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


Didn’t get invited to a single Seder dinner this year? Not to worry. Celebrate the end of Passover with a tour of Boyle Heights’ historic Breed Street Shul, Los Angeles’ oldest surviving synagogue and a rare example of Byzantine revival architecture. A bonus: the tour will be followed by lunch and a performance by the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra. Sat. April 6, 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. 247 N. Breed Street. Tickets free for AIA members, $10 non-members. Tickets and additional information at aialosangeles.org 

If modernism’s more your thing, no problem. Check out a tour of Silverlake’s Orans House. A classic example of mid-century design, the Orans House was built by architect Gregory Ain in 1941. Full of clean horizontal lines, built-in furniture, sheltered patios and elegant-but-practical design features like a drive through garage, it’s the type of place a rich/charming but troubled bachelor played by Ryan Gosling would live. Take a tour before it ends up on the big screen. Sun. April 7, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. AIA members $25, non-members $35. Tickets and additional information available at aialosangeles.org

Compulsive Etsy shoppers, come meet the knitters you’ve been buying from at April’s Yarn Crawl LA. Dedicated knitters and the curious will be treated to tote bags, giveaways, and all the yarn, patterns, needles and accessories you need to make baby booties, scarves, cardigans, or that stylish but cozy throw you’ve been looking for in your living room. April 11-14, various locations. Passports and additional information at yarncrawlla.com.

What is Angelino architecture, exactly? DnA: Design and Architecture’s Celebration of Design and Architecture in LA can help you put a finger on it. Co-hosted by KCRW and Helm’s Bakery, the event offers a pop-up gallery of LA’s hottest designers, two panel discussions with leaders from the museum and food scenes (including LACMA’s Michael Govan and pastry chef Sherry Yard, whose creations are featured at the Oscars) and a walking tour of Culver City before the event. Plus, a free beer from Culver City’s staple Father’s Office and a cookie fresh from Helm’s Bakery – on the house. Sun. April 14 at 1:00 p.m. Walking tours at 12 p.m. For more information and tickets to the event and walking tour available here.

Silverlake’s Orans House

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