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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

January 24, 2011 |  6:00 am

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Monday: Architects Cristína Diaz Moreno and Efrén Garcia Grinda of the Madrid office Amid (Cero 9) lecture as part of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's Beyond the Fringe lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free. Perloff Hall, UCLA. Free. (310) 267-4704.

Thursday: The latest installment in the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden's Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer is a tour of four Pasadena gardens designed by landscape designer Laramee Haynes. $20. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.

Thursday: Nader Tehrani of NADAAA Architecture and Sharon Johnston of Johnston Marklee, who collaborated on the award-winning Helios House, present the lecture "Nip Tuck Diptych," a look at the shaping of architectural forms.  7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Reception follows at 9 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles. Free. (310) 665-6867.
Saturday: Pasadena artist Kenton Nelson, pictured above, discusses his work and opens his rarely seen studio for "Art, Architecture and California Culture: The Works of Kenton Nelson," part of this year's Sidney D. Gamble Lecture series. 1 p.m. $12 for lecture, $15 to $20 for tour. Ahmanson Auditorium, Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. (626) 793-3334, Ext. 52.

Saturday: "Made Up: Design's Fictions," an exhibition of work by the graduate Media Design Program at Art Center. Ends March 20.  Opening reception, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.  A panel discussion with Fiona Raby, partner at Dunne & Raby, and Bruce Sterling, author of "Tomorrow Now and Shaping Things," will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wind Tunnel Gallery, Art Center College of Design, South Campus, 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.  Free.  (626) 396-2469.


Ackerman, Aguiñiga: Two new shows. "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. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. $10. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (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.

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: Los Angeles Times