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Thursday, October 30


Birthday Benefit Bash

18th Street Arts Center

October 25 through 26, 2014

The non-profit art space 18th Street is turning 25 and staging a birthday party that doubles as a fundraiser (tickets range from $40 - $125). New work by performance artists Barbara T. Smith, Dan Kwong and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario is debuting and lots of video art is showing.

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Shulamit Gallery

Last Chance - September 6 through November 1, 2014

Four Iranian artists are using video, photography and sculpture to explore cultural identities in a show that's partly about how "artists transcend socio-political experiences."

Pia Fries: Paisages Maritimes

Christopher Grimes Gallery

Last Chance - September 13 through November 1, 2014

Italian engraver Stefano della Bella used to do engravings of big skies and capsizing ships. Painter Pia Fries finds him inspiring and is incorporating parts of his oeuvre into her new typically viscous paintings.

Fritz Chesnut: Science Fiction

C.Nichols Project

Last Chance - September 20 through November 1, 2014

Fritz Chesnut is interested in evolution, oceans and geology (the "science" part of his new show) but also uses immersive, free-form painting processes (the "fiction" part). He'll pour thinned acrylic paint then, while the acrylic is still wet, spray paint on top of it.

In Search Of Turrell


Last Chance - September 19 through November 2, 2014

The artists in this show traveled together to the dunes in The Hague in Holland and trekked to James Turrell's landscape art work, Celestial Vault. Then they each made their own work in response to that experience.

Armen Eloyan: Sunset Painting & Related Works

Patrick Painter Inc.

September 6 through November 7, 2014

Armenian-born, Zurich-based Armen Eloyan's take on sunset paintings is going to be pretty gritty -- there will be the appropriate reds, yellows and oranges mixed in with his dark, drippy renderings of Marvel comic characters and other devious-looking pop culture figures.

Megan Daalder: Eureka and The BIOMASS

5 Car Garage

October 18 through November 8, 2014

Artist Megan Daalder, who's collaborated with scientists before, has written a sci-fi mini-musical in which she plays Eureka and a big puppet she built is the biomass. The puppet will be on view throughout the whole show, but only in motion on the three nights Daalder performs.

Carole Bayer Sager: New Works

William Turner Gallery

September 18 through November 8, 2014

Carole Bayer Sager is a singer and a philanthropist (she just helped LACMA acquire some new work) as well as a painter. She's showing some photorealistic renderings of melting Hershey's kisses, among other things.

Laura Plageman: Response

De Soto Gallery

September 20 through November 9, 2014

Laura Plageman takes apart her photographs, cutting them up, rearranging them, making them 3-D and then rephotographing them. This show is all about rearranged seascapes.

Pumpkin Pie

Daniel Rolnik Gallery

October 23 through November 13, 2014

"Someone fed Whiskers a slice of pumpkin pie and now he's hungry for more" is the first line of this show's press release. The art, it seems, mostly references dogs or puppies in some way and starts at $20.

Kathleen Henderson

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

October 18 through November 15, 2014

Berkeley-based Kathleen Henderson is taking on "gross inequalities" of the financial sector, "tragically useless trophy projects," and the pharmaceuticals industry. She using sculpture and drawing to do so, and also depicted ghost figures in "apocalyptic" settings.

35 Year Anniversary Show

Robert Berman Gallery

September 13 through December 20, 2014

Robert Berman Gallery has been around for thirty-five years, though it didn't have so much space back when it started. It's filling all three of its Bergamont Station spaces with art by characters like Nick Agid, Dennis Hopper, William Burroughs, Mr. Fish and RETNA.

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