Weekend Update....New Events and Pick of the Week is this Saturday at The Robert Berman Gallery!

My Pick of the week is this Saturday, The Robert Berman Gallery’s kick off show Paid to Play, which is the first of several exhibitions participating in Pacific Standard Time.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, many LA galleries are focusing on art and artists from 1945 – 1985…Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty Foundation. For the next six month, galleries all over Southern California, some officially chosen and some jumpin’ into the act will be featuring these iconic artists who were responsible for creating what we all know as the LA Art scene today. See this famous piece by Peter Palombi.

See below under Saturday Events for more details.

Friday, September 16th

Don’t forget….Music tonight at several local restaurants…see the Restaurant/Bar Page http://www.ktrpromo.com/p/restaurantsbars.html for specials too!

In the Beverly Hills area, the Michael Kohn Gallery presents Joe Goode as part of the Pacific Standard Time Initiative. The opening reception will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Michael Kohn Gallery is located at 8071 Beverly Blvd., at Crescent Heights 90048. (323) 658-8088; http://www.kohngallery.com/

Since you are pretty close, Regen Projects, located at 9016 Santa Monica Blvd., presents Andrea Zittel. The artist reception runs from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. 310-276-5424; http://www.regenprojects.com
In Santa Monica, from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm, drop by 212 Pier. Enjoy an opening reception for artist, David Hinnebusch. You guessed it… 212 Pier is located at 212 Pier Ave. Hey, I didn’t make up the name.  It’s right off Main St.

And right next door…you won’t be able to miss Gallery 1988 Venice, which is actually a Santa Monica gallery located at 214 Pier Ave. right off Main St., I guess they are Venice wannabes.

Tonight the exhibition opening features 100 artists paying tribute to old school video. Event runs from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. http://www.nineteeneightyeight.com/

Or in Venice, stop by the Talking Stick, Venice MoZaic is hosting their "Fall Celebration" from 7pm on. There will be some awesome talent at this fun event! The VeniceVille Players will be sharing their individual talents during this magical party. DJ Noj keeps the groove goin’.
Nickie Black hosts this festive and FREE community gathering! 310.450.6052; www.thetalkingstick.net;

Saturday, September 17th

Now before the PICK of the Week, get to Bergamot a bit early and start at TAG Gallery (D-3) which is an artist run gallery and always has wonderful events with wine and tasty treats. Enjoy a group show of TAG artists. Opening receptions runs from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm.  310.829.9556; http://www.taggallery.net

Now for my Pick of the Week…Don’t miss Paid to Play, the Robert Berman’s Gallery’s kick off exhibition for Pacific Standard Time.

This show focuses on LA artists rooted in illustration, commissioned to create imagery for record albums, magazines, advertisements, et al.

A genre dirtily linked to commercialism but nonetheless full of innovation, technique, artistic expression and speed. (I think it was just sour grapes…hey, I lived with a broke artist for 19 years, so I am inspired by artists who can actually make money.)

Paid to Play includes works by Willardson (see image, left), White, Palombi, Llyod, George Petty, Bob Zoell, Mick Haggerty, Lou Beach, Van Hamersveld (see image, right, Ben Talbert, John Altoon, Jim Heimann, Mark Ryden, Dennis Mukai and others.

The opening reception runs from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. Always a nice bar at this one. http://www.robertbermangallery.com/

Also at Bergamot tonight….. dnj Gallery (J-1) has an opening reception for two shows. “Storylines” by international photojournalist Benjamin Lowy (see image), as well as “Plastic Rose Series” by Anne Veraldi in gallery II. Event runs from 6:00 pm til 8:00 pm. 310.829.0345; http://www.dnjgallery.net/

Also in Venice, Altered Space Gallery presents Avian Dreams, a new body of work by LA sculptor, Aaron Kramer from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Altered Space Gallery is located at 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd.310-452-8121; http://www.alteredspacegallery.com/

Blue Five Art Space presents an exhibition of sculptures by Don Meyer entitled MORE Stuff This event runs from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Blue Five Art Space at 2935 S. Sepulveda Blvd., 90064; http://bluefivedesign.com/

Or how about watching a classic movie? The City of Culver City presents a free film screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Spencer Tracy at 7:30 pm.

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of its release. The screening will take place in Culver City's City Hall Courtyard. This guy looks like one of my ex boyfriends…

Culver City Hall is located at 9770 Culver Boulevard and parking and dining are available in Downtown Culver City. http://www.culvercity.org/
Also in Culver City…Scion Installation LA Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave off National. This one usually is fun, but definitely has a young crowd. The exhibition features a selection of products by nine designers. Sometimes they give swag bags...we'll see. RSVP is encouraged. Go to http://www.scion.com/space

This exhibition spotlights the blurred line between product and art object, and between collectibility and function. 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  http://www.scion.com/space

Then in Hollywood, The Loft at Liz’s offers an exhibit entitled “Fair Trade,” which is dedicated to featuring works that speak to this increasingly relevant and transformative topic.

Artists have created original works in statement of fair trade practices and others will actually incorporate the use of fair trade products as their medium. Danger Dogs will be featured along with artists Stéphane Tourné, Ofunne Obiamiwe, Raksha Parekh and others.

The Loft at Liz’s is located at 453 S. La Brea Ave This one goes a bit later 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. 323-939-4403 ; http://theloftatlizs.com/blog2/archive/

Here’s another one in the same area. It also runs late. Known Gallery presents artists Eric Haze (see image), and Greg Lamarche. Opening reception 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Known Gallery is located at 441 North Fairfax Ave. 310-860-6263; http://www.knowngallery.com

Now in Culver City, stop by Western Project, 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd.

They will be having an artist reception for Blake Little, The Company of Men from 6:00 pm til 8:30 pm. 310.838.060; http://www.western-project.com/

Roberts and Tilton offers a book launch as well as a group show. Located nearby at 5801 Washington, the opening reception runs from 5:00 pm til 7:00 pm. http://www.robertsandtilton.com/

How about some Opera? Join LA Opera for the new season of Saturdays with LA Opera, featuring multimedia talks that allow attendees to learn about the operas before attending them.

The series’ talks begin in September and the Grand Finale event, a live concert featuring LA Opera Artists, will be in June 2012. Today, Eugene Onegin will be featured, hosted by community educator, Leonard Lipman.

These programs are free and all ages are welcome.  Space is limited and on a first-arrival basis. Free admission. For more information: 310-458-8600. Event begins at 3:00 pm and will be held at Santa Monica Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Sunday, September 18th

Help a great cause and enjoy some live music at the Jazz at Palms Court Champagne Brunch from 11:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Yes, It is pricy but you get a gourmet brunch while you enjoy the Richard Glaser Band. It takes place in a beautiful garden courtyard. There will also be a silent auction benefiting Venice Community Housing Corporation.

You must make a reservation.Tickets $125 - Please call (310) 399-4100 x 103.

Don't worry, you can still help VCHC at a lower ticket price. Venice Music Festival runs 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, It all happens at the Palms Court, 743 Palms Blvd. in Venice.

A celebration of Venice's unique diversity. Live music. For more info click here, Buy tickets

The G2 Gallery launches their new CSA California Produce Drop Stop.  It will be a fun event, but it also promotes serious issues like healthy eating, and support for small farmers. A portion of the proceeds from every box CSA California sells go to benefit School Garden Programs, and additionally, G2 will donate 100% of the proceeds from the event itself. The event happens from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Admission is $5 at the door. 310-452-2842; http://www.theg2gallery.com.
Also this afternoon, if you prefer art, Bleicher Gallery holds a panel discussion to mark the closing of Julia Schwartz’s solo exhibit The Hollow Sea. Psychoanalyst Judith Vida-Spence and critic Shana Nys Dambrot will open discussion from their unique areas of expertise.

Shana Nys Dambrot is a critic, curator, and author. She is currently an art writer at LA Weekly, Los Angeles Editor at Whitehot Magazine, and editor of LA Canvas magazine.

Judith Vida-Spence is a founding member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She writes and lectures extensively about psychoanalysis and the arts. Event runs from 3:00 pm til 6:00 pm. Talk begins at 4:00 pm. Carporale/Bleicher Gallery is located at 355 N. La Brea Ave 90036. 310 237-6423; http://caporalebliecher.com

Enjoy the weekend…and I’ll see you in the galleries!

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