Pick of the Week is this Friday, on the eve of carmageddon, a VIP reception in Downtown LA

My Pick of the Week is this Friday, in downtown LA. Yes, its the eve of carmageddon, so get out and party down, then mellow out on the rest of the weekend for the 405 closure.

Bunker Hill’s celebrates the release of their July music issue. They have a very special private party planned and I was able to get some of my peeps on the list. Be sure to RSVP to ensure entry.

This red carpet event is FREE and will feature renowned sculptor Misha Frid, fine artist Rand South (see image to right, above) and photographer Robert Landau (See Image below). Live music with Granville "Danny" Young.  You must RSVP at http://conta.cc/pvst0R (Mention KTR at Door, I have extra reservations.)

Enjoy complimentary Grey Goose cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by celebrity chef Emmanuel delcour www.emmanueldelcour.com .

Dress code: Art Deco 1920's-inspired clothing encouraged. Be part of the show!

Yeah...They are asking people to dress up…1920’s, which is soooo much fun, so get with the program, put on your flapper best on….or close to it and meet me there. It’s FREE…my favorite word!

Also want to mention that I just found out that a kitty was abandoned by its owner in my building….Why do people bother to take in an animal when they are just going to abandon it….makes me so upset.

If you know of any one who is looking for a cat. He is thin and small, so I suspect he is young….his name is Riley (of course you can change that) White and gray. Very sweet.

I have bad allergies and happen to have a male cat…who is very territorial with other males….you should see how he acts with my boyfriend. Please contact me at ktrpromo@gmail.com, if you know of anyone who would be interested. Poor Kitty.  Will try to get a pix of him to put up. Stay tuned.

Well who knows what to expect this weekend….with the 405 closing. Hasn’t anyone heard of Public transportation? Or a bicycle? Hey, I’m from NYC and that’s what we do. Or stay home and watch a good movie. You can also stay in your own neighborhood and support the arts. In Venice, we’ve got Diva Deluxe, Suzy Williams doing two gigs this week one on Wed and one on Saturday….also Culver City is having tons of openings on Saturday. Car pool and park….hang for the night in Culver City. Or go to a Free concert and see 5 time Grammy nominated R&B artist, Oleta Adams, in Burton Chase park.

Where ever you decide to go, just have fun, you can take the bus as a group, then you can all drink as much as you want. We’ve got lots of free concerts everywhere on Thursday, Saturday. It’s the whole experience that I love. Bring a blanket, some tasty treats….a juice bottle (you know what I mean) and your honey…or find a new one there. Lots of single meet-up groups come to these events and set up blankets…so keep your eyes open boys and girls, whichever team you’re playing on!

Wednesday, July 13th

This summer, Bleicher/Golightly Gallery opens its doors to a select group of artists to showcase their work in a similar approach to an artist’s “studio sale”. Like a traditional studio sale, the Summer Studio Series gives artists the opportunity to showcase unusual works that have slipped through the cracks between gallery exhibits and brand new works fresh off the easel at lower than usual gallery prices. Artists exhibiting work tonight include Airom Bleicher, Jarrod Lake, Jaccobus, Coutney Reid and Shannon Rowland. Opening reception runs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Refreshments, wine will be served. http://caporalebleicher.com/

Hama Sushi has a wonderful reputation for always giving back. Tonight from 7:00 pm till 10:30 pm. they are having an event to support Art for Underprivileged Children. A portion of the proceeds from all food sales at Hama will go to OneLov.org.

Hama has a delicious sushi happy hour too. So go, eat some sushi. It’s a wonderful restaurant and it helps a great cause. Hama Sushi is located at 213 Windward Ave, right off the circle. 310 396-8783; http://www.hamasushi.com/. http://www.onelov.org/

Venice’s own Suzy Williams performs tonight at Dannys Venice Beach Bistro and Bar tonight .

Enjoy this wild woman and great singer from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. (23 Windward Ave.).. Admission is FREE! http://www.dannysvenice.com/

Thursday, July 14th 

There is just too many things to do tonight….
FREE summer concerts…. You may want to stay close to the beach, enjoy the 27th year of the Twilight Dance Series. 

The FREE summer concerts on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier started last week and will continue every Thursday night, for 10 weeks from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Each Thursday night the highly attended concert series will showcase a different musical theme: This week’s show features The Bangles and Caracol. Remember them? 

See full summer listing on my Upcoming Events page. 

Also, after the concert at 10:00 pm, stop by Poseidon SUP's new store is located at 1654 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica CA 90401 They will be having live music every Thursday for the summer. Tonight , catch Meet me at the Pub + Other guests. Wine & Beer will be served. http://www.poseidonstandup.com

And the Culver City Music Festival, presented by the Culver City Redevelopment Agency, is featuring 8 weeks of free concerts every Thursday night from 7pm-9pm from July 7th thru August 25th. This is their 17th year….Musical styles include Rock, Reggae, Celtic, Jazz, Latin and more. Shows occur in the Culver City Hall Courtyard, located at 9770 Culver Blvd. in Downtown Culver City (corner Culver Blvd. and Duquesne Ave.).  

Access to the courtyard begins at 4:30pm. Parking is free underneath City Hall. Tonight’s event features Reggae with Ghanaian star Rocky Dawuni and his 11-piece band. Additional parking is free for the first two hours in designated structures. http://www.culvercity.org/Articles/CCMusicFestival
See full summer listing on my Upcoming Events page. 

If you prefer more of an ART Scene… You may want to head downtown. I usually do a full list of all that I love about the The Downtown Art Walk, which is also happening tonight as it does every 2nd Thursday of every month. However since the free concerts have all started, I will NOT be doing my list of favorite galleries this time. Just check their website. I highly recommend it. http://downtownartwalk.org/

Or Baron Wolman will be telling stories and signing books at the Duncan Miller Gallery. Just published, "The Rolling Stone Years" book features the work of Baron Wolman, the first photographer to work for America’s legendary Rolling Stone magazine. Many of his images from the late sixties and early seventies have become iconic shots from rock’s most fertile era. Alongside scores of classic photos is Baron’s first-hand account of the magazine’s early years and his memorable encounters with the rock stars of the day. Reception runs from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm at the Duncan Miller Gallery located at 1716 Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica 90405. http://www.duncanmillergallery.com/

If you are in the mid Wilshire area, check out this fun FREE Art party. LAB ART Los Angeles Gallery has an off the hook opening reception tonight, which will include Art, music with special guest DJ Devin Lucien, Cocktails, appetizers. This is a PRIVATE Opening, however, I did get an OK from one of the artist to put this up….but you must RSVP to twee@inhabitpr.com

"Miss Danger on the Loose" exhibition includes up-and-coming female street artists KH No.7, Sarah's Incognito, Clio, Becca Midwood, Random Act, ADVNTRS, Lydia Emily, Kym CBS, Lori McMichael, Gretta Kruesi, Olec, Sand One, VIA, Katherine Narducci, and Jules Muck. LAB ART Los Angeles, located in the mid-Wilshire district at 217 South La Brea Blvd., 90036. Party runs from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

And the weekend is here, yet again. Stay home? OR deal with the traffic? What to do?

Friday, July 15th
It’s the eve of carmageddon, so you may want to slow down now and stay local or go wild and check out my Pick of the Week….in downtown LA.
Bunker Hill Magazine is proud to celebrate the release of the July Music Issue. Get ready for a VIP reception featuring renowned sculptor Misha Frid, fine artist Rand South and photographer Robert Landau. Live music with Granville "Danny" Young.  You must RSVP at http://conta.cc/pvst0R

Enjoy complimentary Grey Goose cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by celebrity chef Emmanuel delcour www.emmanueldelcour.com . Dress code: Art Deco 1920's-inspired clothing encouraged and be part of the show! You know I like that kind of stuff….

This FREE red carpet event will be held at 433 Spring St. in downtown LA, and starts at 7:00 pm and goes till 1:00 am. Technically, it is a private event, so don’t’ forget to RSVP at http://conta.cc/pvst0R

And if you are downtown and you like live theatre, “Confessions of a Pulpiteer” is playing at Art Share, 801 East 4th 90013, at 8:00 pm. The show is written and performed by Lee Boek.

Admission is $15.00, but there is free parking. 323 661-0524; http://bit.ly/oR8oWD

Also downtown, is the 25th season of Grand Performances, free outdoor concerts and performing arts at California Plaza.  with a full program of music and entertainment that reflects the best of global culture and inspires community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles.

Tonight’s show features two acts. Torchbearer and soul-incarnate of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Seun Kuti and the famous Egypt 80 Band return to Grand Performances for an evening of funky, soulful, driving African rhythms. Celebrating his new release, From Africa with Fury: Rise, Kuti continues his father’s musical message against corruption, injustice and the many problems affecting Nigeria and all of Africa. California Plaza is located at 300-350 S. Grand Avenue, 90071. Show starts at 8:00 pm. http://grandperformances.org/

Or in Santa Monica and pop into South, an amazing restaurant with great Southern food presents “Friday Night Lights” (out door BBQ and live music).

Remember they have an incredible happy hour, yum! Starting at 3:00 pm and runs till 8:00 pm. Get there hungry! South also offers drink specials too. $3 beer, ($10.00 pitchers) and $5 wells, South is located at 3001 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403. (310) 828-9988; http://southsantamonica.com/.

Or in Venice, Figtree’s Café is a great place to start off your evening. No better place than the beach on a Friday evening in July. Tonight, you can hear some great live music at 6:00 pm. Fefe Lee, will be performing with friends. Come join the fun and sing along with their set of upbeat Beatle songs.

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, with delicious pizzas for $4.95. Monday thru Friday and also has FREE delivery. 310 392-4937; www.figtreescafe.com;

The Talking Stick and Venice MoZaic celebrate the founding father of the spoken word movement, Gil Scott-Heron. . Nickie Black hosts this festive and FREE community gathering with "Zebra Party" and "The VeniceVille Players" and others. Special guests also include Jawanza Dumisani and Poet Laureate.  DJ Noj keeps the groove goin’. The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge is located at 1411 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291. Show starts at 7:00 pm. 310.450.6052; www.thetalkingstick.net;

Corey Helford Gallery debuts “Idle Hands,” the highly-anticipated solo exhibition of pop artist COOP, and his most audacious yet. COOP’s new body of work is rendered in his signature style—self-described as “hillbilly sex crime pop art”—and features the bold colors and subject matter he is known for but with a decidedly bawdier bent. The opening reception 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.

Saturday, July 16th

Now today from Noon till 4:00, gotta stop by the 5th Annual Venice BBQ…wow…is it 5 years already? I sang at the first three. It’s a wonderful community event. Station 63 Fire Fighters grill up some tasty grub and people are asked to bring side dishes or deserts. They have great entertainment and all kinds of contests…even one for the best side dish….so don’t forget to enter, when you get there…and check out those hunky firemen….Yum!

As always the Venice BBQ will be held at Oakwood Park at 767 California Oakwood and California, 90291. Noon till 4:00 pm. Good eats. http://www.venicenc.org/node/1693

Lots to do tonight…

In Venice, Obsolete, a unique, eclectic store is having an artist reception for Tyson Grumm. Obsolete hosts interesting and edgy openings with intriguing art. They always have a nice spread of food and drink and a very cool crowd shows up.
Located at 222 Main Street, tonight they are offering Summer Snacks and Drink by Gjelina. (That place has amazing food) The opening runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 310 399-0024; http://www.obsoleteinc.com/

Stay in Venice and see “The Lit Show” with Suzy Williams at Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd). Suzy Williams is an absolute riot and an incredibly talented performer. This is the 6th year of "The Lit Show" and each time, it is more vibrant and exciting. This year's ensemble includes Rick Kellis (flute, sax), Oliver Steinberg (bass) and Don Allen (drums), along with Brad Kay's piano.  A guest vocal ensemble (Andrew Cheeseman, Rory Johnston, Mikal Sandoval and Dudley Saunders) will join Suzy in a rollicking 1838 song by Charles Dickens, "The Ivy Green." Show starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is $15.00. Wine and cheeses FREE in the lobby!  http://bit.ly/zdrZP

For more info on this event, see my full article on the Weekly Features Page.

It’s the opening of the Free Pop Saturdays at the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts and it’s a big one.

Grammy nominated pop, R&B, and gospel singer-songwriter Oleta Adams, opens the season in a performance of her most soulful songs including the hit "Get Here." http://www.oletaadams.com/about.html
Event runs from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm.

Free pop concerts are scheduled every other Saturday night at the beautiful Burton Chase Park overlooking the Marina.

Burton Chase Park (13650 Mindanao Way), sits on the end of a peninsula and boasts a wonderful view of the marina’s main channel. It’s a fantastic place to have a picnic. Bring a blanket some wine while and enjoy the music.

Parking is available at County lots #4 and #77 on Mindanao Way, or lot # 5 on Bali Way. http://bit.ly/qpxHMY
See full summer listing on my Upcoming Events page. 

There are several openings at Bergamot tonight....check back for the Weedend Update.

Or head to Culver City, there is so many galleries open and I will be posting more on Friday.

Honor Fraser offers an exhibition of works from The Mott Collection, Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper, curated by artist and designer Toby Mott.

Honor Fraser is located at 2622 S. La Cienega/ Reception is from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. (310) 837-0191; http://www.honorfraser.com/

JK Gallery (2632 S. La Cienega Blvd.), presents-Macro features work by artists Mari Andrews, Emily Clawson, and Jenny E. Balisle. On view will be installation and paperless drawings of Mari Andrews, encaustic work of Emily Clawson, and multi-layered oil paintings and minimalist pen and ink drawings of Jenny E. Balisle. The exhibit investigates relationships of patterns found in our natural environments up close and far away. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 310.837.3330; http://www.jkgallery.net.

And continue on to Walter Maciel Gallery at 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. who will be showing a new video work by Kansas City based artist Barry Anderson. A group show of small scaled works entitled Size Matt ers (no it’s not a typo) will be presented in the back gallery and will include artists from the gallery’s program as well as artists invited to participate in the exhibition.

Gallery 1: Barry Anderson, New Work; Gallery 2: Size Matt ers, Group Show of Small Works. Reception runs from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310.839.1840; http://www.waltermacielgallery.com/.

Cherry and Martin features artwork by Martin Matt Connors (see image), Robert Cumming and Florian Morlat. Opening reception is from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.

Cherry and Martin is located at 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd. 310.559.0100; http://www.cherryandmartin.com/

From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Blythe Projects features, Beneath the Sea, their first exhibition with Los Angeles filmmaker and visual artist, Troy Morgan (see image).

Blythe Projects is located at 5797 Washington Blvd, 323 272-3642; www.blytheprojects.com.

Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, 8568 Washington Blvd., will be having an opening reception for Vincent Robbins (see image) which runs from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310-815-1100;  http://www.cardwelljimmerson.com.

Now back the other way (west) pop by LeBasse Projects who will be presenting, works by artist, Andrew Hem and Melissa Haslam. LeBasse Projects (6023 Washington Blvd. 90232).

Opening reception runs from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. 310.558.0200;  www.lebasseprojects.com.

Down the street, Thinkspace (6009 Washington Blvd., 90232), will be open as well and always has nice events. From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, enjoy the opening reception for Tran Nguyen (see image), and David Bray. 310.403.8549; http://www.thinkspacegallery.com.

There are tons more galleries that will be open as well....I will be adding more for the Weekend Update!

Sunday, July 17th
Upper West, a new loft like restaurant hosts a exhibition featuring Kymm Swank from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm. Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 90405. 310-344-6031; http://art-vault.com/

If you love food trucks, this is the thing for you…Stop by The Get Up (Inaugural Throw Down) GET UP for LA’s top food trucks and musical acts at an indoor/outdoor “Mega-Brunch” party. And you should definitely GET Up and get there early (FREE before NOON)  After noon it’s $10.00, but you can get in with an rsvp for $5.00 at http://www.thegetupla.com/

Enjoy special brunch drinks and THE GET UP brunch menu items made just for the event. This event will be held at Medusa Lounge, 3211 Beverly Blvd. 90057. Check out their facebook page for a full list of trucks and bands, etc. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231869453499829  

Or stay home and curl up with a good book….why deal with the traffic. Snuggle with your kitty or dog, or take a walk….who needs to drive anyway?

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