Posts from the Looking Ahead Category

Los Angeles State Historic Park Opening
Los Angeles we are finally ready for you! Please join us for the long-awaited Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park – a day-long celebration of music, performance, family-friendly activities and food trucks. The park is easily accessible by the Chinatown Gold Line Station or by bicycle. Limited parking in the park. More details to follow as the date approaches. Please help us spread the word! Musical Performances by Grammy Award-winning QUETZAL, MILCK (Connie Lim of Washington DC Women’s March), Subsuelo, Shaolin Monks and more…
When: April 22, 2017; Celebrations start at 10am
Where: 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles CA, 90012

March For Science
“March for Science Los Angeles celebrates the crucial roles science plays in driving our economic growth, preserving our environment, and protecting the health of our citizens. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for policymakers to champion and fund science that upholds the common good and to advocate for evidence-based policies in the public interest at local, state and national levels.”
When: April 22, 2017; 9AM – 4PM
Where: Pershing Square Park, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Earth Day LA at Grand Park
Join Grand Park, The Music Center and DWP, discover ways you can live clean and go green in L.A. and celebrate Earth Day. There will even be free trees available if you live or own property within the City of Los Angeles (an ID/Driver’s License or LADWP bill is required; first come, first served with a limit of 1 tree per address).
When: April 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Our National Parks at 100: Confronting Change & Committing to Science
The UCLA/La Kretz Center in collaboration with Pepperdine University is proud to present a free public lecture with U.S. National Park Service leaders
Dr. Ray Sauvajot, Director od Natural Resource Stewardship and Science in conversation with David Szymanski, Superintendent at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
When: Sunday, April 23, 2017; 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
Where: Elkins Auditorium Pepperdine University; 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263

Immersive Landscapes with Andrea Cochran
“Drawing inspiration from early Modernist architects and Minimalist artists, landscape architect Andrea Cochran’s work is distinguished by its careful awareness of site, climate, and qualities of the existing environment. Spare geometry applied to vibrant plant life and a controlled palette of materials results in sharp compositional order, yielding landscapes that convey a heightened sense of texture, light, and movement. She will discuss her process of shaping space in both small gardens and larger landscapes to foster a deeper respect for our natural environment.”
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 7 p.m.
Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA

California Poppy Festival
The 2017 California Poppy Festival™ is scheduled for April 22-23, 2017. The Festival gates open at 10 a.m. both days, and takes place rain or shine! Warm breezes replace the winter chill, jubilant laughter fills the air, and poppies burst into bloom blanketing hillsides in a sea of orange. Join us for two days of music, art, food and fun celebrating the state flower of California and the appearance of poppies in the Antelope Valley!
When: April 22 & 23, 2017. Rain or shine!
Where: Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park (formerly Lancaster City Park); 43063 N. 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534

Grand Park Portals Project
“What time did you wake up today? What do you do for work? How do you prepare your favorite meal? Angelenos can describe moments of everyday life – the sights, smells, and experiences to another place or country. The Portals Project brings an immersive space – a gold shipping container with screens and speakers – to connect Angelenos to faces and places that are curious about L.A. life. Exchange thoughts, ideas, recommendations for music, recipes, and anything in between in this two-week activation APR 10 – APR 23.”
WHEN: April 10, 2017 all-day Repeats
WHERE: Grand Park’ Olive Court (near the fountain), 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Citizen Science + Suds
“Can citizen science make Los Angeles a better city? Make California a better state? Can it help us save the world? Join NHMLA this spring in Downtown L.A. for our new Citizen Science + Suds series, in partnership with Angel City Brewery! Each month you’ll learn about projects that rely on community involvement for success. Panelists will share stories, data, and the real-world impacts that happen when you harness the power of the people. Come ready for an interactive and lively conversation-after all, crowd participation is what citizen science is all about.” Brian Brown – NHMLA Urban Nature Research Center; Brooke Simmons – Planetary Response Network and the Zooniverse; Claudia Martinez Mansell – Public Lab for Open Technology and Science
WHEN: April 13, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Angel City Brewery & Public House

The Great LA River Clean Up: Upper River
The Friends of the Los Angeles River lead America’s largest urban river clean up! Angelenos aren’t waiting for river restoration – they’re taking it into their own hands one trash bag at a time at Friends of the LA River’s 28th annual Great LA River CleanUp: La Gran Limpieza! April is Earth month and the Great LA River CleanUp isn’t just one of LA’s biggest green events. It isn’t just the biggest event on the LA River. This is the largest urban river clean up in America. FOLAR is going to break the records again this year with the most volunteers ever. Are you going to be there?
WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 9 am – 12 pm
WHERE: Bette Davis Picnic Area, 1850 Riverside Dr, Glendale, CA 91201

California Native Plant Horticulture with Lili Singer
The basics on gardening with California flora: why natives are valuable, about plant communities, plus planting techniques, establishment, irrigation, pruning and ongoing maintenance. Recommended for beginners; prerequisite to our Three-part California Native Plant Garden Design course.
WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT
WHERE: Theodore Payne Foundation; 10459 Tuxford St. Sun Valley, CA 91352

Terns and Crows: Lessons in endangered shorebird management from Venice Beach
Led by the Los Angeles Audubon Society: “In analyzing the effectiveness of these non-lethal predator control systems, we find it is important to recognize the significant role anthropogenic factors have in affecting the ecology, behavior, and dispersion of various species in urban ecosystems. This talk will therefore discuss crow and least tern interactions at Venice Beach, the effectiveness of non-lethal predator control systems, and the role people can play in contributing to urban wildlife conservation and management.”
WHEN: April 12, 2017; 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Lights, Camera, California: Starring Roles for Scenic Sites
“The California Art Club pays tribute to the state’s impressive resume with the exhibition “Lights, Camera, California: Starring Roles for Scenic Sites,” on view through May 14. The exhibition showcases nearly 30 paintings of famous and not-so-famous sites that have made cameo appearances in film and television. Among the best-known location sites featured in the exhibition are iconic landmarks, such as the Hollywood Sign, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Griffith Park Observatory, which includes among its numerous credits the recently released “La La Land.”
WHEN: Tuesday – Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. Till May 14, 2017
WHERE: California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill; 1120 Old Mill Road | San Marino, CA 91108

Desert X
“Artists from different parts of the world will be invited to make work that responds to the unique conditions of Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley.The themes and locations of the exhibition will engage surrounding communities, other Valley organizations, visitors, and students through works that respond to environmental, social and cultural conditions specific to the Valley, while also focusing attention on the creative energy of the participating artists and their work.”
When: Through April 30th, 2017
Where: Desert X Hub at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs; Link to Google Maps

The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and Peter Zumthor
Renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor speaks with LACMA Director and CEO Michael Govan about the concepts behind his plans for LACMA’s future presentation of its collections. The new planned gallery building emphasizes exterior transparency as well as intimate interior experiences. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zumthor is known for creating unique architectural spaces such as Therme Vals, Switzerland; the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; and Kolumba Art Museum, Cologne.
When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Celebrate California Spring Native Plant Sale
Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery presents a Spring fundraising Sale. These are the best native plants in our region, and they are available. Now It’s a great time to get spectacular, low-water-use native plants in the ground.Every purchase is a donation to promote native plants and water conservation for our region.
When: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Where: 4550 Oak Grove Dr, Pasadena, California 91011

The 14th Factory
“The 14th Factory is a monumental, multiple-media art installation that will transform an empty industrial warehouse near downtown Los Angeles into a mythic universe created collaboratively through video, installation, sculpture, sound, paintings, and live performance. The 14th Factory weaves together elements of popular culture–science fiction, punk music, graphic novels, and film–with critical re-examinations of social and historical narratives, especially interconnections between East and West. Conceived by Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch, the vision of The 14th Factory is to create a new, independent paradigm for socially-engaged art, a kind of guerilla action where art occupies and re-energizes underutilized or even derelict urban spaces and gifts them back to the community in the form of a transformative experience.”
When: Through April 30, 2017
Where: 440 North Avenue 19, Los Angeles, CA 90031

First Saturday: Volunteer Day at Theodore Payne Foundation
“This month on the second Saturday! Join the Theodore Payne Foundation family of volunteers to improve and care for our gardens. We will clear, clean, plant, mulch, prune and perform other tasks to spruce up the grounds and show how beautiful native plant gardens can be. Bring hat, gloves, knee pads and other tools for personal use. TPF will provide shovels, trowels, rakes, loppers, hoes, pruners and refreshments. Repeats first Saturdays through June.”
When: Sat, April 8, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Where: Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St, Sun Valley, CA 91352

Renovation Innovation: 2017 de LaB Home Tour
“These five residences in L.A. are all contemporary models for sensitive and sustainable renovation on the east side, ranging from a mid-century home with great bones that just needed a little updating to a home destroyed by fire that required almost a total rebuild. See how these designers approached these challenges to create beautiful, livable spaces. Come see five incredible houses architect-designed homes by award winning local and international firms including Bestor Architecture, Tom Marble, LA Design Group, and Mexico City-based Productura.”
When: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Where: Silver Lake, Address TBD, Los Angeles, CA

Calabasas Blue Habitat Restoration
“Join Mountains Restoration Trust to help restore native grasslands in the foothills west of Juan Bautista De Anza Park in Calabasas. Native grasses including purple needlegrass and creeping wildrye and flowering perennials and shrubs will be planted by volunteers under supervision by MRT tech crew from 9am-12pm.”
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

14th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
“The Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour is a unique adventure: a two-day self-guided journey through the Los Angeles region’s most beautiful and inspiring home landscapes. At each location, you’ll meet garden owners, designers, knowledgeable docents and fellow gardeners. You’ll learn about native plants, garden design, and wildlife habitat.”
When: April 1st and 2nd, 2017, 10:00 AM – 5pm
Where: County-Wide, Los Angeles, CA

Fun with Flora! Succulents 101 & Bring Your Own Succulent Home
“In the first of our three-part succulent series, UCCE Master Gardener, Sebastian, will teach the basics about growing and propagating succulents. The workshop will include a presentation, demonstrations about how to take succulent cuttings, and planting your own succulent cutting to take home.”
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Where: Chino Basin Water Conservation District, 4594 San Bernardino Street, Montclair, CA 91763

Frank Bros. The Store that Modernized Modern
“Celebrating a little-known chapter in the history of California modernism, the University Art Museum at CSULB presents Frank Bros.: The Store that Modernized Modern. On view from January 28–April 9, 2017, the exhibition relates the story of Southern California’s largest and most prominent mid-century retailer of modern furniture and design. Based in Long Beach from 1938–1982, Frank Bros. embodied the optimistic post-war ethos of the American consumer, bringing fresh and exciting designs to the public not only through well-sourced inventory but with an innovative program of advertising, mailers, exhibitions and off-site custom interiors. As an exemplar of California modernism, Frank Bros. fueled and shaped the market for good design.”
When: Ongoing thru April 9
Where: Cal State Long Beach

Does Art Capture Reality Better Than the News?
“What stories can artists tell that professional and citizen journalists can’t? Do we count too much on the arts to mediate reality or connect us to it? Photographer and documentarian Jamel Shabazz and “The Wire” creator and journalist David Simon discuss how artists can best offer unflinching views of real life.”
When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:00 PM
Where: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Museum

Artisanal LA Spring Marketplace
“A seasonal weekend long community shopping, tasting and learning experience showcasing the country’s finest local, independent food crafters, makers, artisans and chefs.”
When: Saturday, April 1st-2nd, 2017, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: The California Market Center Penthouse | 110 E 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Westweek 2017
Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2017 Spring Market theme … ICONS+INNOVATORS … celebrates today’s seminal standard bearers and groundbreaking influencers leading the design industry ever-forward, with presentations featuring top talent who both embody and deliberate on what it means to be iconic and innovative in the design world now.
When: March 22-23, 2017, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069

UCLA’s Landscape Architecture Program 40th Anniversary Celebration
“2017 is the 40th year the Landscape Architecture Program has been offering courses here at UCLA Extension. As part of that celebration, we are putting on two celebratory events. Both events will take place on Saturday March 25th.”
When: March 25, 2017; Luncheon: 1pm – 2pm
Presentations: 2pm – 4pm
Where: 1145 Gayley Ave.

Building Change LA
Building Change LA is the new initiative that the Office of Mayor Eric Garrett is launching in partnership with local and national organizations to refresh and futurist policies and processes that inform how we design and build the city sustainably and resiliently. Join us for a knowledge exchange to kick-off this initiative.
When: March 23, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: 900 E 4th Street, Los Angeles 90013

TOMATOMANIA! @ Descanso Gardens
“Back by popular demand, TOMATOMANIA!, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, returns to Descanso Gardens. Activities free with admission unless otherwise noted.”
When: March 25, 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Descanso Garden, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation
“Join the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design for a free webinar tracing creative placemaking’s economic development outcomes. The webinar will feature Zachary Mannheimer of Des Moines, IA, and his approach to economic development in small towns with a focus on retaining young people and creative professionals. The webinar will provide landscape architects and other design professionals with an overview of the way creative placemaking enhances livability and economic opportunity for small towns and rural communities.”
When: March 23, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: ASLA Webinar