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Today is THURSDAY. Attagirl.
Feel free to sample from our menu of procrastinating delights as we figure out more ways to distract you today. Talk amongst yourselves, darlings!
With Needle and Thread, Artist Sophia Narrett Depicts Earthly Delights
Sophia Narrett’s are not your typical tapestries. First of all, they’re not tapestries; the textile artist does not weave, but embroider, layering thread upon stitch to create shapes and shades that coalesce into a dazzling narrative. Secondly, there’s the subject matter—highly erotic vignettes that would make artisans of the historic Parisian tapestry house Gobelins clutch their pearls.
A selection of her most recent works will be exhibited at Los Angeles’s Kohn Gallery in Narrett’s first solo show, on view from November 13 through December 15. The show is called “Soul Kiss,” and as Narrett explains, the title is as evocative as the works included.
Jill Biden Will Redefine The First Lady Role – And Bring Joy Back To The White House
Dr Biden’s plans to maintain her teaching job show her intention to rethink the First Lady role, says Dana Thomas, but there will also be music, dancing and laughter in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – and that could be the most radical change of all.
Dr Biden’s wealth of knowledge on the systems of education is profound. She has four degrees, including a PhD, and has been teaching for more than 40 years, including during the eight her husband served as Barack Obama’s vice president. With this in mind, she is expected to inform policy and instigate long-needed education reforms during her husband’s tenure. “I want people to value teachers and know their contributions, and lift up the profession,” she told CBS News.
Nobody Does Christmas Like Dolly Parton
‘Tis the season to be a little extra.
My favorite holiday look over the years was this white outfit I wore on the cover of my 1990 album, Home for Christmas (above). It brings back a whole lot of good memories when I see it. My friend Tony Chase made it for me, and he was one of the greatest designers I’ve ever worked with. He’s gone now — I lost him several years ago — but I still have so many things of his in my closet.
Brie Larson’s Idols Include Cher, Donna Summers, And Bob Ross
The Decorté brand muse on starting a YouTube channel and taking ownership of her beauty.
“Growing up, Jane Birkin was a huge influence. Donna Summers was a big influence. Cher was even a big influence. I remember when I was like 16 or so, just getting really into the fashion icons and respecting them, not because I wanted to look exactly like them, but because they were themselves and it pushed me to go, “Okay, how do I be myself?” I wasn’t like, “Oh, I want to find the exact same jacket that they’re wearing.” I was like, “Oh, it all looks so good because they’re being in their body.” So it’s inspired me to change and grow as I’ve gotten older too, discovering and finding the physical representation of myself.”
For Kylie Minogue, Disco Never Died
“I’ve done quite a lot of collaborations over the years—I absolutely love doing them because you get to dip your toe into different water and color your performance by the other artist. There’s an unspoken understanding and camaraderie. Certainly, I’d love to collaborate with more women, because I haven’t done much of that. You could say any of the top girls right now: Dua is definitely having a great time. Lady Gaga. I love Miley [Cyrus]. I admire so many of these women. There’s been talk about Madonna and I doing a duet for, it feels like, 20 years. If that were to happen, that would be amazing. I was dressing up in my bedroom to Madonna, to Whitney Houston, to Cyndi Lauper, and then Fleetwood Mac, ABBA, and Donna Summer. Diana Ross was going to go on tour this year and she had to cancel that. There’s so many people I would jump at the opportunity to work with.”
Kamala Harris’s Parents Were Student Activists Who Influenced Her Own Political Career
Here’s everything you need to know about the vice president-elect’s parents.
“To the woman most responsible for my presence here today, my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts,” Kamala said of her late mother during her victory speech. “When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment, but she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible.”
Shyamala Gopalan and Donald Harris (from India and Jamaica, respectively) immigrated to the United States to pursue doctorate degrees at the University of California at Berkeley. It’s there that they met and engaged with radical political thinkers—a huge departure from the career of their daughter. The two eventually separated in 1971.
Will Emily in Paris Get Another Season on Netflix?
Netflix says oui.
Netflix has officially renewed Emily in Paris for a second season.
The streaming company cheekily announced the news on November 11 with Savoir (the company Emily works for) letterhead, featuring a note from Emily’s boss, Sylvie Grateau (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu).
“We hope that by extending her time in Paris, Emily will further the relationships she has already made, delve deeper into our culture, and perhaps pick up a few words of French,” she wrote.
The British Royal Family Tree
A comprehensive who’s who of Queen Elizabeth’s family, from her grandparents (the first Windsors) to little Archie Harrison and every cousin in between.
The House of Windsor as we know it today began in 1917 when the family changed its name from the German “Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.” Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V, was the first Windsor monarch, and today’s working royals are the descendants of King George and his wife, Queen Mary. Below follow the line of succession and explore the many branches of the family over which the Queen and Prince Philip preside.
Danai Gurira to Star as Shirley Chisholm in Feature From Stephanie Allain
‘The Fighting Shirley Chisholm’ from director Cherien Dabis will follow the politician’s 1972 presidential run.
Danai Gurira will play boundary-breaking politician Shirley Chisholm in a new movie about Chisholm’s 1972 presidential run titled The Fighting Shirley Chisholm.
The first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968, Chisholm became the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Her boundary-breaking campaign was marked by its youth engagement and her efforts to gain enough delegates to speak at the Democratic Convention. (Chisholm was recently portrayed by Uzo Aduba in Hulu miniseries Mrs. America.)
“Holy Bejaysus”: ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’s Trailer Mocked Mercilessly In Ireland
After the trailer dropped it quickly went viral on social media for all the wrong reasons. Twitter users took exception to the cliches, the “Paddywhackery,” the Aran cardigans, the rural setting but most of all a fully united Ireland took pleasure in roasting the actors for their “faith and begorrah” accents, with many suggesting that Blunt, Dornan and Walken’s efforts could enter the pantheon of worst Irish accents in Hollywood films to rank alongside the gold standard of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman from Far and Away.
Royal Rebel: Helena Bonham Carter on The Crown and Playing Princess Margaret
“A natural number one whose tragedy it is to have been born a number two.”
Ahead of the fourth season of The Crown, we’re revisiting our profile of Helena Bonham Carter, first published in 2019.
Of course Princess Margaret was a Leo. After all, those of us born under the fifth astrological sign are known for being passionate, obstinate, and unbending, with a taste for the finer things and just a touch of the imperious. And if you know anything about the late younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, you know she was something of social terror, with a rocky love life and a habit for saying whatever (often poisonous) thing popped into her head. That’s not what you get from a Pisces.
Still, when Helena Bonham Carter was first researching Margaret, preparing to play her in the third season of The Crown, which premieres on Netflix November 17, she decided to ask an astrologer to do the princess’s chart. “I conjured Princess Margaret for a friend of mine, and he said she was the last person who should have been in the public eye, because she didn’t have tact,” says Bonham Carter. “She couldn’t pretend to be anything but herself, so in a way she was honest and authentic, but unfortunately also incredibly rude.”
The Crown: Gillian Anderson on Playing Margaret Thatcher
Anderson opens up about joining The Crown as Britain’s first female prime minister, and going toe-to-toe with Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth.
“One of the early things that I read was that, when Thatcher first showed up for her audiences with the queen, she came very early and would sit outside going through her notes and prepping herself. Eventually, I think the palace said, ‘You know, you can come later. You don’t have to be here early.’ I think that time of her being around, and in that proximity, maybe made the queen uncomfortable in some way. I think little details like that are really interesting. Apparently the queen was always confused as to why Thatcher sat so far forward, on the edge of her chair, when she was in an audience. Then there’s always how deep Thatcher’s curtsy was…Apparently nobody curtsied as deep as Margaret Thatcher. There’s a lot written about their differences and how much they didn’t get along—the fact that the royal family felt she was vulgar, and that a lot of her mannerisms were false in some way.”
Dog People Are Loving This (at Least Some of Them)
President-elect Biden is headed to Washington with Champ and Major, who will be the White House’s first shelter dog.
The news has been applauded by dog owners and especially those who support animal adoption over commercial breeding. A decade after purchasing Champ from a breeder in Pennsylvania, a move criticized by some animal rights organizations, the Bidens adopted Major in 2018 through the Delaware Humane Association; he will make history in January as the first shelter dog to take up residence in the White House.
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