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Tour The Triforium And More At This Year's Los Angeles Design Festival

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The Los Angeles Design Festival kicked off its 2017 event Thursday, with panels, pop-ups, tours, and talks extending through the weekend. The yearly festival focuses on bringing together design professionals and enthusiasts to a summit on the potential of design in Los Angeles. This year the focus is on DTLA, with most of the events occurring somewhere downtown. The festival's offerings run the gamut of commercial to political, touching on everything from community organizing to aesthetic perusal. At the face of such a whirlwind programming schedule, here's a breakdown of some of the most interesting events:

Metro Art Presents: Sci-Fi at Union Station: "Her" (2013)

Metro Art Los Angeles is the organization behind maintaining the public art at Metro stations. This year they've been hosting a "Sci-Fi at Union Station" film series, using the historic train station as a screening location for iconic science fiction movies. The series ends tonight with a screening of 2013's "Her," the Spike Jonze-directed film set in a futuristic Los Angeles. What better way to see Joaquin Phoenix stare wistfully at a hyperconnected world, longing for the love of an AI Scarlett Johansson, than in the grand ticketing hall of Union Station?

The screening starts at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9 and is free and first-come, first-served. Union Station is located at 800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles. More information can be found on their event page.

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The Triforium Project Tour

L.A. obsessives Tom Carroll of Tom Explores L.A. and Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt of YACHT/5 Every Day are the minds behind the Triforium Project, which aims to refurbish the once-ridiculed public art piece that sits in Fletcher-Bowron Square near City Hall. The Project won the most recent LA2050 grant, and is in full swing trying to raise funds and build awareness around the project. It'll be a while before the art piece is in its full, originally-intended glory, so until that happens, take a tour of the artwork and its control room with the minds behind its rejuvenation.

The tour runs from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. The Triforium is located at Fletcher Bowron Square by the corner of N. Main St. and E. Temple St. in downtown Los Angeles. RSVP here.

de LAB's Making LA Together

design east of La Brea (deLAB) is L.A.'s pro-East Side design organization. For the past couple years they've received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts for their "Making LA" initiative, which is a programming series that highlights the community-focused architecture and design work happening in L.A. With the looming threat of no more NEA funding, deLAB is looking to the community to bring to life its next Making LA project. The event on Saturday night will allow guests to see and vote on pitches from different teams looking to address issues of "Transportation, Water, Density, and Community." The teams include the HiFi art gallery Gabba Gallery and United Friends, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of foster children in Los Angeles. The event also includes a look into the new City Market South, as well as DJ sets from dublab DJs.

de LAB's Making LA Together goes from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at City Market South, located at 1057 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. Tickets cost $25-$35 and can be purchased here.

HOME — So Different, So Appealing

LACMA's latest design exhibit opens Sunday in conjunction with the Design Festival. In collaboration with Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibit presents art from Latin American artists around the idea of "home" and how it correlates to the socioeconomic and political upheavals of our hemisphere from the late 1950s until now. It includes established artists alongside new names and features art from every medium, including large-scale installations. The exhibit is LACMA's first in theLA/LA Pacific Standard Time initiative, which features exhibitions and performances highlighting the relationship between Los Angeles and Latin America.

HOME — So Different, So Appealing opens Sunday, June 11 and runs until Sunday, October 15. LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles and the exhibit is viewable with a General Admission ticket. Exhibit details found here.