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LA Art Party Newsletter

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 May 2017

Ok kids, here is a list of additional art and entertainment events for May 2017. Remember, to check our update on the 15th of each month, as we add more events for the latter half of the month. - Hope to see you at the art parties!

May 5 - 7, 2017
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May 5, 2017:  
In La Canada Flintridge...Head to Descanso Gardens to celebrate Cinco De Mayo! I recently wrote a THRIVE GLOBAL article (Arianna Huffington's website) about a day trip I took to Descanso Gardens...it's so beautiful.
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Enjoy a Mexican buffet and a live mariachi performance. Menu items include drunken beans, or slow cooked pinto beans with brown sugar, beer and chili, as well as cheese enchiladas, homemade chicken tamales, a taco station etc. Dessert includes churros and a caramel flan. $50 for adults/$25 for children; 6 - 9 pm
; Descanso Gardens Main Lawn, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA, 91011
Cost: $50 per person, cash bar. https://store.patinagroup.com/store/?id=507

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May 5, 2017: 
In Santa Monica...Drag out your ponchos and Sombreros for the Cinco De Mayo Pub Crawl Santa Monica Edition. Enjoy $4 Cervezas; 2-for-1 Margaritas; $5 Tequila Shots; At Registration, you will be given a map with the bar locations and when they're participating in the drink specials. You must be 21+ to participate - Do Not Drive- Take a cab, limo, walk, or arrange designated driver. Check-in between the hours of 6-10pm at the Circle Bar, 2926 Main St, Santa Monica, CA. if you are late, you will NOT be able to do the crawl. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

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May 5, 2017: 

JAUS holds an opening reception for a three-person exhibition titled “Let’s Combobulate” featuring works by Liz Medina, Ian Pines and Devon Tsuno. The three artists will be presenting medium to large scale abstract and semi-abstract paintings through imagery and ideas related to landscape. On view: May 5 - June 10, 2017; Art Party: 6:30 9:30pm; Jaus, 11851 La Grange Avenue, LA, 90025; http://www.jausart.com/

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May 5, 2017: 
La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents the return of First Generation pop surrealist, Philip Slagter. A contemporary of Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, and Mark Ryden, Phil was sidelined by tragedy at his tipping point. After a nearly decades-long absence from the Los Angeles contemporary art scene, he's back and better than ever.
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Also on view: works by Renée French & Scott Teplin. On view: 5 - 28, 2017; Art Party: 8-11pm; La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027; http://www.laluzdejesus.com

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May 5 - 7, 2017:
How about some DANCE?....The Wallis welcomes the Paul Taylor Dance Company. 
Among the most influential artists of American modern dance, Paul Taylor continues to shape the art that he has helped define since becoming a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954. 
Tickets range from $39 – $99. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. http://thewallis.org/PTDC

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May 6, 2017: 
Durden and Ray hosts “Book Club: Going Native,” an exhibition and performance featuring twenty creatives. The list includes a composer, an architect, a choreographer, a hair stylist, and more than a half-dozen visual artists — are producing work inspired by the book Going NativeMay 6 - May 28, 2017; Art Party: 4-7 pm; Durden and Ray, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, 90021; http://www.durdenandray.com/

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May 6, 2017:
In the Miracle Mile area...CO-LA-LA-LAGE, a Spring exhibition at The Loft at Liz's,  is sponsored by Collage Artists of America.  Juried by Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Critic & Curator, this show captivates with thought provoking, imaginative, varied works by selected collage, assemblage and mixed media artists.
May6-2017-LoftatLizs-CollageshowpngOn view: 7-10pm; The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Ave (upstairs), Los Angeles 90036; http://www.theloftatlizs.com/ http://www.collageartists.org/ 


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May 6, 2017: 

Corey Helford Gallery celebrates thre new exhibitions tonight. "Eric Joyner: Tarus Bondon Dot," "Lori Nelson: Cryptotweens - Find my Friends," and "Iva Troj: Fallow and fire," and "Sergio Lopez: Painted Roses." Art Party: 7-11 pm; Corey Helford Gallery 571 S. Anderson St., LA, 90033; http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com/

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May 11, 2017: 
Leica Gallery LA celebrates a new exhibition titled “Provocateur: Tyler Shields.” RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Art Party: 6-9 pm; Leica Gallery LA, 8783 Beverly Blvd,West Hollywood   http://www.leicagalleryla.com/

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May 12,  2017: 
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Skirball Cultural Center's exhibition "Paul Simon: Words & Music" at night for FREE! Stop by anytime between 6:00 and 10:00pm tonight to celebrate the artist’s enduring legacy. At 7:00 p.m., take a tour of the exhibition led by Museum Director Robert Kirschner.
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[Paul Simon by Edie Baskin CM#1784] Paul Simon, New York, 1975. Photograph by Edie Baskin 

"Paul Simon: Words & Music," opened at the Skirball Cultural Center on April 27, 2017. The traveling exhibition is curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Developed based on exclusive interviews with the artist, the show will walk visitors through Simon's life and music and illuminate his creative process. On view will be instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, and stage maquettes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon's six-decade career. Exclusively for the Los Angeles presentation, "Paul Simon: Words & Music" will include additional artifacts from Simon's private archive and a newly created music lab developed by the Skirball in cooperation with Roland Corporation. 

For additional info, visit our Upcoming Event Feature. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. Admission to exhibitions: $12 General; $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $7 Children 2-12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays. On view: April 27 - September 3, 2017; The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049; (310) 440-4500; skirball.org

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May 12, 2017:
In harmony with the upcoming 2017 Getty PST: LA/LA and following the path paved by Latinos such as Ricardo Montalbán, The Montalbán Theater, located in the heart of Hollywood, is proud to present "Modern Angelenos." Featuring works of art by Victor Castillo, Pablo Cristi, Fabian Debora, Oscar Magallanes, Poli Marichal, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Monica Orozco, Antonio Pelayo, Sandra Vista, Wenceslao Quirozand, and Sonia Romero, among others. "Modern Angeleno" is a jointly curated exhibition between art historian/curator Isabel Rojas-Williams and Baha Danesh - artist, founder, curator at WeChooseArt.com; 7-11pm; The Montalban, 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, California 90028; FB Event Page;

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May 13, 2017:
Join artist Kathy Leader in celebrating our wonderful Mothers by creating art for, or with, your mother. All levels and ages welcome! 
Admission charge: $30 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; Workshop: 2-4pm; 11693 San Vicente Blvd, #551, Los Angeles, CA 90049; (310) 339-6289; www.theart-process.com

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May 13, 2017:
In Culver City...Head to Samuel Freeman. "PARATEXTUAL" is a group exhibition featuring works by Basma Alsharif, Maura Brewer, Juan Capistran, David Horvitz, Shevuan Wright and Samira Yamin.  Working with text, video, legal contracts, copyright infringement, TIME magazine and Wikipedia entries, these six artists approach and analyze the aesthetic, political, ideological and social manipulations at play in our everyday lives. Opening Reception: 6:00pm - 8:00pm; Artist Walkthrough: 5:00-6:00pm; Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 00034; http://www.samuelfreeman.com

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May 13, 2017:
huZ Gallery presents a solo exhibition titled  "Luis Sanchez: Introspection." 
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Art Party: 6-8pm; huZ Gallery, 341 W.7th St. San Pedro, 90731; https://www.huzgalleries.com/

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May 13, 2017:
Kira Vollman, longtime contributor and collaborator in both the art and experimental music scene in Los Angeles, will present Ascending Intervals a solo exhibition at Neutra Institute and Museum in Silverlake.  On View May 9 - 28, 2017; 6-10pm; The Neutra Institute Museum & Gallery, 2379 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039; https://neutra.org

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May 14, 2017:
In Chinatown...Enjoy an art talk and closing reception for "
Hollywood & Fine," a presentation of contemporary and historical fine art focused on Hollywood in all it's ramifications. Art Talk: 3-6pm; A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books, 502 Chung King, LA, 90012; www.veniceica.org www.aggeiger.com

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May 14, 2017:  MOTHER's Day! 
Don't forget your mom on Mother's Day. See our Mother's Day Gift Giving article on our Retail Page for gift ideas from local designers.

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May 14, 2017:  MOTHER's Day! 
Take Mom to Descanso Gardens for a lovely brunch. Check out my THRIVE GLOBAL article (Arianna Huffington's website) about a day trip I took to Descanso Gardens. The brunch takes place in the rose garden and will feature a harpist performance and caricature artist for a fun memento to take home. strawberries, toasted almonds.
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Enjoy a Baker's basket of fresh baked muffins, croissants and Danish, served with sweet butter and fresh fruit preserves, Soft scrambled eggs with crème fraiche and chives, apple wood smoked bacon and pork breakfast sausage. Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, sugar Bar: granulated, powder, raw, dark brown, Milk Bar: whole, non-fat, soy, almond, Yogurt Bar: vanilla, plain Greek. Fruit Bar: navel oranges, D'Anjou pears, Gala apples, bananas, assorted wild berries. Chopped Fruit: watermelon, pineapple, honeydew. There will also be a baked potato bar, Carved roast beef, natural au jus, fresh horseradish, Crispy fried chicken and beignets with lots of sides and veggies. Plus House made to order crepes will be available featuring Nutella, caramelized banana, chocolate sauce, creamy peanut butter, wild berry jam, powdered sugar, fresh cheese, vanilla Chantilly. Four seatings 9:00am; 11;30am; 2:00pm; 4:00pm; Brunch ranges from $25-$75 (depending if you are a member. https://store.patinagroup.com/store/?id=496

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May 20 & 21, 2017
The Beverly Hills artSHOW takes place today and tomorrow. Celebrating 44 years, the artSHOW featues over 240 artists and all types of media such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital media, drawing, printmaking, glass, two and three-dimensional mixed-media, painting, photography, sculpture and watercolor. The FREE event takes place from 10am to 6pm and runs along Santa Monica Boulevard from Rodeo Drive to Rexford. See our Upcoming Event Feature for additional info or visit www.beverlyhills.org/artshowinfo   

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May 20, 2017: 
The Craft in America Center celebrates the art of Kazuki Takizawa. Los Angeles artist Kazuki Takizawa captures human emotions in the shimmering, fragile form of glass. Passion, turmoil, self-expression, and mental health are driving forces behind Takizawa's articulate approach to sculpture; for the past decade, Takizawa has been using the medium of glass to bring awareness to suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, and therapy. The artist uses blown and shaped glass to shed light on the darkness that can overwhelm those who face depression, disorder, and mental illness in their lives. His powerful bulbous shapes and vessels encapsulate these taboo topics and provide a personal catharsis to the artist. Art Talk 4:pm; Art Reception 5-7pm; Craft in America Center, 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; http://www.craftinamerica.org/

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May 20, 2017: 
In Culver City...Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents "Vernacular Environments, Part 1," a group exhibition of works selected from the 1960s through present day that explore the diversity of tensions between built environments, bodies, and narratives. Among the artists featured in this exhibition are Stephen Berens, Jennifer Bolande, Raúl Cordero,William Leavitt, John Mason, Alex Schweder, Robert Smithson, Clarissa Tossin, and MICA-TV (Michael Owen/Carole Ann Klonarides) in collaboration with Dike Blaire, Dan Graham, and Christian Marclay. On view: May 20 - July 15, 2017; Art Party: 6-8pm; Edward Cella Art + Architecture, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90034; http://www.edwardcella.com/

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May 20, 2017: 

In Playa Vista...THE Party is the concluding event of the 2017 Venice Design Series: 
Architecture + Arts. The VDS consists of six personalized events between April 29 and May 20, taking place in locations from Venice to Malibu and Culver City, led by leading architects and art patrons. THE Party, on May 20 is the culminating event of the Series, which raises funds for the non-profit Venice Community Housing.
May20-2017-VeniceDesignSeriesTHE Party will take place at ad agency 72andSunny, in the former HQ of the Howard Hughes corporation in Playa Vista. ADMISSION $500.00; FOOD AND DRINK WILL BE SERVED; 310-505-4220; 7-10pm; venicedesignseries.org


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May 20, 2017: 
The Loft at Liz's host an art party to celebrate the art of Anna Dusi "Ardumman House Project – Drawings And Sounds." Anna Dusi absorbed the magic of Ireland and she "blended" with the soul of Ardrumman House. Sound installation by Giuseppe Patanè. Curated by Kio Griffith. In collaboration with Instituto Italiano Di Cultura; Artist talk June 14, 7- 9pm; Artist Reception: 7-10pm; The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Ave (upstairs), Los Angeles 90036; http://www.theloftatlizs.com

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May 21, 2017:  
The Venice Art Walk takes place today. Visit the stuidios of local Venice artists. Tickets are $50 and will benefit the Venice Family Clinic. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets; Studio tour runs from 12-4pm, then from 4-6pm, head to the silent art auction (open to the public - free) at Google, 340 Main Street; https://theveniceartwalk.org/


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Performances run through June 30, 2017: (extended through June 2016) *admission
In Hollywood...The hit play ELEVATOR, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, returns to Los Angeles for a special limited engagement at The Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood. The cast features Devon Werkheiser (Nickelodeon's "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide") William Stanford Davis (Showtime's "Ray Donovan"), Deborah Vancelette (FX's "Terriers"), David Abed (Blue Man Group), Karsen Rigby, Erica Katzin and Kristina St. Peter.

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The creative team includes scenic and lighting designer David Goldstein (Off Broadway's Soul Doctor, Stalking the Bogeyman, Ghostlight) and original music and sound designer Mario Marchetti (who has collaborated with such artists as Demi Lovato, JoJo, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, among many others). ELEVATOR runs through Sunday, April 30, 2017. 

See a review of the play on our Review Page


Performances take place from Sat, Mar 25 – Sun, Apr 30, 2017 ( 8pm; Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm); Single tickets are now available for $40. 
Click Here to purchase tickets, or call (323) 960-7787. Ticket prices subject to change. No late seating will be accommodated. Coast Playhouse 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 90069; http://www.coastplayhouse.org


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