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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

November 1, 2010 |  6:00 am

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Monday: Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry, shown above at Disney Hall, lectures as part of the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design "Beyond the Fringe" series. 6:30 p.m.  Free; seating is first come, first served. Parking available in Lot 3 for $10. Broad Art Center Auditorium, UCLA. (310) 267-4704.

Wednesday: Chris Paine will talk about how he transformed a Midcentury Modern home into Marrakesh House, a model for sustainable living, at the Wise Power Expo. Kevin O’Donnell will present part of Al Gore’s Climate Project, Nancy Barb will offer a blueprint on how to get off coal and André Villasenor will discuss what it means to become an EPA Green Power Community. 6:30 p.m. Free. Windward School, 11350 Palms Ave., Mar Vista.

Thursday: Lili Singer lecture series continues with a field trip to Nuccio’s Nurseries in Altadena and a nearby lush, drought-tolerant residential garden. Reservations required. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Organized by Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. $20. (626) 821-4623.

Friday through Sunday: More than 250 artists including ceramists and furniture makers will be represented at the juried Contemporary Crafts Market. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. $8. (310) 285-3655.

Saturday and Sunday: Thousands of California plants will be for sale at the Grow Native Nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

Saturday: Jenna Didier, Materials & Applications founder and principal of Fountainhead Design, presents the free lecture “Rainwater Catchment for Fun and Profit.” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Demonstration follows. Silver Lake branch of the L.A. Public Library, 2411 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 739-4668.

Japanese garden Saturday: As Part of the Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series, Gamble House curator Anne Mallet will lecture on “Patterns for a Movement: The Arts & Crafts in England and Scotland.” 4 p.m. $12. Ahmanson Auditorium, Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. (626) 793-3334.

Saturday: Descanso Gardens celebrates Japanese arts, crafts and culture at its annual Japanese Garden Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Included in regular Descanso admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Sunday: Performance and installations will be featured in the all-day “Let Them Eat LACMA” event held in conjunction with the closing of “EatLACMA.” Fish tacos from the Food Pyramid by Didier Hess will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by the puppet show “Tilapia Island, the End.” Noon to 8 p.m. Included in general admission of $10 to $15; children free. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000.


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. each Tuesday. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Coy Howard: “From Hand to Mouse, From Furniture to Architecture,” the first in a two-part exhibition by the Southern California Institute of Architecture’s faculty member Coy Howard. Show features 50 images of Howard’s speculative architectural projects and a selection of furniture designs. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday. SCI-Arc Gallery, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles.

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.

Spider Pavilion: Tickets for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s annual attraction are timed for admission at half-hour intervals. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last tickets sold for 4:30 p.m., through Sunday. $1 to $3. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-DINO.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Los Angeles Times