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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

September 28, 2009 |  6:00 am

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Sept. 29: Bonhams 20th Century Decorative Arts auction will feature a diverse group of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and midcentury modern items, with a focus on Contemporary Studio artists and early California design. Highlights will include furniture from the personal collection of California studio woodworker, John Nyquist. 1 p.m. 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 436-5422.

Oct. 1: The Arboretum's fall Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series continues with a field trip to three gardens: a North Hollywood front yard filled with succulents, native shrubs and flowering perennials; a sloping Beverly Hills landscape filled with Mediterranean-climate plants, succulents and another Beverly Hills garden featuring rare tropical and variegated plants, fuchsias, abutilons, irises, vines, tillandsias and more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Pre-registration required: (626) 821-4623.

Oct. 2: Pasadena Heritage presents the premiere of Paul Bockhorst’s documentary “Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California” featuring the work of a dozen notable architects who were influenced by the Arts & Crafts ideals including Charles and Henry Greene, Sylvanus Marston, Arthur and Alfred Heineman, Myron Hunt and many more. The filmmaker will be present to discuss the film at a wine and cheese reception. 6:30 p.m. Polytechnic School, 1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. $15. (626) 441-6333.

Oct. 3: Garden expert John Lyons lectures on how to design a patio-to-plate kitchen garden touching on soil conditioning, raised beds, companion planting, composting, organic pest control and plant choices. 9 a.m. to noon. Also, Oct. 10 and 17. $85 ($75 members). Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Registration required: (818) 949-7980.

Oct. 3: Learn ten new plants every month in this plant identification class led by Jill Morganelli, curator of the Kallam Perennial Garden. Held the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $5 members/$7 non-members. Pre-registration: (626) 821-4623.

Oct. 4: See what some of L.A.’s most innovative architects are up to during the self-guided home tour, “A Day in Manhattan (Beach),”sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles. The tour will include homes by architect Grant Kirkpatrick of KAA Design, Michael Lee of Michael Lee Architects, James Meyer of LeanArch and Jess Mullen-Carey & William Beauter of Make Architecture. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The homes are within a one-mile radius of one another. Tickets are $65 for AIA members and $75 for nonmembers. (213) 639-0777.

Oct. 4: The annual MAK Center for Art & Architecture fundraiser tour will highlight seven residences by architects Rudolph Schindler, Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano, Harwell Hamilton Harris and Craig Ellwood. The self-driven tour will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $75; students with ID are $65. If you’d like to be bused around instead and have a box lunch, add $78.50 to the price. To make reservations, go to www.makcenter.org or call (323) 651-1510.

Oct. 4: “The Seasonal Gardener” series with landscape designer Steve Gerischer focuses on gardening projects suited for this time of year. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. $22 members / $25 nonmembers per class. Pre-registration preferred: (626) 821-4623.

Ongoing: “Harrison McIntosh: A Timeless Legacy.” American Museum of Ceramic Art presents this retrospective on Harrison’s beautifully crafted pottery and sculpture. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, through Jan. 9. $2 to $3. 340 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Pasadena Heritage