Pick of the Week is the Worldwide Event, Fashion's Night Out, Thursday Sept 8th!

My PICK OF THE WEEK, has got to be “Fashion’s Night Out.” Hey, it’s a worldwide event, it’s the third year….if you haven’t heard of it….where you been?

The event takes place on Thursday, September 8th everywhere, there should be something going on in your neighborhood, but I have chosen a couple fun spots that will definitely be happening. See last year's picture from NYC at Lincoln Center...this event is going viral.

My two favorite Picks this week are Bohemian Exchange in Venice and Uroborus in Santa Monica. Both will have fantastic parties with refreshments, appetizers and of course incredible fashions. See my fashion page to read more about these fabulous boutiques. Also both Street’s Abbot Kinney and Main Street will be jumpin, with several stores getting involved.

See my Santa Monica Daily Press article on page 3. http://www.smdp.com/pdf/090711.pdf  about all the great events happening in Santa Monica

Also for Venice events, see my Venice Patch article http://venice.patch.com/articles/fashions-night-out-struts-down-abbot-kinney

Also, this Saturday August 10th. Take a trip to Joshua Tree for a fun weekend of hiking and Art.  

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency presents their 5th annual Art Exhibit at Joshua Tree Art Gallery. See more info below under Saturday events.

Wednesday, September 7th

Tonight, treat yourself, for as low as $10.00 - $30.00 go to the Hollywood Bowl and enjoy Quincy Jones, featuring the Global Gumbo All-Stars and Friends.

You can purchase it on line, or take a chance and scalp some right outside the bowl. Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, in Hollywood 90068; Parking can be a pain, so just take the bus. The party gets started early and you can meet new friends, all going to the same concert. It’s like a meet-up for music lovers. Pick up the bus at the Santa Monica DMV at Cloverfield, across from the Yahoo Center. Show starts at 8:00 pm. 323.850.2000; http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/

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, September 8h

Back to my PICK OF THE WEEK“Fashion’s Night Out.” Stay on the Westside and enjoy, cause both Abbot Kinney in Venice and Main Street in Santa Monica will be doing it up!

Now Main Street, in Santa Monica has more of a organized group effort by the actual street. You may have seen their posters and banners announcing the event all over town.

You can also read my article published today in the Santa Monica Daily Press about Thursday night’s event. Please be sure to pop in Uroborus. This is my featured store on Main Street.
With over 25 businesses signed on, Main Street Santa Monica will kick off the celebration of Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) at The Victorian Lawn (2640 Main St.) with a red carpet arrival from 7-8pm.

Guests will be encouraged to strut their stuff while being photographed by “paparazzi” before hitting the celebrations up and down the street. With their first foray into the international Main Street is out to prove to revelers that “Main is the new black.”

Stop by Uroborus and enjoy a glass of sangria, snacks and refreshments. And pick up a free raffle ticket too, then return at 9pm to see if what you've won. They’ll be giving away more than $1500 in fine clothes and gift certificates!

Uroborus carries designs from around the world, and from its own In-House Designer, Gigi Clark. Known for its European flair, this edgy boutique has been in business for over 18 years and is located at 2407 Main St., just north of Edgemar. http://on.fb.me/r10Sg2

Highlights of the evening include a fall style preview runway show at 8pm in the New Orleans Building courtyard (2665 Main St.) presented by Agabhumi the Best of Bali and monkie.

Manager of Agabhumi, Christina Norton is excited about participating  and explains “Fashion’s Night Out for Agabhumi is an opportunity to show our customers, new and existing, what we have to offer for the upcoming season. It’s a great excuse to get out with girlfriends, try things you may not normally go for, and see what’s happening in the world of fashion. It’s been such a quirky year, we just want to remind people that it’s still fun AND affordable to get dressed up.”

There will also be a styling contest at Clever (2323 Main St.) whose winner keeps their eye catching ensemble, a fall designer showcase by Habitual Denim, tunes by Viper Room house DJ, DJ Bliss Beats, and a celebrity stylist Toni Ferrara on hand at hip’tique (2727 Main St.)
Varga located at 2714 offers strawberries and champagne, sales and more. Alsot don't miss the  trunk show hosted by renowned jewelry designer Kyle Chan at Mindfulnest (2711 Main St.)

Betsy and Tracy, located at 2929 Main Street offers 50-80% off entire stock (excluding already reduced FRYE boots), a Lazaro designer handbag sample sale, door prizes, refreshments and free earrings & yoga pants with purchase!!

Manager of Varga, (2714 Main), Christina Marquez says “I think its brilliant I am so thrilled to be a part of it this year!!  I love the idea of assembling of celebs, designers,retailers and the public all at the same time and date everywhere. It is going to be amazing. I am so happy that Main St. is being included on this wonderful night for fashion."

Eyes on Main located at 3110 Main St, will be having a storewide sale and offering wine, refreshments and snacks.

For every purchase at participating businesses, attendees will be eligible to enter for a grand prize Main Street shopping spree valued at over $500. The growing list of celebration stops includes Agabhumi the Best of Bali, Arm Candy, Betsy & Tracy, Buffalo Exchange, Cielo Espresso, Clever, The Closet, Compliments Fashions, Eyes on Main, Free People, Gioia, Green Denim Initiative, hip’tique, LF Stores, Mindfulnest,monkie, Natural High Lifestyle, Next Salon, Phukaw, Station 26, Ten Women, Uroborus, and Varga. Please check the website for details. http://www.mainstreetsm.com/

And don’t forget Abbot Kinney……

Bohemian Exchange will be doing it up with a sexy sultry fashion show featuring the latest cutting edge designs.  Event starts at 6:00 pm, then the first fashion show begins at 8:00 pm, with another one happening at 10:00 pm. Bohemian Exchange is located at 1358 Abbot Kinney right off California, 90291. This place has amazing merchandise. Refreshments will be served. http://on.fb.me/ob9r0y

Kamofie and Co. will be featuring local designers and offering refreshments from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Kamofie and Co. is located at 1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Very Venice Art and Design Gallery is a new artist collective, which just opened last month. They will be jumpin as well tonight featuring artists creating the fashions and jewelry right before your eyes. This charming art gallery features hand crafted jewelry, original belts and handbags, as well as scarves and fashions. Event is from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Very Venice Art and Design Gallery is located at 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd. http://www.veryveniceart.com/

There are lots more shops getting involved on Abbot Kinney such as Strange Invisible Perfurmes (1138 AK), Pamela Barish (1327 ½ AK), Minnie T’s (1355 AK), and Alexis Bittar (1612 AK) and more. For more info on “Fashion’s Night Out,” check out their website at http://fashionsnightout.com/

Also don’t forget, The Downtown Art Walk is happening tonight….so check their website. If you feel like a whole night of art, it’s the place to be. http://www.downtownartwalk.com/

In Venice, LA Louver located at 45 N. Venice, right by the beach is having an opening featuring the work of Tony Berlant (see image) and Leon Kossoff.

They usually offer white wine and some hard liquor as well. Opening: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310 822-4955; http://www.lalouver.com.

It’s the last night for the Santa Monica Pier. Tonight’s show offers New Orleans Funk & Blues (presented by Bloomingdales), It all happens from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

Friday September 9th

Check KTR’s Restaurant/Bar Page for FREE music events at local restaurants. Tonight, there's live music and Figtree's Cafe in Venice and DJ Jacque at South in Santa Monica!

In Culver City, WWA Gallery always has fun events. Tonight they feature artists Julian Callos and Jenny Yang. The reception happens from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at WWA Gallery located at 9517 Culver Blvd., 90232. 310 836-4992; http://wwagallery.com/
Stay in Culver City, and stop by Rumors (formerly the Rumor Mill), at 11739 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90066. Enjoy an artist reception for Susan Tompkins while enjoying live music with Freddy Ginns and Zebra Party from 6:00 till 9:00pm. Free; http://therumormill.us/

Or in Venice, stop by C.A.V.E. Gallery who offers a group show from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd 310.450.6960; http://www.cavegallery.net

If you are near Santa Monica, you may want to pop by the Christopher Grimes Gallery. Tonight, they feature the work of Anton Henning. They always advertise there is a reception, but rarely every offer any refreshments….so let’s just say it’s a viewing from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, 90401 310.587.3373; http://www.cgrimes.com/

Saturday, September 10th
Oh No, I’m having an ART attack. There are just too many things to do. The last two weeks in August, most galleries take off, so this is the start of the fall season for local LA galleries. Both Bergamot in Santa Monica and Culver City have a huge amount of art openings.

Also you may just want to abandon LA this week and choose a more restful weekend.

Take a trip to Joshua Tree for a fun weekend of hiking and Art. 

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency presents their 5th annual Art Exhibit at Joshua Tree Art Gallery.  Last month, several friends that live in Venice, went to a show at this gallery and spent the night, and had a wonderful weekend and retreat. I highly suggest it.
It’s always great to celebrate an organization like this, who supports artists.

Check out their website to read about their Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residency program. Tonight’s event is their opening gala reception featuring a group show from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. See artist list on the flyer.
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.
JoshuaTree Art Gallery is located at 61607 29 Palms Hwy., Suite B from 6:00 pm till 8:30pm. http://www.jthar.com/

Also if you would like to plan a trip, check out this lovely Joshua Tree Vacation rental. Just say you heard about it on KTR Promo and that you would like to attend the art exhibiton and you get a 10% discount…Yeah! Treat yourself to a romantic weekend. 760 366- 3636. http://www.joshuatreehighlandshouse.com/
Also for you budget minded peeps….check out http://www.deserthideaway.com/

Let’s start with Bergamot….Santa Monica offers some openings at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Most of these will serve wine & refreshments. There will be more up for the Weekend Update….

You should begin at Gallery Luisotti (A-2) cause it starts at 4:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm. Gallery Luisotti (A-2) features Simon Norfolk’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan.  (310) 453-0043

Next go to Craig Krull Gallery (B-3), from 4:00 pm -7:00 pm who is participating in the Pacific Standard Time Exhibition (an initiative of the Getty). On view is artist Carlos Almaraz, renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman (see image), as well as portrait artist Don Bachardy and photographer Malcolm Lubliner 310.828.6410; http://www.craigkrullgallery.com.

Then it seems another gallery is getting in on the action of Pacific Standard Time. The Frank Lloyd Gallery (B5B) features the work of Craig Kauffman.

This is an exhibition that traces the development of Craig Kauffman's paintings from 1958 to 1964. Reception: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm 310 264-3866; http://www.franklloyd.com/

Skidmore Contemporary moves to a much larger space at Bergamot Station D-2. Featuring new paintings by Tom McKinley, tonight marks their grand opening from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm. http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/

Stop by Rosamund Felsen Gallery (B-4) from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm, there will be an opening reception for Karen Carson. 310 828-8488; http://www.rosamundfelsen.com

Richard Heller Gallery B-5A features the work of artist, David Jien, with a reception from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 310-453-9191. http://richardhellergallery.com/

Ruth Bachofner Gallery (G-2) features artists Audra Weaser and Sharon Weiner from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 310 829 3300; http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

Fig (G-6) will also be having an artist reception for Chris Madans (see image), from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. 310.829.0345; http://www.figgallery.com/

Also from 5:00 pm till 9:00 stop by Building F2, for a group show. This is Claremont Graduate University's 2nd Year MFA Show. http://hmegallery.com

The Lora Schlesinger Gallery (T-3) offers an opening reception for Michael Gregg Michaud (See Image) and Christopher Murphy. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. 310 828-1133; www.LoraSchlesinger.com

Track 16 (C-1) offers a reception for Nzuji de Magalhães and Loren Holland. This is a great space and always has fun openings.

This event runs from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. 310-264-4678; http://track16.com/

Then stop by Copro Gallery (T-5) which always runs a bit later.

Tonight’s opening features a group exhibition, The BLAB SHOW.

Also in gallery 2, Ryan Hehska's "Strange Powers " will be on display.

Event runs from 8:00 pm till 11:30 pm. 310 829-2156; http://www.copronason.com/.

Stay in Santa Monica and drop by Arena 1 Gallery, located at 3026 Airport Avenue for the exhibition entitled Seeing Through the Eyes of Mona Lisa. Now what doesn’t make sense to me is it is named after a famous painting, but it is a photography exhibition. Huh? Ok here are the details. It gets event stranger. Any photograph submitted will be displayed (Oh boy) and we the public get the chance (or are subjected) to view it. (I certainly hope they have quite a bit of wine).

At the opening night each visitor will be given a Mona Lisa mask, creating a feeling of performance. Baroque Music will be played during the reception. The Mona Lisa represents our unified singular vision, through which we see each other and the work on display. Ok it’s a bit out there, buy you never know, it may change your life….or not! 310.397.7449; http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com

Now let’s move on to Culver City….like a mini artwalk. Just like Bergamot, these gallery owners are back from their vacation and ready for fall. I love it when all these galleries get together and have openings on the same night….park, stroll and enjoy. Most of these will serve wine & refreshments.

Start at The Francois Ghebaly Gallery, located at 2600 S. La Cienega Blvd., 90034, who will be featuring the artist Joel Kyack (see image). The reception goes from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310 280-0777; http://ghebaly.com.

Honor Fraser presents Kaws: Hold the Line. Located at 2622 S. La Cienega, Opening reception is from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. (310) 837-0191; http://www.honorfraser.com/.

JK Gallery (2632 S. La Cienega Blvd.), celebrates the work of Hedieh Javanshir (see image) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 310.837.3330; http://www.jkgallery.net.

LA><ART is inspired by the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative and will feature the work of John Outterbridge who has been living and working in LA for over 40 years. The artist reception runs from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm.  LA><ART  is located at 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd.  http://www.laxart.org

And continue on to Walter Maciel Gallery 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. The artist featured is Margarita Cabrera. Event runs from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310.839.1840; http://www.waltermacielgallery.com/

Taylor De Cordoba showcases Kimberly Brooks and is located at 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd. and will be open from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.310.559.9156; http://www.taylordecordoba.com/

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, has a new location at 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., Tonight they offer an artist reception for Chis Barnard (see image) as well as a group show with works by Sayre Gomez, Sean Townley and Bobbi Woods.310-838-6000; http://www.LuisDeJesus.com

The George Billis Gallery will be having an opening reception for Andi Anovitch and Tim Yankosky (see image).This one starts a bit earlier, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. George Billis Gallery LA at 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd, 90034. 310 838-3438;  www.georgebillis.com/.

Cherry and Martin has an opening reception for a group show. See image by Robert Heinecken. Event runs 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. Cherry and Martin is located at 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd. 310.559.0100; http://www.cherryandmartin.com/

Across, on the other side of La Cienega, use the cross walk, Blum & Poe, at 2727 S. La Cienega features the work of Matt Johnson. They don’t normally serve refreshments, but the art is noteworthy of a stop in.  6:00 pm-8:00 pm. 310-836-2062; http://www.blumandpoe.com.

Then stop into Angles Gallery (2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.), the work of artists, John Divola and Judy Fiskin (see image) work will be on display  and will be open from 6:00pm till 8:00 pm. 310 396-5019; http://www.anglesgallery.com

Be sure to stop into the Western Project located at 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., features Ali Kheradyar and Chad Robertson. 310.838.0609; http://www.western-project.com/

Kopeikin Gallery, located at 2766 S. La Cienega offers the exhibit Moby: Destroyed from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310-559-0800; http://www.kopeikingallery.com

Just a bit more down the street, don’t miss the David Kordansky Gallery at 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd., unit A. Their reception runs a bit later, from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm features artist Richard Jackson.310-558-3030; http://davidkordanskygallery.com/

On to Washington Blvd., be aware that these next few are east of the other galleries. You may want to move your car, but it is just one long block, totally walkable.

However the rest of the galleries are back west of La Cienega, which may be the time to move the car, or hook up with someone who parked closer.

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, 6031 Washington Blvd., will be having a reception from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm for artist, DJ Hall (see image). (310) 836-9055; http://www.koplindelrio.com/

Then walk down the block to Blythe Projects who will be featuring the artist, TM Gratkowski (see image).

Blythe Projects is located at 5797 Washington Blvd, 323 272-3642; www.blytheprojects.com

Then across the street, don’t forget to stop into the Mark Moore Gallery at 5790 Washington Blvd bet La Cienega and Fairfax and will also be having a group show reception.

This is a great space and they usually have a bar set up in the back. Good bathroom stop too. See art by Theodora Allen (see image). 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 310 453-3031; http://www.markmooregallery.com/

Whew, that’s a lotta art openings, pick and choose your favorites and make up your own list….There are many more going on here, they’ll be more listed for the weekend update….so stay tuned.

Sunday September 11th,

Still more art to view in Venice. Every second Sunday, enjoy a Free Art show from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. at the The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge at 1411 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291. 310.450.6052; www.thetalkingstick.net;

Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery presents acclaimed British x-ray artist Nick Veasey and his solo exhibition entitled “Patriot Acts.” Veasey’s works are actual x-rays of objects. The subjects range from small everyday items such as hats and children’s toys to an entire passenger airplane. For large-scale subjects such as automobiles, Veasey takes the object apart, x-rays it piece by piece, and reunites the pieces digitally.

My NYC ancestry makes me giggle when I see this image...what? in NYC it's a term of endearment.
A reception starts at 5 p.m. with the artist attending via live projected video feed, followed by an artist’s lecture at 6 p.m. RESERVATIONS ARE STRICTLY REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.

Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery is located at 414 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 90048.  310-659-5228; http://www.glassgaragegallery.com

Have a great Weekend and check back Friday, there's lots more going on.…Get out there and soak up the last bit of the summer!

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