T LOunge for December 1st, 2021

Posted on December 01, 2021

Diosmos Bar and Restaurant – Gelsenkirchen, Germany

 

A bright, sunny, stimulating LOunge is exactly what we all need today to further the illusion (or delusion) that we’re all being incredibly productive. It is WEDNESDAY, after all. They don’t call it Hump Day for nothing. Settle in, order some nosh and nibblies, and start gossiping or complaining, kittens.

 

Adele Is Getting Her Own Las Vegas Residency Starting January 2022
Who’s ready to go cry at Caesars Palace?

On the heels of releasing her new album, 30, Adele announced she’ll be hosting a Las Vegas residency from January to April 2022. Titled Weekends with Adele, the exclusive performances will run for 12 weekends at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
You can register for presale tickets starting now until 11:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 2 via Ticketmaster Verified Fan Registration here. Presale begins Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. PT. Only users who have received a unique code will be able to purchase tickets on a first come, first served basis.

 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4: Everything We Know
“We were thrilled to hear that for the fourth time, we do not have to pack up and vacate the premises,” Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino said in a joint statement. “We’d like to thank Amazon for all their faith and support, their partnership and enthusiasm, and for letting us hang with our favorite people, the cast and crew of Maisel, for a little while longer.”
News of a fourth season comes after the series earned two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, and for Rachel Brosnahan in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Musical or Comedy category.

 

Jessica Williams Wants You To Know That Rom-Coms Are Harder Than They Look
The actress talks her buzzed-about performance in Love Life season 2, portraying Black love, and letting women be stallions onscreen.

“Yeah, I’m really happy with the response that it’s gotten and mostly I’m just happy about people that say they see themselves in the show because that’s what it’s all about. I feel great when I watch something on TV or go to the movies or I hear a song and I feel myself in it. That to me is the most rewarding thing, as someone who is a person of color and a woman in this day and age. It feels incredible that there is this beautiful word of mouth happening between women that look like me and people that maybe don’t that just really relate to the show. That’s really one of the reasons why I do what I do, so that people feel seen. So, that’s incredible. I’m so grateful for that.”

 

tick, tick…BOOM! Producer Julie Oh on the Power of Jonathan Larson’s Musical
“This movie is a love letter to anyone who has made their life’s work the theater.”

“I think this movie is a love letter to anyone who has made their life’s work the theater. The days that we spent shooting “Sunday” in the Moondance Diner were a fever dream for all of us. Not only was it so extraordinary to have everyone come together at a time when theater was dark and there were no performances on Broadway, but the way that we were shooting it, the Moondance Diner stage was right next to the set for Jon’s apartment. And so, during a break, Lin, Daphne, Adam, Wilson, and I went to the set. They had been there on Greenwich Street, they recognized the details. We gave them time in that set to reminisce, and I don’t think the movie would be complete without them in it.”

 

What It Takes to Fight for Trans Kids in Texas
Activists fought to defeat 98% of the anti-trans laws the Texas legislature tried to pass this year. But that victory, Adri Perez writes, is bittersweet.

This has been a long year for trans rights—and not just in Texas. Legislatures in more than 30 states have been aggressively targeting trans communities. Though the national landscape is bleak, it is particularly painful in my home state. Texas alone accounted for more than a quarter of the anti-trans bills filed in 2021. For 10 arduous months, transgender kids and those who love them showed up time and again to testify in defense of their humanity.

 

How José Andrés Is Changing Philanthropy One Meal at a Time
The chef and World Central Kitchen founder spoke to Food Network Magazine editor in chief Maile Carpenter about Giving Tuesday and the importance of not getting too attached to even the best laid plans.

In response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, he launched World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides meals to individuals and communities in crisis. He joined humanitarian efforts on the island soon after the disaster and saw how vital reliable food prep and distribution are for effective emergency response. Since then, World Central Kitchen has delivered millions of meals to people around the globe.

 

A Return to Indigenous Mexican Cooking in New York City
A growing number of restaurants around the city are celebrating Indigenous foodways and educating the public.

Activist and chef Yajaira Saavedra, of Oaxacan restaurant La Morada in the South Bronx, is tired of seeing restaurants misrepresent Indigenous cooking.
“It really bothers me seeing people throwing ‘mole’ around like it is another ranch dressing, rather than a traditional meal,” says Saavedra. “It has history involved in it. It’s very meaningful. If we can at least give credit where credit is due, and acknowledge those foods are made by Indigenous people and belong to Indigenous people, that could help build a [consciousness].”

 

Rihanna is Officially a “National Hero” in Her Native Barbados
For a midnight ceremony on November 30 that simultaneously swore in the first-ever Barbadian president, Dame Sandra Mason, in Bridgetown, Barbados, and acknowledged Rihanna as a national hero—a step up from the ambassador role bestowed on her in 2018—the Fenty mogul arrived in a Bottega Veneta dress. The “Diamond” singer poured herself into a burnt orange resort 2022 tassel halter neck gown with brown stiletto heels, and kept her make-up minimal allowing her braids to take centre stage.

 

First Lady Jill Biden Debuts This Year’s Official White House Holiday Decorations
“As we celebrate our first holiday season in the White House, we are inspired by the Americans we have met across the country, time and again reminding us that our differences are precious and our similarities infinite,” the President and First Lady said in a joint release. “The things we hold sacred unite us and transcend distance, time, and even the constraints of a pandemic: faith, family, and friendship; a love of the arts, learning, and nature; gratitude, service, and community; unity and peace. These are the gifts that tie together the heart strings of our lives. These are the Gifts from the Heart.”

 

Julia Child Kept This Classic Bread Recipe on a Clipboard in Her Kitchen for Easy Access
Maybe this classic recipe deserves a prized spot in your kitchen, too.

Bread baking became the kitchen hobby of the moment during the pandemic. From classic dinner rolls to crusty boule to easy bagels, we learned to whip up a little bit of everything while in quarantine. If you’ve still got a bundle of yeast in the kitchen to use (or if you just want to polish your bread-making skills), you have hundreds of bread types to choose from. But there’s only one bread recipe that took up permanent residence in Julia Child’s kitchen: Pain de mie.

 

Changing the Perspective
As queer art becomes more mainstream, a group of young talents finds itself at the center of a larger cultural conversation.

A sideways glance, the locking of eyes, a wink. Historically, that was the queer gaze: furtive, coded, clandestine.
And now? In shows that sell out before they open, paintings by a group of emerging artists in New York have pulled back the curtain to let the public stare openly at queer carnality and domesticity. Same-sex intimacy no longer feels transgressive; it’s at the center of art world conversations. “The question is, will I sell the big landscape I made?” said Doron Langberg, 36, who is known for scrutinizing the male body as sensuously as Delacroix or Courbet depicted the female nude. “Because there is a movement in the art world to support queer content, something like a landscape might not sell.”

 

A New York City woman’s coffee table was discovered to be part of a dance floor from ancient Roman emperor Caligula’s party yacht
In 2013, Dario Del Bufalo, an Italian expert on ancient marble and stone, was signing copies of his book, “Porphyry,” which documents ancient and modern art pieces that utilize the reddish-purple stone the book is named after, including a photo of a long-lost Italian mosaic.
“There was a lady with a young guy with a strange hat that came to the table, and he told her, ‘What a beautiful book. Oh, Helen, look, that’s your mosaic.’ And she said, ‘Yeah, that’s my mosaic,'” Del Bufalo told “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper.

 

“Indie Sleaze” and “Internet Awesomesauce”: Meet the woman schooling TikTok on niche aesthetics
Melina Bee is the internet’s historical microaesthetics whisperer.

There is a mural at the bagel shop in my hometown that haunted me as a child. It is massive and square, composed of blob-like humanoid shapes in shades of rust and orange with tiny faceless heads, all of them inhaling swirls of piping-hot java. I remember thinking that it was sort of threatening, but what I did not realize at the time was that it was part of a much larger and slightly insidious graphic design trend with an on-the-nose name: Global Village Coffeehouse.
It was TikTok where I learned this, thanks to a video by a woman who goes by the moniker Melina Bee and who has made dozens of videos explaining similarly niche graphic design and architectural aesthetics.

 

Legendary activist and entertainer Josephine Baker joins French greats in the Panthéon
Baker has become the first Black woman to have a memorial in the famed Parisian mausoleum

The ultimate multi-hyphenate long before the term was coined, Josephine Baker – the French-American dancer, singer, actor and activist – has just had her legacy honoured by being entered into the Panthéon mausoleum.
Earlier this summer, it was reported that an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron had confirmed the news, meaning Baker was set to become the first Black woman to have a memorial in the famed Parisian monument (her body, meanwhile, will remain in Monaco, where she died in 1975 aged 68).

 

The Great ‘West Side Story’ Debate
With the Steven Spielberg film coming soon, three critics, a playwright and a theater historian weigh in on whether the musical deserves a new hearing — and how.

Since its Broadway premiere in 1957, “West Side Story” — a musical based on “Romeo and Juliet” and created by four white men — has been at once beloved and vexing.
The score, featuring such Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim classics as “Somewhere” and “Maria,” is considered one of the best in Broadway history. The cast album was a No. 1 smash. The 1961 movie won best picture and nine other Oscars. The show has been regularly revived, most recently on Broadway last year in a short-lived radical rethinking by the Belgian director Ivo van Hove. And now, this month, a movie remake by none other than Steven Spielberg.
And yet, from the beginning, the show (directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with a book by Arthur Laurents) has discomfited some audience members and critics — for its violence, its mix of tones and, especially, for the way it underscores stereotypes of Puerto Ricans as gang members. Not to mention that the 1961 movie featured the white actress Natalie Wood playing the Latina role of Maria.
Why does “West Side Story” continue to have such a large cultural footprint? Should it? Is it possible to be true to such richly emotional material and still be responsive to our moment?

 

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