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DTLA—The gallery scene can often feel exclusive—even intimidating—to those of us outside the art world. Cultural creator Roger Gastman and entertainment entrepreneur Doug Davis know this and aim to change it with their upcoming pop-up art installation and marketplace. Work in Progress Gallery (317 S Boylston Street) takes a radical approach to viewing and purchasing work from up-and-coming artists by transforming a defunct karaoke club into a series of pop-up galleries, each devoted to a single artist. POSE, REVOK, and Sage Vaughn are some of the talented names on the roster, and typically buyers have to wait months to get their hands on their pieces. The "art mart" opens on Black Friday—just in time for those who can foot the bill for big ticket items as gifts—and also will boast a karaoke room (to pay homage to the space's history) and prints by major players like Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari. Check it out every day (barring Mondays) from 1-9pm through December 27th.
GLENDALE—Those of us who are crazy for our fur-babies (hand is raised) can take their animal love to the next level by bringing their beloved pup, kitty, or whatever to Santa's Cottage at The Americana (889 Americana Way) when "Santa Paws" will be taking festive pet portraits. Each Wednesday—beginning this week—guests can bring in their sweet creatures from 6pm to close to get their cuteness captured in a photo. Um, Christmas card op anyone? Make a reservation during the aforementioned times here, though standby options will be available. Prices will vary depending on your pet.