5 Design Things to do This Week

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See LA in old newsreels, visit Seinfeld’s famed apartment, find art and handmade objects for friends and family, and get a window onto Death Row. That’s all this week in design and architecture.

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Go back in time and witness “pupils of the Mosconi school display their talents as the movie capital’s peppiest dancers” or a freak storm that “blankets areas of Southern California with unprecedented snowfall transforming this semi-tropical area into a winter,” and “Mary Pickford at cornerstone laying for $12,000,000” new hospital. 

These are all topics of newsreels that you can see at the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater tonight, as it wraps its series of screenings of footage from the UCLA Film and Television archive, called This is the City: Preserving Moving Images of Los Angeles.

Tonight’s program of newsreels from the late 1920s through 40s looks back at how the city “was represented in the newsreels that gave rise to the moving image news of today. From baby pageants to anti-war rallies, in both completed films and in raw footage, the newsreels captured the provincial and increasingly international dimensions of the city as it evolved.”

When: Monday, December 14; 7:30 pm – 9:30PM

Where: Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, Courtyard Level, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tickets: $10.00; order tickets here

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The Seinfeld apartment, recreated. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2) It’s a Festivus Miracle! “Seinfeld: The Apartment” Debuts  on the West Coast

It’s an apartment engraved on the minds of a generation and now the fabled Upper West Side apartment where Jerry and friends loafed for thousands of hours is being recreated just in time for “Festivus,” courtesy of Hulu (which has acquired the SVOD rights to Seinfeld.)

The pop-up installation, featuring a replica of the apartment and a “full gallery experience,” will be reconstructed in Los Angeles with “fan favorite items” following a very successful NYC run, and opens to the public starting Wednesday.

When: December 16 – 20, 2015; 10AM – 7PM

Where: 8445 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069 W

Tickets: Free and open to the public (but be ready for lines.)

Art Share LA
Art Share L.A. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3)   Art Share L.A. — End of year holiday sale