T LOunge for September 22nd, 2021

Posted on September 22, 2021

Párisi Passage Café, Bar & Brasserie – Budapest, Hungary


GRANDEUR, nos amis! We don’t care if this is Budapest, because it’s serving pure Parisian glamour to us and we’re feeling all pretentiously Frenchified en ce moment! Perhaps we’re simply a little giddy and punch drunk after doing more red carpet commentary in the last ten days than the previous six months combined. Whatever the reason, we’re feeling the need to throw our heads back and laugh Parisianally as we down aperitifs and order ridiculous amounts of cheese to nibble on. Virtually speaking, of course.

We have the usual celebrity slowdown after a … you know, we were going to say “some heavy red carpetry action,” which sounds like a euphemism for something and if no one else has come up with that one yet, we will happily claim authorship and encourage you to use it freely. Anyway, we’re rambling. Things are mite light on the content front today, but we’re still going to head out into the fields and bang on pots to see what we can scare up. Chat amongst yourselves, dolls!


Kathryn Hahn to Play Comedy Icon Joan Rivers in ‘The Comeback Girl,’ a Limited Series in the Works at Showtime
“The Comeback Girl” is primarily set in the aftermath of the cancellation of “The Late Show,” which coincided with Rivers’ husband (and “Late Show” producer) Edgar Rosenberg’s death by suicide.
The logline for “The Comeback Girl” is: “Trailblazer. Adored. Cruel. Diva. Joan Rivers had a life like no other. At age 54, she was a superstar comedienne…and then it all fell apart. “The Comeback Girl” is the awe-inspiring untold story of how Joan Rivers persevered through near suicide and professional abyss to rebuild herself and her career to become a global icon.”


Hundreds Of Athletes Have Signed Onto A Brief Calling For The Supreme Court To Protect Abortion Rights
“To have any of that autonomy taken away, to have someone else make decisions for my body and my career, is to take away my life’s pursuit,” one Olympic soccer player said.

“As women athletes and people in sports, we must have the power to make important decisions about our own bodies and exert control over our reproductive lives,” Rapinoe said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News. “Physically, we push ourselves to the absolute limit, so to have forces within this country trying to deny us control over our own bodies is infuriating and un-American and will be met with fierce resistance.”


‘Sex and the City’ Star Willie Garson Has Died Aged 57
The news has shaken people around the world.

Actor Willie Garson, known for his cult role as Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City, as well as Mozzie on White Collar, has died aged just 57.
Garson’s son Nathen paid tribute to his dad on Instagram, sharing intimate photos and videos of his life. “I love you so much papa,” he wrote. “Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now. You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I’ve known. I’m glad you shared you’re love with me. I’ll never forget it or lose it.”

Passing, Starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga, Is Heading to Netflix
Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut made a splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Adapted from Nella Larsen’s eponymous work, published in 1929, Passing follows two Black women who racially pass for white during the segregation era, in 1920s New York. In Hall’s black-and-white screen version, Negga plays Clare and Thompson plays Irene, former high school friends who run into each other in the city, finding that they each live different lives on “opposite sides of the color line,” per an official synopsis. Clare lives in Manhattan with her white husband who doesn’t know that she is Black; Irene lives in Harlem with her husband, who is a Black doctor, and their two kids. The two women’s chance encounter leads to an obsession, resulting in a deeper exploration of racial and gender identity, performance, colorism, and repression.


Stacy London on the Existential Crisis of Aging
The former What Not to Wear host is now the CEO of personal care brand State Of — and it was a painful and traumatic early menopause experience that pushed her into this pivot.

“A lot of what we talk about when we talk about aging is directed at women through this patriarchal lens. And we have internalized shame around the topic. We’ve internalized a lot of shame about being women, period, right?”


These Gin-Inspired Pickles Are a Beautiful Union of Deli and Drink
Katz’s Deli and Hendrick’s Gin made an April Fools Day joke into a reality.

“The signature expression of Hendrick’s Gin is the curious yet marvelous infusion of our 11 botanicals in addition to rose and cucumber,” Master Distiller Lesley Gracie explained. “Naturally, pickles, the cousin of our beloved cucumber, effortlessly blend with our gin’s rich and intricate spirit. The botanicals take on remarkably compatible sensory characteristics when pickled and we’re relishing this opportunity to collaborate on such an exciting endeavor.”


The royal family will feature in an upcoming documentary celebrating the life of Prince Philip
The show will air on the BBC this month

The Duke of Edinburgh is being honoured with a new BBC documentary celebrating his life and service.
Titled Prince Philip: The Family Remembers, the special programme will pay tribute to the late royal, who died in April at the age of 99.
At the time of his passing, a statement from Buckingham Palace read: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Mario Cantone and More Pay Tribute to Willie Garson: ‘You Were a Gift From the Gods’
After news broke on Tuesday that Willie Garson had died, stars took to social media to pay tribute to the actor who won audiences over as Stanford Blatch in “Sex and the City” and Theodore “Mozzie” Winters in “White Collar,” among other roles.
Garson’s career began in the ’80s, when he played small roles in shows like “Cheers” and appeared in the Ted Bundy TV movie “The Deliberate Stranger.” His profile rose in 1996 when he took on the recurring role of Henry Coffield in “NYPD Blue,” then “Sex and the City” made him a household name in 1998. His character Stanford Blatch was Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker)’s gay best friend, a witty and stylish talent agent. He appeared in 27 episodes between 1998 and 2004. “White Collar” gave Garson one of his first leading roles: Mozzie was the best friend and confidant of Matt Bomer’s character Neal Caffrey. Throughout his career, Garson frequently gave supporting and cameo performances, appearing in films and TV series such as “Friends,” “The X-Files,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Freaky Friday” and “Big Mouth.” Recently, he was filming “And Just Like That,” HBO Max’s upcoming revival of “Sex and the City.”


My Time with Kurt Cobain
Befriending a rock star isn’t necessarily as cool as you’d think—particularly when tragedy happens.
In early 1992, when I first met Kurt Cobain, he and Courtney Love were living in a little apartment in a two-up-two-down building on an ordinary street in the Fairfax section of Los Angeles. I had flown there from New York to interview him for a Rolling Stone cover story, the one with a famous photograph of him wearing a homemade T-shirt that said “Corporate Magazines Still Suck.” I was nervous. Not much was known about Kurt at that point, other than he was this guy from Seattle who screamed in his songs, smashed his guitars, and might be a heroin addict. He was also the most celebrated rock musician on the planet.


This 39-foot Violin-shaped Boat Floated Down Venice’s Grand Canal With a String Quartet on Board
“As a Venetian and a musician, it was the most moving experience of my life.”

As the sounds of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” came down the canals, Venetians turned and saw an unusual sight over the weekend: a gigantic 39-foot violin with a string quartet on board making its way down the Grand Canal.
The boat, named “Noah’s Violin” in reference to Noah’s Ark, was created by a Venetian artist named Livio de Marchi to bring a message of hope as the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the course of its hour-long journey, the floating concert attracted a battalion of other small ships that accompanied the violin through Venice. The journey ended at the church of La Salute, which was built as an offering to the Virgin Mary for delivering the city from a plague that swept through in 1630.


This Massachusetts Museum Is Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Thanksgiving With a New Exhibit
Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ commemoration of the 1621 meal opens on Sept. 25.

The feast that started one of America’s most celebrated traditions marks its 400th anniversary this year — and to commemorate the first Thanksgiving in 1621, Plimoth Patuxet Museums in Plymouth, Massachusetts, will open a new exhibition this Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Called “We Gather Together: Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and the Making of an American Holiday,” the new exhibit aims to help visitors “better understand the events that led to the First Thanksgiving” by looking at the relationship between the Indigenous people and English colonists. It will showcase rarely seen artifacts, as well as art that follows how the colonial dinner turned into a national holiday in the 19th century, the AP reported.


McDonald’s pledged to phase out its plastic Happy Meal Toys, but environmental experts say the company’s real problem is its use of beef
McDonald’s has pledged to phase out the use of fossil-fuel-based plastics in the toys that come with its Happy Meals by the end of 2025, but experts say the move won’t make a real difference to the environment.
The fast-food giant’s announcement on September 21 means kids could see the one billion children’s toys that it distributes every year being converted into 3D paper figures and other toys made of recycled plastic or plant-derived materials.
The company said in a statement on Tuesday that its 2025 pledge could result in a 90% reduction of fossil fuel-based plastic in its Happy Meal toys, in comparison with its 2018 tally of materials used. It claimed that the benefits wrought by this change would be equivalent to close to 700,000 people ditching the use of plastic for a year.


75 Easy Halloween Crafts for Adults Who Love All Things Spooky and Spidery
Pumpkin carving is only the start when it comes to DIY decorating for your favorite holiday.

It’s time to turn your home into Halloweentown with easy and fun DIYs that will impress every trick-or-treater and party guest that comes to your door. Our list of Halloween crafts for adults includes plenty of decorations, including indoor and outdoor ideas featuring pumpkins, goblins, monsters and more. Wreaths, wall decor and dinner table designs are just the beginning. We have modern color schemes (hello, pastels!) and classic orange and black options, as well as scary and cute projects, so no matter what your Halloween aesthetic is for 2021, there’s something for you.
A lot of what you see here will require common household items you probably already have in stock, but even if you don’t, all the crafts are inexpensive to create and Amazon has almost everything you need, so a last-minute Halloween party is totally doable thanks to these ideas (now what’s left to do is figure out the snacks …).


Welcome to the Recovery Issue of the Highlight
In extraordinary times, we ask: What does it truly mean to recover?

If you think too hard about a word for too long, it can start to lose all meaning. “Spoon” and “parking,” for example, are reduced to gibberish after a few dozen silent repetitions.
When it comes to a word like “recovery,” the absurdity is harder to unhear. To restart something is to quite literally start it again — fair enough. Redoing, reimagining, reloading — all about as straightforward as the English language allows for.
So what is it, then, to recover? That’s the question at the heart of this month’s issue of The Highlight, and it has less to do with syntax than with how the ideas of healing and reparation bear out in reality. It’s a lot more complicated than the straight-line narrative we’re so often promised, especially in this moment when the endgame of “returning to normal” feels about as far away as it ever has — and perhaps isn’t quite as welcome as we might have expected.


The fall equinox is Wednesday. Here are 8 things to know about the first day of autumn.
A brief scientific guide to the first day of fall.

The autumnal equinox is upon us: On Wednesday, September 22, the Northern and Southern hemispheres will experience an equal amount of daylight.
For those in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of astronomical fall, with daylight hours continuing to shorten until the winter solstice in December. For those south of the equator, it’s the beginning of spring. This week’s full moon — the closest to the fall equinox, and this year the last full moon of summer — occurs on Tuesday and is known as the harvest moon.
Technically speaking, the equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. This will happen at 3:21 pm Eastern on Wednesday (for some parts of the world, it will be Thursday morning at this time).


Man arrested after ‘irreplaceable’ Mary, Queen of Scots rosary beads stolen in £1 million Arundel Castle heist
The historic medieval abode was targeted by thieves in May

Arundel Castle is one of the jewels of West Sussex, a fascinating restored and remodelled medieval site that dates back to 1067. In May, the historic property, family seat to the Dukes of Norfolk and their forebears for some 850 years, was the victim of a robbery, with stolen items including gold rosary beads carried by Mary, Queen of Scots to her execution in 1587. Now, a 45-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the crime, after police carried out eight raids in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire. ‘Our investigation into the Arundel Castle burglary remains live,’ said Detective Inspector Alan Pack of Sussex Police, refusing to confirm if the lost treasures had been discovered.


Fabergé egg that was lost for decades will be part of new V&A exhibition
The missing egg was lost in 1964 before being rediscovered in 2011 when it was bought for its weight in gold

Ahead of the opening of the V&A’s next blockbuster exhibition, Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution, the museum has announced that it has acquired the long-lost Third Imperial Egg. Recently rediscovered by a scrap dealer in 2011, the golden egg went missing in 1964 after it was sold at auction in New York. It later cropped up at a Midwest flea market, when a metal dealer bought it because of its weight in gold, but after becoming suspicious all was not as it seemed, they contacted Wartski, who confirmed it was the mysteriously lost egg.


Food Scholar, Folk Singer, Blunt Speaker: The Many Lives of Leni Sorensen
An irreverent historian who gets her hands into traditional cooking, farming and crafts is finally, at 79, winning fame with Netflix’s “High on the Hog.”

You pick up a lot of skills after 79 years of being Leni Sorensen, perhaps America’s most unsung food historian. She can spin wool, butcher hogs and can venison. If she had to, she could make money sewing clothes or selling tamales. She can sing, too. Her contralto voice landed her a spot as the only Black member of the Womenfolk, a quintet whose cover of the suburban satire “Little Boxes” spent three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964. Dr. Sorensen can also talk. And talk.






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