Pick of the Week is Tomorrow, the Always Hoppin' Downtown Art Walk

My PICK OF THE WEEK…..is the Downtown Art Walk and if you want to party all night….see all my favorites under Thursday’s Events.

Check out the 3 Year Anniversary of the AFTER WALK (SERIES 36)! "The BEST after-party for the Downtown LA Art Walk!” brought to you by The Hear Gallery. The actual event happens at tHE 5 STAR BAR, 267 S. Main St. Party till 3:00 AM with incredible bands, djs, & amazing artists.

Some new artists will be on exhibit and some favorites from past shows such as Anthony Fuentes, Oogum Leftfoot, Samba, Paco Vasquez, & Sean O'Brien. $5.00 admission.

See more info under Thursday’s Events.

Before we start the week, Save the date, June 25th….

Sona Mirzaei, (see image) is set to show in a group exhibition at Seyhoun Gallery in West Hollywood. 

Sona is a wonderful artist and this will be a fabulous party! I will keep you posted.

A bit of sad, news. I wanted to put the word out about a stolen rabbit in Venice. This rabbit was rescued from some punks (who were abusing it), by an Venice Beach Artist named Arthure. He quickly came to love the rabbit and named it Stoney. On June 6th, someone STOLE Stoney the Rabbit. Someone has this rabbit, so if you hear of someone who now has a NEW rabbit, (they may not know that it is stolen), let me know. Here is a pix of Stoney …so cute. Speak up if you hear anything. No Questions will be asked…he just wants his pet back.

Wednesday, June 8th

If you like Jazz, head to Culver City, the Rose Gales Trio Quartet will be performing free at the Industry Café, a full band with Rose on Piano, Sax, guitars, bass and drums. The industry Café is located at 6039 Washington Blvd. Culver City 90232 and offers great jazz and delicious inexpensive Ethiopian and soul food. No Cover Charge. Free Admission; 7:30 – 10:00 pm.(310) 202-6633; http://www.industrycafeandjazz.com/.
Or stay in Venice, at Dannys, catch Bill Burnett and Suzy Williams, this talented folk duo reunites from 7:30 pm till 10:00 pm. (23 Windward Ave.).Admission is FREE! http://www.dannysvenice.com/.
Join deyermond art + books, 2801 Main Street, in Santa Monica, for an evening of spoken word, music, song and dance. This is a fun free night, a “recorded open mic”. Everyone gets a chance to record their spoken word, their music, and their stories. Microphone time is open to everyone and all acts are welcome.

Watch new artists bloom and see talented veterans all in one night. deyermond always put on great parties. Wine, Beer and Refreshments served….all Free! 8:00-11:00. http://www.deyermondbooks.com/.

Thursday, June 9th

If you are near the Beverly Hills area, stop into meet writer, Ryan McGinness at the Michael Kohn Gallery at 8071 Beverly Blvd., LA 90048. From 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. enjoy a book signing reception for “Studio Manuel”. (323) 658-8088; http://www.kohngallery.com/.

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. This one will be so much fun….don’t miss the after party….see the end of this list!

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. Check out their Website http://www.downtownartwalk.com/

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. You may want to do a complete circle, depending on where you leave your car….or just zig, zag around depending on how much you drink.

Norbertellen Gallery presents ALIVE by Angel Acordagoitia. This adorable gallery features wonderful artists and is open from noon till 10:00 pm. Norbertellen Gallery is located at 215 W. 6th St. #110. 818 662 5041; www.norbertellengallery.com.

Photography by Kassandra Lynne will be featured in a group show at The Local Leaf 438 South Main Street.
CAPOEIRA STREET RODA, jump, flip and break dance Brazilian style, starting at 8:30 pm at 4th St. and Main….then they move to the Alexandria to perform on the 2nd floor at Blankenship Ballet Ballroom at 10:00 pmCheck out their link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phRbdOBRF_0

Then don’t miss the Alexandria Hotel (501 S. Spring St). The "Blankenship Ballet Ballroom at Alexandria" (2nd floor) presents ballet excerpts performed by Cuban Ballerinas Bertha Suarez Blankenship (see image) and Ania Hidalgo, both defectors from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, who is performing next week at the Music Center while on tour in the United States. Ballet runs from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm…and the CAPOEIRA STREET RODA perform at 10:00 pm.  http://www.blankenshipballet.com/.

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

Since you are right there, better not miss Eve Kessler (see image) on the Mezzanine, same building, known as the Spring Arts Tower, 453 S. Spring St. 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

FAM (Film Art Music) Fest a new event happening located at the The Spring Arcade Building and Atrium, and the parking lot on 4th and Spring in DTLA. This looks like a fun one with Live music, art, live painting, live screen printing, body painting, and other art sold in booths all over.

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 celebrating a new show entitled "Next To Me", featuring the art of 3 artists: Kay Roy from Budapest (see image) , Hungary, Albane Vitalis from Marseille, France and Claudia French, resident artist of Cotrutza Gallery of Los Angeles, with installation art on tubes. The Gallery looks amazing all dressed in bright colors and awesome paintings, rich in textures and details. The show will be open till August 4th.

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/.

Crewest Gallery presents "The Art of Transportaion", a group show. 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/.

This month’s Art Walk Lounge is located at the Paragon Parking Lot at 434 S. SpringSt. FeaturingSoBe sampling, official Art Walk T-shirt sales, Downtown LA Bicycles offers free bike valet service. Pick up a map at the Art Walk and enjoy complementary refreshments and giveaways. The Art Walk Lounge, is the “it-spot” to meet up with friends on Art Walk Thursdays! It is the official “Visitor’s Center” of the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk.

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://downtownartpark.com/.

Now there’s a brand new gallery called Clark Gallery (333 S. Spring St. E-3, between 3rd and 4th) celebrating it’s Grand Opening. Enjoy Art, snacks, entertainment and Magician, Chris Chelko. This month photographer Clark Woodford shares his many digital images of Southern California. Clark Gallery is a bit hard to find, it’s located in Biddy Mason Park, behind the Bradbury bldg., through the breezeway at Wells Fargo Bank. www.clarkwoodford.com/.

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 is proud to present "Flow" and announces its partnership with an astounding satellite exhibit in Venice, Italy, concurrent with the 2011 Venice Biennale. The video installation "FLOW-a work in motion" by Norwegian artist Pia Myrvold involves monitors and projections assembled in immersive structures.This is a large space and always has performance art and wine along with a fun 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/.

The next couple, are the complete opposite way, but they go later and are always hoppin’. So definitely stop in. You may want to park your car…here and then hit it on the way back. But don’t forget the After Party….if you are choosing to do the late night thing, better park your car towards that end. But hey, it’s up to  you!

The Hive Gallery presents Circus Circus, a themed show featuring a group show with artists Ken Dougherty, Deanna Adona, Charles Swenson. Bizarro Au Go-Go, Sherry DeLorme, Shannon O’Connor and many more. The Hive Gallery is a fun funky gallery located at 729 South Spring St. 6:00 pm till 11:00 pm. http://hivegallery.com/.

Takeuchi Galleries presents “A TRUE ART MOVEMENT” Curator, Derek Tadashi Takeuchi always hosts fun events with DJ’s at the Blackstone Building. This group art show features various artists, Nate Geare, Conchita Sousa, Robin Bott, Bart Cooper and many more.

The Blackstone Building is located at 901 S. Broadway L.A., CA 90015, 6pm – 10pm. http://takeuchigalleries.tumblr.com/.

AFTER PARTY….On this 3rd Year of After Walk, The Hear Gallery is putting on a heck of a party, celebrating some favorite artists from past shows such as Anthony Fuentes (see image), Oogum Leftfoot, Samba, Paco Vasquez, & Sean O'Brien. along w/ new comers: Carmen Laupézianíco, Giles, Colorsplinters, & Art DCA to stimulate your visual senses. Live bands, plus party with Resident Dj's: Dario & Jreg Gordon who will be spinning in between the bands & throughout the night to satisfy all your dancing urges! Vibrant rooming photos by Love's Life.  

Let’s talk booz, though it’s not free, they have some great drink specials happening from 9:00 pm till 11:00 pm. $4 PBR (24oz); $3 Bud Lite, Budweiser, & Miller Hight Life (12oz).And if you get hungry…Adonis Tacos vending outside to please your appetites. The event runs from 7:00 pm till 3:00 AM at THE 5 STAR BAR, 267 S. Main St. Party brought to you by The Hear Gallery... HG  http://on.fb.me/kT7jEm.

And the weekend is here, yet again.

Friday June 10th

Cave Gallery (1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd.) features artists, Zack Johnsen, Pat Perry Van Saro and Hans Walor. Opening reception runs from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. 310.450.6960; http://www.cavegallery.net.

What about a Friday night in the Valley?….hey the 405 is not closed yet!!!! The Bruce Sanborn Band performs at The Complete Actor's Place at 8:30 pm. Now there is a $15 Cover but it includes ALL You Can Drink! Don’t forget to pick a designated driver and the rest of you pay for his ticket and go crazy and get your money’s worth. 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.

Or at Rumors (formerly the Rumor Mill), at 11739 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90066, you can catch the band MAHADEV, a world-fusion music ensemble formed by several graduates of the MFA music program at California Institute of the Arts. from 7:30 till 10:00pm. Free; http://therumormill.us/.

Saturday, June 11th

Now you don't want to miss this exhibit, cause the work of renowned artist, Ed Ruscha is incredible and will be featured at the Hammer Museum at 10899 Wilshire Blvd. 90024.  310-443-7000; http://www.hammer.ucla.edu.

In Santa Monica, Bergamot Station at 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica. Several galleries will be having some openings.

This reception runs from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm, Ruth Bachofner Gallery (G-2), presents Virgina Katz and Eben Goff; 310 829 3300; http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com.

Then stroll across to Frank Pictures (A-5) to see the paintings of Kelly Berg (see image) and Joe Aker. Opening runs from 6:30 – 9:30.  YOU MUST RSVP FOR THIS ONE…. RSVP to 310.828.0211laurie@frankpicturesgallery.com.

Hang out for this later reception from 8:00 - 11:30 PM at Copro Gallery, (T-5) Joe Ledbetter (see image) and Joe Vaux, will be on display at this reception. Copro always has fun openings. 310 829-2156   http://www.copronason.com/.

As always, other galleries will be open….just make sure to fill up your wine glass and enjoy the lovely art/wine buzz….doesn’t it always make the art look better?

At Barnsdall, there a fun event and Benefit, which does cost money but it’s for a great cause. LA Artist, Brooke Harker steps up to the plate and once again donates her work to a worthy cause. Bosana Foundation which raises funds for orphanages in Bosnia will be having a fund raising event on June 12th. The show, entitled, The Sound of the Balkins will take place at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, at 4800 Hollywood Blvd., at 6:30 pm.

Harker’s work will be featured as part of the silent auction. Brooke is proud to be involved with this organization; since100 % of the profit will go directly to impoverished children in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Tickets are $50.00. However, tickets can be purchased for the price of $10.00 for entry to the silent auction which runs from 6:30 pm -8:15pm. Brooke will be donating this piece (se image). http://www.brookeharker.com/; www.bosanafoundation.org/projects/;

Corey Helford is happening too.....more details on the Weekend Update.

Sunday June 12th,

Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (1431 Ocean Ave in SM) celebrates the closing reception of the group show, “Animal Magnetism” from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm. If you have never been, it’s located right across from the ocean and offers a beautiful view of the setting sun. 310 878-2784; http://bgartdealings.com.

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