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Monday, December 1

The Boone Children's Gallery


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Come paint with us! Located next to the Korean and Chinese galleries, the Boone Children’s Gallery is a free creative space where visitors of all ages are invited to learn the art of East Asian brush painting. No prior art-making experience is necessary. Friendly and helpful staff introduce painting techniques, offer tips, and even provide high chairs for very young artists. Visitors sit at communal tables in this fun, family-friendly, and resourceful place to relax, create, and make new friends.

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Wednesday, December 3

Thursday, December 4

Bruce Richards: Future/Past

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

357 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036


Los Angeles, CA. - Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles presents the critically celebrated exhibition Bruce Richards: Future/Past newly extended through December 24, 2014. The exhibition offers a full view of Richard’s works spanning several decades. His paintings and sculpture - frequently in dialogue with related sculptures - are created with meticulous clarity, taking on an otherworldly luminosity that catapults them into the surreal. The exhibition is shown in tandem with a reduced version of Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin - which created an international stir.

While cited as having some resonance with the works of Rene Magritte who juxtaposed objects from ordinary life into fantastical compositions, in contrast, Richards employs a more singular focus on one or two objects, suspending them in a timeless space – a burning tire or match, a leaf, a twining snake, a coin etc. – to layer references to history, mythology, art, and personal experience and emotions.

These layers impart enormous symbolic and conceptual weight to seemingly ordinary objects. His works can be both referential and ironic by contrasting art of the past and present, such as his play between a famous Magritte torso and Marina Abramovic's infamous performance where she carved a pentagram onto her belly. In another example he juxtaposes the prehistoric depiction of woman, The Venus of Willendorf, with a work by Jeff Koons. Bruce Richard's visual sleight-of-hand further informs the viewer through his use of titles. Puns and provocative word play provide witty clues to the artist’s frame of reference, sharing a certain sly kinship with another of L.A.’s Cool School icons, Ed Ruscha.

Richards aim "is to engage the viewer in both the title's verbal association and its visual analogy." The late critic and poet, Donald Carroll cited: "These are not images that simply hang on the wall; they hang in the mind as well - agents provocateurs, teasing us, daring us to light the fuse that will set off a chain reaction of associative thought that lies behind - and beyond - these captured, isolated... representatives of the world we think we know... Bruce Richard's images are revealed as unexpected illustrations of who we are and what we think and, above all, how we think."

The exhibition, Bruce Richards: Future/Past is currently on view and extends through December 24, 2014. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information contact the gallery at (323) 938-5222 or [email protected]

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Friday, December 5

Saturday, December 6

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Getty Scavenger Hunt

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Join Watson Adventures on a unique murder mystery scavenger hunt!

A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, pride, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million-dollar purchase of a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much-and now it’s your turn to learn what he knew and discover what drove one of four suspects to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code left in the victim’s appointment calendar. Can you figure out who dunnit?

Advance purchase is required via our website. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.

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Sunday, December 7

A Faery Hunt

Crestwood Hills Park

1000 Hanley Avenue, Brentwood, 90049


Winner of the Nickelodeon's Award for "Best Children's Theater in Los Angeles," come and join the faery folke on a fun and gentle quest for the Faery Royalty. As the audience makes their way through the forest, they actually become part of the story. The shows are for children, boys and girls, and the young-at-heart. Most of the children come in costume. There is something for the whole family in this interactive original show.

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Toy Drive and Fundraiser at Upper West

Upper West

3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA


Upper West is making a difference in the community by donating back 50% of this event's proceeds to Miracles for Kids, in addition to educating the Miracles' patients on how to prepare and cook a meal,  along with kitchen safety. Miracles for Kids is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children battling life-threatening illnesse and the families that care for them. 

Tickets: $120 per person with one unwrapped toy

4 course meal, tax and tip included; alcohol separate, pay at restaurant

6pm: Cocktails and silent auction

7pm: Dinner is served

Please RSVP by Friday, November 14, 2014 to Bre Hance [email protected] 


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