Our in-box becomes clogged with invites to arty holiday events this time of year. So in the spirit of spreading the word -- not to mention opening up some space on our hard drive -- here are a few worthy stops to make (starting Thursday night) on the quest for interesting, art-oriented gifts.
Cal Arts' "East of Borneo," an L.A.-centric contemporary art Web magazine, is hosting a "holiday cheer" and launch party for its new EoB Editions, a line of limited edition, signed and numbered artworks. The Thursday night event, at Silver Lake's L&E Oyster Bar, is also a subscription drive and will feature original limited run works from artists Barbara Kruger, Dave Muller and Liz Glynn. Works range in price from $300 to $1,800; there's also the opportunity to win one in a subscriber raffle. Access to "East of Borneo" online is free; but subscriptions provide access to private art tours, studio visits, film screenings and other exclusive events as well as varied "gifts," such as EoB's first published book, "Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader." 8-10 p.m., 1637 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake.
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Also Thursday night: 5 Car Garage, a private gallery that opened earlier this year in Santa Monica, has been hosting a series of RSVP-only sales called collectively "The Ultimate Garage Sale." The event, curated by gallery owner Emma Gray, features original paintings and prints as well as ceramics, sculptural works and handmade jewelry by local contemporary artists. Thursday night is the gallery's "last hurrah," at which many of the remaining items will be deeply discounted. 5-7 p.m., 1808 Navy St. Santa Monica. RSVP: email@example.com
Bergamot Station, the former Red Line trolley stop turned walkable gallery complex that also includes the Santa Monica Museum of Art, is hosting its annual holiday open house on Saturday. All of the galleries -- 35 in total -- have joined forces to create one big pre-holiday "uber art opening." The museum's gift shop has also doubled in size for the holiday season, with limited run items such as art books, pottery and Raymond Pettibon-designed pajamas. Bergamot's new resident theater company, City Garage Theater, will also be there featuring stilt walkers and short sidewalk performances. Noon-5 p.m., 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.
The typically monthly Silver Lake Art/Craft & Vintage fair -- which feels like a neighborhood block party with Kettle Korn snacks and a gaggle of food trucks at Micheltorena Elementary School -- is putting on a double-header this month. Stalls featuring rare vinyl records, vintage furniture and handmade jewelry will be open the next two Saturdays, and this Saturday will also feature a live concert starting at noon by Goldenboy and Blue-Eyed Son. The kicker: Parking is free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1511 Micheltorena, Silver Lake.
The Architecture and Design Museum is hosting a holiday celebration this Friday and Saturday, spotlighting the work of Swiss graphic designer Armin Hofmann and encouraging visitors to "experience the subject of color on a more intimate level." Limited edition Armin Hofmann prints and discounted A+D memberships will be available, as will the museum's director, Tibbie Dunbar, who will be there to mingle with other design enthusiasts. 2-5 p.m. 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Finally, in Chinatown, Coagula Curatorial and Red Pipe Gallery is putting on a "holiday robotic pop-up shop" featuring the work of artist Dave Pressler. "A Very Robot Christmas" will show paintings, sculptures, prints and pen and ink drawings from the Emmy-nominated character designer Pressler. Saturday's opening shifts in focus from day to night. Earlier in the day the reception is appropriately kid friendly, with music, games and balloons to inspire young collectors; starting at 7 p.m., the vibe is one "with a grown-up robot-obsessed focus." 2-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m., Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Los Angeles.