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Restoration of Historic Theater Buildings Is Lecture Topic

September 26, 2002

Designer Joseph Musil will talk about restoring historic theater buildings at 7 tonight at the First Lutheran Church, 215 N. Lemon St., Fullerton. Musil was a consultant for Disney and Pacific Theatres' award-winning restoration of the El Capitan, which reopened on Hollywood Boulevard in 1991.

This is part of a free lecture series presented by the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation to preserve the Italian Renaissance-inspired Alician Court Theatre (better known as the Fox Fullerton), which was designed in 1925 by the architectural firm of Mendell Meyer and Gabriel Holler. For more information, call (714) 607-0884; www.foxfullerton.org.

* An exhibit of architecture, design, graphic design, film and photography students' concepts for shaping a new vision of downtown Los Angeles opens at 7 tonight at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in the Bradbury Building. The works will be on display through Nov. 30 at 304 S. Broadway, L.A.

For more information, call at (213) 620-9961; www.aplusd. org.

* A 30-minute, rough-cut preview of the film "I Build the Tower," about the life of Sam (Simon) Rodia, who created the famous mosaic-covered spires in Watts, will be shown at 7:30 tonight at the Midnight Special Bookstore, 13138 3rd St., Santa Monica. For more information about the free screening, presented by the Friends of the Watts Towers Arts Center, call the bookstore at (310) 393-2923; www.msbooks.com or www. wattstowers.net.

Photographs taken by Luisa Lambri of buildings designed by Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra, R. M. Schindler and other architects will be on display through Friday at the Italian Cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 443-3250; www.iicu sa.org.

* On Sunday, acclaimed woodworker Sam Maloof will receive the Gamble House Master Craftsman Award for excellence in the art and craft of design. The presentation and reception is $100 per person. The event starts at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Greene & Greene-designed Robert Blacker House, which is at 1177 Hillcrest, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 793-3334, Ext. 10.

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Information for Design Calendar can be sent to Janet Eastman at janet.eastman@latimes.com.

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