A Celebration of Design & Architecture in L.A.

KCRW and Helms Bakery Present: A Celebration of Design & Architecture in L.A.

Sun. 04/14 | 12:00PM (Doors) @ The Helms Bakery (map)

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Celebrate a fun and festive day of L.A. design and architecture, conversations and more with KCRW and the Helms Bakery on Sunday, April 14. 

This event is SOLD OUT

 Frances Anderton will host two must-attend discussions with leaders from LA's top museums and culinary scene.  Your ticket includes a pop-up gallery showcasing some of LA's hottest designers and music from KCRW's own Liza Richardson. Plus, receive a complimentary Father's Office beer or a Helms Bakery cookie.

Live on-stage:

1PM: Frances Anderton & Hunter Drohojowska-Philp with LACMA Director Michael Govan, the Getty Research Institute's Wim de Wit, and MOCA Guest Curator Christopher Mount,

Frances and KCRW art critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp will co-moderate a conversation with themes raised in Pacific Standard Time Presents: How does one characterize the Modern tradition in LA?  What makes it essentially Angeleno?  Where is LA architecture going now and is it still a global influencer?  How does one bring architecture alive within a museum?
3PM: Frances Anderton with Good Food's Evan Kleiman, renowned pastry chef Sherry Yard, and restauranteur Sang Yoon.
Frances will talk with Evan Kleiman, Sherry Yard, and Sang Yoon about Modern design as it relates to food, and the design of kitchens and restaurants, drawing from their own experiences as patrons of design, as well as Evan's memories of a childhood bathed in Modernist architecture.



The Helms Bakery is a Los Angeles historical destination, with award-winning restaurants, a unique collection of design and home furnishing stores, and simply a perfect place to meet with friends.  The landmark building nestled in the heart of West L.A. is easy to get to and located just one block east of the new Expo Line.


Before the afternoon's events, join Design East of La Brea for a walking tour of Culver City.  This two-hour guided tour will focus on contemporary design and architecture, stopping by the area's newest buildings, studios and stores, and meeting many of the creatives who are transforming the city into one of the most exciting pockets of L.A.  The tour will end at Helms Bakery at noon.  Click here to get tickets.


KCRW's DnA: Design and Architecture explores who and what matters in our designed world on air, online and at public events.  Host Frances Anderton talks to designers, users and critics about products, fashion, buildings and more, in Los Angeles and beyond -- revealing how we shape today's world and how it shapes us.

DnA broadcasts a monthly half-hour show and a weekly podcast.  It updates design happenings almost daily on its blog and it reports on design issues for KCRW’s news shows, Which Way LA and All Things Considered.  DnA also covers LA's "indie" designers in a way that echoes KCRW’s famed curated music.  DnA is a participant in KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and features commentaries and stories by design journalists and personalities in LA and beyond.

Frances Anderton is a frequent public speaker and writer on architecture and design.  Her writings have appeared in many publications, including Dwell Magazine, the New York Times and KCET’s Artbound.



Michael Govan joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director in 2006.  For the previous 11 years, Mr. Govan was President and Director of the New York City-based Dia Art Foundation, a nonprofit institution devoted to contemporary art.  He conceived and realized Dia:Beacon, a 300,000-square-foot museum on the banks of the Hudson devoted to Dia’s renowned collection of artwork from the 1960s to the present, and successfully completed an $80-million capital campaign to build and endow the museum.  From 1988–94, Mr. Govan served as Deputy Director of the Guggenheim Museum, and prior to that helped found MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) while at Williams College, where he studied art history and fine art.


Wim de Wit is the Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.  He studied architectural history at the Catholic University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  After his graduation, he was appointed as a scholarly researcher responsible for the collections at the Netherlands Documentation Center for Architecture in Amsterdam (1974-1982).  He has organized a number of exhibitions at the Getty Research Institute, including "Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937" (2001), "Julius Shulman, Modernity and the Metropolis" (fall 2005), "Julius Shulman's Los Angeles" at the Los Angeles Public Library (fall 2007), and "Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky" (GRI, 2008).


Christopher Mount is an independent curator, writer, and educator specializing in twentieth and twenty-first century architecture, design and graphics.  He is currently a Guest Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, organizing an exhibition and publication devoted to the last quarter of a century of architecture.  Previously he was Executive Director of the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Parsons the New School for Design.  He has held the position of Editor-in-Chief of I.D. Magazine and was a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for fourteen years.


Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a Los Angeles based art critic and journalist, writing about art, design and architecture.  The KCRW art critic is also the California collections curator for the Archives of American Art, and is the author of Rebels in Paradise: The L.A. Art Scene and the 1960s, Sensual Mechanical: The Art of Craig Kauffman and Julius Shulman: Modernism Rediscovered.


Sang Yoon is a restaurateur, chef and owner of Father's Office gastropub which has locations in Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Yoon is of Korean and Russian ancestry and is infamous for allowing no substitutions or alterations of any type on the food served at Father's Office.  Yoon cooked gourmet California cuisine at Michael's Restaurant in Santa Moinca when the urge to open his own place hit, he took over a small local bar called Father's Office and added his own touches.  The proprietary "Office Burger" has been hailed as the country's best burger by the TODAY show and Esquire magazine and Yoon has been profiled as a craft beer expert in USA TodayFood + Wine magazine, and National Public Radio.  In 2011, Yoon opened Lukshon, an Asian themed restaurant next door to Father's Office's Los Angeles location.


Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard's early education at New York City Technical College and The Culinary Institute of America led her to a career in New York City's top restaurants, including the celebrated Rainbow Room, Montrachet, and Tribeca Grill. Currently executive pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck's empire, including Spago, Cut, and Chinois, Yard is responsible for desserts that play a leading role at the annual Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Emmy Awards.


Evan Kleiman has been the host of Good Food since 1997.  A true culinary multitasker, she is often referred to as "the fairy Godmother of the LA food scene."  In addition to her role as host of Good Food on KCRW, Evan is a chef, sought after speaker, and an active member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and the Stewardship Council for Roots of Change. Evan helmed the beloved Angeli Caffe for 28 years.  She is the author of 8 cookbooks on Italian cooking and the video app "Easy as Pie."


KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.


For additional information, please email events@kcrw.org.


The Helms Bakery
3220 Helms Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Limited self parking is available free of charge in any of the Helms complex lots.

For a map of the Helms Bakery District click here.

When and where is the event? 
Sunday, April 14th
Doors: 12pm 
1st Panel: 1pm 
2nd Panel: 3pm

The Helms Bakery
3220 Helms Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
How do I purchase tickets? 
Tickets are no longer available for this event.

When do tickets go on-sale? 
Tickets become available on Monday, March 11th at 3pm

How much are tickets and how many can I purchase? 
Tickets for this event are sold out. Each ticket includes an item of your choice: (1) Father's Office beer or (1) Helms Bakery cookie.  All tickets are general admission.

What happens after I order my tickets online? 
When your order is complete you will receive a confirmation number on the tix.com site.  You will also be sent a confirmation email from tix.com within five minutes.  If you choose "e-ticket" as your ticket option, you will be able to print out your ticket(s) immediately.  If you chose "1st Class Mail" - tix.com will send your ticket(s) within two weeks of your purchase.  KCRW will send you important show information via email by Wednesday, April 11th.

What can I do if I am having trouble placing my order online? 
Please email events@kcrw.org for assistance.

Will there be food and drinks available at the venue?
Yes, there will be food trucks at the event and the Helms Bakery restaurants will also be open.
Is there parking at the venue?
Limited self parking is available free of charge in The Helms Bakery parking lots, located across the street from HD Buttercup on North Venice Blvd.

What is the show’s running time?
The onstage portion of each panel is approximately one hour long.
Once I place an order, can I change the credit card number to be billed? 
Unfortunately, once an order is processed, we cannot change the credit card number.
Can I cancel my order? 
No.  All sales are final.  No refunds or exchanges.
Is the ticket price tax deductible? 
Tickets are partially tax-deductible.  The portion of your ticket purchase price that exceeds the fair market value of the event is tax-deductible.  For more information please contact KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday – Friday at 310-314-4635.


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