Runway for a music-themed art show and party
By Christina Campodonico
Now that they’re all moved in, the owners of Hal’s Bar & Grill are inviting some old friends from Venice to check out the new neighborhood. On April 20, the Venice Art Crawl will transform the Runway at Playa Vista restaurant’s nearby 3,800-square-foot event space in into a pop-up art and photography show.
Musicians are the muses for “Music Connects Us,” a fundraiser to celebrate the organizations’ seventh anniversary. The exhibit includes portraits and paintings of Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Noel Gallagher, Run-D.M.C., Debbie Harry, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, David Bowie and others — including a wild-eyed Mark Mothersbaugh back in his DEVO days.
Also expect to see works by rock ’n’ roll photographer Guy Webster (who shot The Doors’ debut album cover), early Beastie Boys chronicler Sunny Bak, Venice muralist Jules Muck and bicoastal graffiti artist Bisco Smith. L.A. street artist Plastic Jesus, best known for putting up a life-sized Kanye West statue on Hollywood Boulevard, is bringing a new installation as well.
The show is curated by Neely Shearer, the conceptualist behind the Abbot Kinney Boulevard-adjacent boutique “In Heroes We Trust” . She’s tying the event together with a light show, live music performances and various deejays — including Arabian Prince, an original member of famed Compton rap group N.W.A — spinning a sonic back-drop for the art.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $40, with
VIP passes that include a special dinner at Hal’s available for $200.
“Music Connects Us” happens from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 20, near Hal’s Bar & Grill in Runway at Playa Vista. Visit veniceartcrawl.com for tickets.