Santa Monica’s 18th Street Arts Center throws itself a 25th birthday bash to help fund affordable housing and studio space for emerging artists By Michael Aushenker They say 40 is the new 30. This weekend in Santa Monica, you might say 18 is the new 25. The 18th Street Arts Center — a visual and performing arts incubator that includes studio space and affordable housing for artists — marks its first quarter century with a two-day benefit party and arts sale celebrating the continued success of its unique cultural and economic mission. The center expects 300 people for Saturday’s VIP party featuring a concert by alt-folk singer-songwriter and former 18th Street resident Phranc, plus self-guided studio tours, video art installations and performance pieces by resident artists. On Sunday, a crowd 1,000-strong is anticipated for its 5th annual Beer, Art & Music Festival, which includes unlimited tastings from more than 40 craft breweries (including the newly opened Santa Monica Brew Works), food trucks, crash courses in art, open studio tours and live music and performance pieces by members. Across both days, a benefit art sale hosted in partnership with Saatchi Art features more than 50 unique works by past and present 18th Street artists. “We play a really important role in supporting artistic diversity on the Westside,” said 18th Street Arts Center Executive Director Jan Williamson, who first came on...Read More
Contemporary costume and casting choices help drive home the timeless themes of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ By Shanee Edwards A war in the Middle East waged by the world’s strongest, wealthiest army sounds like a plot plucked from today’s headlines. But this is “Othello,” a play written 400 years ago that remains just as relevant today on the strength of Shakespeare’s uncanny ability to understand and wax poetic about humanity’s greatest flaws. A new production of “Othello” opening Friday at the Odyssey Theatre uses unconventional costume and casting choices to drive home its themes of jealousy, bigotry, betrayal and violence in...Read More
Now a collaboration 60 artists strong, the biannual open studio tour heads into its fourth outing on Sunday By Kathy Leonardo (Photo by Edizen Stowell / Venice Paparazzi) Venice has long been known as an artistic community and, as of late, it’s building quite the reputation for public arts events. There’s the annual Venice Art Walk and Auctions benefit for the Venice Family Clinic, the quarterly Venice Art Crawl and the relatively new Venice ARTBLOCK Open Studio Tour — a free, self-guided public exploration of local artists’ studios that takes place twice a year, including this...Read More
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By Michael Aushenker Alicia Sky performs party music – and this weekend, that party will be on the Westside. The up-and-coming pop singer, who lists Dr. Luke and Morgan Page among her favorites, will appear in Santa Monica at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 27 to celebrate the launch of her video for her latest electronic pop song, the appropriately titled “Fly.” Born Alicia Sikorski, the Beverly Hills-based, 20-something entertainer, whose style of club music evokes shades of Britney Spears and Ke$ha, chose to have her celebration at the Charleston, the gastro lounge with 1930s décor in Santa Monica. The...Read More
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