Pick of the Week, Sat, Feb 5th The Rumor Mill, Music and Art, My Fave!

My Pick of the Week is this Saturday, February 5th. The Rumor Mill presents the opening art reception of Watercolors; An Exhibition, featuring the work of Sherwood Brown. There will also be live entertainment with Greg Cruz and The Venice Street Legends. Art and Music, refreshments and treats….what more can you ask for? The Rumor Mill is located at 11739 West Washington Blvd., 90066. 7:30 pm thru 10:00 pm. See details below.

So let’s start the week with a quick note to let everyone know that a local video shop and friend to our community, Idiots…needs your help. Yes technology has taken its toll on this home spun charming video store.

Vidiots has been a community resource for 25 years. Along with their vast film library, Vidiots is a place where filmmakers, activists and artists can meet up for free events, do research, attend a class, or dream up their next project.
Help make a difference and Rent a Video - If every person reading this rented one movie a week, Vidiots would thrive. Join their face book page or rent out their video annex room for your next meeting or party. Contact owners Patty or Cathy at 310-392-8508.

Wednesday, February 2nd

 Join deyermond art + books, 2801 Main Street, in Santa Monica, every Wednesday night for an eclectic display of spoken word, music, song and dance. 8:00-11:00 PM.

Check out their website. Every Thursday night, enjoy scrabble. They always put on fun events. Refreshments served.

If you are into tattoo art…..this is for you. Happening also on Wed, Feb 2nd, Track 16 Gallery (C-1) at Bergamot (2525 Michigan Ave SM 90494) features a book signing & screening of Emiko Omori's documentary “Tattoo the World”. Listen to a live interview with Don Ed Hardy and Kristine McKenna The amazing life journey of California artist Don Ed Hardy (b. 1945) who decided at age ten to be a tattoo artist. After receiving a classical art education with Asian influences, he went on to initiate the unprecedented global popularity of tattooing. Event runs from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm. http://www.track16.com/. For more info call 310 264-4678. Wine and light snacks will be served.

Thursday, February 3rd

Books and Art…..I love it. As a part of A+D Museum's ongoing in BOOKS program series, The Power of ProBono will launch at A+D Thursday, February 3rd from 6-9PM with cocktails and conversation.

RSVP now for the Power of Pro Bono, Cocktails & Conversation rsvp@aplusd.org, mention that you heard about it from KTR Promo. http://www.aplusd.org
A + D Museum located at 6032 Wilshire Blvd., 90036; 323-932-9393

The Power of Pro Bono features 40 stories about design for the public good by architects. Representing the voices of architects and their clients, this book focuses on some of the best pro bono design projects produced by leading architects.

Also on Thursday, Duncan Miller Projects 1716 Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA 90405, presents an evening of never seen before music photographs by U.K. native Eddie Sanderson from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Throughout his 25 year career, Sanderson’s work has been published in journals including N.Y. Times, Newsweek, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Time, Marie Claire, In Style, Cosmopolitan. Sanderson's work is syndicated in over 30 countries.

His music portraits on display include Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Cher, Tony Bennett, Ozzy Osbourne, Sammy Davis, Ray Charles and the Bee Gees. A limited number of small ($200) signed prints will be for sale. The Grilled Cheese food truck and open wine bar will both be available. www.smallprintgallery.com.

And now for the weekend….Friday February 4th

It’s First Friday’s on Abbot Kinney once again. In case you have never been, the festivities start around 6:30 pm. Stores stay open till around 9:00 pm.….With the recent arrival of food trucks upon the boulevard, some stores have decided to close early. However, here is a list of some shops that have confirmed with me that they will indeed be open and participating in the event. So start with these, and I’m sure you will stumble on more.

G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney will be hosting a wonderful opening with artist Rosa Romero from 6:30–9:00 pm. Live music by Eric Kufs; Snacks and refreshments. http://www.theg2gallery.com/

Right next door, you have to stop into Zingara Trading 1507 Abbot Kinney for their famous S'mores…Yum! They have one of-a-kind clothing and accessories….simply gorgeous and are also having a Winter Clearance Sale - 20-75% off select merchandise. 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 snacks and a Furniture sale too!  310-450-4310.

Surfing Cowboys 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd will stay open till 8:30 for sure to show off their line of new arrivals.  phone: 310-450-4891  www.surfingcowboys.com.

Nitespa 1301 Abbot Kinney will be open for First Fridays and offer all kinds of little treats and specials during the evening. They always create a fun festive vibe. Enjoy rosemary water, organic teas and wine. There will also be art and jewelry for sale. Open till 10:00 pm. The entrance is on Santa Clara. 310.396.5122; www.nitespa.com.

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Abbot Kinney is The Electric Lodge. You may want to check out their first show of their Winter/Spring 2011 season, Awake in a World that Encourages Sleep. This contemporary and compelling one-act play is a work in progress by Raymond J. Barry a veteran actor/playwright and founding member of New York's legendary Open Theater.

The 3-person piece is a provocative tale of Love, Politics and Economic Hit Men in a world of Endless War and corporate domination. The show will be performed by Tacey Adams, Raymond J. Barry, and Joseph Culp.

This is the last weekend. It plays Friday and Saturday 8:00pm, and Sundays at 7:00pm. The run ends Feb 6th. It is produced by the Electric Lodge.

Tickets are $10; seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased online at  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/141520
Reservations can be made by Calling (310) 306-1854 or e-mailing requests to livearts@electriclodge.org.

One more option, If you are craving art on a Friday night and can’t handle the sometimes overwhelming mob scene on Abbot Kinney, or just want to keep the party going, take a trip to Los Feliz and check out La Luz de Jesus Gallery. This edgy gallery creates quite the scene. This one features works by Myron Conan Dyal and Jennifer Logan. The gallery is located at 4633 Hollywood Blvd near Vermont. Opening starts at 8:00 pm and goes till 11:00 pm. 323.666.7667.  http://www.laluzdejesus.com/

Saturday, February 5th

Lets start with my PICK OF THE WEEK    Yeah…..music and Art…..my fave!

Come to the opening reception of Sherwood Brown’s latest exhibit Watercolors; An Exhibition at the Rumor Mill. Inspired by his road trips with his family, Brown finds the beauty of the California landscape as the perfect subject for his paintings. There will be live entertainment by Greg Cruz and The Venice Street Legends. These guys rock out with classic acoustic country. Complimentary food and drink will be served as well. The opening starts at 7:30 pm and lasts till 10:00 pm.

The Rumor mill is located at 11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066 and in addition to art shows, offers live entertainment on a weekly basis. www.therumormill.us.

Another great one,…and you may want to start off your Saturday out on the town at this wonderful event at Beyond Baroque called Poetry of Venice Photography produced and hosted by Gerry Fialka. This is a two part event. The earlier portion starts at 2:00 pm where Fialka hosts a panel discussion of award winning photographers. This part lasts till 4:00 pm and there is a suggested donation of $7.00, however NO ONE will be turned away.

Then at 4:00 pm the opening reception begins and continues till 7:00 pm. The reception is FREE. Beyond Baroque is located at 681 Venice Blvd 90291; 310 822-3006;  http://www.beyondbaroque.org/;  www.laughtears.com;

Then let your Saturday night continue, while on the way to my Pick of the Week, stop off at The Happening Gallery. Be sure to grab your honey, or look for a new one there, as Saturday will be the pre-valentine reception of “For the Love of Art”. Romantic Refreshments will be served…oooh la la, sounds sexy! The event runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm and the address is 4047 Lincoln Blvd. at Washington Blvd in Marina Del Rey. 310 305-ARTS; http://www.thehappeninggallery.com/.

If you want to continue the party….head over to Culver City, you still have time to hit Thinkspace for an opening reception featuring Anthony Clarkson and Kelly Vivanco. Thinkspace Art Gallery is located at 6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City 90232 Event runs from 7 to 10PM.  (310) 558-3375; http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/.

Then end your evening on La Brea Ave at the very popular gallery, The Merry Karnowsky, which lasts till 11:00 pm. (start time is 8:00pm). There’s always Pinks Hot Dogs, down the street when the munchies kick in.

Located at 170 S. La Brea Ave., (In The Art 170 Bldg) LA 90036
http://www.mkgallery.com/.The opening features the work of Victor Castillo, and Mel Kadel.

If you still have some stamina left….

Sunday February 6th, Stagger out to G2 Gallery at 2:00 pm for a book reading with Stacey O’Brien, author of New York Times bestseller Wesley the Owl. There will also be a live barn owl from South Bay Wildlife Rehab will be here to meet the public. How Cool! Suggested donation $5  G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney; http://www.theg2gallery.com/.

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