Pick of the week is East Village West, presented by Royal T in Culver City.

So many great events going on this weekend….But you gotta stop by the Pick of the Week  which will be amazing… East Village West is  presented by Royal T and curated by Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf.

In official partnership with “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” Magnuson and Scharf highlight and celebrate California pop culture and Hollywood’s influence on New York City’s neo-Dada art movement.

This will be an amazing night with light performances by Prince Poppycock, Timur of the Dime Museum, Drag King Mo B. Dick as John Sex (along with "his"Bodacious Ta-Tas) and more.

Also featuring art by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tseng Kwong Chi, John Sex, Kitty Brophy, Bruno Schmidt, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson, Vincent Gallo, Frank Holliday, Scott Covert, Stefano Castronova, Nancy A. Kintisch, Greer Lankton, Paul Monroe, Plasticgod and Randy. See more info under Saturday events.

Be sure to RSVP for this Saturday’s opening reception at events@emgpr.com

Save the date…Tuesday Oct 4th…I will be performing as part of the Artist Palooza event at Tiato in Santa Monica. See below under special Tuesday mention for more info.

See my latest article in the Santa Monica Mirror page B5 about Very Venice Art and Design Gallery.


Friday September 30th

Don’t forget to check the Restaurant/Bar page, for music events at South and Figtree’s Café. Both have a great happy hour. http://www.ktrpromo.com/p/restaurantsbars.html

How bout' supporting a great cause....? TreePeople has a benefit tonight at MBar. Enjoy Nomi Lyonns in Cabaret Confessions of an Eco-Diva at 8:00 pm. It's gonna be a fun green and eco-friendly mixture of fabulous songs, wine, and prizes.

Doors open at 7PM/ Show is at 8PM. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. MBar is located at 1253 Vine in Hollywoodand MBar has a $10 food minimum -- all the food is really good! http://www.treepeople.org/

Do you like indie films? Stop by 212 Coffeehouse, located at 212 Pier Ave.  Santa Monica 90405.  Gerry Fialka screens films as antennae of the race, broadcasting the hidden effects of what we have invented. From experimental films to political activist cinema to lit, art, music flix to avant garde documentaries, this series provokes new questions and features fiery discussions. The kingdom of Survival (2011 92 minutes). Event runs from 7:30 pm 11:30 PM Free.

In Santa Monica, at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, stop into the Patrick Painter Gallery (# A8 & B2). Tonight they offer an opening reception featuring the work of Andrew Piedilato, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 310-264-5988; http://www.patrickpainter.com

Or downtown?  Fountain Art Fair happens tonight and tomorrow Lot 613 (613 Imperial Street LA, CA 90021). What the heck is the Fountain Art Fair, you may ask???? It's a traveling fair, featuring artists from different cities...an exhibition of avant garde artwork in New York during Armory week, Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach and Los Angeles during Pacific Standard Time weekend. Artist, Rachel Rubenstein will be doing some live painting (see image)
Tonight is the opening night reception from 7:00 pm - 12:00 am. Musical Performances: TBA (21 & over); Saturday, October 1, 7pm - 12am; Admission: $10 daily / $15 weekend pass (all tickets sold at door). Check their website http://fountainartfair.com/

Avant-L.A. produces fine art exhibitions that connect established and emerging contemporary artists to the public through a presentation of independent curatorial visions.

Avant-L.A. was co-founded by Los Angeles art icon and curator Mat Gleason and creative entrepreneurs and gallerists Michael Napoliello and Maria Frisk.

TOP TEN NOW ARTISTS: Abel Alejandre, Michael Arata, Mark Brandvik, Megan Geckler, Kristi Lippire, Vito LoRusso, Antonio Mendoza, Leigh Salgado, Veronica Soto, Tim Youd.

Top 10 is sponsored by Purity Vodka (you know what that means)
Show exhibits Friday, September 30 – Monday, October 3, 2011 For more information about Avant-L.A, call (424) 226-2485 or email info@Avant-LA.com; http://avant-la.com/html

Or in Burbank, stop by Mindfulnest located at 3319 W. Magnolia Blvd. IT'S A BLOCK PARTY…including surrounding stores!
Enjoy discounts, bubbly, food trucks, henna tattoos, trunk shows w/some of our favorite jewelers and more. Be aware this is NOT the Mindfulnest on Main, in Santa Monica. This is their other store in the Valley.

Saturday, October 1st  

Before my pick of the week, during the day, from 3:00 pm til 7:00 pm, experience 2011 World Festival of Sacred Music, Honoring the Sea. OK it sounds a bit hokey...but could be a fun family event.
Seven groups call forth their unique power of song and dance as they process to the awaiting Ti’at canoe and Tongva elders. Heal the Bay and youth lead the celebration with sounds from the great marching band tradition with the sacred rhythms of Brazil, Agape Choir and more.The procession ends with an enormous gathering on the water’s edge.
Come with theh family and sit on the sand as each group performs for the sea and places their offering on the Ti’at canoe..  Wear white or aqua. Guess I can't go...Being from NY...I only wear black.
Santa Monica Beach, Dorothy Green Park, at the end of Ocean Park Blvd. Free admission For more information: 310-825-0507.

Back to the Pick of the Week,  the opening night of East Village West curated by Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf. The event will be held at Royal T and is part of the Pacific Standard Time collaboration initiated by the Getty Foundation.
The opening reception runs from 8:00 pm til 10:00 pm at Royal T, located at 8910 Washington Blvd. Be sure to RSVP for this Saturday’s opening reception at events@emgpr.com

East Village West celebrates California pop culture and Hollywood's influence on New York City's neo-Dada art movement.

The opening night reception will feature scandalous acts of live art and scintillating performances by Prince Poppycock, Timur of the Dime Museum, Drag King Mo B. Dick as John Sex (along with "his" Bodacious Ta-Tas), (hey, I’ve got some of those too), Stacy Dawson Stearns & The Psych-Out Dada Go-Go Dancers,
Plus Ann Magnuson, Kenny Scharf and DJ Howie Pyro. Also amazing video from Club 57 never before shown in public and CALIFORNIA NEW WAVE by Austin Young with Andrew Marlin, Taryn Nicole Piana, Squeaky Blonde, Fade-Dra;  Sizzling New Wave makeovers featuring electric airbrushing and  credit card blush! Make-up provided by MAC.
East Village West will feature art by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vincent Gallo, Tseng Kwong Chi, John Sex, Kitty Brophy, Bruno Schmidt, Frank Holliday, Scott Covert, Stefano Castronova, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson; photographs by Robert Carrithers, Harvey Wang, Ande Whyland, Lina Bertucci; video by Barry Shils, Tom Rubnitz, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson and still others.
Fashions by Natasha Adonzio (Natasha N.Y.C.) and Katy K; special 'vintage' DJ mix by original Club 57 DJ Dany Johnson in the "Porta Party" installation pod; PLUS cool ephermera and rare video provided by original Club 57 members like Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, Kristian Hoffman, Naomi Regelson, Jerry Beck and so many more!
Also tonight from 6:00 pm -11:00 pm is the opening reception of Beyond Eden 2011 with live painting, a sponsored bar, & tunes from DJ Mr. NumberOnederful.

Beyond Eden 2011 will showcase the works of a half dozen galleries during the weekend Participating galleries include C.A.V.E. Gallery, Copro Gallery, Gallery Nucleus, La Luz De Jesus Gallery (in celebration of their 25th Anniversary this year), Toy Art Gallery, and Thinkspace.

It all happens at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG) 4800 Hollywood Blvd., 90027.

At 8:00 pm there will be a special presentation celebrating the art and accomplishments of Anthony Ausgang. Admission is Free. 323.644.6269. http://www.lamag.org/

In Santa Monica, stop by Duncan Miller for the closing reception of The Los Angeles Collection: 42 artists present 50 modern photographs based on their own representations of LA (from the concept "I Love LA"). See image by Thomas Michael Alleman.

Reception runs from 7:00 -10:00 pm. Duncan Miller Gallery is located at 10959 Venice Blvd, LA 90034 310-838-2440; http://www.duncanmillergallery.com/

Living By Lynne Leventen presents photographer Curt Gunther. Enjoy rare photographs of the Beatles and a special exhibit of his son, Steve Gunther.

Event runs from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Fashion Show by leather designer Robert Warner  at 3:00 p.m. and  at 7:00 p.m.

Living By Lynne Leventen is located at 1627 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90403 (310)395-0707. www.livingbylynne.com

The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex.

With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices.

im Barry and Joey Thate open their contemporary art studio, West Eleven, at The Brewery. The opening night party is tonight and will be held at The Brewery Artwalk. Stop by and visit while you enjoy over 200 original paintings, sculptures and multi media works.

Admission is free and so is parking. Brewery Art walk is located at 2100 North Main Street, Unit A10, 90031  http://breweryartwalk.com/

Or in Inglewood, The Beacon Arts Building presents a group show The Feminine Canvas, curated by Renée Fox. Artists featured are Bijoux Altamirano, Meg Cranston, Zackary Drucker, Sara Hunsucker, Laura Krifka, Laura London, Yolanda McKay and Fay Ray.

This event will be held at the Beacon Arts Building, 808 N. La Brea Ave, in Inglewood, 90302, from 7:00pm till 10:00pm. http://beaconartsbuilding.com/

Sunday October 2nd  

Come enjoy the Pico Festival and Car Show at Virginia Avenue Park.

There will be an exciting collection of booths and artist pavilions displaying and selling an assortment of art, photography, fashion, food, and services.

A special Gallery Pavilion will exhibit selected art. (See image by Ray Mcray) There will be music and dance acts plus raffles and giveaways all day long. The Car Show will display a collection of classic cars from across Southern California, including a vintage SMPD squad car.

The Pico Festival starts at 11:00 am and will go till 4:00 pm at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave. Admission is Free

For more information about the festival and the Pico Improvement Organization call 310-829-9303; http://www.picopassport.com/

Country Club presents an opening reception for The Double Bind: Selections from The Annabel Vale Archive. This exhibition features the work of Jonah Freeman + Justin Lowe and runs from 3:30 pm till 6:30 pm at The Standard, located at 550 S. Flower St. Special performance by RTX

Between 1956 and 1983, Los Angeles socialite Annabel Vale amassed a vast archive of material focused on a network of subcultures and secret societies scattered throughout California history. The artists, Freeman and Lowe are known for their large-scale environmental installations in which a wide variety of social spaces are rendered in intense sculptural detail. http://www.countryclubprojects.com/

Special Tuesday October 4th, Event

Artist Palooza will be offering a fun event which will feature Art, jewelrey, fashions, and accessories as well as original art created onT-shirts right before your eyes.

There will also be live music and more all happening at a new restaurant called Tiato, Market Garden Cafe, located at 2700 Colorado Ave in Santa Monica. These are the same owners who own Crustacean in Beverly Hills.

Get there early, 6:00 pm, you may miss me, since I will be performing my 'Strong Woman' Blues at 6:15 pm, at this Artist Palooza event. The show will also feature other singer/songwriters. We've got the fabulous Alfred Johnson as well as The B.O.L.T, Vincent Grade, Antonio Jackson, me Kathy Leonardo, Mary Scholz and others. Show runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm.

This will be a fun night. It's free too, so come on down.  The food is amazing....make sure to get the garlic noodles. Yum! www.tiato.com

Have a great week….and I’ll see ya next time!

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