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Artist Karen Hansen, acrylics on canvas of “light and lifescapes,” Abbot Kinney Art Gallery, 1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, through September 4, (310) 664-9030.
Nick Brandt, On This Earth: Portraits from East Africa, through August 27, Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Blvd. (323) 937-5525 or visit www.stephencohengallery.com.
Patty Chang: Shangri-La, Fiona Tan: Correction through October 16, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Gallery talks free with Museum admissions, (310) 443-7000.
Collected Recordings, an exhibition of sex artists who work is derived from recordings, collections of those basic parts of life easily unnoticed or disregarded, d.e.n. Contemporary Art, 6023 Washington Blvd., through August 20, (310) 559-3023.
COLLAPSE? – How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles – Through January 2006. (213) 763-DINO. www.nhm.org.
Compulsive Repetition: (Re) reading the Object in Space, works by Joe Davidson and Sandra Tucci, and “The Principal object of Faith,” works by Jen Heaslip and Tamar Kardashov, 18th Street Arts Gallery, 1639 18th Street, through September 30, (310) 453-3711.
Steven Deo’s new work and Henry Royer’s “Sculpture and Furniture,” Gallery of Functional Art, Bergamot Station, through September 5, (310) 829-6990.
George Ernston’s “New Waves,” through September 11, (310) 315-9502.
Evolution, features paintings by Alex Beard, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, through September 7, (310) 453-5757.
Kindsight, photographs and Texts by Robert Zuckerman, through September 7th, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, (310) 576-7517.
Karen Hansen, acrylics on canvas, Abbot Kinney Art Gallery, 1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, through Sept. 4; (310) 664-9030.
House of Campari. Up and Coming Modern Artwork by Emerging Artists. Through September 5th, 1224 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice Beach.
Tomas Kubinek’s Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible, one-man show, Skirball Cultural Center, 7 p.m., 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, L.A., (866) 468-3399.
New Work by Harry Ally, Dusty Griffith and Thrush Holmes, The Lowe Gallery, 2034 Broadway, through August 25, (310) 449-0184.
Moments, photographs by Lyndie Benson, Edgemar Center for the Arts, a non profit state of the art two theater and art gallery complex, 2437 Main Street, (310) 576-7517.
New Slang, a group show at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, through September 3, (310) 829-3300.
NeWork, by William Attaway and Yves Bodson, Ocean Front Gallery, 801 Ocean Front Walk, #4, Venice, through September, (310) 581-1516.
North by Northwest, a group show, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, through August 20, (310) 828-1133.
No Man’s Land, a group show with Yoko Lida, Jed Lind, T.V. Moore, Tyler Rowland, Lisa Sanditz, Ryan Taber and Cheyenne Weaver, through September 3, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, (310) 453-7535.
Postmodern Renewal, paintings and sculptures by Dodd Holsapple, Nadia Reed, Elena Mary Siff, Peter Tigler, Suzan Woodruff and others, curated by Melanie Brister and Alexia Lewis, through August 26. CrazySpace gallery at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, north of Olympic Blvd.
Prints by the Masters, lithographs, linocuts, serigraphs and etchings by various artists, M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main Street, through August 20, (310) 392-8820.
Rogue Wave ‘05 – Nineteen Artists from Los Angeles – First and Second Floor Galleries, an exhibition of work by nineteen artists that sets out to capture the spirit and vitality of the new art currently being made in Los Angeles, through September 3, LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, (310) 822-4955.
SMC Emeritus College Juried Student Show, Natural Impressions,” located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St. in downtown Santa Monica, through August 19. (310) 434-4306 or visit www.smc.edu/emeritus.
Snakes! Slide into the STAR ECO Station for a month of molting, striking, slithering and constricting to learn everything you ever wanted to know about snakes but were afraid to “Asp.” Every weekend in August at the STAR ECO Station, 10am-4pm. M $5 for kids, $6 for seniors, and $7 for Adults. Call 310.842.8060 x122 for more information, or visit www.ecostation.org.
Sterling Chow, Following the Tsunami, The Artists Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd (at Yale), (310) 829-9556.
Tao Soup, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, through August 20, $18 Seniors/Students – $15
Free parking in Lodge parking lot. (310) 823-0710, www.electriclodge.org
Will Vinton’s Animation Art Collection, through August 31st., The Art Institute of California, 2900 31st Street, Santa Monica, (310) 752-4700.
Spirited Woman Workshop – led by Nancy Mills, a three-hour workshop. Participants use innovative, playful exercises that bring out the “Dancin’, Shakin’, Rockin’” self, the “Don’t Mess With Me Warrior Queen,” persona and more. Black Box Theater, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd, 1-4pm. $85. Partial scholarships available. For reservations call: 888-428-1234.