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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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Review: "Strangers Drawing Strangers" at Sundance Film Festival...Hosted by Airbnb Haus!

The "Stran2015-Sundance-SelflessPortraits-KayteMethven gers Drawing Strangers" installation by artist Ivan Cash inspires strangers to understand one another through photography, drawing, and collaboration. Cash is a San Francisco based interactive artist who focuses his efforts on human-based projects. Cash has been featured in The New York Times, CNN and TIME and continues to promote humanistic growth through the power of interacting with strangers around the world. Currently, The Selfless Portraits installation has over 47,000 photos submitted from 147 countries.

Following suit, the interactive installation at Sundance Film Festival was hosted by The Airbnb Haus continued and focused on Cash's mission of bonding strangers through self-expression.

The progressive installation came to life throughout the week and was open to all event-goers. Polaroid snap-shots were taken of each participant who entered the exhibit, and subsequently each participant was instructed to draw a recreation of a previous snap-shot of another participant.

Through photographs and original drawings, strangers were able to connect through the power of self-expression. Each participant served as a model, artist and muse. Through the multifaceted creative venue, the dynamic installation came to life as strangers bonded via the power of collective art.

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To engage and connect strangers throughout the week, the photos and drawings served as wallpaper and Sundance attendees could experience the installation and watch it grow while meeting new friends.

In alignment with the artist's vision, the "Strangers Drawing Strangers" Installation encourages strangers to invoke open communication by inviting new perspectives through hands-on expression. The fusion of art and community provided a venue for collaboration and creativity and is sure to provoke future community-based projects. For more information about Ivan Cash, see his website.

Film Review: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck at Sundance 2015!

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Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2015
DIRECTOR: Brett Morgen

Film Review by Anya Baroff
Photos: Kayte Methven

See image: Courtney Love; Director, Frances Bean Cobain; Director, Brett Morgen;

Producer, Francis Bean Cobain, fashion designer Jeremy Scott, and director Brett Morgen Showed up to the Sundance Film Festival premiere in Park City on Saturday January 24th.

The introspective HBO rock doc documents the psychological journey through Cobain's life from childhood to his early death.

The documentary gives a firsthand perspective of Cobain's difficulties transitioning from a life in a broken home to his youthful fits of destructive rebellion. The montage sets up a holistic story from the Nirvana front-man's own words, original art, songs and journal writings.

In the first fully-authorized documentary, animations and recorded interviews showcase the psychological paradoxes of Cobain's personality and his struggles to reconcile the dichotomy of his own emotional isolation and his implicit need for compassionate.

The fragility of Cobain's life is detailed through the highs and lows of both his musical journey and family life. Through the onscreen interplay of varying media, the film unequivocally shines a new light on Cobain's inner-struggle and progressive insights.

sundanceThe 120-minute montage documents Cobain's enduring sensitivity to criticism sharpened by media attention as well as his personal defeats via family turmoil, drug use, and defamation in the press.

See image: Nirvana co-founder and bassist, Krist Novoselic

Interviews with wife Courtney Love, mother Wendy O'Connor and Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic shine a new light on Cobain's external passions and emotional spirals which give personal perspectives into the mind of Kurt Cobain.

Event Review: Photo LA Celebrates 24 Years!

photola-logoThe international photographic art exposition photo la returned for its 24th year at The REEF (newly dubbed) located in the *(previously named) historic LA Mart building in downtown Los Angeles, January 15 thru 18, 2015.

LA Art Party attended the opening gala of photo la on Thursday, Januray 15. There were galleries, dealers, museums, and nonprofit organizations from the US and the international community. In addition to showcasing 19th century works to contemporary photographic art, photo la's acclaimed programming included lectures, roundtable discussions, special installations, and docent tours with distinguished members of the photographic/arts community.

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Stephen Cohen of the Stephen Cohen Gallery started photo la twenty four years ago when he needed to find more clients in LA. His work on the fair allowed him to open a small gallery.

This year's event featured over 3,500 guests at the opening Night Gala, and 14,000 visitors over the whole weekend! The weekend long  event incuded talks, tours, panels, and book signings. Weston Naef (Curator Emeritus, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum) led a docent tour as part of this year's programming. Another docent tour was led by Keith F. Davis (Senior Curator of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri). A popular panel from photo la  was moderated by Robert Berman: Gallerist & Owner, Robert Berman Gallery & Santa Monica Auctions. The panel featured how to create a lasting art collection. The panelists included: Hannah Sloan (Director of Rosegallery), Michael Hawley (Collector), Rachel Peart (Consignments Director, Heritage Auctions), Carol Lee Brosseau (Art Advisor, Photography Specialist, Appraiser).

Documentary photographer Catherine Opie was honored this year at photo la's exclusive VIP opening gala and celebrated her lifelong contributions to the arts. Additionally, all proceeds from the opening gala will go towards photo la 2015 beneficiaries The United Way of Greater Los Angeles and The Painted Brain.
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Some of the highlights I enjoyed were Helen Garber:

See image: Helen Garber, Venice: Yesterday/Today or still crazy after all these years

"I am thrilled to have been given the honor of a solo exhibit at this prestigious international art show. We used the opportunity to present my latest project, my first folio of the series: Venice: Yesterday/Today or still crazy after all these years.

The 16 image, 16 x 20" folio in custom box is in an edition of 15 with two artists proofs. Garber said she was interested in finding collectors to purchase and donate one to LACMA and one to the LA Public Library Photo Collection. Helen K Garber Studio is located at 801 Ocean Front Walk, St 9 in Venice Beach. www.helenkgarber.com

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At the gala, we enjoyed tacos from Escuela Taqueria (with locations in both Beverly Hills and Pasadena) as well as Vodka from Tito's Vodka, beer from Angel City Brewery and others. 

There was a woman wearing a costume that was covered in QR codes who interacted with the crowd - a kind of fashion meets performance art - very ambitious. Unfortunately my iPhone did not read the QR codes so I wasn't able to link to her website.

To find out more about photo la, visit the website http://www.photola.com

Event Review: 2015 LA Art Show!

LAARTSHOW-logo-2015L.A. Art Party attended the grand opening night gala party of The LA Art Show on Wednesday January 14th at the L.A. Convention Center with much anticipation, and it completely lived up to our hopes. Founded in 1994 with Kim Martindale as general manger, the L.A. Art Show featured hundreds of galleries, thousands of works, and lectures, tours, and special exhibits representing 22 countries.

From the Artists' Perspective:

S570w-SonaMirzaei-LAArtShowona Mirzaei, one of the participating artists, reflected: "There was a hybrid of everything from classical masters to 20th century best in show to graffiti art that's mainstream. I was on cloud nine because of the distinguished honor of having my piece Liberty Blvd Series # 1 exhibited next to Rauschenberg and Basquiat.

See image: (left) Sona Mirzaei 

This was the first time Mirzaei had the chance to participate in the annual event. She was able to reconnect with galleries that she had been communicating with throughout the years...such as FP Contemporary, Fabien and Castanier Gallery, Turner Gallery, and ACE Gallery.

"There was so much fantastic artwork," Mirzaei continued. "It makes me feel proud that LA is finally getting a real dose of culture with all our new institutions, additions to various collections, while promoting amazing creativity at the highest level! All of the art was museum quality works and it will be nice to see more international art fairs taking place here to make it more of a world class city!"

CCorinneChaix-at-LAArtshoworinne Chaix, another participating artist, said: "This year was my second time showing at the LA Art Show, at the booth of the PYO Gallery LA that featured a selection of artists from different countries with very different genres." The artist said she enjoyed her experience showing at the LA ART Show, since the show offered large booths and a open, friendly atmosphere. "This gave me the chance to meet with visitors and students, and freely discuss my work, outside of the often intimidating gallery context."

See image: Corinne Chaix

Chaix has been showing her work with the gallery since 2011. PYO Gallery also featured artists: Ha Jung Woo, Tod Wizon, Andrew Foster, Tsai Shih Hung, Cha Young Seok, Park Seung Hoon, Kyoung Ha Lee, Charlie Kaplan, and Kuk Won Woo

Some Unique Perspectives This Year:

Ironically, after a 90 minute rush hour freeway drive to get to downtown LA for the show, we happened onto this exhibit: Volvo Cars of North America, LLC. Presented "Relax Mobile Anxiety: A Video Installation by Pascual Sisto Imagines Driving as a Calming Experience." Volvo collaborated with Media Arts Organization FREEWAVES to commission video artist Pascual Sisto to create an installation that conveys the tranquility that could occur with an automated driving experience.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) curated a special exhibition that showcased a selection of the country's top contemporary artists and highlighted the nation as an international hub for culture and art.

See iYossi-LAARtSHow-2015mage: Timothy Yager Fine Arts booth featuring the work of Yossi Govrin and Krista Augius. 

At Timothy Yager Fine Arts, the Nightwatch series consists of sculptures and paintings relating directly to the evolution of human society. Artists Yossi Govrin and Krista Augius create a personal language of forms and ideas that transcend across boundaries of individuals within a larger society.

The sculptures in this series are made of hemp and cement from a single mold was set up in a way that allows the observer to walk among the "individuals" in various group formations to achieve a changing social process of light and shadows.

J.T. Burke's "The Circus" is a physical and conceptual mash-up of confession booth, cathedral steeple and big top tent. The exterior of the structure is covered with circus posters announcing religious-themed acts, presenting canonical mythology as entertainment spectacle, and the interior of The Circus is darker, featuring symbols, characters and runes of unknown origin in a foreboding environment.

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Lawrence Cantor Fine Art of designLAb at the Pacific Design Center commented: "This is my second year as an emerging artist gallery. I was in the fair for many years before it moved to the convention center. I did better than last year; I felt there were more qualified buyers."

See image: Lawrence Cantor Fine Art staff

Artists featured by LCFA: Andrew Myers, Kerry Miller, Craig Alan, Prypchan, Vincent George, Blake Collins, Pezhman and Gavin Benjamin. 

Of course it would be a great disservice not to mention the many fine food and drink sponsors who had booths at the fair.

SHamasuchi-LAArtSHowee image of one of LA Art Party's favorite restaurants Hama Sushi.....Delicious!!!

They are: Angel City Brewery, Barefoot Bubbly & Wine, Bel Air Bar & Grill, Beso, Black Momma Vodka, Ca Del Sole, Calavera Tequila, Cerveteca Downtown, Chaya Downtown, Chivas Regal, Dandy Don's Homemade Ice Cream, Diabolo Beverages, Essential Chocolate Desserts, Evian, Fabiolus Cucina, Hama Sushi, Hanaharu Sake Brewery, Jinyu Sake Brewery, John & Pete's Fine Wine & Spirits, Julie's Waffles, Maison Akira, Maria's Italian Kitchen - Marina Del Rey, Nanbubijin Sake Brewery, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Pink's Hot Dogs, Rao's Hollywood, Rasta Taco, Sinners & Saints Bakery, Sonoma Wine Garden, Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Wood & Vine.

See Kathy Leonardo's Huffington Post article about the 2015 LA Art Show!

Event Review: Venice Arts 21 Year Anniversary Gala!

L.A. Art Party was proud to attend the gala event at Venice Arts which celebrated its 21st anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 1st.

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For those who are unaware of this wonderful organization, they sponsor an unsurpassed program of free media arts instruction for children, along with mentoring by successful working artists and countless internship opportunities in the arts that have opened doors for literally thousands of poor and low-income kids in L.A. over the past 21 years. This year alone, Venice Arts students have received 25 prestigious national, state and local arts awards and scholarships.

The festive event was held at the arts center/gallery HQ of Venice Arts, and was packed with program supporters, teacher/mentors, and current and past students. A lot of amazing student art and photography was on display, and we talked with several of the students who were showing there, including Zinnia Moreno and Rickie Bautista, both 18. Rickie told us "When I started Venice Arts... it took time for me to get out of my shell. I've changed. I can allow myself to take photos. Going to Venice Arts helped me form a family."

There was a presentation during the party to honor Tiffany Rochelle and Paul Hibler, both long-time supporters of Venice Arts and the local arts community, as well as dedicated artist/mentors Michael Cerosimo and Michael Jasorka.

See image: Rickie Bautista with his work

The food trays were kept flowing by an impressive array of local restaurants and merchants, including 3 Square Cafe + Bakery, Abbot's Habit, Abbot's Pizza, Baby Blues BBQ, Danny's/James' Beach, Hal's Bar & Grill, Hama Sushi, Jody Maroni's, La Cabana, Locali, Marla's Cafe, Mosto Enoteca, Native Foods, Oscar's Cerveteca Venice, Poke Poke, Primitivo, Santino's Tapas & Grill, Scopa Italian Roots, Superba, The Rose Cafe & Market, Trader Joe's, Uncle Darrow's, Wabi-Sabi, Whole Foods Market, and Willie Jane.

BabVeniceArts-RickieBautistay Blues BBQ donated delicious food to the event. "Dann and Karen Florek got us involved," said Robb Aguirre, owner of the restaurant. "We work with several charities and organizations and do try to make sure the majority of them are located within our local community. Venice Arts does a great job of working with and developing young people's creativity and imagination. For us at Baby Blues BBQ this is a great group of people to be associated with."

Helen Wassell-Paez and Alex Paez, who own Centanni Venice located right next door to Venice Arts, contributed some delicious mini caprese. Helen said "We have a caprese salad on our regular menu which is fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and fresh basil, but for catering events, we like to add a twist by skewering mozzarella and cherry tomatoes with the fresh basil...easy to eat!! Venice Arts is a wonderful, inspiring organization. Great neighbors!"

We'll take their word on the "great neighbors" part, but we can certainly testify ourselves that Venice Arts knows how to throw a great party. We're marking anniversary #22 on our calendars right now!

Event Review: Bam Fest 2014 at 18th Street Arts Center!

2014-BAMFESTThe festivities surrounding the venerable 18th Street Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary Weekend continued with the 5th annual BAM Fest, which of course means beer, art and music. Could there be any better combination?

The crowds were out on a beautiful afternoon for this raucous event, which supports the
Arts Center, which fosters dialogue between the public and local, national and international artists.

Saatchi Art Gallery had a group show, including pieces by Laddie Hohn Dill and Mike Mollett's "Issue of Remembrance: A Woven Archaeology." (See right) All were for sale to benefit the Center.

Also, Saatchi presented short informational presentations called Crash Courses" given by artisanal beer, wine and spirits makers, along with samples of several craft brewers, including wines by 'Wine Enthusiast' and and home-brewed sodas by "Maltese Falcons."

In the main area, more than 40 breweries offered delicious samples, including the exceptional beers of Santa Monica Brew Works, House Beer, and Venice Duck Brewing.

Santa Monica Brew Works offered several delcious brews...WIT, XPA (Extra Pale Ale), PCH, WET HOP PALE ALE, CHILI PEPPER XPA, and COFFEE DRY STOUT.

sm-2014-BAMFest-SMBrewWorksSee image: Left to right, Scott Francis, Drew Pomatti (Santa Monica Brew Works) photo courtesy of LA Art Party

President & CEO (Santa Monica Brew Works), Scott Francis said, "We started the company as a result of our love for the City of Santa Monica and the fact that there was no local beer company in the City. All of the founders of the company live (or have lived) in Santa Monica. Our goal was to build a craft brewery located in the City, and create a great line of beers that celebrates the City. We are not simply using the name of the City - - our brewery is located in the heart of Santa Monica."

Francis went on to say that the reaction from the community has been remarkable. "Business owners and beer lovers have welcomed us with open arms. First, because we are true to our name. They love to hear that our beer is brewed locally. Many breweries simply use the name of a geographical area, and brew their beer elsewhere. Not us. Second, because people love the taste of our different styles of beer - - we have something for everyone. Third, the business owners appreciate us because we provide a great service to them - - there is no middleman delivering our beer. We service our business customers ourselves."

Founder Lynne Weaver of Three Weavers Brewery Company had an idea to build a community through beer and brought in brewmaster Alexandra Nowell. A new tasting room recently opened in Inglewood.

Fsm-2014-BAMFEST-ThreeWeavers-ChrisGonazalezrom left to right Jared Gonzales (volunteer) and Chris Gonzales (brewer) - photo courtesy of LA Art Party

"The response to our beer has been amazing," said brewer, Chris Gonzales who was on hand at the event. Two tasty beers were available...a session IPA, named Stateside and an Imperial Stout, named Midnight Flight.

Additionally, Mama's Boy's Infusions offered a kick ass Spicy Chili Tequila, unlike anything I have ever tasted. Golden Coast Meade has perfected the somewhat rare concoction. Yum! Also, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery offered their seasonal beers, such as Ocktoberfest, and the Brother Thelonius Belgium Style Abbey Ale featured a lovely dark, rich ale. Venice Duck Brewery poured their Lucky Duck, Stoner Duck and Dogtown Duck locally crafted beers.

Michael W. Barnard, a visual artist, filmmaker and musician was one of many who opened his studio for interaction with the attendees. Yujun Ye, from Taiwan also presented her eery, clever comment on contemporary culture, east to west.

Musically, the BAM fest presented three wonderfully eclectic acts:...the growly, soulful folk of Nick Shattuck, KoTolan, a wildly multiculturally influenced jazz and funk band and some pure pop with environmentally aware lyrics from Trapdoor Social.

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Each of these interesting acts got the large crowd moving!

Of course, no festival would be complete without food trucks: Dogtown Dogs, Cousins Maine Lobster, and, where science meets sweet, Nitropod, a liquid nitrogen ice cream truck!

One could also purchase beer and art themed t-shirts, hats, coasters, pins, jewelry, stickers- you name it, even a breathalyzer!  

Another great success for 18th Street Arts Center! To find out about next year's Bam Fest, 18th Street Arts Center visit http://18thstreet.org/.
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Event Review: The Other Venice Film Festival 2014!

Along with scads of other Venetians, L.A. Art Party attended the big grand premiere opening night festivities of The Other Venice Film Festival on Friday, October 10th.

Staged at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center2014-TheOther-VeniceFilmFestival in Venice, with additional screenings at the Love Shack, the festival is now in its 11th year and is no longer viewed as simply an alternative to the Venice Film Festival in Italy, but as an important non-profit community event dedicated to screening films that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice, California.

The festival's 72 screenings spread over 3 days included feature length, short, and animated films, none of which had previously appeared on-line, according to festival organizer Reuben De La Casas. He was particularly excited this year to have for the first time a festival arts tent (in the spirit of Burning Man) set up outside Beyond Baroque.

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In addition to the screenings, The Other Venice Fest featured the presentation of its annual Abbott Awards given to outstanding people and projects in the Venice community and the film world. Past recipients include Werner Herzog, Roger Corman, Oliver Stone, Catherine Hardwicke, Stacey Peralta, Tony Alva, Orson Bean, Danny Trejo, Tony Bill, and Zak Penn. There was also live music by musicians Sans Frontieres, Natural Hi-Fi, and Ship of the Rising Sun.

The film we viewed was "Freedumb," a 56-minute-long documentary that is a tribute to and cinematic portrait of six local Venice artists who came here from other places and now call Venice home. Filmmakers Laura Rudich and Sean VanLoozen screened their film for the first time, and it was very well-received.

Exquisitely shot and nicely constructedOct10-2014-OVFF, the film is Rudich and VanLoozen's attempt to figure out what attracts artists to Venice, and in doing so, answer the question of what attracts the filmmakers themselves to Venice (as well as the rest of us, of course).

Photo courtesy of The Other Venice Film Festival

The six artists profiled are Jules Muck, Divine Love (Shelley Gomez), Jason Christman, glassblower Ernie Miranda, Venice Symphony Orchestra Director Wesley Flowers, and Tony Fernandez, who embodies Jim Morrison in the Doors tribute band Peace Frog. Each is a very well-known figure in the Venice community.

We loved the film, and it reminded us why we love living in Venice, too. And, of course, it comes along at a very timely moment, when Venice is trying to decide if it wants to remain the counterculture carnival it's been for the last 60 years, or if it wants to give itself over completely to the Googles of the world and fully morph into Silicon Beach. Wesley Flowers addresses this in the documentary, saying he is very optimistic that the spirit of Venice will always remain the same, no matter how much it changes on the surface.

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Other films screened included indie flick "ERS," "A Man Called God," a doc about 1970's cult leader Sai Baba, and "Prison Through Tomorrow's Eyes," a view of what's wrong with our prisons from the POV of 24 students on a prison tour.

Can't wait for next year's fest.

Event Review: Taste of Venice

More than a "Taste of Venice"...Was it toEventReview-Cerveteca-withGigio hot to taste, play and pa-tay in a day long festival of most of Venices' finest 'hot' spots on Sunday Sept 14th when the temps in the shade hit 91 degree? Yes. Was it worth the sweat? You bet. No less than 10 of Venices finest and funkiest happenin haunts joined together like the VIP event that it was in the lot at Electric Lodge behind Gelinas.

See image: LA Art Party staff writer Gigi Fields (right) with Yvonne Garcia (left) from Cerveteca/Venice Beach Wines.

Offering up some de-licious bites-plates-bowls and other samplings- way too fabulous to be called samples. Toss in to those fine food offerings- 8 indiviual bars!!!

There were 4 boutique vinters- 1 micro brewery, and my fav... 2 booze bars with funky new twists on the ever changing craft cocktail. Did you hear about the 190 lb fully loaded crispy roasted pig on display for your carving fantasies offered from Venice Beach Wines. I just couldnt tease you with the photos.

TasteofVenice-PicolloSo many super restaurants represented, but by far my favorites were:

1) Hosteria Del Piccolo (see image) with its super traditional Rigatoni and italian style sausage in a light tomato creme sauce-but soooo al dente (means 'to the teeth' ..not mushy) it was painful to toss out-but I had no choice - I had to save precious stomach space for the tasting crawl to come. Also notable was their Nella Panza traditonal Italian bread salad=heirloom tomatoes, cukes,red onion, black olives, basil and those unique croutons... reminded me of my old life in ROMA! hosteriadelpiccolo.com

2) Superba Food + Bread came in a close 2nd with their smoked trout crostini and a modern take on Tiramisu (means 'to pick me up") for the espresso soaked lady fingers inside. Those guys at Superba cut tiramisu into bite size squares and dipped them in white cholcolate then topped it with dehydrated espresso fans shooting out-Gordan Ramsey would have served them! http://www.superbafoodandbread.com/

3) Komodo (see image) extremely sTasteofVenice-Komodourprising super tasty 'Komodo 2.0' seared sirloin steak tacos with jalepeno aioli and southwest corn salad from our new main st addition ''Komodo' near rose (which was even written up in GQ magazine.) This place is cool, vibey, modern, indoor outdoor, healthy, super tasty Asian California Mexican fusion for very much less than a full service restuarant, with everything else... but the server. komodofood.com

4) Santinos had yummy roasted eggplant rolls=marinated eggplant, feta and roasted peppers and Empanadas Argentinas=eggplant, spinach and beef empanadas! santinosrestaurant.com

Those who attended "Taste of Venice" were treated to all this entailed-but the buzz between souls was...DONT EAT TOO MUCH HERE NOW-

THERE ARE 15 VENUES TO HIT ON THE TASTING CRAWL AFTER THIS!!!

The main event that followed was small groups taken on individual tours to sample the wares inside 15 of Venice's hip and trendy, groovy restaurants-bars-coffee shops-ice cream spots-and hidden gems all on Abott Kinney. They were such varied places that they crossed label bariers. There was Tom's Flagship shoes that is so multi purposed-leveled and functioning in evades a true title.Is it a coffee shop? shoe shop? computer singles meet up?

Willie Jane, which I had sadly overlooked - is so sweet and cool with 4 areas of indoor -outdoor varied vibes with such relaxed comfort.Their place is worth checking out -be sure to go outside and see both patios- super happy hour as well.

TasteofVenice-AnotherSunriseThe tour also introduced us to a hidden, out of the way eatery named Another kind of Sunrise, which recently opened on Abbot Kinney this past May of 2014. 

See image: (LA Art Party) Left to right Kristina Von Hoffmann and Mary Smith

Chef and Owner, Lela Buttery partnered with the previous owners to create a more dynamic menu which included a buttery brew and paleo baked goods.  

After our 15 stop crawl we were invited back to the lot at Electric Lodge to PA-TAY with a sweet DJ till the sun went down with open bars-dessert buffets and what else? MORE FOOD!!!  GLUTTONY RULED Sunday as the sun went down!