5 design things to do this week

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Check out a zero-emission electric motorcycle circling the globe, see vintage Halloween masks, artists weigh in on citizenship and democracy, explore Los Angeles neighborhoods through the lens of religion and spirituality, and step back in time at the LA Archives Bazaar.

The STORM team from the Netherlands has built a motorcycle that will go around the world in 80 days, with zero emissions. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1) Dutch students design an e-motorcycle

If Jules Verne could have imagined smart energy in the 21st century, his epic adventure around the world might have included this motorcycle. As it is, nearly 150 years later, the STORM team from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands has not just imagined the adventure, they are living it, and they are doing it with zero emissions.  The students designed, built and maintained a fully electric motorcycle that is currently driving around the world in 80 days.  The Dutch Consulate General of the Netherlands and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator have collaborated to welcome the STORM team to Los Angeles. The event will also be used for the business community to gather around the theme of zero-emission transportation and transatlantic investment opportunities.

When: Tuesday, Oct 11, 10 am – noon

Where: Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, 525 S Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tickets: Free.  RSVP here.


2) The Art of the Halloween Mask

Haven’t decided what to be for Halloween yet?  Or maybe you’ve been planning all year, but haven’t figured out the final touches?  Then come out to Lethal Amounts Saturday night to see this exhibit of world class Halloween masks and spooky effects, including a collection of vintage masks dating back to the 1960’s.

When: Saturday, Oct 15, 8 – 11 pm

Where: Lethal Amounts, 1226 W 7th St, Los Angeles, California 90017

Tickets: $5 Donation requested. $20 VIP Preview 6 – 8 pm, tickets available here.

The Doheny Libary, on the campus of USC, offers both gathering space and subject matter for the 11th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.  This landmark building, opened in 1932, was USC’s first freestanding library. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3) 11th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, this event offers a full day of exhibits, workshops and demonstrations highlighting the unique history and diverse stories that make Los Angeles such a fascinating region.  From the true stories behind the fantasy mythology of Los Angeles to the realities of current day struggles, a broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions.

When: Saturday, Oct 15, 9 am – 5 pm.  See the schedule of lectures here.

Where: USC Doheny Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA  90089

Tickets: Free.  Parking on campus, $12 or take the Metro.

Also at Doheny Library on Saturday, 1 – 3 pm, check out “500 Years of Utopia: Governing Paradise”

Utopia or Dystopia? Presented as part of a series of events marking the December 2016 half-millennial anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, “500 Years of Utopia” opens a discussion of politics, democracy, and leadership, asking what Utopian governance might look like in today’s Los Angeles. Participants include moderator and architecture writer Geoff Manaugh, Santa Monica city manager Rick Cole, planning historian and USC Price professor David Sloane, and Aurora Tang from the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Free. Reservations required.

Wat Thai Temple, North Hollywood.

4) 6th Annual  Found L.A.: Festival of Neighborhoods “The Soul of the City”

In its 6th year, The Festival of Neighborhoods was founded to bring Angelenos closer together in appreciation and understanding of our diversity and cultural heritages. Organized by LA Commons, this year’s series of tours will focus on religion and spirituality in Los Angeles under the banner “The Soul of the City.”  The tours will explore the amazing diversity of religions and spirituality across Los Angeles and the cultural practices embedded within them.  Partake in food offerings at Wat Thai Temple in North Hollywood, view the extraordinary historic murals inside the First AME church in Los Angeles, learn about how yoga and meditation were introduced to the West by the Hindu Swami, Paramahansa Yogananda and become familiar with the Islamic community, including its mosques.  And much more.

When: Begins Saturday Oct 15 at 9 am and runs through Sunday Oct 16 at 5 pm.  Schedule of events.

Where: Various Los Angeles locations.  List of tours.

Tickets: Free.

Here’s another way to explore the city’s neighborhoods: “ Los Angeles Historic Neighborhood Conference: Growing up with Character”

Join the Los Angeles Conservancy and the Los Angeles Department of City Planning’s Office of Historic Resources for a day-long forum on neighborhood conservation, including presentations by experts in the field, interactive workshops, and dialogue with community stakeholders.  The conference is presented in partnership with the West Adams Heritage Association.  The theme of this year’s conference is community character, and the balance between preservation and ‘progress’.  More information here.

When: Saturday, Oct 15, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Where: St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Tickets: Free.

S/Election explores how constructs of citizenship inform what it means to exercise your rights and be counted in this year’s explosive political environment. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5) S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom

This free exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs) and located at Barnsdall Art Park is a platform for local artists to weigh in on the subject of citizenship and its relationship to this year’s presidential election politics.

“S/Election addresses issues around citizenship that have been increasingly prominent leading up to the 45th presidential election. The constructs of citizenship are constantly shifting, especially in conversation with politically pressing issues such as voting rights, immigration reform, education reform, identity politics, and criminal justice. S/Election responds to various inquiries around citizenship such as, what does it mean to be an active citizen or exercise your rights, what does the status of “citizen” imply to those that are disenfranchised, displaced, immigrants, or refugees, and how does identity play into the privileges and/or duties of citizenship.”

When: Opening Reception Saturday, Oct 16, 2 – 5 pm (includes print-making workshop).  Exhibit runs Oct 20-Jan 8.

Where: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90027

Tickets: Free. More information here.