5 Design Things To Do This Week (and Labor Day Weekend)

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Your week in design events from DnA.

1. L.A. River Boat Race/Frogspot 

Seasoned kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddle boarders take note: the first-ever L.A. River Boat Race takes place in a 3/4-mile stretch of the Glendale Narrows this weekend. That is the newly opened Recreational Zone in the Elysian Valley, and is one of the more pastoral sections of the river (though not free from urban soundtrack of trains and LAPD ‘copters). If you aren’t up to kayaking, be sure to check out Frogspot, FOLAR‘s visitor center, where guests can sit in the shade, get access to the river’s bike path and relax by the river.

When: Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Where: Elysian Valley Recreation Zone Glendale Narrows Rattlesnake Park, Los Angeles

Tickets: Pay what you can; suggested donations range from $40-65. Click here for tickets.

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2. Art Deco Festival Aboard the Queen Mary

Dust off your inner flapper girl or Gatsby and get on board the “Ship of Woods” for the 10th Annual Art Deco Festival, starting this Thursday on the Queen Mary ocean liner in Long Beach. Fans of Art Deco can explore the elaborate murals, paintings, sculptures and wood carvings of the now-retired cruise ship. The festival, which runs through the holiday weekend, is presented by the Queen Mary in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.

When: August 28th-September 1st, 2014.

Where: Queen Mary, Long Beach

Tickets: Click here for tickets to various events in festival.

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revampthecampsupplemental-323. Los Angeles County Fair/ Burning Man 

So what might the Los Angeles County Fair and Burning Man have in common? Not much, except that both attract thousands, take place in hot, arid surroundings (though Burning Man just got rain) and feature exotic attractions, such as nude adults and mind-bending art installations (Burning Man) and nude animals and pig-racing (L.A. County Fair.) However, the Fair is nearer, more tickets are available, and it is better suited for children. Also at the County Fair, check out the future of camping in California State Parks; on display will be a prototypical new cabin (above) designed by architecture students at Cal Poly Pomona (located in the Fair’s Wilderness Ridge area.)

Los Angeles County Fair

When: August 29-September 28, 2014

Where: 1101 West McKinley Ave. Fairplex, CA

Tickets: Buy tickets at the fair; prices vary by day and age. Click here for full pricing information.

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Burning Man

When: August 30, 2014

Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Tickets: Sold out, but tickets can be purchased through Burning Man’s STEP program. Find out more information here.

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Photo by John McStravick via Flickr(The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

4. Public Star Party

Stargaze from one of L.A.’s most spectacular vantage points, Griffith Park Observatory. Staff and volunteers will be there to share their knowledge of the skies with guests, and telescopes will also be available for use.

When: Saturday August 30, 2014 2:00 PM-9:45 PM

Where: Griffith Park Observatory; 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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5. Torrance Youtube Slam

Youtube has functioned as not only a great place to watch cat videos, but it also has served as an incubator for creativity. This Friday, LACMA is sponsoring an off-site Youtube-video watching event in Torrance’s Charles H. Wilson Park (the popular Torrance park on the site of a former US Naval Annex). Submit links to your favorite Youtube videos for a chance to see them on a big screen!

When: Friday August 29, 2014 8:00 PM

Where: Charles H. Wilson Park; 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

And don’t forget to listen to our most recent DnA, Slide the City, or Not? Designing the Knick.