PIck of the Week is this Saturday, the 18th Street Arts Center's Celebration!

My PIck of the Week has to be the 18th Street Arts Center's Celebration this Saturday.

There's lots going on tonight and you won't want to miss it. First we have Art Night, which includes, Art, music, poetry and more.

Also tonight, a new exhibition opens, honoring artists who were central to the alternative artist space movement in Southern California since the early 1970’s.

Be sure to stop into this show entitled, Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artist Space Movement. Curated by Alex Donis, this exhibition is part of the Getty Foundation's innitiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945–1980.

This landmark exhibition features the works of Rachel Rosenthal, Barbara T. Smith (see image), EZTV, Electronic Café International as well as Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz-Starus.

See Saturday Events for more details.

Wednesday,  September 21st

It’s an all day event....World Peace Day at the Whole 9. There will be live art, music, refreshments, wine and treats. Toast The Peace Project's Operation Rise, Sierra Leone and the hope for World Peace! Goodie giveaways from Hansen's Peace Tea and Dollface Desserts.

Drop by for a few hours or for the entire day! 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. The Whole 9 is located at 6101 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; http://www.thewhole9.com/

Tonight at 7:30 pm stop into Warszawa Restaurant, (1414 Lincoln Blvd, upstairs) and enjoy "International Affairs." it's an evening of and drama, song, spoken word and comedy featuring:Vinnie Caggiano, Dj Carlile, Kaitlin Ferrell, Brian Knudson, Thessaly Lerner, Christina Linhardt, Marek Probosz, Jeffrey Van Der Byl  and many more. Produced & Hosted by Eric Vollmer, this event has a suggested donation of $7.00. (310) 227-0877

Try something different and head to the Catalina Bar & Grill to see Sammy Figueroa and His Latin Jazz Explosion at 8:00 pm.

There is a $15.00 charge, but he is incredible. Also featuring Silvano Monasterios, Alex Pope Norris, John Michalak, Nicky Orta and Nomar Negroni. Catalina Bar & Grill provides a warm and inviting environment for its guests, while enjoying a superb meal and live entertainment by internationally known jazz artists.

Catalina Bar & Grill is located at 6725 Sunset Blvd., 90028; 323 466-2210 www.catalinajazzclub.com

Thursday,  September 22nd  

Today at the Pacific Design Center, located at 8687 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood, CA 90069….Celebrate new showrooms and products with the Fall market. Check their website for more info and the whole day’s events. Be aware that the cocktail party at night is my invitation only. http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com

You may as well stary till the night, since there are some interesting openings at Pacific Design Center, located at 8687 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood, CA 90069...

There will be a new sculpture by Nicole Cohen, which will be installed in the Blue Lobby at the Pacific Design Center.
Start at See Line Gallery who is having a group show entitled, Silver Lining.  

Curated by Janet Levy the exhibit includes sculpture, painting, works on paper and installation by Scott Benzel, Robert Billings, Laddie John Dill,  Jimi Gleason, Joe Goode, Michelle Grabner, Jay Lizo, Karen Lofgren,Yogi Proctor, Laurie Reid, Kathryn Van Dyke. http://www.seelinegallery.com/

Another Year in LA at Suite B267 offers a twist of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative with Eric Doeringer's exhibit, Eastern Standard Time. Opening reception is from 5:00 pm til 8:00 pm. http://www.anotheryearinla.com/

Also this one will be great… Here is Elsewhere Gallery at Suite B231, on the second floor presents Monsieur Gainsbourg & John Outterbridge "In search of The missing mule" from 5:30 pm til 8:30 pm.

Since the 1980's, Serge Gainsbourg's music, film and art has gained legendary acclaim.  To mark the 20th birthday of his disappearance, Monsieur Gainsbourg is an exhibition that not only aims to pay homage to the cult artist, but also to reveal how he continues to be an inspiration for the 21st century.

Photographs from cult & avant-garde artists and friends of Gainsbourg will be shown in L.A for the first time, while contemporary artists have been commissioned to present their own interpretations of Serge. The exhibition will include works by: Franck Habicht, Kami,  Vanessa Atlan, Tom Recchion, Jules Muck (see image), Robert Schwan, Remy Bond and more

As part of Pacific Standard Time, HiE gallery presents John Outterbridge "In Search of the Missing Mule" series.

John Outterbridge is one of the most respected and widely acknowledged L.A. African- American artist. Outterbridge has been highly influential for generations of artists, both in his sensitive approach to materials and his commitment to activism.

Searching for a new visual language to represent the African-American experience, Outterbridge drew on assemblage, folk art and African sculpture. 

See photo of John Outterbridge and Bob Marley.

Bobbi Woods will be the featured artist, at Annie Wharton Los Angeles, Suite B275. This artist reception starts a bit later at 6:00 pm, yet still ends relatively early at 8:30 pm. http://www.anniewhartonlosangeles.com/
If there is still time, Den Contemporary will also be open, from 5:00 pm till 8:30 pm, though this is NOT an opening, they are extending the current exhibition. So you may as well pop in and check it out since you got a parking spot. Den Contemporary is located at B261, also at the Pacific Design Center.
If you prefer Malibu….celebrate the Malibu Premier of 'Minds In The Water' with Dave 'Rasta' Rastovich and the film crew at the Malibu Inn for the cetaceans: All proceeds go towards this wonderful organization 'Surfer's for Cetaceans.'

Venice Artist Rachel Rubenstein will be doing some live painting. Pepperdine Alumni DJ Rather Red is providing the entertainment from 9pm-2am!
Help out a good cause and make sure to rsvp, you’ll save $10.00 http://mindsinthewatermalibu.eventbrite.com/

Friday, September 23rd

Remember, there’s some great music events happening at Figtree’s Café and South…..check the Restaurant/Bar Page for more info   http://www.ktrpromo.com/p/restaurantsbars.html

If you need an art fix, in Beverly Hills, Gagosian Gallery presents an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Robert Therrien, his first in Los Angeles for more than a decade. Opening reception Gagosian Gallery is located at 456 North Camden Drive in Beverly Hills, 90210; 310.271-9400; http://www.gagosian.com/

Nearby, stop in 1301PE which celebrates the work of Uta Barth with an artist reception.

1301PE located at 6150 Wilshire Blvd., 90048 323 938-5822;
Opening reception 6:00 pm - 8:0 pm.  http://www.1301pe.com/

Or how bout' some FREE Jazz....?  The 2011 Angel City Jazz Festival kicks off its 4th season as a part of Jazz at LACMA with a special double bill.

The evening begins with the winners of the first annual Angel City Jazz Young Artist Competition, followed by eclectic pianist Larry Karush’s Quintet (see image), a world music infused ensemble featuring Randy Gloss and Joey DeLeon on percussion, Chris Colangelo on bass, and Danilo Lozano on flute. Admission is FREE. http://www.lacma.org/event/angel-city-jazz-festival

Saturday, September 24th

Now before we get to the Pick of the Week, come enjoy a day of art and music at the TARFEST MUSIC FESTIVAL which happens today from 12 pm - 6 pm at Hancock Park - 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

There will be a free concert at the Historic La Brea Tar Pits featuring live bands and Everest (see pix), live painting, art installations, and environmental sculpture.

The art exhibition is curated by Merry Karnowsky Gallery, LA Art Machine, and Los Angeles Art Association. There will also be a TarFest Lounge and Food Trucks spread throughout the park!  Bring the kids for the childrens's art making tents (12:00 - 2:30) http://www.tarfest.com/music.html

Back to my PICK OF THE WEEK….at 18th Street Arts Center. A new exhibition opens, honoring artists who were central to the alternative artist space movement in Southern California since the early 1970’s.

Be sure to stop into this show entitled, Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artist Space Movement. Curated by Alex Donis, this exhibition is part of the Getty Foundation's innitiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945–1980.

This landmark exhibition features the works of Rachel Rosenthal, Barbara T. Smith (see image, below), EZTV, Electronic Café International as well as Suzanne Lacy (see image above) and Leslie Labowitz-Starus.

This exhibition uses these five artists/artist groups’ as case studies to trace how their collaborative practices and alternative cultural infrastructures functioned like laboratories for testing the political possibilities of experimental artist-run spaces.

These artist practices and the spaces that hosted and fostered them were intimately related to the politics of the time (i.e. gay liberation, civil rights, freedom of information and feminism).

Collaboration Labs demonstrates that much of the Los Angeles time-based work in the 1970’s grew out of and fed into California artist space movement, which increasingly shaped the landscape of post-war LA art.

The evening features the Indonesian-inspired performing arts company Bali and Beyond; an artist marketplace; open studio visits with current international visiting artists. I always love the chance to wander through an open studio and see where all the art starts… This place always has a fun party, as well as complimentary cocktails. Food Tucks too.

And there's even more...Highways Performance Space, presents The All Stars of NonViolet Communication, a blue vaudevillian poem in three parts that unleashes the vitriol of four dead, under-appreciated gay entertainers of the 1970s. www.18thStreet.org

Since I'm a chick from NYC....I'm wonderin' where the blip is the Elysian Valley, well come to find out it's where they celebrate Frogtown!

Say what?...I'm talkin’ the 6th annual Frogtown Artwalk which is happening today, Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 pm.

Elysian Valley lies on the edge of the L.A. River and is home to an eclectic mix of artists. Hey, it's like an inland version of Venice....I got it. 

This weekend, visitors will have a chance to explore the neighborhood and wander along the pedestrian and bike path that runs along the river in a self guided tour of over thirty artist studios and lofts.

Though I’ve never been, I've heard that the Frogtown Arttwalk is like one big street party, with music food and music. This year a local factory owner commissioned a mural covering three walls of his building.

Its christening will feature a display by the Elysian Valley lowriders, a car collecting group. NOMAD studios, an art collective will feature demonstrations of silk screening and printing.

Conceptual artist Jim Piatt will unveil an installation designed to produce drinking water from the L.A. River. Cool!

Enjoy live music, a hula hoop contest (ooh, I may have to compete)  and a juried art show too.

Local food trucks, as well as Frogtown’s own “Taco’s by Kevin” will be serving refreshments. Sounds fun…I’m goin’!  http://www.frogtownarts.com/

Also, there are several openings in Culver City….The Whole 9 Gallery offers a group show featuring artists Alexandria Douziech (see image), Stephen James, Amanda Mears, Jonathan Hart and more from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. The Whole 9 Gallery is located at 6101 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; http://www.thewhole9.com/

Corey Helford Gallery features new works by internationally-collected California artist Nataly (Kukula) Abramovitch. Also upstairs, climb up to see digital artist Natalie Shau. Always a fun party here. http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/

Parker Jones will also be having an artist reception for Rob Thom from 5:00 pm til 7:00 pm. Parker Jones is located at 8545 Washington Blvd., 90232. 213.618.6464


Sunday, September 25th

The Abbot Kinney Festival is here BABY! This is such a fun event, I’ve played it many times…the whole community comes out. The Abbot Kinney festival will take place from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm and runs from Venice Blvd to Brooks Ave.

There are three musical stages and special food courts with food trucks and seating areas. I will be out there doing some serious shopping. Every year I go crazy….shop till you drop…baby!
Pop by Bohemian Exchange, who will also have a booth. They always have great prices, trendy designs, exceptional clothing, jewelry and accessories. 

I have been a customer of this store for years…Wonderful stuff. Bohemian Exchange is located at 1358 Abbot Kinney right off California, 90291. http://on.fb.me/ob9r0y

Also, you’ll want to visit Viola living Jewels for amazing jewelry and the very incredibel designer, Fahmina.

If you love leather bags…gotta check out Fahmina, who will be sharing a booth with Viola.

Fahmina creates plush waist bags that class up the very functional fanny pack up. These are simply gorgeous. Turn them from a waist bag to a clutch…she’s got lots of new ones too. http://www.fahmina.com/

Be sure to stop by Very Venice Art and Design Gallery, who will have a booth in front of their gallery. Located at 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd, don't miss the fantastic deals, live painting and more…

Very Venice Art & Design Gallery is a combination of a co-up, and a gallery together, with intensive marketing and monthly PR and events. Owner, Dary Rees, who has a background in business and PR is the perfect person to run a gallery such as this. Dary is also an artist herself as well as a Venice resident. The gallery features original art, and hand crafted merchandise by artists such as Fahmina, Linda Fenster, Lisa Goldfarb, Outi, Dary Rees, Rachel Rubenstein, Karen Saviskas, Felice Willat and so many others. http://www.veryveniceart.com/

Other local businesses participating are Ananda, The Brig, The Juicy Leaf, Kolu Clothing, Ohm Salon, Zingara Trading and more. See their website for a full listing. http://abbotkinney.org/

Have fun and enjoy the festival, the music, the food and of course the great shopping!

Or if you don’t want to deal with the crowds….At the Beacon Arts Center, enjoy an informal panel discussion with exhibition curators, Artists of The Optimist's Parking Lot will be present for informal Q&A at the closing reception. Panel discussion starts at 3:00 pm. Ihop will be cooking up pancakes! .
This event will be held at the Beacon Arts Building, located at 808 N. La Brea Ave, in Inglewood, 90302, from 7:00pm till 10:00pm.

Have a fantastic week….and come back for more updates on Friday!.

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