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BAM Fest
18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica)
The 18th Street Arts Center presents its annual Beer, Art and Music Festival. BAM Fest celebrates the best of locally produced art and music in conjunction with a variety of craft beers. The event features beers by more than 35 breweries in addition to four bands, three galleries exhibitions, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks. Tickets are $40 and available online.

Joe Pinkelman: New Works and Anne Ramis: the Dancers
TAG Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by artists Joe Pinkelman and Anne Ramis. Pinkelman’s New Works features a collection of porcelain sculptures. Ramis’ The Dancers features a series of digital prints. Both shows on view through October 27, 2012.

Curio Studio & Collection (Venice)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Joshua Petker, Ellen Schinderman, Will Deutsch, Ryan McIntosh, Mark Hanauer, Jennie Cotterill, Rebecca Manson, and more. Curated by Daniel Rolnik, Interviews features paintings, sculptures, and photographs. On view through September 27, 2012.

Two JMTs: James Michael Temple and Jeff Moris Tepper
Trunk Gallery (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artists and musicians Mike Temple and Moris Tepper. This exhibition features paintings, prints, and sculptures. On view through October 28, 2012.

Gala in the Garden
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Time Announced with Ticket Purchase
The Hammer Museum’s annual Gala in the Garden honors artists Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman. Steve Martin gives the tribute to Sherman and MSNBC anchor and author Rachel Maddow toasts Kruger. The Gala also features a performance by singer/songwriter Katy Perry, a viewing of current exhibitions, and cocktails followed by a dinner catered by Suzanne Goin of Lucques in the Hammer’s outdoor courtyard. Tickets start at $1,500; inquiries should be made to email

Jacob Melchi: New Paintings and Alma Chaney: Nameless Spaces
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
Final day of an exhibition featuring a series of new paintings by artist Jacob Melchi. Alma Chaney’s painting series Nameless Spaces will also have its final day in the space’s middle gallery.

Noise in the Basement
WWA (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by up and coming artists James “Jimbot” Demski, Dan Goodsell, JoKa, David Lozeau, Juan Muniz, Jeff T Owens, JC Rivera, and Saratoga Sake. Noise in the Basement includes paintings, drawings, portraits, and more. On view through November 3, 2012.

Dragon’s Flight
William Grant Still Arts Center (Crenshaw)
Opening celebration and concert for the group exhibition Dragon’s Flight. The works in this show focus on the transformative power of art creation and the ability to reclaim/re-grow identity in the face of the trauma of incarceration. Many pieces in this show were made by incarcerated artists. On view through November 24, 2012.

Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void 1949-1962
MOCA (Downtown)
Opening day of a new exhibition exploring the artistic tendency of canvas mutilation during the rise of abstraction in the 20th-century. Painting the Void features more than 85 works created between the late 1940s and the early 1960s by more than two dozen artists from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Organized by Paul Schimmel, the exhibition includes works by Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, and more. On view through January 14, 2013.

George Porcari: Insistent Particularities
Tif’s desk @ Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception of an exhibition featuring works by artist George Porcari. Insistent Particularities features a new piece each week, taken from Porcari’s series of 32 works on paper. On view through November 3, 2012.

Blow Your Noses!
2732 Gilroy St. (Silver Lake)
Reception celebrating the launch of the third issue of MATERIAL. Artist Shana Lutker presents an evening of performances and readings in relation to her Issue 3 text “Some Fistfights of the Surrealists.” This free event also features readings from contributors including Harold Abramowitz, Farrah Karapetian, and Emily Mast, as well as video installations by Paul Zelevansky, Stephanie Taylor, and Alice Könitz.

Art + Architecture Focus on Malibu Tour
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University (Malibu)
LACMA’s Art Museum Council presents its inaugural Art + Architecture Focus Tour. Since 1956, the Tour has provided behind-the-scenes tours of architecturally significant homes with significant art collections. This event begins with a lecture on the Weisman Museum’s current Pop Culture exhibition. Attendees then tour two Malibu properties, one of which is constructed with the recycled parts of a decommissioned Boeing 747-200 aircraft. Tickets are $350; for tickets and more information email

Grace Mask, Eamon Ore-Giron. Screenprint, acrylic, and flashe paint on canvas, 2010. Courtesy of Steve Turner Contemporary.