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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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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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

Tweet @RastaBus to get a FREE Ride on the RastaBus Shuttle during Artcrawl to other Artcrawl locations.

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   

Venice Art Crawl at NextSpace Venice Beach, Thursday March 17, 2016

Venice Art Crawl at NextSpace Venice Beach, Thursday March 17, 2016

VAC-lightsculpture-Shana-KoenigThe first Venice Art Crawl of 2016 has a focus on GREEN, in the eco-friendly sense and St. Patrick’s Day! In Venice at numerous popup locations on March 17, 2016 from 6-10pm. Featured Venue: NextSpace Venice Beach.


Arts + Music + Community + Happening= Dogtown Artists United! Dogtown Artists United are back for a one-night Venice Art Crawl event in collaboration with NextSpace Venice Beach on the Windward Circle hub from 6-10pm; curated by Daniela Ardizzone. Venue is #11 on Map – see below to download the map. See#11 on the map and #11 on the free Rastabus shuttle, which will go to Art Crawl venues.


Janet-Gervers-2015-Emerald-Wave--Venice-Art-Exhbit-VICA-Silent-AuctionRichard Busby – kinetic art
Ralph Michael Brekan – mixed media
Janet Gervers – abstract paintings
Amy Kaps – performance + photography
Liam King – poster art
Shana Koenig – light sculptures
Marianne Magne – video + drawings
Lisa Mansy – photography/mixed media
Annalise Murphy – installation
Benjamin Sharf – projected photography installation
Theory – live video projections

Michael Jost + friends
Gina Leslie

Venice Art Crawl-stcattys-daySt Catty’s Day at VAC!
The Cat Club presents a Feline Art Festival and Cat Adoption pawty at Fringe Salon, 1605 Abbot Kinney Blvd. from 7-10pm You’ll be purring along with the kitties while viewing art by local Venice Artists! The Cat Club is a Venice based nonpurrofit who rescues homeless kitties and finds them homes. 

Also haps at Bank of Venice and Danny’s in the Windward Circle Hub, and Hama Sushi. Nearby check out Park Row (alley street near BofA) for Green Venice Expo, Green Peace and Lindsey Nobile.

The Rasta Bus will do FREE shuttle rides to locations- jah mon!

Venice-Art-Crawl-Map-031716-downloadDownload the Venice Art Crawl Map Here >

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.