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The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.Photo: Albert Vecerka Esto

Lincoln Center Goes Multiplex
The Film Society of Lincoln Center gets a new home Friday with the opening of the state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, designed by David Rockwell. The new building houses two screening rooms, plus a 87-seat amphitheater partitioned from the box office via a maple “garage door” (the space was formerly a parking garage) and featuring what’s billed as the world’s largest HD 3-D plasma-screen TV. Beginning in fall, a café in the theater’s glass-walled lobby will offer all-day refreshments, as well as views of the plaza (144 W. 65th St., nr. Amsterdam Ave.; 212-875-5456).

Florence Knoll, Revolutionary
The Bard Graduate Center’s lecture series in honor of legendary textile designer Florence Knoll continues Thursday with “Florence Knoll: Textiles As Interior Architecture.” The lecture, given by Penn State architecture professor Christine Gorby, will center on Knoll’s status as one of the first designers to embrace a theory of “total design,” the harmonious composition of architecture, manufacturing, and interior design. Stop by again on July 21 for the Center’s forum on “The Gestalt of Color,” or anytime to see the ongoing exhibition “Knoll Textiles 1945-2010” (18 W. 86th St., nr. Central Park West; T-W, F-Su, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Th, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; 212-501-3013).

When Isamu Met Buckminster
Architect (and now author) Shoji Sadao was both friend and collaborator to two of the twentieth century’s most influential figures, Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi, who were themselves, according to the title of Sadao’s upcoming book, the best of friends. Sadao joins Jonathan Marvel, a principal at Rogers Marvel Architects and instructor at Parsons and Columbia, to discuss the relationship between these two exceptional artists (Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Pl., nr. W. 3rd St.; 212-683-0023; 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.; $10).

Into the Wild House
We-Are-Familia is a network of designers and artists whose latest endeavor is to fill otherwise-uninhabited spaces with the trappings of habitation. Wild House, the second such installation in a series, opens tonight at the Yard in Long Island City and features the work of, among others,“fake china” artist Nille Svensson and lighting designer Doug Newton, with drinks at the opening party by the mixologists of Dutch Kills (2-26 50th Ave., Queens; M-Th, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Su 12 p.m.–4 p.m.;opening reception tonight, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.).

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