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Hear Stories about L.A. at deLaB's Latest Installment of 'City Listening'

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What do you do when you love the design and architecture of Los Angeles, but the world only hones in on one part of the city? Make your own damn organization.

In 2008 a group of design-oriented friends began to loosely organize informal social events. But as creative people tend to do, it's not enough to just meet up for drinks -- things must get more adventurous. You need to do things like a Gold Line taco crawl, a design and dim sum bicycle ride and a double decker bus tour of billboards turned into art. And that's what deLaB, or Design East of La Brea, is all about.

"Our over all goal with deLab is two parts deisgn education, and one part libation," explained Haily Zaki, one of the three behind the burgeoning organization. She said that there is something more interesting about exploring design in the neighborhoods east of La Brea, whether it be Boyle Heights, Silver Lake or Northeast L.A. (shhh, they once did an event West of La Brea -- by two blocks).

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As part of this weekend's Dwell on Design, deLaB will be hosting a nerdgasm of an event for anyone who loves Los Angeles. City Listening II is a night that brings together Los Angeles' modern scribes to read their work on art, architecture and design in the city. "It's about creating and celebrating the design community in Los Angeles," said Zaki.

The 15 speakers include KCRW's Francis Anderton on living with Frank Gehry, all-around environmentalist Joe Linton on the L.A. River and Los Angeles Magazine's local historian Chris Nichols, who will let the audience quiz him on his endless knowledge of the city.

The Saturday night event in the Spring Arts Tower's old bank space will also act as a fundraiser for deLaB, with most funds -- tickets cost $25 to $50 -- going towards programming for the next year. And in true deLaB form, libation is included in the price.