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Palm Springs Modernism, Venice Modern Home Tour and more in the week ahead

February 13, 2012 |  7:47 am

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

Feb. 16: Palm Springs Modernism, the celebration of Midcentury Modern design and culture, includes an exposition at the Palm Springs Convention Center, home tours, double decker bus tours, films, a vintage Airstream display and lectures. Through Feb. 26. Full schedule: www.ModernismWeek.com.

Feb. 16: Los Angeles landscape designer Richard Hayden discusses low-water plants, planting designs and garden features that meet strict irrigation standards. 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. 17: To encourage public discourse about architecture, urban design and city planning, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has coordinated a series of discussions with Los Angeles mayoral candidates. Moderated by Los Angeles City Planning Commission President Bill Roschen and Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, the forums are meant to help the public learn more about each candidate's vision for the future. First up: Jan Perry. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles Police Department Administration Building, 100 W. 1st St., Los Angeles. Reservations required: www.aialosangeles.org.

Feb. 18: Learn techniques to preserve rainwater in the garden and prevent runoff as Rachel Young leads this hands-on class. 10:30 a.m. $10 to $15. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. $10 to $15. (818) 949-4200.

Feb. 18: The self-guided Venice Modern Home Tour highlights architecturally progressive homes by Tighe Architecture, Ortiz Mexia Projects, Carson Architects and Glen Irani, among others. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $30 to $40. Children 12 and younger, free.

Feb. 18: Dave Lannom discusses how to propagate plants. 9 a.m. to noon. $25 to $32. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

Feb. 18: Albert Chang reports on the 6th annual Organic Seed Growers Conference, where farmers, seed production and distribution companies, plant breeders and others share their latest news in the meeting of the Seed Library of Los Angeles. Free seed distribution to members. 2:30 to 4 p.m. One-time $10 membership. Learning Garden at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd.; enter on Walgrove Avenue.

Feb. 18: The Los Angeles County Arboretum’s monthly class for families focuses on creating natural installations with ephemera from the arboretum. 10 a.m. to noon. $12 to $14 per family. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Registration required: (626) 821-4623.


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: 2630 Strongs Drive, one the stops on the Venice Modern Home Tour. Credit: Derek Rath

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