It’s March Madness with Choice Events in Venice & Santa Monica: Art, Music, Startup & Green

It’s March Madness with Choice Events in Venice & Santa Monica: Art, Music, Startup & Green

March 2016 Events In Venice & Santa Monica

Gumbo-Brothers-TheAttic-SantaMonica-062715-AKFFGumbo Brothers
March 10 Wednesday 9:30pm – 12am
Live music at Larry’s Venice by the beach!
24 Windward Ave, Venice, 90291

Also Playing live:
The Gumbo Brothers in The Attic
March 11 Friday 10pm – 1am
2640 Main St, Santa Monica, 90405 ( top floor of the Victorian)

Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk - LA LArler StudioSanta Monica Airport ArtWalk
March 12 Saturday 12 – 5pm
Artists open studios including a live letterpress printing demonstration at LA Marler studio (in the smaller building)of “Analog Forever” postcards will be given as free hand-outs. encourage everyone to Type a note on it. Even put a stamp and mail it. It is a thrill to show & tell (teach) people about the three types of presses I have: many typewriters, Heidelberg letterpress and Epson large format digital printers. photo courtesy: LA Marler
Santa Monica Airport
3223 Donald Douglas Loop S, # 3, Santa Monica, 90405
(entrances at Bundy and Walgrove)

Venice Media District Mixer for Tech, Entertainment & Media
Tuesday March 15 6:30 – 8pm
Extended Happy Hour cash bar/VMD drink specials ******
Complimentary chips, pico de gallo & guacamole
Canal Club (Private Party Room – Tiki Room)
2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Venice Art Crawl - NextSpace Venice Beach Venice Art Crawl – NextSpace Venice Beach Popup Venue
Thursday March 17 6 – 10pm
This coworking space will be our featured VAC venue in a post next week! The space will feature a variety of artists with large scale canvas to small scale paintings, light sculptures, dj and more.
NextSpace Venice Beach
1600 Main Street Venice 90291 (Windward Circle)


Sneak Preview for April 2016 Events

The Arena Festival, Networking For Business Growth SoCal
Tuesday, April 5 2:00 – 9:30pm
The Arena Festival is for startups who are looking to get funded – over 50 investors in attendance. See video from last years Arena Festival>
Expert DOJO, top level of Santa Monica Place Unit 308, 395 Santa Monica Place 90401
Register for Arena festival before price increase >

Venice-Green-Expo-040916Green Venice Expo 2.0
Saturday April 9,  12:00 – 5:00pm
Mark Twain Middle School
2224 Walgrove Ave. Venice 90291

This is V2 of the event:last year featured keynote speaker Ed Begley, Jr and an electric car plus many booths and more. This is free! The AKFF Editor recommends this event!

Art, Music & Tech Events in Silicon Beach Updated on January 19

Art, Music & Tech Events in Silicon Beach
Updated on January 19

There’s some cool events happening in Venice and Santa Monica this week and next week! Updated on January 19 – check out the Venice Art Crawl! (scroll down)


Thursday, January 14, 2016
It’s a double header of  haps tonight!

Venice Beach Young Professionals Mixer at Bank of Venice

Start your year out right with the first monthly mixer from this group (found on Meetup)at Bank of Venice. This is a monthly mixer event for members to network within the community, introduce new people to the Venice Chamber, and showcase our members. Open to members and non-members alike. Free, buy your own… Specially priced appetizers and drinks!

Bank of Venice 80 Windward Venice, CA 90291

Food + Tech: The Ingredients to Success at General Assembly LA

Check out this panel discussion with leaders in the Food, Drink, and Technology industries, including TV Host and restaurateur Bobby Bognar . Today, technology influences the way food is prepared and consumed. The on-demand economy makes it easy for anyone to get food delivered straight to the home or office. Whole Foods and LAbite will be providing light appetizers.Drizly is providing beer & spirits. ClubW will provide wine.

General Assembly LA 1520 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Tribute to Marian Anderson from the Santa Monica Symphony

Make sure to join the Los Angeles Free Concerts Meetup before you go to rsvp your spot. This tribute to the groundbreaking moment in civil rights history when singer Marian Anderson sang before 75,000 fans in Washington, D.C in 1929. After Party and Free Parking info on the Meetup group page.

SGI Auditorium 525 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LA Tech Happy Hour at the Venice Whaler

Head out to happy hour for mixing and mingling in Silicon Beach! It’s the first #LATHH of 2016 – join in!

Venice Whaler 10 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291


-Venice-Art-Crawl-MixerThursday, January 21, 2016

Come out to mix and mingle with other Venice Art Crawlers at James’ Beach! James’ Beach is a Venice icon – you guessed, it – right by the beach! The Venice Art Crawl is always looking for new volunteers, artists and sponsors to get involved. Come meet the VAC team!

James’ Beach 60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

New Years Eve Parties!

New Years Eve Parties!

Celebrating New Years Eve at a fun and festive spot is key! These are the AKFF NYE Party picks for the Santa Monica, Venice and West LA areas on Thursday, December 31, 2015!

New Years Eve-Santa-Monica-41ocean 41 Ocean: Ocean Sixteen
Guests can bring out their inner Rat Pack and ring in the New Year, Vegas Style.

This all inclusive ticket includes open premium bar, music by DJ Myster-E, live entertainment, party favors, countdown, champagne toast, photo booth, complementary appetizers from 8-10 p.m. & more. Starts at 8pm.

General admission tickets are $50 in advance & $75 Regular Price for Members, and $75 in advance & 120 Regular Price for Non-Members. Includes: Open Premium Bar, party favors, champagne toast.
Get NYE Party Tickets >

41 Ocean: 1541 Ocean Ave. Ste 150 Santa Monica, CA 90401

New-Years-Eve-TacoTeca-Santa-MonicaTacoTeca: Turn Back Time
Get ready to party with Open Format DJs with Top 40s, Throwbacks, and Light House! Featuring DJ Casey Beats, from Drai’s Las Vegas! Promo Code from AKFF!

Starts at 8pm until 2am.
 Admission, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $15
Open Bar: 
Admission, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, OPEN BAR (Bottomless Well Cocktails, Select Beer and Wines), Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $45
Premium Open Bar: 
Admission, PREMIUM OPEN BAR (Bottomless Call/Premium Cocktails, Beer, and Wine), Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $60
VIP Private Booth with Bottle Service: 
Admission, PRIVATE BOOTH with 2 Premium Bottles of Liquor, Mixers, 2 Bottles Champagne, Premium Open Bar, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $100

PROMO CODE: FriendsofTT  Get $5 OFF Each Ticket  GET NYE Party Tickets >

TacoTeca: 2460 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90403

New Years Eve-Santa-Monica-WokanoWokcano: Sweet ’16 Black & White Ball
Ring in the New Year at one of the Westside’s largest NYE Ball at Wokcano in Santa Monica.

Wokcano’s Black & White New Years Eve Ball will include music by DJ Frankie, dancing, cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, photo booth, party favors and more.

General admission tickets are $40.00 in advance, $50.00 day of. VIP Tickets are $60 adv /$70 day of. Dinner/Bottle/Table packages are available by calling 310-458-3080.
Get NYE Party Tickets >

Wokcano: 1413 5th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401

PS – We will have the scoop on First Fridays soon!




Art Meets Tech with a Silent Auction on Thursday, December 10 at NextSpace Venice Beach on Windward Circle

Art Meets Tech with a Silent Auction on Thursday, December 10 at NextSpace Venice Beach on Windward Circle

VICA-Art-Show-Silent-Auctionvenice-here-and-now-AKFFBlogCheckout this Art Exhibit & Silent Auction with Local Venice Artists at the Premiere Coworking Space in Silicon Beach, NextSpace Venice Beach on Thursday, December 10, 8-10 pm.

There are a multitude of talented artists in Venice and this is your chance to see the current exhibit featuring 15 Local Venice Artists in an exhibit and Silent Auction! The show, “Venice: Here & Now” is curated and organized by local art group, ViCA (Venice Institute of Contemporary Art), founded by Juri Koll, also a Venice Artist and Curator of the show.

This unique experience allows you to  see art on both floors inside the coworking space on Windward Circle, with a geometric mural on its exterior. This is the first art exhibit at NextSpace Venice Beach, according to Emmarie Dempsey, Community Builder at the location.

Artists: Javier De Aubeyzon, Sandy Bleifer, MB Boissonnault, Fatemeh Burnes, Dani Dodge, Janet Gervers, Gloriane Harris, Amy Kaps, KuBO, Mei Xian Qiu, Sonja Schenk, Lisa Rosel, May Sun, Edmund Teske, Jennifer Verge

RSVP on Facebook for the Silent Auction >

Dani-Dodge-Venice-Art-Exhbit-VICA-Silent-AuctionAre you wondering what the Silent Auction is all about? ViCA, a non profit, is starting a movement for  a Venice Arts Complex that includes affordable housing for Venice artists in addition to a museum. While it may sound like a pie in the sky dream to some, in reality this has already happened throughout the country, and as close as Ventura. What that means is that there is a blueprint for developing this type of project.


The Silent Auction kicks off the seed money fund (ViCA is the recipient organization), needed  to get the project off the ground. Both Juri Koll from ViCA and Artist Sandy Bleifer (an artist in the exhibit) have done much of the research  to find out how to get it started, including identifying possible locations, discussing the project with local developers and locating the developer, PLACE that has built these projects.

Janet-Gervers-2015-Emerald-Wave--Venice-Art-Exhbit-VICA-Silent-AuctionPlease join in, view and bid on art and  other items at the Silent Auction, such as day passes to NextSpace Venice Beach and an acupuncture session at Acutonix on Abbot Kinney, dinner at TacoTeca in Santa Monica! 

Vica-Art-Show-Venice-venice-here-and-now-Sonja-SchenkEVENT DETAILS:

RSVP on Facebook
for the Silent Auction >
Thursday December 10, 8-10 pm
NextSpace Venice Beach
1600 Main Street
Venice 90291

If you want to Contribute an item to the Silent Auction, please see the Facebook Page invite to contact Juri Koll.

Good Food for a Great Cause: Join Us for a Taste of Venice!

Good Food for a Great Cause: Join Us for a Taste of Venice!

Bring your appetite to Taste of Venice on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 to help support the P.S. ARTS education programs! All proceeds from ticket sales support the P.S. ARTS award-winning arts education program.


Adam Gertler from the Food Channel at a Taste of Venice 2014

Join AKFF for an afternoon of delicious snacks, drinks and a VIP tasting tour with Venice Beach’s own top chefs. The VIP tasting tour begins at 3pm, followed by the general admission event at 4pm. The main event participants include some of our favorites: Flake, Groundwork Coffee, Kreation Kafe & Juicery, mytable, N’ice Cream, Poke-Poke, Primitivo Wine Bistro, Whole Foods Market + more!




P.S. ARTS’ dedicated mission is to provide arts education programs to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS makes dance, music, theater and visual arts accessible to communities that have dealt with budget cuts in art programs. By engaging children in cognitive and creative learning, P.S. ARTS aims to level the educational playing field to overcome economic, ability, and literacy barriers.

When: Sunday, August 30th, 2015. VIP Tasting Tour Entry @ 3pm. General Admission Entry @ 4pm.
*Must be 21+ to attend. 

Where: Lincoln Place Apartment Homes. 1050 Frederick Street | Venice, CA 90291

To purchase tickets, please visit

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.