T LOunge for January 29, 2021

Posted on January 29, 2021

The Alpina Lounge Bar – Gstaad, Canton of Bern, Switzerland


Once again, we did it, kittens! Check another week’s work off the list and pour yourself a drink. Better yet, grab a seat in today’s expansively cozy LOunge and have someone else pour a drink for you.

Today is FRIDAY. Warmest congratulations.

As is the way of most Fridays for us lately, we have a veritable buffet of content to produce for you today. From a sudden burst of celebrity promo style to a podcast where we bat around our latest observations about the cultcha, to a Drag Race UK recap, your manly hosts have lots of ditches to dig today, so if you don’t mind, we’re going to strip off our shirts and get down to it. Metaphorically speaking.

Talk amongst yourselves! Bar tab’s on us!


Cicely Tyson, Pioneering Actor With a Powerful Presence, Dies at the Age of 96
Cicely Tyson, a ground-breaking actor who brought grace, intelligence and a powerful honesty to her varied performances over a nearly eight-decade career, including her Oscar-nominated role as a sharecropper’s wife in Sounder and her Emmy-winning performance as the title character in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, died Thursday at the age of 96.
“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” her manager, Larry Thompson, said in a statement announcing her death.


Inside the New Exhibit of Paolo Roversi, Photographer and Longtime Comme des Garçons Collaborator
Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi is one of Comme des Garçons’s closest collaborators. He first met designer Rei Kawakubo in Paris in the ’80s and has continued to photograph her artful collections over the years. “I started doing catalogs with Rei in the ’80s, and then every season I started [working] with them,” Roversi says. After four decades, the famously elusive designer and the photographer have a true partnership. “I’m completely free to do what I want,” he says. As a result, he creates indelible images that perfectly capture the moods of Kawakubo’s darkly romantic work; his photography style often makes use of a blurred focus or hazy lighting to match the abstract spirit.


I Didn’t Expect to Be Moved by JoJo Siwa’s Coming-Out Story. I Was Wrong
On the surface, Siwa and I have little in common except for our sexualities. She’s an internationally famous child star, which makes her coming out an infinitely bigger deal than me group-texting my best friends at age 24 to say, “lol btw i have a date with a girl tonight.” Still, when I saw her publicly claiming her sexuality on Twitter, I felt a mix of pride, euphoria, and—confusingly—envy. To be honest, before last week, I wasn’t entirely sure why Siwa was famous, although I knew she was adored by teens from all over. Now, I’m embarrassingly aware of every fact about her life, from her Nebraska upbringing to her catapult into fame on the reality show Dance Moms.


Netflix’s ‘Lupin’ Is a Riff on Maurice Leblanc’s Classic ‘Gentleman Burglar’
The real Arsène is more than 100 years old.

Throughout the U.S. and U.K., the characters most famous for pulling off heists while sporting dapper three-piece suits and ambiguous morals are James Bond and Danny Ocean, both of whom made their pop culture debuts in the mid-1900s. In France, however, that title is easily overtaken by one Arsène Lupin, a gentleman thief who was first introduced by author Maurice Leblanc in 1905. Though he shares a love of exquisite tailoring and skills of seduction with his English-speaking counterparts, Lupin is also witty enough to outsmart Sherlock Holmes (something he did on multiple occasions) and is a master of disguise with the ability to slip in and out of dangerous and high-pressure situations unnoticed.


A Great Gatsby TV Series Is in the Works
Writer Michael Hirst, known for his work on Elizabeth and The Tudors, is working to bring the novel to the small screen.

Fitzgerald’s estate is also involved.
Blake Hazard, a granddaughter of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and a trustee of Fitzgerald’s estate, has signed on to work as a consulting producer on the project.
“I have long dreamt of a more diverse, inclusive version of Gatsby that better reflects the America we live in, one that might allow us all to see ourselves in Scott’s wildly romantic text,” Hazard said. “Michael brings a deep reverence for Scott’s work to the project, but also a fearlessness about bringing such an iconic story to life in an accessible and fresh way.”


In Praise of Aunties: The Ultimate Home Cooks
Teachers, mentors, confidantes—aunties make the world go round. We salute five remarkable aunties and their comforting recipes.

The auntie is a universal concept shared by many cultures around the globe. She can be someone you’re related to—even, though not necessarily, your actual aunt—or she might be a family friend, or a member of your community. Whoever she is, she is the keeper of tradition—and the good gossip. And she is the consummate home cook. Your auntie doesn’t need fancy techniques or ingredients. The food she makes feeds both your appetite and your soul. Here, we gather the recipes of some of our favorite aunties across the country: a Thai rice porridge that will soothe you, an Armenian dessert that has survived war and genocide, a Korean fried chicken that will remind you to celebrate life, an Indian dish of chickpeas and fried bread that is always a crowd-pleaser, and a Southern seafood mac and cheese that will lift your spirits. We gathered their stories, too, so you can get to know the incredible aunties who make our lives better—and more delicious. They’ll do that for you, too.


Cicely Tyson: 10 of Her Most Memorable Performances
Throughout her career, which spanned over 60 years, Cicely Tyson touched hearts in pivotal roles.

The New York native was first discovered by a photographer for Ebony magazine. She quickly became a popular fashion model. Tyson began working on television in 1951, then taking roles on soap operas and films. Ten years later, she had her theater debut in Jean Genet’s The Blacks. From there, she only soared higher and higher. She earned nominations for all top acting awards and forged important relationships along the way.
Take a look at the roles that have earned Cicely Tyson some of the highest awards given out and cemented her place as a Hollywood legend.


Sundance: ‘CODA’ Costume Designer Stresses Authenticity While Styling for Deaf Community
Veteran costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo reflects on communication and non-verbal storytelling after her experience working on director Sian Heder’s ‘CODA, Child of Deaf Adults.’

“We wanted this movie to feel really authentic,” Abbandandolo says of her and Heder’s stylistic choices. “[The process] was so collaborative. With any sense, once one sense is gone, all the others are heightened so that played into like some of the tones we used… I discovered that sometimes bright colors can be exhausting for the eyes for deaf people because that sense is heightened, so we were working with colors that felt right emotionally, practically for the movie but also right for the deaf community and right for the actors.”


This notorious poet is required reading in Denmark. Her masterpiece is now out in the US.
The Copenhagen Trilogy, Tove Ditlevsen’s experimental three-volume memoir, is a stunning portrait of addiction and ambition.

Ditlevsen published her memoir in three volumes between 1967 and 1971: Childhood (Barndom in Danish), Youth (Ungdom), and finally, Dependency (Gift). The first two volumes, translated into English by Tiina Nunnally, have been available in the US since 1985, but this is the first time the final volume, translated by Michael Favala Goldman, has made it to our shores. All three are now bound together in the plain-boned, clear-eyed Copenhagen Trilogy, and taken together, they form a masterpiece.
Super Bowl 2021: Who Is Performing, When It Is And How You Can Watch It
Here is your complete guide to the Super Bowl 2021 performers and more

Days after signing with IMG models, the NFL has just announced that poet Amanda Gorman will become the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl next month.
According to the news, announced on Wednesday, the wordsmith will recite an original poem in honour of three people who have served during the coronavirus pandemic.


Lost Portraits of 1950s Africa
Missing for decades, stunning color photos from Todd Webb’s United Nations assignment will be published for the first time in a new book.

In 1955, two photographers, Guggenheim Fellowships in their back pockets, set off across America. One was Robert Frank, who returned from his epic road trip with the 27,000-plus images he would draw from to make his soon-to-be-iconic book The Americans. The other was Todd Webb. Though he’s hardly a household name today, at the time Webb ran with New York City’s photo-fabulous crowd: Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Gordon Parks, and Berenice Abbott, among others. He shot for Fortune magazine here and there, but was less interested in commercial commissions than in making tender portraits of New York City and its hard-working inhabitants. And then, in 1958, Webb landed an ambitious assignment from the United Nations: a five-month, eight-country swing through Africa to capture a continent not only on the cusp of political independence but in the midst of seismic industrial and cultural transformation.


What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?
The virus’s strangest symptom has opened new doors to understanding our most neglected sense.

From Plato and Aristotle (Plato considered smells “half-formed,” and Aristotle wrote that “man smells poorly”) to Descartes and Hegel (one called vision the “noblest of the senses,” while the other dismissed smell and taste as too pedestrian and vulgar to be included among the senses in his aesthetics), we have spent centuries writing off our own sense of smell. One reason we have discounted smelling is our belief that we’re bad at it. Smell was the province of lesser animals, we told ourselves, of pigs rooting out truffles and sharks scenting blood, while humans were creatures of reason and intellect who managed to stand up and grow huge brains and leave that life far behind — and, literally, below — us.


An Art Revolution, Made With Scissors and Glue
The greatest breakthrough of 20th-century art was something you probably did in elementary school.

Collage (from the French “coller,” to paste) was invented in 1912 — by either Pablo Picasso or Georges Braque, Cubism’s dynamic duo. But the first artist to exhibit a collage was Cubism’s third wheel: the young Spaniard Juan Gris. This one is called “Still Life: The Table.”




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