Day planners are intrinsically interactive: You jot down appointments, plan the future and revisit the past, plotting details of your life and its intersection with the lives of others. But, while functional, the typical day planner lacks aesthetic appeal. As of today, that changes The Open Daybook is both a compilation of original artwork and a functional perpetual calendar. With each day getting a page, 365 artists were assigned a date and given 24 hours to create a work of art. The design of every dated page allows users to record their lives and engage artistically with contributors as diverse as Miranda July, David Rakoff, Jill Greenberg and Mungo Thomson. To coincide with the book's release, tonight's reception for the Open Daybook will feature more than 100 original works from the book. How do you measure a year? Artistically and creatively, that's how.

Thu., Jan. 6, 8-10 p.m., 2011

LA Weekly