LA Agenda: Design and Arts Events in Southern California


In a design slump and craving inspiration? Searching for ideas to decorate your home? Make your way to the inaugural WestEdge Design Fair on October 3 – 6 to be in the good company of interior designers, architects, collectors and design trade aficionados. With 150 well-established brands setting up shop alongside a plethora of exhibitions, trade and consumer seminars and panels at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, we know you’ll leave with renewed inspiraiton. The four-day event kicks off Thursday night with an opening cocktail party to benefits environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay. Thursday, Oct 3: Trade and media preview, 2 – 6 p.m. Opening night reception, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Tickets: $85 online. Click here to purchase. Friday, Oct 4 and Saturday, Oct 5: noon – 8 p.m.  Sunday, Oct 6: noon – 7 p.m. Online advance ticket purchase: $25 (Includes a one-year subscription to Architectural Digest, official WestEdge national media partner). Click here to purchase. On-site tickets: $30.
 The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica.

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The California Art Award is a coveted accolade, granted only to exceptional individuals who have truly contributed to the study and awareness of California art. Wayne Thiebaud, as the second-ever recipient of the award, is one of those rare individuals. Engage in recognizing the illustrious painter’s many achievements – including renderings of San Francisco cityscapes and more everyday objects (e.g., pinball machines) – at the California Art Award dinner on October 12 at the Laguna Art Museum. Return the next day for Conversation With… Wayne Thiebaud, a panel discussion featuring the California Art Award beneficiary himself. Saturday, Oct 12: Pre-dinner VIP reception for ticket holders at Gold level or above only, 6 – 6:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $1,250. California Art Award Dinner, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Tickets begin at $750. Purchase tickets online or contact Sarah Strozza at (949) 494-8961 x219. Sunday, Oct 13: VIP Reception for Conversation with… Wayne Thiebaud for California Art Award ticket holders at the Gold level and above, noon – 1 p.m. Conversation With… Wayne Thiebaud, 1 p.m. Admission is free for California Art Award dinner ticket-holders and museum members; free for non-ticket holders and non-members with museum admission ($5.00 and $7.00, respectively). Reserve your ticket here. Laguna Art Museum, 306 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach.

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The joint mastery of architect Nathalie Pozzi and game designer Eric Zimmerman, award-winning Interference is a massive installation to be unveiled for the first time in North America on October 2. As a strategic social game, players must work with other players (potentially strangers) from concurrent games – either by collaborating through negotiation or more cunningly through stealing the necessary pieces. Just as Interference’s concept is unusual, its platform isn’t like your standard Monopoly or Clue game board with a flat surface. Instead, players must maneuver on five thin, milled metal panels featuring a motley of organic patterns, vertically suspended from above. Opening reception: Oct 2, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Installation is open to the public on: Oct 5, noon – 4 p.m.; Oct 6, noon to 6 p.m.; Oct 12, noon – 6 p.m.; Oct 19, noon – 6 p.m.; Oct 26, noon – 6 p.m. General admission is free. Track 16 Gallery, 3571 Hayden Avenue, Culver City


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