5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in Design events from DnA.

DWP at 50 1. The DWP Building (John Ferraro Office Building) at 50

The Department of Water and Power may elicit groans from its customers at times but few dispute the grandeur of the utility company’s building — a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and notable example of Corporate International architecture, opened in 1965.

Architects Albert C. Martin & Associates showcased state-of-the-art innovations in heating, cooling, and lighting systems; and this Wednesday its resource efficiency will be under scrutiny, at a tour of the building and architectural panel discussion.

Nancy Sutley, LADWP’s Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, will discuss the building’s history and sustainability features with Christopher C. Martin, CEO & Chairman, AC Martin; Jerry Gewe, Former Senior Assistant General Manager for Water, LADWP; Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, US Green Building Council Lisa Matthiessen, Principal, Integral Group

When: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Where: LADWP HQ (John Ferraro Building), 111 North Hope Street, LA< CA 90012

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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The Birds
Performers in the Strindberg Laboratory’s production of “The Birds” (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2. The Birds

The Strindberg Laboratory is a non-profit theatre company that aims to give voice and self-empowerment through theater to occupants of Skid Row and Downtown Recovery Programs. Following a successful with last  year’s “Hustlin”, now they’ve taken on Aristophanes.

Strindberg’s updated version, directed by Michael Bierman and Meri Pakarinen is a “satirical comedy featuring Dark Vader (a.k.a. Dick Cheney), IRS and CIA agents and David Koch from Koch industries is going to get married. The show features original song, raps and scenes about what happens when the fringes of society become powerful and how power corrupts absolutely.” Members of the troupe designed and made the costumes.

When: Saturday, June 27th, 8pm (Opening night); Sunday, June 28st, 1pm

Where: Sidewalk Studio Theatre, 4150 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

Tickets: $10 donation; Seating is Limited so reserve your seat by calling: 213-265-6313

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Karen Halverson, Mulholland at Runyon Canyon, Los Angeles, California, 1993, archival pigment print, © Karen Halverson (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3. Five Artists in Search of a City: Panel Discussion and Book-signing for “Both Sides of Sunset”

LA’s dualities—”sunshine and noir, beaches and urban grit, natural beauty and suburban sprawl, the obvious and the hidden”– are explored in Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles, a sequel to Looking at Los Angeles, by established and emerging photographers including Bruce Davidson, Lee Friedlander, Daido Moriyama, Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, Matthew Brandt, Katy Grannan, Alex Israel, Lise Sarfati and Ed Templeton.

This Saturday Zoe Crosher, Bettina Hubby, Michael Shields and Ed Templeton share their visions of the city’s visual landscape in a discussion moderated by David L. Ulin of the Los Angeles Times.

Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit Inner-City Arts.

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015; 3pm

Where: Ahmanson Auditorium, MOCA Grand Avenue

Tickets: FREE; priority entry for MOCA members; Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis

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Palm Tree photo by Christian Mayer; Capsule photo by Rachael Porter

4. Palm Capsule

LA’s oldest palm tree, located in Exposition Park since 1914, but dating back to the late 1850s, was the subject of an art project by Christian Mayer, a participant last year in the MAK Center’s Artists and Architects-in-Residence program.

Palm Capsule involves “burying an airtight, 14 x 14 x 30-inch stainless steel box filled with scientific and artistic contributions developed by primarily Los Angeles-based artists, writers and scientists after an exploration of the tree and its story. Buried next to the palm and intended to remain underground for 100 years, this capsule pens a note to the people of the year 2115.”

On Wednesday evening historian Victoria Dailey will present a lecture “Piety & Perversity, The Palms of Los Angeles,” and then Christian Mayer, will join her and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer in conversation afterwards. On Thursday evening the capsule will be ceremonially buried by the historic palm.

When: Talk takes place Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Mackey Garage Top, 1137 S Cochran AveLos Angeles, CA 90019

Tickets: Free and open to the public

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John Valadez

5. L.A.’s Mural Renaissance, Viewed at the Couturier Gallery

You can see the intimate studio work of some of L.A. highly regarded muralists in an exhibition at Couturier Gallery entitled L.A. Muralist: In Their Studios II, featuring Christina Angelina, David Botello, Pablo Cristi, Wayne Healy, Judithe Hernández, Alex “Defer” Kizu, Augustine Kofie, Lydiaemily, Kent Twitchell, John Valadez (painting shown above) and Richard Wyatt through July 18, 2015. This Thursday Isabel Rojas-Williams of The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles will discuss L.A.’s mural renaissance with a panel of renowned L.A. muralists.

When: Thursday, June 25, 7:30pm

Where: 166 N. La Brea Avenue, LA, CA 90036

Tickets: email cg@couturiergallery.com

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CelebrateAnd this just in. . . CELEBRATE: SHELTER

LA’s popular indie design museum, A+D, recently departed its digs in Mid-Wilshire for downtown, where you can get a first siting of its new space, in a warehouse-turned-museum in DTLA’s Arts District, if you attend its annual fundraiser — Celebrate! — taking place this Saturday. The theme is SHELTER and the centerpiece of the evening will be a silent auction of “custom-designed “shelters” created by architecture and design luminaries, installed exhibit-style in the new space.” 100% of the proceeds benefit the Museum.

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 7:00 – 11:00pm

Where: 900 E. 4th Street

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And don’t forget to listen to this week’s DnA “DnA Goes to Berlin; Can California’s Water Crisis Be a Game?”