Events for October 22, 2011back to calendar »
Oct. 22–26 (Sat-Wed.)
Learn to garden like nature itself by adding biology to your soil, and reap the benefits of a beautiful, productive garden that requires less water and is more resistant to disease and pests. Elaine Ingham, chief scientist of the Rodale Institute, will lead an intensive five-day course on the principles of soil biology and compost technology. Enroll for the whole course or a single session. Details, course fees, and registration: http://LASweetSoil.Eventbrite.com.
This course is presented by Sweet Soil. If you have questions, please contact Sweet Soil at 415-699-0916.
Sept. 17–Oct. 29 (Saturdays)
Learn tai chi in the tranquil setting of the gardens in this seven-part series led by instructor Kathy Zenju Chyan. Often described as “moving meditation” tai chi is widely practiced for its health and fitness benefits. This class is suitable for beginning and intermediate students. Members: $150. Non-Members: $170. Registration: 626-405-2128.
The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945–1985
Sept. 24, 2011–Jan. 30, 2012
Sam Maloof's iconic chairs, tables, and other creations are renowned for their elegant sculptural form and virtuosic craftsmanship. This exhibition showcases about 30 important Maloof pieces spanning more than three decades of his career in a display integrated with approximately 80 works by his colleagues who worked in other media.
Oct. 21–22 (Fri.–Sat.)
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fresh perspectives on a diverse group of prominent Civil War figures ranging from Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Douglass to George and LaSalle Pickett will be examined in this conference, co-convened by Gary W. Gallagher of the University of Virginia and Joan Waugh of UCLA. $25. Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-405-3432.
Fri. noon–4:30 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
For a beautiful spring garden, start planting in the fall. You’ll find lots of inspiration at The Huntington’s annual Fall Plant Sale. While you’re here, pick up some tips from the experts on seasonal gardening topics such as mulching, pruning, winter lawn care, and pest control. Free. Parking lot
Oct. 22 (Saturday)
Curator Hal Nelson will lead a private tour of the exhibition “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945–1985,” providing insights into the creative process of the Southern California woodworker who became a nationally recognized leader of the American studio furniture movement. Members: $15. Non-Members: $20. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Oct. 22 (Saturday)
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Turn plants into art by weaving flowers and natural fibers into original designs inspired by the gardens. Led by artist Melissa Manfull, the class will include a tour of the Sam Maloof exhibition in the Boone Gallery, which includes several examples of fiber arts. Ages 7–12. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Members: $25. Non-Members: $30. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Oct. 22 (Saturday)
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Huntington’s urban agriculture site, an area not typically open to daily visitors. Explore the Ranch, talk to the staff who run the project, and pick up some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening at home or in the community. General admission; no reservations required. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site.
Blue Sky Metropolis
Oct. 8, 2011–Jan. 9, 2012
Blue Sky Metropolis traces the history of local aviation from the early days of barnstorming pilots through the Cold War space race and beyond. In the process, it documents the extraordinary metamorphosis of Southern California itself, transformed from a land of orange groves into a high-tech region.
Dreams, Disasters, and Reality: Goya’s Prints from The Huntington’s Collections
Oct. 1, 2011–Jan. 9, 2012
Praised as one of the first “modern” artists, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) addressed issues of contemporary political and social reality in his work. His forceful etchings exposed the systems of power that ruled 18th-century Spain: a corrupt and despotic monarchy, the injustices of war and occupation by Napoleon’s France, the terrors of the Inquisition. “Dreams, Disasters, and Reality” presents about 10 works from all of Goya’s major etching series, including Los Caprichos and Los Desastres de Guerra.