Fuior Bar and Restaurant – Chișinău, Moldova
Today’s LOunge is all about the vibes. Personally, we’re feeling a little moody at the moment. We can’t tell if that’s a Thursday thing, a reaction to a days-long bout of only so-so weather, or just our annual “I hate getting up when it’s dark out” early fall slump. All we know is that we took one look at today’s vibey LOunge and said “That’s the place for us.” Is it the place for you? Let’s all take a seat and find out.
FKA Twigs: ‘I Don’t Want To Be An Accomplice’
The singer talks candidly about the photograph that’s always on her mind in a new book about trailblazing women by artist Hugo Huerta Marin.
In Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women (Prestel), artist Hugo Huerto Marin couples intimate Polaroid portraits with interviews of 30 of the world’s most fascinating women. Below, an excerpt from the book of a conversation between Marin and singer FKA Twigs.
Hugo Huerta Marin: You have used a wide range of dance styles, from pole dancing to voguing, wushu, and krumping. Which kind of corporeal method speaks to you best?
FKA Twigs: That’s difficult. I love them all. And I just like being around people who do them. I have not vogued in a while, though, and it’s not because I don’t love it: It’s because I’m not spending that much time in New York. When I’m in New York I love hanging out with my friends who vogue, and I completely immerse myself in that world, because it is so authentic. I find that when I am not in New York and I try to do it, it feels forced. I tend to do things depending on where I am in the world … I just love learning and being involved in culture, and so I sacrifice the time to do it, because time is the most precious thing — the one thing we are all running out of. I love that conscious sacrifice to learn something. I find that so sexy … To be around something because you enjoy it, that is beautiful.
6 Black Perfumers Changing Up The Fragrance Industry
The Black perfumers altering the fragrance landscape.
Step into any department store beauty hall and thousands upon thousands of perfumes will suddenly vie for your attention. From the beloved Jo Malones and the nostalgic celeb scents (JLo Glow anyone?) to the niche up-and-comers convincing us that we do in fact want to smell like an old violin shop, the wealth of perfumes on offer can actually be a little overwhelming. But, when was the last time you came across a fragrance created by a Black perfumer? Let’s hazard a guess that it’s rarely, if ever. The fact is that, although fragrance is a universal language spoken through notes and translated via noses, regardless of the shape, colour and size of said nose, it’s a whitewashed industry that still lacks diversity.
WNBA Star Breanna Stewart Is Making History On And Off The Court
Why female athletes should be a priority
The way that I’ve approached asking for more is by continuing to do my best. How I perform on the basketball court is going to continue to give me more opportunities, and more value, and things like that. But I also ask companies to value me and value women’s basketball. We need to change the game and level up as far as what female athletes deserve, because we put ourselves through a grind and still aren’t always rewarded.
Alber Elbaz’s Global Fashion Family Came Together to Honor His Memory
The Love Brings Love fashion show featured tribute looks by 45 designers.
Alber Elbaz once said, “The nature of fashion is family.” And last night in Paris, 45 international fashion brands, including Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons, and Ralph Lauren, came together to present a Love Brings Love tribute show for the former Lanvin creative director, AZ Factory founder, and all-around nicest man in fashion, who tragically passed away from COVID-19 in April at age 59.
Melinda French Gates Is Teaming Up With Flatiron Books To Launch A Female-Focused Imprint
Moment of Lift Books will highlight nonfiction advancing global equity for women and girls.
A vocal critic of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women and marginalized communities, philanthropist and businesswoman Melinda French Gates is making renewed efforts to combat global inequity—but, this time, with a new strategy: books.
In partnership with Flatiron Books, part of the larger Macmillan Publishers company, French Gates is launching Moment of Lift Books, an imprint dedicated exclusively to nonfiction about social issues faced by women and girls. The off-shoot, named after French Gates’s own bestseller, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, will launch with three titles, the first of which will arrive in 2023.
The 12 Korean Thrillers on Netflix You Need to See
Good luck sleeping after watching these.
Most of us have checked out at least one piece of Korean content so far. Be it an award-winning film like Parasite, a hilarious, heartwarming k-drama like Crash Landing on You, or an edge-of-your-seat action story like Train to Busan or Squid Game, you’ve likely been sucked into Korean entertainment at least once. For newcomers who are thrill-seekers, there are plenty of Korean thrillers that offer the excellent character-building and well-paced suspense that keeps us wondering just what will come next. These are our favorite Korean thrillers on Netflix right now.
The 100 Best Things to Eat at Disney World
To celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, we’ve rounded up the best foods, drinks, and snacks at the iconic park.
As Walt Disney World launches into an 18-month celebration of the resort’s 50th anniversary, park goers have never been better fed. From corn dogs to kimchi ramen, burgers to birria, Mickey pretzels to Mediterranean small plates, there’s so much to get into right now, so much to talk about, even in the middle of a pandemic.
Some restaurants remain on hiatus, a handful have closed for good, and yet, even moving forward at a slightly reduced speed, there remains an astonishing amount of choice, enough that even those who have experienced Disney World as recently as a few years ago might be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by their options. World-class wine lists. Omakase dinners. A broad expansion into plant-based dining.
‘How Are You?’ When You’re a Royal, the Answer Speaks Volumes
Because reading into the British royal family is both a favorite pastime and an occupation of mine, I am thinking way too hard about a newly revealed, alleged interaction between Rami Malek and Kate Middleton. While promoting his role as the villain in the new James Bond movie, No Time to Die, on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, Malek—who shared air with a glittering Middleton at the recent world premiere in London—recalled an earlier, possibly awkward conversation with the Duchess of Cambridge at the 2019 BAFTAs (the British equivalent of the Academy Awards).
These Are the 78 Best Documentaries of All Time
What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, at a moment when world events are often stranger than fiction, would we veer from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films (No Time to Die, anyone?) and opt for something small and rooted in the real, instead?
Documentaries can be a hard sell, but it’s one that’s getting easier all the time. Once viewed as something stiff and obligatory, documentary film has, in recent years, risen to the top of the heap—thanks in no small part to some of the earth-shaking, needle-pushing, and ultimately world-changing films that are listed here, which find their focus in war, love, sex, death, art, and everything in between. And as for this list—its only qualifier is that these are the critically acclaimed, historically important, and pivotal films that a person who cares about film (and, in doing so, often cares about humanity in general) should really get to know.
There’s Now an Official ‘Nailed It!’ Cookbook to (Hopefully) Help You Avoid Baking Fails
Don’t mess this up.
The sixth season of Nailed It! dropped on Netflix last month and let’s be honest: we all binged our way through the “Paranormal Pastries” and Loch Ness Monster cakes in a single weekend. If you’ve ever watched the show’s amateur bakers struggle their way through… everything and thought to yourself “I could do that, maybe,” then here’s your chance to prove it.
This week, the show’s official companion cookbook was released, which means that we can all attempt a batch of Candy Apple Aliens or Garden Gnome Mini Pies in our own kitchens. (There’s also a recipe for the Loch Ness Monster cake, which is guaranteed to become our own triple-fondant tragedy.)
Andrew Lloyd Webber on Broadway’s Reopening, ‘Cinderella’ and Why the ‘Cats’ Movie Caused Him to Buy a Dog
Ever since the chandelier first crashed in thunderous fashion, “The Phantom of the Opera” has been a fixture of Broadway, becoming as iconic a symbol of theatergoing as the celebrity caricatures that adorn the walls at Sardi’s. Its mixture of soaring romanticism and spectacle fueled the beloved musical’s history-making run. Since the show’s debut on Jan. 26, 1988, audiences have flocked to the Majestic Theatre to see more than 13,300 performances of the tragic love story — that is, until COVID-19 caused the curtain to come down for 16 months.
But on a September morning after more than a year of false starts, setbacks and dashed hopes, the opulent playhouse is showing signs of life again — crews are painting sets, lights are being taken out of boxes, racks of costumes hang in the wings and that infamous chandelier rises again, suspended over the plush seating that has hosted so many sold-out crowds over the decades.
At the center of the action is Andrew Lloyd Webber, the mega-selling musical impresario who has made his first trip across the pond since lockdown and is now staring quizzically at a bust of Julius Caesar that was taken out of storage and placed in the lobby at some point over the past year and a half.
Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Solider Has All-female Guard Change for the First Time in History
“While this historic event may be a first, it is not the last.”
The Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, recently experienced an all-female guard change for the first time in its nearly 100-year history last month.
“We commemorate the achievements of these trail-blazing Tomb Guards,” The Old Guard said in a statement shared on social media. “While this historic event may be a first, it is not the last. With diversity in our ranks, race, gender, or any characteristics will never hinder, but only enhance the execution of our sacred mission.”
Martinis and Red Meat With Kieran Culkin: The ‘Succession’ Star on Childhood, Co-Stars and Fame
The hyperactive breakout of HBO’s dynastic hit show gets candid about growing up Culkin, the behind-the-scenes dynamics of his onscreen family and his early fears of Hollywood success: “I knew I would not have been able to handle it. So I quite literally ran away from it.”
With his breakout turn on the buzzy Succession — whose linear audience of 1.2 million actually understates its cultural clout (it won seven Emmy Awards in 2020, including outstanding drama series) and which has earned Culkin Golden Globe and Emmy nominations — the whole “fame and attention” thing is getting harder and harder for Culkin to avoid. There are signs, however, that he might finally be ready to embrace it. At the very least, he’s ready to embrace acting.
“I’m trying to remember the exact moment it hit me,” he says, gazing up at the enormous blue whale’s grooved underbelly, as one might a starry sky. “I think it was at the end of the first season. I remember coming home and thinking, ‘This is what I want to do with my life. I think I want to be an actor.’ I was, like, 36. I’d already been doing it for 30 years.”
Twitter is testing a prompt to warn you about the ‘vibe’ of a discussion
In its latest attempt to limit abuse on the platform
Twitter is testing a new feature that will warn users when they’re about to enter an “intense” conversation, in an attempt to limit the abuse that has become rife on the platform.
As part of the trial, the social media platform is dropping a notice under potentially heated debates that reads: “Heads up. Conversations like this can be intense.” For those who go to join the conversation, another pop-up will appear, which says: “Let’s look out for each other.” It then offers three points for users to consider before typing a reply: “Remember the human. Facts matter. Diverse perspectives have value.”
How the Nobel Prizes skew science
A biologist critiques one of the highest honors in science and proposes a new way to reward humanity’s biggest discoveries.
This week, various Swedish and Norwegian organizations are coming together to announce the Nobel Prizes — six awards in total, including four in the sciences. Each award comes with a medal, more than a million dollars, and lots of press.
In 2021, David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the prize in physiology or medicine for research into the receptors that sense heat and touch in the human body. Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann, and Giorgio Parisi won the prize in physics for cutting through the chaos of climate science. And Benjamin List and David MacMillan won the prize in chemistry for tools that build molecules.
These are some of humanity’s highest-profile international prizes, and they can be a fantastic way to celebrate some of the greatest human achievements in science. But the Nobels are also far from perfect.
The mystery of the “same sky” postcards
An obsessive collector noticed something strange in his 11,000 postcards.
James Brouwer has been collecting postcards for more than 30 years. His collection numbers over 11,000; images of old-age homes, ugly restaurants, onlookers, and 1960s advertising are neatly organized in boxes in his Canadian home.
But James started to notice that some of his postcards — dozens, in fact — appeared to have the exact same sky. Looking even closer, he noticed that the same-sky postcards were all made by one publisher: Dexter Press out of West Nyack, New York.
The great book shortage of 2021, explained
Demand for books is way up this year. Supplies are way, way down.
If there’s a particular book you’ve got your eye on for the holidays, it’s best to order it now. The problems with the supply chain are coming for books, too.
“Think of the inputs that go into a book,” says Matt Baehr, executive director of the Book Manufacturers’ Institute. “There’s paper, there’s ink, and there’s getting the book from point A to point B. All of those things are affected.”
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been exacerbating existing problems in the global supply chain for nearly two years now. Add to that pressure a global labor shortage, a paper shortage, the consolidation of the American printing industry, and an increased demand for books from bored stay-at-homers across the US, and you’re faced with what Baehr says is a “perfect storm” of factors to create what some observers are calling a book shortage.
The real White Lotus: why you should visit Hawaii now
According to Hawaiian legend, the island of Lanai remained uninhabited for eons. The God of Nightmares who ruled over it scared everyone away. Then a young prince from neighbouring Maui was banished here for bad behaviour. After slaying the deity and ridding the isle of its bad dreams, he lit a bonfire. The people on Maui spotted the all-clear signal and paddled over, populating the land at last.
More recently, a modern titan has transformed the island again. In 2012, Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder of the software giant Oracle, purchased 98 per cent of Lanai, the smallest of the eight main islands that comprise the 137-isle Hawaiian archipelago. In Prospero-like fashion, Ellison began to remake it into a 100 per cent green community sustained by organic farming and solar energy, while he developed plans for a state-of-the-art wellness facility. With the November 2020 opening of Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Resort, his dream was realised.
When Bicycles and Kitchen Stools Became Art
How to rebel against the establishment by creating “readymades”
In 1913, Dada artist Marcel Duchamp had, as he later remembered, the “happy idea” to affix a bicycle wheel to a kitchen stool “and watch it turn.”
The resulting piece, aptly called Bicycle Wheel, became his first “readymade” work of art. Duchamp coined the term to encompass his newly-invented genre—where everyday items could be refashioned as art. As he wrote in 1913: “Can one make works which are not works of art?”
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