Like the Earth's molten core, mole people, and Tigerbeat magazine collections, some dinners are best kept underground. Savor a secret smorgasbord with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get two passes to an underground dining experience and painting workshop at Art Rebel, in Sherman Oaks (a $300 value).
Art Rebel is a forward-thinking creative collective whose mission is to help people reconnect with their right-brain skills through unusual events, classes, and community outreach. Held monthly, Art Rebel’s underground dinners fill three hours with lip-smacking food, foot-tapping music, and muse-tickling painting. Pull up a chair at the studio’s long, communal dining table and await the comestible conundrum that is in store. Although this emporium of eclecticism prefers to keep its three-course feast a secret, they guarantee the meal’s tastiness. As cutlery sparks against flatware with a flirtatious ferocity, strike up a conversation with one of the countless rabble of professional and amateur artists in attendance.
After plates are cleaned and a staffer’s mother excuses you from the table, the dinner party devolves into an oil-based, canvas-covering hootenanny. Regardless of skill level, each participant is encouraged to create a personal masterpiece, which they get to take home as a souvenir, or as a large, colorful distraction for free-roaming bulls.
- I also had a great experience coming here for a party. It was terrific and the staff were [sic] really into the world of ART and introducing you and opening your mind to it. – Jeff P., Yelp, 2/1/10
- If I could leave 10 stars I would. Seriously guys, I cannot reccomend [sic] this place more. Looking for something different to do? Looking to impress your loved ones or kids? Stop reading and go here. – paull w., Yelp, 12/24/09
"One man's trash is another man's treasure" may be an overused saying to some, but to Art Rebel's crew of painters, it's a mantra. The instructors believe in dreaming up creative solutions to help the environment, and that includes teaching their students how to transform discarded items into masterpieces during eco-art classes. Nontoxic, eco-friendly paints grace paper and canvases in a variety of sessions with different themes, from graffiti-art to cartooning. Elsewhere, beautification meets youth outreach when Art Rebel's team teaches children how to paint public works and encrust their favorite foursquare court with bottle caps.
14321 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, California 91423Get Directions