Raise Funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at an Oscar Watch Party at the Upper West!

It’s time to raise funds again for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Sunday, February 24. This is the sixth year that Upper West will host this important fundraising benefit.
LLS is an important organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Since 1949, LLS has funded advancements in chemotherapies, stem cell transplants, targeted therapies and immunotherapies for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma that are saving thousands of lives today. LLS is currently involved with more than 300 active research projects.

This event was originally created by Sara Fay. Each year she has been joined by additional volunteers to present this special fundraising event. Now at this sixth edition Chrystine Garner joins Fay. A fellow athlete, Garner is also training for triathlons (like Fay). The not for profit organization offers a program called Team In Training. It comes with training for endurance events…in return the participants raise funds while running and improving their own health through exercise. Both Fay and Garner said they were happy to be involved in this program and excited to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's important research and patient programs. Fay and her co-presenters have raised more than $100,000 for the cause.

Fay said she was grateful to have The Upper West as a partner all these years. Each year, the restaurant donates 25% of all sales of that day to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Upper West staff in turn is excited to once again host the annual fundraiser which begins at 4:30pm. Arrive early to take photos on the red carpet. Many people will dress up, (although it is not required). This is a great time to put in your dink and food order, while meeting friends and settling in before the big show.
              Step onto the red carpet at the Upper West Oscar Watch Party; Photo by Paiwei Wei

There will be an Oscar winners prediction contest with some amazing prizes. Order drinks and appetizers from The Upper West throughout the evening. Guests watch the live broadcast of the show projected on the wall of the private dining room. In addition to an Oscar ballot contest, silent auction and opportunity drawing, the Upper West contributes a percentage of all Oscar night sales to LLS.

The event begins at 4:30pm at Upper West, located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. Call 310.586.1111 or visit the website for more info www.theupperwest.com. For additional info about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit https://www.lls.org/


Artist Brayden Bugazzi Featured at Art in LA AfFAIR, February 13th - 17th!

Los Angeles based artist Brayden Bugazzi is set to exhibit at Art in LA AfFAIR, at AC Gallery in Hollywood. The 2nd annual art fair (co-presented with Artsy) runs from February 13th thru February 17th. The VIP opening night gala will be buzzing…with free drinks and passed appetizers all night long. Then all weekend the doors will be open to art lovers and collectors.

                               Brayden Bugazzi with his work
This will be the first time Bugazzi will be participating in Art in LA AfFAIR and he will be showing 3-4 of his mixed media works. Art has always intrigued Bugazzi. “I knew when I was younger in my teenage years I wanted to do art, however I wasn't sure how to pursue it as a career, said the artist. “I even took a tour at an art school when I would fresh out of high school. In addition to art, photography played a major role in his life. “I was working for a Green Screen photography company (in college), so I felt like my wisest pursuit would be a Fine Arts Degree in photography.
As an accomplished photographer, Bugazzi had lived the high life in LA, but always felt like something was missing. “I took the energy I used in the Hollywood party scene into getting sober, on top of that I suddenly had a lot of free time, so I was able to hit the art with a vigor and passion I had not seen come out of myself for years.” His creative juices were flowing as he created more and more mixed media works, and was invited to exhibit at several galleries around Santa Monica. He continues to do his art and has been commissioned to create new works. “I have been building more complex works since using the proceeds from my art sales to keep advancing the next works.”
                                Brayden Bugazzi, Pop Icons Monroe, 25x35

Bugazzi went on to explain, that he prefers to create mixed media works over taking photos, because he has more creative control over it, and it allows him to stay true to his own vision of what he is putting out into the world. He has created a niche for himself within the art world with his mixed media works, with avid collectors waiting to see what he will produce next.

Bugazzi has been busy exhibiting his works at various art fairs…from Miami Art Week (at Context Art Fair) to the LA Art Show. He is also exhibiting additional works at the Super Fine Art fair taking place on February 14th-17th.

Art in LA AfFAIR takes place at AC Gallery, 1546 N. Highland AVE. Hollywood, 90028 on February 13th the through February 17th.  The opening night art party (Wednesday, February 13th) will feature red carpet arrivals, appetizers and an open bar for VIP admission ONLY. There is an early preview 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Then from 8-11pm, the ticketed premiere event officially opens its doors. Tickets are $50 for the opening night gala and $10 for the show (Feb 14th through Feb17th). Show hours are 11am to 4pm throughout the weekend.  Purchase tickets HERE for both the opening art party and the show days. Visit https://www.artinla.us for additional info or see https://braydenart.com to find out about artist Brayden Bugazzi.


December 8th, 2018, Montana Avenue Holiday Walk Lights Up Santa Monica!

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 4–8pm, Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue Holiday Walk will be in full swing. Come celebrate the holidays with a free event featuring live music, Santa Claus, the Grinch and Cindy Lou. The event runs from 6th street to 17th.
Each year all the merchants get involved. Locals come out to mingle and ring in the holiday season. Retailers offer all sorts of deals plus many give away cookies, cider, etc. Check Montana Avenue’s instagram as there will be a contestpost a pix of the grinch, with what street you found him on, and tag @montanaavesmyou will automatically be entered. There will be a Disney Princess Caroling group as well. Montana Avenue supports local schools by partnering them to help raise funds. Many of the students will participate in the event. 
The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will be performing holiday classics, plus their own original songs. This zany group of professional performers have been caroling together for the past fourteen years. You can find the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers on the south side of Montana Ave …between 6th and 17th streets.  
Texture a wonderful assortment of sweaters, cardigans, pullovers, in both bright and muted colors, tweedy solids to polka dot. It also sells beautiful one-of-a-kind scarves. TEXTURE: the Sweater Store & More, 716 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA; (310) 393–0707; See FB page. Ten Women on Montana is an artist’s co-operative gallery showcasing local artists. Enjoy specials and light refreshments. Ten Women Gallery, 1128 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 310–393–6254. 
On the North side of the street…heading east, you come to Exir (1134 Montana Avenue). Tonight, enjoy a special performance by the children of Chord 2 Cure, a non-profit organization benefiting pediatric cancer research. Be sure to stop by to see a performance by these amazing kids. Back on the south side…If you haven’t been to Le Macaron…you will love these delicate sweets. Le Macaron is located at 1301 Montana Avenue at the corner of Euclid.
Ama Asamoah is the manager of Jigsaw’s operations for Southern California, and re-located from London a year ago. This year, Jigsaw will be collaborating with Five Senses Tastings and hosting a pop-up event.
 Participants will taste the clothing along with chocolate, wine, cheese, and music, the experience is meant to include all five senses. Jigsaw is also running a sale (up to 50% off) on selected accessories for this special night. Jigsaw, 1409 Montana Avenue.
Kiehl’s on Montana is participating this year with 20% all purchases for Montana Walk only! This old-world apothecary was founded 165 years ago in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Stop in to purchase these most loved products at great prices for your loved ones. They make for great stocking stuffers. Kiehl’s on Montana, 1516 Montana Avenue.
Head to 16th Street…and you will find a three piece band called the Ledbetter Blues Band near Citron Santa Monica, located at 1615 Montana Ave.   
Blending old school blues with a modern funky energy, Ledbetter Blues Band knows how to turn up the heat. Front man Louis Ledbetter has the blues running through his veins. The great grandson of Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, he’s been playing the blues as long as he can rememer. In 2017, Ledbetter joined pro musicians Erick Brassfield and Rick Bryan to form the Ledbetter Blues Band. Check out the Ledbetter Blues Band FB Page.
Don’t forget to stop into L’Oliphant for some cookies and enjoy 20% off of most items. L’Oliphant 1621 Montana Avenue. So come on out play on Saturday, December 8th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Find out more about the merchants of Montana Avenue on the website http://montanaave.com