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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.
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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 http://drumdancepray.org/#DrumDancePray Drum Dance Pray 4 World Peace
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
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
The Big Banana Car spotted on Hampton Drive on January 1, 2017.
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 www.sustainablesm.org/climate.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus welcome guests during Downtown Santa Monica's Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Third Street Promenade on Thursday, December 1, 2016.