Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead
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Tuesday: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine's documentary, “Koolhaas Houselife,” examines the daily life of the House in Bordeaux, pictured above, designed in 1998 by Rem Koolhaas for a client confined to a wheelchair. 7 p.m. Free. Tickets are required and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start. One ticket per person, first-come, first-served. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Wednesday: "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman," a documentary film by Eric Bricker, screens at 8 p.m. at Design Within Reach. A mixer and showroom tour will precede the screening at 7 p.m. Students $10, general admission $15. 332 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Click to purchase tickets.
Wednesday: Botanist Bob Haller discusses the native landscapes he spotted traveling through Central California recently as part of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Brown Bag Lecture Series. Noon. 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara. Free. Guests are invited to bring lunch to the lecture. (805) 682-4726.
Saturday: Connie Vadheim will discuss water-wise gardening as part of the series “Out of the Wilds and Into Your Garden.” Native plants that thrive in dry shade will be featured. Classes include a walk in the Madrona Native Plant Gardens, where students can see the featured plants. 10 a.m. to noon. Repeats 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10. Free. Madrona Marsh Nature Center, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance. (310) 782-3989.
Saturday: Gardenerd, a local organic gardening business, hosts an end-of-summer heirloom seed exchange and potluck. Participants should bring seeds and a vegetarian entrée made with food from their yard. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. 12579 Westminster Ave, Mar Vista. RSVP to Nicole@gardenerd.com.
Saturday: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden continues its California native plant workshops for beginners with landscape designer Susan Frommer speaking on drip irrigation. 9 a.m. to noon. $36 to $45. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.
Saturday: Carol Vesecky and Irina Kim will present a slide lecture on sustainable mini-farming in Uzbekistan and Russia at the meeting of the South Bay California Rare Fruit Growers. 10 a.m. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula. (310) 544-1948.
Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors are invited to picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5, through Oct. 23. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.
Design biennial: The Pasadena Museum of California Art's fourth California Design Biennial, titled “Action/Reaction,” will highlight work in industrial design, fashion, graphics, transportation and architecture. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 1. $5 to $7. 490 E. Union St. (626) 568-3665.
Garden concert: Descanso Gardens' summer concert series “The Evolution of American Jazz” continues under the trees. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 12. Blankets and picnics (normally not allowed) are encouraged. Included in regular garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-2400.
L.A. Box Collective: A newly formed group of 12 Los Angeles-based furniture designers and makers committed to environmentally-conscious design and production show their latest works at a Chinatown gallery through Aug. 29. Free. Fifth Floor Gallery, 502 Chung King Court, Los Angeles. (213) 687-8443.
Rohlfs exhibition: The first major exhibition of furniture and decorative art by the American craftsman Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) features more than 40 pieces from 10 museums and private collections. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed Tuesdays. Through Sept. 6. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100; www.huntington.org.
Modern design: “Technorganic: Evolutionary Art and Design,” an exhibition of artworks and mass-produced designs by Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Objct Gallery, 536 W. 1st St., Claremont. (909) 621-0125.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo credit: Hans Werlemann