Datebook: Events, exhibits, classes for the week ahead

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Home and garden events are listed below. Suggest your own via reader comments. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please.

Oct. 18: Oregon-born architect Brad Cloepfil, whose work includes the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, sits down with friend and filmmaker Gus Van Sant to discuss the inspiration that drives them and their shared beginnings in the Pacific Northwest. 7 p.m. Free. Reservations not accepted although Hammer members receive priority seating. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 443-7000.

Oct. 20: The Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer series continues with a field trip to new Mark Bartos gardens in Pasadena and San Marino. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $20. Palm Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Reservations: (626) 821-3222;

Oct. 20: The Seed Library of Los Angeles presents David King, who discusses the essentials of saving seeds. 6:30 p.m. Repeats Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Learning Garden at Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 722-3656.

Oct. 20-23: Students in the horticulture program at Mt. San Antonio College sell outdoor and indoor plants. Past sales have featured palms, clivia, ficus. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. (818) 949 4200.


Oct. 21: The documentary film “Romanza, the California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright” premieres at 8 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of event. All proceeds benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539.

Oct. 22: Noted architect Ray Kappe discusses his career as a practicing architect and educator in ‘Archinect Sessions,’ a series of discussions with architects, moderated by Archinect’s Orhan Ayyuce. 2 to 4 p.m. Neutra VDL House, 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets, $10.

Oct. 22-23: The Huntington Botanical Gardens’ annual fall plant sale includes autumn-blooming flowers, shown above, as well as other plants, many unusual and hard to find. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Oct. 22-23: California native plant experts John Greenlee, Bart O’Brien, Lili Singer and Emily Green offer insights into California native gardening at the inaugural autumn garden party at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Los Angeles location of Grow Native Nursery. The event includes hard-to-find native plants for sale, horticulture lectures, live music, art vendors and gardening demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. North of Jackie Robinson Stadium on Davis Avenue, Westwood.

Oct. 22-23: The Orange County Chrysanthemum Society Flower Show and Sale showcases rare mums, container-grown mums, bonsai, trees and floral arrangements. Arts and crafts also featured. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. $3. Sherman Library and Garden, 2617 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar. (949) 673-2331.

Oct. 23: Homes designed by Beth Holden of New Theme, Loren Judaken of Hoffman Vest Judaken, Steven Kent of Steven Kent Architects and Rebecca Rudolph of Taalman Koch Architecture are featured on the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles fall home tour. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75 in advance; $85 day of tour, available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4860 Ambrose Ave., Los Angeles.

ONGOING Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (310) 586-6488.

Craft show: In conjunction with the regional arts campaign “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” Freehand Gallery and Craft in America present “The Eighties,” an exhibition of California crafts. Participating artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck from the UCLA Ceramics master of fine arts program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with glass artist Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who studied with ceramic artist Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. Vintage work will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31, and contemporary work will be shown at Freehand Gallery next door through Oct. 22. 8413 and 8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610, (323) 655-2607.

California craft: Craft in America and the Craft and Folk Art Museum present the survey “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” an exhibition of more than 70 pieces by 65 influential innovators. Ends Jan. 8. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.

Life at the Miramar: Rare photographs, documents and other artifacts depict life at Santa Monica’s landmark home-turned-hotel from the late 1800s to the present. Ends Oct. 18. $3 to $5. Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica Public Library campus, 1350 7th St. (310) 395-2290.

Maloof exhibition: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

McCoy exhibit: “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design” includes photographs, texts and videos covering the architectural historian’s work with R.M. Schindler, first as a draftswoman and later as a critic. Also covers her unsuccessful campaign to save Irving Gill’s 1916 Dodge House in West Hollywood. $6 to $7. Ends Jan 8. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510.

Midcentury design: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features more than 300 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and graphic design. Ends March 25. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of L.A. County after 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. (323) 857-6010.

Woodworking: More than 30 bowls and other exemplary works by Sam Maloof, Ed Moulthrop and Bob Stocksdale, along with recently discovered correspondence and related documents, are on exhibit as a part of the Maloof historic residence tour. “In Words and Wood: Sam Maloof, Bob Stocksdale & Ed Moulthrop continues through Jan. 28. Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma.

— Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Lisa Blackburn

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