New Year, New Art

The way you start off a new year is very important to the way the new year ends up going for you.  At least that’s what they say.  Put their theory into practice with some of January’s most promising arts events in our fair city – would you like your 2010 to look a little more Bond-like? Would you rather it looked a little more experimental than your 2009?  It’s so tempting to answer those questions with: there’s an app for that, but really your city has got what it takes to kick off your new year just the way you’d like.

Mr. Bond

Friday, January 1 is not likely to be your most shining and perky day.  That doesn’t mean you can’t start on a sleek, technologically advanced, Bond-like bend – from 7:30pm at the Egyptian Theatre there’s a double feature of Dr. No and You Only Live Twice.  You may not be at your sharpest on Friday, but you’ll soon make a better Bond than Mr. Connery.  If you’re less than interested in leaving your house that day, worry not.  Saturday evening (January 2) from 7:00pm, they’ll be screening Goldfinger and Thunderball – if you don’t have a love/hate relationship with villains after a weekend like that, you’re not cut out to be the next Mr. Bond.  And that’s no way to start a new year.

Please click here for the Egyptian Theatre’s full January 2010 calendar.

Barely There

At Sam Lee Gallery, just near Dodger Stadium, you’ll find local artist Jeff Gambill’s exhibit “Barely There,” on through January 23.  His paintings have this generally zen, colorful feeling that convey the transient, transitional message he’s going for.  Fresh from a trip to Japan, you’ll definitely see an East Asian influence in each of his works.  They don’t scream out at you, but they definitely make you want to look closer.  And what better message than looking closer at something that doesn’t shock and awe for a new year?  Time to delve a little deeper, kids.

The Sam Lee Gallery is located at 990 N. Hill Street #190.  Please call (323) 227-0275 or click here for more information.

New Year, New Music

It’s so easy to fall into an all-Mozart (or all-Beyonce) rut.  Take some time in January 2010 to break out of it.  It may not last the whole year, but at least you can say you tried.  On Saturday, January 16 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica,Jacaranda invites you to discover Thomas Ades, Benjamin Britten, Peter Maxwell Davies, George Benjamin, and others.  The concert, called Licorice and Rosin (“licorice” is a slang term for clarinet and rosin is a solid form of resin used on string instruments), will present some of Britain’s more exciting contemporary music from the last twenty-five years.

If a church is the last place you’d like to be, Monday Evening Concerts at the Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School kicks off 2010 on January 11 at 8:00pm with a concert called “Mostly Californian.”  Featuring compositions by Clint McCallum, Luciano Chessa, Michael Pisaro, and others, you will hear sounds of contemporary California.  (No, that doesn’t include woeful cries for our current economic situation.) The composers in question present lyrical, theatrical works that won’t sound like anything else you’ve heard before.

Please click here for more information about Jacaranda.  Alternatively, click here for information about Monday Evening Concerts.

Soundtrack for a Revolution

The Grammy Museum just celebrated their first birthday – still haven’t been? Monday, January 11 at 7:00pm they’re presenting Reel to Reel: Soundtrack for a Revolution, a documentary that looks at the American civil rights movement and the unparalleled soundtrack that went along with it.  Filled with archive footage, interviews with civil rights leaders, and a soundtrack of freedom songs sung by modern day R&B, Hip Hop, and Soul legends like Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, and John Legend.  Monday’s screening will be followed by a panel discussion chock full of everyone you’d like to get advice from for a soulful 2010 – Danny Glover, filmmakers Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, producer Dylan Nelson, and music producer Corey Smyth.

For more information, please click here.

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Turning Your Holiday Houseguests into Local Art Lovers

We imagine that a great many of you, dear readers, have guests in town for the holidays.  If you’re lucky enough to have them staying at your house, you’ll appreciate this little listing of places to send them so that they can experience all the art and culture that LA has to offer. (Remind them that Woody Allen was wrong when he said it was only frozen yogurt and right turns on red…)

Bergamot Station

A healthy sized collection of art galleries in Santa Monica, Bergamot Station does actually have something for every walk of life.  Your sister-in-law prefers installations while your uncle is a photography nut? Send them west of the 405 to this once dilapidated train station for a day filled with some of LA’s most innovative galleries.  They’ve even got a café, salon, and vintage clothing shop on site, so let them know they could be occupied for hours!

Bergamot Station is located at 2525 Michigan Ave in Santa Monica.  Please call (310) 828-4001 or click here for more information.


Annenberg Space for Photography

Your guests will surely appreciate a jaunt to Annenberg Space for Photography’s latest exhibit: SPORT: Iooss and Leifer.  Read our take on it here.  It’s a spectacular collection that chronicles the recent history of sports including inspiring snaps of Serena Williams and Mohammad Ali.  They have no excuse to come back before grabbing a bite at the little café downstairs and then maybe catching a movie across the street at the Century City shopping center – drop a hint about your favorite shops in the mall.

The Annenberg Space for Photography is located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars #10 in Century City.  Call (213) 403-3000 for more information or click here.


Walt Disney Concert Hall

If you’ve got guests over New Year’s Eve, grab a couple seats to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy take advantage of the unparalleled acoustics at Disney Hall.  There’s a show at 7:00pm and one at 10:30pm – we’d recommend a quick bite either before or after the performance at Kendall’s Brasserie across the street at the Dorothy Chandler to help ring in the New Year!

Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Ave. in Downtown LA.  Please call (323) 850-2000 or click here for more information.

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Getty Villa in Malibu

There is no better place to remind your guests that you live in paradise than the Getty Villa in Malibu.  It’s free to view the ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiques and objets d’art, you’ve just got to make a reservation beforehand for parking.  On view now at the Villa is an exhibition called “Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden.” Once you’ve gotten your fill of the gorgeous views and Roman-inspired architecture, head a bit farther down PCH to Cross Creek Road, where you’ll find Taverna Tony’s (delicious Greek food) and some dangerous shopping.

The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  Please call (310) 440-7300 or click here for more information.

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Portrait Day: Comtesse d’ Haussonville at the Norton Simon

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867), Comtesse d’Haussonville, dated 1845; Oil on canvas, 51 ⅞ x 36 ¼ inches (131.8 x 92); The Frick Collection, New York. Photo; Michael Bodycomb

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867), Comtesse d’Haussonville, dated 1845; Oil on canvas, 51 ⅞ x 36 ¼ inches (131.8 x 92); The Frick Collection, New York. Photo; Michael Bodycomb

School portraits.  You either loved ‘em or hated ‘em.  Mostly you love them now because they are a time-stamp of the then-you.  My silly senior photo was complete with red lipstick and black, thick bangs à la Louise Brooks.  Call it cliché or call it high school; once you discard those glasses, braces, and bad skin, portraits are a signifier of not only you, but also the world around you.  And who would have thought flannel shirts would have ever made their way back into school portraits nearly twenty years after Nirvana hit the airwaves…

The Norton Simon and The Frick Collection have a portrait they are dying to share with you.  And might I say, it’s not one of those awkward portraits of teenage yesteryear.  Instead, it’s a jewel of their collection– the Comtesse d’ Haussonville painted by none other than Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

The portrait of Louise-Albertine de Broglie, Comtesse d’Haussonville, depicts the young woman in her fashionable blue robe de petit diner standing before a fireplace and mirror.  Ingres’s treatment of  both her face and dress are expert as well as the way he manipulated the light and colors.

The face of the sitter, 27-year-old Princess de Broglie, is softly molded with a smooth, creamy complexion.  Eyes gaze contemplatively and calmly towards the viewer showing that she is “confident, thoughtful, and refined.” She was the daughter of the Duc de Broglie and the wife of Comte d’ Haussonville.

Her pose, an S-curve, harks back to ancient sculptures of deities and to canonical women’s portrait poses of the 19th century.  Her left hand cradled underneath her chin and her right arm resting across her waist forms an X-shape that invites the viewer to continue the compositional line downwards to admire the gorgeous and finely detailed drapery of her frock.  Her silk dress by itself is stunning with a multitude of delicate ruffles near the arms and pleats of the skirt.

The painting’s light comes from an unknown source.  It brushes down the Comtesse’s face, arms, and across her dress to form drapery of a caliber suited to ancient sculptors.  The cool light makes her golden jewelry glisten.

Furthermore, the colors are divine.  The entire painting is made up of a multitude of blues, from the rich, royal blue of the fireplace cover, the creamy color of her dress, to the dash of turquoise in her Cleopatra-style jewelry.  A shock of red hits the canvas in the form of a ribbon tied into her hair.

The furniture behind the Comtesse appears compressed and unusually positioned, although very luxurious.  Opera glasses and calling cards set upon the fireplace as well as  thrown away shawl on the chair next to her signals the beginning or, most likely, the end of an evening at the opera.

It is a sneak peek into the grandeur of Ingres – a master of painting.  Unlike your school photographer, Ingres is known for anatomical impossibilities that create a stronger composition and aesthetic value.  No Photoshop to be seen, try to spot the things that your school photographer could never do.

Ingres’s Comtesse d’Haussonville will close January 25, 2010.  For more information about the exhibition, please click here.

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This Halloween, It’s Different

We’re sorry to break this to you, but…we think you’ve gotten a little too old to trick-or-treat.  When you show up at a stranger’s front door decked out in your very innovative homemade costume and they ask where your kids are – it’s a sign.  We’re not saying you have to throw away the pumpkin earrings or even your witch’s hat, we just thought we’d present you with a few, more adult suggestions to celebrate this most flamboyant of holidays.  There are tricks and treats to be had throughout this city and we wouldn’t want you to miss even one…

For the old-fashioned in all of us – Halloween night screenings abound!  Nosferatu will be screened with musical accompaniment at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 8pm and with culinary accompaniment at Vinoteque on Melrose at 7pm and again at 9pm.  Tomorrow night, at the Egyptian Theatre, you’ll experience the 50th anniversary of the Twilight Zone – a screening of some of the series’ most acclaimed episodes should start your night off right at 8pm.  It might be hard to hit them all, but you do have that broom stick…

For the slasher film fan in all of us – it’s as if someone read your mind!  Sspooky!  Starting tonight, there is a three-day lineup full to the brim with blood and gore.  Tonight’s Slasherpalooza!: A Night of Gonzo Slasher Films includes screenings of Hatchet, Shakma, and Night of the Demon.  Not to be outdone, Friday night’s The Strange World of Coffin Joe series features Embodiment of Evil alongside Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (which may be scarily reminiscent of your last therapy session).  Then, if you’re not all screamed out by Saturday, there’s a (family friendly) Bollyween party and fundraiser.  The Dosa truck will be there providing sustenance, there will be costume prizes, a couple of DJs spinning, a phantom photo booth, and tarot card readings – if you dare!

For the attention-seeker in all of us – Halloween isn’t about other people’s costumes, nor is it about how scary Jack Nicholson is in The Shining.  It’s about just how loud and on-pitch you can howl…er, sing.  The Music Center hosts a Friday Night Sing-Along on the plaza complete with lyric sheets and live accompaniment.  Just make sure your costume doesn’t outshine your voice…

nosferatuint01For the art freak in all of us – the Santa Monica Museum of Art is hosting their Halla Gala for which they recommend you dress as your “secret self” (Batman?) for an evening of mingling, a special exhibition, a particularly scary photobooth, Fellini-style movies, a Magic Carpet walk-off (those attention seekers would appreciate this too), as well as some capricious cocktails and delicious delectables to nibble on.

Fishnet stockings and character shoes don’t make a costume (and gentlemen, neither does a box surrounding your genitals) – so go get creative and send us photos of your most outrageous work.

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A Decidedly Hepburn Halloween

audrey-hepburn-20061009-167758This Halloween, there’s bound to be a host of dead actors and actresses milling about the streets of LA – most of whom you’d rather not see again.  One has only to walk down Melrose on a fine, sunny day, though, to see a slew of petite, young women donning over-sized sunglasses, cropped pixie hair cuts, and sleek sleeveless dresses to catch a glimpse of an actress as alive in our culture as ever, both in fashion and general demeanor.  That actress is, of course, Audrey Hepburn.

She, more than any other actor, actress, or celebrity, haunts the Hollywood unconscious on a day-to-day basis.  So it comes as no surprise that LACMA has chosen the Halloween season to present their film series on the legendary starlet, aptly titled “Audrey Hepburn: Then, Now, and Forever.” Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s screened earlier last week, but if you missed those, don’t fret: many of her most memorable roles are still to come.  On Friday, Halloween Eve at 7:30 PM is Sabrina, followed by Love in the Afternoon at 9:35 PM.  The following weekend, on November 6, catch showings of Charade and Wait Until Dark. Then on November 7: King Vidor’s epic adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.  And finally, on November 13, the screening closes with Hepburn’s much-adored musical turn in George Cuckor’s My Fair Lady.

Whether you’re Hepbrun for Halloween or simply Hepburn in everyday life, there’s sure to be some Audrey in you—male or female, young or old, whether you’ve seen her films or not (if you haven’t, your next stop is LACMA on Friday night).  Frankly, it’s downright spooky how much of her spirit still enchants Hollywood and its forthcoming starlets.

“Audrey Hepburn: Then, Now, and Forever” runs until November 13 at LACMA.  To buy tickets or for more information, please call (323) 857-6010 or visit

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Making the Museum Dash

I know that a good portion of you have been itching to reenact the scene from Jean Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders where the main characters Arthur, Franz, and Odile dash through the Louvre in 9 minutes and 43 seconds. No doubt most museums would frown upon that type of behavior.  (But not us!  Actually, give us a call if you are about to do this…)

To stay within the good graces of the fine cultural institutions in this city, we have a proposal.  Instead of making a mad dash through one museum, this weekend you can gather a few of your best friends and have your pick of pretty much any museum within this land to sit, stroll, walk — or run!  This weekend, twenty-four Los Angeles and Orange County museums are opening their doors without charging any admission costs.  Zip. Zero. Nada! So making that mad dash from door to door and museum to museum is  much easier and won’t hurt your wallet one bit.  And since the bill isn’t on you, you can feel free to stop by those few museums that you have been meaning to.

See how many places you can motor through.  I know both Godard and Bernardo Bertolucci would be proud.

Please click here to see a list of participating museums and information.

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(Not) The Last Picture Show

On July 28, an email popped into my inbox. The subject screamed: “WHAT?” Ten minutes later, in a mild state of shock, I dialed LACMA director Michael Govan’s office and left a strongly worded message expressing my displeasure at the museum’s abrupt cancellation of its 40-year-old classic film program.

A month later, as co-head of a coalition called Save Film at LACMA, I faced Mr. Govan across a conference table for a “popcorn summit.”  After delivering the thick print-out of our 3,000-signature on-line petition, I spoke on behalf of the 4,000 “fans” registered on our Facebook page. 

Ramping up this extraordinary grassroots movement was at times surreal and at others as disciplined as a war game. It lived almost entirely in cyberspace. Our real-world success, measured by the museum’s reversal of its decision for one year, boils down to passionate dedication and good writing.

In the days following the initial cancellation, I connected by email and blog to my founding partners. The initial team – a corporate public relations manager, a film critic, and I – forged a formidable communications effort, our individual skills melding powerfully. As a corporate writer specialized in marketing communications for investment firms, I know how to use language to entice and sell. I’m also a critic writing about dance and film.  

We rolled out Save Film at LACMA across several internet platforms. Film critic Doug Cummings and I each leveraged our blogs: and We started a Facebook page and launched our petition. We connected immediately with the press, issuing engaging and informative press releases. A volunteer wrote and videotaped a humorous protest song and posted it on, which many blogs and publications re-published on their websites.

On every channel we provided, people poured forth their feelings, proclaiming their deep personal attachment to the film program and their discontent over the unforeseen way it was terminated. 

The key elements of the campaign’s success were:

  • Good writing. Our team included three strong writers who co-wrote every significant communication. Every blog post, Facebook comment and press release was literate and readable.
  • Tonality. The campaign hit the right note for its audience: a serious, educated group of art and film lovers. The tone was light, positive, inclusive, and humorous.  All comments were astonishingly courteous and passionate. (We only ranted behind the scenes!)
  • High-profile participation. Our greatest success and the cornerstone of our campaign was a beautifully written letter by Martin Scorsese published in the Los Angeles Times.  Peter Bogdanovich and directors Bertrand Tavernier, Alexander Payne, and Curtis Hanson also chimed in. This gave our movement clout, credibility, exposure and gravitas.
  • Hewing to the message. Our clear position was that the film program wasn’t broken; it was in dire need of proper marketing. We adhered to this message in the face of the museum’s counter assertions that the program was pathetic, fading away, suffering from a diminishing audience of geezers.
  • Social Networking. Facebook (now 4,000 fans) is a hungry animal demanding constant monitoring and care (I fed the beast for a month!). But it was key to spreading the word worldwide.  We also put out a Twitter feed (now 200+) on all significant press coverage.
  • Online petition (now nearly 3,000 signatures). We almost wept at the fervent messages some of the signatories wrote above their names.
  • Blog.  Our Save Film at LACMA blog let us publish and control our message.
  • Press/media relations. We achieved a coverage trifecta: Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. We also got covered in a broad swath of industry-focused publications and blogs.

As other causes seek my help with similar grassroots movements, I muse on my still-fresh experience. I believe that our template is only replicable by a passionate advocate pushing on a daily basis, urgently fostering creative ideas, never being dissuaded, and fervently believing in the righteousness of the cause.  Yes, Save Film at LACMA succeeded based on a strong set of skills, but the secret sauce has been passion.

- By Debra Levine

( and Save Film at LACMA)

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Save and Misbehave: Kid’s Edition at MOCA!

As kids all over town head back to school for yet another year of bad influences, second guessing themselves, and melodramas (er… I mean math, history, and arts classes), we can all agree that they could use some confidence in their choices and at the very least some interesting stories to answer the question “what did you do this summer?” This Sunday (and every first Sunday of the month) at MOCA is the “For Families” workshop.  This month, you’ll join a guided tour of their Collecting History: Recent Acquisitions exhibit and discover a range of artists working with a variety of media.  Afterward, you (and the child you’ve brought) will be able to express your own creativity with a workshop with Megan Sant where you can make your own sculptural project. It starts at 1pm and is FREE, with no reservations required.  Think of how confident they’ll be heading back to class and telling their friends about the textural composition in Eduardo Abaroa’s work!

If you’ve got a teen who is perpetually embarrassed to be seen with (God forbid) an actual family member, they’re free to drop by with their friends between 1 – 3:30pm for their own guided tour and an artist-led workshop.  Their sculptures, unlike the little kids than came before them, will be filled with the important dramas of teenage angst to be sure.  Ah, to be a family!

“First Sundays are For Families” Workshop is held this Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 1:00pm for free.  They’re held the first Sunday of every month.  For more information, please click here.

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Slang This! Psychicinema Multiplex

The word “slanguage” has been hitting the airwaves (and internet waves) the past few weeks with increasing frequency.  You think, what is this portmanteau?  What is a portmanteau?  Tell me more!

Developed in the heart of Wilmington, the harbor area of Los Angeles, Slanguage is an artist-run collective with its roots deep in the city and its fingers combing though contemporary art and social histories.  All of its members, such as yours truly, have their own ever-changing definition of the word “slanguage” so it is difficult to give a precise Webster’s definition.

We do know Slanguage as an organization relies on organic development and the reflection of the popular and hidden culture, much like any spoken language.  And, physical manifestations of Slanguage’s past work includes performance, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and educational workshops both locally and internationally. But also, we must also understand that Slanguage looks to this idea of Cityspeak, the mishmash street language of Japanese, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Chinese, and French that Edward James Olmos speaks in Bladerunner, in its practice.  It is an exploratory, but ever growing approach to art-making!

But you can come take a closer look yourself into the lexicon of Slanguage this Thursday.  Slanguage has been invited by MOCA to participate in a performance-based residency called Engagement Party.  For its first incarnation, Slanguage will bring a homegrown approach to film screening to another level in Psychicinema Multiplex. Psychicinema took its name because Slanguage originally screened movies in the backyard of an old psychic house for one and all.  Come Thursday, Psychicinema will turn Psychicinema Multiplex as Slanguage continues the dialogue of MOCA’s monumental 1992 exhibition Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s.  The film Helter Skelter and other movies will be shown as well as DJs; fortune tellers; an interactive photobooth, Artifice Orange, by Slanguage member Arnold Vargas; and a participatory urban planning exercise, Slang-topia: Rethinking the City, by artist and urban planner will help you figure out how to speak this language.

You don’t need to know what “slanguage” means, but you will definitely find your own Slanguage along the way.

Slanguage’s Psychicinema Multiplex is this Thursday 7 – 10pm at MOCA.  Don’t worry, it is free! Click here for more details.

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Don’t Call It a Renaissance… Quite Yet

slide1In the midst of galleries closing and various art programs being cut (that is, except for the film program at LACMA – victory!), Los Angeles has against all odds been able to support its growing, newly thriving art scene through some trial and error, a lot of financial support, and even more elbow grease.  Pre-recession, many of our institutions and artists were beginning to make their way in the world of art that has long left Los Angeles on the back burner.  Not to make it sound that we’re a world apart, although it may be wise to start requiring passports to get in and out of this crazy city – but until recently we were one of the only major, metropolitan cities, for example, without its own ballet company.  As we all know, the city and its talents have attracted some very well known names that have done much to make our presence known around the world.  Without beating a dead horse, Placido Domingo at LA Opera, both Esa Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel at the LA Philharmonic, the Annenbergs for photography, and the Broads for theatre and contemporary art have all made strides on behalf of the City of Angels that have not only secured us a spot on the map, but have tried to make sure that our spot accurately reflects our city.

Regardless of our “earthquakes, riots, fires” and that pesky recession, Los Angeles has stepped up to the plate and maintained its stance on art as a worthy, necessary part of our cultural fabric.  On LACMA’s campus, for example, we’re getting a new building in 2010 donated by Lynda and Stewart Resnick.  Designed by master architect Renzo Piano and currently under construction, the building is adjacent to the Broad Contemporary and will look out onto the planned Jeff Koons piece Train – a seventy-foot replica of a 1940s train car.  It’s not a stretch to imagine that what Frank Gehry did for the Walt Disney Concert Hall, so Renzo Piano will do for LACMA once again. 

Our surviving and championing ballet company, Los Angeles Ballet, is headed by Co-Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, the latter of whom is a member of the George Balanchine Trust – a group of dancers with exclusive permission to stage Balanchine’s works.  It’s an opportunity to perform pieces that no previous incarnation of an LA-based ballet company has been afforded.  So far they’ve successfully staged Serenade and Rubies among others and will continue with See the Music, Hear the Dance in February 2010. 

Eli and Edythe Broad continue to change and illuminate LA’s artistic landscape by announcing plans to build a contemporary art museum in Beverly Hills.  The decision came when the Broads decided last year to keep their illustrious collection rather than donate it to MOCA – the new museum will house said collection.  Not to mention, they saved the day for MOCA last winter.

Even as galleries are closing and museums are going bankrupt, LA has seen the expansion of a number of spaces including Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, Blum & Poe, Roberts & Tilton, and Cherry and Martin in Culver City.  Our little nook of a neighborhood, Culver City, has become the nexus for the international art world right before our eyes. January will see the start of the Grant for New Projects, which will be born from Sandroni.Rey, a contemporary art gallery also in Culver City.  The new organization will support and raise funds for curators as well as emerging local artists. It comes at a time when not-for-profits are closing, California’s budget is a hot mess (and not in a good way), and arts and music programs are being cut from schools across the country.  Is there a more vital time to not only recognize, but also support the burgeoning arts scene in this city?  How do I love thee?  Let me list the ways…

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