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How Participatory Design Is Changing Los Angeles
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, doors open at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:15pm
How Participatory Design Is Changing Los Angeles

$5 for CHS Members, $10 General Admission

Gensler Los Angeles
500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Join the California Historical Society at the Gensler Los Angeles office for a stirring discussion about how participatory design impacts the creation of the built environment in Los Angeles and beyond. Reflecting on how Lawrence Halprin’s innovative process shaped his Los Angeles projects, presenters and participants will consider how public participation does, could, and should impact current projects in Los Angeles. Light refreshments provided

Guest speakers include a diverse array of architects, designers, planners, and architectural historians: Steve Rasmussen Cancian, Shared Spaces Landscape Architecture and Union de Vecinos; Jennifer Wai-Kwun Toy, Co-founder and Design Director, Kounkuey Design Initiative; Brian Glodney, Associate/Urban Designer, Gensler, Architecture, Design, and Planning Firm; Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director, LA-Más, a non-profit community design organization. Alison Bick Hirsch, Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture and author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America, will moderate the discussion.

Gensler’s Los Angeles Office,

California the Magic Island
Doug Hansen
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:00pm
California, the Magic Island and Illustrating California History—Lecture and San Francisco Book Launch

$5 for CHS, Heyday, and Cartoon Art Museum members; $10 General Admission

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Come learn about how author Doug Hansen incorporates and transforms California's rich history into fantastic illustrations and descriptions for his children's books, including: Mother Goose in California, Aesop in California, and his newest offering, California, the Magic Island.

More about the Author

Doug Hansen was born in Fresno, California, and is the eldest of six children in an artistic family. Doug has worked as a Fresno Bee newsroom artist, freelance illustrator, and cartoonist. He illustrated David Mas Masumoto's books Letters to the Valley: A Harvest of Memories and Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer, as well as Mother Goose in California and Aesop in California. He teaches rendering and illustration at his alma mater, California State University, Fresno.

More about the Book

Queen Calafia, the main character of a sixteenth-century Spanish romance about an island overflowing with gold and populated by Amazon-like women, is incensed when she hears that we have adopted her name for our state. Being the good and reasonable queen that she is, she's willing to hear from twenty-six animals about why California is worthy of her name. But if she decides it isn't, she'll launch an army of goddesses riding griffins to wreak her vengeance! Each animal characterizes California in a key cultural object or historical event: for example, the swordfish describes the tomols of the Chumash people, while the gull tells Calafia about the Gold Rush. Large, intricate illustrations display a wealth of research into every subject, rendered with the highest level of artistic skill. More majestic than most ABC books, California, the Magic Island is a delightful exploration of what makes California worthy of its regal name.

In partnership with Heyday Books and Cartoon Art Museum

Korla Pandit
Third Thursdays at the California Historical Society
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Third Thursdays at the California Historical Society: Korla Film Screening and Q&A with the Filmmakers

Free event

Join us for a screening of the documentary, Korla. Korla follows the life and career of Korla Pandit, a California television pioneer featured on KTLA and KGO in the 1940s–1960s. He was also the godfather of exotica music and had a large Tiki following in the Bay Area and Southern California. It is an enterprising American story that mixes Hollywood in the 1950’s with racial reinvention as it looks at the career of Mr. Pandit (aka John Roland Redd), who successfully passed as an Indian from New Delhi, when in fact he was the son of an African American minister from Columbia, Missouri.

After the screening explore the film and its star, Korla Pandit, with filmmakers John Turner and Eric Christensen with an interactive Q&A.

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