T LOunge for November 9th, 2021

Posted on November 09, 2021

Grand Cafe Bar and Restaurant – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Yes, this will do nicely. Things around Chez T Lo are getting a little too real as we deal with a sick (but fine) cat and a sick (but whiny) pair of bloggers. We took Miss Miu Miu to the vet hospital yesterday so they could turn her radioactive for a little while (thyroid treatment) and in the process, we wound up both snagging a couple of colds. Only we would visit a veterinary hospital and come out the door with a new infection. Anyway, we’re absolutely fine, but because this is the first real set of sniffles and congestion we’ve had in almost two years, we’ve decided to be apocalyptic about it. We’re off to work our way through our illness, so chat amongst yourselves, dolls!

 

 

Lone Star: The Woman Who Helped Make Neiman-Marcus
Listen closely and pass the Monkey bread.

When Herbert Marcus opened a store in Dallas with his sister Carrie and her husband Al Neiman in 1907, the oil business had yet to boom and the future metropolis was still a provincial town crisscrossed with unpaved streets. But together they created Neiman Marcus, which brought high-quality ready-to-wear clothing to an eager customer base. Carrie and Al Neiman divorced in 1928, and Herbert bought out Al’s shares. Carrie continued to work at the store and became a guiding force as Neiman Marcus expanded into new markets.
It would be easy to underestimate her role in Neiman Marcus’s success; in those days women didn’t get a lot of credit for their contributions to retail empires. Her great-niece Jerrie Marcus Smith has spent years collecting stories about Marcus’s many achievements, and this month she will publish an intimate biography that chronicles how a driven young person became one of fashion’s most talented pioneers.

 

Pauline Chalamet Knows That Sex in College Isn’t About Just Sex
Talking with the star of HBO Max’s new show about the love lives of undergrads

Let’s get this out of the way first: Yes, Pauline Chalamet is Timothée Chalamet’s sister. The actress (who’s also a director, a sometime musician, and a former dancer) shares her famous younger sibling’s elfin features and bohemian New York City background. But while Timothée is off exploring the deserts of Arrakis, Pauline’s new project is a lot closer to home: She stars in Mindy Kaling’s new HBO Max comedy, The Sex Lives of College Girls.

 

She’s Running The New York City Marathon For All Afghan Women Who Can’t
Zahra first started running in 2018 at a time in her life when she was deeply unhappy at her job and working with an unsupportive supervisor. She discovered that it allowed her to feel free. “When I woke up in the morning to run, it motivated me to bear those distresses I had in my job,” she says. “It was a kind of therapy for me.”
And running continues to serve as something like therapy for her. Now, alone in the U.S. (the result of receiving the Fulbright scholarship), thousands of miles away from her family, learning about the near-daily explosions in Afghanistan and feeling utterly powerless to help, she copes by running—and on Nov. 7, she’ll be running in the 50th TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of Free to Run, one of the marathon’s 490 charity partners.

 

Hollywood Loves Books
And authors are cashing in big-time

Every year, the streaming industry becomes even hungrier for intellectual property to adapt. “What Hollywood needs is more and more content because of all the outlets,” says Knopf editor-at-large Peter Gethers, who previously ran Penguin Random House’s book-to-film department and now co-produces projects for Universal Studios, STUDIOCANAL, and Food Network. But in many cases, before studios buy the rights to a book, they “need some form of validation, so they know something is good.”
Of course, production companies, like readers, can make judgements via reviews and The New York Times bestseller list. But increasingly, producers look to celebrity book clubs to help figure out which titles could become blockbuster streaming hits.

 

35 Essential K-Pop Songs Every Fan Should Know
If you’re just getting into the super-genre, here’s where to start.

BTS, Parasite, BLACKPINK, Squid Game…South Korean content is bigger than ever around the world. Through the Korean wave, or Hallyu, Korean pop culture has become a major driver of global culture, and at the center of it all is K-pop. Every music fan should at least check out the super-genre: K-pop is one of the most innovative forms of music, drawing from sub-genres and eras from around the world to create their own sound. Not to mention, K-pop fans are never bored: idol groups and soloists typically release new music every couple of months, with comebacks bringing massive videos, music show performances, and livestreams for fans. For any K-pop newbie who doesn’t know where to start (’cause it is A. Lot.), here’s your guide to the most essential k-pop songs, from the earliest groups to the latest hitmakers.

 

On Eternals and the Glory of the Middle-Aged Female Superhero
My mind has a tendency to wander midmovie; I choreographed an entire high school dance team routine during the 1999 film adaptation of Any Given Sunday. It didn’t meander quite so much while watching Eternals over the weekend, but as it became clear that Salma Hayek’s regal Ajak was the leader of the central cabal, I attempted a mental Google search: Wait, how old is she? The same went for Angelina Jolie, who plays the Eternals’ fiercest warrior, Thena; she has a commanding presence, pulling off physical feats of battle like Lara Croft came out yesterday. It turns out Hayek is 55 and Jolie is 46, and while it’s sad to say I’m pleasantly surprised to see them shine in a notoriously ageist Hollywood…I’m pleasantly surprised to see them shine in a notoriously ageist Hollywood.

 

Education for Women and Girls Is Crucial for Climate Justice
In an excerpt from her new book, A Bigger Picture, Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate discusses the impact educated African women and girls can have on solving the climate crisis.

Educating girls is not a high-tech or new idea, and has been a pillar of global development policies for decades. In fact, you’ll likely have heard many leaders, women and men, testify to how important it is for girls to be in classrooms on an equal basis with boys. Uganda has mostly reached parity between girls and boys in primary school education. That’s an achievement, of course, but many thousands of girls and boys still aren’t in classrooms, and many girls, like my mother in her generation and some others in my extended family now, leave school before they complete their secondary education. That means relatively few Ugandan girls will attend university.

 

Gobble Up Krispy Kreme’s New Thanksgiving Doughnut Collection, Inspired by Beloved Holiday Desserts
A pecan pie doughnut? Be still our hearts!

With more to be thankful for than ever, Krispy Kreme is celebrating Thanksgiving with a new collection of four festive doughnuts available in custom “gratitude boxes.”
According to the Charlotte-based doughnut giant, 80% of Americans agree that celebrating Thanksgiving is more important this year, with nearly half of survey respondents planning to attend more Thanksgiving celebrations than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic. And what better way to celebrate our return to near normalcy than with doughnuts?

 

Get a first look at Viola Davis as Michelle Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady
See Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson as Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt, too!

Forget about the West Wing. Showtime’s White House drama will head east to retrace the lives of three memorable women in The First Lady, set for the spring of 2022. EW obtained exclusive first looks of Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson as first ladies Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt in the limited series from showrunner Cathy Schulman (Crash) and director Susanne Bier (The Undoing).
The show’s first season will focus on the personal and political lives of Obama, Ford, and Roosevelt, tracing “their journeys to Washington through an enlightening intimacy,” according to Showtime.

Remembering Alex Trebek: What ‘Jeopardy’ Lost When It Lost Its Host
“Jeopardy’s” longtime host Alex Trebek passed away a year ago today. And in the 12 months since, it’s become increasingly clear just how challenging the balancing act he pulled off was.
Trebek’s particular combination of traits as an emcee would have been impossible to specifically replicate, and the show, to its credit, knew this. (This may be one of the only things for which about “Jeopardy” in 2021 that deserves credit.) The venerable quiz show, at first, treated the rotating carnival of post-Trebek guest hosts as a way of trying out new ways the show might be. While certain of the virtues of the Trebek era were fixed, the show revised itself on the margins, every couple of weeks.

 

Does Pumpkin Pie Need To Be Refrigerated?
Whether it’s homemade pumpkin pie or store bought, learn if you need to store pumpkin pie in the fridge.

So, you’ve baked up a beautiful homemade pumpkin pie from scratch. Or, maybe you just got home from Costco and have carried a store bought pumpkin pie from the car to the kitchen. Now what? Can that pumpkin pie stay on the counter or do you need to refrigerate it? Read on to find out!

 

Lauren Ridloff Has Always Been a Storyteller
First, she conquered Broadway and television. Now, the actress whizzes into the MCU in Chloé Zhao’s Eternals.

Lauren Ridloff can’t tell you the number of times she’s been asked how it feels to be the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The performer, who brings to life the superhuman speedster Makkari in Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, has been on a whirlwind of a press cycle for the past couple of weeks, and it’s a question she’s received a lot.
“It’s been a good opportunity to take control of that narrative. [But] I wish people would ask me, ‘What was it like working with Chloé?’ or ‘What’s the most important message in the movie?’” Ridloff explained during a recent Zoom call, along with her interpreter. “They also ask me about American Sign Language, which I’m very proud to showcase. At the same time…there’s so much more to the deaf experience than being a signer. It’s how to live in a space that is for a world which is auditory. How do you share that space? I’m really interested in talking about those things.”

 

Choose Your Own Kandinsky Adventure at the Guggenheim
“Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle” takes the viewer from joy to perplexity—or the reverse—depending on where you start on the museum’s ramp.

Choose a direction for your perusal of “Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle,” a retrospective that lines the upper three-fifths of the Guggenheim Museum’s ramp with some eighty paintings, drawings, and woodcuts by the Russian hierophant of abstraction, who died in France in 1944, at the age of seventy-seven. The show’s curator, Megan Fontanella, recommends starting at the bottom, with the overwrought works of the artist’s final phase, and proceeding upward, back to the simpler Expressionist landscapes and horsemen of his early career. This course is canny in terms of your enjoyment, which increases as you go. The teeming complexities of the enigmatic glyphs and contradictory techniques that mark Kandinsky’s late phase defeat my comprehension: they are numbingly hermetic.

 

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s epic 1970 Dune storyboard is up for auction
Featuring original artworks by Moebius and H.R. Giger

Often described as the greatest movie that was never made, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune was slated to become one of the greatest cinematic feats in history. The 15-hour space epic would feature Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) as Baron Harkonnen, Salvador Dalí as the emperor, Shaddam IV, and an accompanying soundtrack by Pink Floyd. But the project ran out of funding before it could see the light of day.

 

10 Small Towns in Mexico for Natural Beauty, Arts, Culture, and Tequila
Mexico has 132 “magical towns” — here are 10 you need to visit.

There’s always a special magic about visiting a small town. The slow-paced lifestyle, a sense of community that welcomes you, long-established traditions and crafts to learn from, and dishes that tell stories. But in Mexico, there’s a special concept behind some small towns.
In 2001, the Mexican government started a program that highlighted some towns as “Magical Towns” (pueblos mágicos) for their cultural and natural richness. In order to get this fantastic distinction, a town must have historic architecture, amazing landscapes, and rooted traditions. The symbolism, legends, and history behind these places give them a unique identity worthy of being discovered.
There are 132 magical towns throughout the country, and if you’re up for an enchanting adventure, here are 10 to get started.

 

Rubens and the Inspiration of Ancient Greece and Rome
In new exhibition, paintings and drawings by Peter Paul Rubens reunite with antiquities that inspired them

Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens’s (1577–1640) passion for the classical past shaped his personal values and provided him with powerful artistic inspiration.
Rubens: Picturing Antiquity at the Getty Villa Museum, November 10, 2021–January 24, 2022, is the first exhibition to focus on Rubens’s fascination with the art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.
This single-venue presentation demonstrates some of the intriguing ways in which the innovative artist both celebrated and transformed his diverse sources, including antiquities from his own collection.

 

Why the US nursing crisis is getting worse
Burnout, vaccine hesitancy, and plum traveling gigs are making it harder for hospitals to hire the nurses they need.

Covid-19 may no longer be surging widely across the United States, but America’s hospitals are still experiencing a staffing crisis that is putting critical care for patients in jeopardy.
Hospitals all over the country are struggling, especially those in lower-population areas. A new survey of rural hospitals from the Chartis Group, provided to Vox in advance of publication, reveals how deep the problem runs. Nearly 99 percent of rural hospitals surveyed said they were experiencing a staffing shortage; 96 percent of them said they were having the most difficulty finding nurses.

 

People still can’t get enough of Princess Diana
From Spencer to The Crown to Diana: The Musical, Princess Diana is all over our screens once more.

Something about Diana seems to strike us, just now, as perfect for revisitation. In Spencer, Diana is a gothic heroine, wandering around the queen’s moldering country seat in the lonely splendor of her white evening gown, palpably aware that she has been imprisoned by her own beauty. In The Crown, she’s part innocent naif, part calculating manipulator, roller skating through the palace with her headphones on. In Diana: The Musical, she’s a put-upon girlboss, striving for global celebrity and adoration in the face of obstacle after obstacle from the recalcitrant royal family. Always, she becomes a metaphor for femininity writ large: its glamours and seductions, the way it traps and limits with its queasily close embrace.

 

Oil heiress Ivy Getty marries in fashion extravaganza wearing mirrored dress by John Galliano
The star-studded bash saw Anya Taylor-Joy as Maid of Honour and Nancy Pelosi officiating

Ivy Getty, great-granddaughter of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, might just have had the most stylish wedding of the year so far. The 26-year-old married her photographer beau Tobias Alexander Engel wearing a custom-made John Galliano dress, wearing a veil adorned with guitars and acorns, in honour of her late father and grandmother, respectively.

 

Marking a Different Thanksgiving Tradition, From West Africa
Liberian Americans have a complicated relationship with their holiday that plays out in the foods they make and the ways they reflect on a proud and difficult history.

On a pivotal day in July, a nation declared its independence. Years later, it set aside a day in November to celebrate Thanksgiving.
But while some of that new republic’s inhabitants had connections to the United States, its birth year wasn’t 1776, but 1847. The country was named Liberia by its founders, formerly enslaved Africans from the United States who returned to the continent in the early 19th century.
Today, people of Liberian descent in the United States — who in 2019 numbered about 120,000, according to the Pew Research Center — are among only a few immigrant groups who arrived with their own Thanksgiving tradition. Many have come in the past three decades, fleeing the violence and political turmoil that have torn the West African nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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