This Thursday, April 24th, one of the restaurant's most popular events once again takes place. The liquor/Food pairings have become a much anticipated dining experience.
As with many of Upper West's pairing events, a brand ambassador is present at the events to answer questions. Brand Ambassador, Scott Fitzgerald from Mount Gay Rum, will be on hand to offer his expertise.
Chef Nick Shipp has put together a delicious menu sure to get you in the Caribbean spirit and of course the Mount Gay rum will only add to the flavor and the fun of the evening.
Start the party off with Mount Gay Silver and a local halibut ceviche, complete with a plantain shell, ataulfo mango and tajin spiced watermelon. Keep the festivities alive with a zesty potato lentil soup featuring yellow curry dumplings with toasted chili and chadon beni, accompanied with Mount Gay Eclipse.
One cannot enjoy a Caribbean feast without the presence of a Jerk dish...Chef Nick honors this tradition with a twist....charred Jerk spiced duck accompanied with a black bean custard, a coconut reduction with cilantro and piquillo. This dish will be served with Mount Gay Black Barrel.
Mount Gay Extra Old will be featured next along with a ropa vieja to keep the party spicy with peas, rice, crispy ham, a fried egg and a thai-basil tomato broth. Finally the party winds down with a warm ginger cake, cinnamon ice cream and passion fruit puree paired perfectly with Mount Gay 1703.
If you are a fan of rum, this is the pairing for you. I can personally attest to the fact that Upper West offers incredible cuisine. So be sure to make your reservation quickly as these events always sell out.
The Mount Gay Rum Five course food Pairing will be held this Thursday, April 24, at 7:00 pm at Upper West. The price is $55.00 per person. Call 310 586-1111 ASAP, to reserve your spot for this delectable one of a kind event.
Admission: $55.00 per person (pluse tax and tip)
What: Liquor Food Pairing
Where: Upper West restaurant 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica
When: 7:00 pm
Phone: 310 586-1111
I'll be singing some blues & Jazz with some extraordinary musicians.
We have had many incredible guest musicians sitting in. Come on down to see who will sit in this month!!!
Enjoy FREE blues every 4th Friday (NOT last Friday) from 9:15 pm until 12:30 am at this fun Irish Bar, located at 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica...FREE music all night and the Food is fantastic!
Enjoy Blues Classics. We've got a great lineup....Bob Crickmore is back on Keys, John Wiemken on bass, Rick Bryan on Drums, with Lucky Wright on sax....plus we have guest guitarist Greg Cruz. As always we'll have some guest musicians sitting in...it's gonna be a crowded stage!
Check out a performance of "Summertime" from our monthly 4th Friday gig at Sonny McLean's shot by Wayne Ford.
Be sure to LIKE our FB Page - Kat and the Blues Hounds https://www.facebook.com/KatandTheBluesHounds?fref=ts
What: Live Music
Where: Sonnys McLean's, 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica
When: Friday, April 25th 9:15 pm - 12:30 am
Phone: 310 449-1811
Website: http://www.sonnymcleans.com/ www.kathyleonardo.com
This year's theme, Communities and Cultures, will showcase exhibitions and projections exploring traditional and non-traditional ideas of families, environments, collectives, groups, traditions, and lifestyles. Communities and Cultures will pay a special homage to Asia in addition to highlighting the photographic community of Los Angeles. Most events are admission-free and all are open to the public.
MOPLA, conceived and organized by the individuals who founded The Focus on Aids Photography Auction, The Lucie Foundation, and The Lucie Awards, was established and exists to advance the celebration of photography through a variety of events and programs during the month of April. Each year, MOPLA is designed to excite and invigorate the photography professional, enthusiast, emerging professional, and collector by showcasing a global variety of talent. MOPLA invites photographers to submit bodies of work for exhibition and projection consideration, following the theme.
"Each year we are inspired and humbled by the level of interest from talented photographers around the world", stated Hossein Farmani, Founder and Chairman of the Lucie Foundation. "As the second largest photographic community in the country, Los Angeles provides a distinctive backdrop to the celebration of the photographic image, ensuring that only the most exciting photographers are represented each year at MOPLA."
"This year's theme is truly a celebration and a unique look at the communities and cultures that shape our world," remarked Cat Jimenez, Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation and Co-Founder of MOPLA. "Photography is a powerful catalyst for social and cultural exploration and we are thrilled that MOPLA is a platform to showcase the contemporary, global photographic landscape."
In addition to exhibitions focused on Asia, MOPLA promises to debut new, original programming as well as the return of popular events from previous years. The 2014 highlights include the second installation of Instagram Jam, the sophomore effort to the wildly successful debut in 2013, Pro'jekt LA, an annual curated series of thematic projections, 20x20 powered by Pecha Kucha, where speakers show 20 images for 20 seconds each for a total of 6.67 minute presentations, hosted by The Hub, and much, much more.
See image: 2012 Lucie Awards Honoree Greg Gorman with presenter David Fahey, by Bret Harman
In celebration of the global cultural interchange, MOPLA will also present selected works from the exhibition 180 Photographs, a collaborative narrative of both Thai and American photographers juxtaposed in celebration of the 180-year Thai-U.S. friendship, which originally debuted in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013. The exhibition will be hosted by the Royal Thai Consulate-General Los Angeles during the Thai New Year Songkran Festival (April 6). For more info visit the website http://monthofphotography.com
Image Credit: Photo © Dennis Hopper. Billboard Los Angeles, 1964. CourtesyThe Hopper Art Trust
81 PARTICIPATING GALLERIES AND ART BOOKS DEALERS
Solo Shows: 303 (New York) -Stephen Shore1301PE (Los Angeles) -Uta BarthAmbach & Rice (Los Angeles) -Abigail Reynolds Black Ship (New York) -Cristina De MiddelBryce Wolkowitz (New York) -Edward BurtynskyCherry and Martin (Los Angeles) -Brian Bress Daniel Blau (Munich) -David Bailey De Soto (Venice) -Denis DarzacqDiane Rosenstein (Los Angeles) -Karin Apollonia Müller Document Art (Buenos Aires) -Luz Maria Bedoya Etherton (Tucson) -Danny Lyon Flatland (Amsterdam) -Katharine Cooper Flowers (London) -Mona KuhnGabriel Rolt (Amsterdam) -Bertien Van ManenHoward Greenberg (New York) -Edward Burtynsky Kate Werble (New York) -John Lehr Loevenbruck (Paris) -Alain Declercq Loock (Berlin) -Charlie WhiteLouise Alexander (Porto Cervo) -Guy Bourdin Lume (Sao Paulo) -Rodrigo Kassab M+B (Los Angeles) -Maria RobertsonMaloney (Los Angeles) -Tim HailandMelanieRio (Nantes) -Jean-Claude Pondevie Pièce Unique (Paris) -McDermott & McGough Riflemaker (London) -Penelope SlingerRobert Morat (Hamburg) Christopher Anderson Rosegallery (Santa Monica) -William Eggleston Salar (La Paz) -Gastón UgaldeThomas Zander (Cologne) -Candida Höfer Tyler Rollins (New York) -Tracey Moffatt
Group Shows: 313 Art Project (Seoul) Andrea Meislin (New York) Angles (Los Angeles) Catherine Edelman (Chicago) Christophe Gaillard (Paris) Danziger (New York) David Castillo (Miami) De Roussan (Paris) Equinox (Vancouver) Feroz (Bonn) Fraenkel (San Francisco) Gagosian (Beverly Hills) Guido Costa Projects (Turin) Hamiltons (London) Hardhitta (Cologne) Inter Art (Beijing)Jenkins Johnson (San Francisco) Koenig & Clinton (New York) Les Filles Du Calvaire (Paris) Luis De Jesus (Los Angeles) Luisotti (Santa Monica) Magnin-A (Paris )Marc Selwyn (Los Angeles) Martin Asbæk (Copenhagen) Nikolaus Ruzicska (Salzburg) Particulière (Paris)
PARIS PHOTO LOS ANGELES PROGRAM: Patricia Conde (Mexico) Paule Anglim (San Francisco)Peter Fetterman (Santa Monica)Rolf Art (Buenos Aires)Sabine Knust (Munich)Slete (Venice)Stevenson (Cape Town) Tasveer (Bangalore)Team Gallery (New York) The Apartment (Vancouver) Thomas Solomon (Los Angeles)Von Lintel (New York)
Art Book Dealers: Artbook D.A.P. (New York) Aperture (New York)Bookshop M (Tokyo)Dirk K. Bakker Boeken (Amsterdam) Harper's (New York)Kehrer Verlag (Heidelberg) Librairie 213 (Paris) Little Big Man (San Francisco) Mack (London)Printed Matter (New York) Royal Books (Baltimore) Taschen (Los Angeles)
DENNIS HOPPER TRIBUTE: Paris Photo Los Angeles and The Hopper Art Trust* announce a specialtribute to the renowned actor/director and artist Dennis Hopper. A presentation of Hopper's photographic work will be on display for the duration of the fair, and a rare screening of his 1971 film, The Last Movie, winner of the Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival, will be presented in one private VIP as well as one public screening at the fair. Guests will view the final re-mastered version of the film completed by Hopper in 2007, marking its first public screening since Hopper's death.
See image: Catherine Wagner, Reclassifying History VI, 2005
BMW Art Car by David Hockney: For Paris Photo's second edition in Los Angeles, BMW is proud to present the 850CSi Art Car by David Hockney. Almost 20 years after its creation in 1995 the Art Car returns to its roots in LA, the city that has been Hockney's hometown for more than 40 years.
Leica Camera's Celebration of 100 Years of Photography: Leica's booth will feature rare classic black and white photographic prints from the Classic Leica Collection including Magnum photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastio Salgado, Constantine Manos, Rene Burri and other masters which will represent the "Then." These prints will transition into digital medium format large scale color prints by EJ Camp from her body of work entitled "SEA" which will represent the "Now." Lise Sarfati will do a book signing of her new book SHE on Friday.
Admission: Tickets range from $20 - $40; For more info or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!
What: Paris Photo Los Angeles
Where: Paramount Pictures Studios
When: April 25-27, 2014 from 12:00 to 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday, April 27)
Save the date...April 25 - April 27, 2014 Photo Independent Art Fair:The International Exposition of Contemporary Photography.
PHOTO INDEPENDENT is an annual photography art fair held in Hollywood, California, making its inaugural debut at Raleigh Studios in 2014. As the first and only high-visibility platform for independent photographers, PHOTO INDEPENDENT presents a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between photographers, collectors and art professionals. Scheduled to run concurrently with, and next door to, Paris Photo Los Angeles, PHOTO INDEPENDENT provides potential exhibitors with the unique opportunity to present their work to global decision makers — curators, galleries, collectors, editors and publishers — who seek to acquire, publish and commission the best photographic talent today.
Photo Independent's honorary guest for its debut show is artist & musician Andy Summers. Titled "Mysterious Barricades," the exhibition will feature a unique series of black and white photographs culled from the many cities Summers photographed over the past several years, from London to China. Summers will be the Guest of Honor at the Photo Independent Opening Night Preview benefitting the Los Angeles Art Association on April 25 from 7pm-10pm. WIN TICKETS HERE!!! CODE PHRASE: I Love Photography!!!
Summers cultivated his photographic practice on the road. Nights after concerts, he headed out into the hearts of Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, London, or Rome, exploring the world with his camera in hand, capturing the unusual, the odd, the exotic, and the remarkable moment, and transforming his perception of these moments into his own artistic vision. In his unique visual interpretation, the changing environment and culture comes into focus as Andy Summers captures a raw moment, an immediate feeling, scaling the obstructing walls of culture and seeing into the essence of the other world. "My life is full of impulse and movement," remarks Summers. "My guitar and camera are fixed instruments, the only constants in a world of change."
See image: Andy Summers
Photo Independent will also feature a special exhibition of prize-winning works from The 2013 AX3 – American Aperture Awards, which resulted in more than one thousand entries from sixty-three countries. Top prizes were awarded to Catherine Nelson (Australia/Belgium) for Photographer of the Year, Kelsey Walsh (Australia) and Mattia Passarini (Italy) for Emerging Photographer of the Year, and Nettie Edwards for Mobile Photographer of the Year. Fifty-one winners by category will also be on view. Categories include Professional, Non-Professional, Student, and Mobile with prized awarded to artists for photography ranging from abstract; advertising; architecture/cityscape; collage; conceptual/ experimental; documentary; fashion; landscape/nature; nudes; still life; street photography, and video/moving Images.
Photo Independent, a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contact between photographic artists, collectors and art professionals, will kick-off with Opening Night Preview benefitting the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA). The 2014 edition of the art fair will also feature specialized programs in partnership with the Los Angeles Art Association and Art Nerd Los Angeles including: panel discussions, lectures, and docent tours. A vetted event, Photo Independent will feature forty national and international photographers including works by noted artists Philipp Scholz Rittermann (U.S.), Robert Tamara (The Netherlands), and Ian Provest (Australia), among others.
Presented by Fabrik Media, Photo Independent will take place at Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038. See below for dates and times. For more info and to buy tickets, Click HERE!
DATES & HOURS: Friday, April 25, 7-10pm: Opening Night Premiere Preview & Party; Saturday, April 26, 11am-7pm; Sunday, April 27, 11am-6pm
What: Photo Independent
Where: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., LA 90038
When: April 25th - 7pm-10pm; Apri 26th - 11am-7pm; April 27th -11am-6pm;
My first visit to G2 Gallery was at its grand opening event back in 2008 - I marveled at the quality of the work that was shown! Environmentally focused, G2 Gallery places its love of wildlife and the environment ahead of its financial needs. Although this may be hard to believe at first, it becomes quite apparent once you get to know the staff and experience firsthand the spirit of generosity from Daniel and Susan Gottlieb (owners of the gallery).
Gallery director Jolene Hanson has taken on the arduous task of gathering together images of over 200 species. Paying tribute to species that have already been lost, as well as the ones still struggling to re-gain a position in this world, "On the Brink" also celebrates the survivors...the species that have been resurrected. The exhibit is being presented in conjunction with Earth Month as well as the 50th anniversary of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. http://www.iucnredlist.org/
See image: Land Iguana, Galapagos Island by J.J. L'Heureux
One photographer who has contributed to the awareness of several endangered groups is J.J. L'Heureux. Probably best known for her delightful images of penguins, L'Heureux has traveled to Antarctica on thirteen expeditions. She has been featured in two solo shows at G2 Gallery - "Cold Feet" and "Faces from the Southern Ocean."
L'Heureux embarked on her photographic career later in life. Schooled in traditional art and painting, she is still to this day an avid painter and mixed media artist. It was not until her second exhibition to Antarctica that L'Heureux actually owned a camera. "Each year I learn more about photography as I would like to take an image in a particular situation," cites the photographer. "Moving animals in very bright environments and historic huts with very little light coming from windows have been my motivation."
See image: Yellow-eyed Penguin from Enderby Island by J.J. L'Heureux
It is extraordinary to think that L'Heureux has only been shooting photographs for twelve years. She recently told me that, in order not to scare the animals off, she often spends much of her time waiting, (sometimes lying on the ground) for her subjects to come to her - catching a glimpse of them unaffected in their element. L'Heureux recounts what she looks for while photographing...."I like to try to capture what I feel is a bit of the personality of the animal. For me, it is the faces.....especially the eyes."
L'Heureux's photography is currently on view in two one-person exhibitions at the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock, Texas as well as one at the Lafayette Science Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana. http://www.jjlheureux.com http://www.penguinspirit.com
The exhibition will feature over twenty-five talented photographers, including Jennifer MaHarry. An animal lover, MaHarry partnered with Animal Wellness Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society to host a pet adoption night as part of her exhibition "Homeward Bound" at G2 Gallery. "Birds of prey are in danger because household poisons and lead bullets are in many of their food sources," cites MaHarry. "Being on top of the food chain, they ingest toxins in the most concentrated way. But the good news is that people are now more informed. Recently, California outlawed lead bullets and certain household poisons. In the 60's, when DDT was outlawed, we saw a comeback of certain species like the peregrine - which is now off the endangered list." http://jennifermaharry.com/
I had the chance to stop into the gallery this week and had a sneak peek of the show...Jolene put together a stunning exhibition. If you can't make the opening, be sure to visit the gallery before June 8th.
On View April 22 – June 8
What: Opening reception
Where: G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice 90291
When: Saturday, April 26th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Beverly Hills Bar Association's popular Vintage Bouquet has been serving up tastes of amazing wines, spirits and food to raise money for community based pro bono legal service programs for more than a quarter century. Each year delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts prepared by many of Los Angeles' best restaurants and chefs are paired with tastings from California's top wineries, spirit and beverage companies. The event also features live and silent auctions, exceptional musical entertainment and a VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge.
Proceeds benefit the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation's pro bono legal services, including free monthly legal clinics, programs for elementary school students to teach them about tolerance, feeding the homeless at Samoshel, and much more.
Wineries and beverage companies pouring include Stella Artois, Ahnfeldt Wines, Asahi Shuzo, Beekeeper Cellars, Bernardus Winery, Beverly Hills Drink Company, Cielo Farms, Ferrari-Carano Vineyard & Winery, Heitz Wine Cellars, Knights Bridge Winery, Hubert's Lemonade, Landmark Vineyards, Lewelling Vineyards, Miner Family Winery, Moreno BHLV, Peju, Priest Ranch & Somerston Estate, Quady Winery, Stella Artois, Sunstone Vineyard & Farms, Tudal Family Winery – Napa Valley and Wicker Vineyards.
Among the many restaurants providing sweet and savory tastings are Bistrot Bagatelle, Brix Chocolate, Café Firenze, CHAYA Catering, Celebrity Cruises, Dandy Don's HomeMade Ice Cream, Goldie's, Il Fornaio – Beverly Hills, Lexington Social House, Napa Valley Grille, Nuovoterra Products, Phorage, Ruth's Chris Steak House, STK, Taberna Arros y Vi, The Good Cookies & Beyond, The Ice Cream Lab, Velvet Rope Bake Shop and Wood & Vine.
Leigh Leshner, Barristers Past President, who is chairing the Vintage Bouquet for the tenth year, says, "There will be innovative dishes prepared with fresh locally-sourced food, award-winning wines, the opportunity to meet top chefs and winemakers and much more. I didn't think it was possible to top last year but this one just might!"
The V.I.P. Martini Lounge features exclusive tastings from Angel's Envy Bourbon, Broken Shed Vodka, Chakra Cuisine of Beverly Hills, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, Lawry's Catering, Le Bon Garcon, Le Ka, Nekter, OMG Chicken and Waffles, Papa's Pilar Rum, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Tequila Partida, The Baltic Cupboard and Wasted Cupcakes. V.I.P. guests also receive a Cool Sack wine tote.
Wine Glass Sponsor is Elkins Jones Insurance Agency, Inc. Salmanazar Sponsor is Nemecek & Cole. Cask Sponsor is Fox Rothschild LLP. VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge Sponsors are Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin and US Bank. Barrel Sponsors are Celebrity Cruises and Oldman, Cooley, Sallus, Birnberg & Coleman, LLP. Magnum Sponsors are Reuben Raucher & Blum and Strategic Valuation Group, LLC. Jeroboam Sponsor is Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. Champagne Sponsors are Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP and Variety. Media Sponsor is 100.3 FM The Sound.
The 55-room Greystone Mansion nestled in a 16-acre park was built by the Doheny family in 1928 and is the largest family estate in the history of Beverly Hills. It has been featured in such blockbuster films as There Will Be Blood, Nixon, X-Men, Ghostbusters, Spiderman III, Rush Hour, Air Force One, and many others.
Photos by Lee Salem
Admission: $150 in advance; $175 per person at the door; $225 VIP tickets (include entree to VIP Cocktail and Martini Lounge). For tickets and info, call Knock Out Productions at (818) 610-0300 or go to website.
What: Beverly Hills Bar Association's 26th Annual "Vintage Bouquet" food & wine tasting event
Where: Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: Sunday, April 27, Noon - 4 pm
Phone: (818) 610-0300
The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, whose mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica and Malibu public schools. To learn more about the Education Foundation and SMMUSD's Vision for Student Success, visit www.smmef.org
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA's only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 17 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and retail shops. In addition to the Pacific Wheel, the world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park's signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie's Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids' ride. For additional information an hours call 310-260-8744, visit www.pacpark.com
This event is for all ages will include rides, games, student music groups, a DJ, touch tanks from the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, mimes, arts and crafts by P.S. Arts, games with Marbles: The Brain Store, photos by 3D Cheeze, food and exciting raffle baskets.
The VIP part of the event features a continental breakfast reception with the Superintendent and brunch and cocktail tastings provided by top local restaurants including: Al Mare, Barlo Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Erwin, Blue Plate Taco, Caffe Luxxe, Chinois on Main, Del Frisco's Grille, FIG, Hostaria del Piccolo, Hoyt Wines, JiRaffe, Joe's/Bar Pintxo, The Lobster, Michael's, Pier Burger and Wilshire.
Purchase at www.PierParty.org Level 1: $25 each or 5 for $100, includes a wristband for unlimited rides Level 2: $50 each, includes a wristband for unlimited rides, $5 game card and a meal ticket
VIP: $175 each, includes brunch served by our finest local restaurants, , live auction, wristband for unlimited rides, $7 game card and a first-come, first-served parking pass to Lot 1 North
When: Sunday, April 27, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Walk Streets inland from the ocean are actually non-street walking paths, quiet, peaceful oases in the midst of the congested city where homes face each other across the paths. Here the lush vegetation of mature trees, huge palms, magnolias and eucalyptus provide shelter and filtered sun, and the lots are large enough to accommodate gardens, carefully designed by homeowners and landscape designers. Families with strollers pass residents on their way to and fro. There's no need to drive to Abbot Kinney Boulevard; it's just minutes away. Restored bungalows sit next to contemporary structures, roses bloom near spare, drought tolerant pocket gardens, dogs bark back and forth, cats slip in and out of fences, and one can overhear neighbors in a garden quietly talking over morning coffee.
Garden tour-goes will see a startling remodel of a 1920s bungalow into a California Modern with a spacious vegetable garden. There is also an architect's three-story light-filled solution to how to make a comfortable family home from a 600 square foot imprint. There are updated Craftsman and beach cottages where the homeowners respect the past and slick new homes designed by acclaimed Venice architects. The Venice Boardwalk Walk Streets where Abbot Kinney once lived are short steps from the gritty, gorgeous playground by the sea that is Venice Beach, and Kinney's fantasy continues to thrive.
On the tour will be a home remodeled like a custom made art deco designed yacht, one block away an original, unchanged 1905 "Sears Kit House", and just blocks from the shore a stunning loft with a second-story lap pool. Venice's famous murals cover buildings near these homes, and the sounds from the boardwalk drift back from the beach. Bongo drums and jazz soloists accompany the constant flow of bikers, skaters, walkers and tourists taking in the scene. Among the many intriguing homes is a large corrugated steel barn-like building designed by Arata Isoaki, once Eric Clapton's home. Venice is an art Mecca where the buzz of creativity is ongoing. Studios of Sandy Bleifer, Jean Edelstein and Helen K. Garber will be open and are representative of the creative work generated in this California enclave. Homes and gardens by innovative architects such as Rios Clementi Hale, Koenig Eisenberg, Frederick Fisher & Partners, Arata Isoaki, Alex Meconi, and Doug Pierson, also designers Youn Choi and Jae Omar and landscape designers Gardenerd, Jay Griffith and Rios Clementi Hale are included on this tour.
The Venice Garden & Home Tour is the fundraising event that draws visitors from all over California and gives financial support to the Neighborhood Youth Association that provides an after school program for children and youth from low-income families giving them individualized academic support and comprehensive life skills development in a sustained and focused manner over the critical years of their lives that allow themwww.venicegardentour.org to achieve a successful and productive adulthood.
The 2014 self-guided, walking Venice Garden & Home Tour starts at the Neighborhood Youth Association, 1016 Pleasant View Avenue (between California and Broadway) in Venice at 10:00am and continues until 5:00pm. Neighborhood parking is available as are shuttle vans and restaurants. Biking is encouraged. Tax-deductible, non-refundable rain-or-shine tickets are $60 advance, $70 the day of the event.
A midsummer Night's Dream Delights the Senses at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage Performing Arts Center
Upon entering the architecturally modern space you are immediately enamored with the 499 seat theatre that has an intimate feel while somehow still seeming majestic. Actors are mingling with the audience in character before the play begins, which is both exciting and intimidating. The set is dark and mysterious. A wood and metal shop. Draped white cloth and a space void of color. The lights dim and the actors bid adieu to the audience and seamlessly take us on a journey of lover's passion, excitement, pain and silliness all sprinkled with a bit fairy dust, of course.
Oh the puppets! All twelve of the brilliantly talented actors morph from flesh and blood characters into breathing life into the puppets they man, allowing the imagination of the audience to soar. For example," puck" is created by constructing and deconstructing a puppet using things you would find in your tool shed...a watering can, wicker basket, hand saw and a hoe. The three actors (Lucy Tuck, Saikat Ahamed, Fionn Gill) simultaneously voice the puppet in such a way that you can't help but believe. The actors move beautifully while delivering Shakespeare's Iambic pentameter and changing back and forth from parts of the scenery to their character. In one such scene they hold planks of wood to become the trees in the forrest. It must be noted that all of the actors rarely leave the stage, adding to the intensity of the performance.
Miltos Yerolemou's "Bottom" literally makes an ass out of himself. Lying on a trolly with his head for the donkey's tail, his bare bottom as the head and ears placed on his feet as he wheels about the space. Miltos is a standout with his impeccable comedic timing and ease. He kept the audience in stitches. The ensemble doesn't miss a beat and captivates during the entire almost three hour performance. The music and songs throughout create the perfect mood to add to the action on stage. The evening ended with a standing ovation and an audience that will surely be talking about this artistic endeavor that did not disappoint.
Photographs courtesy of Broad Stage and Simon Annand