Posts from the Looking Ahead Category

Snapshot Cal Coast 2018
Join researchers from the Natural History Musem of Los Angeles County as we take advantage of the lowest tide cycle of the year to explore coastal marine life at Wilders Addition Park, San Pedro. We will work together as we bioblitz the rocky intertidal areas, using iNaturalist to document the marine life that is seen. The data we collect will be compiled into Snapshot Cal Coast and other state-wide efforts so scientists can gain a better understanding of the organisms that live in this section of the California coast.
When: Saturday and Sunday, June 16th-17th, 6AM – 9AM
Where: Wilders Addition Park, S. Meyler St. & W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

Patrick Staff on Candice Lin
In these intimate tours, Made in L.A. 2018 artists discuss the work of fellow artists also featured in the exhibition.
Made in L.A. 2018 is the latest iteration of the Hammer’s acclaimed biennial exhibition, showcasing artists from the greater Los Angeles area.
When: Wednesday, June 13th, 6:00PM
Where: Hammer Museum

Annette Insdorf’s Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes
Columbia University film professor Annette Insdorf discusses her latest book, Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, including film clips. The book offers insights into more than 40 films, covering a unique amalgam of high-profile titles and undiscovered gems. From American classics like Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and Schindler’s List to foreign films including Hiroshima, mon amour, The Piano, and A Separation, they demonstrate how a great movie provides in the first few minutes, the keys by which to unlock the rest of the cinematic text.
When: Wednesday, June 12th, 7:30PM
Where: LACMA l Bing Theater

Bloomsday 2018
James Joyce’s eyebrow-raising poetic language paints a vivid picture of a varied cast of characters on one summer day in Dublin. This year’s Bloomsday celebration features dramatic readings from Ulysses by veteran actors Sile Bermingham, James Lancaster, John Lee, Sonya Macari, and Johnny O’Callaghan and Irish songs performed by musicians Jared Jones, Kathryn Lillich, and Neal Stulberg. The celebration continues in the courtyard with Guinness and live Irish music by Rattle the Knee. Organized by Stanley Breitbard and directed by Darcie Crager.
When: Saturday, June 16th, 7:30PM
Where: Hammer Museum

DTLA Donut Fest
Join us for a one-day edible exploration of LA’s favorite pastry at the first-ever DTLA Donut Festival at Union Station. Stroll through the The Whole Donut Marketplace showcasing donuts in all their many forms from plain, glazed, and filled to traditional and new wave varieties. This momentously mouthwatering event to include:
When: Saturday, June 16th, 9AM – 4PM
Where: Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles 90012

The LA Design Festival
The LA Design Festival honors our city’s rich design culture and celebrates our status as a global design capital. Our definition of design is purposely broad to ensure that our festival is reflective of LA’s diversity and talent. Now in its 8th year, the Festival is the only citywide festival of its kind, featuring over 50 events throughout LA. From architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial, fashion, set, costume, and experiential design, the LA Design Festival showcases the best of the local design scene as well as some exciting national and international voices.
When: June 7-10
Where: Various venues

Chief Design Officer Christopher Hawthorne on Housing in LA with Barbara Bestor, Julie Eizenberg, and Jimenez Lai
Join LA’s newest (and first) Chief Design Officer, Christopher Hawthorne, in a keynote conversation exploring Housing in LA. Christopher will be joined by Barbara Bestor, Julie Eizenberg, and Jimenez Lai. This event is free, but RSVP is required.
When: June 8, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

“The Longest Straw” Screening at the Los Angeles Eco-Village
“The Longest Straw draws a connection between the water that supports a city and that water’s source. Samantha Bode, director, moved to Los Angeles and immediately fell in love with the abundant sunshine, the warm air, and the exotic plants of Southern California. But, she noticed within the city of Los Angeles the plants were very much like her native North East Pennsylvania. Green grass and tall trees grew everywhere, but there was no obvious source of water and it rarely ever rained. Where did all the water come from?”
When: June 8, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Los Angeles Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles

Mountain Lions and More
Join us for Mountain Lions and More: Discovering Wildlife in Los Angeles. Wildlife photographer Johanna Turner and Tim Martinez from the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy will speak about their work understanding and protecting the wildlife around us. Free with admission. No registration required.
When: June 9, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge

Balboa Strawberry Festival
LA’s only strawberry festival, the Balboa Strawberry Festival is a celebration of summer, food, and fun, held in Encino on Ventura Blvd. The Festival is centered around local residents’ love for delicious, California grown strawberries. Featuring tons of strawberry themed food and drink, plus live music, dancing, rides and games for the whole family, this is the PERFECT way to celebrate summer!
When: June 10
Where: 17019 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

Seed Library Open Hours & Programs: Food Waste: Rescuing Fresh Surplus Produce
As anyone who spends even a little time in Southern California knows, fruit trees are everywhere! One fruit tree can yield hundreds of pounds of fruit, which is generally far too much for one family to consume. That’s where Food Forward’s flagship program, Backyard Harvest, comes in. Volunteers pick fruit from trees on private properties and public spaces which is collected and distributed by local hunger relief agencies. Come learn about how you can get involved to reduce food waste and fight hunger in your community!
When: June 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Altadena Library, Community Room

San Andreas Scavenger Hunt
Join Field Agent Hadley Meares on a rocky road trip across Southern California in search of the seismic hazards of the L.A. Basin and Mojave Desert that are shaping our earth and wrenching our neighborhoods apart—moving them in two opposing directions. $80.00
When: May 28th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Caltech Seismo Lab, 1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena

Late-Night! “The Jim Henson Exhibtion: Imagination Unlimited” at the Skirball
Kick off the weekend with a rare opportunity to see The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited after hours. Stop by anytime between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. to enjoy late-night gallery hours, a DJ set by Timothy Nordwind of OK Go, roving puppeteers, and more.
When: June 1st, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Fungi: Feed Your Soil, Feed Your Plants
Fungi play a vital role in human and ecological health. Jerry Poupard, a San Bernardino County Master Gardener, will give an upside-down view of plant life from the perspective of living breathing soil. A myco-centric world view will change the way you look at gardening, landscaping, mushrooms, plants, and… DIRT!
When: June 2nd, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Where: Chino Basin Water Conservation District, 4594 San Bernardino St, Montclair, CA 91763

LA Invents: Two Wheels, One Wheel, No Wheels
L.A.’s first car hit the street 120 years ago, and through the smog and spaghetti-bowl freeways, L.A. is renowned for its car culture (and traffic). But we’re starting to shift gears around here. We flirt with electric cars, pile into ride shares, trick out our bicycles, and hop aboard the Expo Line. In a city built for internal combustion, are we changing the rules of the road? Come listen to a discussion with Seleta Reynolds, Brian D. Taylor and Dan Koeppel, moderated by Los Angeles Times journalist Patt Morrison.
When: June 1st, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

2×8: Interlaced – Opening Reception
2×8 is a competition, exhibition, and scholarship fund for students at institutions of higher education throughout California. Opening Party for the 2018 2×8 Student Exhibition, Competition, and Winners Announcement celebrates the work of architecture students across the region. Then, discover who won this year’s 2×8 student competition. Light Refreshments and Libations!
When: May 22nd; 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Helms Bakery District

The Architecture of Mark Mills
Mark Mills was one of the most creative California architects of the last 60 years. His unique, striking homes in the Carmel/Monterey area reveal an exceptional concern for site, structure, and space. Janey Bennett, author of Fantastic Seashell of the Mind, the award-winning book on Mills, will lecture on the work of this remarkable architect on Thursday, May 24, at 11:00AM in Phillips Hall 06-124. Cal Poly is closely connected to Mills: the archive of his work is held in Special Collections and Archives, Kennedy Library.
When: May 24th; 11:00AM
Where: Phillips Hall (06-124), Cal Poly Pomona

UCLA A.UD This, Not That Lecture: Brett Steele
“THIS, NOT THAT” is UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s lecture series for the 2017-18 school year. The series brings together engaging speakers “to present arguments for their respective positions, or ideological stances, toward the design of the built environment. Their arguments will be supported by presentations of their creative efforts in research, pedagogy, or practice.”
When: May 21st; 6:30PM
Where: UCLA Perloff Hall, Decafe

Growing Habitat: LA’s Wildlife & Descanso
Descanso Gardens is a habitat for many living things: From heritage oaks, to native gray squirrels, to the vast network of mycorrhizal fungi in the soil underfoot. Growing Habitat: LA’s Wildlife and Descanso examines the idea that a healthy habitat is more than just a space with food, shelter and water. Come learn about the “wild side” our urban green space, and about some of the “habitat heroes” who work to improve the health and strength of our ecosystems.
When: May 21st; 10:00AM-4:00PM
Where: Descanso Gardens

Native Bee Basics
Want to start your own bee hive? Bee Rooted is a San Bernardino organization dedicated to humane live bee removals, but also teach classes in the benefits of promoting the lives of happy and healthy urban pollinators. Learn the basics about California’s native bee populations.
When: May 26th; 11:00AM-2:00PM
Where: Upland Public Library, 450 N Euclid Ave, Upland, California 91786


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