The 18th Street Art Center has been host and home to a quarter-century of the most progressive, fearless, experimental, visual and performing arts in Los Angeles history. So it’s fitting that its silver anniversary takes up the whole weekend. 18is25 starts with the de rigueur big gala benefit on Saturday night, followed by a day of beer, art, music and history on Sunday. The gala benefit art sale and party offers unique video and performance work, food and popular 18th Street extended family such as Barbara T. Smith, Phranc and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario. Sunday doubles as the center’s fifth annual BAM (Beer, Art and Music Festival) and as such is its own reward — but this year’s “anniversary edition” is augmented not only by a general air of festivity and frolic but also by unlimited tastings from some 40 artisanal brewers, the continuation of the previous evening’s art sale, on-site artists-in-residence in full open-studio mode and, yes, plenty of food trucks. 18th Street Art Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica.; Sat., Oct. 25, 6-10 p.m.-Sun., Oct. 26, 1-5 p.m.; $45-$125 (weekend passes $150). (310) 453-4347,

Sun., Oct. 26, 2014
(Expired: 10/26/14)

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