• Pamela Froman

Jazz, Galleries, and Fashion This Spring

It's time to experience culture up close. Jazz tunes to unwind to are popping up all over Los Angeles, art is on display in various galleries, and of course, you can update your look with a gorgeous new wardrobe that reflects the style of spring. It's all here in Los Angeles, and it's all waiting for you.

Get your swank on at these groovy and sophisticated jazz clubs. Smooth melodies will allow you to relax and chill out.

The Baked Potato in Studio City is truly a club for musicians and music aficionados. Famous jazz musicians and experienced session musicians headline and play in this amazing venue, which has been a staple since 1970. There are nightly shows within the intimate location, and tickets are affordable, running an average of $20. As well, you can chow down on The Baked Potato's namesake, their signature baked potatoes, which are loaded with cheese, veggies and anything else you can think of.

Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood is an elegant, upscale jazz venue that is also intimate and full of great musical performances. Musicians like Roy Hargrove or Christian McBride have graced the stage. The Catalina offers a splendid list of jazz greats and up and coming musicians.

The Write-off Room is a taproom designed by musicians, for musicians in a classic West Valley setting. There is an extensive, curated liquor list with an emphasis on brown spirits and stirred cocktails, 37 craft beers as well as wines on tap. The Write-Off Room offers a state-of-the-art sound system, with colorful lighting and amazing acoustics. There is some incredible talent with music four nights a week.

Bogies at the Westlake Village Inn is a nightclub with live jazz on Tuesday nights. Check out musicians like Charlie Shoemaker and The Boyd Cannon Big Band.

Vibrato Grill is the premiere jazz and dining space in Los Angeles. They offer world-class musical stylings with the best in American dishes, in a sumptuous theatre style. The concept was created by nine-time Grammy-winning music icon Herb Alpert. Vibrato brings everything together in delicious harmony for an experience that's sure to delight your senses. Great food and great music.

Valley Jazz Club is a non-profit which is dedicated to promoting traditional jazz in the San Fernando Valley. They feature monthly meetings which are just jam sessions with local musicians and vocalists. As well, a professional organized band also plays for attendees. First Sunday of each month at Elk's Lodge in Canoga Park.

Feinstein's at Vitello's in Studio City brings a combination of the best in jazz, cabaret and more with live entertainment nightly along with delicious Italian cuisine. Highlights include performances like Mark Winkler, Cheryl Bentyne, and Bruce Forman.

Art is the perfect way to dress up your home. But even if you don't have the funds to buy a piece, checking out galleries and our local museums are an amazing way to spend an afternoon.

Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo is dedicated to bringing together artists and community for extraordinary artistic encounters that enrich, educate, and entertain. The Blackboard Gallery features 12 fine art exhibitions a year and a gift store with boutique items created by member artists. The exhibit schedule features invitational solo shows and juried group shows as well as themed exhibitions that reach out to the community.

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is a gallery in the heart of Downtown's Arts District with museum-quality exhibitions in a gorgeous setting. They typically offer three concurrent exhibitions per quarter and often feature big names. You can check out abstract art and sculptures and you may even discover a new artist that you will love. The 24,000-square-foot complex also features a bookstore, garden, and restaurant called Manuela.

Located in Venice, the L.A. Louver gallery has attracted gorgeous art since 1976 with renowned artists like David Hockney, Ed Moses and Kenneth Price. The gallery makes its home in a spacious modern building that was designed by Frederick Fisher. L.A. Louver is timeless for its art on display and with a varied roster of new and established talent, it is ever-changing.

Adjacent to LACMA and Museum Row in the historic Miracle Mile district of L.A. the Loft at Liz's is a creative journey that you won't want to miss. The gallery is tucked away above Liz's Hardware, an antique store, and features both rising and established artists and artisans. You will enjoy artistry from all mediums, such as visual arts, live performances, music, dance, and culinary arts. Plus, the gallery is always fresh, as exhibits change bimonthly.

The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center is a haven for art and culture exhibitions, education, music, and theater. The exhibition currently on display is by Judith Bloch. Upcoming exhibits include the Valley Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibit, the California Art League, With Art In Mind, and Call Of The Wild.

11:11 ACC is a Los Angeles based non-profit that provides integrated and accessible public art through community events and exhibitions. Opening in February is The Poetry Of Place. The exhibition features 16 visual artists and contemporary poets creating a beautiful patchwork of perspective.

La Galeria Gitana was established in 2008 as the first art gallery ever to exist in San Fernando. It intended to introduce culture for the area. It serves as an exhibition venue for the California Art Club and has hosted guest artists from areas like San Diego, Santa Barbara, and even Sonoma. Upcoming exhibits include Under and Above the Sea: A Way of Life Worth Protecting, Hollywood Comes to San Fernando, and Click! A Composition of Photography.

Fashion is ever-changing – especially as the weather starts to get warmer. What are the current trends and styles?

The main fashion trends are pastels, bold colors, monochromatic looks, feathers, and skirts. Prints galore are here to stay, leather is a year-round fabric that is a necessity for your closet, and suits are making a powerful statement.

The '70s are back in full force. The wide disco collar that was favored by Studio 54 aficionados made a huge impression on the runways. Given a modern twist, it was seen on coats, jackets, and button-downs and works well with contrasting colors to make it stand out.

While you may have thought crochet was only for doilies knitted by your grandma you have a surprise in store! Crochet is getting a cool update with ultra-feminine dresses, polished suiting, and even evening-wear.

It's getting hot in break out your hot pants! These short shorts made a triumphant presence on 2020 runways, with offerings like denim cutoffs, knit shorts, spandex, and even black tights. Pair these shorts with long sleeves, a jacket, or knee-high boots or pumps.

Look out world – neon is in! Fluorescent colors are brightening up runways. These greens, pinks and purple bright styles pair perfectly with black, white and tan and they make a statement. Try it in a maxi dress, or if you are intimidated by the trend opt for a neon accessory like a purse, hat or shoes instead.

If bold colors are not your thing, pastels are still a big trend. They are the new neutral so embrace baby pinks, blues, and purples.

Another style in the shorts arena is the Bermuda styling. Putting a twist on the classic suit, designers embraced the Bermuda short suit for spring. It's part nine-to-five, part casual chic. To keep it professional, keep the colors dark and pair them with sleek button-downs and pair with flat footwear.

The bra top is here so put those girls on display! Bikini dressing comes in all textures and styles. Just add a high-waisted skirt and you are good to go. You can also layer the look under your favorite cardigan or add in long, pleated trousers to go with.

The 80s are back with puff sleeves. You can pair this trend with your favorite straight leg jeans and flats or with a pair of trousers and pumps for a more sophisticated style.

Even if you are not a flamenco dancer you can feel like one with a tiered skirt. Take a gander in a flirty frock of your own. It goes perfectly with a crop-top or t-shirt.

Fringe and feathers are another trend and can be found in clothing, shoes, and accessories. As well, leopard and beige are a trending pattern and color.

Groovy! '60s wallpaper prints are making a splash in fashion. Retro prints ruled the runways with color and pattern. Go psychedelic with these bohemian-style options and have fun.

The athleisure trend is still going strong. People are looking for new ways to wear gym clothes outside the gym. You'll see over-sized sleeves on workout tops and hoods. As well, sneakers can be worn with jeans, dresses, and shorts.

Tech-wear is also on the rise. Tech-wear is clothing that is meant to stand against the elements and make life easier. These include waterproof tops, windbreaker jackets, and accessories like harnesses, reflective vests, and hip belts. As well, expect to see more clothing made with recycled materials, vegan leathers, vintage, and repurposed textiles. In terms of accessories, feathered earrings, neckpieces, embellished belts, faux fur scarfs, and capes are perfect for fashion lovers.

Art, music, and fashion go hand in hand. So stretch your horizons and enjoy as you enter into the glorious season of spring!

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