The big happening hang tonight: the art scene in Culver City, centered around the 2600 block of South La Cienega. In particular, a book launch from 8 to 10pm at LAxART (2640) and an informal party/gathering at nearby hot spot Mandrake (2692).
According to the cheeky LA Weekly, "Mandrake has become a sort of Cheers-like home base for local artists, gallery owners, art tarts, collectors and those who are looking to score with one of those types of people. See, there’s also an intellectual singles-bar feel to the Mandrake, a Regal- Beagle-meets-LACMA vibe, but it offers a different setting for the pickup artists you usually spot in galleries. Here, it’s possible to hook up without stalking your prey and summoning the nerve to try some clever line. Plus, the lighting, the wine and the music are a helluva lot better. The witty remarks are still up to you."
2692 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, (310) 837-3297.