5 Design Things To Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. Music + Dance: Final Performances of the Season 

Music and dance in LA can increasingly be found in intriguing architectural sites, instead of purpose-built entertainment spaces. This weekend check out American Contemporary Ballet’s premiere of its staging for eleven dancers to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio — set in the airy ground floor of 5900 Wilshire, the 1971, Gin Wong-designed corporate tower for Mutual Benefit Life Company (now owned by Wayne Ratkovitch and occupied by Variety.) ACB is hosting the series in partnership with the The Da Camera Society. Note that previously this space was occupied by the A+D Museum, now a few doors West on Wilshire.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 15-17, 2014

Where: American Contemporary Ballet; 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Tickets: $40; Click here for tickets.

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2. Profanity Pop

Disney purists beware: this show at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery portrays some of your favorite Disney characters in ways that aren’t always G-rated. But for those hungry to see some of their childhoods’ icons portrayed in an unconventional light, this show will certainly satisfy.

When: August 1-31, 2014

Where: La Luz de Jesus Gallery; 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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3. Bukowski Birthday Party 

In honor of what would be Charles Bukowski’s 94th birthday, Skylight Books is throwing a birthday party in honor of the esteemed chronicler of Los Angeles lowlife this Saturday. Writers Jerry Stahl, Richard Lange and Dan Fante will be there to read their favorite passages from Bukowski’s writings, while visitors can enjoy birthday cake and beverages.

When: Saturday August 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Where: Skylight Books; 1818 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. The Grand Opening of Marsh Park: Phase II/ FROGSPOT 

More green space is opening up along the L.A. River this weekend with the second phase of Marsh Park, a park (designed by Melendrez landscape architects with a pavilion by ERW Design) across from the bowtie parcel of Taylor Yard on the L.A. River, is opening to the public. Plus, if you haven’t already done so, check out Friends of The Los Angeles River’s Frogspot, which is a weekend pop-up visitor center at one of the L.A. River’s entry points. Visitors can find outdoor seating, grab a cup of coffee and access the river by kayak, bike or on foot.

When: Saturday August 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Where: 2960 Marsh Street, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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5. James Dean Double Feature 

See two classic James Dean movies back-to-back at New Bev this Sunday: Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden. For LA history and architecture buffs, Rebel Without a Cause is a must, featuring scenes at Griffith Park Observatory and Santa Monica High School.

When: August 17, 2014

Where: New Beverly Cinema; 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets:$8; Click here for tickets.

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