Pick of the Week is tonight!!! First Fridays on Abbot Kinney, Come out and play!

My Pick of the Week is tonight,  Friday. Yes it feels like summer, and it is April Fool's Day...but I am not kidding about how much fun you will have tonight. So come meet me on Abbot Kinney and let’s play at First Fridays on Abbot Kinney! I would like to feature the shop, Bohemian Exchange. Can’t tell you how many great deals and beautiful items, I have purchased there. Tonight, they are having a very special fashion show. See image to left for some of the incredible designs that will be on display.

In case you have never been to First Fridays on Abbot Kinney, 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. Also see First Friday’s Video, to the right of this site, above all my wonderful sponsors.

Now first I want to feature Bohemian Exchange, who will be having a RUNWAY FASHION SHOW and SALE. Yeah! Bohemian Exchange is throwing a fun and funky, very Venice Celebration and Runway Fashion Show featuring Crow’s Cloth, a local designer that is super inventive and fun! Two fashion shows, tonight, one at 7:30 pm and one at 9:30 pm. But remember this may mean Venice Time, so be flexible!…Light refreshments will be served. Bohemian Exchange is located at 1358 Abbot Kinney, at California 310.396.3044; http://www.bohemianexchange.com;

Ananda 1356 Abbot Kinney Blvd and Hair Venice will be having a photo exhibit called Scamp Stamp by Patrick Mcelhenny and offering Cup Cup and coffee cart, tasty food for sale. in their back yard. - Skylark 1356 Abbot Kinney Blvd will also be open. (310) 399-41861356.

Gumbo Kinney in conjunction with Robin Murez, will be having a lovely event in the beautiful glass garden known as Robin’s Sculpture Garden. There will be music, refreshments and wine. On sale, will be vintage Tibetan coats and robes and sashes and scarves as well as exquisite one of a kind vintage Kimono wear. Robin’s Sculpture Garden, is located at 1362 Abbott Kinney.

G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney will be hosting a wonderful opening with artist Robert Glenn Ketchum from 6:30–9:00 pm. This exhibit will feature a selection of new images from the artist’s “digital darkroom” and a rarely seen look at one of the finest embroideries from his collection of textile works. Live music by Tom Gramlich; Snacks and refreshments. There is a $5.00 suggested donation, but as always, it goes directly to environmental charities. 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 have great sales too. This month they are giving away FREE henna tattoos. 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 and snacks and a Furniture sale too!  310-450-4310.

Then head back in the other direction, going north to …You Need a Sofa 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd who will be open as well serving cheese and crackers.. 310 399-3928;

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 their handpicked spa soundtrack, rosemary water and organic teas. There will also be art and jewelry for sale. Open till 10:00 pm. Stop by during First Fridays and receive 25% off any treatment The entrance is on Santa Clara. 310.396.5122; http://www.nitespa.com/.

Now down toward the other end is a lovely shop called Altered Space Gallery 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd will be open and serving refreshments, as well as celebrating the opening of  Michele Mikesell's exhibit, "Monsters.". 310-452-8121; http://www.alteredspacegallery.com/.

And further down, this may be a great place to end the evening, with some drinks and dancing. Joe's Restaurant invites you to a night of hot jazz with some live local bands, on their heated back patio. 10:30 to Midnight.

Reservations are suggested. RSVP at Joe's Restaurant, Call (310) 399-5811, or email joesevent@yahoo.com. Joe's Restaurant is located at 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291.  http://www.joesrestaurant.com/.  

And that’s it for First Fridays!

If it’s too early to go home, or you can’t handle the crowds on Abbot Kinney, or just want to keep the buzz alive, take a trip to Los Feliz and check out La Luz de Jesus Gallery. This edgy gallery knows how to put on a fun opening. This one features works by Mark Gleason, Daniel Hyun Lim, (see image to left), Danni Shinya Luo, Heather Watts. All of the proceeds from Daniel Lim’s work will be donated to the Japan Disaster fund, by the way. 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, April 2nd

A new daytime event, called Earth Festival is happening on Windward Ave and the beach in Venice on both Saturday and Sunday, noon till 9:00 pm….see below under Sunday for more info.

Now let’s talk about the evening. Not sure where you are coming from, but we’ve got fun events in Venice, Santa Monica and Culver city and Downtown,  …..so take your pick! Let’s start with Venice and Santa Monica, move to Culver City, where quite a few events are happening. Then there are a couple of Downtown galleries that are having later openings, so you can continue the art/party vibe into the wee hours…..Cool!

Come celebrate “1 in 91” Art Exhibition and Fundraiser at The G2 Gallery (1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice) from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Join Upper Class Label and The A.skate Foundation for their silent auction. The goal for this event was to collect 91 pieces of donated artwork, since 1 in 91 of children are diagnosed with Autism. All the proceeds from their silent auction will go towards The A.skate Foundation.

Be aware that you MUST purchase tickets online at http://upperclasslabel.com/uclsite/events. All tickets purchased for this event will go towards Crys Worley and the A.Skate Foundation. Tickets are $10 and the first 200 attendees will receive gift bags, with some great gear, including iPhone cases from Incipio, 80s Purple sunglasses and gift cards, Elwood Clothing tees, Skateboarder Mag magazines and a few stickers from Powell Peralta, Bones Bearings and BONES Wheels.

Ticket price includes, freshly made pizza, refreshments, wine and beer. There will be a DJ, so come ready to dance!
Remember, it’s all for a good cause…To find out more about the event and participating organizations. http://upperclasslabel.com/uclsite/events; http://askate.org/; http://forockids.org/.

This is a privately hosted event by Upper Class. So the folks at G2 won’t be able to answer questions about the event, but if you need driving directions or hours for G2, here is their info. 310-452-2842; http://www.theg2gallery.com/.

You may want to start off in Santa Monica, at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave (B-1), 90404 from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. The featured artist is Elaine Reichek. 310.453.7535; http://www.shoshanawayne.com/.
Also in Santa Monica, hop over to the Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (1431 Ocean Ave.) in Santa Monica who will be having an opening reception for a group exhibition called Scapes from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Photographers: Jeff Alu, Malika Sqalli, Leonard Monje, Amina Bech, Claudio Santini, Shannon Rowland, Paul Golightly, Frank Schlegel, Tatiana Botton, Ray PinjanthukPainters: Joshua Elias, David Skinner, Marjorie Moskowitz, Matt Shane, Jim Holyoak, Gay Summer Rick, Jessika Cardinahl, (see image) Airom, Kathy Ikerd, Philip Vaughan, Danielle Eubank, Paul Roux, Anna Bruinsma, Michelle Neilsen, Ashley Wilson. 310 878 2784;
Now if Culver City floats your boat…there’s lots going on, Honor Fraser will be showing works by Tillman Kaiser and Rob Fischer(see image). Located at 2622 S. La Cienega,…you’ll want to park and pop into several happening right on La Cienega. Reception is from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. (310) 837-0191; http://www.honorfraser.com/.

Cherry and Martin (2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.  features art by Mari Eastman from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310.559.0100; http://www.cherryandmartin.com/.

Then be sure to stop into the Western Project located at 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., same times as the others 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Artists showing are Daniel Brice and Skylar Fein. 310.838.0609; http://www.western-project.com/.

Just a bit more down the street, don’t miss the David Kordansky Gallery at 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd., unit A. Their reception runs a bit later, featuring artist Mai Thu Perret, runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 310-558-3030 ; http://davidkordanskygallery.com/.

Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art (8568 Washington Blvd.) will be having a fun opening reception from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.. The exhibition features documents and proposals from the LA Fine Art Squad dated between 1969 and 1973 when the partnership disbanded. As well, the show features subsequent but related artworks by these two artists, Victor Henderson and Terry Schoonhoven. 310-815-1100; http://www.cardwelljimmerson.com/.

Stay in Culver City and head over to Rumors (formerly the Rumor Mill) located at 11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066. The opening reception for Michael ‘Tempo’ Temple runs from 7:30 pm till 10:00 pm.

In addition to being a wonderful artist, Temple is also the founder and percussionist of The Bonedaddys…great band by the way. Michael Temple has asked Dramane Kono, an incredible dejembe and balaphone player to perform with a small ensemble at the opening. Come enjoy some fabulous art, great music, refreshments and snacks. 310-397-5400; http://www.therumormill.us/.

If you want to keep the party going, Downtown is having couple openings that do go later. Norbertellen Gallery, a fun little gallery, is having a guest curated show by Atsuko Sera who will feature a glimpse into the realm of Japan’s premier fine artists. This event is sponsored by ARTas1. www.ARTas1.com; Inquiries: 2011event@artas1.com. The event runs from 6:00 pm till 10:00pm.

A donation from the proceeds will be given to “Save the Children” for earthquake & tsunami relief in Japan. Norbertellen Gallery is located at 215 W. 6TH St. Ste #110, Los Angeles, CA 90014; 818-662-5041; http://www.norbertellengallery.com.

Then right around the corner, stop into the Hive Gallery (729 South Sprint St.) for their 6 year anniversary show featuring artists Joan Charles, Rudy Fig, Paul Garcia, Kenny B. Harris and William Zdan. They always have fun openings that run late, from 8:00 pm till 12:30 am. Be aware that they sometimes charge to get in, (to pay for the bands) and last time I was there, they charged me for a glass of wine! Ouch….I was not ready for that. (213) 955-9051; http://thehivegallery.com.

Sunday April 3rd

A new last minute festival is happening in Venice Saturday and Sunday, called Earth Festival. They producers of this one recently approached the Venice Neighborhood Council just about a month ago, so I am not sure what to expect. But if you are a local, like me, you may as well hobble down and check it out on Windward Ave. oops Did I say Windward Ave?….what happened to Anjelica Huston?…..guess she let this one get by. It runs from 12-9:00 pm. But all us locals pretty much know the cops will stop it at 6:00 pm or maybe 7:00pm, at least the beach part of it. We shall see. It sounds like a good organization. Trying to help a good cause, so Venice locals, let’s show our support and get out there.

I am told there will be Four Stages with Live Music, Djs, artists, flow artists, vendors, sponsors, and the Garden of Eden demonstrating alternative sources of energy. Alternative Earth is a non profit whose purpose is to help save the planet with alternative sources of energy through art, music, science, and social gatherings....check out their facebook page for more info, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165352283513454

Now I want to give a shout out to Tanya Starcevich, an amazing broker. If you are looking to buy a house, condo etc…..this is the broker for you. Tanya is a determined, articulate and kind broker, who will consistently search for what you are looking for.

Tanya will be hosting an open house this Sunday from 2:00 pm till 5:00 pm at 199 Cherokee, in Topanga. Drop in and say hi, it’s a great time to meet her.

To make an appointment or talk to Tanya about what is currently available on the market today; call her at 310 739-4216.

Or enjoy a wonderful art show at LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts (120 Judge John Aiso St. LA, 90012). They are having an opening reception from 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm featuring artists Michael Gianchristiano (see image) and Joseph Vorgity. Exhibit will be up till April
29th 213.617.3274; http://www.laartcore.org/.

Have a super week….till next time!

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