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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

October 3, 2011 |  6:00 am

Home and garden events are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions should 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.

Oct. 3: "Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection," an exhibition held in conjunction with "Pacific Standard Time," opens with more than 425 Eames objects. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Ends Jan. 14. 941 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 466-9700.

Oct. 6: Matt Ritter, an associate professor of biological sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and author of the new book “A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us,” lectures as part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Palm Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

Oct. 7-8: The Descanso Plant Propagation Program and students from the Mt. San Antonio College Horticulture Program sell plants. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Lake House Nursery, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Oct. 8: JoAnn Carey leads a workshop on square foot gardening, a no-till method where vegetables are planted in a grid formation. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25 to $28.  Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden,  301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Oct. 9: Los Angeles Modern Auctions sells more than 400 lots from the collection of Richard Dorso. Includes works by Richard Tuttle, Roy Lichtenstein, Vasa Velizar Mihich and Gustav Klimt. No reserve; all lots including furniture and decorative arts will be sold without minimum bid requirements. Noon. Los Angeles Modern Auctions,16145 Hart St. Van Nuys. Viewing daily prior to the auction from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; (323) 904-1950.

Oct. 9: As part of the John Lautner Foundation's year-long celebration of the master architect, the foundation and the Los Angeles Conservancy present a panel exploring various approaches to stewardship of Lautner homes. 3 to 5 p.m. $10 to $15; includes reception. Wilshire Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 634 S. Normandie Ave. (213) 623-2489. Reservations required.

Oct. 9: Claremont Heritage presents its annual fall home tour highlighting examples of Claremont’s mid-20th century architecture. Built among the Victorian and Arts & Crafts-era homes are modernist designs by the likes of Cliff May, A. Quincy Jones, Theodore Criley and Buff and Hensman; the tour will include homes by Richard Neutra, Fred McDowell and Everett Tozier. Noon to 5 p.m. $25 to $35. Ticket sales and tour check-in at the Garner House in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, beginning at 11:30 a.m. (909) 621-0848.


Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (310) 586-6488.

Craft show: In conjunction with the regional arts campaign “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” Freehand Gallery and Craft in America present “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts. Participating artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with glass artist Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who studied with ceramic artist Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. Vintage work will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31, and contemporary work will be shown at Freehand Gallery next door through Oct. 22. 8413 and 8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610; (323) 655-2607.

Life at the Miramar: Rare photographs, documents and other artifacts depict life at Santa Monica’s landmark home-turned-hotel from the late 1800s to the present. Ends Oct. 18. $3 to $5. Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica Public Library campus, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290.

Maloof exhibition: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

McCoy exhibit: “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design” includes photographs, texts, documents and videos covering the architectural historian’s work with R.M. Schindler, first as a draftswoman and later as a critic. Also covers her unsuccessful campaign to save Irving Gill's 1916 Dodge House in West Hollywood. $6 to $7. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Ends Jan. 8. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.

Midcentury design: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features more than 300 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and graphic design. Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; noon to 9 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Wednesdays. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of L.A. County after 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Ends March 25. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.


— Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Los Angeles Modern Auctions

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