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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.

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March 25 - March 30 2017: ELEVATOR at The Coast Playhouse

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.
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 begins previews on March 23 and will open on Saturday March 25, through Sunday, April 30, 2017.

When seven strangers—a CEO Woman, Business Man, Office Temp, Hot Girl, Musician, Maintenance Man and Goth Girl—get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. When forced together, given nothing but four walls and each other, these archetypes prove to be anything but 'typical.' Written and directed by Michael Leoni, ELEVATOR is based on the original short film Someplace  In Between (an Official Selection of the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival). The play originally premiered at the Hudson theaters during the first annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. After a wildly successful run, the smash hit expanded to the Hudson Mainstage Theatre and then the Macha Theater, receiving 11 nominations including "Best New Work" from Broadway World as well as "Critic's Choice" and "Best Bet" from the Los Angeles Times. Michelle Kaufer and Laura Hill produce the new engagement. The creative team also includes Ovation Award-winning  costume designer Michael Mullen (Celebration Theatre's The Boy from Oz, DOMA Theatre Company's Dreamgirls) and makeup designer Linda Michaels.

Performances take place from Sat, Mar 25 – Sun, Apr 30, 2017; 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.

What: Performance
Where: Coast Playhouse 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA  90069,
When: Sat, Mar 25 – Sun, Apr 30, 2017 - Fri 8pm; Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm
Website: http://www.coastplayhouse.org

March 30, 2017: "Cheech" Marin Live

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica and DIESEL, A Bookstore present Richard "Cheech" Marin live, and on stage, on March 30 at 7:30pm. Marin will be discussing and signing his new memoir, Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong, with Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer who covers culture for the Los Angeles Times. The memoir will be released on March 14. Each ticket purchase also includes a copy of Marin's memoir.

Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America. He became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. His insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career with roles in The Lion King and Jane the Virgin, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world.
Jane Deknatel, Director, Performing Arts Center, said, "We are pleased to be presenting Cheech Marin, a preeminent force in American culture, as part of a new partnership with DIESEL, A Bookstore." John Evans, owner of DIESEL, A Bookstore, said, "We are always looking for ways to expand our ability for the public to interact with authors, and to bring them and their ideas and thoughts to a larger community. At 530 seats, The Broad Stage gives us considerably more access to this audience than in our store, and gives even a larger public a live experience with the world of Cheech Marin."

Primarily known as an actor, a director, and a performer, Cheech Marin has developed what is arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art. Much of it formed the core of his traveling exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15‐city tour during 2001‐2007 to major art museums across the United States. He states, "Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term 'Chicano' to the forefront of the art world." This focus is what led to his touring exhibitions, The Chicano Collection/La Colección Chicana: Fine Art Prints by Modern Multiples and Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin. He has also produced exhibitions for LACMA (Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.) and the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi (Menudo: Chicano Art from the Cheech Marin Collection). His exhibition, Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, began its national tour in 2011 and is booked at venues in the U.S. and Europe through 2015

Tickets Price: Start at $60. Prices subject to change.  Each ticket purchase also includes a copy of Cheech Marin's Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong.

What: A Conversation with Cheech Marin
Where: The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401. Limited free parking is available.
When: Thursday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Phone: 310.434.3200
Website: http://www.thebroadstage.com

March 31, 2017: Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Kayne Griffin Corcoran presents a new work by Dara Friedman, Mother Drum, filmed throughout the summer of 2015 on the Swinomish Reservation in Washington, Coeur d'Alene Reservation in Idaho, and Crow Agency Reservation in Montana.
kaynegriffincorcoran-Kayne Griffin Corcoran-Darariedman-MotherDrumThe genus of this project was a 2014 archaeological dig in downtown Miami, where Friedman is based, which uncovered the remnants of the ancient, aboriginal city of Tequesta. The contemporary city, dense with high-rise developments, had for the most part ignored the history of its native inhabitants. But this sacred ground lies directly beneath the condos that populate its skyline, surrounding this site, encasing it in steel and glass.

Also on view..."Jon Boat" is an exhibition by Charles Harlan. This will be Harlan's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and with the gallery.

For this exhibition, the artist will present a new body of sculptures in a site-specific installation incorporating the gallery's courtyard as well as the South Gallery. On view: May 13; Reception: 6-8pm; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 1201 South La Brea Avenue, LA, 90019;  http://www.kaynegriffincorcoran.com/

April 1, 2017: AC Gallery Presents “MAJESTIC”

On Saturday, April 1st, AC Gallery presents “MAJESTIC” featuring the art of artist Aida Novosel Savic. The opening reception will take place from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

A talented artist, Aida creates on a daily basis. She is also a fashion designer and has created costumes in various productions of popular shows such as Don Quixote, Poor little hamsters, and Roots…just to name a few.

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Gallery Director and Curator Carlos Benitez opened AC Gallery in 2012 and has consistently presented high quality art exhibitions. “Aida is a truth seeker on a quest to make everybody beautiful and happy, said Benitez. “Her paintings are honest with (delete "a" character) classical charcoal shades that translatesthe same energy in her Haute Couture dresses. Her passion for horses can be seen in her characters with the sensuality of her paintings.”

Spokesperson, model and actress Anna Kulinova will be wearing Aida’s fashions at the opening event. The pair met at AC Gallery and have become good friends planning to partner to launch a new Haute Couture collection for men and women.

Aida said she felt she had to share her art and creative works with people. When she came to California, she fell in love with it, and knew she had to stay. “I did not dream that I would come to live in such an inspiring country as America.” She grew up in Europe surrounded by the history of ancient civilizations. She studied art and started to draw every chance she had. Aida continued, “Every trip, going for a walk, reading a book, everything gives me inspiration.”
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Aida Novosel Savic, Ardor, mixed media, 25in x 30in, 2017

The AC Gallery is located on Highland Avenue between the famed Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards. The gallery has garnered much attention for its new location situated right in the “Heart of Hollywood” and within walking distance to popular attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood & Highland Center and the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre).

Don’t miss the opening reception and art party for “MAJESTIC” On view through April 22nd, 2017. RSVP to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What: Art Party - “MAJESTIC”
Where: AC Gallery, 1546 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles CA., 90028
When: Saturday, April 1st, 2017 from 7:00pm -10:00pm
Website: http://www.acgallery.us/

April 6, 2017: “Female Figure Explored" at Beyond the Lines

Beyond the Lines Gallery presents a group exhibition title “Female Figure Explored." 
Bringing together a group of very talented local artists with a wide variety of work portraying the female form. The exhibition will feature a variety of media...paintings, sketches, photography and sculpture of all sizes and mediums.  A must see exhibit celebrating the beauty found in the female form.  

“Female Figure Explored” will run from Thursday April 6th-Wednesday April 12th 2017. An Opening Reception will be held on April 6th from 6pm-9pm.

Artist Marianne R. Klein will have two paintings in the exhibit. Born in Budapest, Hungary, she studied painting at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal, Canada. Since then, she had several shows, both in Canada as well as in Los Angeles.  

April6-2017-BTL-MarianneRKlein-Mikado24x28Image: Marianne R. Klein, Mikado 24 x 28  

Her art collection is a series of acrylic on canvas impressionistic and figurative works that depicts a symphony of colors. She also enjoys experimenting with different mediums and techniques.

When Marianne is not painting, she is busy writing. A published author, Marianne's book All the Pretty Shoes is currently available on Amazon.com and can be viewed at www.alltheprettyshoes.com. She is also a screenwriter. Visit her Facebook Page.

Artists include: Michael Baroff, Lula Flores, Marianne R. Klein, Donald Paonessa, Christine Sawicky and more. 

On view: April 6 - April 12, 2017

Where: Beyond the Lines Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, (G8), 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM, 90404
when: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Website: http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/

April 8, 2017: "Hollywood & Fine" Opens in Chinatown

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) has partnered with A.G. Geiger Fine Art BooksApril8-2017-HollywoodFineflyer to open a new Gallery to present Hollywood & Fine, a presentation of contemporary and historical fine art focused on Hollywood in all it's ramifications.

The Grand Opening is April 8, 2017 from 6-10 PM at A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books. located at 502 Chung King Road. Los Angeles, CA 90012. A panel discussion, screening and Closing Party is scheduled for May 14 with artists from the show, and other special guests, moderated by Juri Koll.

As curator Juri Koll says, "This show intends to place Hollywood in the spotlight as an important way of seeing the world - from the glitz, to the glamour, to the gutter, from the personalities to the pipe dreams, from stardom to stardust. We are presenting artists in the pantheon of well known artists such as Edmund Teske and Andy Warhol's legacy through his screens printed by Louie Waldon." We're proud to be able to bring the show to the new space we've built at A.G. Geiger, in partnership with Michael Delgado and to present a catalog for the show, and with Special Guest to be announced.

The show presents the following artists: Matt Aston, Jodi Bonassi, Carolyn M. Campbell, Chelsea Cody, Michael Delgado, Lisa Derrick, Corey Deshon, Sam Erenberg, Simone Gad, Tanner Goldbeck, Eva Hassmann, Juri Koll, Ofer, Mei Xian Qiu, Phil Santos, Elena Mary Siff, Sandy Shimooka, Mike Street, Stephanie Sydney, Edmund Teske, Louie Waldon/Andy Warhol, and other special guests to be announced.

April8-2017-HollywoodandFine-MerylLebowitz-SunsetSunsetSee image by Meryl Lebowitz, Sunset Sunset, oil on canvas 2016

Meryl Lebowitz has been creating unique visual art for more than 40 years.  A self-taught oil painter, Lebowitz has experimented with painting not only on canvas and paper, but also on a variety of unlikely surfaces, from violins to scrap metal. She moves with ease from landscapes to portraits, from realism to abstraction, always searching for new ways to express herself in paint.  Her subjects are familiar: local faces and landscapes, the interior of her studio or favorite restaurants, friends and family...but their appeal is universal. 

Save the Date: May 14, 2017 for a panel discussion and clsoing party.

On view: April 8 - May 14, 2017

What: Grand Opening / Art Party
Where: A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books, 502 Chung King Road. Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Website: www.veniceica.org www.aggeiger.com

April 15, 2017: IAA USA Celebrates World Art Day!

For the third consecutive year, the City of Angels will participate in World Art Day festivities. This global event led by the IAA/AIAP (International Association of Art, an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO), takes place yearly on April 15th, and celebrates international collaboration through art.

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In honor of this worldwide celebration, IAA USA, the newly formed U.S. chapter of the IAA headquartered in Los Angeles, will host a Launch Party and Fundraiser on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at Howard Griffin Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. Located in the historic Hellman Building, adjacent to the Main Museum and many of Los Angeles' hippest galleries, London and L.A.-based Howard Griffin Gallery is an edgy contemporary art space featuring works by established local and international artists.

ABOUT THE EVENT: One of Downtown Art Walk's must-see galleries, Howard Griffin Gallery L.A., will be hosting IAA USA's World Art Day Launch Party & Fundraiser on Saturday April 15, 2017, from 7-10PM. A $35 ticket gets you access to a fun-filled night of live art and dance performances by Sokamba Performing Arts Company, sets by local DJs, an exhibition of works by famed Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir, fun photo ops, and more! In addition to the entertainment, enjoy specialty cocktails and pours by Tres Papalote Mezcal and others, plus yummy bites from local establishments. Make sure to snag tickets before they sell out as capacity is limited! SEE BELOW FOR TICKET INFO, time and location TICKET LINK → http://bit.ly/2nft4XT

IAA USA - World Art Day is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, a tax-exempt public charity promoting the visual arts and culture in Downtown L.A.
WORLD ART DAY PROGRAMMING: IAA USA will host projects in the form of exhibitions, pop-ups, artist talks, performances, and installations in private and public spaces. Although World Art Day is officially celebrated on April 15th, participants will host art-based events over a 4-day window starting on April 13th, and ending on Sunday, April 16th, 2017. For more information on the World Art Day Calendar of Events, please visit IAA-USA.org/events

World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts established by the International Association of Art (IAA/AIAP), an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. The first World Art Day was held on April 15th, 2012 in honor of Leonardo da Vinci's birthday. In 2015, the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, a nonprofit arts organization, was invited by representatives of IAA/AIAP to lead World Art Day festivities in Los Angeles, marking the first official installment of the global annual celebration in the United States. With the support of IAA Headquarters and World President Bedri Baykam, the Downtown Art Walk has hosted World Art Day events yearly since then, and was a key player in putting forth a bid for official IAA/AIAP membership for the United States. In 2017, IAA USA, the official U.S. chapter of the IAA/AIAP, was formed. The Association looks forward to facilitating World Art Day celebrations locally, and nationwide. To date, IAA/AIAP counts over 64 member nations.
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The current World President of the IAA/AIAP is Bedri Baykam, an accomplished visual artist, writer, and activist. Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1957, Baykam received an MBA from the Sorbonne University in Paris, thereafter pursuing studies in painting and filmmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland, CA. Baykam has over 136 solo exhibitions to his name, and is one of the pioneers of the New Expressionism genre created in the early '80s. Baykam has 27 published books, and is an advocate of democracy and human rights worldwide.

More info can be found on the FB Event Page.  Tickets are $35 - Click Here to purchase tickets

What: IAA USA's World Art Day Launch Party & Fundraiser 
Where: Howard Griffin Gallery L.A, 
When: Saturday April 15, 2017, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Website:  http://howardgriffingallery.com/  https://www.iaa-usa.org/

April 22, 2017: Skidmore Contemporary Art!

Skidmore Contemporary Art presents two new exhibitions..."Pools" featuring the paintings of Melissa Chandon and "Mirrored Imagination" by Isabel Emrich. An opening reception will be held on April 22, 2017 from 5-7pm.

Melissa Chandon memorializes classic American imagery with a vibrant palette and an exquisite sense of composition. Her paintings of water, sky and the American landscape call to mind Hockney's pools and Diebenkorn's strong lines and shapes. Simple geometric forms cast shadows and conjure mystery; portraits of iconic cars pull on an emotional register of days gone by; mid-century architecture is memorialized with lush color and rich surface treatment. Hers is a roadside vernacular of images that are fading from public view.
Aprill22-2017-Skidmore-MChandon-PostModern-Poolwith-DivingBoardSee image: Post Modern Pool with Diving Board, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 61" x 85"

A classically trained artist, Chandon lives and works in Northern California. She teaches at the prestigious university UC Davis. Her exhibitions include the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento and the Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, among many others, with her work included in collections such as the de Young Museum, San Francisco and the Shields Library at the University of California, Davis' Shields Library and Davis Medical Center. Her work has been exhibited with Edward Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol.

Melissa Chandon has an MFA from the Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge. This is her 27th one-person exhibition, and her second with Skidmore Contemporary Art.

Isabel Emrich works in an Expressionistic style that straddles both abstraction and figuration. Her brushwork is both strong and fluid—qualities that echo the nature of water, itself. With zeal, Emrich captures the 'special effects' water presents to the eye: chaotic refractions in multi-planar space, sparkling light effects, distorted shadows, rippled reflections, etc.—much of it in thick impasto paint, contrasted by passages of smooth vitality.

The artist forged her connection to the water growing up in Southern California. She loved the feeling of the cold salty ocean, and being under its big waves. Isabel offers a special debt of gratitude to her grandmother, who often took her up on the cliffs overlooking the water to plein-air paint. "Just paint what you see," her grandmother would tell her, taking after the French Impressionists of yore. In 2013, Emrich moved to San Francisco, fulfilling her dreams of studying at The Academy of Art University and receiving a BFA Painting and Drawing in 2016.
April22-2017-Skidmore-IEmrich-Floatingon-the-Horizon edited-1See image: Isabel Emrich, Floating on the Horizon, 2017, Oil on canvas, 40" x 60"

Emrich explores the sensations of peace and calm one feels submerged in water, the dynamism of moving through water, and of the body luxuriantly enveloped in it. A subject's body may float freely in a pose of complete relief, but the subject's face and limbs blur with the airy world above, as they break the surface. Isabel explores the dynamics of this boundary with tension and interplay at work—where air and water and light and body converge. Light plays on the surface, reflecting, dancing in endlessly fascinating patterns. But it also passes through the water, illuminating what is beneath, bringing out the color and life of the body. Different colors 'pop' through the light with the changing visuals implied in a moment's time. Indeed, being in water is one of most explicit examples one can imagine of 'being in the moment.' Time stands still, and once and for all the past and future disappears. Zen-like, one is in the here and now.

Isabel Emrich received her BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2016. 
This is her first one-person exhibition.

On view: April 15 – May 13, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404 

When: April 22, 2017, 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-5070