L.A. Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


Come for the design, stay for the celebs: Interior design junkies should head over to the Pacific Design Center’s WestWeek March 20-21. Topics up for discussion: avant-guard fabrics, hiding technology in design, and the history of handcrafted wallpaper, among many others. Since this year’s theme is “Hollywood & Design,” Kourtney Kardashian, Jeff Andrews, and Nancy Meyers will be among the presenters. Wed March 20 and Thurs March 21, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Pacific Design Center.  More information at pacificdesigncenter.com.

Take an intimate tour of Pasadena’s famed Gamble House.  Built in 1908, the mansion was designed to showcase the art collection of David Berry Gamble and his wife, Mary Huggins Gamble. The house remained in the family until it was deeded to the city of Pasadena in the 1960s, so many of the original period details remain intact. The once a month ‘behind the velvet ropes’ tour offers a 2 ½ hour look at rooms and details not seen on the standard one hour tour. Flashlights, white gloves and hidden drawers will abound.  Behind the Velvet Rope tour, Wed. March 13, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.  Tickets $45 and must be purchased in advanceTickets and more information at gamblehouse.org.

Head down to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s semi-annual Thursday Night Thing. The event features a blend of food, drink, art, live music and street life as the museum’s artist and art lovers take over the street outside MCASD. You’re likely to find DJ lessons, poetry readings, artist talks and fine food truck cuisine as well as video and art installations.  Thurs, March 13 7:00-10:00 p..m, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Tickets $10.  Tickets and more information at mcasd.org.

Dive into Pasadena’s celebrated Rose Bowl Flea Market. Billed as the ‘world’s largest flea market,’ the monthly event features art, antiques and collectables from sellers around the country. Perfect for anyone on the hunt for a mid-century credenza, Victorian china, vintage French cinema posters or a day of browsing. Rose Bowl Flea Market, Sun March 10. 5:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m..  Tickets $8-$20, available at the door.

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