April Events in Venice & Santa Monica: Film, Music, Art

April is spring loaded with  Art, Music and Film events in Venice and Santa Monica Including Free Tours of the Annenberg Beach House! Here’s a preview, with more details and events to be added, so make sure to check back! Updated: April 21, 2014


Music-Chris-Hawley-400px-MyVeniceLifeLocal fave musician Chris Hawley is playing at a variety of venues this month so make sure to check out his rock n roll and folk acoustic guitar sounds – just call April Chris Hawley month! Plus Suzy Williams on 2nd Wednesdays! Fishbone just added!

Every Tuesday in April: Happy Hour & Food Trucks
Chris Hawley at Basement Tavern at the Victorian, 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica 6 – 9pm

Suzy-Williams-singer-venice-0411-MyVeniceLifeWednesday April 9
Venice Diva Suzy Williams sings her sultry vocals at Danny’s in Venice every 2nd Wednesday of the month. 23 Windward Av Venice 90291 7–10pm
Friday April 11
Chris Hawley at The Venice Whaler, 10 Washington Boulevard, Marina Del Rey 10 pm – 1 am No cover
Saturday April 12
Chris Hawley at Cock n’ Bull, 2947 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405 9 pm –close No cover
Fishbone-Norwood-Fisher-400px-MYVeniceLifeSunday April 13
the original Venice funk punk band is playing at Coachella!
Wednesday April 16
Chris Hawley at O’Brien’s Pub, 2941 Main Street, Santa Monica 10 pm – close No cover plus sets from other local singer/songwriters

Black Shoe POlish Tryg Hanson & BSP Gerry Fialka Paulie DeeSaturday, April 26
Jazz Funk Fest:
 In the tradition of the Venice West Cafe (the legendary Beat hang-out at 7 Dudley Ave, aka Sponto Gallery from 1984-2008), local Venice musicians will celebrate the rebellious liberation of tuneful creativity. 7pm: Rag’n’Bones (live poetry with improv jazz)  with Tryg Hanson, 7:45pm BLACK SHOE POLISH: hear words that should never be said colliding with notes that should never be played. Fiery poetic painters Rex Butters slap sense into words mashed up with improv music by  Gerry Fialka, Paulie Dee & guests. 8:30pm:  SUZY WILLIAMS with Sam Clay, Peter Marshall & Merritt Evan Raff. UnUrban Cafe,  3301 Pico Blvd Santa Monica

See Art & Music Combo below for more music


Monday April 14
7 Dudley Cinema
presents: NEGLECTED CINEMA – Curator Lance Richter screens rare 16mm films that are marginalized, yet very worthy of seeing, including art, music, educational, travelogues, experimental, documentary and more. Experience the phenomenon of viewing celluloid in all its splendor, depth and reel color.
UnUrban 3301 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405 6pm Free admission

Seven Dudley Cinema in Venice Kent Hayward filmsSunday April 27
7 Dudley Cinema
 screens: Retrospective of Acclaimed Filmmaker Kent Hayward
Hayward’s thoughtful, revealing films and a Q&A with the filmmaker on April 27 – series curated by Gerry Fialka. A brief reception will precede and follow the screening and showcase additional installation artwork. Hayward’s work has been screened at over 25 festivals, including Dances with Films, DocuWest, New Filmmakers and Film Independent’s Cinema Lounge. The Los Angeles Times’ Kevin Thomas declared Hayward’s film Homestead Artifact “deeply affecting… Hayward has succeeded beautifully.”  Sunset to Sunset, Homestead Artifact, August and others will be screened.

Hayward  says, “My films aim to tell big stories through small details. Sometimes I find metaphors in really personal moments, sometimes in a cutaway shot or some trivial incident.”
Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd Venice 90291  7 – 10 pm  Free admission

Art & Music Combo:

Thursday April 17
Westminster Arts Club Art & Music Showcase. Featuring, Venice guitarist Michael Jost and musical guests plus the legendary Golden Buddha perform. Artists: Painter Brian Pat Mylius, Photographer Margaret Molloy and Brenda Michelle will display their art for this Venice Extravaganza. See photo of paintings by Brian Pat Mylius at top right by Janet Gervers.
Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd Venice 90291  7pm – ?  Free admission

Tuesday April 22
This panel discussion with the four artists of Shelf Perception and moderator Lisa Adams, the current exhibit in the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, addresses the artist’s perceptions of their work and its (and their) place in the world.
415 Pacific Coast Highway  Santa Monica CA 90402 6:30pm Free admission – RSVP Required

Special Events:

annenberg-beach-house-marion-davies-celebration-01-2013-Janet-GerversMonth of April Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 11am –2pm Free Tours of the Annenberg Beach House by Santa Monica Conservancy docents.  Discover the rich history of this beach home built for Marion Davies  as a gift from newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
415 Pacific Coast Highway  Santa Monica CA 90402
RSVP Required or call 310-458-4904 to confirm the day before your visit. Free admission
Photo from Marion Davies Birthday celebration in 2013 by Janet Gervers