5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

1.  Is L.A.’s Past Worth Saving?

In recent months, several preservation debates have emerged over Los Angeles buildings. And in every one of those debates, be it over Ray Bradbury’s home, or Parker Center, or Norm’s Diner, the question emerges about how Los Angeles, which has famously rid itself of many iconic buildings, should treat its past. Moderated by KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez, panelists crime novelists Denise Hamilton, Libros Schmibros founder David Kipen, L.A. Office of Historic Resources manager Ken Bernstein, L.A. Weekly staff writer Dennis Romero, and KCET arts and culture columnist Lynell George will discuss L.A.’s heritage and celebrate the launch of HistoricPlacesLA.

When: Monday June 1, 2015 7:30 PM

Where: The Plaza on Olvera Street El Pueblo De Los Angeles Los Angeles

Tickets: Make a reservation here.

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2. Parachute Market 

LA Design Festival continues and one of the highlights is Parachute Market, the bi-annual design fair, returns this weekend. Curated by Coryander Friend and Mallery Roberts Morgan, it will take place at the Michael Maltzan-designed One Santa Fe apartments in the Arts District. Each parachute market centers on a theme; this season it is “ad hoc” and will “explore the ethos of the temporary marketplace and the increasingly significant role that spontaneity plays within community, art, and commerce.” On Saturday afternoon, DnA’s Frances Anderton will sit down with Coryander and Darren Gold, of the West Hollywood Design District, and discuss: Is the Temporary Fair a Permanent Fixture in Retailing Today?

When: Saturday and Sunday June 6 & 7

Where: One Santa Fe; 300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles,

Tickets: $10 at the door, or online.

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Project 120 Rendering by architect Kulapat Yantrasast (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3. architectureTALKS: Kulapat Yantrasast 

Head to Culver City this Sunday to hear from Thomas Aujero Small, architectural writer and Culver City Cultural Affairs Commissioner, and Kulapat Yantrasast, designer of choice for many an art and cultural space. The pair will discuss “how architecture can serve in the 21st century.” Attendees will be able to tour Yantrasast’s wHY offices and see images of the firm’s recent work including Pomona College’s new Studio Art Hall, the Samurai exhibition at LACMA, Project 120 in Chicago and other local, national and international projects.”

When: Sunday June 7, 2015

Where: wHY 9520 Jefferson Boulevard Culver City

Tickets: Click here for tickets.

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4. Black Music and the Aesthetics of Protest

Taking inspiration from Neo Muyanga’s opera The Struggle, Professor of Musicology Tamara Levitz will moderate a panel discussion on the topic of black music and other historically Black arts genres as venues to achieve racial justice. Panelists include Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of African and African-American Studies, Duke University; Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania; Robin Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History, UCLA; Shana Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California; and Gayle Murchison, Associate Professor of Musicology, College of William and Mary.

When: Tuesday June 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Where: The Hammer Museum; 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. One ticket per person; first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended.

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5. Heights of Elegance: A Tour of West Adams Heights

The West Adams district is teeming with history. Once one of LA’s ritziest neighborhoods with its luxurious hilltop mansions with views extending downtown and the beach, it was also famed as the community where racial divides  were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, in response to lawsuits headlined by well-known actresses Hattie McDaniel and Louise Beavers, among others, in 1948. This weekend the West Adams Heritage Association will offer a a self-guided tour — and first time look at many — of the historic mansions that still exist in the enclave today. Tour highlights include the Rindge “Castle,” built by the family that once owned Malibu and designed by Frederick L. Roehrig (known as “the Millionaire’s Architect”), and the Charles I.D. Moore Residence, designed by the firm of Hudson & Munsell, architects of the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park.

When: Saturday June 6 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where: Meet at 2263 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles

Tickets: $35; Click here for tickets.

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And don’t forget to listen to last week’s DnA