My Pick of the Week is this Saturday, "Victory: A Sports Art Exhbition

My Pick of the Week is Saturday, March 26th. Victory Fine Arts presents  “VICTORY: A Sports Art Exhibit” featuring artists, Armando Villareal, Shane Stover, Garry Limuti and guest artist, international photographer, Bo Bridges.  The show, “Victory” is for art lovers and sports enthusiasts alike. The reception will be held at Universal Art Gallery from 6:30 pm till 9:00 pm at 2001 Lincoln Blvd, in Venice, 90291. This will be a wonderful opening reception with appetizers, refreshments and wine. More details under Saturday’s events.

Well it’s a good week to go to Hama Sushi, they do have a great sushi happy hour too. They will be donating 10% of your bill to the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. So go, eat some sushi. It’s a wonderful restaurant and it helps a great cause. Hama Sushi is located at 213 Windward Ave, right off the circle. 310 396-8783; http://www.hamasushi.com/.

Wednesday, March 23rd

Dannys Venice, FREE Blues and Jazz…..yes I am tooting my own horn, but what can I say? I am a PR person.

I will be performing with Vinnie Caggiano at Dannys Venice Beach Bistro and Bar on tonight from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm.  (23 Windward Ave., between Pacific Ave and Venice Beach 90291 310 566-5610). Enjoy one of their famous Mojitos, a delicious dinner and some tasty treats. Take advantage of the extended happy hour till for this show only!  Admission is FREE! http://www.kathyleonardo.com/; http://www.vincognito.com/.

Be aware, that there is NO MOVIE tonight at The Santa Monica Place Mall; apparently the “Movies on the Deck” series is not happening tonight. See the website for yourself. http://www.santamonicaplace.com/events/event.aspx?eid=29207

And don’t forget, the Venice Street Legends play every Wednesday from till at the Venice Bistro (323 Ocean Front Walk in Venice, 90291. These guys know how to rock out. Happy hour specials available. No cover charge

Thursday, March 24th

The Melrose Project and Obsolete present “Commotion at the Melrose Project”…sounds like my kind of event. Check out the flyer….Looking forward to hearing DJ Osamu Nishimura and maybe drink some of the Belgian Beer. You may enjoy the beautiful bartenders. Unless of course, if they are men. Wine is being offered too, as well as valet parking, I assume it is up to us to dress to kill. From till The Melrose Project is located at 8674 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood, CA 90069. http://www.themelroseproject.com/; http://www.obsoleteinc.com/.

The Band, Hot Minute will be playing at El Texate at 316 Pico in Santa Monica, 90405, every Thursday in March, from -12:00am. I heard they make a mean margarita!  http://www.eltexate.com/.

Friday, March 25th

Indie Collective opening reception of "organic nationalism", a solo show by daisuke okamoto. The event begins runs from to drinks and snacks will be served. Indie Collective gallery 6039-A Washington Blvd culver city, 90232; http://www.indiecollective.com/.

G2 Gallery (1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd.), presents musician, John Vester, performing traditional folk songs at 7:30 pm. A $5.00 donation is suggested, but as always it will support environmental charities. You still have a chance to enjoy the photography of Garth Lenz. (see image) Boreal Future: Our Last Great Forest and the Threat of the Tar Sands. It is a breathtaking exhibit. http://www.theg2gallery.com/.

Saturday, March 26th

My Pick of the Week is the Victory Fine Arts event, “VICTORY: A Sports Art Exhibit” featuring artists, Armando Villareal, Shane Stover, Garry Limuti and guest artist, international photographer, Bo Bridges. This Sports/Art opening reception will be held at Universal Art Gallery at 2001 Lincoln Blvd, in Venice, 90291 from 6:30 pm till 9:00 pm.

The Boys and Girls Club is participating in this event as well. A contest was created for the participating kids from the B&G Club’s Art/Sports programs to paint their favorite sports heroes. Three of the winners will be showing their work in this upcoming community event and exhibition at Universal Art Gallery on Saturday. This will be a wonderful opening reception with appetizers, refreshments and wine. See more details under Saturday’s events.

Universal Art Gallery is a well known framing studio and has become a valuable resource for artists, galleries and businesses alike to frame their fine works of art. The curator, Sally Walsh, consistently puts together inventive and eclectic art exhibits with fabulous opening receptions. This one will be extra special. http://www.victoryfineart.com/; http://www.framegallery.com/.

Now before you head to the Pick of the Week, you may want to check out the 14th annual Art and Design Art Walk during the day, from 3:00 pm till 7:00 pm, located in West Hollywood.

The Aboriginal Dreamtime Fine Art Gallery is very excited to be participating. They will be offering champagne, refreshments and Hors D’oeuvres by Anessa’s D’lish Fusion. Also, you’ll get 10% off, everything in the gallery i.e. paintings, jewelry scarves etc. The Aboriginal Dreamtime Fine Art Gallery is located at 9011 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 90069; 310 278- 4278;

It's supposed to be a huge event and better than all the previous ones. This year it's hosted by Jaguar and they will have streets closed off to show their newest models. A bunch of galleries and shops are participating and there will be live entertainment, trunk shows, cocktail reception, etc.

Before you go, check the website for times and specific event details on the Avenues website at http://www.avenueswh.com/artdesignwalk/

Frank Pictures Gallery presents Tom Benedek, “Shot by the Writer: The Sequel”. The opening reception happens from to . You must rsvp for this one at 310 828-2011 or email laurie@frankpicturesgallery.com; Tell em KTR Promo sent you. Frank Pictures is located at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. (A-5) in Santa Monica. www.frankpicturesgallery.com

If you couldn’t make it out to Danny’s  this past Wed,(we had an amazing jam). Hats off to horn player Venetia phillips and harp player Terry Braverman. They rocked...and of course Vinnie Caggiano, as always was the bomb!

Just got a last minute gig, at The Cinema Bar. I will be playing with Greg Cruz and the Venice Street Legends from 9:00 pm till 10:00pm. Strong woman blues and country covers….June Carter, Patsy Cline and maybe I’ll even sing that favorite, These Boots are Made for Walkin. It's gonna be a fun night, Miss Jessica and the Sugar Shack will perform at 10:00pm. The Cinema Bar is a fun dive bar located at 3967 Sepulveda Blvd. north of Washington Place, 1 block south of Venice Blvd. (310) 390-1328.

How bout hearing some great music? You can catch, Singer, Songwriter, Alfred Johnson will be tinkling the keys at Rumors (formerly the Rumor Mill) at 11739 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90066, from 7:30 till . Alfred is also a good friend and I have performed on the same bill with him many times. A funny, well versed entertainer. Free; www.myspace.com/alfredjohnson; http://therumormill.us/.

Sunday, March 27th

Its World Music Night again at The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge 1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice 90291 from till . Created by Stefani Valadez and Music Magique Promotions, this event happens every 4th Sunday of the month and is hosted by Stefani Valadez who also happens to be a fabulous singer/songwriter and musician. There is a $10.00 cover on this, and a one drink minimum (hey, but it’s only coffee…just bring a shot of something, to zip up the evening.

Stefani Valadez Ensemble (Euro-Fusion) will be starting the evening at 7:00 pm. Then, the featured band tonight is The Shpil (don’t ask me to pronounce it) This Klezmer Quintet is also celebrating their CD Release Party,….so it should be a fun!

The Talking Stick offers delicious, reasonably priced salads, sandwiches, hummus & pita, tasty desserts, and an array of smoothies, coffees and teas in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. 310.450.6052; www.thetalkingstick.net; www.stefanivaladezmusic.com; www.theshpil.com;

Till next time.

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