A while back, I gave you a rundown of a few nightlife events that art lovers could get behind. Now I'm back with three more parties for those who enjoy a good, stiff cocktail as much as a piece of abstract expressionism. Just remember to put the vodka down once all the portraits start looking like the failed fresco-Jesus restoration.
First up is El Dorado's (1030 Broadway, Downtown) regular ode to art and partying, Happy Little Trees, on Thursday, Nov. 8. With a name inspired by Bob Ross, you know the night will deliver. Artists Dave Persue, Ewok and Pablo Stanley will create a huge mural on the side of the building that incorporates all the things we know and love about the bar. I'm assuming delicious craft cocktails and taxidermy will be included. There'll also be a silent art auction featuring work by Allie Bautista and Carrie Anne Hudson, among others. All of this plus DJ tunes from Adam Salter should make it a fun time.
On Friday, Nov. 9, South Park clothing boutique Graffiti Beach (2220 Fern St.) will hold a showcase with local artist Mr. Benja from 6 to 9 p.m. Special guest DJ The Flipsider will spin the jams as attendees browse through Mr. Benja's Issues with Power, a small exhibition of his pop-culture- and politics-influenced work. Do some dancing, drink some beer and check out some great art.
Finally, Visual Culture Arts will present a showcase of works by Matthew Land and Jimmy Ovadia on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Basic (410 10th Ave. in East Village). Grab a drink and a slice of pizza from the bar as you peruse their pieces. DJ Xander Cruisin will be on hand to turn the party out. It's great to see art thrive outside of stuffy galleries. If pizza is involved, even better.