T LOunge for December 15, 2020

Posted on December 15, 2020

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Let’s make some noise today, kittens! This is a T LOunge that practically begs for some chatter and clatter. Let’s all be social butterflies, flitting from one group to the next, dropping bon mots and moving on, cocktail in hand, wit at the ready. Or let’s pretend as much anyway. Being an actual social butterfly is kind of exhausting.

Today is TUESDAY. Oh, well.

The WINTER STORM is bearing down on us and we had to reschedule our grocery delivery for the weekend, which is having a domino effect on our Christmassing, because we were going to bake cookies all weekend and now we don’t know if we’re going to be able to. The closer our grocery delivery date inches toward Christmas week, the higher the likelihood that half our order will be missing or full of replaced items. Oh, well. Of course the last few weeks of 2020 would be filled with uncertainty and lowered expectations.

 

Visions of Sugarplums? You Can Still Enjoy The Nutcracker This Year—Here’s How
In 1892, choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky merged their talents to create one of the most beloved ballets of all time, The Nutcracker. The production, adapted from German writer E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” was first performed that winter at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. Due largely to the fact that the ballet featured children—too young for pointe slippers and not yet able to match the fancy footwork of a prima ballerina—The Nutcracker was, initially, not considered a success. But over time, the ballet has gone on hold a special place in the hearts of many, becoming a time-honored holiday tradition as festive as dressing a Christmas tree.

 

What Reading le Carré Taught Me About My Father
I read John le Carré to get to know my father, a Richmond, Virginia, stockbroker who wore a family signet ring instead of his wedding band, who secretly kept hundreds of thousands of dollars in his checking account, who stored a 9mm pistol in his sock drawer. He loved spy novels. He read Ken Follett and Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy and le Carré. He’d read them after work at the end of the sofa, by lamplight, with a tumbler full of ice cubes and chardonnay.

 

100 Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once in Your Life
The popcorn’s been popped, the sweatpants are on, and the evening is your oyster. Your next challenge: Figuring out exactly which of the great movies available to you is the one you’re going to commit to tonight. No matter what you’re looking for—romance, drama, comedy—there are certain movies that, if you haven’t seen yet, now’s the perfect time for. After all, if the past couple of months cooped up in our homes has taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing better than a movie to take us to a place that’s far, far away from our current one. These are modern classics, the best of the best, the movies that millions of people are most likely jealous that you get to see for the first time. There are a few that might be outside your comfort zone, and a couple that’ll introduce you to cultures and environments you know nothing about. This list may be long, but FOMO is eternal. Now’s the perfect time to catch up on the films that your friends can’t believe you haven’t seen yet. Here are the 100 essential films absolutely everyone should see (and if you’ve seen them, ones to watch again and again).

 

The Queen’s Christmas Tree Is Decorated With Tiny Crowns Instead of Baubles
On Monday, when Kate Middleton and Prince William reunited with the Queen for a festive appearance outside Windsor Castle, bloggers Tom and Lorenzo noticed an interesting details—Queen has crown-shaped ornaments hanging from her Christmas trees instead of ordinary baubles. Mind you, this is from someone who reportedly spends close to $40,000 on her Christmas gifts for her staff and family every year, so I’d be downplaying it if I didn’t say the Queen takes Christmas seriously.

 

The Crown Is One Of The Hardest Shows To Cast. Here’s How They Do It.
Casting announcements for The Crown are almost as exciting as the premiere of a new season itself. Half the fun of the show is analyzing the actors set to portray famous figures like Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, as well as who will next fill the storied shoes of Queen Elizabeth. Season 4 of Peter Morgan’s royal drama was cast by Robert Sterne, who’ won several Emmys for his work on the series along with Nina Gold (the duo cast seasons 1 through 3 together, and they were also responsible for the influx of talent we saw on Game of Thrones). Unsurprisingly, casting The Crown poses specific challenges not experienced on any other show.

 

Captain Marvel 2 Will Be the First Marvel Film Directed by a Black Woman
Nia DaCosta is helming the sequel starring Brie Larson.

Captain Marvel will be flying back into theaters with a sequel over three years after it first premiered. While Brie Larson will reprise her role as the titular hero, she won’t be the only super-powered woman onscreen; two new characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—notably, both women of color—will be teaming up with her too. The director, Nia DaCosta, also breaks ground off-screen as the first Black woman to helm a Marvel film.

 

An Exclusive First Look Inside the American Museum of Natural History’s New Hall of Minerals and Gems
The New York City institution will debut its renovation in spring 2021.

It can’t be easy to renovate a place beloved because it never changes. And it’s not just Holden Caulfield, though one can’t help hearing that quote from The Catcher in the Rye when entering the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. You remember the one: “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. Nobody’d be different.” But something is different now. And many things have moved. In spring 2021 the new 11,000-square-foot Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will officially open after a pandemic-induced delay.

 

How the Queen’s First Televised Christmas Broadcast Changed the Royal Family Forever
Queen Elizabeth went live into millions of living rooms on Christmas afternoon in 1957.

On December 25th, Queen Elizabeth will deliver her 68th Christmas address as the British monarch. It will be the latest in a long tradition of holiday broadcasts, which began in their current form on December 25, 1957.
The royal tradition, known as the King’s Christmas Message, began in 1932, and the short address was an opportunity for the monarch to reflect on the year’s major events and the royal family’s personal milestones. Prior to 1957, it had been broadcast to the Commonwealth nations via radio, but that year, the Queen Elizabeth accepted the BBC’s request to read her remarks live on television from her quarters at Sandringham, her Norfolk estate.
Millions of people, sitting in their homes on the most sacred of family holidays, joined the Queen in her home for the first time.

 

Ann Reinking, Tony Winner and Star of Broadway’s ‘Chicago,’ Dies at 71
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Ann Reinking, an actor, dancer and choreographer, died on Saturday night in Washington, her sister-in-law Dahrla King told Variety. She was 71.
“The world and our family have lost a vibrant, amazing talent and beautiful soul. Ann was the heart of our family and the life of the party,” her family said in a statement on Monday. “She was visiting our brother in Washington state when she went to sleep and never woke up. We will miss her more than we can say. Heaven has the best choreographer available now. I’m sure they are dancing up a storm up there! Annie, we will love and miss you always!!!”

 

Beethoven’s 250th Birthday: Here’s Everything You Need to Know
Explore the music, life and times of the composer who changed culture.

“No composer left a mark on music quite like Ludwig van Beethoven. He took the popular forms of his time — symphony, string quartet, piano sonata, opera — and stretched them to their breaking points. He embodied the then-new ideal of the musician as passionate, politically engaged Romantic hero.”
“In honor of the 250th anniversary of his birth — he was baptized Dec. 17, 1770, and probably born a day or two earlier — writers and critics for The New York Times have spent the year choosing their favorite recordings; delving into his life and times; traveling from the house where he was born in Bonn, Germany, to his grave in Vienna, Austria; speaking with some of his best interpreters; and exploring his vast, influential body of work. It is, if not everything you need to know about Beethoven, then a pretty good start.”

 

A Traditional, but Unexpected, Christmas Showstopper
Yotam Ottolenghi usually leaves the Christmas meals to his husband. But dessert is where he shines, making this riff on the classic bûche de Noël.

“I grew up largely unaware of Christmas. It wasn’t until my mid-20s, after leaving my home city of Jerusalem, that I heard carols or saw great, big roasted birds at the center of tables. It wasn’t until I lived with a man who grew up with those traditions that I tried any of those things myself. And it wasn’t until we had kids, who are growing up in London, that I realized there would always be a bit of a contradiction there. If tradition is largely about passing on what you have grown up with, how do you navigate such a traditional day as Christmas when you have no memory of it yourself?”

 

Emma Thompson: what gives me hope in 2020
The actress writes about the women fighting against all odds who have inspired her to believe in the future
“This Christmas, millions of women and girls around the world are fighting for their freedom, their futures and even their lives. Covid-19 has made a bad situation worse, deepening inequalities and exposing a hidden pandemic of violence and poverty.  In Uganda, ActionAid has reported that domestic violence has increased by 150%, as women are confined to their homes and unable to get away from abusers. ActionAid is working with local partners (including the incredible Tusitukirewamu Women’s Network in Kampala, founded by a different but equally wonderful Florence) to end this violence and make sure that women who experience it have somewhere to turn for support.”

 

 

 

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