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Unique L.A., worm composting and more in the week ahead

February 6, 2012 |  1:31 pm

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

Feb. 6: Los Angeles designer and architectural theorist Joe Day of Deegan-Day Design lectures as part of the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design series. 6:30 p.m. Free. Decafé (Perloff Hall, Room 1302). (310) 267-4704.

Feb. 8: John Enright, co-founder and principal of the Los Angeles-based Griffin Enright Architects, which recently completed the St. Thomas the Apostle Education Campus in Los Angeles, speaks as part of the Southern California Institute of Architecture’s spring lecture series. 7 p.m. Free. Lectures, talks, and discussions are also broadcast live at www.sciarc.edu/live. 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200.

Feb. 9: Arborist and plant pathologist Jerrold Turney discusses fungi in local gardens as part of the Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623.

Feb. 9: Hungarian botanist Zsolt Debreczy gives an illustrated talk about his new book, “Conifers Around the World,” two volumes with 3,700 photographs and 40 years of research and field work. 2:30 p.m. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. Rain cancels. (626) 405-2100.

Feb. 11-12:  More than 300 vendors sell their work at Unique L.A., a marketplace of handcrafted items. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., Los Angeles. 

Feb. 11-12: Hundreds of blooms compete for top honors at the Huntington Botanical Gardens’ 40th annual Camellia Show, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Feb. 11: Tom Sitton, author of “Grand Ventures: The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California” talks about how the “father of the port of Los Angeles” influenced the region. 11 a.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave, Claremont. Included in garden admission of $4 to $8. (909) 625-8767.

Feb. 11: The Silverlake Art, Craft & Vintage Market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Micheltorena Elementary School, 1511 Micheltorena St., Los Angeles. Free. (323) 467-0623.

Feb. 12:  The Los Angeles Mycological Society’s annual Wild Mushroom Fair includes a talk by Gary Lincoff, author of “Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms,” and a cooking demonstration by Nancy Silverton, founder of La Brea Bakery. The fair includes wild mushrooms in habitat displays, guided mushroom walks, cultivation lessons, children’s events and mushroom-themed vendors. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for reservations and fee information for Lincoff talk. Rest of fair is included in regular admission of $3 to $8. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-4623; (323) 292-1900.

Feb. 12: Horticulturist, garden designer and longtime worm wrangler Stephen Baldonado leads a workshop on composting kitchen scraps and garden waste. A Q&A session and tour of Grow Native Nursery worm composting system follows. The Grow Native Nursery Westwood, managed by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, is behind the Jackie Robinson Stadium on Davis Avenue on the Westwood campus of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free.  Send RSVPs to cwheeler@rsabg.org


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 June 3. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of Los Angeles County after 5 on some evenings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.

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.

Ceramics: The American Museum of Ceramic Art shows “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. $4 to $5. Ends March 31. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.

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.

Chinese mirrors: The exhibit “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” spans 3,000 years and 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.

— Lisa Boone

Photo: Wiggly worms. Credit: Ann Summa

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