The Agenda: Happy Place, The Grateful Table, and a Palm Springs Getaway



Happy Place 

Colorful pop-ups are becoming de rigueur among major cities, so it’s no surprise that L.A. had to create its own iteration. Welcome to Happy Place, a one-of-a-kind Arts District experience of brightly colored rooms that stimulate all the senses. Think impromptu dance parties under a confetti dome and a giant, climbable birthday cake. You can even jump off a rainbow into a pot of happiness (cue the selfies)…and we could all use a little happiness this year. 

When: Mon. 11/20–Sun. 1/7/18 

Where: 1242 Palmetto St., Los Angeles



The Grateful Table 

Visit California has partnered with Outstanding in the Field and Chef Tyler Florence to put on a pre-Thanksgiving feast fit for kings. The dining pop-up pioneers and Food Network star will set up one long table at a vineyard that straddles the Napa-Sonoma county line as a show of solidarity. So skip out of work this Tuesday afternoon to show your support for those impacted by the Northern California wildfires. Choose to attend yourself or purchase a “Share the Love” ticket for community members or first responders instead. After all, this season is all about giving. All proceeds will be donated to fire recovery efforts.  

When: 1 p.m., Tues. 11/21

Where: Napa/Sonoma County Line


Kimpton Rowan Hotel


The Kimpton Rowan Hotel 

Extend your Thanksgiving holiday with a post-turkey jaunt to the desert. Palm Springs heats up with the opening of this new hotel at the base of Mt. San Jacinto in the heart of downtown that exudes the refined glamour and midcentury modern decor the area is known for. The seven story, 153-room hotel replaces the old Palm Springs mall as part of the city’s redevelopment plan. With a rooftop pool, three bars, and two onsite restaurants, it’s a place to see and be seen. Post up on a lounge by the pool, order a frozen Aperol cocktail, and soak up the sun and stunning surrounding views.  

When: Accepting reservations for stays starting Sun. 11/26 

Where: 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs



Adam Pendleton “Which We Can” 

New York-based artist and Virginia native Adam Pendleton brings his art to the West Coast for his first-ever solo gallery show in California. The survey includes new paintings and works on paper from multiple ongoing series inspired by language as both material and image. His oeuvre draws from movements like Dadaism, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Civil Rights, and the more recent Black Lives Matter. For this exhibit, Pendleton has created 30 silkscreen works on Mylar, installed in a floor-to-ceiling grid on the gallery’s largest wall. Each piece uses photocopies, cut-out shapes, and handwritten text in collages that hinge on the artist’s predilection for combined materials. New spray paint and silkscreen paintings, based on phrases from Malcolm X’s 1964 speech “The Ballot or the Bullet,” hover between abstraction and representation.  

When: Through Fri. 12/22 

Where: Pace Palo Alto, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto



Urban Air Market 

San Francisco’s Urban Air Market has come a long way from its homegrown Hayes Valley days. Popping up on the other side of the bridge, the expertly curated marketplace will host 150 vendors—emphasizing sustainable design—just in time for holiday shopping. Jack London Square will overflow with fashion, jewelry, home decor, art, furniture, and beauty products from the Bay Area’s deep well of local talent. 

When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 12/3 

Where: Jack London Square, Oakland


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