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'Skate Spot' Celebration To Feature Art, Music, and More

Mar 14, 2017 10:16AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The long-awaited "Skate Spot" skate park at Marine Avenue Park will have its grand opening this weekend, along with a days-long celebration of art and music.

The skate park opening will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., as pro skaters christen the city’s brand new safe and legal spot for budding skate enthusiasts. The event will feature a live DJ, autograph opportunities, swag, and other giveaways.

“We are extremely excited for the grand opening of the Marine Avenue Skate Spot," said Mark Leyman, director of parks and recreation for Manhattan Beach. "The Skate Spot is a reflection of the community’s input, from the innovative use of space to the creative design elements. It will provide a much needed resource for the community, especially for the youth in Manhattan Beach.”

Event sponsors include SpyderSurf Boards, California Locos, Dusters California, Volcom, Globe, Kinecta, Blue Star Donuts, Pressed Juicery, and S1 Helmets.

The skate park dedication will be followed by a live concert at the Manhattan Beach Art Center Parking lot, featuring food trucks and live music from Steve Alba's PowerFlex 5, Charlie Chan and the SOBs, and Los Savages. The concert will run from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m., the event will continue at the Manhattan Beach Art Center with the SOMOS LOCOS opening reception and book signing. SOMOS LOCOS is the latest stop on the California Locos pop-up tour of evolving exhibitions and historic cultural events. The art center will feature a group show of original art works, rare ephemera, and fresh surprises from the original LOCOS artists: Chaz Bojórquez, Dave Tourjé, John Van Hamersveld, Norton Wisdom and Gary Wong.

“SOMOS LOCOS is not just an art exhibition, it’s an event,” said Martin Betz, cultural arts manager for Manhattan Beach. “We are trying to emphasize the unique relationship between artist, musicians and the classic Southern California experience of music, art, food, and drink that makes SoCal - and by inclusion, Manhattan Beach - such an amazing place to live,”

This "pop-up" exhibit will run from March 16 through March 19; with Thursday through Saturday hours from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

According to organizers, rather than suggesting a cohesive L.A aesthetic, California Locos presents a collision of visions – a kaleidoscopic perspective of the urban art experiences through highly individualized and expertly crafted works of art: from loose and spontaneous performance painting, to deliberate psychedelic graphics and painterly street graffiti. What unifies these artists is their shared conviction that being raised in this sprawling metropolis fundamentally and distinctively informs and guides their art.

The art center exhibition will coincide with the release of both a new Dusters skateboard, with an original LOCOS design by Duster's Creative Director, Nano Nobrega, and a hardcover book release with essays by art scholars Charlotte Eyerman, Jim Daichendt.

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