Music, Art, and Cultural Mashup for Venice, Santa Monica, Westside & DTLA: Jan/Feb 2017

Music, Art, and Cultural Mashup for Venice, Santa Monica, Westside & DTLA: Jan/Feb 2017

Boy do we have events for you all! The AKFF Team has rounded up the best events in Venice, Santa Monica, Westside, and DTLA that you can attend. Check them out below!

ALAC-2017-Art Feature-AKFFALAC Art Los Angeles Contemporary

ALAC returns as the premier International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 26–29. The event offers an unrivaled perspective to the galleries and artists that shape Los Angeles’ position as one of the world’s preeminent art capitals.
For More Info On Event Check Out Details Here >
3021 Airport Ave #203, Santa Monica, CA 90405


mardi-gras-venice-beach-akff-blogVenice Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Calling all party goers and free spirits! The annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade  is an event you don’t want to miss. With the parade being led by The Mudbug Brass Band and The Venice Electric Light Parade, there is no telling what’s in store for participants! The parade is on Saturday, February 18 at noon. Can’t make it? The Venice Ale House will be hosting a pre-party from 10-11am, offering drink and food specials before the parade. If you want to continue the celebration join The Gumbo Brothers at LARRY’s 24 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90219
Parade starts at noon on Rose Ave/Boardwalk! See you there!

Kings Ball – Mardi Gras Pre-Parade Party

A Mardi Gras pre-pre party! Won’t be able to make it to the parade but still want to have fun and be a part of the celebrations? The Venice Beach Bar will be crowning 2017 Mardi Gras King Ravi and Queen Toni. Event is from 7-10:30pm on Thursday, February 9. Free Admission.
The Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA

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Words & Photography

Head over to Beyond Baroque, Saturday, January 28 for panel discussions (2-4pm) with award winning Venice photographers hosted by Gerry Fialka and a photo show in the gallery (4-6pm).
Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl, CA
More Info here >

Subversive Cinema

Join Subversive Cinema Sunday, February 8 at Beyond Baroque for music and political film screenings with fiery discussions. Free admission.
Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl, CA

films Venice Beach & EstsideSubversive Cinema Seven Dudley-film reel- Gerry FialkaEartha Kitt Film

Don’t miss Henry Schipper Monday, February 13 at UnUrban Cafe at 4pm to view Schipper’s engaging documentaries on actress, singer, activist, legend, Eartha Kitt’s life and career.
Free Jazz with Films start at 4pm
3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90401 



Jazz-Funk-Fest-Unurban-Santa-MoniicaJazz Funk Fest

On Saturday, February 25, the Jazz Funk Fest will get funky once again the Unurban Cafe! The AKFF has covered and attended this fun event before! We encourage you not to miss it this year. Improvisational rock,  and blues with a touch of jazz plus spoken word is sure to ensure a great night for you and your friends! Starts at 7pm sharp. Check out our coverage on past Jazz Funk Fest events >
3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, CA 90401 




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Boomtown Brewery

Celebrate the grand opening of Boomtown Brewery Saturday, February 4 with music guest DJ Lola Langusta with food from Tumaca Spanish Truck, and Boomtown Brewery’s new crafted beers! Boomtown will be open from noon to 1am. Don’t miss it!
700 Jackson St, Los Angeles, CA 90012







Hammer-Museum-Los AngelesHammer Museum

Looking for a fun, free event to go to?  The Hammer Museum will reopen its doors on Sunday to debut their newly reinvented galleries with a re-installed Armand Hammer Collection and exhibitions featuring pieces from Jimmie Durham and Jean Dubuffet. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024

Art Los Angeles Contemporary in Santa Monica January 26–29

Art Los Angeles Contemporary in Santa Monica January 26–29

ALAC returns as the premier International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 26–29. The event offers an unrivaled perspective to the galleries and artists that shape Los Angeles’ position as one of the world’s preeminent art capitals.

The AKFF Team has been to this awesome art event many times and wants to share it with you, so you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity that includes over 60 local and international exhibitors, and welcomes a number of new galleries to the fair from Asia and Latin America.

Experience the experimental  art/music/video/performance mashup, ANYTHING YOU SOW, curated byMarc LeBlanc, focusing on performative and time-based work by experimental composer William Basinski, screenings by video artist Pat O’Neill, a talk by performance artist Jasmine Nyende as well as Venice filmmaker Roger Corman and Mary Woronov in conversation with the film screening collective VEGGIECLOUD. 

Check out on-site installations of local artists’ works, including Rafa Esparza and Timo Fahler, courtesy of Club Pro, as well as performances by Puppies Puppies.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Hours:

Thursday, January 26 7–9pm
Friday, January 27, 11am–7pm
Saturday, January 28, 11am–7pm
Sunday, January 29, 11am–6pm
Tickets: ALAC Website & Box Office (at door)

AKFF TIP: Weekend Pass is $30 for Friday – Sunday

Exhibiting galleries present unique, dynamic works from their roster of represented artists, offering  new ideas and directions taken in the world of art. The fair offers collectors, curators and enthusiasts a unique view of emerging ideas  in contemporary art.

Barker Hangar is a historic arts venue in Santa Monica, California, located at the Santa Monica Airport.

Street Art In LA and an Art Opening This Weekend in Santa Monica

Street Art In LA and an Art Opening This Weekend in Santa Monica

LA cannot be LA if not for its famous reputation of being home to many iconic murals and street art. Here are few spots the #AKFF team recommends you visit! Share your adventures with us on Instagram @abbotkinney1st

Photo Courtesy of Instagram @caitlinharsch
Photo Courtesy of Instagram @caitlinharsch

The Paul Smith Wall

Look familiar? Everyone in LA hits up this iconic wall to get the perfect selfie. EVERYONE. It’s the perfect picture and the trendiest spot in LA.

Find It Here: 8221 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA




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Li – Hall Wall

This mural catches ones eye from a mile away. The white and black balances of the mural is different from the colorful and vibrant colors we see all around LA. It is worth a visit and an Instagram post!

Find It Here: Fabric Planet, 423 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 



Photo Courtesy of Instagram @floriandelomme

Photo Courtesy of Instagram @floriandelomme

Love Wall

Calling all hopeless romantics and couples!  The Love Wall is yet another favorite on Instagram. With its fun and vibrant colors it draws everyone in. It also makes the perfect backdrop for couples and friends this Valentine’s Day!

Find It Here: Smashbox  Studios, 8549 Higuera St, Culver City, CA


Photo Courtesy of Instagram @wrdsmth

Photo Courtesy of Instagram @wrdsmth


One simply cannot miss these pieces when one is in Hollywood. These pieces are everywhere, as they should be. These infectious messages help lift up our spirits and inspire great Instagram posts.

Find It Here: The 3rd Stop, 8636 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA  





Art Opening:
Featuring Venice & Santa Monica Artists at Fab Studio Saturday, January 21, 6-9pm

Palimpsest-Venice-Art-Opening-FAB-galleryA fire burned down Flavio Bisciotti’s home art studio in Venice a year ago. After the initial shock of losing his art, he came up with the idea to salvage the remains of the fire to create new artworks. Flavio’s concept is a collaborative effort including Venice and Santa Monica artists.

FAB Gallery: 2001 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(behind Dog Town Coffee)


 Alexandra Dillon – Amy Kaps – Anthony Schmitt – 
Barbara Kosoff – Barbara Mastej – Brian Murphy – 
Campbell Laird – Christine Palma – Cristina Monmany – 
Doron Gazit – Eric Schwabel – Felipe Martinez Carbonell
 – Gary Palmer – Gus Harper – Javier de Aubeyzon
 – Jennifer Verge – John C. Ransom – Joshua Elias – Juan Feldman
 – Lula Flores – Mark Farina – Mark Lipson – Nikolas Soren Goodich
 – Rana Wilson – Rohitash Rao – Sandy Bleifer – 
Tori White – Michael Torquato deNicola.

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Food Trucks, Fun & Food on the First 1st Fridays of 2017!

Food Trucks, Fun & Food on the First 1st Fridays of 2017!

The first Abbot Kinney First Fridays of the year was a hit! Despite the chilly weather folks stopped by and chowed down on some of LA’s very best food trucks! Were you there?

fullsizerender-copy-3The AKFF team arrived when things were beginning to kick off. We made our way down to The Brig and found crowds of people standing in line. All food trucks parked here had quite the busy night! It was defiantly a crowded night to say the least!




fullsizerender-copy-2Our next stop was Pizza & Co! What you don’t see is the people off to side eating their delicious pizza and savoring every taste. In fact, this is all you see when you come down to #AKFF. People sitting along side the curb and enjoying their amazing food! 



fullsizerender-copy-4Don’t think for a second we forgot about dessert! Folks eating at Ridges Churro Bar were smiling before biting into their churro desserts! The rest of the evening was filled with smiles and fun down the boulevard!    





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The Kinney hotel, Abbot Kinney First Fridays Venice EventsEvent: Opening at The Kinney Hotel on Saturday 1/14

The Kinney will be debuting their mural which pays homage to Venice skateboarding legend, Tony Alva this Saturday. LA street artist, Robert Vargas has been painting the 250 foot mural of the legendary skateboarder for the past six weeks and his work will finally be made public at the event. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Debuting celebration is from 3-7pm, with complimentary food from the Pink Taco food truck, coffee bar, and live entertainment. See you there!

First Abbot Kinney First Fridays Of 2017!

First Abbot Kinney First Fridays Of 2017!

Food Trucks on Abbot Kinney! January 6 :)
You do like Specials on Food trucks, right?

Can you believe it? 2017 is here and Abbot Kinney Bl is ready to welcome it, bringing the best food trucks in LA and lining them up down the Bl for all to enjoy! Grab all info and more below! We also got a SPECIAL  for our  followers at the bottom of the post! Updated Jan 6.

tacos-anyone-food-truck⇒ First Fridays FAQ

⇒ Food Truck FYI

⇒ First Fridays Map

⇒ Top 5 Food Trucks


Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

Come back for Updates with more food trucks!

Palms – California

My Delight Truck
Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
Sabores De Mexico
Mad Pambazos
Boba Tea & Me

macdaddy-food-truckCalifornia – Santa Clara

Roll N Lobster
The Grilled Cheese Truck
Street Kitchen LA
Son Of A Bun
The Lobos Truck
Chanco’s Tacos
Spyros Gyros
Tacos Chila
Tumaca Truck
Roni Macaroni

Santa Clara – San Juan

Pizza & Co
Blue Nova
Ridges Churro Bar
Thai- Mex Cocina


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The Brig

Dogtown Dogs – VIP Club Partner
Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more

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Food Truck Events Across Los Angeles

Food Truck Events Across Los Angeles

Bring Your Appetite (and Extra Napkins) for Tasty Eats in Santa Monica, DTLA, NoHo and More Across Los Angeles!  

tumaga food truckAbbot Kinney First Fridays

5pm-11pm, every First Friday of the month
Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice, CA
Lots of food trucks to choose from to suit your mood. It’s delish and fun!
More Info Here >




rollnlobster food truckSanta Monica Food Truck Tuesday

5pm-9pm, every Tuesday
2612 Main St,
Santa Monica, CA
Don’t have time to make dinner? Stop by Santa Monica Food Truck Tuesday to grab dinner!
More Info Here > 


foodtruck crowd on Palms in Venicekid on bikeFood Truck Alley

10:30am – 2pm
2600 Pennsylvania Ave, Santa Monica, CA
A delicious line up of food trucks that will make you want seconds!




crispy cuban + batterfish food trucksWeWork CulverCity

11am-2pm, Mon-Fri
5792 West Jefferson Bl,
Los Angeles 90016
A new food truck serving everyday to keep your stomach happy!






sanook soi 38 food truckMiracle Mile Food Trucks

10:30am- 2pm, Mon- Sun
5900 Wilshire Bl,
Los Angeles 90036
(across from LACMA)
Grab a bite to eat and walk across the street to enjoy art! It’s a win – win!





foodtruck crowd on PalmsDTLA Food Trucks

Around the DTLA area and looking for a food truck stop spot? DTLA Food Trucks provides a list of food truck stops every day in Downtown Los Angeles.
More Info Here >





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  • Clover Ave School- West LA
  • 5pm-8pm,
    3rd Thursday
    11021 Clover Ave,
    Los Angeles, CA 90034
    Next food truck event is Nov 17! Don’t miss it!
    More Info Here >




    dj sets +art Global Party PeopleNoHo Food Truck Collective

    5:30pm- 9:30 pm,
    Every Thursday
    14155 W Magnolia Bl, North Hollywood, CA 91601
    Enjoy live music and great food every Thursday to celebrate the long awaiting weekends!
    Food Truck Line Up Here > 



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