It's round two of the Spring art auctions, and a leaner but feisty MOCA steps into the ring with its FRESH silent auction. Featuring work donated by some 250 artists, including Barbara Kruger, Andrea Zittel, Marnie Weber and Marlene Dumas (don't worry, there are the usual big-deal dudes, too), FRESH is a good party, a swirling sea of pencil-armed patrons vying for some very collectible pieces. So what if Tobey Maguire outbids everyone for all the best pieces? You go, movie/art boy! Good food and drink is the norm, but what has been missing in the past should tktktk, as this year's musical entertainment, Prince pal DJ Rashida, brings some much needed heat (both aural and visual) to the Geffen. FRESH prices are on the high side, with opening bids ranging from $400 to $15,000, but no museum will appreciate your generosity more than MOCA this year. Still, if it's too much, there's another arts organization that will gladly take your money, and much less of it: Center for the Arts Eagle Rock holds its 7th annual art auction tonight as well, and although the quality is not close to FRESH level, a number of prominent artists traditionally support this small and worthy institution. Bargains may be had. MOCA FRESH at the Geffen Contemporary, 152 N. Central Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., May 9 from 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $85 in advance; $100 at the door.. A public preview will be held May 2-8, l la.m. – 4p.m. (213)633-5381 or Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock; Sat., May 9, 7–10 p.m.; $40 for nonmembers by May 1; $50 at the door. (323) 226-1617 Ext. 5621 or Public preview May 4–8.
Sat., May 9, 1 p.m., 2009

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