The Chapel Bar – Tel Aviv, Israel
Yes. Let’s all get sanctified and holy today. And by that we mean, let’s sit here and judge other people while indulging in our favorite vices and not doing anything remotely responsible. We’ll call it “meditation” to make ourselves feel better.
Today is THURSDAY. How it also manages to be mid-October is a mystery, since we could have sworn we were still in August a few minutes ago.
We are thrilled to report that we have a full roster of total WTFery to serve to you, courtesy of the Billboard Music Awards, so we’re going to down our coffees and get to work making sure you don’t have to think too much for too long today. Chat amongst yourself, darlings!
The Return of the Micro-Wedding: How Planners and Vendors Are Making Small-Scale Events Stylish, and Safe
Recently, Bronson Van Wyck, the renowned wedding planner and author of Born to Party, has been planning smaller events than he’s used to.
There was an outdoor 30th birthday where he arranged custom cakes—so no one had to share—with individual candles for each guest. Another party, for 18 people, included a COVID-test voucher in the artfully designed invitation. (Though most guests’ tests were covered by insurance, the voucher served as a clear reminder that testing would be expected before the event.) Then there was a tiny wedding, where the grandparents had a socially distanced sweetheart table, and wore masks.
Lily James and Armie Hammer Lead a Stylish New Adaptation of Rebecca
There’s a moment in Rebecca—Daphne du Maurier’s haunting 1938 novel—when, dressed for a costume ball at Manderley, her husband’s stately ancestral home, the second Mrs. de Winter peers at herself in the mirror. In both the book and Alfred Hitchcock’s noirish 1940 adaptation, her dress, copied from a painting in the house, is a white, flouncy thing finished with puffed sleeves, a sash, and a “wide floppy hat.” But in a new iteration from director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise), the look is far more sinuous—a crimson velvet column out of a John Singer Sargent portrait.
With “Darling Divined,” Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens Plumbs His Southern Roots
After a successful showing last summer at the New Museum, the Texas-born, Los Angeles–based artist’s first solo New York museum exhibition, Darling Divined, comes to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin this month—opened at reduced capacity and with timed slots for patrons. “I’m excited to be able to take my family to see my work,” he continues. “I mean, I think there’s some family who still don’t quite know what I do.”
‘Grease’ Prequel Series Moves to Paramount+ From HBO Max
The show, now titled ‘Rise of the Pink Ladies,’ was ordered to series at the WarnerMedia streamer almost a year ago.
A Grease prequel series is on the move.
The show, set at the beloved musical’s Rydell High, has landed at ViacomCBS’ nascent streaming platform Paramount+ after originally being ordered for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max. It’s also being retitled and reconceived: The initial title, Grease: Rydell High, has been jettisoned in favor of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, with a focus on how Sandy, Rizzo, Jan, Marty and Frenchy came together and how the reverence, fear and moral panic they sparked changed Rydell forever.
Judaica Standard Time Makes Menorahs for the Millennial Aesthete
The point here is there isn’t one way to be Jewish—and that was the idea behind Judaica Standard Time. The digital store features modern, abstract takes on menorahs fashioned out of blocks and pieces of stone; gold Star of David pendants on rope chains, and t-shirts with artful screen prints that look like the kind of merch you’d buy at a concert.
The Art of Hermès Exhibition in London Puts Birkin Bags Next to Warhol Paintings
The Art of Hermès, opening October 14 at the Omer Tiroche Gallery in Mayfair, showcases 10 luxury handbags—namely, Birkin and Kelly Hermès bags—alongside 10 artworks by world-renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Christo, and Yayoi Kusama. The bags themselves aren’t painted, nor changed in any way to reflect the artists—showing them alongside modern artworks from French abstract painter Pierre Soulages and Italian avant-garde modernist Lucio Fontana links exclusive accessories to influential artworks.
Pedro Pascal on Fame and ‘The Mandalorian’: ‘Can We Cut the S— and Talk About the Child?’
This year, Pascal finds himself poised for the kind of marquee career he’s spent a lifetime dreaming about. On Oct. 30, he’ll return for Season 2 as the title star of “The Mandalorian,” Lucasfilm’s light-speed hit “Star Wars” series for Disney Plus that earned 15 Emmy nominations, including best drama, in its first season. And then on Dec. 25 — COVID-19 depending — he’ll play the slippery comic book villain Maxwell Lord opposite Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig in “Wonder Woman 1984.”
Gadgets Were on the Way Out. Then 2020 Happened.
A brutally unexpected year turned millions of people into gear nerds, whether they liked it or not.
Gadgets were supposed to be over. Smartphones, tablets and smartwatches cannibalized the weaker devices around them, including cameras, music players, navigation units, fitness trackers and gaming devices. The few tech products that broke through the noise of crowdfunding sites and the crowded field of start-ups were quickly commoditized and undercut on Amazon.
Postcard-Perfect Scenes, Constructed From Memory and Scraps of Paper
The photographer Vik Muniz creates elaborate views of the world’s most famous tourist spots, building the details with thousands of pieces cut from postcards he collects.
For nearly four decades, the artist and photographer Vik Muniz, 58, has been collecting postcards. He sends some to loved ones and friends, but sometimes he sends them to himself to see which will arrive home first: the postcard or him. But many of his postcards end up snipped into little pieces and rearranged to create collage-like postcards of some of the world’s most famous places.
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