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DotDotDash: I [Heart] Art Edition

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2008, at 10:10AM

DDD Today's Downtown Art Walk falls on Valentines Day and galleries are taking that theme to heart. With more exhibits beyond Gallery Row, an Art Walk DASH may not be enough. Art walk cab service anyone?

Off The Path, But Worth Noting: This morning Councilmember Jan Perry will unveil "Purple Heart," a large-scale mosaic mural crafted by residents of Skid Row working with the nonprofit org Piece by Piece. . —The opening will be held at 11am at the Southern (412 East 5th Street), an SRO dedicated to Vets. Piece by Piece's mission is to teach marketable skills, like creating high-quality works of mosaic art. . — SRO Executive Director and CEO, Anita Nelson writes in the release: "This mural, in symbol and in act, embraces the concept of selflessness and service and is a poignant homage to the one-in-four men and women who have served our country and now find themselves without house or home."

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On the Other Side of Town: 7+Fig joins the Walk with the opening of “Many Waters,” an installation by Kyungmi Shin that explores relationships between nature and urban cultures. . –– While it’s billed as a lunchtime art experience, 7+Fig Art Space keeps “Many Waters” running until 8pm for Art Walk. The new venue for visual and performing arts is sponsored by Brookfield Properties and DCA.

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Anti-Love: Santee Village's Zero One Gallery (746 S Los Angeles St, Suite 2) will have a Valentines Day Party that also celebrates the birthday of curator John Pocha. The current show is the non-romantic sounding “Dysmorphic Visualization Syndrome."

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Taggin’ the Heart: Crewest hosts a long list of artists for "Fatally Yours." The show exhibits work by those bitter from love gone wrong. The artists, many with one name, include Devious, Pottish, Gunnar, Views, _Reset and Serk__. Couples and singles are invited for a 8pm live performance by MEZKLAH.

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On Gallery Row:Speaking of a curious soul sinking deeper into darkness, video artist Alexander Mercado offers Lux Underwater at Spring Arts Collective (453 S Spring St) Musician Arrica Rose will perform 8pm. . —Infusion Gallery (719 South Spring Street) opens two solo shows; "Save the Robots" by Bryce Hammond, and "Through the Heart" By Nami Yang.

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Blogdowntown is Represented: Our own Dave Bullock solos with "The Land of Nuclear Enchantment" that focuses on the "natural beauty of New Mexico juxtaposed with surplus equipment from nuclear weapons research labs." Duck and cover at Niche Video Art (453 S Spring St). . —Yours truly has a mural that will see its first Art Walk. “Main St Recovery” is on the front of the Regent Theater (Main St btw 4th and 5th) that looks at Downtown’s Main Street, juxtaposed with you as you stand in front of it.

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Space Hopping: Art Murmur has moved spaces but stayed in the same building. The gallery is now at 105 E 6th Street and continues with Yun Bai's "Who's That Girl."

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5th and Main: "Intervention" opens February 14th at Pharmaka. Paintings, drawings and sculpture by David Buckingham, Timothy Buckwater, and Greg Miller dubbed as a "newer generation of artists have created bodies of work reflecting a bleaker vision of popular culture today.” It's social commentary with insight, intelligence and humor.

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Yee Ha Ha: The Downtown Comedy Walk continues, and you have to like the how the Spring Arts Tower is now dubbed The Onion Room, named after the sponsor. Over at the Palace on Broadway, it’s all Latino comics. A touch of Brady Westwater, aka the LA Cowboy, may have been the to name the ballroom at the Alex as the Wyatt Earp Room. The volunteers that will be rustling up the acts to keep on time are being called "the wranglers".


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