5 design things to do this week

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Ring in the new year in Grand Park, check out architectural drawings and Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art, catch some favorite Huell Howser episodes, and light a giant LEGO menorah.

grove 1) Chanukah Celebration at The Original Farmer’s Market

Celebrate Chanukah with live music, crafts and a giant LEGO menorah lighting ceremony at the Grove. There’ll be face painting, Chanukah treats and the comedy stylings of Mickey O The Maccabee. The celebration concludes with a menorah lighting ceremony at 5 pm.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2:30-4:30 pm, menorah lighting at 5 pm

Where: The Original Farmer’s Market, 6333 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tickets: Free, more information here

2) Ten-Hour Huell Howser Marathon On New Year’s Eve

Amaaazin’! Public television station KCET will be hosting a special, TEN-HOUR Huell Howser marathon on New Year’s Eve, featuring 15 back-to-back viewer favorite episodes from the last five years of Howser’s beloved series California Gold, Road Trip With Huell Howser, and Visiting With Huell Howser. Ride along as Huell explores Solvang, Devil’s Postpile, Hearst Ranch, Mt. Wilson and other iconic locations. What better way to ring in the new year than with dearly departed Huell Howser, California’s biggest fan and greatest explorer. Spectacular!

When: Saturday, Dec. 31, beginning at 10 am

Where: KCET

Tickets: Free, see the schedule here


3) Grand Park New Year’s Eve

Sure, there are lots of fancy parties you can pay money to get into on New Year’s Eve. But you could also join the masses in Grand Park and ring in the new year in our city’s Civic Center. For the fourth year running, the organizers will light up the 22-story City Hall in breathtaking 3-D digital video mapping. There’ll be food trucks, live bands It’s a family-friendly and affordable way to mark the end of 2016.

When: Saturday, Dec. 31 from 8 pm to Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 am

Where: Grand Park + The Music Center, 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets: Free, more information here


4) Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.

Take a drive up the 405 to the Skirball Cultural Center and soak in the pop-art paintings of Roy Lichtenstein. The cartoon-loving artist made many of his most famous works here in Los Angeles, in collaboration with the printing house Gemini G.E.L. (which is enjoying its own retrospective over at LACMA – closing Jan. 2).

The show displays Lichtenstein’s wide-ranging creativity, with pieces that draw inspiration from comic books, advertisements, and children’s books. It also includes examples of his work printed on paper plates, clothing, and shopping bags. As KCRW’s Edward Goldman writes, “by integrating such popular imagery into the realm of fine art, he invited viewers to recognize the world around them in his work.”

Visitors can also step inside one of Lichtenstein’s works. The Skirball transformed one of its galleries into Lichtenstein’s reimagination of Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles, brought to life in three-dimensional form.

When: Now through March 12, 2017

Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tickets: Included with Museum admission, more information here

"Drawing that Blushes" by Clark Thenhaus
“Drawing that Blushes” by Clark Thenhaus (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5) The Drawing Show at A+D Museum

Architects can draw more than blueprints, at this soon-to-close exchibition at the A+D Museum proves. “The Drawing Show” highlights works of “exploratory drawing” made by practicing architects. Some of these works of art might resemble a built structure, others are far removed from anything you’d see on a drafting table. All offer some insight into the minds of architects.

When: Now through Jan. 8, 2017

Where: A+D Museum, 900 E. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tickets: Included with museum admission, more information here