5 design things to do this week

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A design studio explores utopia at SCI-Arc, go beyond bling at LACMA’s jewelry show, check out the delightfully kitschy Hollywood Christmas Parade, the trees get illuminated at Descanso Gardens, and shop for handmade holiday gifts at CAFAM and in Boyle Heights.

The Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform explore the intersection of physical, functional and artistic design in Metrophysics, on view now at SCI-Arc.

1) Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform: Metrophysics

Longtime architecture critic and advocate Michael Sorkin (and guest on last week’s DnA) also runs a design studio, Michael Sorkin Studio, and a nonprofit research studio, Terreform concerned with “non-commercial – even utopian – projects and ambitions.” The studio, explains Sorkin, “works in a single spirit with a focus on questions of city, on its morphology, systems of equity, and metabolic behavior.” Results of the team’s work can be seen on display in an installation called Metrophysics at SCI-Arc through Dec 4.

When: Now through Dec. 4, Monday through Friday 9 am – 6 pm

Where: SCI-Arc Gallery, 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.  Free parking available in the parking lot at 350 Merrick Street, between Traction Avenue and 4th Street.

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

The already spectacular Descanso Gardens becomes other-worldly during the Enchanted Forest of Light.

2) Enchanted: Forest of Light

The oak trees and botanical collections of LA’s Descanso Gardens will, for the first time, be bathed in theatrical illumination, starting Friday, with a 43-night show called “Enchanted: Forest of Light.” Stroll through the one-mile path and view 10 distinct displays including the Japanese Garden, the Camellia Forest, and even conduct your own symphony of light and sound in the Oak Grove. See Descanso Gardens like never before as it comes to life in color and wonder. Tickets are timed and must be purchased in advance.

When: Opens Friday, Nov. 25 and runs through Jan. 8, 2017

Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Tickets: $24-$28.  Note: tickets are sold by date and time for 1/2 hour intervals.  Some dates/times are already sold out, so don’t wait!  Get tickets here.

A message for any season from the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.

3) This is not On-Line Shopping

Support local artisans and get one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. Unplug and interact at these markets in the Miracle Mile area and Boyle Heights, both showcasing the work of innovators and makers in a wide range of arts and crafts.

¡AyE! Boyle Heights: Alternative to Black Friday Marketplace

When: Friday, Nov 25, noon – 4 pm

Where: City Labs Boyle Heights, 553 S. Clarence St., Los Angeles, CA  90033

Tickets: No charge.

Holiday Marketplace at CAFAM

When: Saturday, Nov. 26, 11 am – 6 pm

Where: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036

Tickets: No charge.

Anything is possible at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, even snow in Los Angeles!

4) Hollywood Christmas Parade

If you seek a super-sized dose of L.A. kitsch and commercial holiday cheer, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is for you. Join Grand Marshal Olivia Newton John, along with hosts Eric Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams for this perennial holiday parade whose proceeds go to Toys for Tots.  Floats, balloons, bands, equestrians, celebrities and more.

When: Sunday, Nov. 27, 5 pm

Where: Various Locations.  See Route and Street Closures here.

Tickets: Free curbside seating (grandstand seats are sold out)

The unconventional jewelry of the Lois Boardman collection. Perhaps it’s best that this ring is in a museum and not on someone’s finger.

5) Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection

This exhibition at LACMA marks the first outing for Lois Boardman‘s recently donated collection of over 300 pieces of international contemporary studio jewelry that represents the full spectrum of unconventional jewelry-making in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  Made from both precious and non-precious materials ranging from gold and silver to PVC and Neoprene, over 50 pieces from the collection are presented in context and (often surprising) comparison to jewelry from across LACMA’s permanent collection, including an array of ancient Egyptian scarabs.

When: Now through Feb. 5, 2017

Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tickets: Free with general admission