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MAY 19, 2018: 100 THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES...

Join authors Danny Jensen and Carrie Kim as they reveal the hidden gems of Los Angeles featured in their new book, 100 Things To Do In Los Angeles Before You Die, 2nd Edition. From secret supper clubs and wine safaris with wild animals to the underground tunnels of Downtown L.A., they'll take you beyond the typical tourist traps and reveal a side of the city you've likely never seen - even if you've lived in Los Angeles for decades.

Danny Jensen is the Assistant Deputy Editor of Cheapism.com, and a freelance writer covering food and travel for Time Out, Thrillist, TravelZoo and KCET. Carrie Kim is a freelance writer and designer, who wrote the popular 1st Edition of 100 Things To Do In Los Angeles.

 

FEB 10, 2018: COCKTAILS AND THE RAT PACK

Celebrate Valentine's Day in an original Richard Dorman FAIA mid-century residence with museum educator and trained chef Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites as she traces the rise of entertaining in 1950's America, and how modern architecture, furniture and objects played a role in home cocktail parties. With Maite's guidance, prepare hors d'oeuvres and libations that would have made Frank, Dean and Sammy proud, then enjoy the party overlooking the city to tunes by old blue eyes.

Ms. Gomez-Rejon has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and LACMA, among other cultural institutions. She also holds a Grand Diplome from the French Culinary Institute.

 
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           Reflections in case study @ 2015 STEVEN SILVERSTEIN

 
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OCT 28, 2017: MODERNISTS IN CRESTWOOD

Join architect and author, Cory Buckner, for a special, intimate discussion of mid-century architecture, with an emphasis on the MHA modernist cooperative development in Brentwood's Crestwood Hills and the architects who designed houses there, including A. Quincy Jones and Frederic P. Lyman. Formed by four musicians, MHA grew to include 500 members and became one of the fully-realized housing cooperatives in the U.S.

Ms. Buckner holds an MFA and M.Arch, and is the recipient of the Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award for her efforts in "preserving important examples of Southern California Modernism."  She is the author of several books including Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of a Modern Utopia (Angel City Press, 2015) and A. Quincy Jones (Phaidon Press, 2002).

 

OCT 21, 2017: PARISIAN SALON AND THE ALICE B. TOKLAS COOKBOOK

Discuss the history of the Parisian Salon with museum educator and trained chef Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites, focusing on the informal conversations found in Gertrude Stein's home during the innovative Belle Epoque, and its influence on later generations. Explore the Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, published in 1954 by Stein's partner, as a best-selling cookbook and popular memoir of their vanguard life together, then with Maite's guidance, prepare and savor a unique, yet simple meal inspired by it.

Ms. Gomez-Rejon has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and LACMA, among other cultural institutions. She also holds a Grand Diplome from the French Culinary Institute.