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


Last week marked the start of Daylight Saving Time. Next week is the start of Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in L.A. The event, now in it’s second year, is organized by the Getty Research institute and hosted at venues across the Southland. Exhibitions include examinations of distinctive LA architecture including the LACMA and downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, sustainability workshops and a moonlit modern skyline walking tour. Events start March 27 and continue throughout the month of April. See a list of times and locations for all 98 events here.

The Hollywood Sign is looking mighty nice these days thanks to a $175,000 facelift late last year. Take advantage of the fine weather and newly paved roads in Griffith Park by going up to see it in person. Starting from the Bronson Canyon trailhead, the hike to the sign takes about two hours roundtrip. If you’re in the mood for a shorter jaunt, check out the Bronson Caves, the location for countless movie and TV shoots – including filling in as the Batcave on the original Batman series. Instagrammers, beware: you’re still not allowed to climb on or touch the sign, but the caves are fair play. Trail starts from 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Park open from dawn till dusk.

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Australia’s Semi-Permanent has finally landed in the U.S. Picture a TED talk about art and design, with a dash of Coachella thrown in. A day-long fest dedicated to spreading good art and design, events include talks with director Floria Sigismondi, who’s directed music videos for Björk, Katy Perry and David Bowie, art exhibitions and straight-up parties. March 22, 9 AM – 6 PM Tickets $70-$300. Full schedule and ticket information available at www.semipermanent.com. 

If you live in Eagle Rock, you’ve probably seen Occidental College’s large but elegant solar array gracing a hilltop on campus. Now’s your chance to get up close and personal. A guided tour of the array explains how a mathematical formula was used to create a sustainable, fully functional solar array with strong aesthetics that make it look more like public art than a power plant. The event is free, but space is limited, so sign up now! Sturdy shoes and sunscreen are recommended for this tour. Tour starts Sat., April 6 at 10 a.m. Tickets and more details available on Design East of La Brea. Tour meets at 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles 90041

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