The ides of April isn’t just for income taxes anymore. We cordially invite you to ditch that mound of receipts labelled “Misc,” file an extension, and join us at Highbar in Manhattan for a celebration of American design, by which we mean both design that is American and a new book on the subject. UnBeige and D-Crit (the new MFA program in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts) are hosting a party next Wednesday evening to celebrate the publication of American Design by Russell Flinchum, design historian extraordinaire. The book, part of the Museum of Modern Art Design series, traces the development of American design from the work of early American machinists through mid-century “design for modern living” to the branded, consumer-oriented design of the present day. Care to join us? RSVP here. We promise book signing, drink specials, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres shaped like Bertoia chairs (or at least they will appear as such after a few drink specials!).