T LOunge for February 17, 2021

Posted on February 17, 2021

Obscenity Cocktail Bar and Lounge – San Francisco, US


We’re feeling all LITERARY and stuff today, kittens! The great thing about today’s LOunge is that – now more than ever – you don’t have to talk to anyone! Just grab a book and then grab a seat! Introverts HUZZAH!

Today is WEDNESDAY. Make the very least of it.

Thoughts, well wishes and other forms of positive energy go out to our Texas kittens today. Stay warm, darlings! We’re bracing for another snow storm in the next day. They always tend to come when you’re out of food or toilet paper, areweright? We’ll be making a bodega trek shortly in order to stock up on wildly overpriced necessaries. How’s everyone doing down here in the dregs of winter? Keep your chins up and your faces turned toward the sun at all times and remember: we’re closer to the first day of spring than we are to Christmas day. HUZZAH, we say!


For Lana Condor, Playing Lara Jean Covey Has Been the “Ultimate Joy”
The actress talks her final scenes of the Netflix franchise, exploring Asian identity, and why she thinks Lara Jean and Peter break up in college.

Premiering two days after Crazy Rich Asians, To All the Boys, which centers on a biracial Korean-American girl as a romantic lead, was a big win for Asian representation on-screen. And the fact that it was warmly received by all audiences was even bigger. (In conjunction with fellow genre films on the platform, it earned more than 80 million viewers worldwide.) “Anyone can fall in love. It doesn’t have to be what we’re used to in mainstream media,” says Condor, who is Vietnamese. “Obviously, we’re making a lot of great leaps and bounds, but when I was growing up, you really only saw one specific person being given the opportunity to fall in love on camera, and they were typically white.”


As a Girl, I Wasn’t Allowed to Jump Up at Carnival. Now, I Revel in Its Freedoms
Trinidadian novelist Elizabeth Nunez reflects on the traditions and liberation to be found at Carnival.

When I was a teenager, I was not allowed to jump up into the Carnival bands. First, because I was female (oh, how much has changed!), and then, because I was female, I had to help my mother take care of my younger siblings. Not so for my brothers. Not so for my father. They were free to jump up in the streets from J’Ouvert (pronounced “Jou-vay”) to the close of Carnival the following night.
Jump up is a form of dancing, feet skating against the asphalt, hands flung wildly in the air, and at points, when the music crescendos, bodies literally jumping off the ground. Total exhilaration, out-of-body excitement, hearts pounding, temples throbbing. J’Ouvert, from the French jour and ouvert, signals the opening of the first day of Carnival, before the cocks crow, before the first glimmers of light cross the pre-dawn sky.


The Sequel to the ‘Firefly Lane’ Book: What to Know
There’s plenty of material for season two of the Netflix series, for a start.

You probably knew that Firefly Lane, the Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke-helmed series climbing up the Netflix top ten, is based on a book by Kristin Hannah. But you may not have known that the book version of Firefly Lane has a sequel: Fly Away, which follows Kate, Tully, Johnny, and Marah…even though one of them (spoiler! alert!) has passed away. While a potential season two of the Netflix series is unlikely to follow the sequel too closely, given how far it deviated from the ending of book one—more on that in a second—we can learn a lot about the future of Firefly Lane the series based on Hannah’s Fly Away.


How To Help Texans During The Winter Storm Crisis
Winter storm Uri has left Texas in a state of crisis. After days of frigid weather, millions were left without heat or electricity as snow, ice, and freezing temperatures “caused a catastrophic failure of the state’s power grid,” according to the Houston Chronicle. As of Tuesday morning, more than 4.2 million customers had lost power, per Vox, all while some Texas cities had temperatures as low as four degrees Fahrenheit. In other areas, people have experienced rolling blackouts, where power is shut off for limited periods of time. Conditions outdoors are also exceptionally dangerous; last Thursday, CNN reported that at least nine people had died in car crashes related to the winter storms across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Who Was I Before This Pandemic – And Who Am I Now?
Last weekend I went to a museum. I hadn’t been anywhere for pleasure except walking in the park for a year. It felt profound. I walked around the Egyptian sculptures. I looked at the Roman frescoes. Even just the enormous windows on the park were thrilling to me. I had walked up that marble staircase many times, but that day I walked up those steps in wonder and awe. Everything felt new at the old museum; everything looked slightly different after a year of sitting at home.


A Private Viewing of the New KAWS Exhibition with the Artist Himself
“For me, art has always been about communication,” says Brian Donnelly, whom you’ll more likely know by his graffiti tag KAWS. His story as an artist begins not in the studio, but on the street where he could speak directly to passersby. In the mid-1990s, Donnelly’s cartoon-like figures emerged across New York where he studied at the School of Visual Arts, encircling Christy Turlington in Calvin Klein adverts and forming the basis of the recurring characters in his work that include CHUM (an appropriation of the Michelin Man), COMPANION (a figure who sometimes wears Mickey Mouse shorts and gloves) and the Kimpsons (a parody of The Simpsons).


Eve Hewson Is the Star of Your New Favorite TV Shows
Eve Hewson gets a kick out of playing characters that terrify her. Since graduating from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, the Irish actress—and daughter of U2 frontman Bono and Ali Hewson—has amassed an impressive résumé, including a stint playing a nurse to Clive Owen’s cocaine-fueled doctor on The Knick. “I love when I finish reading a script and my first reaction is, I don’t think I can do this. The most satisfying experiences I’ve had in my career are the ones that I went into fully petrified.”
Hewson’s most recent source of professional terror: two new television projects launching within days of each other this month. Based on the Booker Prize–winning novel, The Luminaries follows a group of men and women who travel to New Zealand in the 1860s with the hopes of making a fortune during the West Coast Gold Rush. Up next is Behind Her Eyes from Netflix, bound to ignite the same heated responses that its source material did.


25 Black Style Icons That Are Seriously Inspiring
These Black women wrote hit songs, broke cultural barriers, and earned a Presidential Medal of Freedom—and they looked good doing it.

There are so many inspiring Black women in fashion, although they haven’t always received their due credit. Not only did these women look amazing, even in eras where racism was rampant and resources were limited, they used their power to create change for the better, whether it was Josephine Baker demanding that jazz clubs desegregate, Michelle Obama promoting people of color, or Dr. Maya Angelou writing an anthem for female beauty. Below, 25 Black style icons that continue to inspire us—in all ways—today.


Cook Like Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth, and Prince Charles with These Royal Recipes
From the Queen’s favorite chocolate cake to the Middletons’ choice chutney, these dishes aren’t to be missed.
Everyone’s spending a lot more time indoors these days, but just because we’re eating out less frequently doesn’t mean mealtime has to be a bore—and a few royal-approved dishes go a long way towards livening up the at-home dining experience.
Here, we’ve rounded up a few of the royals’ most-loved recipes, from Queen-themed cupcakes to Prince Charles’s cheese-laden breakfast, all of which are guaranteed to make meals at home feel a little more luxe.


The Food & Wine Guide to Plant-Based Meat
Americans have never been more curious about plant-based diets, and a $20 billion plant-based meat industry—set to double in value in the next few years—is fueling its popularity. Whether you’re looking to eat less meat (or none at all) for nutritional, environmental, or religious reasons, learning to navigate this meaty-yet-meatless new world can be a daunting task.


40 mind-boggling optical illusions that have stumped the internet
In the past few years, the internet has given us The Dress, a photo of a mysterious missing leg, and this disorienting floor design.
If you’re still hungry for more, INSIDER rounded up a mix of classic optical illusions, baffling viral photos, and mind-boggling designs that’ll leave your head spinning and illustrate how our brains process and interpret color, peripheral vision, size, and more.


Timothée Chalamet’s Style Evolution Confirms His Fashion Fanboy Status
Timothée Chalamet first declared himself a fashion fanboy in 2018, but he hardly needed to spell it out: by then, the ease with which the young Hollywood actor navigated everything from red-carpet dressing to junkets and off-duty fashion moments was very much evident.
His films Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird had been released to critical acclaim, and Chalamet had successfully breezed through promo tours and perfected the statement street-style look. As his star continued to rise, he began cultivating relationships with fashion designers like Haider Ackermann and Virgil Abloh, both of whom have produced bespoke looks for Chalamet. Think about Timothée Chalamet’s most memorable outfits, and a Louis Vuitton “bib”, a silver Haider Ackermann suit, and fuchsia Stella McCartney tailoring spring to mind.
Off-duty, he now reaches for Prada jackets and Celine hoodies, regularly delving into his impressive collection of trainers and boyish baseball caps. As the internet’s favourite fantasy boyfriend turns out another stellar off-duty look, we chart Timothée Chalamet’s first quarter of a century in style.


The Soothing, Digital Rooms of YouTube
Ambience videos pair relaxing soundscapes with animated scenery to make viewers feel immersed in specific spaces, like a cozy library. They’re big with “Harry Potter” fans.

Picture this: You’re in the Hogwarts library. Rain falls outside, a fire crackles across the room, and somewhere offscreen, quills scribble on parchment. You might look up from time to time to see a book drifting through the air or stepladders moving around on their own. Or maybe, you’ll feel so relaxed, you nod off to sleep. Welcome to the world of so-called ambience videos, a genre of YouTube video that pairs relaxing soundscapes with animated scenery in order to make viewers feel immersed in specific spaces, like a jazz bar in Paris or a populated with trilling wildlife. They are part of a long tradition of audiovisual products and programming designed to make a space feel a little more relaxing, a little nicer.


Opera Singers Help Covid-19 Patients Learn to Breathe Again
A six-week program developed by the English National Opera and a London hospital offers customized vocal lessons to aid coronavirus recovery.

While few cultural organizations have escaped the fallout of the pandemic, opera companies been hit especially hard. In Britain, many have been unable to perform in front of live audiences for almost a year. While some theaters and concert venues managed to reopen last fall for socially distanced shows between lockdowns, many opera producers have simply gone dark. But the English National Opera, one of Britain’s two leading companies, has been trying to redirect its energies.




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