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Chelsea Williams 

Chelsea Williams performs at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11:16AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Art Los Angeles Contemporary

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast, returns for its eighth edition at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica from January 26–29, 2017.

The fair presents a selection of over 60 established and emerging galleries from around the world, with a particular focus on galleries based in Los Angeles. Participants for the 2017 edition include newcomers from Asia and Latin America as well as a number of young galleries that compose the Freeways section.

Exhibiting galleries present unique, dynamic works from their roster of represented artists, offering a survey of new ideas and directions taken in the world of artmaking. The fair offers collectors, curators and enthusiasts a shared forum to participate with the emerging ideas and discourses in contemporary art.

Public hours Thursday, January 26, 7–9pm Friday, January 27, 11am–7pm Saturday, January 28, 11am–7pm Sunday, January 29, 11am–6pm.

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 10:42PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

LA Art Show 

LA Art Show kicks off its 22nd edition at the LA Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles. More than 100 galleries from over 20 countries and 70,000 attendees anticipated. Los Angeles, CA–Already considered one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, with 70,000 attendees last year, the LA Art Showis significantly expanding its footprint for its 22nd edition opening January 11-15, 2017. The 2017 fair will feature the most international list of exhibitors to date, with more than 100 galleries from over 20 countries including China, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom; an expanded group of corporate and media partners, including Stella Artois and the China Cultural Media Group, among many others; and an exciting roster of new exhibitions and programs curated by major local and international museums and arts organizations.

In recognition of Los Angeles’s new position as an international hub for cutting-edge contemporary art across all mediums —from painting, sculpture and drawing to performance, video, and installation —the fair’s board of directors isplacing a new focus on post-war modern and contemporary artwork. This year the LA Art Show will also launch ROOTS, an exclusive curated section of historical dealers from the old Los Angeles Fine Art Show, presenting exhibitions of 18th Century European, Contemporary Realism, California Plein Air and Hudson River School paintings.

“As Los Angeles takes its place at the vanguard of the global art scene, our ability to adapt and evolve to meet the art market’s current trends and provide strong civic support is vital,” says LA Art Show producer and partner Kim Martindale.“The evolving role of the art fair as a fulcrum for art commerce, connecting galleries, artists, curators and international and multi-generational collectors drives our program.”

For the third year in a row St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will bethe beneficiary of LA Art Show’s Opening Night Preview and Premiere Party, which will kick off festivities on January 11, 2017 with a portion of ticket proceeds benefitting the hospital’s mission. Last year’s Opening Night Preview was attended by more than 7,000 VIPs and was hosted by Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman.

Patron Reception $250, 7pm–11pm

Vanguard Entrance $200, 7pm–8pm

Friend level $125, 8pm–11pm

For more information please contact; 310.822.9145.

Media and partnership inquiries Lyn Winter,

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 11:39AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

World Peace Drum Circle 

Volunteers from Venice Beach World Peace Drum Circle install flags from each country and every US state at Venice Beach on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Their objective is to do anything they can to help end all wars, hunger, malnutrition, starvation and homelessness inspiring the development of a pure relationship with mother earth. Their goal is to have each country world-wide organize a similar drum circle event every Sunday. The Venice Beach World Peace Drum Circle meets every Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. For more info visit Drum Dance Pray 4 World Peace

Posted on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 12:20PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint


Check out the new Doors sign installed beneath the Iconic Venice sign at Windward Avenue. January 4th was proclaimed “Day of the Doors” in Los Angeles. This day marks the 50th anniversary of the day the legendary band released their debut album. The Doors

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 07:33PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint


A new real-time bike counter was installed on Main Street on December 21, 2017. Every time a cyclist rides by, they will see the number of daily bikers go up. The system displays daily and cumulative year-to-date bike counts. This fun visual feedback encourages cycling by communicating to cyclists that they count. #GoSaMo #BikeSM

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 06:58PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The Big Banana

The Big Banana Car spotted on Hampton Drive on January 1, 2017.

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 09:26AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Santa Monica Owl

Girls look into the virtual reality “Owl” at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, December 18, 2016. The Owl is a new public engagement tool installed on the Santa Monica Pier and is the first use of virtual reality for understanding the impacts of climate change in Southern California. The freestanding viewers, named the Owl by manufacturer Owlized, Inc. offer visitors an immersive virtual reality display showing panoramic views of Santa Monica Beach.


Inside the Owl, the public can see how the beach and infrastructure will flood due to sea level rise coupled with a large coastal storm. The Owl also displays potential solutions or “adaptation measures” being considered by the City of Santa Monica. The Owl is available 24/7 and includes an interactive element that lets viewers share their opinions.

“Sea level rise is a slow moving crisis that’s hard to see, and harder to get people energized around, but this technology will help bring it home in a very tangible way,” says Dean Kubani, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Santa Monica. “Seeing firsthand how the change will impact us will be a very powerful experience for all of our beach lovers.”

By 2050, sea level rise in Southern California could increase by 5-24 inches and by 17-66 inches by 2100. As the sea level increases, the water line will move up the beach, permanently eroding the beach. While the day to day impact may be mild, a further inland tide line can mean more impacts from major coastal storms, according to research being conducted by the City’s project partners, USC Sea Grant and the US Geological Services.                                                                                                                                      

“From Malibu to the Port, sea level rise will impact local communities differently,” says Elizabeth Bar-El, City of Santa Monica Senior Planner. “Future scenarios are informed by complex modeling, which are then incorporated into local plans to reflect the reality of climate change. It is very important to reach out in creative ways to help the community understand what it all means.”

Bar-El is the project manager for the update of Santa Monica’s Local Coastal Program, which will incorporate future sea level rise into coastal zoning. Another City effort, the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, will develop measures to adapt to risks and hazards posed to existing buildings and infrastructure.

The Owl viewfinders is located on the north side of the Pier, west of Bubba Gump Restaurant.

For additional information about the Owl and the City’s efforts to prepare and adapt to sea level rise, visit


#smclimateaction #smowl


Posted on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 10:26AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint
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