Whether movie, house tours or shopping is your thing, our roundup of events throughout the country has something for you.


FILM FESTIVAL — April 19May 3, 2012
San Francisco Film Festival
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, directed by Sam Green
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St., San Francisco
Showings:Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m., 9 p.m. Buy tickets online

As part of the San Francisco Film Festival, the documentary Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller matches first and found footage with live narration from Sam Green. For the screening, the score will be performed by indie music group Yo La Tengo . The documentary interviews many Bay Area luminaries to discuss Fuller’s ongoing impact on design. Ticket holders may also obtain admission to the SFMOMA exhibit”The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area” along with a reception. Purchase movie festival tickets here

April 22, 2012
Earth Day

Celebrate Earth by committing to one eco-friendly action. Plant a tree, recycle materials or volunteer at a community garden.

Start Your Own Backyard Orchard
10 Tips for Earth-Friendly Home Renovation
Cleaning Out Your Electronics the Ideal Way


SHOWCASE HOME — April 24–May 20, 2012
Philharmonic House of Design
Laguna Beach, California

See how 20 Orange County and Los Angeles interior designers changed an 11,000-square-foot property in this year’s Philharmonic House of Design showcase. The house, in the postcard-perfect coastal mountains of Laguna Beach, provides you the chance to take in panoramic views of the Pacific and work by local artists. This year’s designers include Stephanie Fryer and Rona Graf of Grace Blu Designs, Sean Hashemian, Chris Kittrell, Shala Shamardi, and Hal Swanson and Dan Ollis. Funds in the event benefit youth music education programs of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 pm; Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; closed Mondays
Cost: $40 general admission, $50 house pass (unlimited entrance ). Purchase tickets online


BENEFIT — April 26–28, 2012
Design on a Dime
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., New York City

Over 50 designers are coming together for Design on a Dime, an inside design shopping advantage, in the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The weekend features high interior designers, such as Tilton Fenwick and Arden Stephenson, that will make room vignettes employing new contributed merchandise, which will then be sold for 50 to 70 percent off retail prices. All funds support Housing Works, a nonprofit with a mission to end AIDS and homelessness.

Purchase tickets for the VIP opening-night reception on April 26. Shopping is open to the general public on April 27 and 28.


EXHIBIT — April 19May 15, 2012
Drylands Design
Architecture and Design Museum
6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

A new exhibition in the A+D Museum calls architects, landscape architects, engineers and urban designers to action to respond to the challenges of water scarcity in light of climate change. With a focus on the West, the exhibition presents persuasive drawings, designs, images and movie clips which offer practical strategies for how buildings, homes and areas might be accommodated to confront a drought-prone future.

On May 5, combine Hadley and Peter Arnold, founding codirectors of the Aridlands Institute, to get a curated design tour of the exhibition. Free with museum admission; RSVP requested.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12–6 pm; closed Mondays
Cost: $5 adult; $2 seniors and students; complimentary for A+D associates and those 12 and younger

More design events: April 5–26, 2012,April 12–May 3, 2012

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