Pick of the Week is this Friday, photographer, Kevin Break's closing show in Little Tokyo

My PICK OF THE WEEK is this Friday, the closing reception of “The Bridges of DNTNLA” curated by Andie Villafañe. Kevin Break is an exceptional photographer and this breathtaking exhibit should not be missed. Located in Little Tokyo, it takes place in a wonderful restaurant, 410 Boyd and it’s definitely worth the trip.
Come early for their yummy happy hour, since the opening begins at 7:30, get there at 7:00 pm, and partake in their delicious happy hour (4pm-7:30pm). Then enjoy this fabulous exhibition. See Friday’s events for more info on the event and the artist.

Wednesday, May 11th

The Venice Bistro (323 Ocean Front Walk 90291) features classic rock with The Venice Street Legends who play every Wednesday from 5:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Happy hour specials and dancing.

Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, if you haven’t checked it out yet, this may be a good time to bring the whole family. Santa Monica Place Mall offers the “Movies on the Deck” series. Tonight’s movie is West Side Story and once again will be held on the rooftop at The Santa Monica Place Mall.  Now this week’s movie is hoted by La Sandia and co-hosted by Beachy Cream…so you are in for some tasty treats.

This happens every Monday and Wednesday. Movies start at 7pm and yes it’s FREE, but come early if you want to grab a great seat. And bundle up, its outdoors, or bring your honey for warmth. There are heaters on the deck. You're welcome to bring blankets or your own chairs, but there will also be seating there. This free event and runs from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm http://bit.ly/myGwAu.

Venice’s own Suzy Williams performs tonight at Dannys Venice Beach Bistro and Bar on tonight from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. (23 Windward Ave.). Admission is FREE! http://www.dannysvenice.com/.

And don’t forget….Every Wednesday, Join deyermond art + books, 2801 Main Street, in Santa Monica, for an evening of spoken word, music, song and dance. 8:00-11:00 PM. http://bit.ly/azNHDo. Check out their site for Thursday Scrabble night too. They always put on fun events. Refreshments served.

Thursday, May 12th
UCLA presents Jam Session, a new series, featuring FREE live music every Thursday in the Fowler Museum Courtyard with a reception and refreshments. Three of UCLA’s finest female jazz vocalists, Teira Church, Vannessa “Birdie” Whitford, and Kana Shimanuki, come together to sing their hearts out in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. These huge, sultry voices are not to be missed. Starts at 6:00 pm most Thursday nights.

You can park in lot 4 which is self parking and depending on how long you stay will be no more than $10.00. But be sure that you are in LOT 4. UCLA is located at Westwood Blvd and Sunset. See map for directions. http://bit.ly/cffSum.


The Downtown Art Walk, which happens on the 2nd Thursday of every month, started on a grass roots level, only to evolve into a full blown art/night life extravaganza. You really gotta check it out, if you never have. Come on what are you waiting for?
The art walk is a self-guided-tour through Downtown’s Historic Core, Spring St and Main St between 2nd and 9th streets, where LA art lovers converge for gallery hopping, bar hopping, food truck eating and people watching.

It starts as early as noon, and I have friends that get there, that early to hit the bars. However, it doesn’t truly get going till 7:00 …it runs till 9pm or 10:00pm. Most galleries are gong later now. Some stay open as late as midnight. Art galleries, retail stores, restaurants, bars and empty lots are filled with every type of art, such as paintings, sculptures, glasswork, body paintings and photography. Everyone wants a piece of the action; bands come down to show their talent, crafts people sell their jewelry and accessories; you can see live painting with DJs and hoop dancing too
Here are several openings that you should not miss….you will stumble upon more as new pop up galleries tend to appear each time.

The Art Park, will once again be at 340 S. Spring St. The Art Park has joined forces with the Food Truck association which is always a popular place. So come with an appetite eat some tasty food truck grub while you enjoy the live music, DJ’s, artists and vendors. The Art Park is open till midnight. http://bit.ly/LpyOI.

As you approach, LACDA at 102 W. Fifth St., corner of Main and Spring, there in the window, you will be greeted by a beautiful work of art by Andie Villafañe. This brilliant light installation is called SPECTRUM, (on view till 6/11). Photo by Paynie.

LACDA will feature Pat Swain: The Chickens of Cappadocia. This is a large space and always has performance art and wine along with a wonderful festive atmosphere. The opening reception will be held from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) 102 W. Fifth St., corner of Main and Spring. 323 646-9427; http://www.lacda.com/.

Right around the corner, The Hive Gallery presents Philippe Fernandez, Michael Nikolas, Japanda, Christopher Lyles, Tanya Maiboroda, Simon Estrada and many more incredible artists. Located at 729 South Spring St., this one always goes late and has a great groove going on. There is FREE admission on art walk Thursdays. http://hivegallery.com/.

Billie Shane and Lori Cooper Jewelry will be featured at Lola Klein Gallery at 1100 7th St., on the corner of 7th and Main, from 6pm to 11pm. http://www.billieshane.com/.
Lola Klein Gallery is a unique fashion house located in the heart of Downtown’s Art Scene, filled with design treasures from around the world. From Haute Couture to Boho Chic, Lola Klein Gallery is has eclectic, edgy, and one of a kind pieces from known and Indie Designers.

The Mercantile Building 624 Main Street will also be taken over by Renegade artists.

You definitely want to stop into Alexandria Hotel (501 S. Spring St). The "Blankenship Ballet Ballroom at Alexandria" (2nd floor) will feature ballet, with Bertha Suarez Blankenship (see image) and other members of Blankenship Ballet Co.

A Vaudeville show, entitled “Ain’t we Got Fun” will also be running in the “Blankenship Ballet Salon” adjacent to the Ballroom. Performed by Hensley & Montiel, the show puts a clever spin on vaudeville classics. 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. http://www.blankenshipballet.com/.

What I love about Downtown the most, it the majestic architecture of those historic buildings…such as the old Crocker Citizen’s National Bank Building which is now the very popular club, Stop in for a drink here. The Crocker Club located at 453 South Spring Street (5th St.) Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 239-9099. http://www.crockerclub.com/.

Norbertellen Gallery will be open from noon till 10:00 pm. Samuel Dana Pottish, will be on hand, so stop in to meet the artist and see his solo exhibition of over 50 works in painting, illustration and sculpture by a skilled master of visual storytelling. Norbertellen Gallery is located at 215 W. 6th St. #110. 818 662 5041; www.norbertellengallery.com

This month’s Art Walk Lounge is located at the Paragon Parking Lot at 434 S. SpringSt. There will be some samplings from Red Bull, Ben & Jerrys and Jarritos…If you are near enough to bike, you can valet it, while you pick up your official Art Walk Map, enjoy some complimentary refreshments and even buy an official Art Walk Tee.

Crewest Gallery presents "No Biters Allowed", an exhibition featuring the work of artists who have been painting graffiti or active since the 1980's and from the West Coast.

This event runs from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Crewest Gallery is located at 110 Winston St. off Main, between 4th and 5th St. (213) 627-8272. http://www.crewest.com/.

Stop into Local Tourist at 450 S. Main street. Vendors, and artists, there is always some fun stuff going on. http://www.localtourist.biz/.

Cotrutza Gallery, is continuing Claudia "Cotrutza" French's Show "Woman Defined" dedicated and about a series of ink drawings on recycled paper, in a amazingly and very unique line work style. You will see also the paintings of her "tile or mosaic" style - trees, in acrylic and mixed media on canvas, with real dried leafs collage on a couple of them. Cotrutza Gallery is located at 446 South Main St. This opening runs from 6:00 till 10:00 pm. 213-622-0121; http://www.cotrutza.com/.

Even Groundworks coffee gets into the act, featuring artist Alexander Macht, serving wine and cheese.

Located at 108 W. 2nd St at Main St, the reception will run from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm.

This one is a bit out of the way, but last month, it was off the hook and it does run later. So definitely stop in. Takeuchi Galleries presents “LA LIVE” ART SHOW – A show of all LIVE Painters and Guest DJ’s.
Curator, Derek Tadashi Takeuchi hosts this incredible live Painting event at the Blackstone Building. This group art show features various artists, with different styles, mediums and ages ranging from 24 to 77 years old as well as a vast range of price points. All Artists in this event will start off with blank canvases and create works of Art on location. Also work previously created will be on display as well. The Blackstone Building is located at 901 S. Broadway L.A., CA 90015, 6pm – 10pm. http://takeuchigalleries.tumblr.com/

And the weekend is here, yet again.

Friday May13th

Back to My pick of the week, Kevin Break’s closing reception of  “The Bridges of DNTNLA” at 410 Boyd St from 7:30pm – 10:00 pm. Curated by Andie Villafañe, enjoy breathtaking photographs showcasing the distinct styles of the architectural structures that unite downtown with its neighboring districts. For years, Break has been documenting these monumental bridges that serve as a historical account of a young Los Angeles coming of age in the early 20th Century.

A native Angeleno, Kevin Break picked up his first camera at age 15, and soon after immersed himself in film and video by assisting a wide range of photographers and directors. In 1990, Kevin took pilgrimage to Madrid, Spain where he initiated his freelance career specializing in fashion photography. Upon his return to Los Angeles, he opened up his own studio downtown where he fell in love with the LA River bridges. Merging his fashion experience with his affinity for this historic collection of bridges, Kevin produced a series of works that eventually led him to focus on the architectural design of the structure itself. The monumental bridges – as photographed by Break within their environment at distinct moments of the day – have been featured in select newspapers and other outlets that include the BBC, Friends of the LA River, City of LA Bureau of Engineering and The Los Angeles Conservancy.(213) 617-2491; http://www.410boyd.com/.

Since you are so close, head to Chinatown, LeBasse Projects presents, LA based artist Nate Frizzell ‘To Become Myself’ from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. This exhibition will feature a series of works in charcoal on paper – the first time the artist has shown work in this form. LeBasse Projects Chinatown recently opened this second location and is located at 932 Chung King Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90012;  www.lebasseprojects.com.

The G2 Gallery (1503 Abbot Kinney) presents The Artists Behind the Photo: Eric Hanson and Greg Downing of xRez Studio. At tonight’s event will xRez Studio partners, Eric Hanson and Greg Downing discuss the use of emerging graphics technology to service conservation issues toward landscapes including their documentation of Yosemite Valley's granite walls in which 10,000 images were shot simultaneously over sixteen miles. Event begins at 7:30 pm. A $5 Admission at the door will directly support environmental charities. 310-452-2842; http://www.theg2gallery.com.

Cave Gallery (1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd.) celebrates their 3 year anniversary with a group show from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

Hey if you are near Sherman Oaks or feel like taking a drive, Bruce Sanborn performs at The Complete Actor's Place. Doors Open at 8:30pm Now there is a $15 Cover but it includes ALL You Can Drink! Sounds great, but how the heck to do you get home from the valley….???? Great if you live close, but if you don’t pick a designated driver and the rest of you pay for his ticket and go crazy and get your money’s worth. Don’t forget to bring some pepto bizmo! The Complete Actor's Place is located at 13752 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Reserve Your Tickets & Table by Calling 818-990-2001; http://www.TheBruceSanbornBand.com.

Saturday, May 14th

LACMA Muse’s major annual event is happening from Noon till 8:00 pm. It attracts audiences of all ages to the museum for a day and night filled with exciting programs. Live music, dance performances, large-scale installations, and interactive art projects proliferate around

LACMA’s campus in conjunction with a number of unique events in the neighboring galleries along the Miracle Mile. Check their website for a full listing.  http://bit.ly/lOgj4w.

OR if you prefer Santa Monica, Bergamot Station at 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica. Several galleries will be having some openings and as always they are pretty early.

You’ll want to start at Craig Krull Gallery (B-3), for an early opening from 4:00 pm -6:00 pm for artists, Robert Weingarten (see image) and Richard Miller. 310.828.6410

The Rose Gallery presents the opening reception for artists, Nicola Dill and Rinko Kawauchi from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 310.264.8440; http://www.rosegallery.net/.

Track 16 (C-1) features Overs and Unders: Paintings by Bob Neuwirth.

Opening reception is from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. (310) 264-4678; http://track16.com/.

You may want to head back to Venice to Obsolete is a unique, eclectic store that hosts interesting and edgy openings. Located at 222 Main Street, they usually have very nice wine and sandwiches. The opening reception for Goran Djurovic will run from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 310 399-0024; http://www.obsoleteinc.com/

L&M Arts presents recent works by Barbara Kruger from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This is the artist’s first exhibition in her hometown since her solo presentation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1999.
The East Gallery will feature the multi-channel video installation The Globe Shrinks, 2010. In the West Gallery, the artist will create a room “wrap” that visualizes and spacializes her idea around money, power and desire. On the exterior of the gallery, Kruger will also create a projection using two recent works, You Want it and In Violence. L&M Arts is located at 660 Venice Blvd. in Venice. Reception runs from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310-821-6400; http://www.lmgallery.com/

Lots going on in Culver City on Saturday too. Also events on Sunday. Check back for the Weekend Update on Friday to find out!

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