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by Katy Purviance on 04/09/08 @ 09:58:36 pm
Categories: Events | 280 words | 1315 views

Dwell brings you Around the Clock, a weekly guide to events in five U.S. cities. Whether you live in SoHo or Santa Monica, South Beach or San Francisco, Around the Clock is your guide to uncommon happenings in the interlocking worlds of design, culture, food, and more. Go to to see what’s near you—and don’t forget to sign up for our single-city editions, emailed directly to your inbox each week.

Wednesday, April 9: Susan Benjamin and Stuart Cohen, authors of Great Houses of Chicago, 1871–1921 give a presentation on the landmark homes designed by David Adler, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Daniel Burnham. 6:15-7:15 p.m.; The Art Institute of Chicago,111 South Michigan Ave.; (312) 443-3600;

Los Angeles
Friday, April 11: Nicole Cohen’s video installation gives Getty-goers a new take on the museum’s collection of 18th-century French chairs. Today, take a spin through the gallery with the artist herself. 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.; The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr.; (310) 440-7300;

Sunday, April 13: Catch Promises of Paradise, the Bass Museum’s exhibition of mid-century architecture, design, urban planning, and decorative arts in Miami, before it closes today. The Bass Museum, 2121 Park Ave.; (305) 673-7530;

New York
Friday, April 11: Despite projects ongoing in France, England, Poland, Italy and Austria, architect Philippe Rahm finds time to discuss his new work with New Yorkers. 7 p.m.; The Wollman Auditorium, The Cooper Union Engineering Building, 51 Astor Placep; (212) 849-8400;

San Francisco
Wednesday, April 9: Dwell editor-in-chief Sam Grawe moderates this discussion on the future of sustainable design between Yves Behar, Bob Adams of IDEO, and Dawn Danby of the green consulting firm Autodesk. 6–8:30 p.m.; Timken Lecture Hall, 1111 8th St.; (800) 447-1ART;

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