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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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November 17, 2017: The Canyon Club, Brand X

Brand X plays the Canyon Club. The band and its members are recognized as true musical pioneers, as they helped create an entire musical genre and influenced a broad spectrum of musicians and bands, from Phish to Dream Theatre. They are unrivaled in their creativity, originality and approach. Their contemporaries include bands such as Weather Report, Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorious and Chick Corea, all crafting a unique blend of Jazz, Rock, and Ethic influences now widely known by fans worldwide as Fusion.
Many claim it's BRAND X's unique combination of masterful chops mixed with their childlike melodies that make so special. Some musicians play from inside their own world, but John Goodsall, Percy Jones, and the guys from BRAND X play from their own universe! REUNION: After years of rumors of a potential reunion, it is finally happening. Three of the four main members came together recently in New York, and according to sources present at the rehearsals, listening to them play was "...like traveling back in time to the legendary 'Livestock' album – there was no question this was BRAND X! Their sound was uncannily identical to the BRAND X of 'Livestock' – and that in itself speaks volumes."

Admission: $24 / $28 / $38 + applicable fees. If you purchase a ticket at a table you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 7pm. Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult; 

What: Brand X
Where: The Canyon Clubs, 28912 Roadside Drive Agoura Hills, CA 91301-3304
When: Friday, November 17, 2017 
Website: http://wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/

November 18, 19, 2017: SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS

On Saturday, November 18, and Sunday November 19, 2017, art collectors will congregate at the SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS event at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The auction has been taking place for over thirty-seven years and features modern and contemporary works by mid-career and established artists. It includes all types of media: paintings, photography, sculpture, drawing, prints multiples, etc.
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Carlos Almaraz (NOW on view at LACMA) Hawaiian Nocturne, 1983
Pastel on paper Signed and dated on recto, 18.75 x 24.5 inches
Provenance: Acquired directly from the Artist by present owner; Currently on view/on exhibit at LACMA's Playing with Fire; Illustrated: Playing with Fire, Paintings by Carlos Almaraz, p. 37
Estimate: $25,000/$30,000

This year in conjunction with the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the auction will spotlight prominent Latin artists. In fact, a Carlos Almaraz work will be up for auction. It is currently on view at LACMA in his retrospective "Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz." The collector who makes the lucky bid will pick up the painting at LACMA, once the run for the exhibition is completed.

Please view the full catalogue of secondary market Modern and Contemporary art online. If you have any questions or would like more information about Santa Monica Auctions, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 315-1937. Works up for auction can be viewed NOW at B-7 and A-5 galleries through Friday November 17, 8pm. 

Where: ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404
When: Saturday, November 18th, 6:00pm; Sunday November 19th, 1:00pm
Phone: (310) 315-1937
Website: http://www.smauctions.com

November 18, 2017: Mirrors of the Mind 6

"Mirrors of the Mind 6: The Psychotherapist as Artist" returns for its sixth year. Founded by Pamela Mc Crory Ph.D. and Terry Marks Tarlow Ph.D., the annual group exhibition presents a broad spectrum of visual and performing arts to the public which includes fine art, musical performances and poetry. The participants in this event are artist psychotherapists or students within the psychotherapy community.
"The Mirrors of the Mind concept was born over a cup of coffee between the two of us," said co-founder Pamela McCrory Ph.D.. "The integration of two of our passions—psychology and the arts, soon developed into a shared vision and a vital committee—necessary ingredients for successful community outreach." http://pamelamccroryphd.com/

Co-founder Terry Marks-Tarlow Ph.D. exhibits her work as an artist, while maintaining a full practice as a therapist. She encourages her clients to create their own form of art. "Art is the expression of the self in its highest form. Art heals. Art reveals. Even if people don't come to me thinking of themselves as creative, mostly everyone leaves feeling more so. The most universal form of creativity is novelty, which can be embraced in so many forms, from taking a new path to work, concocting a new recipe, or having a stimulating conversation." http://www.markstarlow.com

This event is sponsored by the Community Outreach Committee (COC) of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) whose mission is to foster a culture of inclusiveness and respect for diversity in our organization and our community outreach efforts.

Admissiom Fee $10, $5 for students and LACPA members; Gallery Hours Wed-Sat 1- 6pm. For additional info, visit the FB Page.

On view: November 15 – 26, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Art Share LA, 801 E 4th Place, LA, 90013
When: November 18, 2017 5-10pm
Website: http://www.lapsych.org

November 19, 2017: Upper West Art

Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica welcomes a new artist...Harrison Love with an opening reception on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 4-7pm. Like most of us Harrison enjoys the food at Upper West, along with the ambiance. He will be showing paintings from several series…”I work on several series of works at a time to help keep my mind active. Sometimes the best solution to a difficult problem within my work is to set it down and work on something else for a while. Sometimes I find that it is important to relax my eyes and mind by working on something else and then returning to painting refreshed.”
Harrison Love, The Rite of Spring, oil on canvas

Harrison has spent much of his life abroad…He was born in New York, but his parents moved to Brussels Belgium when he was quite young. Born into an artist family, he lives and breathes art - creating every day. “I began drawing and painting at a very early age. I started by playing with my parent’s art supplies in their studio and continued to learn from the talented artists in my family.”

He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, then lived and worked in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Peru, Colombia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He currently works out of his artist studio in the Brewery in downtown LA.

Visit Harrison’s website at BrightFuturism.com

What Opening reception
Where: Upper West, 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404
When: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Phone: 310 586-1111
Website: http://www.theupperwest.com

November 25, 2017: Mar Vista ArtWalk

Mar Vista ArtWalk teams up with MV Chamber of Commerce & Small Business Saturday
celebrating Mar Vista local businesses, music, and art for an all-day holiday affair on Saturday, Nov. 25th, 2017 (Thanksgiving Weekend), with the theme of Gratitude. I love the Mar Vista ArtWalk....its a grass roots event where much of the neighborhood particpates...They have partnered up with local business to have the first ever day-long art, music and shopping event.
Mar Vista ArtWalk (MVAW) has brought the most diverse and artistic Los Angeles neighborhood together, celebrating community through local art and music and local businesses/restaurants, once a quarter for the past 2 years. Now, in partnership with Mar Vista Chamber's Make It Mar Vista and sponsored by American Express Small Business Saturday, through the theme of Gratitude, MVAW will ignite the 1 mile downtown core on Venice Blvd (Inglewood to Beethoven) from 11am till 10pm on Thanksgiving Weekend Saturday.

Driving this celebration so far is our music and performance stage set at the Coffee Connection parking lot, starting 11 a.m. with family-friendly fare. After 4pm, there will be DJs and poetry slams scheduled between popular local bands Randy's Candy, Shere Disraeli, Seablood, Fox Trails, Sonic Acrylic, and Westerner. Rising Sons Independent will be back with their block party take over. Full Circle Pottery's annual holiday bazaar, Alana's Coffee, and Mar Vista Art Department also have something special in store for visitors. Come for community in Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. and dine out at local restaurants, like Canela Cocina Latina, Little Fatty's, Grand View Market, or The Mar Vista. 

What: Mar Vista ArtWalk 
Where: Mar Vista area (up and down Venice Blvd, etc) see website for details
When: Saturday, Nov. 25th, 2017, 11-5pm (possibly later)
Website: http://marvistaartwalk.org

Nov 21 - Dec 31, 2017: Something Rotten! at the Ahmanson Theatre

Presented by Center Theatre Group, the Los Angeles engagement of “Something Rotten!” opens Tuesday, November 21 at 8 p.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre. The completely original new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon,” “Aladdin”), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Something Rotten!” comes to Los Angeles with three principal cast members direct from Broadway: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom. 
Photo by Jeremy Daniel The cast of the touring production of Something Rotten!

The touring cast also features Maggie Lakis as Bea, Blake Hammond as Nostradamus, Autumn Hurlbert as Portia,Scott Cote as Brother Jeremiah and Jeff Brooks as Shylock.

Rounding out the ensemble are Lucy Anders, Kyle Nicholas Anderson, Kate Bailey, Daniel Beeman, Brandon Bieber, Mandie Black, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Ian Campayno, Pierce Cassedy, Drew Franklin, Cameron Hobbs, Ralph Meitzler, Patrick John Moran, Joel Newsome, Con O'Shea-Creal, Kaylin Seckel, Sarah Quinn Taylor, Tonya Thompsonand Emily Trumble.

The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations), Steve Bebout (associate director), and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.

“Something Rotten!” is part Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 season at the Ahmanson Theatre. Performances run from November 21 through December 31, 2017.

Ticket prices start at $45 and go up from there - visit the website

What: Something Rotten!
Where: Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone:  (213) 972-4400
http://CenterTheatreGroup.org  http://www.los-angeles-theatre.com

February 2018...The Broad Presents Jasper Johns: "Something Resembling Truth"

Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' to feature more than 100 works spanning Johns' 60-year career; The Broad will be the exhibition's only U.S. venue and is the first major survey of the artist's work to be shown in Los Angeles.
TheBroad-logoA collaboration with the Royal Academy, London, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth'will feature more than 100 of the artist's most iconic and significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, many never before exhibited in Los Angeles. With loans from international public and private collections, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist's six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters. The exhibition encompasses the full range of Johns' materials, motifs and techniques—including his unique use of encaustic (heated beeswax) and found-material collage in paintings—and the innovations he has achieved in sculpture and the graphic arts by expanding the possibilities of traditional media. Johns' use of accessible images will be thoroughly examined, seen continually transformed through the artist's engagement with a wide range of human experiences. In a departure from a retrospective approach, Johns' artistic achievements will be illuminated through the juxtaposition of early and late works throughout the exhibition.

One of the most influential and important living artists to emerge in the 20th century, and one of America's great living artists, Johns has been seminal to the Broad collection. His work emerged with and has influenced numerous other collection artists represented in depth, including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Sherrie Levine.

"Johns' work is central to understanding contemporary American art. We viewed it as critically important to offer this in-depth and landmark exhibition to the public, particularly in Los Angeles where his work is not seen often enough. The show provides new understanding of the continuity and variety of his incomparable six-decade career, and we look forward to introducing a new generation to the full scope of Johns' achievements," said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. "Edye and I have admired the work of Jasper Johns for decades," said Eli Broad, co-founder of The Broad. "His work is essential to our collection and to contemporary art as a whole, and we are pleased to be able to share this exhibition with visitors from Los Angeles and around the world."
Flag-1967-encausticandcollageoncanvas-threepanels-Target-1961-Encausticandcollageoncanvas-JasperJohnsImage credits: Jasper Johns, Flag, 1967, encaustic and collage on canvas (three panels), 33 1/2 x 56 1/4 in., Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Jasper Johns, Target, 1961. Encaustic and collage on canvas. 167.6 x 167.6 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London.  Photo: © 2017. The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY / Scala, Florence

Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with The Broad, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' is curated by Edith Devaney, contemporary curator at the Royal Academy, and independent curator Dr. Roberta Bernstein, author of Jasper Johns'Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Sculpture, who has written and lectured extensively on contemporary artists including Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Rauschenberg. Heyler and Associate Curator Ed Schad are host curators at The Broad. The exhibition title is taken from a 2006 interview, in which Johns said, "Yet, one hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work."

At The Broad, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' will begin with an entire gallery devoted to Johns' complex treatment of the American flag, arguably his best-known image, deployed famously at the outset of his career in the 1950s as testing ground for a new direction for 20th century art, and for decades afterward, as an enduring, compelling and ever-evolving subject evoking a variety of social meanings.

The exhibition will reveal the continuities and changes in Johns' work throughout his career. His use of accessible and familiar motifs established a new vocabulary in painting as early as the 1950s—his treatment of iconography and the appropriation of objects and symbols made the familiar seem unknown through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his groundbreaking paintings and sculptures, Johns charted a radical new course in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism.

The Broad is located at 221 S. Grand Ave., LA, 90012; For more information on The Broad and to sign up for updates, please visit thebroad.org

Monthly Art Walks and Art Crawls

Thurs 10.4 SanPedro1st ThursdayIf you like Art Walks....the First Thursday of every month offers two fun art walks.

One takes place in San Pedro....

and the other happens in Laguna Beach.

Each have their own charm, so mark your calendars and be sure to check them out.

San Pedro holds a community friendly art walk. Be sure to check their website for a full list of participating galleries at http://1stthursday.com/

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Or head to Laguna Beach...for a hoppin' walk.

For more info about the Laguna Beach 1st Thursday Artwalk, see their website http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com/

The DDAWlogoowntown Art Walk happens the 2nd Thursday of every month. It started on a grass roots level, only to evolve into a full blown art/night life extravaganza. If you haven't checked it out yet....be sure to. See their website too.  http://www.downtownartwalk.org/.

For more info about past events see Examiner article


VACOr in Venice....On the third Thursday of every third month, the Venice Art Crawl takes place. March, June, September and December

The event was modeled after the Downto
wn Art Walk, See their website at http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

For more info about past events see Santa Monica Mirror and  Examiner article