Now in its 20th year, the L.A. Art Show has changed management, revamped its style and sought out new audiences, but one thing has not wavered — its commitment to throwing a fancy Wednesday night opening gala. This year’s benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, which not for nothing has a robust arts program. It’s your essential multiple-caterer, sponsored-bar, red-carpet-arrival shindig. The fair is then open all weekend, with a suitably epic roster of tours, an eclectic and extensive discussion series, special sections for works on paper and rare prints, performance art, a special off-site exhibition pairing Chinese and L.A.-based photographers, and ambitious public sculptural installations from Brad Howe and JT Burke. Los Angeles Convention Center, South Halls J & K; Wed., Jan. 14, 8-11 p.m.; $125. Programs continue during regular hours, Jan. 15-18, Thu.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $20 per day, $40 for a weekend pass. (561) 822-5440, laartshow.com.
Wed., Jan. 14, 8-11 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Jan. 14. Continues through Jan. 17, 2015
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