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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

Each month the LAArtParty staff, led by Kathy Leonardo decides which events will be featured. Posted at noon on the Thursday prior to the last week of the month, LAArtParty.com features the Top Ten Art Parties, plus other fun events each month. VIP subscribers find out ONE week prior to the public and receive discounts and invites to VIP parties throughout the year.

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Additional Art Parties/Events in December 2017

December 1, 2017:
La Luz de Jesus closes out its year with an ambitious collection of new, original drawings that will trace a line all the way from Nathan Anderson to Daphne Yap. On view: December 31, 2017; Art Party: 8-11pm; LA LUZ DE JESUS, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., LA, CA 90027; (323) 666-7667; http://laluzdejesus.com/

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December 1 AND 2, 2017:
Grand Park will host Afro-Cuban dance and percussion workshops and a Rumba Dance Party + Jam Session, where a collective of Cuban and Cuban-American musicians and dancers including Pancho Amat, Yissy Garcia, Made In Cuba, Telmary Diaz, and more will present the ancient traditions of Rumba.
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Part of The Music Center's Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Then, Now, a multifaceted celebration of traditional and contemporary Cuban art, both events are open to all levels.
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 
Afro-Cuban dance and percussion workshop runs from 
12-1:30pm; 

Saturday, Dec 2, 2017; 
Afro-Cuban Dance and Percussion Workshop, Rumba Dance Party + Jam Session runs 1-5pm; Check the website for exact workshop/performance times https://www.musiccenter.org/cuba

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December 2, 2017:
Gallery 169 hosts a closing event for "GRAPHITE SQUALLS AND H2O'S" featuring the art of Ned Evans. Squalls and oceanic storms have been within Ned Evans work for the past fifteen years, beginning with pigment-infused mixed media paintings and works on paper conveying the defiant beauty and vulnerability inherent within storms at sea. Closing Reception: 4pm - 6pm; Gallery 169, 169 West Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402; 310.963.3891; http://Gallery169.com

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December 2, 2017:
Durden and Ray presents a group show titled "Static," curated by Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti. The opening will kick off with a panel discussion "Fake News, Real News, and Trust in Journalism." The show investigates the relationship between art, journalism, and their ties to modern society. Artists and Journalists: Lili Bernard, Jennifer Celio, Molly Crabapple, Dani Dodge, Jose Galvez, Emily Goulding, Kio Griffith, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Danial Nord, Sean Noyce, Max Presneill, Walter Robinson, Steven Wolkoff, and Samira Yamin. On view: Dec. 30, 2017; Art Party: 4-7pm; Durden and Ray, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90021; http://www.durdenandray.com/


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December 2, 2017:
Celebrate the holidays on Main Street with TWO tree lightings starting at 5pm at the California Heritage Museum, then take a walk with Santa to the world famous shopping cart tree at Edgemar!
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The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will perform at 6pm in front of the fabulous shopping Cart Christmas Tree created by Anthony Schmidt. The California Heritage Museum 2612 Main Street. Santa Monica, CA 90405; Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street #B, Santa Monica, CA 90405; https://www.facebook.com/mainstreetsm/

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December 2, 2017:
Downtown...DENK gallery celebrates new exhibitions...David DiMichele's "Real and Unreal," "Thaumaturgy," by Helen Rebekah Garber and finally "Garmonbozia Sagrada" featuring new works by Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist Ichiro Irie. On view: January 6, 2018; Art Party: 6-8pm; DENK Gallery, 749 E Temple St., LA 90012; http://www.denkgallery.com/

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December 2, 2017:
Bergamot Station hosts several art parties tonight...From 5-7 Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) and Gallery Lusiotti (A-2) will offer openings for new exhibitions. BBAX (F-2) also throws an art party from 6-9pm; Plus bG Gallery (G-8A) celebrates its anniversary from 6-9pm...and possibly later; Always a fun art party here.

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December 2, 2017:
Culver City offers some events as well. From 5-7pm, stop into the George Billis Gallery (2716 S. La Cienega Blvd.) Thinkspace Gallery (6009 Washington Blvd.) also throws an art party from 6-9pm.

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December 2, 2017:
Night Gallery is pleased to announce the return of artist Marisa Takal for their second solo exhibition of her work, beginning December 2.
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Takal is one of the brightest emerging painters in the art world. In 2016, she was named the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award and the Stanley Hollander Award. On view: January 13, 2018; Art Party: 7-10pm; NIGHT GALLERY, 2276 East 16th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021; http://nightgallery.ca/

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December 3, 2017:
The show, MONDAY NIGHTS, is a selection of new work from our weekly painting class instructed by Malaika Latty. This group has been together for many years and we invite you to see why Monday night is our favorite night of the week. Artists: Madeleine Brand, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, Nikki Cahill, Judy Haft, Louisa Hubanks, Malaika Latty, Rod Perth, Rachel Ritter, Allen Salick, Jennie Stoller, Stephanie Wolf-Hicks. Art Party: 3-5 pm; The Wizard of Art, 1947 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027; http://www.thewizardofart.com/

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December 3, 2017:
In Santa Monica, enjoy an evening of poetry, theater and classical music here at Santa Monica Art Studios. Event runs: 5pm-6.30pm; Santa Monica Art Studios, Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405; http://santamonicaartstudios.com

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December 7, 2017:
The Music Center presents the World Premiere of the new George Balanchine's the Nutcracker® by Miami City Ballet with a live orchestra at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For the first time, the performances will feature student dancers from both the Colburn School and The Gabriella Foundation's everybody dance! program, along with live choral music from the Los Angeles Children's Chorus.
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Performances run: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:30pm; 
Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:30pm; Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2:00pm and 7:30pm; Sunday, December 10, 2017, noon and 4:00 pm; https://www.musiccenter.org/


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December 9, 2017: 
Hang by the beach today and attend the Book Launch Party for the release of Pooch Dogtown: Z-Dogz of DogTown by Annie Goeke & Joanne Manzella. A community inspired photography book of dogs in and around the Dogtown area of Santa Monica and Venice. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to k9 connection, a local non-profit organization that helps teens from less-than-optimal circumstances transform their lives by training homeless shelter dogs to become more adoptable. Come and meet the Z-Dogz of DogTown! Book Launch Party: 10:00am - 12:00pm; Perry's Beach Cafe, 2400 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90405; http://www.poochdogtown.com

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December 9, 2017:
Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica 90405) offers some art events. From 5-7pm, FIG (D-2) hosts an opening for a group exhibition and dnj Gallery (J1) holds a closing reception of "Keywords" by LA Marler.

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December 10, 2017:
Celebrate Hanukkah  at the Skirball Cultural Center. Inspired by the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, this year's festival explores the themes of Hanukkah through the traditions of Los Angeles's rich and diverse Latin American communities.
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General admission is $12, with reduced rates for children and seniors. Purchase tickets HERE. Event runs: 11-4pm; Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049; https://www.skirball.org

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December 11, 2017:
The 27th annual toy camera film festival features Pixelvision films made with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder. PXL THIS, one of the oldest film festivals in LA, celebrates visionary moving image artists from seminal experimental filmmakers to 10-years-olds to homeless to professionals. This year includes entries from France and across the US./ FREE ADMISSION; PXL THIS 27 premieres tonight from 6pm to 7:30pm (preshow at 4pm) at The Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401 310-315-0056; http://www.unurban.com

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December 14, 2017:
The Brain Art Event is the official fundraiser hosted by The Chiari Project. All types of media is included in this group art exhibition. This benefit event will not only support talented artists in the area, but assist a worthwhile cause where the majority of the funds raised will be directed towards Chiari Malformation research. The celebration will feature a silent online auction of the 25+ pieces, live entertainment, cocktails, Tastings of Santa Monica, which will feature a variety of servings from local chefs. Also, there will be health awareness educators on hand providing Art Therapy and Meditation sessions to all guests on hand for a life changing impact.
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See FB Page. Admission is $35; Click HERE to purchase tickets; Art Benefit Party: 6:30-10pm; Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90405; http://bit.ly/2iv9UNo

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December 14, 2017:
In Venice...Head to LA Louver for a lively conversation about the Science of Color with Los Angeles-based artist HEATHER GWEN MARTIN and neuropsychologist/artist GERSHOM on how brain functions inform our perception of color. The discussion will center on Martin's colorful approach to abstract painting, contextualized within her solo exhibition "Currents." On view: January 6, 2018; Art Talk: 7-9pm; L.A. Louver, 45 N Venice Blvd, Venice, California 90291; http://lalouver.com/

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December 14, 2017:
The Perfect Exposure Gallery presents "London Rock: The Unseen Archive - Vintage Collection" featuring the photography by Alec Byrne. Book Signing & Art Party: 7-10pm; The Perfect Exposure Gallery, 1125 Crenshaw Blvd., LA, 90019; http://alecbyrnearchive.com/

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December 15, 2017:
The Hannah Hoffman Gallery hosts an opening reception for a solo exhibition titled "LAKOU: One Two Five" featuring the art of Andy Robert. On view: February 17, 2018; Art Party: 5-8pm
; Hannah Hoffman, 1010 N Highland Ave., LA, 90038; http://hannahhoffmangallery.com/

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December 16, 2017:
Join Bergamot Station Arts Center to celebrate the holiday. Support local businesses this holiday season--Bergamot Station's creative community boasts limitless gifts for everyone on your list! Shop Bergamot this December! Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica 90405; http://bergamotstation.com

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December 16, 2017:
"6 Women" – A Group Exhibition opens at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery B.
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Women have found a Universal voice in the news these days. Their stories ache to be told. Stirred by recent events, six award winning, dynamic women artists have joined together to reveal aspects of their inner selves in an uplifting exhibition "6 Women" in Gallery B of the Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts gallery in Downtown L.A. The show opens December 6th followed by a Reception on Sat., Dec. 16th. The featured artists are Susanne Belcher, Elizabeth Brinton, Sylvia Hamiliton Goulden, Karen Hansen, Crystal Michaelson, and Carol Cirillo Stanley. On view: December 6-30, 2017; Art Party: 6 – 9pm; Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery B, 727 So. Spring St., Los Angeles 90014; 323-309-2875; http://www.gdcagallery.com/

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December 16, 2017:
Gabba Gallery is hosting its annual "Wishlist 5" closing event!  The show opened in November and as sales happen, the exhibition  has gone through a series of curatorial evolutions since. Time to get your holiday gifts - Everything is under $1000, and you get to take it home that night. DJ Jonathan Williams spinning fresh beats, and amazing tacos served outside. No RSVP required. Parking at 3125 Beverly (enter off Dillon) or street parking or Uber/Lyft; Art party: 7-11pm; Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. http://www.gabbagallery.com

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December 16, 2017:
In Venice…Enjoy Solstice Salon, an open studio, winter art party, and art sale. Artists William Attaway, Liz Marx, and Francisco Letelier come together to share work and welcome friends and collectors with reasonably priced and one of a kind works in a wide range of media. Come early if you are looking for gifts. Bring your favorite refreshments or drinks to share. Art Party: 4:00pm – Midnight; Letelier Studio is ¼ block west on Indiana Court (alley) from 6th Ave. between Brooks Ave and Indiana Ave. Look for the Dog mural at 6th and Brooks Ave.

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December 19, 2017:
On the last Night of Hanukah...IVAN Gallery warmly invites you to HANUKAH ART PARTY 2017! "Hanukah Wonderland" Sculpture Sale and Paintings by Barbara Mendes; Art by Leslie Elizarraras, Arnold Lutz, Dan Hupe and Barbara Maricle. Enjoy art, refreshments, candle-lighting and community. Art Party: 7-10pm; IVAN Gallery, 2701 S. Robertson Blvd., LA 90034; (323) 533-6021; See Ivan Gallery FB Page; See Barbara Mendes FB Pagehttp://barbaramendesgallery.bigcartel.com/

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
As you know, LAArtParty.com is taking a break over the holiday (we will be back January 6, 2018). Over the holiday, I want to encourage and REMIND everyone (including myself) to take a break. Being a workaholic, this is super hard for me as well. Life is short – let's embrace it!

Head to the LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the annual Reindeer Romp is back for the holidays at the Los Angeles Zoo featuring Reindeer Village and daily visits with real reindeer.
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Photo courtesy of the LA Zoo

Weekend Romps include professional photos with Santa (additional fee), antler crafts in Reindeer Village, and reindeer keeper talks. The reindeer will be on view 10-4pm. daily through Jan. 7, 2018. While your there stay to see L.A. Zoo Lights...it's a fantastic light show. The zoo is closed on Christmas Day. The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways, at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027; Free parking is available; http://www.lazoo.org/

Take in some fine art at local museums. We are so lucky to live in a city that is FILLED with wonderful art institutions such as LACMA, the Hammer Museum, the Broad, MOCA, Hauser & Wirth, and the Skirball Cultural Center.

Let's not forget about theatre. See one of our Top Ten Events – Something Rotten! at the Ahmanson Theatre. This is a fantastic musical. I attended the opening night with one of our staff writers...Read the review on our Event Revew Page.  At the Pantages Theatre, catch Hamilton, the musical that ruled last year's Tony Awards and changed the face of Broadway forever. Runs thru December 30, 2017;

Also how lucky are we, with this amazing weather, that we can find somewhere to ice skate. Many of you may not know, I starting ice skating when I was just 6 years old and toyed with the idea of attempting to go professional – my skating partner (my brother) just dropped me too many times which helped me change my mind.

Head downtown to the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, celebrates its 20th anniversary, in downtown LA. Surrounded by city lights, it made a fantastic romantic or family setting. During the day the views are breathtaking as well.
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Photo courtesy of Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

Open thru: January 15, 2018; Check the website for admission and hours. http://holidayicerinkdowntownla.com/

Or in Santa Monica...take advantage of its holiday pop up 8,000 square-foot ice skating rink located on 5th and Arizona. Head to the beach AND do some skating while you are there...what more could you want? Admission is $15 for all-day skating, which includes skate rental. Find more info on http://www.downtownsm.com/

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If you have not been in Grand Park lately, its fantastic...it is completely lit up with holiday lights and décor. Take a stroll through the park...it features Christmas trees, a reindeer sleigh, and a menorah. Stop by from sunset through 10pm (when the park closes). Before you head downtown, make a reservation at CHAYA Downtown...the food is fantastic.

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December 24, 2017:
As Los Angeles' largest free multicultural holiday celebration, the 58th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration invites Angelenos of all ages to come together on December 24 to celebrate all cultures and experience many diverse LA artists and community groups as they showcase their talent and artistry. Visit the website for the full lineup of performances. You can stay home an watch it on PBS SoCal, or see it live at The Music Center, or stream it live onpbssocal.org. FREE admission; Event runs: 3-6pm;The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., LA, 90012; See http://holidaycelebration.org

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At Bergamot Station…Pop into Beyond the Lines Gallery for the closing art party of a two person exhibition titled “Motion show” featuring artists Dina Herrmann and Raymond Logan. Art Party: 6-9pm; Beyond the Lines Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA, 90404; http://beyondthelinesgallery.com/

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December 31, 2017:

Grand Park + The Music Center's N.Y.E.L.A. is back. For the fifth year in a row, Grand Park + The Music Center's N.Y.E.L.A. will be the go-to central gathering place in Los Angeles to bring in the New Year. Dance the night away at this FREE event, and experience interactive motion-graphic activations that you bring to life with your own moves. This unique New Year's countdown features a 3-D digital video mapping on the iconic City Hall with an integrated light show. Event runs: 8pm-1am; Grand Park, 
200 N. Grand Ave., LA, 90012; https://nyela.grandparkla.org/

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December 31, 2017:
Enjoy fun for the whole family on New year's eve at L.A. Zoo Lights. The special all-ages party features "skip-the-line" express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights, dinner buffet, dessert, a ride on the Conservation Carousel, a festive photo booth courtesy of PRIMs Photo Booth, a DJ dance party, soft drinks and a cash bar. At 9 pm, party-goers can enjoy a glass of complimentary bubbly -- champagne for adults, sparkling apple cider for kids – along with a live broadcast of New York's Times Square ball drop, after which guests are welcome to experience L.A. Zoo Lights until closing.
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FAMILY NEW YEAR'S EVE tickets are $69 for adults and $45 for children (limited tix - order now). Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members save $5. The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways, at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-644-4200. Free parking is available. For additional information about L.A. Zoo Lights, call 866-949-8007; http://LAZoolights.org