Puss Puss throws a party, Architects discuss the art of designing performing arts – and science – centers, Frances Stark survey comes to end, a party to greet a cross-country Citibiker, director Eric Bricker talks about Julius Shulman’s Visual Acoustics — that’s your week in design events from DnA.
1) Architects Talk: The Fine Art of Performing Arts Centers/Gehry and Science
Hitting the High Notes: The Fine Art of Performing Arts Centers
L.A. architects Craig Hodgetts, Steven Ehrlich, Michael Rachlin and Renzo Zechetto — all of whom have created notable arts spaces — discuss what it takes to design performing arts centers that serve the needs of artists, audiences and municipalities. Culver City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Thomas Small moderates. With light refreshments and a live concert.
When: Wednesday, Jan 20, 6 PM
Where: Helms Design Center, 8754 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Tickets: Free. RSVP to Christine@CommunicationArtsInc.com
Gehry and Science: Arnold J. Levine and Frank Gehry in Conversation
How do you provide private space while facilitating the cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration that helps science thrive? That’s a question that will be considered by architect Frank Gehry and Arnold J. Levine, Systems Biology Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in a conversation being held in conjunction with LACMA’s ongoing exhibition of the architect’s work.
When: Sunday, Jan 24, 2 PM
Where: LACMA, Resnick Pavilion
Tickets: Free, but STANDBY ONLY. No reserved tickets remaining. A standby line will form at 1 pm at the entrance to the Resnick Pavilion.
2.) PUSS PUSS LA Party
With profiles of cat-loving rappers and Vogue-worthy photos of feline models, London-based periodical PUSS PUSS puts a high-fashion spin on the traditional cat fancy magazine. Now it’s cuddling up to American readers with a party featuring Snow Leopard vodka (“created to help save the critically endangered snow leopard from extinction”) and a DJ set by Clean White Linens. A rare chance to chat about cats while sipping species-saving alcohol.
Or stay home and watch this cat-tastic Dutch music video featured in the magazine.
When: Wednesday, Jan 20, 8:30 PM – 2 AM
Where: Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown
Tickets: Free with RSVP
3) Greet Citibiker as he Ends Cross Country Tour
Planning on cycling across the US? It’s unlikely that you’d choose sturdy, heavy NYC Citibike. But that was the choice of avid New York Bike commuter Jeffrey Tanenhaus, turned cross-country rider; he will end his 3,001-mile tour in Santa Monica, this Saturday afternoon at the Santa Monica Pier, with a welcome party hosted by Santa Monica Spoke on the City’s own Breeze Bike Share, presented by Hulu, and a ride along the last leg of his journey.
When: Saturday, January 23, 2:30 PM — 6:00 PM
Tickets: Free; check here for details.
4) Film Screening: “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman”
Eric Bricker’s 2008 documentary celebrates the life and career of L.A.-based architectural photographer Julius Shulman, whose iconic images popularized the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and many others. Shulman died in 2009 at the age of 98; he was whip-smart and cantankerous to the end. Los Angeles Magazine columnist Chris Nichols hosts a discussion after the film.
When: Thursday, Jan 21, 7 PM
Where: Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain Street, Glendale
Tickets: Free and open to the public.
5) CLOSING: UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015 at the Hammer
Catch it before it closes this Sunday: a midcareer survey of work by the L.A.-based artist and writer Frances Stark, featuring 125 drawings, collages, paintings and video installations. Her compositions combine text and imagery to explore a variety of subjects “including writing, procrastination, the banality of life, failure, success, pride, self-doubt, motherhood, pedagogy, institutional critique, class, music, literature, poetry, philosophy, art, sadness, and relationships.”
The exhibition tracks Stark’s 25-year career “from early carbon drawings to intricate collages and mixed-media paintings to the more recent work, which includes PowerPoint slide shows, video, performance, and Instagram photographs.”
When: Tues – Fri 11 AM to 8 PM; Sat/Sun 11 AM to 5 PM. CLOSES Sunday, Jan 24
Where: UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Tickets: Open to the public at no charge.