5 Design Things to do This Week

A Charlie Kaufman retrospective, a show of songs and films by two bicyclists named Ben, a look-back at a historic dam building disaster, Laurie Lipton’s techno-Rococo in pencil, and Happy Birthday Marion! at the Annenberg Beach House — that’s all this week in design events.

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5 Design Things to do Before 2016 Kicks In

How often do you think, as an exhibition ends it run, oh, darn, I wish I’d seen that show?

We are here to help you avoid that feeling of regret, with this list of must-see shows, before they close in early January.

Also, where to party in style on New Year’s Eve, and chill out on New Year’s Day.

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Seeing Blue: John Griswold Curates “A Revolution of the Palette”

Blue is the world’s most popular color. But there was a time when it was expensive and hard to create for artists wishing to capture it in painting — until the discovery of synthetic blue.

That story and its effect on oil painting is the subject of “A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and Their Impact on French Artists,” an exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, curated by John Griswold.

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