5 Design Things To Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. Summer Solstice at Griffith Observatory And Other LA Sunspots

The longest day of the year is this Sunday, promising 14.5 hours of daylight and the ancient festival is being celebrated with dancing and markets in several locations around town. But there’s perhaps no better place to enjoy it than at Griffith Park Observatory; when the sun makes its “local noon” appearance, at its highest position in the sky all year, its projected image “crosses the engraved meridian arc of the Gottlieb Transit Corridor on the west side of the Observatory. The northernmost sunset and the end of the longest day of the year align with an engraved marker and stone line laid into pavement on the terrace.” Expect to compete with members of the press for viewing space.

When:  June 21, 2015, 12:45 pm

Where: Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information about Griffith Park’s Solstice and here for information about other Solstice events.

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2. How To Marry a Millionaire 

DnA’s Caroline Chamberlain found scary movies are best savored on a large screen in a Broadway theatre. The same can be said for the LA Conservany’s screening this weekend at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of How To Marry A Millionaire. The classic comedy about three gold-diggers was filmed in Technicolor and was the first movie ever to be photographed in the CinemaScope wide-screen process. Check it out in a surroundings that befit its all-over glamor.

When: Saturday June 20, 2015

Where: Music Center Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles

Tickets: $20 general public (no limit); $16 Conservancy members (limit 4)

Click here for more information.

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3. River Encounters: The LA Aqueduct 

Summer’s here, meaning that so are LA River activities, from fun to educational. In the latter category, FoLAR’s education team offers up weekly discussions at the Frog Spot, covering the Past, Present and Future of the river, through June, July, and August, respectively, with activities to follow in the channel at 1 pm: beautifying, cleaning up, or taking a nature walk. This Sunday’s topic is the LA Aqueduct, an engineering triumph built a century ago to bring water into the city from the Owens River Valley, and highly relevant as we now reevaluate our dependence on imported water.

When: June 21, 2015 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Where: The Frog Spot 2825 Benedict Street, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

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4. Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont 

There’s just one week left to see Chris Burden’s kinetic airship, “Ode to Santos Dumont,” closing June 21. Burden’s “homage to ingenuity, optimism, and the persistence of experimentation, failure, and innovation” was inspired by Brazilian-born pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, widely considered the father of aviation in France, and completed shortly before his death last month after a decade of research and work by Burden.

When: Exhibition closes June 21, 2015

Where: LACMA; 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Included in admission to museum.

Click here for more information.

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5. Let’s Go Boating: LA Forum explores Sailing Architecture

Frank Gehry has a sailboat; Greg Lynn now designs them; and architects working in the “high-tech” tradition, especially in the UK, have long drawn on the tautness, lightness, strength and economy of design for sailing. So hear more about the connections between architecture and sailboats at the Annenberg Community Beach House this Tuesday, at an event hosted by the LA Forum and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. Geoffrey Von Oeyen leads the discussion. While there you can also check out a pop-up exhibition dedicated to student work.

When: Tuesday June 16, 2015

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House; 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.