5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.


1. Communicating Climate Change + Urban Ocean

DnA’s Frances Anderton will discuss the challenges of communicating climate change with a panel of experts from climate science, photography and documentary film-making. The event is co-hosted by the Rand Corporation and the Annenberg Space For Photography. The impetus for the discussion is the exhibition Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, whose last day is next Sunday, May 3; it reopens June 1st at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. If you are in Long Beach next weekend, visitors to the aquarium can join in its sixth annual Urban Ocean Festival, which features art exhibitions, a fashion show and a contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, and educational activities.

When: April 27, 2015 7:15-8:30 PM

Where: Skylight Studios; 10050 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free, but registration required; Register here.

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2. Venice Design Series

As Venice becomes out-of-reach to most people, Venice Community Housing (VCH) continues its 25-year long effort has provided permanent, affordable housing to hundreds of low-income people in and around Venice. Venice Design Series is a fundraiser for VCH, organized by — and featuring — some of the neighborhood’s luminaries. Events include a Coastal Canyon Literary Tour (May 2) lead by landscape designer Jay Griffith with readings from Catherine Keener, Mona Simpson and others, a salon at the home of architect Steven Ehrlich (shown above) also on May 2, a “garden gathering” on May 9 whose co-hosts include architect Kulapat Yantrasast and Superba restaurants (tasty!), and, on May 10, a “Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch” in historic Mar Vista Tract Homes designed by Gregory Ain.

When: May 2, 9 and 10; see web site for specifics

Where: Various locations. Check here.

Tickets: Purchase here.

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3. Paris Photo 

Do art and design fairs have to take place – as so many do — in dreary convention halls? No, they don’t, as so effectively proven by Paris Photo Los Angeles, which touches down for its third year at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. From May 1st  through 3rd, wander the “streets” of faux New York and visit 79 “premier” art galleries and art book dealers as well as programming such as the Sound & Vision conversations between artists and curators.

When: May 1-3, 2015

Where: Paramount Pictures Studios

Tickets: $28; Click here for tickets.

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4. Diavolo/Architecture in Motion; Design II: The Eloquence of Fred Astaire 

Diavolo/Architecture in Motion

Diavolo, a popular troupe that fuses ballet, martial arts, gymnastics and hip-hop, returns to The Broad Stage for a weekend of “gravity-defying performance” that, the company says, “continues to personify how we inhabit the architecture of space.” Artistic Director Jacques Heim presents Fluid Infinities,in which 10 performers interact with “an otherworldly orb” (shown in picture above) to the accompaniment of Philip Glass’  Symphony No. 3 , and his latest creation, Cubicle, set in an “abstract, corporate America.”

When: May 1-3

Where: The Broad Stage; 90401, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica

Tickets: Various prices; Click here for tickets.

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Dance + Design II: The Eloquence of Fred Astaire

 In the second of its DANCE+DESIGN 2015 series, two Fred Astaire masterpieces will be brought to life by American Contemporary Ballet in the striking setting of Gensler’s offices in downtown Los Angeles. ACB’s  Artistic Director, Lincoln Jones, will discuss the language of dance, and each one-hour program will be followed by a reception with the artists, drinks, and live jazz.

When: Saturday, May 2 at 2, 4 & 6 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at 2 & 4 p.m.

Where: Gensler; 500 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

Tickets:$30; Click here for tickets.

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5. The Passion of Joan of Arc

Fans of silent film and unique public spaces will enjoy a screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc this Sunday at The Viaduct. KCRW’s Aaron Byrd will be there to spin before the screening and guests can enjoy wood-fired pizza and drinks.

When: Sunday May 3, 2015 6:00-10:00 PM

Where: The Viaduct 1799 Baker Street Los Angeles

Tickets: Click here for tickets.

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