Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead
Feb. 28: Urban forager, garden designer and self-described “radical ecologist” Nance Klehm discusses edible wild plants found in Los Angeles and how to introduce them into your kitchen and garden. 7:30 p.m. Free. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
March 1: Ojai citrus growers Jim Churchill and Lisa Brenneis discuss citrus and host a tasting of the season’s finest mandarin varieties. Part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer. 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.
March 2: To encourage public discourse about architecture, urban design and city planning, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has coordinated a series of discussions with Los Angeles mayoral candidates. Moderated by Los Angeles City Planning Commission President Bill Roschen and Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, the forums are meant to help the public learn more about each candidate's vision for the future. This week: Kevin James. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles Police Department Administration Building, 100 W. 1st St., Los Angeles. Reservations required: www.aialosangeles.org.
March 3: Nance Klehm leads a workshop exploring the role of edible wild plants in sustainable urban agriculture. Participants explore the concept of food forestry and learn how “spontaneous” vegetation builds healthy soil, creates habitat and provides new tastes to experience. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes a light meal prepared with foraged foods. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. $60 to $70. Registration: (626) 405-2128.
March 3: Horticulturists Lili Singer and Melanie Baer-Kelley discuss planning your native plant garden with seasonal flowers, seeds, fruits and foliage. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. $20 to $35.
Ansel Adams Los Angeles: New silver gelatin prints of prewar Los Angeles made from Ansel Adams’ original negatives from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. Through March 17. Free. Drkrm, 727 S. Spring St., Los Angeles.
Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (310) 586-6488.
Ceramics: The American Museum of Ceramic Art presents “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.” The survey of midcentury Southern California work features more than 50 artists, including Elaine Katzer, Anthony Ivins, Otto and Vivika Heino and Betty Davenport. $4 to $5. Ends March 31. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.
Cliff May: “Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House, 1920-1960” and “Catherine Opie Photographs Cliff May,” examines the modernization of the ranch tradition, from regional designs in humble materials to May’s luxury houses. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Ends June 17. Free. Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara, 552 University Road. (805) 893-7564.
Midcentury design: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features more than 300 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and graphic design. Ends June 3. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of L.A. County after 5 p.m. some evenings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.
Mirrors: “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” spans 3,000 years and includes 80 decorative pieces. Ends May 14. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
Solar house: The Southern California Institute of Architecture and Caltech’s prototype solar house is on display through May 31 at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Free. (213) 744-2019.
— Lisa Boone
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times