5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. architectureTALKS

In part one of a three-part lecture series, architect Zoltan E. Pali, founder of Culver City-based Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a], will discuss his work on the recently completed Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, involving the adaptation and expansion of a Spanish Mission Revival Post Office into a contemporary concert hall and performance space.” Architectural writer (and past DnA guestThomas Aujero Small will moderate a discussion that is presented by the Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation.

When: Sunday January 25, 2014 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: 8609 W. Washington Boulevard, Culver City

Tickets: $40; Click here for tickets.

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2. When the Future had Fins: Automobile Design and Concepts, 1959-1973 

Head to the Christopher Mount Gallery at the Pacific Design Center Friday evening for the opening reception of a new exhibition “When the Future had Fins: Automobile Design and Concepts, 1959-1973.” Featuring design sketches from the “Big Three” automakers: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, the exhibit details how the future was conceived in the design of automobiles in the years before the oil crisis.

While there, check out the other exhibits taking place at the PDC as part of the center’s 40 year anniversary.

When: Friday January 23, 2015 from 5:00 – 9:30pm

Where: Pacific Design Center;  8687 Melrose Avenue Suite B267, West Hollywood

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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3. Heidi Duckler: Parts and Labor Redux

Car culture lives on. “With choreography that explores America’s love affair with the automobile,” Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, known for its dance performances in architectural and urban spaces, re-issues “Parts and Labor,” a play where performers will dance “on and around a 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.”

Closing night at SCI-Arc (January 24, 2015) will include an after party with drinks and catering by Guerrilla Tacos.

When: January 22, 23, 24, 2015

Where: LACE and SCI-Arc (Click information link below for full location details)

Tickets: General admission $40; Students $20

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4. Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations 

Cocktails have never been more complicated and niche than they are today. But what about the vessels that make it easier and more stylish to sip on your rum with artisanal ice? Head to “Crafting the Cocktail,” an exhibit on display at the Craft in America Center in downtown Los Angeles. The show is part of PBS’s series that explores America’s craft movement.

When: Runs until February 21, 2014 (Craft in American Center is open from Tuesday-Saturday)

Where: Craft in America Center; 8415 W 3rd St. Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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5. “Generators of the Cylinder” Sculpture Relit in Pershing Square

After about a decade in the dark, artist Michael Hayden’s 1982 sculpture, Generators of the Cylinder, a 270-foot-long “chain of holographically etched polycarbonate semi-cylinder” in the jewelry district of Los Angeles, will be relit. The public is invited to come celebrate the return of the neon sculpture.

When: Thursday January 22 at 4:00-6:00 PM

Where: Los Angeles International Jewelry Center; 550 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public (RSVP to RSVPChristine@communicationartsinc.com

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And don’t forget to listen to this week’s DnA:Thom Mayne Shares Plans for Bradbury’s Former Home; Suburban LA Gets a Retrofit