The Best of Everything – Jonathan Weiss

22It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through 2015 – it seems like yesterday when the Los Angeles Modernism Show held court for three days in Culver City last April. It’s now the last full week of April and the Modernism Show makes it’s return to the 3Labs event center in the Hayden Tract area of Culver City starting this Friday April 24th and continuing through Sunday.

3Labs is an impressive 30-thousand square foot event space that will be filled with over 40 premier national and international exhibitors presenting furniture, decorative and fine arts representing all design movements of the 20th Century and will also include 21st century design.

Once again, the show kicks off Friday night with a celebrity-laden opening night party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., benefiting P.S. Arts, whose goal is to improve children’s lives through art education.

One of the highlights of the show will no doubt will be the booth of Vintage European Posters, whose Bay Area proprietor Elizabeth Norris has hand-selected a wonderful array of rare original posters from the 20th Century which were originally printed for advertising purposes, but are now considered collectible works of art to be hung in offices, restaurants, homes and the like.

Hours of the rest of the show will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information on the show, exhibitors and ticket information can be found at www.lamodernism.com/.

Arts of all kinds continue to thrive in the next couple of weeks as the Diavolo dance troup performs at The Broad Stage on the campus of Santa Monica College May 1st through 3rd.

A local favorite who has performed many times in Culver City, Diavolo brings its gravity-defying performances that combines lyrical movement with risk-taking athleticism and large architectural objects. Think of it as a uniquely smaller scale Cirque du Soleil, whose leader tries to convey a concept of architecture of space and how humans inhabit it.

Artistic Director Jacques Heim is fascinated by the relationship and interaction of humans and their architectural environment – how it affecting us, not just socially, but physical. What you’ll see on stage, according to Heim will be a live abstract painting, no narrative, but strong themes that pervade the work such as human struggle, fear, danger, survival chaos and many other emotions. A truly entertaining and unique event to be sure. More information on the performances can be found at www.thebroadstage.com/en/Performances/Dance/Productions/diavolo/.

And lastly, don’t forget about the 12th Annual George Barris Cruising Back to the 50’s Culver City Car CCCS_2012_0051-950x425Show on Saturday, May 9th. Car customizer to the stars George Barris, who was responsible for the outrageous automobile creations for such iconic American TV shows such as Batman, The Monkees The Green Hornet and The Munsters (who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary) amongst many others, will be on hand once again, still standing as the king of all California car customizers.

In addition to hundreds of classic muscle cars on display from the 1950’s 60’s and 70’s there will be live music from Lynda Kay, 310 and surf band extraordinare, The Dynotones. Grand Marshall of the show will be none other than Butch Patrick, who portrayed Eddie Munster as a child actor on the show, which was shot on the Universal lot and ran on CBS from 1964 to 1966. The show is free in Downtown Culver City and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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