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Five Uber Cool Things To Do May 12 - 17

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Monday May 12 through Sat. May 17
Koju Takei Resonance

Musical instruments as art, if you love music and the instruments that make it, Koju Takei’s “Resonance” at William Turner Gallery will speak to you.
Constructed from guitars, ukuleles, cellos, and horns, the artist transforms these instruments into high-relief sculptures, inviting viewers to look at music from a new angle.
After dropping out from the classical music department at CalArts, because in his words a, “lousy musician” Takei concentrated his efforts on art and has found a way through these pieces to pay homage to and combine his love for classical music and art.
William Turner Gallery, 2525 Bergamot Station,
Santa Monica,

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Tuesday May 13 through Saturday May 24,
Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life

Tony Award nominee, celebrated dancer, choreographer, director and singer, Maruice Hines takes you on a personal journey through an album of family photos, antidotes, and memories while paying tribute to his brother and childhood dancing partner Gregory Hines.
Hines brings the history of tap to life, sharing with the audience good times and hard times, the years of discrimination against African Americans, and the gradual acceptance of these artists into formally white only venues.
Joining Hines on stage is the swinging 9 piece Diva Jazz Orchestra, and the new generation of tapping brother’s 18 year old John, and 21 year old Leo Manzari, along with 11 year old dance phenom, Luke Spring who wowed viewers on So You Think You Can Dance and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
This is a feel good show that will have you humming tunes from Frank Sinatra, and Lena horn and maybe even deciding that you really want to take tap lessons.
Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica, Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Wednesday May 14

If you love dance and want to help support art and music programs in L.A.’s public schools, then Dancescape at Club Nokia is for you. Featuring more than 200 professional dancers performing every style from ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz, traditional Indian, breakdancing .. you name it they dance it! The program will alternately feature soloists, small and large ensembles ranging from high school students to seasoned professionals.
The gala benefit includes a ho-host bar and food by Wolfgang Puck for purchase with one hundred percent of the proceeds going to fund arts and music education programs in schools.
Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
For more information and a list of performers go to:

Thursday May 15
L.A. Weekly’s Artopia

The Grand Central Market in downtown LA, which has been in continuous operation since it’s opening in 1917 will host L.A. Weekly’s 2014 Artopia. This year’s event will focus on the vibrant arts and culture scene in Los Angles spotlighting downtown as well as celebrate the LA Weekly Best of LA People Issue.
Featuring live mural painting by artists Hueman and Jim Mahfood, and sculptural installations by Ramiro Gomez, a high fashion peep show from the Bohemian Society and music including multiple DJ stations plus live performances by the Peach Kings and The Record Company, this is sure to be a fun and artful evening.
Curator Shana Nys Dambrot describes the vision of Artopia as experiential, saying, “art like life is much more than pictures. Artopia is a place where art is everything and everything is art.” Celebrating the new People Issue, Artopia has assembled an outstanding group of performers, models, painters, designers, and deejays to create a multisensory experience of after-hours culture in an historic location.
For tickets go to:
General admission is $30. And includes entrance to the event as well as wine beer and alcohol.
Grand Central Market 7 to 11 PM
317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

Saturday May 17, Create: Fixate Serendipity

Let the good times roll! Crate: Fixate is back with their spring event, Serendipity. These one-night–only events feature top emerging local talent as well as artist from far flung corners of the earth.
For over a decade, curator and event producer Michelle Berc has established the Create:Fixate’s unique signature blend of vibrant visual art and music in an immersive cultural experience. Each event is built around a theme inviting participating artists to create works reflecting the motif of the evening. The current theme, Serendipity engages that precise moment when intention and inspiration collide, manifesting in the act of making art. This show will celebrate the ways in which Serendipity manifests and blooms in the work of talented artists that blur the line between intention and inspiration.
These events present a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with upcoming talent, perhaps purchase a piece from an artist who will be next years rage, hang out with other art enthusiasts, dance to live music and DJ sounds in the Audio Lab, groove to live jazz in the Optical lounge while viewing painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, what could be better?
The evening will begin with a preview of the exhibit from 4:00 pm to 7:00pm. Parents are encouraged to bring the whole family during preview hours and take advantage of the Kids Kreativity Zone which is overflowing with art supplies allowing youth to create their own masterpieces while parents explore the exhibit. The main event starts at 7:00pm and closes at 2:00 am, while all ages are welcome during the preview, attendees must be at least 21 to enter after 7:00 pm.
New at this Create:Fixate event will be collaboration with The Cartwheel Art Downtown LA Arts District Sunset Mural Tour. Hit downtown early and take an urban stroll through the evolving Downtown Los Angeles Arts District exploring LA’s best street art followed by Cocktails and dinner before arriving at Create Fixate for a full evening of fun and Art.
Proceeds from the exhibit benefit C.F’s nonprofit programs “Create:Fixate Exhibits” and “Young Creatives” a program encouraging at-risk youth to express themselves through creativity.
Create:Fixate, Lot 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles 90021

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