Weekend Update, Fireworks and More 4th of July Events. Pick of the Week is tonight!

Pick of the Week is tonight, 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.

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, and it’s 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,  the festivities start around 6:30 pm. 

Stores stay open till around 9:00 pm.….With the recent arrival of food trucks upon the boulevard, some stores have decided to close early. However, 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. http://www.postnobillsshop.com/

Up the street 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.

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

Right next door, is 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

Back across the street again, 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.

Stay in Venice and stop over at Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd), where poets Jim Smith (see photo) and Hilary Kay celebrate the release of their two books "If the Dead Had Email" and "Hour of the Moon," respectively. There will be music, celebrity readers, refreshments and a book signing.. Check their site for more details. 7:30 pm $7.00 admission. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/

Or, for an inexpensive night out, pop into South, a fabulous restaurant with great Southern food. Tonight, enjoy “Friday Night Lights” (out door BBQ and live music). Ladies...so many men show up, go, pick yourself up a fine one.

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/.

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 (see image). 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. 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 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

Or in Venice you can find some culture (gotta hear that in a NY accent) at Beyond Baroque (681 Venice Blvd). Code Pink presents “Women Behaving Badly, Independence Day Event. (Sounds like the girls I run with) Enjoy special guests, authors, Jo Scott-Coe, Gayle Brandeis, Stephanie Barbé Hammer and Donna Hilbert. Check the site for more details. 7:30 pm $7.00 admission. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/

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 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

Monday July 4th

HAPPY 4TH OF July…So sad that they canceled the Marina Fireworks. I have spent every 4th of July here for the past 6 years…..booo hoo. Bummer.

Santa Monica hosts an annual parade. The theme this year is “4th of July on the Beach” to honor Grand Marshalls, The Ocean Lifeguards in the City of Santa Monica”. I’m hopin’ there’ will be lots of hot dudes in speedos…yeah! Mama’s gotta get her groove on. 
It starts at City Hall at 9:30 am (don’t they know it’s a holiday? I’ll be stumblin’ down to Main Street (see map)….look for the men in briefs. http://www.opa-sm.org/parade

But in Venice there will be some yummy body builders Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach Body building pageant on the beach from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Registration 7:30-9:30 am (who gets up this early?). Pre-judging starts at 10 am, finals at 1 pm. It is fun to watch. (Com'on lets give this guy at cat call...Meooow). It all happens at the Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach. Free to watch, Mama like! $80 to compete. 310-399-2775; http://musclebeachvenice.com

The Pacific Palisades comes alive with the 63rd Annual Fourth of July parade, at 2:00 p.m. Come join 2011 Parade Marshal Jeffrey Tambor, Pacific Palisades Honorary Mayor Sugar Ray Leonard and a cast of over a thousand marchers for an afternoon full of great American family fun. The sky divers start at 1:50 pm; then the parade at 2:00 pm. The parade is on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St.,  

Then at Charter High School the party begins at 6:00 pm. For only $2.00 you can enjoy a fab concert with fireworks….cool! Palisades Charter High School is located at 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades. http://bit.ly/iflNDu
CAAM Celebration at Twilight (Fireworks Extravaganza Starts at Dusk) Celebrate America’s  birthday “CAAM Style” with a patriotic performance in song, dance and spoken word. California African American Museum (CAAM) opens its doors from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. CAAM extends its hours with a special live program starting at 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CAAM’s outdoor plaza stage will provide onlookers the perfect spot to view Los Angeles’ largest Fireworks Extravaganza, set to take place at dusk in Exposition Park. Bring a picnic and set up on the lawn. This event is free and open to the public. California African American Museum is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, LA, CA, 90037. http://www.caamuseum.org/

More fireworks…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 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
Or enjoy 4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo. The food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6 pm, Drum and Bugle performances begin at 7, Fireworks at 9:05 pm. It does cost $13:00 but kids 7 and under free, Active Military with ID Free, advance tickets on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. At the gate about a week before the event. Cash only at the stadium. Be aware that it costs $20 cash for cars. 626-577-3100, http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/

Happy 4th of July. If you didn’t see enough fireworks, go home and make some of your own….Be Safe!



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