Time for the Weekend Update, Still Lots to Do!

Whew, what a wild night we had….For all you peeps that made it to the One Year Celebration of the Venice Art Crawl…..WOW!!! Right? It was off the charts. For those who didn’t…..don’t fret, we still got some cool events for you this weekend.

Also wanted to mention an incredible real estate deal being offered by broker Tanya Starcevich, an incredible broker. See details after Sunday events! If you are in the market, you'll want to check it out.

Friday August 19th

Venice MoZaic celebrates "Venice Sunshine" at The Talking Stick. Featuring songstress Sista Jean, Zebra Party, The VeniceVille Players and DJ Noj is spinnin' his favorite records. Nikki Black hosts the evening. The Talking Stick offers delicious, reasonably priced salads, sandwiches, hummus & pita, tasty desserts, and an array of smoothies, coffees and teas in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. Free parking and BYOB (with $8 corkage).
The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge is located at 1411 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291. Free admission, 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. 310.450.6052. http://www.thetalkingstick.net/

South presents DJ Jacque at 9:00 pm. It's gonna be a fun one, the evening is sponsored by Pisco Porton. (Pisco specials all night) Don't forget, they have an amazing happy hour from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. So take advantage, and get there early, so you're ready for the music to start pumpin at 9:00pm.
Lots of single men here, girls. Take it from Mama, get your butts down there and grab em while their liquored up! South has all new drink specials and a happy hour menu. See website, for more details. South is located at 3001 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403. (310) 828-9988.

Or in Chinatown, LeBasse Projects  presents, announce ŒGolden Structure,' a solo exhibition from LA based artist Ken Garduno from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. This exhibition will feature a series of works in charcoal on paper – the first time the artist has shown work in this form. LeBasse Projects Chinatown is located at 932 Chung King Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90012; www.lebasseprojects.com

Saturday, August 20th

You may want to take a lovely trip to for the weekend and get out of LA. If you are near Joshua Tree, you will definitely want to pop by this lovely group artist reception. Joshua Residency presents their 5th annual Art Exhibit at Joshua Tree Art Gallery.

This is a fantastic organization that helps artists....I love that! Five artists have been accepted for this year’s Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residency program. They are Wendy Given from Portland , OR, Betty Hageman from Seattle, WA, Lola Ramona Lanxinger from Los Angeles, CA, Cyrus Lemmon from Chico, Ca and JoJo Luzhou Li from Brooklyn, NY. This exhibition is the fruits of their labor. Yeah!

Five years ago Frederick Fulmer and Jim Berg stepped up to the plate and sponsored the first annual JTHAR program. This year they are joined by co-sponsors Sarah Kennington, Steve Bardwell, Ruth and Steve Rieman.

The JTHAR program is growing a group of ambassadors for the desert that carry the message about this special place to people around the world.

Artists participating in past years came from all over the US plus Argentina, Brazil, England and Austria. They discovered and learned to love the empty fullness they found here in which to live and create. Several have returned for visits to experience more.
The reception will be held at Joshua Tree Art Gallery, located at 61607 29 Palms Hwy., Suite B from 6:00 pm till 8:30pm. http://www.jthar.com/

Treat yourself….get out of LA….and enjoy.

Or if you decide to stay in LA, head to Culver City and drop into LeBasse Projects who will be presenting the opening reception for Risk and COOZ: “That Was Then, This Is Now.” This is the first major collaborative exhibition by Kelly Graval and Nathan Ota, aka Risk and COOZ.

The traveling exhibition reunites these artists whose friendship began before they would respectfully become graffiti legends in the streets and revered artists in galleries and museums internationally.

LeBasse Projects (6023 Washington Blvd. 90232) Opening reception runs from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. 310.558.0200; www.lebasseprojects.com

Gallery 3209 presents “Dead, Headless, and Female: The Matador Paintings,” a solo exhibition of new works by CK Lyons. The opening reception runs from 6:00 pm till 9;00pm. Gallery 3209 is located at 3209 S. La Cienega Ave., 90034 323 3144725. http://gallery3209.com/

Then hop over to La Brea and travel north to Carporale/Bleicher Gallery who  will be showing new works by Julia Schwartz entitled The Hollow Sea. Opening reception is from 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Carporale/Bleicher Gallery is located at 355 N. La Brea Ave 90036. 310 237-6423; http://caporalebliecher.com

In Santa Monica at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica, (D-3)TAG Gallery offers a group show from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310.829.9556; http://www.taggallery.net
Also from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm, pop into the Patrick Painter Gallery (A8 & B2) to see the group show “Rear Window.” Love that movie. 310-264-5988; http://www.patrickpainter.com

If you have not been, get downtown to “Grand Performances.” it’s a Free event that happens in Downtown L.A.’s California Plaza. Grand Performances’ offers wonderful performers, all established singers, dancers and musicians in this free performing arts summer series. 
Tonight’s show features PHRANC and Peter Case. Two original voices from the folk music scene come together on one stage for an evening of witty, tongue-in-cheek yet heartfelt songs. Show starts at 8:00 pm.  http://www.grandperformances.org/

Sunday, August 21st
If you are lookin' for some culture (gotta hear it with my NY accent) head to the Grove, at the Farmer's Market, for the repeat performance of the Cultural Day. See a diverse lineup of talented performers from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Representing the Sister City of Berlin is chanteuse Christina Linhardt and Dancing Sensation Georgia Reed who will perform a 20 minute set sometime around 1:45 pm songs from the musical Cabaret!, Marlene Dietrich Medley and My Fair Lady. Christina is a wonderful singer. Go, enjoy, have fun, buy some veggies too!

This is a FREE Event....enjoy The Grove is located at  Fairfax and 3rd St., 189 The Grove Drive, 90036, to be exact, on the grassy park at East of complex. http://sistercitiesofla.com/page34/page34.html

Or how bout some interesting edgy 3D filmmaking? Los Angeles Film forum and LA 3D Club welcome avant-garde stereoscopic filmmaker Ken Jacobs back to Los Angeles. Excerpts from Jacobs's 3D work will be shown and projected in both anaglyph or 3D without spectacles.

Be aware there is a $10 charge, or if you are a current LA3D Club member, it’s half off. For USC Students are free. Check their website for more details. There is a rooftop reception following the event. The street parking is free on Sundays though.
The Downtown Independent is located at 251 S. Main St, 90012. Event runs from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. http://www.downtownindependent.com/

The City of Santa Monica presents Free Jazz on the Lawn at City Hall from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. You only have two more times to appreciate this lovely, but short series, which happens each year in August. This afternoon, the Electones perform. A guitar led trio, they offer a range of jazz, blues and soul from traditional to experimental. Bring a blanket, back an early dinner, some wine, your honey, or meet a new one there 

Santa Monica City Hall is located at 1685 Main Street. There’s free parking after 4:00 pm in the Civic Auditorium Parking lot and a complimentary bike valet will be available in the parking lot north of City Hall. Cool! For more information: 310-458-8350. http://arts.smgov.net/jazz_on_the_lawn_2011.htm; http://theelectones.com/

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That’s all folks….see ya next time!

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