Get the Scoop on Entertainment & Cultural Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Westside

Get the Scoop on Entertainment & Cultural Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Westside

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Her Dream Deferred: On the Status of Black Women

Celebrating the girls and women who dedicate themselves to promoting progressive change, the African American Policy and Hammer Museum present the third annual “Her Dream Deferred” through March 28-30 at 7:30pm. A series which studies black girls and women facing social injustice in the U.S.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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The Not So Silver Screen: Black Women in Media

This panel moderated by professor Kimberlé Crenshaw explores the inequalities experienced by black women in Hollywood. Sitting in on the discussion are Diahann Carroll,  Tonya Pinkins, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd; April Reign, and Kristen Warner. Catch this special event on March 30 at 7:30pm.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Say Her Name

This special program will pay recognition to the movement #SayHerName that honors the lives of black girls and women killed by police. Featuring stories from family members and victims of police brutality. Event will take place March 28 at 7:30pm. 
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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11th Annual Santa Monica Airport Art Walk

The 11th Annual Santa Monica Art Walk will showcase artist, L.A. Marler’s artwork on Saturday, March 18! Check out her Fine Art Studio and Gallery for exceptional art pieces! Attendees will be treated to a TypO Type- In workshop from 2pm-3pm and live music and food trucks form 12pm-5pm!
Located on the Eastside of 3000 Airport Ave near Walgrove
Details on Santa Monica Airport Art Walk >


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Outdoor Swing Dancing

Learn how to swing dance at Tongva Park, Saturday March 18! Don’t know how to swing? No problem! Dance instructors will teach you the basics! Beginners are welcomed, so get out there and dance!
615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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All Events Below Are At Beyond Baroque:

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Inaugural LA Punk Film Festival 

Catch L7 new film “Los Punks” at Beyond Baroque and more films about punk in Los Angeles. You can also catch other local artists showcasing local venice art circa 70’s-80’s. This event is in conjunction with the Venice Art Walk and sponsored by BeachDancer Films. Get on out there and support local artists and check out LA Punk Film Festival on Thursday, March 16 at 6pm!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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LA Woman—Last Performance! 

Don’t miss LA Woman’s very last performance on Saturday, March 11 at 8pm. “A middle-aged actress at the end of her rope recounts her life and career, dramatically building to an explosive confrontation in this debut staged reading of the new work by playwright/novelist Richard Setlowe.” Sound interesting?
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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LAMBDA Lit Fest – Inside the Writer’s Studio 

On Friday, March 10 Lambda Lit Fest brings special guests, authors and influencers Patricia Nell Warren and Felice Picano who speak and write about the LGBTQ community. The panel will discuss Warren and Picano’s writing processes, influences, and their places in LGBTQ literary history. Get involved and don’t miss this great opportunity!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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International Women’s Day Celebration 

This glorious event will be paying tribute to women who participate in music, film, and poetry. This celebration will feature eight Venice artists who will share their experiences and challenges women face in the art scene. Come together and share your story on Sunday, March 12 from 2pm-4pm and mingle with inspiring women!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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Family Flicks Film Series: Betty Boop and Friends

UCLA and Hammer Museum have teamed up to bring people of all ages a special matinee show and screening of new and old classic toons! Grab your popcorn and drink and join them Sunday, March 12 at 11am! Early arrival is recommended so make sure to get there early to get yourself a ticket!
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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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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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
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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

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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

Local Venice Scoop: Serving up Art from the Ashes, Cocktails + Sequin Gym Shoes

akff-flavio-bisciotti-studio-crowd The Phoenix Rises Again in Venice!

Old school Venetians came out in full force to support all around Renaissance Man, Artist, Architect, Gallery Owner, Flavio Bisciotti at his home this past Saturday for an art opening, highlighting the recent fire in his home studio and how it became a beacon for inspiring art.  He invited local Venice Artists to create artworks from wreckage of the fire and it can definitely be said that a phoenix rose from the ashes at this amazing show!

akff-flavio-bisciotti-studio-john-ransomA selection of artists included were: Barbara Mastej, John Ransom, Sandy Bleifor, Gus Harper, Rohitash Rao, Alexandra Dillon and Amy Kaps. The show, titled, Palimpsest, is derived from something altered that keeps some original elements intact.

The Palimpsest (still have trouble with that name) was curated by Delia Cabral, Owner of DCA Fine Art, former Venice art gallery owner. Kudos to Delia for a fine show, brimming with talent and inspiration!

Props to Barcito, serving tasty sangria and hard cider owned by Flavio’s niece, Andrea Borgen. Check them out when you’re downtown at 403 West 12th Street, near the Staples Center. Just hop on the Expo Line in Santa Monica and your on your way!

Venice nightlife The LincolnFrom the Pumpkin Patch to the Waking Dead

Not a typo there, it’s the name of a new craft cocktail at The Lincoln, which will be unveiled this week at a press tasting of fall cocktails, from expert mixologist and cocktail curator Cameron Dodge-White.  AKFF is looking forward to sampling these tasty gems!
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shuhari-matcha-cafe-halloweenShopping on AK

From the fun silver sequin gym shoes at Waraku seen at 1st Fridays to the unique Halloween themed Japanese gifts at Shuhari Matcha Cafe there is plenty to be seen on the boulevard – or is about being seen?


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Jazz-Funk-Fest-Unurban-Santa-MoniicaHalloween & Pre-Election Warmup October 22*

If you haven’t checked out this event at the UnUrban coffee house in Santa Monica yet, now is the time to get your Halloween and Election warmup Saturday at 7pm. What’s on the plate? Local  rock and roll poets perform original pieces along with improvisational live music. Yes, it’s unique and in the vein of the Beat Poets that hung out in Venice like Alan Ginsberg.  You’ll be treated to contemporary writer/performers like Tryg Hanson and musicians Paulie Dee, Alex Sochin, Gerry Fialka and others with a host of guests. It’s free form, free flowing music and words mashup, aka the Jazz Funk Fest – more funk than jazz.
3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA  90405 (*note: date correction)

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Skate Deconstruct Art Opening: Saturday September 17, 3-7pm ETC Art Gallery

Skate Deconstruct Art Opening: Saturday September 17, 3-7pm ETC Art Gallery

Skate Deconstruct photo exhibit about grass root skateboarding and skate culture in Mexico as seen by an outsider.

Photographer Marina Ekroos from Finland loves capturing the beauty of life and telling stories that inspire with an emphasis on fashion and food, however, this time she captures the essence of several skateboarders while traveling in Mexico City. The skaters will be present at the art exhibition opening. In her personal projects her method is to deconstruct objects, concepts and ideas into one frame stories.  

For five weeks in early 2016, Marina followed skateboarders Gabriel and his friend Gabo in and around Mexico City. Her method was to observe the culture, slowly understand it and deconstruct it into my photography. What she encountered was very different from the expectations she had of a city that is usually represented by social issues, drugs and violence. Instead of misery, she met motivated and aware young men who work hard to achieve what they value in life.

Skate culture is usually covered by insiders, and Marina is honored and very grateful that Gabriel and his friends accepted her so quickly and allowed her to see their lives, which is on view for all to see.

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September 17, 3-7pm

Show Dates:
September 17 – November 11, 2016

2009 Main St, Santa Monica, CA


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NextSpace Venice Beach Presents Live Virtual Reality Painting for Venice Art Crawl Thursday, May 19, 2016

NextSpace Venice Beach Presents Live Virtual Reality Painting for Venice Art Crawl Thursday, May 19, 2016

nextspace-venice-akff--silicon beachExperience Virtual Reality 3D painting: artists like Jules Muck will paint live with the HTC Vive & Google’s Tilt Brush while viewers will see 3D images in real-time at NextSpace Venice Beach from 6 – 10pm!


VRScout and NextSpace Venice Beach present The Impermanence of Perception.

VR has come a long way since the 80’s – yes, it’s been around for that long and finally taking center stage at NextSpace Venice Beach, a co-working space located on Windward Circle in Venice, where entrepreneurs and Silicon Beach startups (plus their dogs) hang their hats to develop some amazing products, apps and services.

You will get the chance to see this unique space and participate in the Venice Art Crawl, while experiencing live virtual reality painting with the following artists: Jules Muck,, Dana Forkner, Larry Hirshowitz, Hon Hoang, Elisa Garcia, Lindsey Nobel and Zach Statler accompanied by live musical performances. This is a must attend event, so walk, bike, or skateboard over to NextSpace Venice to catch this illuminating artistic experience!

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Live Music + Art Show Starts at 6pm
Virtual Reality Painting Starts at 8pm

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May 19, 2016, 6 – 10pm
NextSpace Venice Beach

1600 Main St, Venice, California 90291 
between Venice Way and Grand Bl


Venice Art Block: Venice Artists Open Studio This Sunday, May 15, 2016!

Venice Art Block: Venice Artists Open Studio This Sunday, May 15, 2016!

Venice ArtBlock 2016Venice Artblock is a Venice Artists’ Free Open Studio Tour run by local artists! Its 6th event offers a unique opportunity to meet Venice Artists and view their art in a studio environment – open to the public!

The AKFF Team has visited the Artblock every time since it’s start and highly recommends it as a must attend event! Soak in the vast array of art, chat with the artists and hang out with your friends this Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 11am – 6pm. We recommend starting at The Distillery, 361 Vernon Ave., the heart of the Artblock; it’s a large building housing numerous artist studios.

This year there are over 70 venues, inviting the public to share a sense of place and community as they guide themselves along the route on the streets and alleys of Venice.  Winding through murals, street art, live art and chalk mandalas, there is something for art lovers of all ages, including critically acclaimed exhibitions and the work of noted contemporary artists and activities.

You’re encouraged to walk or ride the route on bikes; however, shuttle buses are available for transport to all locations on the route.

See the Venice Artblock website >

Pick up a map along the route or at these studios:

1003 Gallery and Lounge -1003 Abbot Kinney Blvd.,
Weir/Quiton Studio – 360 Sunset Ave.-
Letelier Studio – 6th Avenue at Indiana Court
David Tanych/ Meryl Lebowitz Studio – corner of 5th Avenue and Westminster Blvd.
The Distillery/ Artist Studios- 361 Vernon Ave.
Wndow Space –  361Vernon Ave
Social and Public Art Resource Center /SPARC – 685 Venice Blvd.
Rohitash Rao Studio 1637 Electric Ave.  

All Studios in Venice, CA 90291