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Get Out: Skate Park, Rooftops, Green Fair, Your Art Opening

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On the beach near the Public Art Walls ("Graffiti Walls") and existing skate dance area near Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk Venice Beach at 11 this morning you'll find Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and local professional and amateur skaters gathered to celebrate the beginning stages of construction for a long awaited skateboard park. Since Venice Beach has been a hot spot for skateboarders and skaters from around the world to test their skills, the City thought it was high time they got a proper park, so construction is now underway for a 16,000 square foot state of the art skate park facility that includes installation of an entry plaza and surrounding walls, construction of concrete walkways, removal of existing rock revetment at the site, restoration of power to an existing lifeguard tower and landscaping and irrigation. Help the community welcome the park!

It's the last day of LA's Art Month, and tonight, BREADBAR West Third continues its Art Foundation Series with the opening reception for “Rooftops,” a unique exhibit of works from acclaimed Russian composer, artist, and photographer Andrew Akopov. Unifying the vocabularies of fine art and cuisine under one roof, Angelenos and art aficionados can enjoy a special four course prix-fixe menu ($24) from Executive Chef Rogelio Marhx; as a perk, guests will also be presented with an amuse-bouche at the start of the evening and complimentary champagne, coffee, and sparking wine throughout the night. Reservations are suggested (online/ (310) 205-0124) for tonight's opening and dinner from 6-9 p.m., but if you dine at BREADBAR in the following days you can still enjoy their food and see--or buy--Akopov's work.

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The Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church (301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena) is expanding its commitment to environmental sustainability by sponsoring the first annual Neighborhood Green Fair. This family-friendly event will increase awareness and stimulate positive actions to protect the earth and the environment. Innovative green products and services will be showcased through displays, films, lectures, and entertainment. This is a great way to connect with green businesses and translate knowledge into action. The fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

BoredLA and SCribes- Free Read has put together an art show for the people of L.A.--it's Your Art Opening. They are showcasing over a dozen local artists at the Ragazzi Room--a USC hang out that they thought could be more than just a student hang, and really use the infusion of local talent via original artwork. where students can come get food, drink tea, and study; but we want to make it much more. Tonight is the opening night event, featuring the artists themselves as well as several live performances by Steve Ellsworth, Chris Olson, (both from the local band Veil Era), Shannon Inouye “News From Nowhere”, and Shani Shousterman. The featured artists are Arion Lapuz, Ben Koffman, Jade Legrande, Andrea Zeppilli, Ceceila Webber, Michael John, Lauren Hostetter, Luis Pichardo, Vicki Mizel, Brenda So, Julie So, Evan Cummiskey, Taylor Brechdel, Lorna Alkana, Monique Trudeau, Kate Raphael, Toni Cannon. Head over to support local talent from 7-11 tonight; the suggested donation is $1-$5 (and is much-appreciated!).

Other Things to Do: Take part in theYear of the Ox festivities in Chinatown, see the Hearst exhibit at LACMA before it closes, eat damn good pizza in Studio City, see if what they say about January film releases is true, see the public art in Culver City that was hauled away by mistake, or hunt down the KogiBBQ truck.

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