Weekend Update....So much to do!

Hope you all ha an amazing St Patty’s Day! I sure did….fun times! Now let’s talk about the Weekend.

Friday, March 18th

G2 is one of my favorite galleries here in Venice. An environmentally conscious gallery, G2 always chooses to show exhibitions with a cause.

G2 Gallery presents a documentary screening of “Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands, narrated by Sigourney Weaver featuring the stunning work of photographer Garth Lenz. (see image) This documentary is presented in conjunction with Garth Lenz’s latest exhibit, Boreal Future: Our Last Great Forest and the Threat of the Tar Sands from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm which focuses on the Canadian Boreal Forest. This ecosystem is now under threat by the development of the Alberta Tar Sands, the largest oil reserves outside of Saudi Arabia.

Venice MoZaic hosts their 4th annual Ceser Chavez Birthday Celebration The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge 1411 Lincoln Blvd Venice 90291 from 7pm on. East LA Spoken Word Artist "The Busstop Prophet", who is truly one of the best Poets of this generation, being featured. He is bringing some of his "compadres", such as Poetess Janet Gonzalez. We will be honoring this great Californian civil rights leader and animal activist our usual way with Art, Music, Poetry, Comedy, Video, and Dance. This is a FREE event.

Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (1431 Ocean Ave in SM) is having an opening reception for a group show entitled “Auction by the Sea” from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 310 878-2784; http://bgartdealings.com

Steve Turner Contemporary, located at 6026 Wilshire Blvd, just east of Fairfax, 90036, presents Pablo Rasgado “Wall to Wall”. Reception will be held from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 323 931-3721; http://steveturnercontemporary.com/

Saturday, March 19th

If you just can’t wait till tonight, and are in need of an ART FIX….better get to the Santa Monica Airport Art Walk, it opens at noon and runs till 5:00 pm. They always have wonderful art here. Artists from all over the airport, including Santa Monica Art Studios, Barker Hanger and individual artists will open their studios to the public.ARENA 1 will be showing, "Evolution Revolution", a group show curated by Karen Fiorito.The Santa Monica Art Studios are located at 3026 Airport Ave. in Santa Monica, 90405. 310 397-7449; http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com/.

Tonight is the night to head on over to Bergamot Station at 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica. It sure has a lot going on tonight.

Lora Schlesinger Gallery (T-3) is proud to present "Said What?", a new series of paintings by Laura Karetzky. The East Gallery will host a group show featuring small paintings by Robert Ginder, Kimberly Merrill, Christopher Murphy, Cynthia Sitton and Ron Rizk. The Opening reception is from 5-7 pm. www.loraschlesinger.com or call 310 828-1133.

Here are some more earlier event from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm is “Living with Art” Exhibition at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery (G-2). Also featured will be Mariiangeles Solo-Diaz and Azadeh Shladovsky; 310 829 3300; http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com.’

Rosamund Felsen Gallery (B-4) showing works by Steven Hull from 5-7 (reception).

Frank Llody Gallery (B-5B) is featuring Gustavo Perez. Opening reception runs from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm 310 264 3866;  http://www.franklloyd.com

The Rose Gallery shows it’s latest exhibit of Hand Painted Portraits from Northeastern Brazil by Retratos Pintados. Opening reception is from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310.264.8440  http://www.rosegallery.net/

William Turner Gallery is pleased to present Suzan Woodruff's series of new paintings entitled "Luminous Matters," her fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Woodruff's abstract works have always been compelling and beautiful but in this extraordinary new body of work, The Opening reception runs from 6:30pm  to 8:30pm at William Turner E-1 at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, E-1,90404; 310.453.0909;

And for your final stop at Bergamot, check out, Copro Gallery (T-5) will be featuring a group show called Dystopia, with artists Annie Owens (see image) and Candice Tripp. This one runs from 8:00 pm till 11:30. Yeah, a late one for a change! 310.829.2156; http://www.copronason.com/

Though it still is in Santa Monica, you may want to leave Bergamot in the middle, or just start here, but you may miss some of the early ones (at Bergamot) who end at 7:00 pm.

The William Griffin Gallery usually has really nice openings with wine and snacks. Located at 2902 Nebraska Ave, this opening starts at 6:00pm and ends at 8:00 pm. 310.586.6886

You can always head over to Culver City and stop into Blum & Poe at 2727 S. La Cienega to see the latest works of Henry Taylor from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm    310-836-2062

Then head straight to Corey Helford Gallery (8522 Washington Blvd., 90232) who always puts on a good  party. Tonight, Corey Helford presents Henry Lewis, “The Absence of Light” as well as Adam Wallacavage,“Dreamhome Heartaches” Enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by food drink and art. Opening reception is from 710pm; On View March 19 – April 6, 2011. For more information about the artists, please visit www.adamwallacavage.com; www.moremocking.com;  and www.theskullandsword.comwww.coreyhelfordgallery.com.

If however, you are up for some music, you may want to saunter over to UCLA, at the Fowler, though it will cost you $20.00.

Enjoy an Opening Night Concert and Preview for Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World. The Fowler teams with Friends of Jazz to present a jam session by UCLA faculty members Kenny Burrell, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Barbara Morrison, George Bohanon, Clayton Cameron, Justo Almario, Roberto Miranda, and Llew Matthews followed by a dessert reception.

Ticket levels:$20 – General Admission; $15 – Current Friends of Jazz members, Fowler members, UCLA Faculty & Staff; $10 – Students

Phone orders: 310-825-2101, Central Ticket Office  Online: Ticketmaster (Note: Online ticket purchases will be charged a Ticketmaster processing fee) American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover accepted. Please make checks payable to UC Regents.

Sunday, March 20th

This looks like a fun day for a family or any jazz enthusiast…..Opening Day of Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World Exhibition. Galleries are open from 12:00–5:00 pm

The In-gallery jazz performance starts at 1:00 pm. Teira Church, an ethnomusicology jazz studies student, takes us back to the late 1930's to the early 1950's and performs songs made popular by artist such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and other jazz legends.

But perhaps you’ll want to bring the children from 1:00-4:00 pm to  Kids in the Courtyard: for Peanut Butter ... and JAZZ. Celebrate the opening day of Jam Session with peanut butter and jam sandwiches, and improvisational music-making led by professional drummer, UCLA alum, and music educator Jake Jamieson.

Or at 2:00 pm attend the Fowler OutSpoken Conversation with Kenny Burrell, John Edward Hasse, and Quincy Jones: Jazz Diplomacy. Jazz great Kenny Burrell, leading jazz historian John Edward Hasse from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and music legend Quincy Jones (above) discuss their experiences as cultural ambassadors and the importance of jazz as a diplomatic tool. Tom Schnabel will moderate the conversation.

Note: Seating for this program is first-come, first-served. Entry wristbands will be distributed outside of the Lenart Auditorium beginning at 1 pm. Fowler members with wristbands will be admitted first.

Have a good Monday and Tuesday….till next time!

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