T LOunge for May 12th, 2021

Posted on May 12, 2021

Temakinho Bar and Restaurant, Bologna, Italy

 

Today feels like a day for serenity and stimulation to sit side by side while the Orisha look over us. Or maybe we’re letting the vibe of today’s LOunge determine our mood. Either way, we’re loving this setting and it feels like just the right spot for wasting some time in the most glorious manner possible. After all, it’s WEDNESDAY; the high holy day of looking on the bright side and seeing the glass as half full.

Personally? Our asses are dragging today and we feel more distracted than usual. Must be the moon or something. But Wednesday is also the high holy day of muddling on through it, so we’ll be off now to go judge famous people for their fashion choices. Talk amongst yourselves, darlings. And don’t forget to check out the latest Twirling Through It for a slightly less frivolous serving of T Lo.

 

The Essential Halston: Everything You Need to Know Before Binge-Watching the Netflix Docuseries
Whether designing for the runway or the department store, Halston’s pieces belied their artfulness, and that is the designer’s true signature: never-let-them-see-you-sweat glamour with structural integrity. “Halston was not just a stylist,” eulogized the stylist Polly Mellen. “He could drape, he could design, he could cut. He had done his homework. It was instinctive with his hands. From his head to his heart to his woman.” In advance of the new docuseries premiering on Netflix this week, here’s what you need to know about this proudly American designer.

 

Starz’s Next Royal Drama Becoming Elizabeth Will Tell the Story of a Teenage Elizabeth I
The forthcoming series hopes to offer a new perspective on the so-called Virgin Queen.

Elizabeth I’s life is hardly unexamined on film. From Dame Judy Dench’s Oscar-winning performance as the Tudor-era royal in Shakespeare in Love to Margot Robbie’s depiction of the historical monarch in 2018’s Mary Queen on Scots, Lizzie’s seen her fair share of screen time. But a forthcoming series from Starz hopes to offer a new perspective on the so-called Virgin Queen.

 

The Real ‘Gurus’ Behind Instagram’s Popular Affirmation Accounts
How accounts like @affirmations and @moonomens are building a cult-like following.

“What I have noticed most recently are people resonating with the posts linked to healing, linked to letting go and linked to emotional growth and maturity all around”, explains Alex Elle, author of After The Rain. “I feel like everyone is on the same page with what they want to see and how they are healing.”

 

Rice Is Everything
A celebration of the world’s most popular food: How to cook it and why it’s so important to so many people.
Enslaved West Africans, forced from their homes in rice-growing regions, applied their knowledge to planting and tending rice for their enslavers and for themselves. By 1800, in Charleston and its surrounding communities, there were more than a hundred kinds of rice, Dennis told us, as he served us dishes made with different variations of the grain. The ingenuity of enslaved people fueled a rice boom centered on a particular long-grain varietal called Carolina Gold, prized for its flavor and versatility. Carolina Gold’s dominance ended with the Civil War and soon became difficult to find. It was the Gullah Geechee people, descendants of the original West Africans, who kept its memory alive. Rice was a transfer food, another way that generations of Black cooks have shaped American cuisine.

 

The real story behind TikTok
Bloomberg business reporter Shelly Banjo explains how a goofy Chinese app took over the world.

I think the biggest misconception is that TikTok is this ephemeral, fun, authentic place where everyone can be themselves. These creators, as you know, work so hard. It’s their job; they will sit there for hours and hours making 15-second videos that appear fun and authentic.
Young kids are on the app and they’re seeing these really well-produced things that they might not necessarily be able to do, and then they’re holding themselves up to that standard. You speak to these kids that are spending five hours a night on the app and this is their worldview, and it’s all manufactured. How is it really affecting the people who are using it? I don’t really know the answer to that. It could be all fine. But it does worry me.

 

What Is a Still Life?
Why artists are drawn to bowls of fruit and other inanimate objects

Still life is a genre that spans art history. It is found everywhere from ancient Egyptian tombs—decorated with paintings of objects from daily life—to works of modern art where it provided opportunities to experiment with new techniques, forms, and styles. The genre became particularly popular in the Netherlands during the 17th century when urbanization led to a greater emphasis on the home, personal possessions, and commerce.

 

The 43 Best Musical Movies to Get You Singing
All the dance numbers! All the show tunes!

Although the traditionally frothy romantic comedies are an easy way to chase away the Sunday scaries, there’s nothing more warm and fuzzy than a solid musical movie, complete with singalongs and high-energy dance numbers. Who doesn’t like feeling like the world is capable of bursting into song at any moment? Musical movies can sometimes be hit or miss: For as many crazy, joyful, ridiculous-in-the-best-way films like Mamma Mia (don’t worry, it’s on here) that exist in the world, there’s…whatever Cats was (definitely not on the list). But when it’s good, it’s spectacular. Modern artists have taken the form and played with it, so it doesn’t necessarily have to sound and look like a play come to life. Bonus: When musical comedies include sweet rom-com elements—you’ve basically got the formula for the perfectly entertaining movie.
From the most classic musicals to underrated gems you may not have heard of, this list has just about everything you could want as a musical fan. Here, 43 iconic musicals throughout the decades that are not to miss, featuring the most epic duets, dance sequences, and jazz hands of all time.

 

15 Lemon Cocktails to Make All Year Long
These bright, tangy sips are all the summery refreshment you need.

Not that there’s ever a bad season to sip a delicious cocktail, but there’s something extra special about cocktail hour in the summer—especially with something refreshingly citrusy in your hand. Whether you’re relaxing on the porch or hanging out poolside, these lemony cocktails will give your tastebuds a wake up call just in time to kick off summer.

 

The Hidden Meanings Behind Emma Stone’s Wild Beauty Looks in Disney’s Cruella
“There was such a wide scope of places to look at. I have a huge room with all these moodboards going all the way around it and, honestly, it looked like we’d gone mad because there were 18th-century makeup and wig references, stuff from the 1950s and 1960s, and pieces by John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. I looked at avant-garde hair competitions and sculptures. Then, obviously, 1970s punk. There were no barriers to it to begin with, which is amazing, but also quite difficult.”

 

The Mysterious Origins of the Cerne Abbas Giant
On a hillside ages ago, people inscribed a naked man with a twenty-six-foot-long erect penis. Why did they do it?

The Cerne Giant is so imposing that he is best viewed from the opposite crest of the valley, or from the air. He is a hundred and eighty feet tall, about as high as a twenty-story apartment building. Held aloft in his right hand is a large, knobby club; his left arm stretches across the slope. Drawn in an outline formed by trenches packed with chalk, he has primitive but expressive facial features, with a line for a mouth and circles for eyes. His raised eyebrows were perhaps intended to indicate ferocity, but they might equally be taken for a look of confusion. His torso is well defined, with lines for ribs and circles for nipples; a line across his waist has been understood to represent a belt. Most well defined of all is his penis, which is erect, and measures twenty-six feet in length. Were the giant not protectively fenced off, a visitor could comfortably lie down within the member and take in the idyllic vista beyond.

 

Facebook will push you to read articles before you share them
The company says it wants to promote “more informed sharing.”

The next time you try to share an article without actually reading it first, Facebook might warn you to think again.
The social media company announced on Monday morning that, starting today, it will test a new feature prompting users to actually open and read articles before sharing them on the platform. Facebook will start testing the feature on around 6 percent of its global users on Android, a company spokesperson told Recode. Twitter started testing a similar feature in June of last year and rolled it out to all its users more broadly in September.

 

Inside the Mysterious World of Celebrity Beauty Brands
Models, entertainers, reality television stars, and that girl you saw once on TikTok all have one thing in common: they are bankably beautiful. But how bankable, exactly? Allure delves deep into the foggy universe of the celebrity beauty line — and finds all that glitters isn’t sold.

These stars are not just licensing their good names, some are putting their money where their lipsticks are and taking actual ownership stakes in full beauty lines, possibly to the tune of millions of dollars. In a dramatic change of approach, they are less brand ambassadors and more beauty executives. Granted, this is not an entirely new concept: Iman Cosmetics (born in 1994), Gwyneth Paltrow’s Gooplex (established 2008), and Jessica Alba’s Honest Company (launched in 2012) have all successfully leveraged perceived expertise into bankable, valuable companies. But that model was the exception, not the rule. Then Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics came along and blew the market wide(r) open; the former proving that an inclusive shade range can indeed be profitable and the latter converting social media buzz into the rapid sale of Lip Kits. (In 2019, legacy beauty behemoth Coty reportedly spent $600 million on a
51 percent stake in Kylie Cosmetics.)

 

‘Halston’ Family Calls Netflix Series On Famed Fashion Designer “An Inaccurate, Fictionalized Account”
Representatives for the Halston Archives and Family slammed Netflix’s anticipated drama Halston, calling it “an inaccurate, fictionalized account.”
“The HALSTON Archives and Family were not consulted on the upcoming Netflix series,” they said in a statement released via PR Newswire. “The HALSTON Archives remains the only definitive and comprehensive source on the man and his legacy as the personally appointed custodian of his private papers and effects.”

 

Sam McKinniss explores country music’s allure with Dolly Parton art
Queen Dolly, Lil Nas X, Mariah Carey, and Elvira are all captured by the pop culture-inspired artist in Country Western, an exhibition celebrating America’s beloved homegrown genre and its excesses

The New York-based painter’s latest exhibition, Country Western at London’s Almine Rech Gallery, revels in all the melodramatic and glamorous excesses of America’s most beloved genre. He tells us, “As American life gets wackier and wackier, especially after Trump and the virus, a part of me wanted to look at something about it that was inarguably nice.”

 

‘Subversive, playful, surprisingly sexy and elementally dangerous’: Tony Cragg is the star of Houghton Hall’s summer sculpture exhibition
The acclaimed sculptor will be the 6th contemporary artist to exhibit at one of Norfolk’s four great power houses

British sculptor Tony Cragg has just been announced as Houghton Hall’s 2021 exhibition. He will be taking the reins from Anish Kapoor, who Lord Cholmondeley described as a ‘magician’ last year, when he decorated the grounds of one of Norfolk’s four great power houses in a spectacular play of light and reflection, best characterised by Sky Mirror (an enormous mirrored stainless steel disc that artfully reflects the sky and space around it).Opening on 19 May, the exhibition – curated by Cragg – will include large-scale bronze and steel sculptures distributed across the gardens and grounds (that already include an eclectic selection of works commissioned from years gone by, such as a Richard Long’s Full Moon Sculpture). Smaller pieces will also be shown in the state rooms and gallery spaces of the house – and, excitingly, a handful of new works have been made specifically for the exhibition.

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Federico Ciucchi, culturaliart.com, temakinho.com]

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