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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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August 19, 2017: Grand Park's 5th Anniversary

In celebration of, the park will pay tribute to the Angelenos who embraced Grand Park and made it their own with Grand Park's Big L.A. Portrait Gallery. The photographic exhibition by 10 Los Angeles photographers will include 100 images of residents from across the county, ranging from parishioners from the Trinity Baptist Church in South Los Angeles to the cowboys and cowgirls of Sunset Ranch. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the distinctive nature of the many communities that make up Los Angeles. Featured photographers include Gregg Segal, Elena Dorfman and Joe Pugliese.
Free to the public, the portrait gallery will be projected onto the south wall of the Los Angeles County Hall of Records building inside Grand Park. The images will be projected at approximately 150 feet high and 100 feet wide and will be shown from sundown until midnight each day of the exhibition.

The two-week series will kick off with afree launch party on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party is open to the public and will feature a DJ, photo booth, screen printing and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the photographers.

Saturday, August 19, 2017— Monday, September 4, 2017

What: Grand Park's 5th Anniversary Party
Where: Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, 200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Between Grand Avenue and Hill Street
When: August 19, 2017, 8pm-12am
Info: http://bit.ly/2eVrDvn

August 20, 2017, FAB-gallery Presents the "End of Summer Show"

Summer is a nostalgic time of year. At the end of spring, so many of us relish the thought of it. We anticipate the laid back season as it's on the way by making plans and promises to ourselves that we will take some desperately needed time off. We spend time with family and friends, but soon August is upon us…time to say goodbye to our precious summer. Let us look back and celebrate our memories of this glorious season! 

The "End of Summer Show” pays tribute to the memories of summer. Flavio Alejandro Bisciotti has curated a beautiful exhibition. 
Obvious Wines will be offering tastings...I recently met Venice local and owner Brice Baillie and fell in love with his wine - you are gonna love it. Aug20-2017-sunsetonly-FAB-Flyer
Artists include: Michael Baroff, Flavio Biscotti, Mark Castator, Ray Ford, Marianne R. Klein, Barbara Kosoff, Meryl Lebowitz, Stuart Marcus, Donald Paonessa, Christine Sawicky and Linda Stelling.

Artist Michael Baroff, a longtime Santa Monica resident said he is looking forward to being part of the group show. "Summertime and the livin' is easy," said Baroff..."especially when living near the ocean." Summer for Mark Castator brings to mind surfing, flying, dinners with friends, Drinking Rose, heirloom tomatoes, photo shoots on the grand canal bridge, Game of Thrones...finally. Wood sculptor Ray Ford will be exhibiting his intricate works of art. “My favorite things about summer are warm temperatures and long bright days. It's the time for new inspirations for my wood art and fulfilling them.” Artist Marianne R. Klein said, “One of my summer’s highlights was an email from my publisher who said that my book All the Pretty Shoes by Marika Roth (pen name), had been receiving great reviews. As such, they will now release the book in hard cover. I couldn’t have been more thrilled!" Here's mixed media artist Barbara Kosoff's summer inspiration: "Toes in the sand at Santa Monica beach, picnics and concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, and two weeks in Paris soaking up art, food and tango." Painter Meryl Lebowitz added, “I love the late afternoon light.” 

This summer, Stuart Marcuse celebrated his 80th birthday on a cruise to Seabourne, to Alaska and said the glaciers were magnificent. "It was so quiet and the colors of the glacier from turquoise to grey was awesome and then one heard the sounds coming from the Glacier as it moaned and cracked as some of its ice gave way." Artist Don Paonessa cites childhood memories of shimmering blue water, sunbaked sand, volleyball, bodysurfing, salt on suntanned bodies, Sorrento Beach, parking 25 Cents, Sorrento Grill burgers 50 cents...summertime in LA. Linda Selling revealed "Summer for me is languid mornings with iced coffee in the garden and coming home late from the beach.”

Last, but not least, curator/artist Flavio Alejandro Bisciotti will also exhibit works from his show "Objects From the Ashes." Born out of a tragedy, this show is a continuation of the acclaimed exhibition "Palimpsest." See my Huff Post review about the original show.

What: Art Party
Where: FAB-gallery, 2001 Main street, Santa Monica, 90405 (behind Dog Town Coffee at Main St., and Bay)
When: Sunday, August 20, 2017, 5:00pm-8:00pm;
Phone: 310 630-9216 (by appointment only) 

Website: http://fab-gallery.com/site/

August 24 - 27, 2017: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is back and it starts on Thursday, August 24, and runs through Sunday August 27. This is a fabulous event and I have been attending for several years now. Throw your diet out the window. Don't eat for two days before coming...cause you gotta save up some room for all this exquisite cuisine.

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is produced by Coastal Luxury Management and presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus. Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with main events taking place directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street). The Berkley Foundation is a non-profit organization and the philanthropic arm of Coastal Luxury Management (CLM). Since 2007, CLM has worked towards raising funds and distributing grants to local and regional organizations dedicated to promoting enriched experiences for the youth of California and beyond.

The event is set to feature three-nights and four-days of unrivaled tastings, lunches, seminars, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and special events, showcasing the finest in food and drink culture.
Please Visit LAFW.com for updates and details on full programming of events, chefs, wineries, sommeliers, mixologists, and culinary talent participating at this year's Los Angeles Food & Wine festival.

TICKETS: Tickets range from $125 to $195 with an additional charge for VIP tickets.  

What: Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall (with closures along Grand Avenue,between 1st and 3rd street)
When: Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27, 2015 (See website for event times)
Phone: 855-433-LAFW 
Website: http://www.lafw.com/

August 26, 2017: LA Weekly's Artopia!

On Saturday, August 26th from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., DUBLAB and L.A. Weekly Managing Editor Drew Tewksbury curate yet another tantalizing celebration of the vibrant arts and culture scene of Los Angeles.

"Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world. No other city cultivates creativity like L.A., where art, music, film and fashion are an ever-present part of our cultural landscape. We are a city of dreamers and doers driven by imagination and the wherewithal to get shit done. For this year's Artopia, L.A. Weekly's annual festival celebrating the creative spirit, we're throwing a bash in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, at the historic Union Station. We again teamed up with Dub lab, the culture curators and radio station who helped make last year's Artopia a sensation atop a skyscraper, to showcase a standout selection of L.A.'s most visionary artists, musicians and performers. In Los Angeles, creativity is everywhere; Artopia is your entry point to the best our city has to offer." – Drew Tewksbury, Managing Editor, L.A. Weekly.
Artopia-flyer"DUBLAB is partnering up with L.A. Weekly to curate yet another Artopia (2017). The LA based non-profit radio station is returning with its unique vision and approach in presenting a wide-ranging community of artists across disciplines and styles. DUBLAB DJs, video art, installations, live dance and music performances, sculptures, interactive/participatory projects; all amongst the historically gorgeous architecture of Union Station will be what makes this Artopia unique." – Ale Cohen, Executive Director, DUBLAB

This year's event will feature live music, DJs, performance artists, art installations, and live activations from some of the city's most well reputed artists including: Keren Oo, Elsewhere, Art of Olfaction, Indiecade, Alex Pelly, and even more yet to be announced! In addition to an immersive art experience, the soirée will feature handcrafted cocktails, shaken and stirred by some of the city's best bartenders, and light bites from some iconic LA food spots.

Event partners include: Angel City, Effen and Courvoisier, Barefoot Wines, The Dudes' Brewing Co., Pabst Blue Ribbon, Califia Farms, Bai, Health Ade Kombucha, Hubert's, Amoeba, Imperfect Produce, Zico, The Greek, and more.

Tickets are on sale now - CLICK HERE. General Admission tickets are $25 and include entrance to the event as well as wine, beer and spirits samples, food bites, and live entertainment. A limited number of VIP Admission tickets will be available for $45 and include all of the General Admission perks in addition to hour early entry into the event to enjoy premium sampling and an exclusive VIP gift bag. A portion of this year's proceeds will benefit the non-profit DUBLAB.

What: Artopia
Where: Los Angeles Union Station, 800 N Alameda St., LA, 90021
When: August 26, 2017, 8:00pm - 11:00pm/ Vip entry is 7:00pm
Website: artopia.laweekly.com

August 26, 2017: Craft in America Center

Craft in America will focus on the work of three individual artists who use craft to articulate messages about American culture, personal experiences, Latino identity, and the ever-mutating socio-political tensions that exist in Los Angeles and California as a whole. The first of three exhibitions will present the powerful work of Los Angeles-native artist Jaime Guerrero.

Guerrero is one of the few and first artists in the world to sculpt life size figures in glass. The artist takes glass into new realms with his remarkable ability to imbue his medium with palpable emotion and spirit. He is known for manipulating glass in an unusual technique of working inside and outside hot glass to sculpt a piece. 

In addition to Guerrero's singular process of hand shaping the glass, he animates his figures by occasionally applying highlights of color to the surface of these otherwise clear forms. The inherent nature of glass in its duality of strength, yet fragility, mirrors the nature of the human body and gives his work added impact. In addition to his studio practice, Guererro has dedicated himself to teaching his craft to younger artists in Watts, Boyle Heights, and other underserved communities. He hopes to extend access and promote diversity in the glass field by expanding his studio to serve more students.

For the exhibition at the Craft in America Center, Guerrero will be filling the gallery with an installation of a group of blown glass life-size children that will represent children who are being detained at the border each day. These glass children will be batting at a suspended glass piñata that will be embellished with vivid papier mache streamers. His hope is that the installation will humanize and universalize the experience of these young immigrants and initiate discussion about the critical challenges they face. Guerrero is a graduate of California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA and lives and works in Los Angeles.

On view: August 26 - October 7, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Craft in America Center, 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
When: August 26, 2017, 5:00pm
Website: http://www.craftinamerica.org/

August 19, 2017: Venice Arts Soiree

Join Venice Arts for a Summer Soirée at Venice's famous Lantern House, benefitting Venice Arts' free art mentoring programs for low-income kids! Your hosts: Scott Mayers, Jodi Gusek, Aura Howell & Greg Haddad, Tiffany Rochelle & Paul Hibler, Ruthie Seroussi & Mike Newhouse.
Enjoy a full hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres from the best local restaurants as you mix and mingle in one of Venice's most unique private residences. Your tickets & donations support Venice Arts, Los Angeles' preeminent youth arts nonprofit organization.

Limited residential neighborhood parking available. We encourage you to use ride sharing to get to this event.

Tickets are $65; CLICK HERE to purchase tix or call 310-392-0846;

What: Art Party & Benefit
Where: Lantern House, 745 Milwood Avenue, Venice, 90291
When: August 19, 2017, 5-8pm
Website: http://www.venicearts.org/

Performance Thru August 13, 2017: BLINDED World Premiere, Write Act Repertory at The BrickHouse Theatre!

Come the the World Premiere of BLINDED starting July 15, at Write Act Repertory's new home in North Hollywood...The BrickHouse Theatre.

BLINDED - Seventeen years ago, Donald walked in on his mother in bed with someone other than his father. Whatever he saw that day was so devastating that his psyche refused to see another thing from that moment on. At 35, the hysterically blind Donald visits NYC's best shrink, Bob Schneiderman. Donald's last ditch hope before throwing in life's towel. However the doctor's highly unorthodox remedy includes an affair with Schneiderman's younger, beautiful wife, Bridget. There's only one caveat; Bridget can never find out Donald is blind.
july15-2017-Blinded-FLYERWritten by Joni Ravenna. Directed by T.J. Castronovo; Produced by John Lant for Write Act Repertory; Production Stage Manager: Jonathan Harrison, Casting: Jean Scoccamarro; Cast: Cindy Marinangel, Chris Muto, Marilyn Sanabria and Rico Simonini;

Producer John Lant states “When TJ brought me this script, I had to do this play, and soon. I was quite moved by some of the moments and laughed out loud while reading at the local coffee shop. Also getting to work with TJ, and wonderful actors that grace Write Act’s boards over the years Rico, Cindy and Chris was an added bonus. I can’t wait for people to see Joni’s work and have talented newcomer to Write Act, Marilyn Sanabria, join our proud history.”

General Admission / Limited Seating / Refreshments / Air-Conditioned / Heated / ADA Compliant On-Street Parking / On-Site Box Office / The theater is one block north of Camarillo/Vineland/Lankershim cross streets.

Performances thru Sunday, August 13, 2017; Admission: $25. Students and seniors: $20; Call (800) 838-3006 for reservations; Purchase tickets HERE 

 World Premiere engagement of a new dark comedy. 
Where: Write Act Repertory at The BrickHouse Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove Street, North Hollywood, CA 91601 
When: Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00, Performances thru Sunday, August 13, 2017
Phone: (800) 838-3006  
Website: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2993431

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