Pick of the Week is this Friday, Corey Helford's 5 Year Anniversary Celebration in Culver City!

My Pick of the Week is this Friday, Corey Helford’s 5th Anniversary party. Yeah!!! Yes its summer, so get out there and play. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. The Corey Helford Gallery knows how to put on a Party…and since it is their 5th anniversary party…you know it will be even more special.

Mark your calendar... Two Great Events happening July 9th and 10th. See KTR Promo’s new Upcoming Events Page.

Wednesday, June 29th

Joe's Restaurant is honored to present the V-SCAPE (Venice – Santa Monica Community Art & Performance Events) summer exhibition: Larry Bell works on Paper.

Preview reception will run  from 6-8 pm
You must RSVP to this one at  info@JoesRestaurant.com;

Immediately following the reception, Joe's will be offering a selection of gourmet three course dinners including selected wines at $75 per person.

The food is wonderful. So treat yourself! Call 310 399 5811 to reserve your table.Joe's Restaurant is located at 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291.  http://www.joesrestaurant.com/.

Then pop on by deyermond art + books, 2801 Main Street, in Santa Monica.  Every Wednesday night enjoy spoken word, music, song and dance. 8:00-11:00 PM. www.deyermondbooks.com. Check out their site for Thursday Scrabble night too. They always put on fun events. Refreshments served.

On a completely different note, Singer/Songwriter Bruce Sanborn rocks out at Brennan’s tonight while celebrating his 50th birthday! Keep on rockin’ Bruce. No cover; 2 for 1 burgers all night, yum and great music. Starts at 8:00 pm for one 50 minute set. He’ll have his full band, so it should be fun. Brennan's Pub is located at 4089 Lincoln Boulevard, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (310) 821-6622. http://brennanspub-la.com/; http://www.thebrucesanbornband.com/

Thursday, June 30th

There’s a new shop on Montana called Living by Lynne. Celebrate the grand opening of this new store, with an evening of wine, music and art. Meet the artists and artisans from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm.
At this special event, the work of renowned artist, Ed Moses will be on display, a stunning interactive installation. You will also have the chance to meet him in person. Purchase his new book and walk away with a signed copy.

David Hume Kennerly, President Ford's personal photographer and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is also exhibiting his breathtaking photography, and also signing his books as well. Special of 10% off anything you buy tonight. Just mention “Celebrate with Savings” at the register. Living by Lynne is located at 1627 Montana Ave., Santa Monica 90403; http://livingbylynne.com/

Paparazzi Comedy now EVERY Last Thursday of the month. Hosted by Kente Scott featuring Tony Milazzo, and Kristi McHugh. Come hear the hottest and funniest comics on the Westside. Also performing Brandin Bowlin, Josh Nasar, Natasha Pearl Hansen, and special guest Stevie Mack It all happens at The Canal Club 2025 Pacific Ave,. in Venice. Valet and Street parking available. Drink and food specials. FREE before 8pm if you RSVP at paparazzicomedy@yahoo.com Produced by Gisele and event coverage by partyby5.com. Please arrive early, limited seating. FREE BEFORE 8pm $5 cover after 8pm.

Friday July 1st

Now before my Pick of the Week, you may want to stop by Figtree’s Café to enjoy a tasty happy hour and hear some great live music tonight at 5:00 pm. Fefe Lee, will be performing a solo set on guitar. Beatle songs are a big part of his repertoire. Show goes till 7:00 pm.

Figtree’s Café is known for their healthy delicious food, located right on the Venice boardwalk at 429 Ocean Front Walk Venice, at Paloma Ave, two blocks south of Rose. Figtree’s has been voted the best restaurant on the boardwalk since 1978. Figtree’s has a wonderful happy hour, Monday thru Friday and also has FREE delivery. 310 392-4937; www.figtreescafe.com;

Back to my Pick of the Week, tonight Corey Helford Gallery will be celebrating its 5 Year Anniversary in a big way.

The gallery will unveil “Zero to Sixty” showcasing new works by more than 50 artists, and opening night will include many special surprises for guests to interact with. A great way to kick off the 4th of July weekend.
“Zero to Sixty” is a show of what’s best at Corey Helford Gallery and what’s to come. New works from the artists who’ve shown with the gallery from the beginning and a host of works from artists like Joe Sorren, Todd Schorr, Greg Simkins, Kent Williams, Nick Walker, Sas and Colin Christian, and also some artists who have never shown before, like MEGGS and Kazuki Takamatsu. .  As always they will be serving wine, goodies, refreshments and some special treats for tonight’s big party. This special opening will run from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 8522 Washington Blvd., in Culver City 90232; www.coreyhelfordgallery.com.
If you would rather stay in Venice, head to First Fridays on Abbot Kinney.
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.

DUE TO THE HOLIDAY, Some of the shops that are always open will be closed, but  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.
You may want to start here since it’s located on the North end.  Get there early and snag a table (call to reserve) while you enjoy a delicious dinner with some drinks and dancing. Or pop in later for standing room only. Still fun, but a bit crowed.

This First Friday is "AMERICANA NIGHT" at Joe's featuring The Peter Kavanugh Trio with special guests Brian Hogan & Christine Nelson. Kick off the 4th of July weekend with a celebration of American Popular Music and take a trip in time from the Forties through the Sixties and beyond!

Enjoy a "revolutionary" bonus, Joe’s is offering a special tonight. Book an early romantic dinner on the patio between 6 and 7 p.m. and enjoy a free glass of wine with purchase of an entree or bar menu item! The music starts at 7:30 pm and runs to midnight. Joe’s offers delicious food and an edgy ambiance with a wonderful selections of spirits. There is no cover charge. RSVP, email joesevent@yahoo.com or call 310.399.581; Joe's Restaurant is located at 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291.  http://www.joesrestaurant.com/.

There’s a new print shop and gallery on Abbot Kinney, called Post No Bills, in the former Equator Books location, which was started by music producer Jordan Bratman and London-based gallery owner Steve Lazarides, best known for his work with Banksy. Though they are NOT having an event tonight, if you get there early enough, stop in to see the work of Brooklyn-based art duo FAILE's prints. Post No Bills is located at 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd.,  90291. http://www.postnobillsshop.com/

Right off Santa Clara, is Nitespa, 1301 Abbot Kinney who will be open and offers 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. mini-makeovers and specials on all treatments. The entrance is on Santa Clara. 310.396.5122; http://www.nitespa.com/.

Keep going north and on the right side is Ananda 1356 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (310) 399-4186….they will be open, keeping it pretty mellow.

Now in the back part of this store is Hair Venice, they will be showing photography by Samuel Bendall, entitled "Illuminated Abandonment: The dark side of the urbanacape" @ Hair Venice Salon,1354 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice 90291. 8pm-11pm

Right next door, Skylark 1356 Abbot Kinney Blvd will also be open 310 392-9099; www.skylarkvenice.com

As well as, Bohemian Exchange who sells beautiful clothes and accessories and will be serving yummy refreshments and all vintage stuff is 20% off!!

Bohemian Exchange is located at 1358 Abbot Kinney, at California 310.396.3044; http://www.bohemianexchange.com

Up the street, The G2 Gallery (1503 Abbot Kinney) will NOT be having an event tonight, however will be open raising funds for the next cause, the Catalina Island Conservancy. You can enjoy the exhibit, Catalina: The Wildlands at Your Doorstep with Marc Muench, Carlos de la Rosa, and Jack Baldelli The opening reception will be next week. A $5 Admission at the door will directly support Catalina Island Conservancy. 310-452-2842; http://www.theg2gallery.com

Right next door, you have to stop into Zingara Trading 1507 Abbot Kinney for their Fiesta First Friday event. Now, owner, Donna Humphrey knows how to get into the spirit, offering chips and salsa and their famous S'mores…Yum! Free glitter tattoos. They have one of-a-kind clothing and accessories….simply gorgeous and are also have great sales too. 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.
The Modern Dog, a charming Pet accessory store, is located at 1611 Abbot Kinney will be having a book release party for Caitlin Shetterly. Caitlin used to work for The Modern Dog and has included a mention is this fun book entitled “Made for you and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home”. Refreshments will be served. 310-450-2275; http://www.caitlinshetterly.com/; http://www.come-sit-stay.com/.

Robin Murez, will be having a lovely event in the beautiful glass garden, hidden smack in the middle of Abbot Kinney known as Robin’s Sculpture Garden. Enjoy the music of Tommy Santee Klaws, accompanied, high above, by Svetlana & Pamela doing aerials in the sky. Also new this month: "Show Me Your Mumu," has opened up shop with their Summery beautiful line of women's clothing. Tonight is the Grand Opening. http://www.showmeyourmumu.com/. Robin’s Sculpture Garden, is located at 1632 Abbott Kinney. This one tends to start later, 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm.
If you are in the downtown area, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Norbertellen Gallery presents an all woman ensemble featuring Reichel Miyao, Sakuan Izumi, Yoshimi Ohtani, Minako Saitoh Botsford, Mayumin and Aya Jine. Norbertellen Gallery is located at 215 W. 6th St. #110. 818 662 5041; www.norbertellengallery.com
And in Silver Lake,  La Luz De Jesus Gallery presents artists, Van Saro, Simon Sotelo, Andy Steele, Hui Tann and Mark Todd. The opening reception starts at 8:00 pm and will run till 11:00 pm. La Luz De Jesus Gallery is located 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027. Phone 323-666-7667http://www.laluzdejesus.com/
Saturday, July 2nd

There is not much going on this weekend in terms of Art Openings….so I picked out a few 4th of July events as well as more for the weekend updated. But here are some other off beat suggestions…

Anime Expo is an annual convention, held in 2011 on July 1 - 4, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Anime Expo has grown in scale dramatically, and is currently the largest anime and manga convention in North America.

Popular large events include the Masquerade, Anime Music Video Contest, Concerts, Battle of the Bands, and the "AX Idol" contest. Anime Expo is a 24-hour convention that offers late-night dances, all night video programming, tabletop gaming rooms, and open-mic Karaoke in the late evening/early morning hours. Many of the attendees cosplay (don’t ask me?), while attending the convention, and there are many gatherings for fans of different anime and manga series.
Renowned for its ability to bring famous guests to America for panels and concerts, Anime Expo has been the site of many U.S. premiers of shows, movies, and bands. LA Convention Center is located at 1201 Figueroa St., Downtown, 90015 For more information, please visit their official website at www.anime-expo.org

Yes it’s a holiday weekend and we do tend to drink too much. So you may as well give in, and save some bucks. Do a pubcrawl this Independence Day Weekend. That's right! Time to put on your Red White & Blue and celebrate our freedom!

Registration Times: Saturday July 2nd | Noon - 9:00 pm (Do NOT be late Check-in closes at 9:00 pm sharp)Your ticket to the Walk of Fame's Famous Bars without having to pay a cover. Not to mention you will receive the best deal with these outrageously awesome drink specials:

Drink Specials $2 Draft Beers; 2-for-1 Mixed Drinks; $4 Shots Free Afterparty at ecco nightclub with No Cover! (Normally $20) Be sure to check the website for more details http://www.californianightlife.com/

It’s all about the 4th of July this weekend. Do you wanna see Fireworks??? Start early this year at the Hollywood Bowl, Daryl Hall & John Oates join the orchestra for a night of their classic hits, plus spectacular fireworks and good old-fashioned American music to celebrate our country’s 235th birthday. Hall and Oates play the Hollywood Bowl from July 2nd- July 4th starting at 7:30. Tickets will run from $31.00 -$158.00 officially, or scalp them for $20 or so. 323 850-2000; http://bit.ly/kuKiEc

This event happens tomorrow Sunday and on Monday the 4th….I will be posting lots more for the weekend update.

Sunday July 3rd
Hang by the beach in Santa Monica and stop into Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (1431 Ocean Ave in SM) celebrates the closing reception of the group show, “A Rare Bird,” a new body of work by artist Carol Powell, inspired by her volunteer work in bird rescue. Snowy egrets, owls, penguins and ducks populate these mixed media works set on sewn fabric collage.
A portion of the proceeds from “A Rare Bird” will go towards the International Bird Rescue organization. Reception runs from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm http://www.Bird-Rescue.org/ http://www.Bird-Rescue.org/310 878-2784; http://bgartdealings.com

You have another chance to go to the Hollywood Bowl, where Daryl Hall & John Oates join the orchestra for a night of their classic hits, plus spectacular fireworks and good old-fashioned American music to celebrate our country’s 235th birthday. Hall and Oates play the Hollywood Bowl from July 2nd- July 4th starting at 7:30. Tickets will run from $31.00 -$158.00 officially, or scalp them for $20 or so. 323 850-2000; http://bit.ly/kuKiEc

Check back for the Weekend Update….I will have lots of choices for you for tomorrow, the 4th of July.

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