5 Design Things to do This Week

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Meet “Legends” gathering on La Cienega, check out community hotspots in Boyle Heights, learn about the serious side of VR and how architects are tackling homelessness, and see tomorrow’s designers work on show at CalArts and SCI-Arc.

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Interior designed by Courtney Applebaum; from “Hollywood Interiors” by Anthony Iannacci; photo courtesy Shade Degges (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1) Legends of La Cienega

Legends of La Cienega is the annual bonanza of panels, parties and book-signings hosted by the La Cienega Design Quarter, starting with a party Tuesday night and all-day events Wednesday and Thursday. You can meet lots of luminaries from the interior design community, among them: Tim Street-Porter and Annie Kelly will sign their book Casa MexicoMallery Roberts Morgan and Mayer Rus will be guests at a party for their new book Past Perfect: Richard Shapiro Houses and Gardens; and Anthony Iannacci, a guest on this week’s DnA, will be present at two book parties for Hollywood Interiors: Style and Design in Los Angeles.

Note: to  get access to any events you’ll need purchase a general pass, with the exception of a book signing by Anthony Iannacci at Mecox LA on May 5 from 2 to 3 pm. The public can also check out, for free, one of Legends’ annual enticements: fancifully-decorated storefront windows; the word on the street is that Jamie Bush’s installation at Richard Shapiro Studiolo is a must-see.

When:  Tuesday, May 3 — Thursday, May 5; Full schedule here.

Where: La Cienega Design Quarter, West Hollywood, various locations, listed here

Tickets: General Pass: $75.  Register here.

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Image from documentary work by Nonny de la Pena (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2) Digital Hollywood Spring 2016: VR/AR as Change Agent

We’ve all heard that virtual reality is the next big thing in video games and blockbuster entertainment, but what can we expect in journalism?  As part of this 3-day symposium on Digital Hollywood , KCRW’s own Director of Digital Media, Joey Caroni,  will moderate a discussion about the role of VR on the more serious side of the tracks.   See panel line up here.   

When:   Wednesday, May 4, 11:30-12:30

Where: Skirball Cultural Center, Rooms 172 & 173, 2701 N. Sepulveda, Los Angeles 90049

Tickets: $95-$465 ($50 FT Student).   Register here .

Full program runs May 3-6.  See full event schedule here.  

Design promoting CalArts Motion Show, Thursday May 5 at 10 pm. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3) Design Schools Hold End of Year Shows!

‘Tis the season for end-of-year shows at design and architecture schools across the Southland. Today’s design students are tomorrow’s design leaders. Discover them at CalArts, which is presenting exhibits from its BHA, MFA, PMFA and Motion programs, and SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), which is extending its exhibition of “top student work” through May 15.  Otis College of Art Design unveils their work on May 13.

When: CalArts: Thursday, May 5 – 13: Opening reception May 5 at 7:30 pm, MoSho at 10 pm. SCI-Arc student work runs through May 15, open daily.

Where: California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Gallery D300 + D301, (MoSho in the Bijou), Valencia, California 91355; SCI-Arc is located in the Arts District in DTLA at 960 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013; parking is at 350 Merrick Street, between Traction Avenue and 4th Street.

Tickets: Free and open to the public

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Design from AIA Chicago portable housing design competition (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

4)  AIA-LA Presents: Design for Dignity: Changing the Housing Equation by Design

Who better to help with the homeless problem in Los Angeles than architects and designers, doing what they do best: creating shelter to meet a variety of client needs? During this full-day symposium, some of the most creative architecture and design minds will join forces with a wide-range of stakeholders to create an action plan to end homelessness in Los Angeles. Please join the conversation.   Event details .

When:   Friday, May 6, 8 am – 4 pm

Where: Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles 90021

Tickets: $95-$135 Register Here .

Boyle Heights
Mural in Boyle Heights (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5) Making LA: Todos Juntos Walking Tour

Boyle Heights is one of LA’s culturally rich neighborhoods going through fast change. Join de LaB and special host  Siobhán Burke for a walking tour, with an eye to design, collaboration and community.  The tour includes a walk around Mariachi Plaza, a visit with folks at Self-Help Graphics & Art, a conversation about Metro’s plans for a joint-development project site and a stop at Un Solo Sol Kitchen, a neighborhood fixture and community gathering spot. More information . And if you happen to be in the downtown neighborhood all weekend, don’t miss Sunday’s Bicycle Festival, taking place in Grand Park.

When:  Todos Juntos Walking Tour, Saturday, May 7, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Mariachi Plaza Station, 1817 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles 90033

Tickets: Free and open to the public.