5 Lunchtime Links: Pantone announces color for 2016 and more

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This color swatch image released by Pantone shows a shade of pink, called Rose Quartz. The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have chosen two colors of the year, Rose Quartz, a pale pink and Serenity, a shade that is closer to baby blue. (Pantone via AP)
This color swatch image released by Pantone shows a shade of blue, called Serenity. The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have chosen two colors of the year, Rose Quartz, a pale pink and Serenity, a shade that is closer to baby blue. (Pantone via AP)

This color swatch image released by Pantone shows a shade of blue, called Serenity. The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have chosen two colors of the year, Rose Quartz, a pale pink and Serenity, a shade that is closer to baby blue. (Pantone via AP)

This color swatch image released by Pantone shows a shade of pink, called Rose Quartz. The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have chosen two colors of the year, Rose Quartz, a pale pink and Serenity, a shade that is closer to baby blue. (Pantone via AP)

This color swatch image released by Pantone shows a shade of pink, called Rose Quartz. The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have chosen two colors of the year, Rose Quartz, a pale pink and Serenity, a shade that is closer to baby blue. (Pantone via AP)

1. Pantone announces 2016 color of the year — both of them.

Since 2000 when Pantone first began bestowing its color of the year honor, we’ve grown to expect an annual say on what our favorite color will be for the months to come. The “color communications” company threw caution to the wind when they announced the color for 2016 will be two colors, both pastels, officially called “Serenity” and “Rose Quartz.” The baby blue and baby pink selections nod at a recent and ongoing discussion on gender issues. “Globally, we are experiencing gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” explains Pantone in a release. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.”

2. “The Wiz Live!” to appear tonight on NBC.

If you’ve ever wanted to see R&B singer Ne-Yo dressed as the Tin Man, tonight’s a pretty good night. NBC’s third live TV musical (joining productions of “Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan”) “The Wiz Live!” will air tonight at 7 p.m. The show will also feature Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy. “‘The Wiz’ is a cultural touchstone in the black community, with an emotional connection we didn’t really know about until we were doing it,” said producer Neil Meron.

3. You’re probably  spelling “tamale” wrong.

As Texans we can’t get enough of the masa-deliciousness that is a tamale — or is it a “tamal”? As one reader pointed out, it’s like tacking an “e” onto potato. “Tamale” is in fact an American back-formation of the plural tamales, while “tamal” is the correct singular formation. This holiday season drop the “e” and treat yourself to a tamal — they taste just the same.

4. Nick Offerman taped himself sipping on scotch next to a fire for 45 minutes.

In a recent stunt for Scotland’s Laguvilin distillery actor Nick Offerman, best known for his role playing Ron Swanson in “Parks and Rec,” was taped sitting in an armchair, drinking a glass of whiskey next to a fire. The mustached Offerman takes regular sips from a glass of Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky, staring into the camera. Viewers are encouraged to share a glass with Offerman, given you can withstand his unblinking gaze.

5. Spoon and Willie Nelson to celebrate John Lennon in concert.

Austin band Spoon will join Willie Nelson in honoring John Lennon during a concert celebrating the Beatle’s 75th birthday. Other performers include Steven Tyler, Aloe Blacc, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Juanes and the Roots. The New York’s Madison Square Garden concert will air on AMC on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.


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