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Datebook: events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

November 2, 2009 | 12:14 pm

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must be fewer than 50 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 will not be editing the postings.

Nov. 4: “Otto Neurath: Gypsy Urbanism,” the first exhibition of works by the early 20th century Austrian designer-philosopher-urbanist in the United States, opens at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 31. $7; on Nov. 7, admission will be free from noon to 5 p.m. 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.

Nov. 5: The Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series continues with “Gardening in the Shadow.” Singer will share common and unusual shade-loving plants and discuss watering, pest management and other practices. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration: (626) 821-4623.

Nov. 5: L.A. Mart Design Center and Look Gallery showroom opens installations by designers Jaime Rummerfield, Steven Pappas and Franklin Studios, among others. Through Dec. 3. 1933 S. Broadway, Space 111, Los Angeles. (213) 748-1113.

Nov. 5: Heath Ceramics hosts an opening reception for a show of sculpture, salvaged-wood furniture and ironwood bowls by designer Alma Allen. Also presented: a limited-edition series of hand-thrown lidded canisters created by Heath Ceramics, the design firm Commune and Allen. 5 to 8 p.m. 7525 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 965-0800.

Nov. 5: Architect Richard Landry, AIA, will discuss the role of design and discuss some of Landry Design Group’s local and international projects. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Design Center, Blue Conference Room (B259), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA. Free.

Nov. 6: The Contemporary Crafts Market’s 24th season will feature distinctive works by more than 250 artists, including glassware, ceramics, hand-painted textiles and custom furniture. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Nov. 8. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. $8. (310) 285-3655.

Nov 7: Jeannine Stein will speak on her book “Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books From Recycled and Repurposed Materials,” whose projects including making a notebook with a potato chip bag and turning a hot water bottle into a journal (shown above, right). Stein, a Times staff writer, will demonstrate how to make a planner using a file folder at 2 p.m. followed by a book-signing at 3 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1201 3rd St., Santa Monica. (310) 260-9110.

Nov. 7: “The Art of Native American Basketry” opens in conjunction with “The California Native Basketry Landscape,” an outdoor exhibition of native plants important to the practice of basket weaving and the ecology of California. The opening weekend will include the Intertribal Arts Marketplace Nov. 7 and 8, featuring artisans from around the country, music and dance. Museum admission is $3 to $9. Autry National Center for the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. (323) 667-2000.

Nov 7: Japanese Festival celebrates Japanese arts, crafts and culture with an ikebana display, chrysanthemum show and sale and a taiko drum performance. Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8. Taiko performance at 1 p.m. Nov. 7. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Nov 7: The San Gabriel Valley Cactus & Succulent Society presents its 16th annual Winter Show & Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (323) 423-4034.

Nov 7: The Los Angeles Seed Exchange hosts the workshop “Collecting for the Future: Saving Seeds.” Participants will learn when, where and how to collect seeds and how to join a network of community gardeners dedicated to sharing and preserving local seeds. $10 suggested donation. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Darling’s Flowers and Nursery, 1217 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. (213) 481-7100.

Nov 7: The Old Towne Preservation Assn. hosts a self-guided historic tour of five homes and one commercial building in Orange. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8. Tour begins at the Woman’s Club of Orange, 121 S. Orange St., where tour booklets will be handed out. $16 in advance; $20 on the day of the event. (714) 639-6840.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Quarry Books