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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

November 15, 2010 |  6:00 am

Skirball
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Monday: The Historic Resources Committee of the American Institute of Architects' Los Angeles chapter hosts a tour of the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles. Representatives from the Music Center and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, which renovated Welton Becket's original design, will lead an inside look at the history and design of the iconic building. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. 135 N. Grand Ave. Registration online required.

Monday: Camille Mestdagh, author of "L'ameublement d'art Français: (1850-1900)," will highlight examples of 18th century French furniture in conjunction with the Nov. 16 Bonhams & Butterfields auction of the estate of Maria Helen Smith. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Reservations are requested: (800) 223-2854 Ext. 3390. Auction previews end Monday at 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Monday: Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman moderate the CityLab symposium "Just Add Urbanism" at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by UCLA Architecture & Urban Design. 6:30 p.m. Free. Perloff Hall, UCLA. Parking is available in Lot 3 for $10. (310) 267-4704.

Wednesday: "Maira Kalman: Various Observations (of a Crazy World)" opens, featuring more than 100 artworks including "The Glass House," shown above, and an installation that Kalman calls "many tables of many things," her inspirations and collections as a traveler, reader and walker. Related programs include a dog art workshop and adoption event. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Feb. 13. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $10. (310) 440-4500.

Thursday: Author Alan Hess will discuss his new book, "Casa Modernista: A History of the Brazil Modern House." 6:30 p.m. Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. Free. (323) 913-4710.

Saturday: Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet will lead a workshop on decorating the Thanksgiving table with an arrangement of long-lasting succulents and freshly cut flowers. 10 a.m. to noon. $80 to $90. Later, the pair will lead a children's flower arranging workshop with succulents for ages 7 to 12; it runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $25 to $30. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.

Sunday: The Arroyo Arts Collective presents a self-guided tour of artists' homes and studios in Highland Park, Mount Washington, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights and Eagle Rock. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15. The tour begins at the Lummis Home, 200 E. Ave. 43, Los Angeles. (323) 850-8566.

ONGOING

Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors can picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Ceramics: Heath Ceramics presents new ceramic work by artist Alma Adams, potter Adam Silverman and the design firm Commune. 7525 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. The show runs through Dec. 5. (323) 965-0800.

Installation: "Light Frames," an outdoor installation by Los Angeles architect Gail Peter Borden, consists of a hand-assembled dome and an enclosed "chapel" built out of translucent vinyl plastic. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through mid-March. Free. Materials & Applications, 1619 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 739-4668.

— Lisa Boone

Image: "The Glass House," 2004–2005, by Maira Kalman, gouache on paper, 9 by 11 inches; courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York

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