The fourth annual Art Beyond the Glass is taking place on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at General Lee’s in the heart of historic Chinatown. Art Beyond the Glass IV features dozens of L.A.’s top bartenders mixing cocktails and showcasing their artistry, from painting to photography, live music, DJs and more. ABTG is raising funds for KCRW, the Santa Monica-based public radio station widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential independent music radio stations. Proceeds from ABTG IV will go to KCRW’s Capital Campaign to build a 35,000 square-foot Media Center, which will house KCRW in its entirety and become a public gathering place for the city of Los Angeles.
Art Beyond the Glass IV features an expanded lineup of top bartenders from across the L.A. area that will mix cocktails and showcase their art, music, photography and much more. Bartenders returning for this year’s ABTG include: Alex Straus (EP/LP), Anna Knudson (Sassafras Saloon), Beau Du Bois (The Corner Door), Brian Butler (Sunny Spot), Christine Wiseman (Break Room 86), Dave Fernie (Honeycut), Dino Balocchi (Melrose Umbrella Co.), Francois Vera (Pour Vous), Giovanni Martinez (Sadie), Greg Bryson (The Wallace), Jeremy Lake (Lost Property), Julian Cox (Soigné Group), Justin Pike, Karen Grill (Sassafras Saloon), Kelly Merrell (Trader Sam’s), Kiowa Bryan (Eveleigh), Sofia Szabo (The Association) and Una Green (Belcampo Meat Co.).
First time participating bartenders include: Aaron Alvarez (Big Bar), Anthony Settecase (Venice Whaler), Brandyn Tepper (Simbal), Brian Klemm (Magnolia House), Cappy Sorentino (Hatchet Hall), Dan Sabo (Ace Hotel), Daniel Eun (The Normandie Club), Garrett Mikell (Eveleigh), Gina Maria Allen (Artisan House), Katie Emmerson (The Walker Inn), Marie King (Tonga Hut), Max Seaman (The Varnish), Melaney Schmidt (The Standard DTLA), Russell Thomas (Alley Lounge), Ryan Wainwright (Terrine), Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro) and William Cutting (The Front Yard).
Live performances, sponsored by Jack Daniel’s: Performers include Anna Knudson reciting spoken word, Anthony Settecase (Venice Whaler) preforming an acoustic set, Brooklynn Jaye (The Wallace) performing her debut EP; Copper the Bet featuring Brian Summers (Black Market Liquor Bar); Higher Flux featuring Ali Huleisy (Melrose Umbrella Co) and Robbie Gregg (Hosteria del Piccolo); Kim Stodel (Bar Chloe & Providence) on the ukelele; Matt Mann & The Shine Runners featuring Josh Curtis (Copa D'Oro); Nate Oliver (Butchers & Barbers) and Tramayne Tirrell; Route 11 featuring Gina Maria Allen (Artisan House); and The Bella-Donnas featuring Evalee Gertz (Beelman’s Pub) performing burlesque.
Hosted by Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn, ABTG IV is taking place at General Lee’s, a stunning two-level venue located in the heart of historic Chinatown. General Lee’s occupies a landmark space that was originally the legendary Man Jen Low, the earliest Chinese restaurant known by name in L.A. General Lee’s features a soaring interior with Mid-Century, vintage Chinese furniture and neo-Tiki design touches. The bar program is helmed by Christopher Day, an award-winning bartender and a veteran of some of the city’s most renowned bars. For the first time, ABTG is taking place in a public location: the Central Plaza outside General Lee’s, with the Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well as the backdrop for the event’s live performances.
ABTG IV is being co-presented by the Chinatown Business Improvement District. The mission of the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council is to creatively plan, manage and facilitate the rebirth of historic Chinatown as a multinational, culturally defined, economically vibrant and socially engaging community.
The all-inclusive ticket includes cocktails, art, entertainment, and bar bites from L.A. chefs such as Executive Chef Nick Liberato (Venice Whaler, Top Chef, Bar Rescue) and Chef de Cuisine Ali Haji (The Corner Door). Chinatown favorite Hop Woo is donating a whole suckling pig. In addition, guests will be able to purchase bartender art, buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items, including artwork, photography, rare spirits and more. All proceeds will be donated to KCRW.
Please note: ABTG IV is a PRESALE EVENT ONLY. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Art Beyond the Glass IV is being made possible with the generous support of our sponsoring brands, including Auchentoshan, Aviation Gin, Bacardi, Back Bar Project (Giffard, Sotol Por Siempre), Brugal, Bulldog Gin, Dirty Sue, Disaronno, Encanto, Famous Grouse, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, La Niña del Mezcal, Leaf Vodka, Leblon, Lucas Bols, Rhum Clement, Selvarey, Snow Leopard, Tequila Cabeza, Ancho Reyes, Chartreuse, Golden Road Brewing, Amaro Montenegro, Evian, Henry Wine Group (Clear Creek, Imbue, Lucano), Jarritos, Lustau, Mandarine Napoleon, Miracle Mile Bitters, Napa Valley Perfect Purée, Perricone, Q Sodas and Ventura Spirits.
Sound is being provided by N>EFFECT PRODUCTIONS, a Southern California-based entertainment production company specializing in the spectacular.
Art Beyond the Glass IV is once again being produced with the participation and support of the Southern California Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG).
Art Beyond the Glass is a 21 and over event.
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Art Beyond the Glass
Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG) is a special event that showcases the artistic pursuits of bartenders when they're not behind the stick. At ABTG, everything from the cocktails to the art and music is created and performed by bartenders. Proceeds from every ABTG event are donated to a local cultural nonprofit organization.