5 design things to do this week

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The Gamble House museum turns 50, ceramic art inspired by the LA River, Diavolo’s “architecture in motion,” designing with all your senses, and SCI-Arc’s graduate thesis projects. Here are 5 design things to do this week.

Dakota Jackson design from the Symphony Collection. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1) Hearing Light… Seeing Sound:  Designing with All Your Senses

We all know that the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone, but do we think about how all our senses are connected?  How does the interplay of our senses cross pollinate our creativity energies? Thomas Lavin Presents at the Pacific Design Center, brings together distinguished professionals across multiple arts disciplines to discuss how memorable design has informed their work. Panelists include furniture designer Dakota Jackson, music supervisor Bonnie Greenberg, and painter Raffi Kalenderian. Writer and editor Michael Slenske moderates.

When: Wednesday, September 21, 4 pm.  Reception following.

Where: Pacific Design Center, 2nd Fl. Conference Rm. 8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tickets: Free. RSVP admin@thomaslavin.com

Artist Frederick Gautier excavates the inspiration for his ceramic art from the Los Angeles River in “Eat the River”, on view at Please Do Not Enter, Sept 21. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2) Eat the River

French movie industry and landscape designer Frederick Gautier comes to the U.S. for Please Do Not Enter’s first artist-in-residence program.  In Eat the River, Gautier has captured the essence of the Los Angeles River, by mining sections with an archaeologist’s eye and then making cast imprints and ceramic figures from the landscape and the remnants of discarded culture he finds.  The project is an “intervention of excavation” to remind us of the environmental importance of the river, an artery which literally runs through the heart of Los Angeles.

When: Wednesday, September 21, 6 – 9 pm

Where: Please Do Not Enter, 549 South Olive Street, Los Angeles 90013

Tickets: Free and open to the public. More information here or RSVP by calling (213) 263-0037.

Graduate These Project “Coexistence/Coherence”, by Ghery Prize winner, Huijin Zheng (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3) SCI-Arc: Selected Thesis Exhibition

Come see how a new generation is looking at the world differently through innovative design and architecture. SCI-Arc Gallery will be displaying exceptional thesis projects by 2016 graduates, featuring the 2016 Gehry Prize winning thesis and a selection of best graduate thesis projects.

When: September 23 through October 2

Where: SCI-Arc Gallery, 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tickets: Free and open to the public. More information here.

Diavolo, in its 25 year, will open its 2016/2017 season at the Broad Stage, with a new work, Passengers.

4) Diavolo

Once again, Diavolo brings its signature “architecture in motion” to The Broad Stage.  With gravity-defying grace and soul, the troupe engages the audience with themes of the tenuous balance of life’s transitions and journeys.  They return with the audience favorite, Trajectoire, followed by their new work, Passengers, built around a giant morphing staircase with multiple doors, passageways, and shifting surfaces.

When: Friday to Sunday, Sept 23-25 (various times)

Where: The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tickets: $55-$90.  More information and tickets here.

The Gamble House in Pasadena is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary as a museum. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5)  The Gamble House 50 th Anniversary  Public Celebration and Self Paced Tour

Designed by turn-of-the-(20th)century architects, Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, the Gamble House is considered an exceptional example of the craftsman style of the era, and a legendary living environment that was beautiful, functional and modern. It was originally gifted to the city of Pasadena and the University of Southern California in January 1966. This month, the Gamble House will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as a museum with several events honoring the preservation and presentation of this historic monument. The open house on Sunday will include  food trucks, fun family activities on the lawn such as soap carving, kids’ woodworking workshops, live music and much more. Events also include an Anniversary Gala Dinner on Wednesday, September 21, and an Alumni Day Open House for former Gamble House Scholars in Residence and the USC School of Architecture on Saturday, September 24.

When: Sunday, September 25, noon – 5 pm

Where: The Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, CA 91103

Tickets: $1.  More information here.