PICK OF THE WEEK is this Sunday July 10th, Ava Bird's Book Release Party!

PICK OF THE WEEK is this Sunday July 10th from 3:00 pm -7:00 pm, come celebrate SUMMER AND SUNSHINE, and friends. This will be a fun community event where  you can meet the author and poet, Ava Bird celebrating two new books, “The New Now” and “Rage Against The War Machine”. with Venice Divas singing LIVE! 

This FREE event will feature live music, poetry and spoken word featuring Ava Bird, Rex Butters, Kathy Leonardo (yeah, it’s me), DJ Noj and Suzy Williams.

It’s all happening at Katmandu boutique, located at 1844 Lincoln blvd Santa Monica, 310-396-4036. This is a FREE event! Delicious homemade vegan food by donation! Sacred Items!

Wednesday, July 6th

If you are into music, Guitarology at the Melody Bar & Grill (9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., 90045) offers some fantastic players from 8:00 pm till 11:00 pm. Jesse Jay Harris is guest hosting. Guitarology has become a musical haven for incredible musicians.

This series has picked up "Best Live Music Event of The Year" from Los Angeles Magazine (get there early-reservations suggested) 310 670-1994

If you like, comedy, and I’m talking FREE! Head downtown to the FAR Bar for The Frolic Show, tonight’s amazing line up is Matt Braunger (Letterman, Conan, Comedy Central Presents, Mad TV), Christina Pazsitzky (Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately, Road Rules), Adam Ray, Paul Danke, Josh Rencher and more, plus surprise guests! 

The show is hosted by Asterios Kokkinos with music by Kevin Teasley. The Far Bar is located at 347 E. 1st St. LA 90012.

Show starts at 9:00 pm, runs till 11:00 pm.

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, July 7th

There’s lots going on tonight. It’s the start of four major FREE Summer Concert Series

If you prefer to hang by the beach, enjoy the start of the 27th year of the Twilight Dance Series, Time for those fun free summer concerts on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier 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 SaMo Mambo: Salsa with a dance floor. So bring your dancing shoes. Check their site for the full summer listing.  http://www.santamonicapier.org/twilight/

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 This is their first night and will continue every Thursday for the summer. Tonight will feature Jeremy Parker from "Meet me at the Pub" who always puts on a great acoustic live show + 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. Access to the courtyard begins at 4:30pm. Parking is free underneath City Hall. 

Tonight’s event features fiery Spanish Flamenco and percussion with Incendio and Argentinian rock with Los Pinguos. Additional parking is free for the first two hours in designated structures.

Or Marina Del Rey offers classical concerts every other Thursday night, and Pops concerts every other Saturday night at the beautiful Burton Chase Park overlooking the Marina. Chase Burton Park 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.  

Tonight, enjoy the 75-member Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, conducted by Frank Fetta with finalists from the famed Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition. This evening’s show is entitled, “A Night at the Opera”. Parking is available at County lots #4 and #77 on Mindanao Way, or lot # 5 on Bali Way. http://marinadelrey-ca.blogspot.com/

Grand Performances presents the 25th season of free outdoor concerts and performing arts at California Plaza in Downtown LA, 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. The highly celebrated international touring modern dance company, Diavolo, a unique collection of gymnasts, acrobats, athletes and actors who create along with leader Jacques Heim, powerful, witty and exhilarating movements for the stage.  As well as Colombia-based Noruz features two dancers and an actress in a work that looks at women in that country’s prison system. Suite para Barrotes y Presos (Suite for Bars and Prisoners) will be presented Thursday night in English and Friday night in Spanish. http://grandperformances.org/

Friday July 8th

Summertime is here and a great place to start off your evening is by the beach at Figtree’s Café. They have a great happy hour tonight, you can hear some great live music tonight at 5:00 pm. Fefe Lee, will be performing with friends. 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 a wonderful happy hour, Monday thru Friday and also has FREE delivery. 310 392-4937; www.figtreescafe.com;

In Culver City, pop by Rumors (formerly the Rumor Mill), at 11739 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90066, enjoy an artist reception for Brian Glover while enjoying country rock with the Venice Street Legends from 7:30 till 10:00pm. Free; Photo by Ben Hur.  http://therumormill.us/.

Stay in Culver City, The Mark Moore Gallery at 5790 Washington Blvd, bet La Cienega and Fairfax, will be featuring Second Fridays Summer Screening Series. Each month an artist/filmmaker will curate the night of short films. Tonight, MMG artist, Kiel Johnson, take a turn with short films of all varieties. The Mark Moore Gallery is a nice space and will also be having a DJ and yes, they will be serving refreshments and beer. Event runs from 8:00 pm till 10:00 pm. 310 453-3031; http://www.markmooregallery.com/.

If you are near Santa Monica, stop into the Christopher Grimes Gallery who offers “Super 8”, a group video show. Reception runs from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, 90401 310.587.3373; http://www.cgrimes.com/.

If you are closer to Santa Monica, and love southern food…South is the place for you. Tonight, enjoy “Friday Night Lights” (out door BBQ and live music). Remember they have an amazing 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/

Then head back to  Venice, The G2 Gallery presents the Catalina Island Conservancy and nature photographers Marc Muench, Jack Baldelli, and Carlos de la Rosa in celebrating the opening of the exhibit Catalina Island: The Wildlands at Your Doorstep. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. RSVP required to events@theg2gallery.com. A $5 admission at the door will directly benefit the Catalina Island Conservancy. http://www.theg2gallery.com/

Saturday, July 9th

South will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday July 9th in hopes of raising money for David Boyd (the brother of co-owner Philip Boyd) and his family. David was diagnosed with stage 3 Lymphoma. After several treatments of chemotherapy he was all set for his final treatment and things took a turn for the worse. 

He has had a long battle and will have to go through a bone marrow transplant once his body stabilizes and his cancer has been put into remission.  Starting at 11:00 am, South will be offering up a bracelet at the door that will allow each customer to receive a free buffet/drink special all day (that money will go to “TeamBoyd”).

During the day, enjoy numerous events that will hopefully inspire people to come be a part of the festivities. There will be raffles, contests and silent auctions for all to partake in. All proceeds from raffles and silent auctions will be donated as well as donation buckets and a portion of the day sales. 

The Silent auction will feature works from some incredible artists and photographers such as Vivian Flasch, Barbara Kosoff (right), David Phillips, Sona Mirzaei(above), Jules Muck(below,left) and Larry Shapiro.

Live bands all day and night, photo booths, waitresses will be face painting, there will be a silent art auction and much, much more… There will be celebrity sightings, a live feed, so David can watch from home. Doors will open at 11am. South is located at 3001 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403. (310) 828-9988; http://southsantamonica.com/.

Another wonderful Benefit is happening this weekend. Enjoy a summer evening of art, gourmet food, wine, jazz, and an ocean-front view of the Pacific from Hamilton Galleries in Santa Monica, all to help send lower income youth to Summer Surf Camp in Malibu—a win-win for everybody. “O Solé L.A.” is a group exhibit by an eclectic group of emerging artists in Los Angeles represented by the Hamilton Galleries. 20 percent of proceeds from art sales benefit the Swim Scholarship.

Event runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Admission is $30.00 per person; kids are free! You can also become a sponsor to help this cause out more check their website. For more information, please contact Leigh Hamilton, 310.451.9983; Hamiltongalleries@mac.com; http://www.hamiltongalleries.com/

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

From 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm, Amy Delaporte and Schomburg Gallery (E3A), present “Bean and Bands” featuring husband and wife artists Celia and Wally Gilbert.  
The Schomburg Gallery is located upstairs and above the Gallery of Functional Art at Bergamot. See image to left by Celiea Gilbert, Image to right by Wally Gilbert. 310.453.5757; http://www.schomburggallery.com/

Rosamund Felsen Gallery (B-4) is showing works by Lavi Daniel and Grant Mudford from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm (reception).310 828-8488; http://www.rosamundfelsen.com.

And don’t miss the Rose Gallery (G-5) offers the opening reception for artist, Tomoko Sawanda. Event runs from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. http://www.rosegallery.net/
 There are a couple more happening here at Bergamot, will be up for the Weekend Update, Friday by noon.

Circus Finelli will be performing at Robin’s Sculpture Garden with local groups Ketchup Soup, Demonite Na Khaosa, and the Sideshow Sirens. Join Circus Finelli for an evening of music, cabaret, and Circus Spectacle.

Robin’s Sculpture Garden is a beautiful glass garden/venue, hidden smack in the middle of Abbot Kinney (1362 Abbott Kinney).

Show time is 8:00 pm. $10.00 donation.

Now this one is gonna run late. Degenerate Art presents “Entartete Kunst” from 9:00 pm till 2:00 am. There is a $5.00 "Donation" at the door but the boast of Music / Food / Refreshments - 18+. The event will be held at 8921 National Blvd.Culver City, CA. http://totalmhre.com/dada/index.html; http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149716021764933

Feel like heading downtown…? Or maybe you live downtown.

The Hive Gallery presents "URBAN MASTERS 1", a Graffiti themed show. 

Opening Reception is from 8:00 pm-12:30 pm. Artists featured: VYAL, Mr. Maxx Moses, DYTCH 66, DCYPHER, Alex Chiu, Nick Knudson. 

Be aware that it is $8 at door. However, it does include live music. Show runs July 9th-30th http://hivegallery.com/

George Billis Gallery (2716 La Cienega Blvd) is pleased to present The Cityscape Show, a group show of work by gallery artists and selected guest artists. The exhibition runs from July 9 to August 27th.  

Opening Reception is 5:00 pm -8:00 pm. http://www.georgebillis.com/

Sunday July 10th

And now for the Pick of the Week. Ava Bird’s Book release party for TWO new books, “The New Now” and “Rage Against The War Machine”. 

This FREE event will feature live music, poetry and spoken word featuring Ava Bird, Rex Butters, Kathy Leonardo (yeah, it’s me), DJ Noj and Suzy Williams. 

It’s all happening at Katmandu boutique, a wonderful shop located at 1844 Lincoln blvd Santa Monica, 310-396-4036. 

This is a FREE event! Delicious homemade vegan food by donation! Sacred Items!

The Moca Pacific Design Center presents the work of legendary West Coast assemblage artist George Herms alongside the work of a younger generation of Los Angeles and New York artists.  

Event runs from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Moca Pacific Design Center is located 8687 Melrose Ave, in West Hollywood, 90069. http://www.moca.org/museum/moca_pdc.php

Lots more to come, Check back for the Weekend Upate!

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