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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

March 7, 2011 |  7:00 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.

Thursday: Bart O'Brien, director of special projects at Rancho Santa Botanic Garden in Claremont, lectures on the unusual plants of Guadalupe Island, near Baja California. 7:30 p.m. $5. Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Southern California Horticultural Society. (818) 567-1496.

Thursday: Avocado experts Carl Stucky and Julie Frink will share tips on selecting, growing and caring for avocado trees. A plant sale will follow the program. 2:30 p.m. Free. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128.

Thursday: Paul T. Isley III of Rainforest Flora presents "Tillandsias from A to Z, a Photographic Cornucopia," part of the Lili Singer lecture series. A plant sale and book signing follow the lecture. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Friday: The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show will include exhibits, a juried art and photography section, corsage and floral arrangements, and thousands of blooming orchids for sale by vendors from around the world. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through  March 13. $10 to $12. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara.

Saturday: Erika Esau, author of "Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850-1935," lectures on "The Transcontinental Bungalow: From Pasadena to Australia." It's part of the Friends of the Gamble House series. 4 p.m. $12. Ahmanson Auditorium, Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Reservations required: (626) 793-3334, Ext. 52.

Saturday: The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden hosts an environmental fair with hands-on activities and resources to use at home and school. Live entertainment, crafts and a tour of unusual areas of the arboretum. "Ecological treasure hunt" is geared for students in grades 4 through 12. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821.4624.

Saturday: Otis College of Art and Design presents "Clay in LA: A Ceramics Symposium," an exploration of the history and state of contemporary ceramics in Los Angeles. This event includes a panel discussion, demonstrations and an artist- and curator-led tour of the exhibition “Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green,” on view through March 19. Panelists include Jo Lauria, Adrian Saxe, Peter Shire and Adam Silverman 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles. Registration required: (310) 665-6909.

Saturday: Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne of Homegrown Evolution kick off  a three-session class covering the basics of planning, planting, composting, soil science, pest control and harvesting organic vegetables. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Subsequent classes on March 19 and 26. $120 to $135 for the series. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2128.

Saturday and Sunday: The North American Clivia Society will present its eighth annual show and sale. Event will include demonstrations. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday both days. Included in regular admission for $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.

MAK Center: Artist Olivia Booth and architect Thurman Grant will transform the 1922 landmark Schindler House with their complementary use of glass and mirrors. Opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibition runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through April 24. $7; free 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.

Technology and design: The 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: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times