Sometimes, on Fridays, I love nothing more than to get cozy in my recliner chair in my jammies & kick back, then, there are those weeks, like last, I really would like to go out yet don’t want to spend a lot of money. You can guess how happy I was when I found out through a theatre connection of mine that the lovely TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica (just off Pico Blvd) would be having a night of music, food, wine & the unplugging of ALL devices since it was, apparently, National Day of Unplugging. This is a day when we vow not to use our phones for texting, checking in, tweeting, yelping….ya know, a day us Bloggers really do not know;)
(*Hi!, Acrylic on canvas, by Betty Sheinbaum. available at TAG Gallery)
The Gallery made it easy to oblige by the rules, though; upon entry, guests were given a cute little cloth bag to put their cell phone in & add to a ‘tree’ (It could have been a coat rack!) of phones! Along with a fortune of a random act of kindness to complete; I just love what mine was: “Put $5 in someones pocket with a note that reads, ‘You have been reverse pick pocketed'”.
Acoustic band, The Coals provided awesome chill-out music. They gave the perfect setting for wanting to forget about who was saying what on-line, & made everyone wan to listen to their music had to say, while we all gazed at gorgeous art for sale along the walls of this 2 level gallery
The TAG Gallery is located with several other warehouse-style buildings, I, at first thought I was lost! But as you go to the end of the street & enter through their parking lot, you will come upon it quickly. I really enjoyed the atmosphere & spending a Friday night in Santa Monica, but without a lot of fuss & money;) Check out their site here for up-coming events & to visit!
Afterwards, since my friend & I were some of the last to leave the soiree! We hit up an adorable coffeehouse open til midnight called Unurban Cafe, which, to my delight serves gluten-free bagels, muffins & cookies. My cappuccino was delicious, too. The enviroment was very ‘Friends’ Central Perk-esque, which I loved:) If you’re in the LA/SM area, check out these great local spots, Santa Monica has much more to offer than the well-known pier & promenade.
(*Disclaimer: I was provided with complimentary tickets to the Unplugged event. All opinions are my own & it was a great time!)