5 Design Things to do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

Cliftons Sign, by Gideon Brower
Cliftons Sign, photo by Gideon Brower

1) Clifton’s Cafeteria Reopens

It was due to open September 22, and has been pushed off a few days, but this week doors will open once again at Clifton’s Cafeteria. Clifford Clinton opened the beloved, themed comfort-food restaurant, on Broadway just north of 7th Street downtown, in 1935. After five years and ten million dollars worth of renovations developer Andrew Meieran is reopening it to serve a new generation, but it will still serve Jello and Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Check out Gideon Brower’s tour of Clifton’s with Chris Nichols, here.

When: Clifton’s opens to the public later this week. Watch their Facebook page for updates. It will be open daily, 11AM – 2AM

Where: 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90014

Tickets: for information, call 213 627 1673 or email: info@cliftonsla.com

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Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 4.02.03 PM2) East LA Interchange 

The working class neighborhood of Boyle Heights was ripped apart by the construction of the East LA Interchange. Director Betsy Kalin explores “how one neighborhood managed to survive the construction of the largest and busiest freeway interchange in the nation’ in her film East LA Interchange, screening this week at the Hollywood Film Festival. The film also screens at the New Urbanism Film Festival taking place October 8-11.

When: Hollywood Film Festival screenings take place Thursday, September 24th at 12:45PM; Sunday, September 27th at 1:15pm at the

Where: Arclight Cinemas Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., CA 90028

Tickets: Click here for ticket info.

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Jamie Pham plays at the Finish Consulate
Juho Pohjonen performs at the Finnish Consulate; photo by Jamie Pham

3) “Mexico à la Carte”

Did you ever wonder what it was like in Mozart’s day when an evening of music performed in stately residences was the hot way to entertain?  LACO à la carte offers up a 21st-century-style version, with fundraising events situating exclusive salon performances by LA Chamber Orchestra musicians and guest artists in the sumptuous private homes of the Consuls General of Finland, Mexico and Turkey; there will also be a night focusing on Iran in a private villa.  Each unique evening offers music and cuisine of the host country. This Saturday the theme is ¡Viva México!, hosted by Mexico’s Consul General, The Honorable Carlos M. Sada, and his wife, Mrs. Maria Elena Sada.  Quattrosound, a dynamic crossover of Latin pop, jazz and classical music that won a 2014 Latin Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, adds musical spice.

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7 pm

Where: Official Residence of the Consul General of Mexico, in Hancock Park

Tickets: $350 per person; $950 for any combination of three events; to make reservations, call 213 622 7001 × 3.

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The Broad; photo by Iwan Baan

4) The Broad is Open

In case you hadn’t heard, The Broad is now open. 85,000 people have signed up for timed visits, but you can show up without reservations, though be prepared to join a line. Come check out some of its 2000 artworks, its provocative design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro — so far its exterior has been described as a “cheese grater,” a “mattress,” and as having the texture of “gefilte fish” — all of which must mean people already have an affection for it. Read more about the design, here.

When: Open everyday but Mondays; click here for daily opening times

Where: 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets: Free and open to the public; reserve times here to avoid lines.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 4.40.20 PM5) Paperworks; Reception Saturday

The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents Paperworks, an exhibition that examines the range of work by fifteen contemporary artists with strong ties to Los Angeles who use paper as their primary medium. Curated by Howard Fox, LACMA Curator Emeritus of Contemporary Art, the exhibition features two-dimensional cut-outs, collages, free-standing sculptures and large-scale installations by: Enrique Castrejon, Lecia Dole-Recio, Francesca Gabbiani, Tm Gratkowski, Margaret Griffith, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Soo Kim, Chris Natrop, Rebecca Niederlander, Chris Oatey, Echiko Ohira, Minoru Ohira, Phranc, Susan Sironi, Tam Van Tran. 

When: September 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016; An opening reception for Paperworks will take place on Saturday, September 26 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m

Where: 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tickets: Members Free; general admission: $7; check ticket info here

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And here’s a special for DnA listeners only. . . Paul Goldberger on Gehry at the Getty

This Sunday at 7pm architecture critic Paul Goldberger will talk with James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, about his new biography of the architect Frank Gehry, entitled Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry. Goldberger and Cuno will go “beyond the buildings that have transformed contemporary architecture to consider the man, his life, and his creative genius.” Listen to him talk with Frances Anderton on this DnA.

The Getty is holding a few seats especially for DnA listeners. Call the reservation hotline and tell them you heard about the talk from DnA: 310 440-7300.

When: September 27, 7PM

Where: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Tickets: Call 310 440 7300 and tell them you heard about the talk on DnA.

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