T LOunge for June 7th, 2021

Posted on June 07, 2021

Rheingold Bar at The Bavarian State Opera – Munich, Germany


It’s MONDAY (might as well rip the Band-Aid off), which calls for a bright, cool and airy space for us all to swan about, being creatively dazzling, if only in our heads. We, as per the uzh, have a full day of content-creation planned, but what’s your day likely to be? Does it feel like summer yet? Does it feel like your lockdown is coming to an end? We went grocery shopping over the weekend and it really feels like most people are acting like it’s over. You see mask-wearing in the places where it’s required (like supermarkets), but everyone rips it off the second they go outside.

In other observations, we noted in a newsletter last month the return to the simple joy of picking out produce while singing along to a Phil Collins song. In the supermarket yesterday that exact same Phil Collins song played. Did we just not realize that “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” was the national supermarket song before now? Is there dark Phil Collins money funding this? Questions need to be asked.


‘A Trying Time is No Time to Quit Trying’: Miley Cyrus Reflects on Fame, Fashion, and Family
“In so many ways—Dolly [Parton] has inspired me to express and celebrate every layer and version of myself. She has been so constant in her career, but also had such an incredible evolution. So there has been that consistency, but also that growth. And whether it’s talking about her as an entertainer, as an actor, a musician, an activist, or her self-deprecation and her relationship to her identity and her persona, I think she’s very layered.”


Tiffany Haddish Is Starring as Late Track Star Flo-Jo in a New Biopic
“I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told,” Haddish said.

“Working with Tiffany has been a great pleasure,” added Flo-Jo’s widower and former coach, Al Joyner, who is training Haddish for the role in addition to serving as creative consultant for the biopic. “She is incredibly dedicated, focused, and committed to portraying the spirit of Florence accurately, whose legacy of making a difference in the world will live on for generations to come. I hope that this film touches all who see it and inspires people to be the change the world so desperately needs right now!”


Meghan Markle Gives Birth To Her And Prince Harry’s Baby Girl Lilibet
They chose a very symbolic name that paid homage to the Queen and Diana.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially parents of two. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to the couple’s second child, a baby girl, on June 4. The two announced the birth on Archewell.
Harry and Meghan revealed to Oprah during their spring interview that Meghan was expecting a girl in the summer—and that they don’t plan on having any children after her. “To have any one or any two, but to have a boy and then a girl—what more could you ask for?” Harry told Oprah. “But now we’ve got our family. We’ve got the four of us, we’ve got our two dogs. Done.”


A Meditation on Hope and Olympic Dreams
The Tokyo Games are still on (as of right now), but no matter what happens, it’s worth remembering the past and future of this thrilling showcase for the resilience of the human spirit.

The most exhilarating moment in Olympic equestrian history, for the U.S. anyway, has to be the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles. The Americans, flush with both human and equine talent, brought the “Dream Team” to the show jumping competition, posting unprecedented double clear rounds and the lowest total number of faults since show jumping became an Olympic sport, in 1912. They not only took home the team gold medal for the first time but also the individual gold (Joe Fargis) and the silver (Conrad Homfeld).


Why the Pandemic Turned Miami Into the New Monaco
Cryptocrats, fin-techpreneurs, and the latest titans of industry fled to this southern capital of sea, sun, and sin in the past year. Can it become a tech utopia, or will it just turn into another sunny place for shady people?

The list of well-known newcomers fighting over Tesla chargers and tables at hotspots like Carbone and Swan includes Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal who recently paid $18 million for two adjacent mansions in the Venetian Islands; Keith Rabois, the startup investor and Thiel’s partner at the venture capital firm Founders Fund, who paid $29 million for a nearby mansion; Jack Abraham, the precocious CEO behind VC powerhouse Atomic; Shervin Pishevar, an early investor in Uber and Airbnb; Blumberg Capital founder David Blumberg; and Uber’s former chief business officer Emil Michael.


White House, Anheuser-Busch Promise Free Beer for Everyone if U.S. Hits Vaccine Target
The countdown to the “biggest beer giveaway in history” has begun.

President Joe Biden called for a “National Month of Action,” and provided several incentives that the administration hopes will help the United States get to a point where 70% of eligible adults are at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus by the Fourth of July. One of the most refreshing ones? Free beer.


The Most Eye-Catching Red Carpet Dresses Of The Decade
Cast your mind back to a pre-Covid red carpet landscape. It’s hard, isn’t it? Phygital formats have replaced IRL pomp and show for so long, with virtual ceremonies a mainstay of the 2021 awards season. Despite the unprecedented circumstances, stars have managed to experiment with screen-friendly looks that have elicited many a heart-eyed emoji from fans. Now, though, full-blown red-carpet affairs are finally on the horizon once again.
In honour of their return, Vogue looks back at the dazzling dresses that defined the last 10 years. From Billy Porter’s voluminous Christian Siriano tuxedo gown, worn to the 2019 Oscars, to that shimmering see-through Adam Selman dress that Rihanna sported at the CFDAs in 2014 and the custom powder-blue Prada floor-sweeper that Lupita Nyong’o wore to collect her first Academy Award, peruse the most wondrous red-carpet looks of the past decade.


Has TV’s #GirlBoss Era Run Out of Froth?
As The Bold Type and Younger air their final episodes, a millennial feminist fantasy draws to a close.

Both series offer the same brand of fizzy-flavored escapism, though obviously neither invented it; each is a clear successor to Sex and the City, with Younger even sharing the same creator in Darren Star. But just as certain aspects of SATC feel more alarmingly out-of-touch with every passing year, Younger and The Bold Type already seem fairly dated in their depictions of the media and feminist landscapes. As both come to a close, we can’t help but wonder: has the #GirlBoss era of millennial-themed TV finally sung its swan song? Or is its sparkly encore imminent?


7 Films Not to Miss at Cannes’s Comeback Festival
Last summer was eerily quiet on the French Riviera, which has played host to the Cannes Film Festival every year since 1946. There is, of course, one exception to that decades-long history: Like so many other cultural tentpoles in 2020, the 73rd edition was postponed and eventually canceled. This year, with cases down and vaccinations on the rise, organizers are feeling much more optimistic. They’re officially going ahead with an 11-day extravaganza, spanning July 6-17.
More importantly, the films won’t disappoint either. The festival confirmed as much on Thursday with a first look at the lineup of everything up for competition. Some may sound familiar: Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, for example, is just one of the titles that waited more than a year for Cannes’s comeback to premiere. It’s all a bit overwhelming, with 24 films up for the Palme d’Or alone, but we guarantee you: The seven below are ones not to miss.


An Italian artist has sold literally nothing for £12,900
Salvatore Garau’s invisible sculptures ask you to ‘activate the power of the imagination’

After going up for sale in May at the Italian auction house Art-Rite, one (lucky?) bidder outdid the pre-sale estimated value of between €6,000 to 9,000. The accompanying image is, of course, a blank white square.
Along with a certificate of authenticity stamped by Garau himself, the buyer was given instructions on how to display their new, invisible artwork: it must be exhibited in a private house in a roughly five-by-five-foot space free of obstruction.
“When I decide to ‘exhibit’ an immaterial sculpture in a given space, that space will concentrate a certain amount and density of thoughts at a precise point, creating a sculpture that, from my title, will only take the most varied forms,” Garau explained, adding: “After all, don’t we shape a God we’ve never seen?”


How to Stop Being Angry at Yourself and Others
Plus, three types of anger to look out for and what to do when you just can’t let it go.

The healthiest, most productive type of anger is assertive anger, experts say.
“Assertive responses involve direct communication about feelings and desired outcomes that is appropriate for the context,” says psychology assistant teaching professor and director of the Syracuse University Psychological Services Center, Afton Kapuscinski, Ph.D. “You do it in a manner that involves self-control, with respect for others involved in the conflict. Assertive communication has the best chance of preserving relationships and achieving desired aims,” such as changing the situation or simply being heard.


Where’s the “Impossible Burger” of cheese?
Plant-based food has come a long way, but we still don’t have a stretchy, melty cow-free cheese.

Two years ago, Beyond Meat became the first plant-based food startup to go public. Its shares surged 163 percent on its first day and today it’s valued at $9 billion, with shares now worth about five times their original value.
Since then, analysts have wondered which major plant-based food company would go public next. Late last month, they found out: Oatly, the Swedish maker of oat-based milk, yogurt, and ice cream.


Why ‘The Empress and I’ is the most controversial book in the art world right now
An exiled Empress, a score-settling curator, and $3 billion worth of modern art – need we say more?

The legacy of Iran’s last Empress, Farah Pahlavi (née Diba) – wife of the late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi- is unquestionably her patronage of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA). With 1970s Iran flush with oil money, the modern Empress set off with a nearly unlimited budget to amass an art collection that represented a fusion of Western and Eastern art.


What’s in a royal name: the sweet story behind Harry and Meghan’s baby name Lilibet
With the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their new baby girl Lilibet Diana, Tatler traces the history of the royal name

When it comes to the Royal Family, a lot of thought goes into a baby name. Usually borrowing from history, nodding to storied ancestors of the past – whether that’s Charles, Henry or Elizabeth – there’s a lot of repetition, with the Duke of Cambridge’s son Prince George having the same middle name as his younger brother’s first name, Prince Louis.





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