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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

February 21, 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.

Through Sunday: Palm Springs Modernism Week includes a modernism expo, home tours, design lectures and films. Check website for schedule and prices. (760) 832-3202.

Thursday: The Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series features Jim Henrich, curator of living collections at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. He will discuss the history of the plant introduction program. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration required. (626) 821-4623.

Compost Saturday: Elinor Nissley leads a class on relief printing using native plants to create images on paper and fabric. 10 a.m. to noon. $25 to $34, plus $15 materials fee. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Saturday: Kimberly O'Cain, water conservation coordinator for the city of Santa Monica, discusses how drip irrigation can reduce water use by as much as 80%. Talk will cover design, installation and maintenance. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Saturday: Descanso Gardens display horticulturist Mike Brown will teach methods of maintaining a healthy compost pile, including tips on the cylinder method of leaf composting. 11 a.m. Included in regular garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949 4200.

Saturday: Horticulturist CJ Forray leads a class on container gardening. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jackalope Pottery, 10726 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Reservations required: (818) 761-4022.

Saturday and Sunday: Bonsai masters will explore the art form in exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings and daily live auctions at the Bonsai-a-thon. Events run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; bonsai workshops for adults and children will be offered Saturday (registration required). Included in regular admission of $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (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. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends May 8. $5 to $7. 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.

Kahn in Venice: An exhibition of travel sketches by Louis Kahn documents the time in Italy spent by the architect whose work includes the Salk Institute in La Jolla. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (closed from 1 to 2 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Ends March 19. Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 443-3250.

"Made Up: Design's Fictions": Models, paintings and computer renderings of objects and processes that can't actually exist, won't work or challenge the notion of utility. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Through March 20. Free. The Wind Tunnel Gallery, Art Center College of Design, 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. (626) 396-2469.

Technology and design: Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles exhibition "Soupergreen"  explores the way that technology can promote architecture and the environment. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends April 14. $2 to $5. 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 932-9393.

Wexler show: “Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler” is a survey of drawings, photographs and models by the noted architect. They are augmented by professional photographs and new models fabricated by Cal Poly students, including a full-scale sectional steel model illustrating the prefabrication system that Wexler used in his steel houses. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ends May 29. $5 to $12.50. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs.(760) 322-4800.
— Lisa Boone

Photo: "Made Up: Design's Fiction" curator Tim Durfee. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

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