5 Design Things to do This Week

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Griffith Park Teahouse reappears, in San Pedro; Ray Kappe talks with Hernan Diaz Alonso; Bikes and trains take over the valley; L.A. Zine Fest and back; and Annenberg Beach House celebrates Julia Morgan.

Griffith Park Teahouse pops up in San Pedro; photo by Michael Wells
Griffith Park Teahouse pops up in San Pedro; photo by Michael Wells (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

1. Griffith Park Teahouse Reappears, at the Port of LA

After months of anticipation, the Griffith Park Teahouse has reappeared, in a new installation at the Port of Los Angeles. Constructed from redwoods burned by the 2007 Griffith Park Fire, the Teahouse was built without approval in a remote corner of Griffith Park by an anonymous artist collective who also created the recent Petal Drop. Now fully embraced by the Los Angeles Departments of Cultural Affairs and Recreation and Parks, the teahouse is on the road, bearing ‘wish plaques’ for Los Angeles. Its first stop is on Knoll Hill in San Pedro and its temporary stay will be accompanied by special events. Meanwhile a bench by the group has been erected in Griffith Park on the site of the teahouse.

When: February 29 – March 20, 2016. Opening, Saturday, March 5, 2016 4–6 pm Join artists from San Pedro’s Machine Community Art Studio to give new wish plaques a distinctive San Pedro look at this collaborative drawing activity. Art supplies will be provided. Sunset Concert: The California Feetwarmers will perform from 5-6 pm.

Where: Knoll Hill, San Pedro, California

Tickets:  FREE and open to the public. More details here.

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2. Ray Kappe + Hernan Diaz Alonso: Duel + Duet

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) was founded by esteemed LA late-Modern architect Ray Kappe and a group of fellow renegades on his dismissal from Cal Poly Pomona in 1972. Now the school is helmed by Hernan Diaz Alonso. On Wednesday the two past and present leaders will discuss the school and the state of architecture.

When:  Wednesday March 2, 2016, 7:00pm

Where:  SCI-Arc W.M. Keck Lecture Hall. 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tickets: FREE and no reservations are required. More information here.


3) Test Run of the New Foothill Extension/CicLAvia The Valley

How about a ride on the newly opening Gold Line Foothill Extension and see where that takes you!  On March 5th, the Metro is scheduled to open the Gold Line Foothill Extension. And on the following day, CicLAvia returns to The Valley, hosting four miles of car-free streets from 9 am to 4 pm.  Participate on bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair or other non-motorized vehicle. The route will take people through Pacoima, Arleta, North Hills East, and Panorama City.

New Foothill Extension

When: Opening March 5th

Where: Sierra Madre Villa, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte/City of Hope, Irwindale, Azusa Downtown, APU/Citrus College

Tickets: Metro tickets available at the stations. See map.

CicLAvia The Valley

When: March 6, 2016, 9am-4pm

Where: Panorama City Hub, 8318 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, 91402; Arleta Hub, 9630 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, 91402; Pacoima Hub, 13076 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles 91331; See Map

Tickets: Free. No tickets required.

Zine Fest
Get to know fellow zinesters at L.A. Zine Fest, March 6, 2016 (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

4) L.A. Zine Fest 2016/Dublab at Union Station

The 5th annual L.A. Zine Fest returns to its inaugural neighborhood – downtown L.A. – to celebrate self-publishing and DIY culture in the community. This year’s Fest will feature over 200 zinesters –writers, illustrators, comics creators, photographers and more — selling, trading and sharing their work.

When: Sunday, March 6, 11am-6pm

Where: 650 S. Spring St.

Tickets:  Free

Also in downtown this weekend: “Music for Train Stations,” hosted by dub lab , kicks off the first in a month of Friday night musical entertainment at Union Station.

Marion Davies Estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, and now part of the Annenberg Beach House. Photo courtesy Santa Monica Conservancy.(The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

5) Santa Monica Conservancy Celebrates Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan, California’s first woman architect, produced over 700 projects in nearly five decades of practice including the Marion Davies Estate, built in the late 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for Marion Davies.

The public is invited to come celebrate the achievements of this pioneering designer. Karen McNeill, Ph.D, is currently writing a biography and will give a talk entitled Julia Morgan and Phoebe Hearst: Building Legacies Together; thereafter guests can see Morgan’s work first hand through a tour of the Marion Davies Guest House and the historic tiled pool.

When: Sunday, March 6, 11 am – 2 pm; talk by Karen McNeill, 11 am; Tour of estate: 12 pm – 2 pm.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House is at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy.  Parking is $3 per hour, $8 per day.

Tickets: The event is free, reservations are requested.  Seating for the presentation is limited. For more information and to RSVP, visit JuliaMorganlegacy2016.eventbrite.com or call 310-458-4904.