5 design things to do this week

This week, you can: see The Shining and consider its impact on visual culture; see how local businesses make it in L.A.; buy a couch on a sidewalk; play some new video games; and tour houses of worship across cultures.

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980), will be the first film in SCI-Arc’s new Cinema Series

1) SCI-Arc Cinema Series

If SCI-Arc is where “architects become mad scientists,” then it’s no surprise that The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)  will be the first film in the new Cinema Series the school has developed as a way “to contribute to the intellectual and visual culture of the local community.”  The first Tuesday of each month, SCI-Arc will screen major motion pictures related to architecture, technology, and visual culture.  Before the screening, M.C. Michael Stock (SCI-Arc Faculty and KXLU DJ) will engage industry insiders, theorists and historians to contextualize the films and engender discussion.  For The Shining, producer Jan Harlan will join the conversation.

When: Tuesday, Oct 3, 7 pm

Where: Keck Auditorium, USC

Tickets: Free and open to the public

Future listings: Nov 7, Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)Dec 5, Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)

LaLaLand Production and Design will open their sewing room to the public during the Maker Walk LA.

2) Maker Walk L.A.

As the locally “grown” movement continues to catch fire, many people might be paying attention to where  something is made, but have they thought much about how it is made?  Maker Walk L.Ais a self-guided walking tour that celebrates local manufacturing by opening the doors to the real people, the machines and the processes that put it all together.  Stops will include a workshop about manufacturing leather goods at La La Land Production, tours and tastings at a local distillery and a brewery and a coffee roaster, a special look at Oblong Technologies’ development facility, and educational programming at the Advanced Prototyping Center.  Here’s your chance to look behind the curtain and see all the tricks of the trades.  Following the tour, you can attend a VIP party to mingle with local makers while you indulge in local food and libations from Angel City Brewery, Greenbar Distillery and Califia Farms.

When: Friday, October 6, Tour 1 – 4 pm, VIP Party 4 – 7 pm.

Where: Arts District, 525 Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, 90013.  Tour map provided at check-in.

Tickets: The self-guided walking tour is free. VIP party is $75 and you can buy tickets here.

Lenin Fernandez rehearses in the Weho Library for a performance Saturday or Heidi Duckler’s production “Back in Circulation”; dream sequence costume designed by Mimi Haddon.

3) La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ) Sidewalk Sale/Dance at Weho Library

Nobody walks in L.A……unless there’s a sale.  La Cienega in West Hollywood has been a shopping hub of the interior design profession since the 1950s.This weekend, the LCDQ (La Cienega Design Quarter) will hold their first ever Sidewalk Sale. Spend the day strolling and shopping, with stores like Arteriors, Hollyhock, Jasper, Kreiss, Paul Ferrante, Waterworks and many many more, all spilling onto the sidewalk and opening their showrooms with heavily discounted items.  Antiques, carpets, design objects, furniture, lighting and more.  Consider booking a nice lunch at Fig & Olive, Ago, Lucques, Taste on Melrose or any of the number of great dining options in the area so you can recharge and go back for more hunting!

When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct 6 & 7, 10 am – 6 pm

Where: La Cienega Blvd. between Melrose and Santa Monica Blvd.  See map here.

Tickets: Free

Also on Saturday in WEHO, head over to the West Hollywood Library to see Heidi Duckler Dance Theater’s production of “Back in Circulation“.  Expect to see choreography that interacts with the venue and spectacular paper costumes by Mimi Haddon.  7:30 pm. Get tickets here.

CatSorter, by Pawmigo Games, was selected by a jury committee as one the most innovative and exciting works from over 200 indie games submitted this year to IndieCade.  All nominees are eligible for IndieCade awards.

4) IndieCade

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the video game industry’s Sundance,” the 10th annual IndieCade Festival will be the most thrilling presentation of independent video game releases to date.  With over 200 entries, the event will give gamers the opportunity to play and preview a wide variety of entries from independent programmers around the world.  You can engage in the design space, both digital and physical, meet creators and legends in the industry and participate in an in-depth game developer summit, conference sessions, workshops, business networking, social activities, tournaments, and more.  Let the games begin!

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday Oct 6 – 8.  See schedule here. (preview Oct 5, 4 – 8 pm)

Where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Ave, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles 90012

Tickets: $20 and up.  You can review options and buy tickets here.

St Augustine by-the-Sea, 1227 4th St, Santa Monica. Photo: Judy Raffel

5) Sacred Places Architectural Walking Tour, Santa Monica

People travel all over the world to see the architectural marvels and design achievements of cathedrals and places of worship erected through the centuries.  Now you can see Santa Monica’s contribution to this legacy during the Sacred Places Tour this weekend.  The self-guided tour will explore the architectural beauty, history and culture of 15 sites, including churches, chapels and a synagogue. Selected for their historical significance, and cultural diversity, these sites are also located in different parts of our City.  Highlights include the First United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches, founded in 1875 just months after the city’s founding, Santa Monica’s oldest African-American church, Phillips Chapel, founded in 1906 and two churches with predominantly Latin congregations, Saint Anne and Iglesia el Sermon del Monte, the former with a notable outdoor shrine and the latter with beautiful stained glass windows.

When: Saturday, Oct 7, 1 – 6 pm

Where: There are three check-in locations:

  1. First Presbyterian, 1220 2nd St.
  2. Mt. Olive Lutheran, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd.
  3. Saint Anne Church & Shrine, 2011 Colorado Ave.

The complete list of tour sites will be provided in your email confirmation. Visitors will be given a map and detailed brochure to select sites to see, as time may not permit visiting all 15 locations.

Tickets: GA $30, Santa Monica Conservancy members $25.  You can buy tickets here.