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Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

November 7, 2011 |  7:00 am

00Katzer_CoverHome and garden events are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. 

Nov. 8: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter host “Irish Architecture Now.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.

Nov. 10: Horticulturist Lili Singer discusses how California native trees can provide shade, color and a habitat for birds and other wildlife. A plant sale follows. 2:30 p.m. Free. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Nov. 12: Lili Singer, director of special projects and adult education at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, leads a basic class on gardening with California flora. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $40 to $50. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Nov. 12 : “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection,” a collection spanning 3,000 years, opens its first public show. The exhibition highlights 80 highly decorative pieces. Ends May 14. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Nov. 12: Kimberly O'Cain, water conservation coordinator for the city of Santa Monica, leads a class on drip systems, rotary nozzles and smart controllers. 9 to 11 a.m. $25 to $35. Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. (818) 768-1802.

Nov. 12: Fiber artist Gloria Flickinger leads a class on weaving a cornucopia basket with reed and gathered materials. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $45 to $56, includes all materials. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

Nov. 12: Floral designer Ray Tucker leads a morning tour of the L.A. Flower Mart in this event sponsored by Descanso Gardens. Learn the ins and outs of shopping the local landmark and get tips for decorating for the holidays. 7 a.m. $15 to $25. Registration required by Thursday.  Meets at the L.A. Flower Mart. (818) 949 4200.

Gertrud and Otto NatzlerNov. 12: Native plant horticulturist Rachel Young demonstrates how to prune fruit trees for beauty and bounty. 11 a.m. $10. Registration advised. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Nov. 12: Horticulturist Wayne Walker leads this walk-and-talk to the best locations to view fall color at Descanso Gardens. 1 p.m. Included in regular admission. Meet at the gardens’ Center Circle. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

Nov. 12: The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MAK Center for Art and Architecture and other regional partners offer two days of free exhibitions and events in conjunction with "Pacific Standard Time Focus Weekend."

Nov 12: The San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society hosts its annual sale of native plants and wildflower seeds. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena.

Nov. 12: The American Museum of Ceramic Art reopens at a new location with “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.” The survey of midcentury Southern California ceramics features more than 50 artists, including Elaine Katzer, Anthony Ivins, Otto and Vivika Heino and Betty Davenport. $3. Ends March 31. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.

Nov. 13: The Pacific Palisades Junior Women’s Club sponsors a self-guided tour of five architecturally significant homes, including artist Ed Massey's 1948 home, which was renovated in the 1980s by Eric Owen Moss; an estate once owned by Charles Laughton; and a 7,000-square-foot Cape Cod with an outdoor movie theater. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $40. Tickets available on tour day at the holiday boutique at Pacific Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin St.


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.

Craft show: In conjunction with the regional arts campaign “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” Craft in America present “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts. Participating artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with glass artist Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who studied with ceramic artist Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. Vintage work will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31,  8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610.

California craft: Craft in America and the Craft and Folk Art Museum present the survey “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” an exhibition of more than 70 pieces by 65 influential innovators. Ends June 3. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.

Maloof exhibition: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

McCoy exhibit: “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design” includes photographs, texts and videos covering the architectural historian’s work with R.M. Schindler, first as a draftswoman and later as a critic. Also covers her unsuccessful campaign to save Irving Gill's 1916 Dodge House in West Hollywood. $6 to $7. Ends Jan 8. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.

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 March 25. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of L.A. County after 5 on some evenings. (323) 857-6010.

Woodworking: More than 30 bowls and other exemplary works by Sam Maloof, Ed Moulthrop and Bob Stocksdale, along with recently discovered correspondence and related documents, are on exhibit as a part of the Maloof historic residence tour. “In Words and Wood: Sam Maloof, Bob Stocksdale & Ed Moulthrop continues through Jan. 28. Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma.

— Lisa Boone

Top photo\: Elaine Katzer, one of the artists in the Museum of American Ceramic Art show. Credit: George Armstrong

Bottom photo: Natzler ceramic work. Credit: Gene Sasse

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