinney. This one tends to start later, 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm. Popcorn & Beverages, but there is a $10-$15 donation suggested.
Saturday, September 3rd
Pick of the Week is tonight, at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica, The Robert Berman Gallery (D-5) presents Ellwood T Risk’s 3rd solo show “Bad News.”
Transforming pistol targets into art since 2002 – Risk widens the scope of his bulls-eye for this survey of global affairs with the use of front pages from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
Bad News launches what will be a long running series of newsprint based works made from both publications collected by the artist over the last twelve years. In this particular collection – the whimsical cartoonish incarnations of the targets belie the serious nature of the headlines below. The layering of stained newsprint, targets and stenciling captured beneath a slick resin finish provide a depth of field for the artist to convey his signature political and social commentary with a sharp tongue and quick wit. This one to the left is entitled “Shop and Destroy,” I love that.
Enjoy a great opening reception from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 310 315-9506. http://ellwoodtrisk.com/; http://www.robertbermangallery.com;
Lora Schlesinger Gallery will be open as well as many others….so stop in to see the last day of their current exhibition, featuring the work of Sue Dirkman and Josh Dov. Be aware, there is no reception at this one.
Since you’re in Santa Monica, Hale Arts Space celebrates their grand opening. Featuring artists, Michael Hale, Alan Kupchick, Carl Lozada, Otto and Mary Worthington, the gallery will be open both days, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm till 9:00 pm.
It appears that the actual reception will be held at 4:00 pm till 6:00 pm, where you canmeet the artists. They will be serving refreshments and popcorn??? Don’t ask me, that’s what they told me…..
Hale Arts Space is located at 2443 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90405. 310-314-8038. http://www.halearts.com
How about some free theater? The Powerhouse Theatre presents Shakespeare’s classic farce, The Comedy of Errors in an intimate outdoor space of the Powerhouse’s redwood deck. For more information: 213-674-6682.
The Powerhouse Theatre is located at 3116 2nd Street in Santa Monica. Show starts at 7:00 pm. FREE, but reservations are recommended.http://www.powerhousetheatre.com/
Or in Venice, stop by Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice who will be featuring the sculpture of Mineko Grimmer, a sculptor whose sculpture will serve as the aperture for the titular portion of a long poem by Bill Mohr, Barely Holding Distant Things Apart.
Event runs from 7:30 till 9:00 pm. Admission $7,students/seniors/children $5, members FREE. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/
Then you may want to head to Culver City to see a wonderful opening at Corey Helford Gallery which runs a bit later.Tonight’s event, features the work of artist Korin Faught (see image), and upstairs, enjoy the art of Joey Remmers.
The opening reception will run from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. In case you have never been, they always offer snacks and a nice bar too. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 8522 Washington Blvd., in Culver City 90232; www.coreyhelfordgallery.com.
Or maybe downtown is the scene that you are looking for…..there are several fun ones.
Norbertellen Gallery presents their Annual Fall International “Eleven, Twelve, Fourteen group exhibition from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Come meet and greet the artists, Robert E. Richards, Djembe & Canvas, Alicia Falcone, Nancy Caster, Kim Berg, James Hall, Uriel J. Tekunoff and many more.
Norbertellen Gallery is located at 215 W. 6th St. #110. 818 662 5041; Check their website for more details. www.norbertellengallery.com
Also just around the corner, Hive Gallery offers an opening reception for artists Craig Cartwright, J.Slattum, Jun Alvarado, Scarecrowoven, Augie Pagan, Lefty Joe Torres and more. Be aware that it is $8 at door. However, it does include live music. The Hive Gallery is a fun funky gallery located at 729 South Spring St. 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. http://hivegallery.com/.
Also downtown Crewest Gallery offers a group show. This event runs from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Crewest Gallery is located at 110 Winston St. off Main, between 4th and 5th St. (213) 627-8272. http://www.crewest.com/.
Sunday September 4th
In Mar Vista, there will be a lovely home spun art show entitled “The Labors of Love.” This is their 5th Annual Art Show and Open House. Starting at 1:00pm and going til 9:00 pm, theshow will feature artists: David Lee Pfost, water colors, Jean Chérie, sculptures (see image) and Anna Reid-Taylor, pastels and Catherine Elzas-Beilin, abstract water colors. Cash only, sorry no credit cards. Enjoy wine, lemonade and munchies too.
Call Simone, for more details at 310-391-8172. The address is 12914 Rose avenue, Los Angeles 90066 (in Mar Vista, with easy access to both the 405 and the 10)
And if you didn’t make it on Saturday, Hale Arts Space in Santa Monica celebrates their grand opening.
Featuring artists, Michael Hale, Alan Kupchick, Carl Lozada, Otto and Mary Worthington, the gallery will be open both days, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm till 9:00 pm.
It appears that the actual reception will be held at 4:00 pm till 6:00 pm, where you canmeet the artists. They will be serving refreshments and popcorn…yes you heard me right popcorn.Hale Arts Space is located at 2443 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90405. 310-314-8038. http://www.halearts.com
Or enjoy a wonderful art show downtown at LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts (120 Judge John Aiso St. LA, 90012).
They arehaving an opening reception from 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm featuring artists Hee Ouk Kim, Whi Boo Kim & Edmond Kim. 213.617.3274; http://www.laartcore.org/.
And you’ve got one more chance to enjoy some free theater. The Powerhouse Theatre presents Shakespeare’s classic farce, The Comedy of Errors in an intimate outdoor space of the Powerhouse’s redwood deck. For more information: 213-674-6682.
The Powerhouse Theatre is located at 3116 2nd Street in Santa Monica. Show starts at 7:00 pm. FREE, but reservations are recommended. http://www.powerhousetheatre.com/
Monday September 5th
Happy Labor Day…Have a BBQ or enjoy beautiful Venice Beach…..and before you head to the water, you gotta stop to see the annual“Muscle Beach Championship”, which happens every Labor Day, right on the boardwalk at muscle beach.
Check out some sizzlin’ hot dude….Yum, mama likes. Ripped women too. This is open anyone who has the nerve to get up there…you gotta register and pay the entry fee, so check out their website.
This is a free event (to watch of course). Pre-judging starts as 10:00 am and the finals happen at 1:00 pm. http://musclebeachvenice.com/
Or The LA County Fair kicks off Labor Day weekend and runs for a full month. They’ve got live music, rides, livestock, gardening and more. It started on Saturday but runs till Wed Sept 7th…..so go take advantage.
Los Angeles County Fair is located atthe Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768, off the 10 Freeway, exit Fairplex Drive or White Ave. Yes there is a charge, but if you order ahead of time, you’ll save some money….check the website for more details. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2011/
One more….if you really want to party down and are lookin’ for more of the club thang, The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood’s got something for you. Be aware that you will have to spend $35.00 per ticket, plus drinks etc. DJs, Mark Farina, Frank Boissy, Adam Auburn and more will be spinning from 12:00 pm till 8:00 pm by the pool!
Put on your bikini or speedos and soak up some sun and fun! The Roosevelt Hotel is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028.
BE SURE to check their website and buy tickets here. http://www.homemadela.com/wet-pool-party
Enjoy the holiday and be safe!