Alley Cat Bar, Lounge and Amateur Theatre, NYC, USA
It’s a subterranean sort of week round these parts, going by Lorenzo’s Lounge picks, which are trending toward the dark and mysterious. We are all slowly turning into mole people but at least we’ll be doing it in fabulous surroundings, yes?
Today is WEDNESDAY. Huzzah.
In totally mundane news that also reveals just how basic your two fave bloggers are, we are on cloud nine because we finally got our shipment of Bath & Body Works scented candles and foaming handsoaps. Judge us if you must, but you don’t understand how we’ve struggled lo these many months since we ran out of them. We have a candle shelf and a foaming handsoap shelf in our home specifically set aside for over-scented B&BW products. Yes, we’re just a couple of Karens when it comes to home scents and we aren’t ashamed to admit it. There are two twice-yearly trips we make to stock up on our idiosyncratic supply needs. The first is to B&BW every six months to ensure that we don’t run out of our very much required sage+eucalyptus needs (among others – but you will never find us buying any scent that smells like baked goods or candy because ew); the second is to IKEA so we can stock up on half-a-year’s supply of FANTASTISK napkins because they’re the only paper napkins we don’t hate. Unforch, our FANTASTISK supply ran out around the same time our B&BW supply did and we’ve been forced to use *shudder* supermarket brand napkins ever since. Our hands are rough from cheap napkin usage but at least they’ll smell like “mint + rain” or “sunshine & lemons” for the next half year.
What sorts of can’t-live-without items have you been forced to go without in these uncertain times? No need to be shy. If we can admit we’re a couple of Basics who die for “Turquoise Waters” scented candles, the least you could do is admit your own slightly tacky or embarrassing must-haves. Let’s hear them.
Or you could just peruse our Menu of Distractions to avoid the question:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Urge Britain to “Acknowledge the Past” and Address Colonialism
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are president and vice president, respectively, of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust—an organization that supports young leaders in the British Commonwealth. It’s a cause that, even after leaving the royal family, the couple still champions. Yet it’s also accompanied by some exploitative undertones: The Commonwealth, for the uninitiated, is an organization of 54 member-states that are mostly all former colonies of the British Empire. As the Black Lives Matter movement continues apace across the world, this painful chapter of Britain’s history is once again being re-examined, including by the duke and duchess themselves. In a recent talk to the Trust, Prince Harry urged Britain to “acknowledge the past.”
How Mexico City’s Coolest Menswear Label Is Honoring the Style Legacy of Charros
Western style is often associated with Americana. It conjures up images of country music, John Wayne movies, and classic Wrangler jeans. Dig a little deeper, though, and history will show that Black cowboys and Mexican charros, among other cultural groups, helped shape the look of Western fashion long before it was whitewashed by Hollywood. Skilled at roping and riding, the Mexican horsemen known as charros have always maintained a flamboyant uniform consisting of cropped embellished jackets, embroidered skirts, and wide-brimmed sombreros, among other pieces. Now a new menswear label out of Mexico City is spotlighting the idiosyncratic style of charros in a new, unexpected way.
A New Holiday Will Celebrate The Crown Act Bill Banning Discrimination Against Natural Hair
Race-based hair discrimination garnered national attention last summer when the CROWN—Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair—Coalition worked to outlaw intolerance based on style, type, and texture. Cofounded by Dove, the National Urban League, Color Of Change, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the movement is working to create a “more equitable and inclusive beauty experience for Black women and girls” with a bill that ensures hair traits historically associated with ethnicity are protected at work and at school.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses Claims That Hamilton Glorifies Slave Owners
“All the criticisms are valid,” the composer and actor tweeted.
The arrival of Hamilton to Disney+ has reignited a conversation about the hit musical’s historical accuracy, especially regarding the real-life slave owners and slavery supporters portrayed in the story. The hip-hop stage production from Lin-Manuel Miranda, which debuted on Broadway in 2015, tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and his work with fellow Founding Fathers of the United States, featuring a predominantly Black and Latinx cast. Though the production has earned widespread praise for putting people of color and women at the forefront of a history that was written by and favors white men, some have argued that Hamilton glorifies the Founding Fathers while ignoring that many of them owned slaves.
Matthew Cherry’s ‘Hair Love’ Becoming HBO Max Animated Series
HBO Max has ordered a 12-episode animated series based on Oscar-winning animated short Hair Love from its writer-director, Matthew A. Cherry, and Sony Pictures Animation.
Like Cherry’s best-selling book of the same name, Hair Love follows an African American father who has to learn to do his daughter Zuri’s hair. Young Love, the 2D animated series, will explore family dynamics through this young Black millennial family — Stephen and Angela, their daughter, Zuri, and her pet cat, Rocky — as they juggle their careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues and multigenerational dynamics, all while striving to make a better life for themselves.
A Designer Who Makes Rugs Based on Screenshots
Tom Atton Moore’s vibrant floor coverings are indebted to centuries-old craft techniques — and to the more contemporary art of trawling through one’s phone.
Atton Moore only began tufting — as the practice of making a rug by inserting threads through a woven backing fabric using a specially made gun is known — a little under two years ago. He had recently graduated from the London College of Communication with a degree in illustration and was searching for a new outlet. Though he had some experience with loom weaving, he was eager to work on a more ambitious scale, and tufting offered a practical way to make larger textile pieces (his rugs currently range from roughly 4-by-6 feet to 5-by-7 feet). After cobbling together a wooden rug-making frame at his then home in London and watching video tutorials on YouTube, he honed his skills through trial and error. Tufting, which is solitary and slow-paced, he found, was a welcome contrast to his other career, in modeling, which he had fallen into several years before; modeling, meanwhile, helps fund his rug-making practice, and fashion designs have occasionally provided ideas for a shape here or a color there.
A Letter on Justice and Open Debate
Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity. As we applaud the first development, we also raise our voices against the second. The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy. But resistance must not be allowed to harden into its own brand of dogma or coercion—which right-wing demagogues are already exploiting. The democratic inclusion we want can be achieved only if we speak out against the intolerant climate that has set in on all sides.
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