AKFF Is Back On the Blvd November 3! Get The Latest on Abbot Kinney First Fridays!

AKFF Is Back On the Blvd November 3! Get The Latest on Abbot Kinney First Fridays!

Use the hashtag #AKFF to share your your photos of your delicious food with us! We can’t wait to see your pics!

akff⇒ First Fridays FAQ

⇒ Food Truck FYI

⇒ First Fridays Map

⇒ Calendar

⇒ VIP CLUB




Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

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California – Venice

Steamy Bun Truck
Pinch of Flavor Truck
Dreamy Creations Cupcake Truck
Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
Pickles & Peas
Boba Time & Me
Pink Taco Truck


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LA Dodgers AKFF Member Specials!

Become a member today and see special deals we have for you from our NEW Partners! Offer lasts thru Saturday! Get it Here >

partner-Neckwork-Expert-akffvipclubNeckwork Expert, Mar Vista

Life has its share of pains in the neck (bosses, family, etc). Holding onto the pain is a choice. It’s time to Release, Realign, Refresh and Renew with customized massage therapy that unleashes the REAL you!Master Massage Therapist Yvonne Larson customizes each treatment to the individual needs of her clients.
Special Offer for AKFF VIP CLUB Members only: 40% OFF Ninety Minute Massage.  

JLee-Photography-headshot-AKFF-Vip-ClubPartnerJ. Lee Photography, Santa Monica

This Santa Monica photographer specializes in headshots, portraits, and lifestyle photography. You’re in LA and you need a great headshot for your audition – and one you can afford by an experienced photographer- we got it right here for AKFF VIP Club Members!
Special Offer for AKFF VIP CLUB Members only: $99 Headshot: 1 Look, 3 Edited images.

 

The-Whole-9-Gallery-vipclub-partner-storeThe Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City

The Whole 9 Gallery is a gallery and retails store in downtown Culver City and an online community dedicated to empowering creatives.  The shop on 3830 Main Street features handcrafted gift items including ceramics and jewelery plus fine art.
Special Offer for AKFF VIP CLUB Members only: 15% OFF Anything in the Store.

JOIN TODAY

 

 


 

Santa Clara – San Juan

Rice Balls of Fire
Marcel Waffle
Blue Nova
The Queso Truck
SoCal Caribbean Halal Food




 

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Vchos
Rolln Lobster
Street Kitchen LA
Chancos’s Tacos
Del Solar Fish Tacos
Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen
The Original Frilled Cheese Truck
Roni Macaroni
The Fix On Wheels
I Love Funnel Cakes!!!
A Beautiful Life Jamaican Food Truck
Stopbye Cafe
Smh0kin Pot

Brooks – San Juan

Ridges Churro


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Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more

 

Extra First Fridays Event:

High Voltage at Electric Lodge Presents: D and E
Created by Jeremy Nelson and Luis Lara Malvacías, D and E is a series of highly structured improvisational duets. You won’t want to miss this!
Can’t make it to the Friday show? No problem! Catch the performance again the following day, November 4 at 9pm!
1416 Electric Ave, Venice, 90291
More Event Info 




AKFF’s List of Spooky Westside Halloween Parties! Cultural Events & Coworking News too!

AKFF’s List of Spooky Westside Halloween Parties! Cultural Events & Coworking News too!

Zombie Crawl_5th AnnualSanta Monica Zombie Crawl

Live out your walking dead dreams at the 5th annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl Saturday, October 28! The Zombie bar crawl starts at the Santa Monica Pier at 6pm where walkers spill there guts limping and growling thier way through the city for drinks and food specials happening all night. The party continues at the official Zombie Crawl After Party at 1212 Restaurant!
Snag Your Zombie Crawl Tickets Today 

THRILLER NIGHT

Photo Courtesy of Thriller Night

Thriller Night at 1212 Restaurant 

Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8pm-2am join 1212 Restaurant on the Promenade, for thriller dancing, video mash-ups, spooky drink specials, scary photo booth pics, and costume contest with the best demons and angels in Santa Monica. Bottle & Table Service available. Celebrate Halloween the right way and get your bloody hands on tickets for you and your squad!
1212 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica, CA.
Grab Your Thriller Night Tickets     

Halloween Edition: Jazz Funk Fest Santa Monica

Start your Halloween festivities with live music, mashed up with spoken word, poetry, love songs, and comedy with Paulie Dee, Gerry Fialka, Tryg Hanson and other spooky guests and audience participation if you dare! October 28 from 7pm-8:00pm, followed by live music with Eric Ahlberg from 8pm -9pmish.
UnUrban 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, Ca

 

Cultural Events:

Art EVENT

Photo Courtesy of UGO NONIS

Art: New Works by Ugo Nonis 

French painter and LA-based contemporary artist, Ugo Nonis will be having an opening solo show titled “America” on October 20th from 7pm-10pm at The Castelli Art space. Nonis will showcasing 20 new paintings! Exhibit up until Sunday,Oct 22.
5428 Washington Blvd, Culver City.

Photography Events: Catch 2 great photography events this Saturday, October 14th!

Photography

Photo Courtesy of Aurelia Dumont

The Alumni Photo Exhibition

The most-recent work from Aurelia Dumont’s series “Exceptional Individuals” will be on display until October 26! SMC students make sure to stop on by! Opening: October 14, 6pm.
Exhibition located on 2nd floor of Drescher Hall, Santa Monica College.

 

 

ARTMONIOUS

Photo Courtesy of Artmonious

The Artmonious Launch Party
Join Artmonious and celebrate the official lauch of their art app this Saturday, October 14 at 7pm. Catch featured artists, such as Alex Gross, Timothy White, Stephanie Cate and more!
1306 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice, CA.

 

 

 

 

CulverWorks CoworkingCo-working News:

CulverWorks, the co-working space in the heart of downtown Culver City has several offices that are available NOW! Book a tour and grab your dream office space while they last! Workspace already taken? Another option is the Cafe/Flex membership, only $250  a month (WOW) check it out!
Book a Tour!

AKFF VIP Club members get five day passes for $75 bucks, saving you $50!  

 

 

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Culver City Eats Drinks & Happy Hour Hotspots

Culver City Eats Drinks & Happy Hour Hotspots

culver hotel happy hour cocktail

Since moving the AKFF office to Culver City this year, it’s been a wonderful discovery of places to eat drink be merry, hangout and work too! Here’s a slice of Culver City you’ll want to check out!

Starting on Culver Bl. across from our office at CulverWorks is the historic Culver Hotel, the famous flatiron building that housed the Munchkins during the filming of the Wizard of Oz. These days it’s known for its happy hours inside the beautiful building and an expansive area with nice seating and the patio in the back which is more private but also has a view of the famous lion fountain and people walking by.

 

culver hotel ahi tuna or salmonThe cocktails are tasty and really pack a punch so be careful there’s also specials on wine and beer. When it comes to appetizers the ahi was really amazing that had a great sauce on it and light fluffy nachos to scoop it up. It’s a good one to share along with the pot of fries covered in Parmesan that’s a real crowd-pleaser. We also tried the fresh green beans which were good but the sauce was not really that great it was a little too sweet. The service there is excellent and it’s a great spot to bring your out-of-town friends you’re definitely impressed them in this unique spot.




Culver CIty CulverWorks CoworkingSince the AKFF office was mentioned, it’s located at CulverWorks, the coworking spot in Culver City. It’s got a great community of friendly people on a second floor where creatives, startups and entertainment professionals work in a comfortable, casual setting. It’s great for those that want to escape the corporate cookie cutter coworking spaces that abound. You can easily walk to restaurants nightlife and even the Farmers Market.

 

Culver CIty Farmers Market-tomatoesThe Culver City Farmers Market every Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. It’s great to be able to take a break from work go buy some fresh veggies and fruits maybe even a slice of pie and of course do some sampling.

Culver CIty Farmers Market-Piety PiesSampling the pumpkin pie and the pear pie which was a  tasty surprise from Piety. There’s a great selection of organic produce there two and food stands. 




Make sure to check out the shops bars and restaurants around the corner on Main St. More on this little gem of the street in a future post.

Arcana Books back palm treeJust a short drive away is another historic building the Helms on Washington Bl. near National – there is slew of restaurants, bars  and shops, mainly furniture related and even a new book store called Arcana.

It’s got art books many of them signed originals; it’s nice to see a bookstore these days. It was easy to spend time looking at art books with the likes of Andy Warhol, David Hockney (check out he gigantic book from Taschen on display) and a slew of others.

Lukshon Culver City restaurant small plateWhen it comes to restaurants, Lukshon is where we went to recently with out of town  foodie friends who really loved this place. It specializes in small plates; you order all the dishes you want first and the chef decides the order to bring them in which worked out just fine. We loved the Hawaiian butterfish to the amazing beef as well as sweet potatoes and the black rice and was spicy and flavorful. Every dish was simply delectable!

lukshon drinksThe service was exceptional. This is on the pricier side so bring your gold card period for more casual experience La Dijonnaise is next door. It’s got an extensive menu of French dishes like beef bourguignon one of my favs and while we haven’t tried it yet this one is definitely on the list.

Helms Lukshon La DijonnaiseThere’s a lot more to experience and discover and Culver City and the AKFF Team will be writing more about it in a future post. Feel free to reply below to tell us about some of your Culver City hotspots.




September’s Art & Festival Scene! Get the Scoop on Hot Events: Abbot Kinney Festival, Mar Vista Art Walk & Grand Opening of CulverWorks!

September’s Art & Festival Scene! Get the Scoop on Hot Events: Abbot Kinney Festival, Mar Vista Art Walk & Grand Opening of CulverWorks!

Mar Vista Art WalkMar Vista Art Walk

Walk and talk art! The Mar Vista Art Walk is the perfect date to hang with pals and interact with the community, Thursday, September 7, 6-10pm!  The art walk kicks off on Venice Boulevard from Beethoven to Centinela. The fun filled, jam packed event will have live music to dance along to. So hang loose and have fun at the Mar Vista Art Walk! Snap a pic of your favorite art piece and share it with us by using the hashtag #AKFF!
Mar Vista Art Walk Address & More 

Grand Opening: CulverWorks Co-working Space

Get to know CulverWorks!

Thursday, September 14, starting at 4:30 pm – 7pm is the grand opening of CulverWorks co-working space in the heart of downtown Culver City. The grand opening will kick off with the a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony with help from Culver City Chamber of Commerce board members. Plus, an art show opening featuring four artists including: our very own AKFF Editor, Janet Gervers, Alex John Crist, Edgar Ramirez, and Tyler Thornton. Mingle, drink, eat, and check out the new office space! RSVP Required. Free!

RSVP
Abbot Kinney Festival

Photo Courtesy By: Abbot Kinney Festival

Abbot Kinney Festival

The hottest Blvd in LA is throwing the 33rd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival Sunday, September 24, 2017! From 10am-6pm catch 300+ quality vendors, dozens of the top food trucks and booths, 4 music stages, and KidsQuad with games and rides – all for you to indulge in! This is a AKFF certified must go to event! You wouldn’t want to miss this one!
More Deets On Abbot Kinney Festival >
1645 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice, Ca
New Co-Working in Culver City and Venice!

New Co-Working in Culver City and Venice!

The co-working craze in Los Angeles is at its peak now from over the last 5 Years. Spaces are popping up all over with notable growth in downtown Los Angeles Pasadena and Playa Vista. Get the latest on Culver City and Venice – 2 new spots to check out!

Culver works recently opened In the heart downtown Culver City.

CulverWorks LogoCulverWorks started in June of 2017 and is located across from the historic Culver Hotel. CulverWorks  is the re-imagination of the unique co-working space, formerly NextSpace, and is a testament to the strength of the community there. The President of CulverWorks says he “Really wants to keep the community together and this kind of community represents the future. Maintaining and supporting that means a lot to me.”

AKFF has been located there since January of this year and really loves the strong coworking community consisting of a variety of entrepreneurial businesses.

It’s a spacious second floor space conveniently located by the shops and restaurants and near public transportation the garage and street parking is available. Currently there are three offices available in this dog friendly environment.  We encourage you to check them out because they are simply amazing, especially the corner office, situated over Main Street and Culver Blvd. 

Make an appointment to see CulverWorks >

CulverWorks is now part of the AKFF VIP Club and is offering a 5 day passes for $75 they are normally $25 each. 

Find out about AKFF VIP CLUB & Get the offer >

GirlSpace-logoVenice co-working space, GirlSpace coming this fall!

AKFF  is happy to be the first to announce the opening of a new coworking space in Venice this fall.

GirlSpace, a woman oriented co-working space founded by the queen of co-working, Emmarie Dempsey, from NextSpace, El Camp and Barworks. She is excited about opening the space, slated for an opening in September 2017. It will be located near Abbot Kinney and Venice, a real sweet spot. 

GirlSpace will also be a Partner in the AKFF VIP Club and will have a special offer for our  Members in the fall.

Find out how to become an AKFF VIP Club Member and receive special deals from fitness to food trucks and co-working >

Feature Photo Courtesy: CulverWorks

AKFF’s Guide to Summer Concerts in Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, & Culver City!

AKFF’s Guide to Summer Concerts in Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, & Culver City!

Want to spice up your Summer? Hit up these FREE live music happenings near you!

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 10.02.54 AMSanta Monica Pier: Twilight Concerts

Starting Thursday, June 22, up and coming artist Khalid will be the first performer to kick off the Twilight Concert series on the pier.  Booths with food and drink options are on the pier, including a Beer and Wine Garden!
Thursdays, 7pm-10pm
Starting June 22 – August 26, 2017
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Line Up:
Khalid/Bibi Bourelly – June 22
Lemaitre/Coast Modern – June 29
Marcia Griffiths/Jah9 – July 13
Eric Burdon & The Animals/Mr Elevator/Rusty’s EAC: Arms Akimbo – July 20
Miami Horror/Cleopold – July 27
Valerie June/Irma Thomas – August 3
Mon Laferte/Buscabulla – August 10
Warpaint/Wild Belle – August 17
Deets On Twilight Concerts  >

Marina del Rey Summer Concert-Blue-Oyster-Cult AKFFMarina del Rey: Summer Concert Series

Grab your picnic blanket, your friends, and favorite snacks and relax while listening to all genres of singers!
Thursdays + Saturdays, 7pm Starting July 6 – August 26, 2017
Burton Chase Park
13650 Mindanao Way,
Marina del Rey

Line Up:
Marina del Rey Symphony – July 6 
Joe – July 15 
Marina del Rey Symphony – July 20 
Alejandro Escovedo – July 29 
Mathew Morrison – August 3 
Yo La Tengo – August 12 
Marina del Rey Symphony – August 17 
Arturo Sandoval – August 26
Marina del Rey Summer Concerts >

The Band Venice-Culver-City-ConcertCulver City: Boulevard Music Summer Festival

Boulevard Music presents six free concerts with local musicians outdoors on the grass in front of City Hall in downtown Culver City! After a day of work and no play unwind with good music and festive fun!
Thursdays 7pm
Starting July 6 – August 26, 2017

City Hall Courtyard
9770 Culver Bl, Culver City

Line Up: 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands – July 6 
Andre Thierry/ Zydeco Magic – July 13 
Ricardo Lemvo / Makina Loca – July 20 
The John Jorgenson Quintet – July 27 
Led Zepagain – August 3 
Albert Lee and Band – August 10 
More On Culver City Summer Festival Here >

Summer Solstice 2017Summer SOULstice 2017

Summer SOULstice is the place to be with 6 stages and 18 performances! Your chance to check out local bands. AKFF picks: Tony Alva, Contenders, Neil Deal and Petty Theft. Enjoy beer tents, wine garden, petting zoo, rock climbing, vendors & more at Summer SOULstice 2017!
Sunday, June 25, 2017 11am-7pm
Main Street, (between Bay + Kinney) Santa Monica 

Line Up:

Dog Town Surf Stage:
Cubensis
LYVYN SKYNYRD
Tony Alva – His Eyes Have Fangs

A-Team Stage:
Contenders
Southbound
The Rising

Fish Co. Stage:
Petty Theft
Jake Davis
House of Vibe All Stars

Capitol One Stage:
Whole Lotta Roses
Neil Deal
Creedence Concert Revival

Edgemar Courtyard:
Osairis
Highway 61 Revisited
Dr. Wu

La Vecchia Wine Garden:
The Danger Band
The Black Hips
Weekend Celebrity
 Summer SOULstice 2017 >