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10 Top Design Occasions: Oct. 28-Nov. 18, 2011

Watch a documentary on female landscape architects in a screening in San Diego, or frolic among pumpkins in Dallas in an impressive backyard transformation. Go on an altar walk in Chicago to see how homeowners celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or learn new fruit garden practices in Austin. If you’re looking for ways to be motivated, or simply enjoy getting out amid other style fans, here’s our shortlist of events from around the nation.

GARDEN EVENT — Oct. 28-Nov. 23, 2011
Fall in the Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX

Pretend you are on your own fall fairy tale in the beautiful “Autumn in the Arboretum” transformation in Dallas Arboretum. Walk along backyard grounds filled with 150,000 flowering blossoms and foliage plantings, and over 50,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds. Every week something new unfolds from the backyard: a pumpkin village, the coming of fall mums, the introduction of this $3 million lawn expansion, the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill, and more.

Family Fun Weekend: About Oct. 29-30, come in costume and trick-or-treat from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. throughout Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village and seven Fairy Tale Castles. Cinderella and her fairy tale friends will pass out treats to children ages 10 and under. Other activities include a magician, petting zoo, and face painting.

MOVIE SCREENING — Oct. 29, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
“Women in the Dirt: Landscape Architects Shaping Our World”
San Diego Natural History Museum – Balboa Park
1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA

If you are fortunate enough to be around the sandy shores of San Diego, take a look at “Women in the Dirt,” a documentary by director Carolann Stoney highlighting the work of award-winning women making their mark in landscape design. Featured professionals comprise Mia Lerher, Andrea Cochran, Cheryl Barton, Isabelle Greene, Katherine Spitz, Pamela Palmer, and Lauren Melendrez. Although every landscape architect has a unique body of work, their concerns overlap in the domain of sustainability and lasting design.

Purchase tickets here.

Kendall Wilkinson Design

DESIGN LAB — Oct. 28-30, 2011
Modernism through the Ages: Dwell Showhome Design Lab
The Penthouse in the Millenium Tower
San Francisco, CA

The Junior League of San Francisco is partnering with Dwell Media to present “Modernism Throughout the Ages,” an interactive laboratory giving you the opportunity to be motivated by the marriage of classic San Francisco structure with modern and modern design. This notable fundraiser will let you tour a collection of private houses throughout the Sea Cliff neighborhood, and attribute 20 hand-selected regional designers and producers who collaborated on transforming a bare penthouse. The team comprises Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home, William Duff Architecture, Barbara Scavullo Design, Reba Jones of Butler Armsden, Michael Merrill Design, Min Day Architecture, Tres McKinney Design, and more.

Purchase tickets here.

EXHIBIT — Oct. 28 – Nov. 26, 2011
Richard Serra, Junction / Cycle
Gagosian Gallery
New York, NY

Bay Area indigenous Richard Serra is known for legendary and revolutionary bodies of work in both sculpture and drawing. Socialize with two of his newest impressive and large scale sculptures Junction (2011) and Cycle (2010), on display in the Gagosian Gallery.

Serra has pushed the sculptural syntax he developed over the last 15 years to arrive at both of these new kinds — his most complex and ambitious works up to now. Serra has generated large-scale site-specific sculptures for both architectural, urban and landscape configurations spanning the world, from Iceland to New Zealand.

FLEA MARKET — Oct. 29-30, 2011
Treasure Island Flea
San Francisco, CA

Go treasure hunting for a unique furniture item, or grab the perfect vintage print in Treasure Island Flea. The urban, open market market held on historic Treasure Island in San Francisco showcases local designers, collectors, manufacturers, artists, crafters, specialty food purveyors and local wineries. Entertainment can be provided, even though it is fun enough to marvel at the unexpected and unusual antique only waiting to make its way into your house. This weekend may also be a fun-filled Halloween weekend series — bring a can of food, or put on a costume and get for free.

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WALK — Oct. 30, 2011
2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Altar Walk
Meet in Pullman State Historic Site
11111 S. Forrestville Avenue, Chicago, IL

A featured app of Chicago Artists Month, join in to the 2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Altar Walk through the south Historic Pullman District. The Day of the Dead event will display seven historic houses, and provide you with the opportunity to view the homeowner’s personal altars that celebrate life is embodied in the introduction of an altar to a deceased loved one. The Altar Walk is sure to be colorful, intriguing, and stirring, mixing functions of art and memories constructed within historic structures. Artists include: Linda Beierle Bullen, Christopher Campagna, Dana Day (Mosnart) and Donnie Stahlke, Amongst Others. Sponsored by the Pullman State Historic Site and the Historic Pullman Garden Club.

For more info: email [email protected], or call 773.660.2341
Reserved tickets are $12; $15 at the door and ticket includes a reception after the Walk.

DAY TRIP — Nov. 4, 2011
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Fall Day Trip
New York, NY

Combine MAD to get curator-led scenic fall-foliage trip through upstate New York. The art and design-filled itinerary begins with a trip to ten Willow Studio, belonging to glass artists Jill Reynolds and Dan Spitzer, then another stop will be a guided tour of the modern galleries in Dia:Beacon, housed in a sprawling, old mill along the Hudson. The afternoon will wrap up with a tour of this scenic Manitoga/ The Russel Wright Design Center, and celebrate MAD’s Present Crafting Modernism display.

$235 MAD Members / $260 Non-Members. The day trip includes a 2-course lunch and wine. Mail [email protected], or call 212.299.7763 to enroll, and for more information.

Beertje Vonk Artist

WORKSHOP — Nov. 5, 2011, 10am-12pm
Fruits and Berries: Planning, Pruning and Care
Deep Eddy Community Garden
3001/2 Atlanta Drive, Austin, TX

Calling all green thumbs! Learn how to grow your own apples, peaches and berries in a free workshop in the Deep Eddy Community Garden. Learn about varieties which excel in the Austin area, and learn specific planting details like how big the hole for planting must be and if alterations are required. Basic pruning techniques and general fruit and berry care are also included in the workshop.

Bradford Woodworking

Tractor Seat Stool by Bradford Woodworking – $620

CRAFT SHOW — Nov. 10–13, 2011
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Philadelphia Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

There has been lots of design inspiration to go around in Philadelphia, with Layout Philadelphia having wrapped up. Continue to get motivated by celebrating the art of modern craft in the yearly Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, including 195 of the finest and most lively craft artists from the U.S., chosen from over 1,400 applicants. Pick up a unique item ranging from baskets, ceramics, furniture (including a unique stool from Bradford Woodworking, above), glass, wood, and more.

Presented from the Museum’s Women’s Committee and Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Money will benefit conservation and book projects, exhibitions, and education programs.

LECTURE — Nov. 17, 2011, 6 p.m.
San Francisco Modernism, A Lecture by Alan Hess
Presented by Heritage and DOCOMOMO/NOCA
Nob Hill Masonic Center
San Francisco, CA

Celebrate the enduring heritage of San Francisco Modernism by joining San Jose Mercury News structure writer and author Allen Hess as he investigates the town’s diverse collection of Contemporary architecture and historic resources. The lecture will be held in the monumental Nob Hill Masonic Center (Bliss and Faville, 1958) — itself an ode into Modernism. Purchase tickets here.

More design occasions:
Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 2011, Oct. 21-Nov. 12, 2011

What’s on your calendar this past month? Let us know about your favorite forthcoming design occasions below!

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