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GOINGS ON : Exhibit Shows Work of 6 Prominent Architects : All came to Los Angeles from Europe in the 1920s and '30s. Examples of their designs are on display at UCSB's art museum.

March 24, 1994|LEO SMITH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Drawings, photos, models and furniture created by six influential architects are on display in the exhibit "The Draw of Eden: European Architects in Los Angeles" at UC Santa Barbara's University Art Museum.

J. R. Davidson, Paul Laszlo, Richard J. Neutra, Jock Peters, R. M. Schindler and Kem Weber all emigrated from central Europe to Los Angeles during the 1920 and '30s and made their mark on American architecture.

Schindler and Davidson were integral figures in modernist home design; Weber was a leader in introducing Art Deco to this country; Peters became known for his commercial design, including the interior of the Bullocks Wilshire department store; Laszlo designed modernist homes, restaurants and stores, and worked for the motion picture industry, and Neutra earned a reputation for his "International Style" modernism.

Also on display is work by contemporary architect Michael Graves, who designed UCSB's 27,000-square-foot Institute for Theoretical Physics. He also designed the Clos Pegase Winery in the Napa Valley.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

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The Pasadena Playhouse will begin its fourth season at the Lobero Theatre with a production of "Joined at the Head," running tonight through April 10. "Joined at the Head," written by and starring Catherine Butterfield, is the story of a close friendship that develops between a woman with cancer and her husband's ex-girlfriend. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24.50 for preview shows tonight through Sunday and $28.50 thereafter. Call (800) 883-PLAY or Ticketmaster at 583-8700. The Lobero is at 33 E. Canon Perdido St.

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Santa Barbara's Guernica Gallery of Graphic Arts is presenting an exhibit of etchings by former southern African political activist Hilda Bernstein through April 24. Bernstein's etchings depict her experiences in South Africa, where she served as a member of the Johannesburg City Council, and was a founder of the Transvaal Peace Council and the Federation of South African Women. In the mid-'60s, Bernstein fled to Botswana under threat of imprisonment. Other work by Bernstein, including etchings of African wildlife and European scenes, are on display. The gallery is at 32 E. Micheltorena St. It is open noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 965-5565 for information.

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In conjunction with its Japanese art exhibit, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art will present the traditional tea ceremony, as demonstrated by Sokyo Kasai and Heartie Ann Look, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. General admission is $10.

On Sunday, the museum will show the movie "Rikyu," the 16th-Century story of the loving relationship between warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Sen-No Rikyu, his team master, adviser and confidant. The movie was directed by Academy Award nominee Hiroshi Teshigahara. Admission is free. Both events will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium. The museum is at 1330 State St. Call 963-4364.

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The Anacapa String Quartet, UCSB's quartet-in-residence, will perform Sunday at Montecito's White Winds Studio. Members of the group, all of whom perform with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Symphony, are Emma Rubenstein and Susan Rishik on violin, Kirsten Monke on viola and Holly Reeves on cello. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and reservations are suggested. Call 969-5718. The studio is at 113 Middle Road.

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