5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.


1. Two Great KCRW Events this Week at Awesome Places

Good Food at Grand Central Market

Join host of KCRW’s Good Food, Evan Kleiman at Grand Central Market this Friday for food, music (KCRW DJ Marion Hodges will be there) and other festivities. The historic food court was just named one of America’s best new restaurants by Bon Appetit Magazine owing to its mixture of new gourmet vendors (Wexler’s Deli, Valerie, Eggslut) and tried and true staples (Sarita’s pupuseria, Sticky Rice, Horse Thief BBQ).

When: Friday August 22, 2014 7:00-10:00 PM

Where: Grand Central Market; 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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The Zombies in Concert at the Santa Monica Pier

You could have paid as much as $250 to see Paul McCartney at a sold-out Dodger Stadium concert last week. Or you could see another legendary musical act from the same era for free — The Zombies  will hit the Santa Monica Pier this Thursday and will be free and open to the public.

When: Thursday August 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Where: Santa Monica Pier; (Intersection of Ocean & Colorado)

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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2. David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring

David Hockney helped define the Los Angeles lifestyle with his iconic paintings and photo collages of sunkissed swimming pools. He eventually moved back to his native Yorkshire and now draws inspiration from England’s countryside. Not that he has given up on experimenting with painting techniques. His new exhibition at L.A. Louver of works capturing the “shifts in landscape that occurs between the bleakness of winter and the fecundity of spring” are drawn on the iPad.

When: On view until August 29, 2014

Where: L.A. Louver; 45 N Venice Blvd, Venice

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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3. Scott Johnson Book Talk

With L.A.’s Wilshire Grand under construction and city skylines globally being altered by a worldwide tall building spree, now is a good time to hear from L.A. skyscraper architect Scott Johnson, who has just published Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now. He’ll be at Design Within Reach in Pasadena for a Q & A and book signing, where he’ll explain how technology allows skyscrapers to “respond intelligently to climate, optimize the use of structural materials and more sensitively reflect their cultural sources.” .

When: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Design Within Reach; Pasadena Studio 60 W. Green St. Pasadena

Tickets: RSVP to jlewi@dwr.com

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4. Bike Tours: Tour da Arts and Sweet Ride Little Tokyo

Thematic bike tours are all the rage in L.A. these days, and this weekend you have a pick of one – Tour Da Arts — centered on touring Santa Monica art institutions or Sweet Ride Little Tokyo that takes in some local sweet edibles. The Little Tokyo ride is one of several events hosted by Levi’s Commuter Workspace, in downtown through August 29.

Tour Da Arts

When: Sunday August 24 from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

Where: Meet at Santa Monica Museum of Art; 2525 Michigan Ave, G-1 Santa Monica

Tickets: Free and open to the public. But RSVP required. RSVP here.

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Sweet Ride Little Tokyo

When: Saturday, August 23rd at 11 AM

Where: Levi’s Commuter Workspace; 157 W 5th St Los Angeles

Tickets: RSVP required.  Click here to RSVP.

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5. Neutra Institute Museum and Gallery 

In 1950 Richard Neutra and his son Dion built an office in Silver Lake, which served as the studio and office for Neutra’s architecture practice until Neutra’s death in 1970. Dion Neutra has preserved the building and this Thursday will open up an exhibit space there, with a gala featuring photography by Joselle Celine, above, a display of newly licensed Neutra Furniture, presentations by Celine and Dion Neutra, as well as other “Neutra-related memorabilia.”

When: Thursday evening, August 21st from 6:00 – 10:00pm.

Where: 2379 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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And don’t forget to listen to our most recent DnA: Slide the City, Or Not? Designing The Knick