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


On August 10, behold the transformation of Downtown Anaheim Arts District into the city’s quarterly Art Crawl Experience. Expect an indie craft fair featuring dozens of local talent, as well as pop-up galleries in spaces usually recognizable as eateries or shops. And once you’ve had your daily dose of visual arts, you can wind down with a free yoga class; boogey down on the dance floor; kick back in the beer and wine gardens; or even watch live acts that involve playing with fire – the options are endless. Saturday, August 10, 6 – 10 p.m. General admission is free. Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street, Anaheim.

The Playa Vista Elementary School building does more than accommodate the cultivation of eager young minds. It’s also one of the first schools in the district to embody the green movement through its socially conscious architecture, including roll-up doors and solar panels. Located along the bluffs of Los Angeles, the new K-5 school is the brainchild of Osborn, a design practice that emphasizes community development in its projects. As part of the 2013 “On the Map” series, the Osborn-guided tour allows a closer look at the building, in addition to relevant lessons in geothermal heat exchange, photovoltaic energy sourcing and overall environmental responsibility. Tuesday, August 6, 7 p.m. General admission: $10, Students: $5, LA Forum members: free. 13150 West Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista.

Animal: Collaborative Combative Drawing at Southern Exposure | Photo by Melissa Wyman

Many creative pundits work alone, preferring the absolute control that comes with independent thinking and execution. But Bay Area artist Melissa Wyman would much rather stir the pot. She instructs artists to abandon the lone wolf approach and instead, join forces to create large-scale works. Titled Collaborative Combative Drawing, the challenging August 10th class at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will elicit a flurry of emotions and ultimately, expose personal “power animals.” With a foundation of basic martial arts and self-defense – and the perk of your finished drawings on display in the Nybak Gallery – the unique class is not one to miss. Saturday, August 10, 1 – 3 p.m. General admission: $35, Members: $25. Sign up in pairs (maximum capacity is eight pairs). 1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

It’s the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” so it’s only fitting the celebration showcases the author’s own chapeau collection. Starting on August 9, revisit the classic story as the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! national touring exhibition travels via old fashioned steamer trunk to the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego. Not only can you feast your eyes upon a plethora of charming accessories, you also gain exclusive viewing and buying access to his Secret Art Collection, a series of adapted Estate-authorized works. Runs from Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 25. General admission is free. 232 5th Avenue, San Diego.

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