Quintessenza Bar at RG Naxos Hotel – Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
Wakey, wakey, kittens! Lorenzo figured today’s LOunge needed to be bright and stimulating because it’s THURSDAY and we could all use a little shot of adrenaline as the finish line looms on the horizon. Please sample freely from today’s artisanally curated buffet of distractions and tell us how you’re doing. Or sit in the corner and sulk! We won’t judge.
You Can Stay In Carrie Bradshaw’s New York City Apartment For $23 A Night
Airbnb teamed up with Warner Bros. to recreate the Sex and the City star’s iconic home.
In Manhattan, it’s practically a rite of passage to visit an apartment owned—in the television universe, at least—by a fictional character. There’s Rachel and Monica’s apartment from Friends, the Waldorf penthouse from Gossip Girl, the Seinfeld abode, Ted’s man cave from How I Met Your Mother, and Marnie’s Chinatown studio from Girls. The Jeffersons held court on east 85th, while Mad Men’s Don Draper boasted the address 136 Waverly Place. But perhaps no fictional apartment was as beloved—or as enviously unrealistic—as the one belonging to Sex and the City’s freelance sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw.
A perfect symbol of its era, the one-bedroom, rent-controlled Upper East Side brownstone cost $750 a month and included a walk-in closet the likes of which is and was unfathomable to most Manhattanites. The square footage wasn’t the pinnacle of penthouse luxury, no, but it still cemented Carrie as a pedigreed socialite, someone at the beguiling intersection of thrifty and fashionable. Everything from her shelves of vintage magazines to her tastefully matted art prints said something about her cooky-yet-chic viewpoint. It was easy to get swept into her world.
Fran Drescher Says The Nanny Is Having a Moment
And she’s open to a reunion with the cast.
The hallmarks of a successful and powerful woman look different to everyone. But in the words of Fran Drescher’s beloved character Fran Fine from the smash hit ’90s sitcom The Nanny, “When you look good, you feel good.”
These are words I’ve carried with me and lived by ever since I grew up watching the female-led sitcom starring Drescher: a strong, independent, and funny-as-hell Jewish woman who paved the way for others like her.
But that sentiment never read like vanity to me. In fact, something about reflecting your insides with your outer appearance felt powerful; it allows you to take control of your own narrative. Which is exactly what Drescher did and taught me to do.
Gwyneth Paltrow Just Re-Wore Her Iconic 1996 Red Velvet Suit
The actress stepped out in an updated version of the Gucci look.
Gwyneth Paltrow is eternally peaking, and she just further proved that with a bout of sartorial nostalgia. She just re-wore her Gucci suit from 25 years ago, and if that’s not iconic, I don’t know what is.
The actress-turned-business woman sported one of her most beloved looks for the Gucci Love Parade show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. She originally wore the bright ruby velvet suit, designed by Tom Ford for Gucci in 1996, at that year’s VMAs. This new version of the vibrant ensemb
le was designed by the fashion house’s current creative director Alessandro Michele, and made its debut at their 100-year anniversary show in April 2021.
I’m A Jaded Journalist. Why Was I Nearly Fooled By NXIVM?
The sex-trafficking cult tried to recruit me seven years ago—thankfully, I was too depressed to follow up.
“Cults will use whatever language they need to get you,” says Sarah Steel, who hosts a podcast with the excellent name “Let’s Talk About Sects.” “They draw you in and make you feel like it’s this really welcoming community, and it’s all kinds of wonderful. And then, once you’re invested in it, you start to sink maybe a bunch of money or whatever other things into it, and this kind of cost fallacy starts to kick in.” Aka, in for a penny, in for a pound.
If you’d asked me just a few months ago if I ever could have been drawn in by a cult, I would have laughed. But as I try to reconstruct who I was back then, and why I responded with anything but repulsion to Mack, I’m ashamed.
Thank God Nathalie Emmanuel Never Quit Acting
The actress talks Army of Thieves, landing her first leading role, and the time she almost stepped away from her day job.
The actress has a penchant for epic stories. She’s starred in Game of Thrones and the Fast & Furious franchise and, for the romantics, the Four Weddings and a Funeral reboot. With Army of Thieves, she enters the Zack Snyder cinematic universe for yet another large-scale project with a major fanbase. She’s also set to star in a modern adaptation of Dracula, called The Bride, which she’s filming now in Budapest. Could a superhero movie be next? “I’m happy just to do it one time,” she says.
The 25 Best Black TV Shows Ever
Clear your schedule. You have some binge-watching to do.
Last year, Netflix announced the only thing that could save 2020: They were bringing Black sitcoms from the ’90s and the early aughts to the streaming platform. Sister, Sister, along with Moesha, The Game, Girlfriends, The Parkers, Half & Half, and One on One once again graced us with their presence on the small screen. Gone would be the days of watching old episodes through low-quality YouTube videos as we all attempted to take back any piece of childhood we could grab. Now, we had the world at our fingertips, and all felt right again.
But as much as I wish this weren’t true: the bliss caused by Netflix is only temporary. Many of us have a binge-watching problem and can go through seasons like it’s nothing. So while we were reliving the glory days, thoughts kept creeping up: what would we do after we were done? So we created this list to narrow things down for you (and us), so that the next time you stare at your TV screen in a panic, unsure what to watch, you can turn to this handy-dandy list. If you’re looking for a top-notch Black TV show, you’ve come to the right place.
Style for the Ages
To celebrate Gucci’s 100th birthday, six luminaries at six different stages of life offer their sartorial wisdom.
Creative Director Alessandro Michele has commemorated the big birthday with a special collection called Aria that seamlessly blends Gucci’s past, present, and future, encompassing modern takes on archival designs and splashy pieces with marabou trim, crystal accents, and exaggerated silhouettes.
With that timeless, celebratory spirit in mind, we tapped six luminaries across art, film, fashion, and television at six different life stages to model pieces from Gucci’s most recent collections. For each of them—actresses Anna Baryshnikov, Zoë Chao, and Natasha Lyonne; artist Sanford Biggers; model turned activist Bethann Hardison; and fashion icon Iris Apfel—clothes are much more than something to put on every day; they are a vital tool of self-expression, armor, a way of moving through the world. Here, they sound off on style, Gucci, and the fashionable moments that lie ahead.
Starbucks Announces New Holiday Drink and Cup Designs
This year’s cup designs are all “gifting-inspired.”
Much like pumpkin spice season, the winter holiday season seems to come earlier every year: We’ve practically reached the point where you’re supposed to rip off your Halloween costume and slip right into an ugly sweater. To wit, this year, Starbucks waited a mere three days into November before announcing their holiday plans – four new cup designs and a new winter beverage alongside returning favorites – all launching tomorrow… making the season bright before the end of Daylight Saving Time has even made the winter dark.
Visiting Native Land: The Importance of Considering Whose Land We’re on When We’re Traveling
This Native American Heritage Month, Travel + Leisure is celebrating Indigenous culture, sharing stories about the art, traditions, and cuisine of Native people. We’re reflecting on the significance of Native lands in the past, present, and future, and learning how to be mindful visitors in these places, at home and on vacation.
No matter where you travel in the United States (and more widely, North America), you’re visiting the ancestral territories of Indigenous people. November is Native American Heritage Month — a time to honor the history and culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians by celebrating their contributions, learning their true history, raising awareness about current issues impacting Indigenous people, and supporting their communities.
At its most meaningful, travel can be an educational tool that deepens our understanding and respect for places, cultures, and people different from our own. This November, whether you travel across the United States or stick to your hometown, visit big cities or one of the country’s national parks, make an effort to learn about your destination’s first inhabitants.
A24’s New Book Catalogues the Golden Age of Movie Merch
The film premieres of our current era are missing one key detail that those of the 1990s and early 2000s had in spades: inventive movie merch. In exchange for their attendance at premieres for blockbusters like Jaws, Austin Powers, and Billy Madison, journalists and attendees would be gifted with custom swag: Baseball caps, fanny packs, jackets, even sets of false teeth (for Austin Powers), were distributed to all who wanted them. And, it turns out, many people did want them—and they still do. Now, such ephemera goes for hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of dollars, on resale sites, and have become the stuff of film industry legend.
Pennsylvania Has an Amazing New Charcuterie Trail: Here’s Where to Go
Pack a cooler and get ready to eat your weight in soppressata, bologna, and elk jerky.
In Paxinos—located in central Pennsylvania—stop into Masser’s Farm Market for soupie, the local nickname for the Italian dry sausage soppressata, and head to Kowalonek’s Kielbasy in nearby Shenandoah for a taste of the polish sausage. In Marianna, Heritage Craft Butchers serves their house-made liver sausage called braunschweiger on a 150-year-old charcuterie table, and in Philadelphia, shoppers can visit the 82-year-old DiBruno Bros. to taste prosciutto, salami, and Italian pepperoni. They’re all stops on Chopped, a Charcuterie Trail, part of a series of Pennsylvania’s four recently-launched culinary trails.
“When many people think of the word charcuterie, they’re usually thinking fancy meats,” says Mary Miller, a cultural historian and professor who spent two years researching and developing the new trails. And while some stops do feature luxe charcuterie, the trail also includes cured meats that are more rustic—like Kielbasa shops started decades ago by Polish immigrants and Lebanon Bologna care of Pennsylvania Germans. The aim is to highlight and honor the state’s past, and to make sure these food traditions continue.
“Harryween” & The Problem With Boys In Dresses
Despite being exceedingly hot, charming, and charismatic, I’ve never had as many gay men in my DMs as when I posted about Harry Styles’s cover for the December 2020 issue of American Vogue. For his maiden cover story, Styles wore a variety of traditionally female garments, including skirts and dresses with tux jackets, and a Harris Reed Victoriana crinoline. I briefly mentioned Harry’s perfect breaking-wave of a quiff and dozens of men (nearly all queer to some degree) flooded my DMs. (If anyone asks, I don’t officially read them.) As straight people on Twitter bemoaned the death of masculinity, as they called for society to “bring back manly men”, the main critique from my adamantly woke messengers was that Harry was undeserving of the cover, that Harry in a dress was boring and yawnsome, and that platforming Harry Styles took something away from anyone who wasn’t already white, cis, and straight.
Janet Jackson Super Bowl Scandal Set As Latest New York Times Doc For FX/Hulu
Back in 2004, Janet Jackson made headlines for a wardrobe malfunction during her Super Bowl halftime performance with Justin Timberlake. Now, the controversy will be the subject of a new FX/Hulu documentary called Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson.
The scandal, known as “Nipplegate,” happened when Timberlake ripped a piece of Jackson’s outfit and exposed her breast during the broadcast to millions of viewers. However, the New York Times-produced documentary — directed and produced by The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty’s Jodi Gomes — will attempt to reexamine the moment through rare footage and interviews.
‘Eternals’ Star Lauren Ridloff on Playing Marvel’s First Deaf Superhero and the Need to ‘Normalize Subtitles’
When Lauren Ridloff saw Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” for the first time at a special screening on the Disney lot in October, the actor began to cry before the movie had even started. The COVID pandemic had delayed the Chloé Zhao film for a full year, but for Ridloff — the first deaf actor ever to play a superhero in a studio feature film — the wait had been much longer.”From the deaf and hard of hearing community, the response has been very positive. I feel like a lot of people are thrilled just to see a deaf person of color in the movie. But also what I’m seeing is deaf and hard of hearing people are really taking this opportunity to push for more [movie] subtitling, and I’m just thrilled that that’s happening. I think it is an important conversation that we need to continue to have. We just need to normalize subtitles. Right now, all of us are so visual, and we’re so dependent on text — a lot of hearing people are. You text on your phone, you look at text on social media. So why not allow that to infiltrate the movie theater? Why don’t we just start incorporating text into subtitling in movies. I think everybody truly would benefit from it on the screen. It really would help.”
Gal Gadot Joins Disney’s ‘Snow White’ Live-Action Remake as Evil Queen
Gal Gadot is in final negotiations to portray the Evil Queen in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Snow White,” a source close to the project confirmed to Variety.
Gadot will star opposite “West Side Story” breakout Rachel Zegler, who was cast as the classic princess in June. Since Gadot is primarily known for her heroic work in DC’s “Wonder Woman” franchise, her turn as the Evil Queen will give the actor a chance to show a more wicked side to her oeuvre.
Would you donate to a charity that won’t pay out for centuries?
A new philanthropic initiative aims to act as an insurance policy for humanity’s future.
A French mathematician once tried to make fun of Benjamin Franklin. He wrote a spoof of Franklin’s economic views, joking that he’d probably do something super weird, like leave money in his will for charity but stipulate that it has to sit collecting interest for hundreds of years before it can be spent.
Franklin knew this was intended as mockery — but he thought it was a brilliant idea. In 1785, he wrote to the mathematician, Charles-Joseph Mathon de la Cour, to thank him for the inspiration. Then he drafted a will leaving £1,000 each to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia, but stipulating that the money be invested for 100 years, with part of it being disbursed after that and the balance to be distributed completely in 200 years.
It worked out great: In the 1990s, Boston got around $5 million and Philadelphia $2.3 million, all to be spent on charitable causes.
Facebook is backing away from facial recognition. Meta isn’t.
The social network is scaling back facial recognition, but similar technology could show up in the metaverse.
Facebook says it will stop using facial recognition for photo-tagging. In a Monday blog post, Meta, the social network’s new parent company, announced that the platform will delete the facial templates of more than a billion people and shut off its facial recognition software, which uses an algorithm to identify people in photos they upload to Facebook. This decision represents a major step for the movement against facial recognition, which experts and activists have warned is plagued with bias and privacy problems.
What You Remember About ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
Listening to the album. Singing along at the show. And wearing a loincloth to play the title role. All fresh in our readers’ minds in the 50 years since.
Fifty year ago, “Jesus Christ Superstar” landed on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theater, and the careers of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Ben Vereen would never be the same. Responding to a recent article celebrating the anniversary, nearly 400 readers shared their own memories of hearing, seeing or acting in the show, then and since.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” was my first Broadway show. I had been listening to the double album for months when the time finally came for us to go: Me, my best friend, Stacy, and her magical Aunt Joanne. Stacy’s aunt took us — two 10-year-old kids — from Long Island to Times Square. I was breathless watching the cast sing all the songs I knew by heart, and had to keep myself from singing with them. And when King Herod appeared in heels higher than any platform shoes I’d yet seen in the early 1970s, I laughed with the best of them and felt oddly at home. RUSSELL KALTSCHMIDT
The Rose Queen of Texas
In the rose capital of the United States, a tradition wrenched off track by the pandemic is back and in full bloom.
Early on a recent Saturday, the townspeople of Tyler staked out spots along the Texas Rose Festival parade route. Marching bands boomed, convertibles honked, and T-shirt guns fired into the cheering crowd. Fourteen floats bore coteries of young women in whimsical, garden-themed gowns that wouldn’t have been out of place on the set of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The Apache Belles, a local dance troupe dating back to the 1940s, shouted, “Tyler, Tyler, we are the best!”
But the best, in fact, was yet to come. As the penultimate float rounded the bend near the high school football stadium, there was a flurry of excited whispers. Spectators craned to see past the twirling batons and John Deere tractors. A little girl tugged on her mother’s sleeve and pointed to a pink blur in the distance. “Here she comes!” she said. “Look, it’s the queen!”
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