5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

1. Late Modern Reflecting Glass Architecture

Ever wondered how the Pacific Design Center (PDC; architect, Cesar Pelli), above, fits into Southern California and US architecture history? Architectural historian Daniel Paul will talk at LACMA Thursday about the emergence of buildings with smooth, all-over reflecting glass skins, by Cesar Pelli, the late Anthony Lumsden and others in the mid-1960s and 70s. Paul will explain how this high-tech, corporate vernacular connected to LA’s Light and Space movement and the region’s aerospace and technology industries.

When: Thursday July 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Where: LACMA Brown Auditorium; 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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2. Central Ave. Jazz Festival

This annual, free community festival, celebrating the cultural history of Los Angeles’ Central Avenue, kicks off Saturday in front of the historic Dunbar Hotel, between 42nd and 43rd streets, recently reborn, after many years in decline, as Dunbar Village, an 83 unit senior and family community designed by multifamily housing architect Thomas Safran. In addition to music — acts including Kamasi Washington & Next Step, Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler, Mongorama and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra — and eats, there will also be an Arts Pavilion showcasing local graffiti and muralist artists in action.

When: July 26-27 11:00 AM-7:00PM

Where: The festival takes place along Central Avenue from 43rd Street to Martin Luther King Blvd. Click here for a map. 

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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3. Big Bear Cycling Festival

If you can’t make it to the Tour de France, wrapping up this weekend, how about testing your capacity for endurance cycling at 7,000 feet by taking part in the Big Bear Cycling Festival, a week of rides that culminate August 2 with the Tour de Big Bear. You can take the family!

When: July 26-August 3, 2014

Where: Various places in Big Bear, click here for list of specific events.

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. Instagram Mini-Marathon 

Art curator, critic and historian Hans-Ulrich Obrist takes time out from co-directing Exhibitions and Programmes at London’s Serpentine Gallery to helm, with ForYourArt, an Instagram Mini-Marathon at the Million Dollar Theatre. Describing Instagram as “an online platform that collapses a vast variety of creative impulses into one specifically undefined, unbounded space”, he invites guests to “present photos from any Instagram feed, or their own, to illustrate approaches to using the app, and to discuss how it functions within their individual practices.”

When: Saturday July 26, 2014, 7:30-10:00 PM

Where: Million Dollar Theatre; 307 S Broadway, Los Angeles

Tickets: $10 plus fee; Click here for tickets. 

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5. Renegade Craft Fair

Get your artisanal fix at The Renegade Craft Fair taking place in and around downtown’s Grand Park this weekend. The free event has lined up more than 250 makers, DJs spinning tunes, and purveyors of food and drink. Or learn how to make stuff yourself; workshops will be held throughout the weekend.

When: July 26-27, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

Where: Grand Park; 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

And don’t forget to listen to our most recent DnA “LACMA Redesigns Its Redesign, Builders Use Drones”