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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

January 31, 2011 |  6:30 am

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must be fewer than 75 words and must be for one-time events with legitimate value to other readers. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. L.A. at Home staff will determine which submissions will be made public, but we won't edit the text.

Monday: Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ, principals of WOHA in Singapore, lecture as part of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design's Beyond the Fringe series. 6:30 p.m. Free. Perloff Hall, UCLA. (310) 264-4704.

Thursday: Steve Gerischer of Larkspur Garden Design shares his perspective in the latest installment of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday and Sunday: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens’ annual Chinese New Year Festival features festivities in and around the Chinese Garden, including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, shadow puppet theater, mask-changing performances and music. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Included in regular admission of $6 to $20. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128.

Saturday: Mycologist Florence Nishida of the Natural History Museum presents a lecture followed by a walk to identify the fungal species that live in Descanso Gardens. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949 4200.

Saturday: Wayne Walker, Descanso Gardens camellia horticulturist, discusses Camellia sinensis, used to produce tea. 11 a.m. Meet at Van de Kamp Hall. $10 to $20. Registration required: (818) 949-7980. Walker will then lead an exploration of the Camellia Garden at 1 p.m.; it’s included in regular garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949 4200.

Saturday: Flower arranging: Learn the traditions and symbolism of flowers in Chinese culture while creating a festive red and gold arrangement in this class presented by Flower Duet. 10 a.m. to noon. $80 to $90. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Registration: (626) 405-2128.


Ackerman, Aguiñiga: “A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman” includes examples of ceramics, tile mosaics, wood carvings, textiles and other crafts from the Culver City couple. “Crossing the Line: A Space by Tanya Aguiñiga,” is a site-specific structure made by the artist best known for felted furniture. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.

Bischoff exhibition: The retrospective “Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff,” features Bischoff's early hand-painted ceramic works and landscape paintings. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through March 20. $5 to $7. Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. (626) 568-3665.

Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, allows visitors to 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; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

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.

Kahn in Venice: An exhibition of travel sketches by noted architect Louis Kahn documents his time in Italy. Ends March 19. Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 443-3250.

Kalman exhibition: “Maira Kalman: Various Observations (of a Crazy World)” features more than 100 artworks and an installation that Kalman calls “many tables of many things,” her inspirations and collections as a traveler, reader and walker. 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.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Florence Nishida