T LOunge for May 20th, 2021

Posted on May 20, 2021

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Kittens, it’s Thursday, so let’s get SWANKY. We’re feeling the need to get a little dressed up and put a little swing in our step, because today is another day of getting out and doing things we haven’t done in a long time. Granted, everything we have planned is as mundane as daily errands could possibly get (hair appointment, dental appointment, grocery shopping), but we’re going to be experiencing something we’re almost embarrassed to admit: our first time inside a car in 14 months. Yes, it’s true. Your childless, carless urban gays have not been in any sort of vehicle since we came home from Boston on our book tour on March 6th, 2020. How weird is that? Other weirdness: We haven’t been around a child in all that time either. Honestly, if we think about either of those facts for too long it kind of freaks us out. We’ve said this a couple of time already, but for us, there’s been no difficulty in getting back into the swing of things. The only feeling we tend to have whenever a new formerly forbidden activity gets taken up again is just how much time was wasted in our lives, waiting for this to end.

Anyway, we have a busy day of errands and posts to get to, so chat amongst yourselves while we primp.


Make Room, Mona Lisa—Paris Welcomes a New Museum
Bourse de Commerce—located in a historic building that has been exquisitely reimagined by the architect Tadao Ando and housing works from the legendary collection of François Pinault—opens on May 22.

For years, the French billionaire François Pinault has kept the details of his Paris project, at the Bourse de Commerce on the Right Bank of the French capital, under lock and key. Journalists (including yours truly) had been ordered not to reveal any specifics about the collection of contemporary art it will soon display, which—in the age of Instagram—is meant to remain a secret. But the collection’s long-delayed opening, now scheduled for May 22, faces a bigger challenge than preserving the element of surprise. The Bourse de Commerce is opening in the Covid era, when the future of museums in general is more uncertain than ever before. Keeping secrets is one thing; putting a museum on the map is another. But if anyone can pull it off, it is probably Pinault.


Salma Hayek Defies Expectations
The “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” star talks Marvel’s “Eternals,” “House of Gucci” and her secret battle with COVID-19.

Hayek knows about healing. She spent the better part of the past year recovering from a near fatal case of COVID-19, a fact she chose to keep quiet until now. During an interview over Zoom, she reveals that she battled the virus in the early days of the pandemic.
“My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad,” says Hayek, 54, from the London manse that she shares with her husband, Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault, and their 13-year-old daughter, Valentina. “I said, ‘No, thank you. I’d rather die at home.’”


The Friends Reunion: Everything We Know About The Long-Awaited HBO Max Special
In a world rife with revivals and reboots, there’s one that nearly got away: the mythical Friends reunion. Ever since the six pals walked off into the Central Perk sunset, viewers have been waiting patiently for a hint of their return and feverishly rewatching the series. (Which explains the apocalyptic reactions to all 236 episodes leaving Netflix on January 1, 2020.)
But there’s good news for Friends fans: They were on a break—but now they’re back. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will return in the long-awaited HBO Max reunion, premiering on Thursday, May 27, and the trailer is here to make you weep.
The two-minute clip shows the cast exchanging laughter and wiping at tears through table reads, interviews, set visits, and a roundtable trip down memory lane.


Cher Biopic From ‘Mamma Mia!’ Producers, Eric Roth in the Works at Universal
Cher announced the film in a tweet, writing: “Ok Universal is Doing Biopic With My Friends JUDY CRAYMER,GARY GOETZMAN PRODUCING. THEYY PRODUCED BOTH MAMMA MIA’S,& MY DEAR DEAR Friend 4 YRS, & OSCAR WINNER..ERIC ROTH IS GOING 2 WRITE IT.”
Cher will also serve as a producer on the film alongside Craymer and Goetzman, who she recently worked with on “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” in 2018.


Everything You Need To Know About Elsa Peretti
Though born to privilege, Peretti made her own way in the world; her vision was democratic and what we would today call sustainable. She designed when she was inspired to, not against a calendar, and she insisted on quality. Taking inspiration from the natural world and found objects heightened the timeless quality of Peretti’s designs, which many people found to have beauty both as accessories and as pure design objects.
As sophisticated as Peretti’s work is, it was always meant to be accessible. “I design for the working girl,” Peretti told People in 1974. “What I want is not to become a status symbol, but to give beauty at a price.”


Billy Porter Breaks a 14-Year Silence: “This Is What HIV-Positive Looks Like Now”
For the first time since being diagnosed more than a decade ago, the ‘Pose’ star opens up about the shame that compelled him to hide his condition from his castmates, collaborators and even his mother, and the responsibility that now has him speaking out: “The truth is the healing.”

For a long time, everybody who needed to know, knew — except for my mother. I was trying to have a life and a career, and I wasn’t certain I could if the wrong people knew. It would just be another way for people to discriminate against me in an already discriminatory profession. So I tried to think about it as little as I could. I tried to block it out. But quarantine has taught me a lot. Everybody was required to sit down and shut the fuck up.
My husband and I rented a house on Long Island because I have a preexisting condition and I can’t be in the middle of it. I have to protect myself, and I have the means to. I’d never been given the luxury to even think about self-care or balance on any level before. It’s like I had to just keep going. COVID created a safe space for me to stop and reflect and deal with the trauma in my life. Now, I’ve been in therapy for a long time. I started when I was 25, and I’ve been going on and off for years. But in the last year, I started real trauma therapy to begin the process of healing. I started peeling back all these layers: having been sent to a psychologist at age 5 because I came out of the womb a big old queen; being sexually abused by my stepfather from the time I was 7 to the time I was 12; coming out at 16 in the middle of the AIDS crisis.


The Best Way to Stir-Fry, According to a ‘Wok Therapist’
Grace Young shares her tips for smarter stir-fries.

According to Young, the essence of stir-fry has been lost in translation. In the original Cantonese, the word for stir-fry, chau, refers to a motion more akin to tumbling. “The goal is to continually toss bite-size ingredients in a small amount of oil in a wok over high heat so that each morsel is constantly exposed to the hot wok,” Young says. “The result is a light searing of ingredients that allows them to cook both quickly and uniformly, without burning or charring.” It’s less about stirring and more about excited movement and interaction with the hot wok’s surface. (A wok spatula, with its shovel shape, is great for this, but any metal spatula will do.)


A Lost Italian Village Just Emerged After More Than 70 Years Underwater
For decades, the only sign of the lost village of Curon was the curious appearance of a 14th century church spire rising out of the middle of a lake.

For the last seventy years, the only sign of the lost village of Curon was the curious appearance of a 14th century church spire rising out of the middle of a lake. Now, for the first time in decades, locals around Lago di Resia in South Tyrol, Italy, are walking among the remnants of the old village. Check out these photos of the real-life 2021 Atlantis.


A man bought a home right across the street from a homophobic church and painted it the colors of the Pride flag
When Aaron Jackson found a property for sale across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, right away he had the idea to buy the house and paint it the colors of the Pride flag.
The founder of Planting Peace — a global nonprofit whose initiatives include environmental conservation and LGBTQ advocacy campaigns — Jackson wanted to make a statement with his choice of paint colors.


Why dating apps make you feel awful
Nancy Jo Sales’s new memoir reckons with the effects of “Big Dating.”

“I’m not saying we need courtly love. I did my whole thesis on courtly love and feminism. I know the pitfalls and the problems, and I’m not saying that we should go back to, like, the Sir Lancelot idea of somebody being in your thrall. But it really is nice to have somebody in your thrall, trying to make you feel special. That should be a goal on both sides, to make someone feel special. Let’s not have a competition to see who can care less and who’s gonna text back after more time has passed. All this hedging that people do over dating apps is so tiresome to me. They bend over backward to say, “I didn’t mean to say I cared about you!” What’s wrong with caring about somebody? You don’t have to marry them. But just like, could you just care a little bit?”


The Art of the Sneaker
A new exhibition in London charts the rise of global sneaker culture, from performance shoe to cult collector item. But do they belong in the museum?

“Like many functional everyday fashion items, there is ongoing debate around whether sneakers should be viewed as art and given the same kudos now that they have a similar trading model and are also the subject of museum shows,” said Ligaya Salazar, the curator of “Sneakers Unboxed.” But what is not in doubt, she said, is that they should “be seen as part of design culture and worthy of academic discussion.”


Why Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirror Rooms’ at the Tate Modern is all over your Instagram feed right now
In partnership with Bank of America and support from UNIQLO, the global phenomenon that is Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama returns to Tate Modern with ethereal installations evocative of starry-skies and Venetian palaces

There’s nothing like a Yayoi Kusama exhibition to signal London’s cultural reawakening. Open for Tate Modern members from 18 May (non-members 14 June), the mesmerising Infinity Mirror Rooms is already causing a media frenzy amongst the glitterati — who’ve begun sharing Instagram posts and reels galore.
With highlights including never-before-seen footage of the artist’s early bohemian performances in New York City and a new 2021 sculptural work entitled The Universe as Seen from the Stairway to Heaven,, Kusama devotees are snapping up private-view tickets at an astonishing rate. The exhibition also offers aficionados the primo opportunity to experience two of Kusama’s critically-acclaimed light installations in a single outing.






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