T LOunge for January 12th, 2022

Posted on January 12, 2022

Noru Rooftop Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – West Java, Indonesia

 

Lorenzo’s feeling the need for a space that’s all Cool Urban Chic (his very favorite kind of space) today and since it’s WEDNESDAY, who can say he’s misguided in that desire? This feels right. Let’s have cocktails while the breeze hits our face from a hundred stories up and the sounds of traffic are like the tinkling of bells, so far removed from it all are we. Let’s float above it all like rich people. Find a spot that allows you to display your best angles under your optimal lighting conditions and call it your own for the day. We say you’ve earned it and you know how we tend to be right about these things.

 

Neve Campbell Is Still the Reigning Queen of Scream
Twenty-five years after the iconic slasher premiered, there’s a new installment—and Sidney Prescott is all grown up.

If you came of age in the late ‘90s, there’s a good chance Neve Campbell’s signature chestnut bob and concerned, piercing gaze defined your formative cinematic experiences. Perhaps you saw her play a shy burn victim-turned-witch in the cult classic The Craft. Or maybe you watched, in total awe, as she kissed Denise Richards while portraying a manipulative outcast in Wild Things. And if both of those performances somehow passed you by, there’s no way in hell you didn’t see her star as Sidney Prescott, the ultimate final girl in Wes Craven’s iconic slasher, Scream, and its sequel, Scream 2. Interestingly, all four of those movies came out within a two-year stretch, between 1996 and 1998, solidifying Campbell as one of the decade’s biggest—and most talked-about—stars.

 

Kindred: What We Know About FX’s Octavia E. Butler Adaptation
FX has put in a series order for Kindred, an adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s seminal 1979 novel. Watchmen producer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will serve as showrunner while Zola director Janicza Bravo is executive producing and helming the pilot episode.
Like its source material, Kindred the series follows a young Black woman named Dana, a budding writer who moves to Los Angeles and finds herself thrown back and forth in time between present day and a 19th-century plantation that has mysterious links to her and her family. According to FX, “An interracial romance threads through her past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront the secrets she never knew ran through her blood, in this genre-breaking exploration of the ties that bind.”

 

Portraits of Holocaust Survivors Commissioned by Prince Charles to Be Displayed in Buckingham Palace
A BBC documentary has also been made about the creation of the exhibition which will be on display in the Queen Gallery starting at the end of this month.

Prince Charles became Patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in 2015, taking over from the Queen. And this year, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27, the future king has commissioned portraits of seven Holocaust survivors to be displayed at Buckingham Palace.
“As the number of Holocaust survivors sadly, but inevitably, declines, my abiding hope is that this special collection will act as a further guiding light for our society, reminding us not only of history’s darkest days, but of humanity’s interconnectedness as we strive to create a better world for our children, grandchildren and generations as yet unborn; one where hope is victorious over despair and love triumphs over hate,” the Prince said in a statement today. A royal source said he has been working on the project since March 2020 and the portraits will be displayed in the Queen’s Gallery starting January 27 in an exhibition called Seven Portraits: Surviving the Holocaust.

 

What Happened to the Men of Sex and the City?
The men were always beside the point on Sex and the City. Despite dissecting them down to their semen over brunch, the truest love was between the core four, and as Carrie narrated in the final moments of the original series finale, “the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself.” The HBO Max sequel And Just Like That, however, is taking the idea of extraneous men to an extreme, all but reducing the guys to pharmaceutical pamphlets on aging. In the scant scenes in which they appear, Steve (David Eigenberg) can’t hear Miranda, or his son’s enthusiastic thrusting, through his faulty hearing aid; Harry (Evan Handler) is due for a colonoscopy; and Big is dead. Not to emphatically ride for middle-aged cis white males, but in a series that aims to tackle the complexities of women getting older, the men are getting short shrift.

 

Practical Ways to Set Boundaries (And Stick to Them) in 2022
At the start of a new year, after shaking off the post-holiday slump, attention soon turns to matters of self-improvement. Diets. Dry January. Digital detoxes. Although all of the above can be helpful as quick fixes, rarely do they give you the tools to cope, in the long run, with whatever lies ahead. So, what’s the alternative? Well, one way to help you navigate life’s turbulent waters and nurture your physical mental health is by setting effective boundaries.

 

Why It’s Time to Finally Dye Your Hair That Fantasy Color, According to Pro Daniel Moon
What the world needs now is more color—and pro-to-the-stars Daniel Moon is supplying droves of it one dye job at a time. “Take the leap, have fun with it!” is Moon’s guiding mantra inside his cult downtown salon Hair Los Angeles—fittingly located in the Arts District—where treatments are designed to defy Mother Nature on every front. Think: Fluorescent color, extreme saturation, and even swirling prints and patterns. This is, after all, the man who helped pioneer the hair graffiti trend with the kaleidoscopic neon murals he’s created on the heads of everyone from Kanye West to Adwoa Aboah. Despite the ongoing global pandemic—or perhaps because of the cathartic visual self-expression people are craving to counter it—Moon, who also counts Kristen Stewart, Kid Cudi, and Madonna (Madge once likened his work to Basquiat) as clients, has been busier than ever.

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Planning a Winter Wedding
Have your heart set on a winter wedding? It’s an unorthodox choice—nearly three quarters of weddings take place between May and October—yet if done correctly, a beautiful one. The season, after all, arrives with so many emblems of romance: roaring fires, snow blanketed landscapes, cozy yet chic fashion, crimson blooms. . . this writer could go on.
But the question is: how do you execute an ethereal affair during the less traditional—and likely cold—time of year? Vogue reached out to two wedding planning companies that specialize in chic cold-weather affairs: 42 North, based in Northern Massachusetts, and Bluebird Productions, located in Aspen. They had many dos (like heaters) and some don’ts (like skimping on heaters). And they all agreed on one thing, summed up best by Bluebird’s founder Virginia Frischkorn: “Winter weddings are magical.”

 

These Chef-Approved Two-Ingredient Power Combos Will Add Layers of Flavor to Everything You Make
Soy sauce is great. Soy sauce plus condensed milk is a game changer.

Want to streamline your pantry? Embrace versatile, powerhouse ingredients that introduce dramatic contrast or add stabilizing balance. After polling dozens of chefs across the country, we found that three clear favorites emerged—soy sauce, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard. Paired with just one other ingredient, they bring the “power” to “power couple.”

 

United States Mint Begins Shipping First American Women Quarters™ Program Coins
The United States Mint (Mint) has begun shipping the first coins in the American Women Quarters (AWQ) Program. These circulating quarters honoring Maya Angelou are manufactured at the Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. Coins featuring additional honorees will begin shipping later this year and through 2025.
“It is my honor to present our Nation’s first circulating coins dedicated to celebrating American women and their contributions to American history,” said Mint Deputy Director Ventris C. Gibson. “Each 2022 quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of accomplishments being celebrated throughout this historic coin program. Maya Angelou, featured on the reverse of this first coin in the series, used words to inspire and uplift.”

 

How the Chinese Language Got Modernized
Faced with technological and political upheaval, reformers decided that Chinese would need to change in order to survive.

So what accounts for the longevity of Chinese civilization? Leys believed it was the written word, the richness of a language employing characters, partly ideographic, that have hardly changed over two thousand years. As Jing Tsu, a scholar of Chinese at Yale, observes in “Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern” (Riverhead), China had long equated writing “with authority, a symbol of reverence for the past and a talisman of legitimacy.” This is why mastery of classical Chinese used to be so important. To become an official in imperial China, one had to compose precise scholarly essays on Confucian philosophy, an arduous task that very few could complete. Even Chairman Mao, who incited his followers to destroy every vestige of tradition, proudly displayed his prowess as a calligrapher, establishing himself as the bearer of Chinese civilization.

 

18 Outstanding Cheesecake Recipes
Creamy, tangy, and rich, cheesecake is a timeless dessert that we can never get enough of. While we love a classic cheesecake recipe with graham cracker crust, there are also plenty of other delicious versions that we’d happily make again and again — including Justin Chapple’s No-Bake Peaches and Cream Cheesecake, and Marcela Valladolid’s Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. Read on for more of our best cheesecake recipes.

 

Novak Djokovic admitted to attending an interview and photoshoot while COVID-positive, and said his agent accidentally ticked the wrong box in his immigration form.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The tennis star also attended a children’s sports event while waiting for the results of his COVID-19 PCR test on December 17.
Djokovic had his visa revoked when he arrived in Australia after border authorities said he “failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia.” A transcript of his interview with border agents revealed that he had tested positive for COVID twice — the other time being in June 2020.
But the decision to cancel his visa was overturned on Monday by an Australian court. However, the country’s immigration minister could still opt to have him banned from entering the country for up to three years.

 

Janet Jackson Is Still in Control
A pop superstar for 30-plus years, janet jackson could easily rest on her laurels. But, as robin givhan learns on a visit to london, the queen of control is still firmly in the driver’s seat.
Control, her third album, released in 1986, set Jackson on the trajectory toward stardom. It was a full-throated Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis production in which she declared her independence. Jackson stepped away from the overarching authority of her parents — specifically her father, Joe Jackson — and set out to craft her own public image and career.
It was her way of announcing that if she was going to do this music thing, she would do it her way. Music had not been her earliest desire. She wanted to be an entertainment lawyer. She wanted an intellectual adjacency to an industry that had been conquered by her brothers as The Jackson 5 and then later by Michael Jackson, King of Pop.

 

Judge Rules U.S. Cheesemakers Can Still Make ‘Gruyere’
Despite its affiliation with Switzerland and France, a U.S. District Court found that Americans view Gruyere as a style of cheese, rather than a region.

After a lengthy legal fight, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Gruyere cheese does not have to come from the area in or around Gruyeres, Switzerland in order to be labeled Gruyere, writing in his decision that Americans don’t associate that cheese with that town. The Interprofession du Gruyère and Syndicat Interprofessionel du Gruyère — the associations that represent Swiss and French Gruyere, respectively — filed the lawsuit after they were denied trademark protection for the word “Gruyere” last year.

 

Stop calling workers “low skill”
Essential workers aren’t “low-skill,” they’re low-wage.

“My low-skill workers, my cooks, my dishwashers, my messengers, my shoe-shine people, those who work at Dunkin’ Donuts — they don’t have the academic skills to sit in a corner office,” New York City’s new mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference, stirring up controversy less than a week into office.
The remarks were part of a broader plea to employers urging them to bring remote workers back to the office and arguing that work from home was harming small businesses across the city. But in doing so, he referred to in-person, service sector workers as “low-skill workers.” Those remarks rankled some, including US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, state Sen. Jessica Ramos, and a number of other commentators who reacted negatively to the pejorative connotation of “low-skill.”

 

Virtual reality is reality, too
Philosopher David Chalmers on the significance of digital worlds and why we’re maybe living in a simulation.

As long as humans have been around, we’ve been trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not. You find some version of this question in virtually all of the world’s great philosophical traditions — from the West to the East — and the answers are often surprisingly not that clear.
It’s even harder today because the world has become much more complicated. On the one hand, we all have a pretty decent idea of what’s real in our own lives. Whatever we can see, feel, or touch seems real. Our experiences, our thoughts, our relationships — they all seem real. But sometimes our senses can deceive us, so how do we really know?
And what about the virtual world — is that real? Are our experiences online real in the same way that the car I drove this morning, or the chair I’m sitting in now, are real? Or what about our beliefs and our emotions and our values? Are those real, too? Or do they fall into some other category?

 

The most significant royal portraiture through the years
As a trio of photographs by Paolo Roversi of the Duchess of Cambridge are hailed as ‘iconic’, Tatler looks back at other remarkable images of the Royal Family and why they were so captivating

The Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding, 1947
Down to various quirks of history, the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and Prince Philip’s wedding portrait was the first of an heir apparent in half a century. Her father, King George VI, had not originally been expected to take the throne, being the second son, while his elder brother, the Duke of Windsor, did not marry until after he abdicated. So it is unsurprising that the nature of the image is totally different to the one of her grandfather, King George V, then the Prince of Wales, and his wife, Mary of Teck, which was taken during the Edwardian period, when photographic subjects were rather more sombre. Instead, Princess Elizabeth and her handsome husband positively beam at each other, a happy indicator of their blissful 73 years of marriage.

 

The Visions of Penélope Cruz
She already felt a mystical connection with the director Pedro Almodóvar. For their seventh collaboration, “Parallel Mothers,” she gave her all, even collapsing after one scene.

You have to wonder if Penélope Cruz manifested her first phone call from Pedro Almodóvar. As a young girl growing up in Madrid, she watched Betamax tapes of his movies over and over, hoping that the Spanish auteur might find a place for her in his bright and bold world. She dreamed about it so often that the day he did phone her about a role, it didn’t even feel like the first call — it felt like the tenth, or the hundredth, from someone she already knew very well.
That bond was further confirmed when Almodóvar summoned her to his apartment to read scenes. Cruz was still a fledgling actress — it was 1992, and her first two movies, “Jamón Jamón” and “Belle Epoque,” had only just come out — but as she batted lines back and forth with the far more established Almodóvar in his kitchen, their connection couldn’t have been more natural.

 

Discover Miami’s Eclectic Bakery Scene
The area’s culture revolves around a good pastry and coffee from the diverse selection of bakeries, many of which draw inspiration from the Caribbean and Latin America.

The Covid-era spike in fancy-restaurant openings by out-of-town operators has been central to Miami’s renown as a boom town. But if you’re searching for what makes eating distinctive in this bustling metropolitan area, you won’t find it at the Michelin-starred sushi pop-up at Thomas Keller’s place in the Four Seasons Hotel.
Instead, explore Miami’s diverse array of bakeries. What you’ll discover — French-style pastries, Mexican conchas, Jamaican patties, Venezuelan cachitos — is a window onto the region’s many connections to the world outside. In this American capital of the Latin-American and Caribbean diaspora, artisan bread-baking thrives, pastelitos outnumber croissants and guava is a common denominator.

 

 

 

 

 

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