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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

January 10, 2011 |  6:00 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: UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's Beyond the Fringe series continues with Ma Yansong, principal of Mad Architects, Beijing. 6:30 p.m. Perloff Hall, Decafe, UCLA. (310) 267-4704.

Thursday: Santa Barbara landscape architect Susan Van Atta discusses native flowers and signs her new book, "The Southern California Native Flower Garden." Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Creasy Thursday: The Southern California Horticultural Society hosts food and garden writer Rosalind Creasy, who will discuss "Edible Landscaping." 7:30 p.m. $5. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 650-2209.

Thursday: Kathy Musial, curator of living collections at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, will discuss the flora of Valle Central near Santiago, including the spectacle known as the Desierto Florido (Flowering Desert). A plant sale follows. 2:30 p.m. Free. 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Friday: Dealers from around the world congregate for Photo L.A., which calls itself the largest photo-based art fair in the country. Programming include lectures and seminars on collecting. Fair runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Jan. 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17; daily admission is $20, weekend pass is $30, some seminars and lectures are extra. An opening reception will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; admission is $80. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. (323) 937-5525.

Saturday: Garden educator John Lyons leads a class on composting and vermiculture. 10 a.m. to noon. $25 to $28. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: The Ventura County Rose Society and the Gold Coast Heritage Rose Group host rosarian Jim Delahanty who will present an introduction to pruning and discuss China roses, polyantha roses and hybrids. 9 a.m. Free. Stagecoach Inn Museum Rose Garden, 51 S. Ventura Park Road, Newbury Park. (818) 993-6622.

Saturday: Horticulturist Barbara Eisenstein discusses proper care for California native plants during the critical establishment period, when they transition from nursery conditions to home garden. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildfowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $20 to $30. (818) 768-1802.

Saturday: The Baiko-En Bonsai Kenkyukai Society will present a show of deciduous miniaturized trees including Japanese graybark elms, ginkgo, zelkova and maple trees in their dormant stage. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.


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: "Hillary and Josh" will be included in Photo L.A. Credit: Allen Frame, courtesy of Gitterman Gallery.