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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

April 4, 2011 |  6:00 am

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April 4: An auction features the collection of Sir Daniel Donohue. More than 1,000 works range from antiquities to 20th century decorative arts. Two-day sale begins at 10 a.m. April 4. Free. Bonhams & Butterfields, 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 850-7500.

April 7: Lili Singer lecture series takes a field trip to Pasadena. Stops include Arlington Garden, a maturing public display of native and Mediterranean climate plants, and the private Clark/Loxton garden, a colorful blend of edible, container and native plants surrounding a Craftsman-style home. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20.  Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.

April 7: Garden designer Ivette Soler will discuss her new book, “The Edible Front Yard,” at 6:30 p.m. Free.  Potted, 3158 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village. (323) 665-3801.

April 7: The Pacific Rose Society hosts Rosaria Suzanne Horn, who will discuss microminiature roses. 8 p.m. Free. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

April 8-10: Good magazine coordinates three days of workshops, outings and community events, some of which are centered on urban gardening and crafts. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne will be part of a book club meeting staged on an overpass of the 110 Freeway. Some events have limited space, and RSVP is required.

April 9-10: The Riverside Flower Show & Garden Tour highlights six private gardens. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. We'll be posting a photo gallery previewing some of the gardens. $10. Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Drive, Riverside. (951) 643-8890.

April 9-10: More than 30 native plant gardens are featured in the eighth annual self-guided garden tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. Our sustainable gardening columnist, Emily Green, checked out a couple of the stops last week. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $20. (818) 768-1802.

April 9: John Lyons discusses how to prepare the edible garden for summer. This session will cover soil preparation, composting, plant selection, planting and harvesting. 10 a.m. to noon. $25 to $28. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222.

April 10: Fullerton Beautiful Open Gardens, a self-guided tour with six stops, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10. Map distributed at the Fullerton College horticulture department on day of tour. Berkeley Avenue east of Lemon Street, Fullerton. (714) 871-4156.

ONGOING

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. Ends May 8. $5 to $7. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-4230.

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. $5. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Ceramics: The work of resident artists includes hundreds of handmade mugs and bowls, most $15 to $50. Ends April 30. Clayhouse Studio & Gallery, 2909 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-7071.

Installation: Architect Barbara Bestor creates a temporary disco installation in the Southern California Institute of Architecture gallery, open through May 15. DJ disco dance party held in conjunction with the installation is scheduled for April 22. Bestor and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss host a discussion on April 8. 960 E. Third St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Technology and design: 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: L.A. Food Swap will participate in the Pop-Up Community Sharing Center during Good L.A.’s launch weekend. Credit: Gregory Han

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