T LOunge for November 22nd, 2021

Posted on November 22, 2021

R. Manda Cafe – Shanghai, China


Once more unto the breach, darlings. It is MONDAY, but the good news for the American kittens (who don’t work in healthcare, retail, or public safety) is that this is going to be a short work week for most of you. Of course, short work weeks are, as we all know, the longest weeks of the year, but the whole point of a T LOunge is to make your own reality, so spend the least productive work week of the year being even more unproductive than you planned. Practice good self-care. Grab a pink seat and plant yourself for the duration.


Footage of Emma Thompson from An Audience with Adele is going viral – for all the right reasons
An Audience With Adele aired on ITV2, an 95-minute-long special which saw the globally famous popstar not only sing some of her iconic hits live but perform songs from her new album, 30, too.She was joined by an all-star audience, with the likes of Emma Watson, Idris Elba, Stormzy, Mel B, Naomi Campbell, Michael McIntyre, and England manager Gareth Southgate. Dame Emma Thompson was also in the audience. Several videos of her have gone viral overnight.


A New Documentary Shows the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson as He’s Never Been Seen Before
A year or two ago, a friend and former colleague of mine, Jason Fine, began posting a casual Instagram pic now and again of himself with the legendary Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. This, in itself, wasn’t really surprising—Fine was the managing editor of Rolling Stone, where he had worked for decades, and he’d interviewed Wilson a bunch of times. But these pictures were different—the two weren’t sitting down for a formal interview, and they weren’t “Hey, look who I’m with!” fan grabs, but rather snapshots from the road, of the pair cruising around Los Angeles, stopping off at diners…you know: They were friends. The entire concept seemed otherworldly to me—instead of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, this was Legend Who Wrote Pet Sounds in Cars With My Friend.


The Dawn Of Influencer Culture: A Conversation With The Curse Of Von Dutch Director Andrew Renzi
The director of the Hulu docuseries breaks down the catastrophic fallout of Y2K fashion brand Von Dutch’s celebrity-centric marketing.

There’s a telling scene in Hulu’s new docuseries The Curse of Von Dutch: A Brand To Die For, in which pop icon Whitney Houston arrives at the brand’s flagship store and departs with dozens of logo-adorned products, all gifted to her for free. It’s the early-aughts, nearing the peak of Von Dutch’s feverish strangle-hold on the fashion industry; the Americana brand was worn by just about anyone with tabloid sway. Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Jay-Z, Hilary Duff, Justin Timberlake, and Leonardo DiCaprio were all, at one point or another, spotted in the notorious trucker hat.


To Madelaine Petsch, Cheryl Blossom’s Supernatural Turn On Riverdale Makes Perfect Sense
The actress opens up about Riverdale season 6, the fate of Cheryl and Toni, and coping with social media anxiety.

Riverdale season 6 is premiering into a new world of possibility. The show where anything can happen has inevitably connected to the otherworldly—which offered a perfect crossover opportunity with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, another TV universe born from the Archie comics. The Riverdale character channeling the most of this new power is maple syrup heiress Cheryl Blossom, who has never needed literal magic to be larger than life. This makes perfect sense to the woman who plays her: Madelaine Petsch.
“I feel like there’s something about being on a hit TV show, a teen TV show too, where I feel so in touch with teens where I kind of still feel like one. Which maybe isn’t a good thing for my mental health! But for my work it’s great.”


A Sprawling MoMA Show Surveys the The Wonderful World of Sophie Taeuber-Arp
In 1922, Sophie Taeuber-Arp posed what now feels like an oddly prescient question: “In our complicated times, when the struggle for existence has become so difficult, I have frequently asked myself, why conceive ornaments and color combinations when there are so many more practical and especially more necessary things to do?” Her response was, likewise, comfortingly apt: With moments of crisis, the artist argued, came the “urge to make the things we own more beautiful.”


Two Americans Fined $900 for Breaking into Rome’s Colosseum to Drink Beer
Sometimes you just really want to sip a cold one inside an ancient monument at 5:30 a.m.
According to Corriere Della Sera, a 24-year-old American and his 25-year-old friend got to meet some local Italian police officers when they were spotted inside the Colosseum hours before it opens to the public. A passerby spotted the two men sitting on an upper tier of the amphitheater at around 5:30 a.m. and called the cops. When the officers arrived, the men said that they were “just having a beer.”


The Best Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner
When it comes to picking the best wine to pair with Thanksgiving dinner, ignore the turkey.

Pairing wine with food can be tricky even when a meal is simple. On a holiday like Thanksgiving—when plates are packed with a cornucopia of mains and sides—selecting an appropriate wine can feel downright befuddling.
Rather than trying to match wines to individual flavors or dishes, go for bottles that complement a wide variety of foods. “You need wines that can blanket the entire dinner,” says Andrew Milliorn, wine steward at Mattie’s in Austin, Texas.


42 festive photos of Queen Elizabeth celebrating Christmas over the years
The royal knows how to get into the festive spirit

When December rolls around, the royal family brings Christmas cheer not just to the UK, but to the world. When Queen Elizabeth II took to the throne in 1952, she continued the tradition of making the holiday season a big part of life at Buckingham Palace. Over the years, she’s sported many festive outfits, decorated dozens of trees, and greeted thousands of eager members of the public. For a true understanding of her Christmas merriment, take a look at these photos of the Queen celebrating the festive season.


On Her 75th Birthday, See Goldie Hawn’s Best Beauty Moments
If you’re looking for next-level beauty inspiration, look no further than Goldie Hawn, who turns 75 today. Even though Hawn has never looked better, vintage photographs of the American actor are a delight to behold. Not only was her haircut extremely 2021 (think wolf cut) way back in the ’80s, Hawn has long been a proponent of a golden glow – a look that never goes out of style.


Every Heart-Warming, Hilarious And Faintly Hysterical Moment From ‘An Audience With Adele’
Adele performed tracks from 30, her first album in six years, to a starry audience at the London Palladium that included Jodie Comer, Stormzy, Grenfell firefighters and survivors, and the singer’s old English teacher. Here’s what went down on the night.


Life’s Too Short To Finish Books You Don’t Like
I recently lunched with a dear friend and fellow voracious reader on her 94th birthday. We had both absolutely adored Bess Kalb’s memoir No One Will Tell You This But Me and discussed it over baked goods, but we felt similarly lukewarm about a forthcoming royal biography. Despite our bond as like-minded bibliophiles, I broached what can be a controversial topic hesitantly: does she finish books she doesn’t like, or – I dangled an awkward silence – give up? Her answer was swift: “At my age, I don’t have time for bad books.” And, really, why should any of us?


The Platform Release Has All but Disappeared. Is That Hurting Films Like ‘Spencer’ and ‘Belfast’?
Like casual social hugs and the daily commute to the office cubicle, the platform movie release has been a casualty of the age of COVID. You remember the platform release, don’t you? It used to happen quite a bit this time of year. A movie with a major independent distributor, like Searchlight or A24 or Neon or Focus, would begin its journey down the runway, bolstered by excited media features and a healthy swell of positive reviews. At last, it would take off — in two or six theaters in New York and Los Angeles, where it would rack up a ginormous per-screen average.


Celine Honors the Late Louise Nevelson With a Wearable Work of Art
Louise Nevelson was arguably her own most special creation. A towering figure of 20th-century art, the American sculptor is remembered as much for her theatrical ensembles as for her trailblazing, room-size installations. While Nevelson, who died in 1988, routinely adorned herself in piles of jewelry collected from far-flung travels, less known is the fact that many of the totemic pieces she wore like talismans were designed and made by her in the last 25 years of her life. “These jewels were important mini sculptures,” says Arne Glimcher, the legendary New York art dealer and founder of Pace Gallery, which has represented Nevelson and her estate for 60 years. “I’m surprised it’s taken the fashion world so long to pay attention.”


The Brooklyn Museum’s New Andy Warhol Exhibition Will Take You to Church
A look inside Andy Warhol: Revelation, which observes the iconoclast’s Catholic faith and its influence on his art.

At the Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol: Revelation recasts the icon through a personal religious lens. Curated by José Carlos Diaz and organized by Carmen Hermo, and on view from November 19, 2021 to June 19, 2022, Revelation has parsed out Warhol’s spiritual depth and duality with exacting finesse—acting more as a biography than retrospective. The editing skills of both Diaz and Hermo provide a concise throughline for viewers to follow, with unexpected eurekas dabbled throughout, revealing troves of potential (and joyful) rabbit holes. By the time you leave, it seems comical that Warhol’s religious affinity isn’t already common knowledge.


What You Can Find on the Back of a Painting
The front is only half the story

The back of a painting (which is also called the verso) can be a passport for a work of art, showing where it has been during its life.
Sometimes there are actual customs stamps if a painting crossed borders, but there are also labels, wax seals, and handwritten inscriptions that record where it has been and who owned it. Each mark is a clue that reveals a little bit more about the painting’s life.
Getty recently uploaded the versos of more than 320 paintings to our online collections pages. Even if we can’t deduce what a mark means now, by sharing it publicly we hope someone will recognize it and we can better understand the painting’s history.


How London fell for Fabergé: inside the V&A’s latest exhibition
The Bolsheviks exiled him, but Carl Fabergé was beloved by British royalty and high society

Fabergé: The name conjures up images of the exquisite jewelled eggs that epitomised the Russian imperial family’s stupendous wealth. Yet in the Edwardian era, goldsmith Carl Fabergé’s popularity with British high society was just as integral to his success – which explains the title of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s next blockbuster, Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution.


The intertwined legacies of Jonathan Larson and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Jonathan Larson did Lin-Manuel Miranda the favor of making him fall in love with musicals. With Tick, Tick … Boom!, Miranda repays his debt.

Before press screenings of Tick, Tick … Boom!, the new movie based on an autobiographical musical by Rent composer Jonathan Larson, a message played. It was from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film’s director as well as the creator and star of Hamilton.
“When I was making this film,” Miranda said, “I just kept thinking, ‘What would Jonathan Larson want?’ That was my first goal.”
Miranda’s desire to stay true to Larson’s vision breathes through Tick, Tick … Boom! The film, which stars Andrew Garfield as Larson, is suffused with an affectionate protectiveness: protectiveness toward Larson, who died at age 35 in 1996, and toward Larson’s musical legacy.




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