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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

February 7, 2011 |  6:00 am

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Tuesday:  Florence de Dampierre, the author of "The Best of Painted Furniture," will give an illustrated lecture titled "A Renaissance Woman in Action." Breakfast buffet at 9:30 a.m., followed by the talk. Event is sponsored the Decorative Arts Society and benefits women's charities. $45. Newport Stadium Theatre, 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 759-8231.

Thursday: Bob Perry, author of "Landscape Plants for California Gardens," will discuss garden design with an emphasis on sustainability. 2:30 p.m. Free. Friends’ Hall at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128.

Thursday: Kathy Musial, curator of living collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, will lecture on "Chile: From Desert to Forest." 7:30 p.m. Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. This event is sponsored by the Southern California Horticultural Society. $5. (818) 567-1496.

Thursday: Bart O'Brien, director of special projects at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, discusses gooseberries and manzanitas in the latest installment of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: Dawn Van Allen teaches how make a fountain from a watering can. Participants should bring a metal watering can; other materials will be provided at cost. 10 a.m. to noon. Call for details on fee. Bamboo Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Saturday: Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles exhibition "Soupergreen," which explores the way that technology can promote architecture and the environment. Exhibition open 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.

Saturday: Master weaver Abe Sanchez leads a class on Native American basket weaving. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring lunch and small pruners or scissors. All participants meet at Oak Hall Deck. $75 to $90. Register by Monday: (657) 278-3407. Fullerton Arboretum, Cal State Fullerton, Yorba Linda Boulevard and Associated Road. (657) 278-3407.

Saturday: Leigh Adams leads a two-day mosaic table class. Participants should bring a template or a glass tabletop to work upon. The class will focus on design, materials and processes that will enable you to work on a variety of projects in the future. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 19. $90 to $100. Limited to 15 participants. Reservations: (626) 821-4623 or e-mail jill.berry@arboretum.org. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4624.

Saturday and Sunday: Hundreds of blooms will compete for top honors at the Huntington Botanical Gardens' 39th annual Camellia Show, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society. Camellia plants will be available for purchase. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.


Closing Sunday: "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. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $10. (310) 440-4500.


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. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (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.

Wexler show: "Steel and Shade: The Architecture of Donald Wexler" is a survey of drawings, photographs and models by the noted Palm Springs midcentury architect. The collection is 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, one of which is pictured at the top of the post. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except on Thursday, when hours are noon to 8 p.m. Ends May 29. $5 to $12.50. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs.(760) 322-4800.

— Lisa Boone

Photo: Wexler and Harrison steel house (1962). Credit: Juergen Nogai