Posts by AHBE LAB

Earth Tones
A three-day festival of natural color, featuring dyers and designers from across the United States working with botanical and mineral hues. Admission is free; workshop tickets are linked below with corresponding prices. An event concept collaboration by Titania Inglis + Lost in Fiber Agency. Hosted by Poketo Project Space at the Row DTLA.
When: May 18, 2018, 11 a.m.
Where: Poketo Project Space at Row DTLA, 777 Alameda Street #174, Los Angeles

Autry After Hours: “Las Mujeres”
Fierce females and allies make up this month’s installment of poetry, music, and art inspired by our LA RAZA exhibition. Find yourself on the dance floor with the all-girl, all-vinyl Chulita Vinyl Club, hear in-gallery poetry by Sholeh Wolpe and Erika Ayón, and create your own art piece with East Los Angeles’s own Self Help Graphics & Art’s Barrio Mobile Art Studio.
When: May 16, 2018, 6:30–9:00 p.m.
Where: The Autry in Griffith Park

Can We Appreciate the Great Art of Bad People?
Great artists have never been angels. But as we learn more about the crimes and misdemeanors of today’s artists, to what extent can we still separate appreciation of great art from celebrating its compromised creators? Does an artist’s bad behavior diminish the quality of their artwork? What does it mean for arts institutions to reject art on moral grounds? Cultural historian and film critic Neal Gabler, USC popular culture scholar Todd Boyd, and University of Notre Dame art historian Ingrid Rowland examine how, and whether, we can value the art of miscreants and criminals.Moderated by Amanda Fortini, contributing writer at The New Yorker. Presented with Zócalo Public Square.
When: May 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

The Search for Perfection in an Imperfect World
Best-selling author Simon Winchester (The Professor and the Madman; The Men Who United the States), explores the origins of “precision” and the invisible role it plays, for good or for ill, in the way we live our lives. The lecture is drawn from his new book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. A book signing will follow the program. Free; reservations required. Reserve online.
When: May 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington Library

Bike Month: Discover the Hidden Gems of Culver City Ride
Join Bike Culver City for a ride to discover some of the City’s hidden gems, presented by the Metro Bicycle Educaiton Safety Training (BEST) Program. We’ll meet the frogs living at the Hobbit house, grab some refreshments in a patio under the trees at Jackson Market and Deli, and enter the world of Soviet Flowerpower in the Wende Museum of Cold War artifacts. We’ll also ride along Ballona Creek on a car-free bike path and will finish riding through some studio backdrops (Culver City is the heart of screenland, after all).
When: May 20, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
Where: City Hall Plaza, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232

Image credit: Tao Wu and Kristin Schwab/UConn Illustration

A new approach to social resilience through landscape architecture: “Landscape architecture is not a subject commonly associated with refugee settlements. But in a field of study where resilience is often applied to help fortify coasts against erosion or to safeguard habitats against loss, UConn landscape architecture researchers have begun using their expertise to encourage resilience in a different form”

Ballot measure aims to preserve Salton Sea: “A project to protect Californians who live near the Salton Sea from deteriorating air quality could sink or swim based on the outcome of a June ballot measure. Proposition 68 would allow the state to borrow $4 billion through bonds to fund parks and environmental protection projects, including $200 million for a plan to preserve the rapidly shrinking Salton Sea.”

8 photos shot by Ansel Adams of 1940s Los Angeles: Fortune magazine sent Ansel Adams in the early 1940s to photograph Los Angeles to capture images to accompany a piece about the area’s booming aviation industry. He left with more than 200 photos that capture what the city was like at the time. The magazine ultimately ran just a few of his images.

ASU grad sees landscape architecture as a path to social justice: “I think it’s important that landscape architects transition from working for typical firms to working directly with neighborhoods because in terms of sustainability, social equity is highly under-addressed…There were no street trees. The first thing I started to do was pull historical maps from 1930 until now and you can see there were almost no trees from then until now.”

The Lichenologist: A short documentary about Kerry Knudsen, curator of lichens at the University of California, who just gave a talk at The Huntington Library about the various lichen species found in Southern California. We also recommend this profile titled, “The Ex-Anarchist Construction Worker Who Became a World-Renowned Scientist“.

Six Taste Koreatown Food Tour
Get ready to explore some of Jonathan Gold’s favorite places and dishes on this historic walking food tour of Koreatown, the largest Korean community outside of Korea, and be prepared to sample some of the best and most authentic and unique Korean food you can find! While Korean BBQ will definitely be included on this tour, guests will also savor a variety of home-style soul food that defines the Korean culture. Eat like family on this tour as you learn about Korean history, traditions, and culture while sharing Korean dishes packed with flavor and spice.
When: May 12th, 10AM – 1:30PM
Where: Koreatown, Los Angeles

Transit Oriented Communities Town Hall
Los Angeles County is making a groundbreaking $160 billion investment in public transportation and mobility. Now we must ensure the buildout goes hand in hand with equitable development strategies. Join ACT-LA for a town hall meeting with Metro Board members and staff to discuss how we can ensure transit investments support community development, anti-displacement strategies, good job creation, and more. Learn about the upcoming policy landscape and what communities of color are doing to ensure equity in transit-oriented development.
When: May 9th, 6PM – 8PM
Where: 815 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

East Asian Garden Lecture Series – Reconstructing the Mindscape of a 17th-Century Korean Literati Garden
The island of Bogil-do, off the southwestern coast of Korea, houses the final residence of scholar and poet Gosan Yun Seondo (1587-1671). His Garden of Seyeonjeong, constructed in a time of political turmoil, represents the poet’s individual realm of thoughts while simultaneously reflecting characteristics of Korean literati gardens. Art historian Katharina I-Bon Suh of the Seoul National University will discuss how the garden’s design and layout served practical purposes but also alluded to philosophical metaphors and fantastical worlds. Free; no reservations required.
When: May 8th, 7:30PM
Where: Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington Garden

Pop-Up Magazine’s Spring Edition at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine—a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us. With photography, film, radio, and original music all mixed together and performed live onstage by a big cast of talented people. Past contributors include bestselling authors (Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Susan Orlean), award-winning documentary filmmakers (Ava DuVernay, Alex Gibney, Barry Jenkins), prominent radio and podcast producers (Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Kelly McEvers), renowned photographers (Larry Sultan, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan), musicians and actors (Beck, Kumail Nanjiani, Sasheer Zamata), as well as a wide, eclectic group of emerging media makers.
When: May 12th. 7:30PM
Where: The Theatre at The Ace Hotel

Unique LA Spring Market at the California Market Center
At #UNIQUELA you’ll discover over 250 curated, independent designers and emerging brands, support the local economy, and be inspired by the community! Get a gift for mom, shop with your squad, or bring the whole family on Sunday for a fun and super unique Mother’s Day (so much better then flowers).
When: May 12th. 10AM – 5PM
Where: California Market Center

Ceramic Vessel Making Workshop with Carrie Lau
One of Poketo’s favorite ceramicists and collaborators Carrie Lau of
O-M Ceramics is teaching this fun and approachable ceramics workshop. No experience with clay is necessary, as you’ll be learning the building blocks of working with clay—though if you do have experience, this workshop will be enjoyable for you too! You will focus on hand-building and coiling techniques to make cups, mugs, and vessels. You’ll get to make about 3 or more vessels, which will be fired after drying and glazing, then shipped out to you within 4–6 weeks after the class.
When: May 12th, 2PM – 5PM
Where: The Line Hotel

Creative Commons photo by Danny Thompson (CC BY 2.0)

The Sparks of Downtown LA’s Boom – What launched DTLA’s transformation?: “The year 1999 was a watershed for DTLA’s redevelopment, beyond just the passing of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance. That same year also witnessed the completion of STAPLES Center, a sporting arena and events venue in DTLA that may have done as much as anything to spark DTLA’s development boom.”

Mapped: 21 projects rising along the LA River: “The plan to ecologically restore an 11-mile section of the Los Angeles River has put a big, national spotlight on the waterway. Anticipating a revitalization, city and real estate developers have paid attention to the flood channel for years now. The result has been a steady stream of projects—parks, bridges, residential, adaptive reuse, mixed use, and even some glitzy projects by big-name architects.”

Landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander on why it should be easier to be green: “My passion is to be with nature and introduce people to it from all levels of society. I believe in the therapeutic effects of greenery on the human soul.”

How Designers Can Build for Diversity: “The only way to do really good location-specific work is to spend a lot of time in the research and discovery phase, figuring out the DNA of the place and how your design can tell that story, not a story that can go anywhere else. As designers, we’re able to be the storytellers, to find ways to create places that include everybody’s story and that provide opportunities to learn and be inquisitive and curious about people whose stories differ from our own.”

Visiting this famous Frank Lloyd Wright home? For some fancy wine, you (maybe) can: “The owners of a famous Frank Lloyd Wright home in California are sick and tired of architecture aficionados walking up to their property to glimpse the beauty within. But, with the right bottle of wine, the Millard House’s residents may let curious visitors have a look around.”

Fourth Street Viaduct, Spanning Los Angeles River, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA (*Public Domain image).

The 10 Bridges Walk
Here is another try at the classic walk invented by Dan Koeppel. Of course, there still is no centerpiece without a 6th St Viaduct but we will do the best we can. The route is different from last year – each bridge is done in a different direction and different streets and neighborhoods are emphasized. Think of it in four segments: 1st from Lincoln Cypress to the Cornfields; 2nd from the Cornfields to Union Station; 3rd from Union Station to the Indy Brewing/Dry River Brewing zone; and last from that brewery zone to Mariachi Plaza (after going south for 2 more bridges)
When: May 5th, 9 AM – 5 PM
Where: Gold Line (Lincoln/Cypress Station), 370 W Avenue 26, Los Angeles, California 90031

The Power of Food
L.A. Kitchen is bringing four of Los Angeles’ best sous chefs together to showcase their culinary talent, creativity and ability to think on their feet. Inspired by José Andrés’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico, each chef will be challenged to create a memorable dish out of everyday ingredients. The participating chefs will be given the opportunity to join the World Central Kitchen chef relief team.
When: May 1st, 7 PM
Where:The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90010

Designing with Palms – Talk and Book Signing
Palm trees are so iconic, especially in Southern California, that it’s easy to lose sight of their versatility in the landscape. Jason Dewees, author of Designing with Palms (Timber Press, 2018), will discuss how the sensory appeal of palms, along with their beautiful diversity—delicate understory plants, hardy shrubs, graceful trees, and bamboo-like clusters—earn them a place in well-designed gardens. A book signing follows. Free; no reservations required. Rothenberg Hall
When: May 5th, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Rothenberg Hall at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

‘Call of the Wild’ Art Exhibition Artist’s Reception @
The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center invites artists and photographers to explore their artistic relationship with flora and fauna in nature. Think of natural elements and anything from insects to birds to majestic animals. Show your appreciation of wildlife near and far. The exhibition will be on display from May 1 through May 28, 2018, with Artist’s Reception on may 5, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Board of Directors of the SFVACC is thrilled to have this exhibition running during the BirdLA Day festivities.
When: May 5th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center

Masters of Taste Pasadena Rose Bowl
Walk the field of the Rose Bowl and enjoy unlimited samplings from some of L.A.’s most eclectic chefs and restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, mixologists and more! 2,500 influential food and beverage enthusiasts from all throughout the Greater Los Angeles area are expected to attend this exciting festival which will include spectacular offerings from over 50 Culinary Masters and restaurants, an array of signature sweets prepared by L.A.’s finest Sweet Masters, signature handcrafted cocktails and tastings from over 25 Beverage Masters which will include top cocktail bars, wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juices, hand roasted coffee, entertainment, and much more.
When: May 6th,
Where: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.