Posts by Gregory Han

Photo: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

61st Annual Bonsai Show
“Discover the timeless appeal of an ancient horticultural art form as the California Bonsai Society presents its 61st annual show, featuring dozens of beautiful specimens created by bonsai masters. The show takes place in The Huntington’s Brody Botanical Center. Additional examples of bonsai can be seen in the permanent display in the Japanese Garden’s Bonsai Courts, where more than 70 world-class trees are on permanent display. Entry to the show is included with general admission to The Huntington.”
When: Saturday, March 24 at 10 AM – 5 PM
Where: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Night of 1,000 Drawings
“Night of 1000 Drawings is a community fundraising initiative that asks everyone in L.A. to ‘doodle for a difference’ – draw anything, with anything, on anything 6 x 8. All donated doodles will be exhibited at a one-night-only art exhibition and sale, which will take place on March 22, 2018, from 5-8pm, at the Globe Theatre. All attendees will get to choose a doodle to take home, and be entertained by award-winning musicians. All proceeds go directly towards funding a music program for Metro Charter Elementary.”
When: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Globe Theatre, 740 S. Broadway Street 90014

Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour: Better Homes and Gardens
“Tour extraordinary historic homes and gorgeous gardens as Pasadena Heritage presents architectural and landscape design spanning more than 130 years. Inspired by the legendary magazine that has epitomized American living since 1922 with articles such as, “Create the Perfect Front Yard” and “Backyard Landscapes with our Gardening Tips,” Better Homes and Gardens continues to be one of America’s favorite magazines.”
When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Locations to be provided.

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
“In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the pharaoh’s quest for immortality. Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, and how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.”
When: March 24, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Where: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, 90037

The Unreal City
Installation Gallery and Installation Magazine host a group exhibition of Los Angeles artists each examining the facade of the city they call home as part of the Santa Monica Airport Artwalk 2018.
When: Saturday, March 24 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Where: Installation Magazine, 3021 Airport Ave Suite 102C, Santa Monica 90405

Architecture & Design Film Festival: Los Angeles
The Architecture & Design Film Festival, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject. The ADFF also programs for international film festivals as well as cultural institutions and private venues.
When: March 15-18th; various show times
Where: The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Forest Bathing
“Slow Down. Awaken your senses. Bear witness to yourself and all beings. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us.” $25 per session Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
When: March 17th, 8:00AM-10:00AM
Where: Meets @ Main Entrance of the Los Angeles County Arboretum

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles
The Other Art Fair is a leading artist fair presented by Saatchi Art, showcasing the work of the very best in emerging art to art lovers from all backgrounds. On March 15-18, 2018 the Fair makes its West Coast debut at Los Angeles’ historic The Majestic Downtown, presenting 100 talented emerging artists alongside a unique and immersive features program.
When: Thursday, March 15 at 6 PM – 10 PM
Where: The Majestic Downtown, 650 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, California 90014

Highland Park Heritage Trust 35th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for a day of lively activities! Timed tours of the historic Abbey San Encino plus a Local Artisan Fair and Live Music in the gardens from 10 to 3pm. A special closing Anniversary Reception with Wine, Cheese and a Silent Auction will be held from 3pm to 5pm.
When: March 18th, 10am – 5pm
Where: The Abbey San Encino, 6211 Arroyo Glen Street in historic Highland Park

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
The Sister City organization is a volunteer group dedicated to maintaining the tradition of friendship and cultural exchange with Huntington Beach’s Sister City in Anjo, Japan. Historic Wintersburg—a National Treasure goldfish farm and mission property representing over 100 years of Japanese American pioneer history in Huntington Beach—proudly supports our Sister City organization and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
When: March 18 at 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Where: Huntington Beach Central Park Amphitheater, 7111 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach, California 92648

Quiet Mornings: Art x Mindfulness at MOCA
Quiet Mornings is a one-of-a-kind event, pairing a guided meditation exercise with the opportunity to experience a truly unique, immersive artwork. After an acclaimed run at MoMA in NYC, our partner Flavorpill is bringing the inspiration to LA. Join us for Quiet Mornings LA on Saturday, March 10 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo. Enjoy The Theater of Disappearance, Adrián Villar Rojas’ powerful site-specific work, and a group meditation session led by artist Noberto Rodriguez.
When: March 10 at 9:30am
Where: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, California CA 90012

History of Coffee in Southern California Panel Discussion
A lively panel of Southern California coffee experts discuss important developments in the region’s coffee landscape, beginning with early settlers who packed green coffee in their covered wagons and roasted the beans over a nightly campfire to sustain their difficult cross-country journeys. Topics include the rise of local commercial and specialty roasters and coffee houses spanning the 20th century. Finally, the panelists explore the arrival of coffee’s Third Wave and highlight the proliferation of espresso bars and cafés that dot the map of Southern California today.
When: March 10, 2018, 10:30am
Where: Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, California 90071

Eastside Babylon
On the Eastside Babylon tour you’ll discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.’s oldest cemetery and home of some most unusual burials. Visit East Los Angeles, where a deranged radio shop employee made mince meat of his boss and bride–and you can get your hair done in a building shaped like a giant tamale. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood’s myriad crimes will shock and surprise. Visit Montebello, to get your heart broken by a horrifying case of mother love gone haywire. All this, and so much more on Eastside Babylon, Esotouric’s exploration of L.A.’s most horrifying forgotten crimes.
When: March 10, 2018, 11:30am
Where:The Daily Dose Cafe, 1820 Industrial Street, Los Angeles 90021

Huell Howser’s Lost California’s Gold Episode: The Ghost Mountain…
In 2010, the late, great television personality Huell Howser telephoned filmmaker John McDonald to make an unprecedented request. Howser had seen McDonald’s documentary, The Ghost Mountain Experiment, a story about a family who lived off the grid for seventeen years in San Diego County’s Anza-Borrego Desert, considered this story to be quintessential California’s gold and wanted to make an episode based both on the Souths and on McDonald’s fine documentary. Due to Howser’s unexpected illness and untimely death as well as the cancellation of California’s Gold, Howser instead gave McDonald the unedited video master of this episode. McDonald completed the editing of Huell’s work and he will screen share with us this last nugget of California’s Gold!
When: March 7th, 2018, 7pm
Where: Arts & Culture Downtown Central Library, 222 East Harvard St, Glendale CA

Union Station Art & Architecture Tour
Discover art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public in an exclusive free tour of Union Station Los Angeles. Begins at the information booth inside the Alameda Street entrance to historic Union Station. The tours are free. No reservations required.Led by Metro Art Los Angeles Docents, the tour covers Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall. Additionally, the tours explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, Union Station East and inside the Metro Headquarters Building.
When: March 11th, 2018, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Where: Union Station Los Angeles, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012

Grand Park, DTLA. Creative Commons photo by Joe Wolf (CC BY-ND 2.0)

How can Landscape Architecture Address Imminent Design Realities?: “As landscape architects, we are trained to design for dynamic conditions – our landscapes are intended to evolve over time with the changing seasons of the year and with the processes of maturity and decay over the course of decades. But with climate change we now are dealing with a new dimension in dynamic design. Planting and soils conditions are changing in unforeseen ways. The typical lifespan of a public landscape is about 30 years on average. What we design and plant now will have to work both today and in a much dryer, warmer future predicted some few decades from now.”

11 ugly urban underpasses now functioning as public parks: When Manhattan’s High Line opened on the west side in 2009, locals and visitors alike flocked to the revitalized railroad trestle to marvel at its transformation into a gorgeous and walkable park. In Seattle, a decades-old project turned a downtrodden underpass into a skateboarding destination. In Toronto, a just-completed project created an ice rink under the highway. All are examples of a new era in underpass design—one that emphasizes high-impact solutions to reconnect neighborhoods and revitalize communities.

4 Reasons Why ASLA is Celebrating African American History Month: “February marks African American History Month as a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans in every endeavor of our history. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) offers four reasons why it is celebrating.”

Palm Springs planned community boasts an olive grove in the desert: “Palm Springs is the latest city to embrace environmentally conscious design, as 300 acres of what was originally slated for a golf course will instead become an ecologically-oriented planned community. Miralon, a 1,150-unit development in Coachella Valley with 75 acres of olive groves, will join agricultural neighborhoods across the country when it opens this fall.”

This Land is Your Land – Rotting cabins, closed trails: why we’re shining a light on US national parks: “The National Park Service is the protector of some of America’s greatest environmental and cultural treasures. Yet a huge funding shortfall means that the strain of America’s passion for its parks is showing. Trails are crumbling and buildings are rotting. In all there is an $11bn backlog of maintenance work that repair crews have been unable to perform, a number that has mostly increased every year in the past decade.”

2018 Lunar New Year Celebration at Hsi Lai Temple
Join us at Lunar New Year celebration at 佛光山西來寺 Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple at Hacineda Heights on Friday, February 16th. The celebration starts with a morning pilgrimage at 5am at the temple main gate, following by A Homage to Thousand Buddha’s chanting at 10am. The most well-known Chinese traditional cultural performance at 12pm.
When: February 16th, 5:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: 3456 Glenmark Dr, Hacienda Heights, California 91745

Metro Art Presents: The Mudbug Brass Band
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Union Station with The Mudbug Brass Band. Louisiana-rooted but Los Angeles based, the 8-piece New Orleans Jazz band is dedicated to the Second Line tradition, drawing from New Orleans traditional jazz, R&B, funk and Mardi Gras. Hundreds of Second Line parades happen in New Orleans throughout the year, usually on Sunday afternoons, and are held in neighborhoods across the city. Ranging in size, level of organization and traditions, they always include a brass band, joyful dancing in the street and participants decked out in brightly colored suits, sashes, hats and bonnets, parasols and banners, blending the formality of a courtly function and the spontaneous energy of a roving block party.
When: February 13th, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: Union Station

Forest Bathing at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Slow Down. Awaken your senses. Bear witness to yourself and all beings.
Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us.
When: February 17th, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Arthropolooza – the Ultimate Bugfest
As Valentine’s Day approaches, isn’t it time to give some thought about relationships – among insects? On the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18 between noon and 4 p.m. the San Bernardino County Museum will explore love bugs and bad romances during Arthropolooza! The Ultimate Bugfest. Discover the fascinating world of arthropods—insects, arachnids, myriapods, and more. At the same time, activities and presentations will look at love from a whole new perspective: symbiotic relationships. Parasites need love, too!
When: February 17th -18th, 12:00 pm
Where: San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Ln, Redlands, California 92374

After The Fire: Making Our Landscapes More Resilient
Please join Lanny Kaufer and renowned fire ecology expert and author Richard Halsey for a timely workshop on how to create resilient gardens and homes in Southern California as we go forward in the post-Thomas Fire era. We will begin with a morning walk to identify and discuss fire-wise native plants and continue after a lunch break with a slideshow talk based on Richard’s book and his research into the chaparral ecosystem and fire ecology. Hosted by California Chaparral Institute.
When: February 17th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: 180 N Blanche St, Ojai, CA 93023, United States

Secret Japanese Village
There is a Japanese Village in Downtown L.A., a secret world created by fashion designer Peter Lai. Dolls, kimonos, extravagant costumes, antiques, ceramics, lanterns, scrolls, and other objects have been organized into a temple, theater, tea room, and doll shop. Join Field Agent Robert Hemedes as we explore this private collection of Japanese treasures gathered by Lai over the past several decades.
When: February 18, 2018 (3 tour times available, starting from 10 am)
Where: Secret Location! Meet at the Valero Gas Station, 500 S Alameda Street, Los Angeles 90013