Get Your New Year in Gear with Networking, Goal Setting & Cultural Events!

Get Your New Year in Gear with Networking, Goal Setting & Cultural Events!

Select Events Curated By Abbot Kinney First Fridays –
Vision Boards, Goal Setting, Launch Events, Art Expo, in Santa Monica, Culver City & Westchester LAX Area.


Vision Board Worskshop-BizWomenTodayVision Board Workshop
January 30, 2019, 7-9pm
Culver City, CA
Info & Tickets

What’s your vision for 2019? If you’re not sure, this workshop help you focus on your dreams for the year in a visual way that’s fun! Tickets $20.


Pink MoneyPink Money Pow Wow!
January 31, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm
Culver City, CA
Event Info

Promote your business, inspire and be inspired, network with other female entrepreneurs and professionals, and gain some useful resources. Meet local like minded women for support, inspiration, resources and networking. GirlSpace and PINK MONEY INC. Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. Free, Refreshments served.

Launch Event 2019-BizWomenToday-600x300pxBizWomenToday Networking Launch Event
January 16, 7-9pm Wednesday
Blankspaces Culver City
Tickets >

Let’s start with  a networking event that also serves as the launch of BizWomenToday! This new venture is all about elevating and celebrating Women in the business world. Besides networking a panel will take place that includes Founder of BizWomenToday alsoEditor and Founder of this blog, Janet Gervers, along with Emmarie Dempsey, Founder of GirlSpace and EmmarieBoard and Sami Toussi, Founder of Sami Toussi Coaching.

Tickets are Free  & VIP Level, where you get a whole year of promotion for your business for only $25.
Ticket Sales End January 15.

Goal Setting for Business w/ The D*E*B Method
January 18, 2019 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Friday
LAX Coworking, Westchester
Register >

Start the year off right with a goal-setting Lunch N Learn from Debra Eckerling of The D*E*B Method Come up with a mission statement, set short and long-term goals, prioritize, make a plan, and get ready to take on 2019!
January 31-February 3
Barker Hanger, Santa Monica
Get Tickets >

There’s noting like a visual feast for the eyes that also feeds your senses and photo LA serves it up! This annual photography art expo showcases photography from artists around the world. Tickets start at $20, best deal is weekend pass for $30.

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 


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:


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!


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.




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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Local Santa Monica Indie Film Makers Making History

Local Santa Monica Indie Film Makers Making History

A documentary about James B. Harris, who discovered Director Stanley Kubrick and created three iconic movies together is in the works  – and you can be a part of it!

Harris Kubrick: Genius Takes Two is the title of this feature that is slated for release  later in 2017.  Currently, there is a crowd funding campaign offering Exclusive Collectibles for Donors – a way you can become involved in this historic project.

Get Involved!

Santa Monica film makers, Director, F.X. Feeney and Executive Producer, Susan Canova Vercellino from HK Productions  are telling the story of this historic relationship between Harris and Kubrick.

Director F.X. Feeney met Harris in the 1980’s and was impressed by his features: The Bedford Incident and Fastwalking and has interviewed Harris many times. Executive Producer, Susan Canova Vercellino has been working closely with Harris since 2000, and is  one of the lead producers on Harris’s upcoming film Alex.

In order for it to become a full-fledged feature length film, a fundraising campaign is in the works, offering: Limited Edition signed posters and books, and tickets for two to the Los Angeles Premiere and VIP Party and more.

Lolita-Kubrick-HarrisJump on this opportunity today to become part of film history since it ends on September 14, 2017.





Website designed by Janet Gervers, Jagmedia, also Founder & Editor, Abbot Kinney First Fridays.


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:
Tony Alva – His Eyes Have Fangs

A-Team Stage:
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:
Highway 61 Revisited
Dr. Wu

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

Spring has Sprung! Events in Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City  & Playa Vista

Spring has Sprung! Events in Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City & Playa Vista

The Happenings in Santa Monica: 

Photo Courtesy: Art at Tongva

Art at Tongva: The Wonder Room

Art at Tongva Park presents The Wonder Room, with performances by many talented artists including acclaimed L.A. choreographer Sarah Elgart, Arrogant Elbow, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rosalie Rodriguez and more! Head down to Tongva Park Wednesday, April 5, 7:30pm-9pm.
1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
More Info Here >

the blessing of the animal

Photo Courtesy: BG Gallery

The Blessing of the Animals

John Kilduff and BG Gallery present “The Blessing Of The Animals” exhibit.  John Kilduff invites you and your furry friends to this gallery which will feature his animal paintings. Does it get any better than that?  April 8-18, 6:30pm-10:30pm.
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA
Get Art Exhibit Deets >


Jazz Funk Fest Tryg-Hanson-Gerry-Fialka-Paulie-Dee-AKFFEarth Day Show: Live Music

A musical mashup with writers and musicians from  Jazz Funk Fest are hitting up UnUrban on Saturday, April 22, 7pm-9pm. Don’t miss it! Free Show!
3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Event Details >



Chill in Venice:

Abbot-Kinney-First-Fridays-VIP-Club-Exclusive-Special-Offers-Join TodayFirst Fridays on Abbot Kinney

The talk of the month in Venice is First Fridays where all of LA’s tastiest food trucks line up Abbot Kinney Bl! Stay tune next week for the full food truck list and more goodies! And for all you first timers (Welcome!) check out our First Fridays FAQ!
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA  

Get April Venice First Friday Deets >




G2 Gallery Last Opening-Janet Gervers-AKFFThe G2 Gallery Special Event 

Spend an evening with Phase One and Andrei Duman for a hands on experience with the XF 100 MP camera system Saturday, April 22, 6pm-9pm! Get advice from Andrei while he shares his experiences using the camera with you. Refreshments will be served during the event. RSVP at
1503 Abbot Kinney Bl, Venice, CA

Its Time- Pacific Resident Theater, Venice

Photo Courtesy: Pacific Resident Theater

Pacific Resident Theatre – It’s Time  

Writer Paul Linke and director Edward Edwards’ project “It’s Time” focuses on a widower and his transformative meeting with his second wife, Christine. Snag yourself a ticket before April 30.
705 1/2 Venice Bl, Venice, CA
Check Out Show Times and Ticket Prices >  




Venice Media District

Photo Courtesy: Venice Media District

Playa Vista:

Venice Media District: Silicon Beach Film Festival Filmmakers’ Meet & Greet 

What better event for networking? Hang out with actors, film makers and social influencers Friday, April 21, 6pm.
Runway Playa Vista, 12751 Millennium Drive, #140, Playa Vista 




Silicon Beach Film Festival 2017
Photo Courtesy: Silicon Beach Film Festival

2nd Annual Playa Vista Film Festival

A celebration with filmmakers in the heart of tech and start up. This week-long film festival will be screening films for 12 hrs and will take place at the Howard Hughes Cinemark 18. Have fun and catch a film April 22 – April 28.
Howard Hughes Cinemark 18, 6081 Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA
More Film Festival Info Here >



Party in Culver City:

Culver City Event

Photo Courtesy: Pre-Festival VIP Lounge

Pre-Festival VIP Rooftop Lounge 

Be ready to take a dip at the coolest rooftop pool party with Platform on Saturday, April 8, 12pm-5pm! Make sure to RSVP and don’t forget to mention that your friends from AKFF Blog sent you!
8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA
Vip Party Scoop Here >


Summer Concerts in Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey & Hermosa Beach

Summer Concerts in Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey & Hermosa Beach

Looking for music in the park, concerts on the pier, or by the beach? AKFF has got you covered. Concerts start this week!

31st Annual Twilight Concerts | Santa Monica Pier
Enjoy live, outdoor, FREE concerts on Thursday nights 7-10PM


English Beat at Santa Monica Pier 2013
© Janet Gervers

August 6: Ben Browning of Cut Copy, DMA’s

August 13: Sister Nancy, Jesse Royal

August 20: Ariel Pink, The Mynabirds

August 27: Jefferson Starship, Purple Mountains Majesties

September 3: Rebirth Brass Band, Miles Mosley and the Westcoast Get Down

September 10: Tune-Yards, Avid Dancer


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Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey 2014
© Janet Gervers

Burton Chace Park |
Marina del Rey

Presenting Pop Saturdays and Symphonic Thursdays. FREE shows 7-9PM

July 11: Ruben Studdard, Freddie Jackson, & Jeffrey Osborne

July 16: Danza

July 25: KC & the Sunshine Band

July 30: Vanessa Williams



Venice Beach Music Fest | Venice Beach

Take in the last breath of an endless summer with music and art!

September 12: 11AM-7:30PM

Artists include: Lili Haydn, Greg Douglass Band, MEET ME AT THE PUB, ArtQueen & more!

1 Windward Ave, Venice




Hermosa Summer Concert Series | Hermosa Beach

Meet us at the South Side Hermosa Beach Pier to enjoy
live music and sunset vibes 5-8PM

August 2: The Pine Mountain Logs

August 9: Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

August 16: Young Dubliners

August 23: Pato Banton + guests Big Mountain


Be sure to save these dates and let us know what you think of the concert series you attend! Send us feedback in the comments field below.