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Additional Art Parties/Events - Last Half of April 2017!

We've got some new art parties for you. Each month, we add more events for the latter half of the month. - Hope to see you out there. For you theater lovers, one of our staff writers reviewed the play Elevator - which is currently running through April 30, 2017. See the bottom of this post and the Upcoming Event Feature for more info. Go to our Review Page to read our review. 


April 14, 2017
Art Critic Peter Frank hosts an art talk at the Loft at LIz's in conjunction with its current exhibition "TEXT MESSAGE." The group show features the work of Fred Feldmesser, Michael Flechtner, Stuart Kusher, Theodore Svenningsen, Senon Williams. Art talk: 
7-9pm;  Click Here to RSVP; The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036;  http://www.theloftatlizs.com/


April 14-16, 2017: 
Hope you've already got your tix to Coachella...cause its sold out kids. My fav - Lady Gaga is headlining along with other acts such as Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and lots more performing at the weekend festival. https://www.coachella.com/


April 15: 2017: 
Beyond the Lines Gallery presents a two person show titled "Matter and Texture."
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Two artists…Helen Berger and Andrée B Carter are back together again…they had previously collaborated on a work of art for a group show for Gallery 825. Now they have been paired in a two person exhibit titled “Matter and Texture.” The artists had remained good friends after their collaboration and were chosen to exhibit in a group abstract show at Beyond the Lines Gallery. 

Read my article 
Living the Dream on THRIVE Global about the exhibition. On view: April 30, 2017; Beyond the Lines Gallery G#8, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, SM 90404;  http://beyondthelinesgallery.com/


April 15: 2017: 
Shulamit Nazarian offers an opening reception for "The Powder Room," the gallery's second solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist Genevieve Gaignard. Navigating the intersections of race, gender, age, and religion, "The Powder Room" builds upon Gaignard's practice of character-driven self-portraiture in photography as she introduces a new cast of women, each played by her. On view: May 20, 2017; Reception 6-9pm; Shulamit Nazarian, 616 N. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036;  http://www.shulamitnazarian.com/


April 15: 2017: 
FAB Gallery celebrates the opening of "Personal Baggage," a solo exhibition of new sculptures and works on paper by Los Angeles-based artist Mark x Farina. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with FAB and introduces thesis work for Mark's graduate degree in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. At its core this is a Pop Art collection of mixed media paintings and sculptures made out of re purposed consumer materials that explores the realms of the environmental impacts of everyday choices like, paper or plastic. 
"Personal Baggage" will feature various concepts that revolve around the value of art, recycling, forgery, fake objects and ultimately class. Free opening, refreshments will be served. On view: April 15th - May 2, 2017; Art Party: 6-9pm; FAB Gallery, 2001 Main street Santa Monica CA, 90405; http://fab-gallery.com/


April 15: 2017:
In Hollywood....Various Small Fires throw an art party to celebrate “Andrea Longacre-White: New Sculptures 2016-17.” On view: April 15 - June 3; 5-7pm; Various Small Fires, 812 North Highland Avenue, LA, 90038; http://www.vsf.la/


April 15: 2017: 
Down the street...Gavlak Gallery offers an opening reception for “Michael Manning: Cheap Vacation.” The works in the exhibition will be comprised of video installations and two different kinds of paintings: archival inkjet print and acrylic on canvas or 3D print on linen. This new body of work explores the liminal moment between experience, memory and the perpetual flux between. April 15 - May 27, 2017; 6-8pm; Gavlak Gallery, 1034 N. Highland Avenue, LA, 90038;  http://www.gavlakgallery.com/


April 15, & 16, 2017: 

PAM presemts resident artists Thinh Nguyen and Skip Snow in "D-centering Whiteness" in an improvisationally scored conversation to dismantle whiteness as an ideological oppression. Performances on two nights only, Saturday April 15th and Sunday April 16th starting, 8:30 PM at 5810 ½ North Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042; http://thinhstudio.com/


April 19, 2017: 
The Hollywood Property Owners Alliance and Suaya Properties are happy to announce Old Hollywood Locals Night. This event will feature pop-up galleries, art demonstrations, live music, a community fair, and food tasting at participating restaurants.
The event location spans Hollywood Boulevard between Las Palmas and Cahuenga. Art parties take place at several locations...LACE Gallery (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), will be open from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. WUHO Gallery (Woodbury University school of Architecture), will be open for viewing with it’s current exhibit, “BREACH: Ersela Kripa + Stephen Mueller | AGENCY Architecture LLC.” HPOA Storefront Office, 6562 Hollywood Blvd. – “Hollywood Daydream” pop-up art show featuring Hollywood-inspired works by Thaddeus Hunter Smith. Additional pop-up art galleries are being confirmed and will be included in the official program.

Art Parties: 5-8pm; Click here to pre-register, which will include your passbook. There is no charge for this event and all ages are welcome! RSVP on the Facebook Event PageLACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), 6522 Hollywood Blvd., WUHO Gallery (Woodbury University school of Architecture), 6518 Hollywood Blvd; AGENCY Architecture LLC., HPOA Storefront Office, 6562 Hollywood Blvd.


April 20, 2017: 
Enjoy an artist presentation in conjunction with "In Focus: Jane and Louise Wilson’s Sealander," at the Getty Center's Museum Lecture Hall. Jane and Louise Wilson create powerful, compelling photographs, videos, and installations that explore historical events and architectural spaces. Their Sealander series, on view in the exhibition, presents images of abandoned World War II bunkers along the Normandy coastline. The monumental scale and monochromatic palette of the photographs merge past and present, man-made and natural environment, land and sea. In this presentation, the Wilsons reflects on their current and past projects. Admission is free, but you must register HEREArt talk: 7:00pm; Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 1200 Getty Center Drive,


April 20, 2017: 
Santa Monica Playhouse presents the latest devised play to develop from its Actors' Workshop Short Burst® Theatre project, IN SEARCH OF INTIMACY: Make Love, Not Walls. 
Dancing the eternal dance of lies and truths, hiding behind walls of our own making, battling the ever-present prejudice that threatens to shut down our sensuality and our search for intimacy, how do we find our place, our position, our passion, in a city as vast as Los Angeles? IN SEARCH OF INTIMACY will play for two performances only, Thursday April 20 at 8pm and 9:30pm. Santa Monica Playhouse,1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401;  http://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com/


April 22, 2017: 

Head to Bergamot Station today for its annual Spring Fling (one of our Top Ten Picks. The events runs from 10am - 4pm. Beyond the Lines Gallery will be open...stop in to see "Matter and Texture," a two person show featuring the art of Helen Berger and Andrée B. Carter. Read my article Living the Dream on THRIVE Global about the exhibition.

Later in the afternoon, several galleries will be hosting opening receptions. bG Gallery (G8a) celebrates "Day Dreamers," a group show featuring modern and contemporary surrealist works from 5:00-8:00pm. bG Gallery, G-8 2525 Michigan Ave. Suite B1, Santa Monica, 90404; http://www.santamonica.bgartdealings.com


April 22, 2017: This exhibition will also be open during Spring Fling. The opening takes place at the end of the event. 
Leslie Sacks Gallery offers a reception for an exhibition of two new bodies of work by accomplished Los Angeles artist Alex Weinstein. Known for his immersive and entrancing paintings, Weinstein combines several past experiments with new explorations in methodology and themes resulting in a series of exciting new works. The Burst abstractions explore mark making and revisit a near-death experience the artist had while surfing. The Double Negative nocturnes combine previous compositional aspects of the diptych, but utilize a distinctly new color palette, stretching the horizon into infinite dusk. On view: June 10; 5-7pm; Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-6, Santa Monica, 90404; http://www.lesliesacks.com


April 22, 2017: This exhibition will also be open during Spring Fling. The opening takes place at the end of the event. 
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. For additional info about this event, see our Upcoming Event Feature.

Melissa Chandon is an incredibel artist. See my review on the Huffington Post about a past exhibition at Skidmore Contemporary Art. 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. 

Image: Post Modern Pool with Diving Board, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 61" x 85"

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. Enjoy the works of Bradley Hankey as well. On view: May 13, 2017; Opening reception 5-7pm; Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404; 310-828-5070;  http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/


April 22, 2017:
Check our Top Ten list of events for additional info on the Spring Fling Event. I will be performing jazz with my keyboard player (from Kat & the Jazz Birds).There will be lots more music going on at the arts center as well...so come join the fun. Craig Krull Gallery, Building Bridges Art Exchange and additional galleries will all be hosting events. 


April 22, 2017: 
Nearby in Venice, artist Rohitash Rao celebrates the underbelly with an art party at his studio. Art for sale! Art Party: 6-9pm;1637A Electric Avenue, Venice 90291; http://rohitash-rao.squarespace.com/


April 22, 2017:
Downtown...GDCA Gallery hosts a reception for two art exhibitions. "Quadrivial" is a group show featuring the mediums of painting, photography, and sculpture. Hollie Heller’s Solo Exhibit “Imprints” profiles her layered dyed textile mixed media works on wood and paper, as well as her delicate 'Dimensional Chroma' wall sculpture series. Artists include: Javier Benitez, Arnor Bieltvedt, Paul Brewster, Elizabeth Brinton, Mark Brosmer, Michele Castagnetti, Maureen Haldeman, RK Kaloger, Crystal Michaelson, Michael Moon, Christopher Naylor, Bill Sherwood, Sali Swalla, Tanya Ragir, Christina Ilene Thomas, Robert Toll & Hollie Heller. On view thru April 30, 2017; Art Party: 6-10pm; GDCA Gallery / 727 South Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90014, (between 7th & 8th Streets); http://www.GDCAgallery.com

Aprill 22, 2017:
In the Miracle Mile area...Couturier
 Gallery offers an opening for a solo exhibition titled "Corey Stein: Laundry at 10 degrees." On view: April 22 - June 3, 2017; 6-8pm; Couturier Gallery, 166 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036; www.couturiergallery.com


April 26, 2017: 
In Venice...L.A. Louver is pleased to present "Frederick Hammersley: Paintings and Works on Paper," the gallery's most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s works to date. Featuring nearly 100 works produced by Hammersley, on view are paintings, works on paper, computer drawings, prints and photographs. Also enjoy new ceramic and porcelain sculptures by Matt Wedel. With an emphasis on smaller-scaled works, the exhibition brings an intimate focus to Wedel’s command of form and color. On view: April 26 - June 24, 2017: Reception 6-8pm; L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; http://lalouver.com/


April 27 - Sept 10, 2017:
The Skirball Cultural Center presents "Paul Simon: Words & Music," a traveling exhibition curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and making its only West Coast stop at the Skirball. Developed based on exclusive interviews with the artist, the show will walk visitors through Simon's life and music and illuminate his creative process. 
[Paul Simon by Edie Baskin CM#1784] Paul Simon, New York, 1975. Photograph by Edie Baskin

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.

The exhibition opens on April 27, 2017. For additional info, visit the 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.

Save the date....May 12, enjoy a rare opportunity to see the exhibition "Paul Simon: Words & Music" at night for FREE! Stop by anytime between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. to celebrate the artist’s enduring legacy. At 7:00 p.m., take a tour of the exhibition led by Museum Director Robert Kirschner. On view: April 27 - September 3, 2017; The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049; (310) 440-4500; skirball.org


April 28, 2017:
Beyond The Lines Gallery is proud to present “Dog and Cat Art Show”. The show will be supporting The Rescue Train a local animal Rescue which will be hosting an adoption weekend in the gallery Saturday April 29th 11am-3pm and Sunday April 30th 11am-3pm. The Opening Reception is Friday April 28th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. All sales benefit the Rescue. Bring your dogs out to the Opening Friday night or come by on the weekend and find a new best friend looking for a home.

All furry Friends are welcome to come to the Opening Friday April 28th. Looking to adopt a dog or kitten? Come by Saturday or Sunday April 29th-30th from 11am-3pm The Rescue Train will be set up with lots of animals to play with and of course lots of amazing Dog and Cat inspired Art to see and take home!

On view: April 28th-May 6th, 201 Art Party: 5:30-8:30pm; Beyond the Lines Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave Santa Monica CA 90404 Building G #8, SM, 90404;  


April 29, 2017:
AC Gallery presents a solo exhibition titled “Post No Bills” featuring the work of Bill Wishner on Saturday, April 29th. Wishner has been an accomplished photographer for the past twenty years, garnering acclaim for his jazz photography. He was the co-editor (with Bill Minor) of the 40th Anniversary book for the Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years, Angel City Press, 1997). In 2012, he started the ongoing series – The Art of the City Wall depicting the art and visual aesthetics of city walls from various countries across the globe. Find out more about this exhibition on our Event FeatureArt Party: 7-10pm; The AC Gallery, 1546 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles CA., 90028;  http://www.artistscorner.us


April 29, 2017:

In the Miracle Mile area...The Loft at Liz's presents a special comedy event hosted by stand up comedian & eminent latino Ramon Rivas II in conjunction with its featured exhibition titled "TEXT MESSAGE." ART SANDWICH CONFIDENTIAL features comedians telling jokes then ending their set with a story or anecdote connected to the current visual art installation at THE LOFT AT LIZ'S. Our comedy nights are BYOB / Potluck affairs so join the fun and bring a favorite food, drink or dessert to share with old and new friends. 7-11pm; Click Here to RSVP; The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036;  http://www.theloftatlizs.com/


April 29, 2017: 
In Santa Monica...18th Street Arts Center presents a family-friendly festival that celebrates the cultural treasures of its Pico Neighborhood. Live music, food trucks, open studios, art-making workshops, cultural dance performance, lowriders, and more! 1-5 PM - Click Here to register now for this free event. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404  http://culturemapping90404.org/


April 29, 2017: 
In Culver City...Thinkspace presents "Pretty Deep Shit," featuring new paintings by artist Seth Armstrong. Concurrently on view in Thinkspace's project room are new works by Brian Mashburn in Axiom. On view: April 29 - May 20, 2017; Art Party: 6-9pm; Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; http://thinkspacegallery.com


April 29, 30, 2017: 
Downtown...The Brewery ArtWalk annual open studio takes place this weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating residentartists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists' studios. Admission and parking are free. Saturday, Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Brewery, 2100 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031; http://breweryartwalk.com/

Performances run through April 30, 2017: (extended through June 2016) 

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.

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


April 30, 2017:
If you love jazz, and you know Mama does....head to Leimert Park. KJAZ, The City of Los Angeles, The California Jazz and Blues Museum and the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center present APRIL 30th International Jazz Day Festival....A Free Concert celebrating Ella Fitzgerald. Vocalists include: Barbara Morrison, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Daryn Dean, and percussionists Victor Orlando & Derf Reklaw. The festival will be held in the VISION Parking Lot across the street from the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park. BMPAC is located at 4305 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 90008; 310-462-1439; http://www.barbaramorrison.com