T LOunge for April 14th, 2022

Posted on April 14, 2022

Roux at Parliament Square Bar and Restaurant – London, UK

 

Kittens, it is THURSDAY. You can do this. We’re all here today in the LOunge to cheer you on as you conquer another day or goad you into avoiding same. All are welcome in the LOunge and no one gets judged, not even for being anti-social.

So. What’s on the menu for today?

 

Downton Abbey cast set to reunite in historical drama based on the ‘crime of the century’
The new series will be based on the infamous Brink’s-Mat robbery

Hugh Bonneville and Tom Cullen, who play the fictional aristos of Downton Abbey – Earl Grantham and ​​Viscount Gillingham – are to reunite for a new historical drama, The Gold. The BBC series is based on the true story of the Brink’s-Mat robbery, which is the largest gold heist ever recorded in the country, and has been described as ‘one of the most remarkable events in British criminal history’, as well as the ‘crime of the century’.

 

Power Stylists 2022: Behind the Scenes With Michael B. Jordan, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Mary J. Blige and Their Image Makers
The top tastemakers who also dress Adele and Simu Liu reveal their style secrets, from fittings to, yes, those Oscars. Plus, Law Roach makes Stylist of the Year again!

After two years of virtual awards shows and at-home shoots, the town’s most in-demand image makers returned full of gusto to in-person red carpets and all that goes with them, including capes, feathers, billowy chiffon and OTT sparkle (hello, Mary J. Blige!). “The red carpet gives people something to look at — it sparks joy. Everybody knows it’s smoke and mirrors. There’s someone behind the hair, the makeup, making sure the lighting is just right, but the fantasy of it all is what keeps bringing us back,” says Law Roach, THR‘s Stylist of the Year (for the second year running) and the mastermind behind Zendaya’s internet-shattering ensembles and Venus Williams’ spectacular looks. Adds Selena Gomez’s stylist, Kate Young, who invited THR inside her downtown Manhattan stilettos-filled studio for a fitting with the Only Murders in the Building star: “It was nice to think about shoes! I feel like everyone wears slippers on Zoom.”

 

100 Years on, Designers Are Still Learning From Sonia Delaunay’s Optimistic Use of Color
If you watch fashion like I do, you’ll have noticed that the sheer volume of trends has produced a sort of nostalgia-driven decade mania. Today almost every era is simultaneously in, though there are spans that rise to the surface. In this new decade, designers have so far focused on the early ’00s, reviving things like midriff tops and low-rise jeans. They’ve also found cultural parallels between the 2020s and the 1920s. The Roaring Twenties weren’t all about flappers and bathtub gin. What fueled the escapism and the explosion of culture of that period was, to a large extent, the incomprehensible horrors of the First World War.
Those wanting to get a sense of the era might spend some time (online or in person) with the Sonia Delaunay exhibition that’s currently on view at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Delaunay was one of the artists at the center of the change and innovation in the arts in the 1920s. Born Sara Élievna Stern in Ukraine, she was raised by her uncle in Russia, studied in Germany, and moved to Paris, where she met and married Robert Delaunay. Together they instigated an art movement based on color and rhythm known as Orphism or Simultanism (Simultané).

 

A Glimpse into Forever Elizabeth, a Visual Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor
See never-before-released images of the legendary actress’s life through the years.

Featuring a collection of never-before-seen images, Risko’s Forever Elizabeth: Iconic Photographers on a Legendary Star (ACC Art Books) offers an intimate glimpse into what it was like to work with Taylor. Photographers Douglas Kirkland, Milton Greene, Gered Mankowitz, Norman Parkinson, Eva Sereny, Terry O’Neill, Gary Bernstein, and Greg Brennan each share personal memories with Taylor in the book.
Taylor’s lasting magnetism is, in part, due to her undeniable beauty. (Her softer, more refined features redefined beauty standards set by earlier stars like Ava Gardner.) But more than that, it’s about her womanhood. “My mother idolized her because she was a real woman, not just a pin-up,” Risko writes in the book’s introduction. “She showed us every aspect of what a real woman experiences throughout her life and, along with being one of the most beautiful women to ever walk the planet, I think that’s a big reason why we love her.”

 

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is Robin Thede’s Playground
As the comedy returns for a third season, the showrunner, writer, actor, and producer shares her typical day on set and why ABLSS is “beautiful place of joy for us to create.”

Now returning for season 3, which premiered Friday, ABLSS has gone bigger than ever, with outstanding production value and over 40 new luminary guest stars including Wanda Sykes and Ava DuVernay. Thede is also busier than ever, developing new content under her overall deal with Warner Bros. and running her own production company while making the comedy show. In the middle of a busy day as writer, showrunner, executive producer, and star, Thede says that all the pressure melts away as she’s performing a scene as one of her gut-busting characters.

 

Jennifer Lopez’s Netflix Documentary Halftime to Open 2022 Tribeca Film Festival
The festival is kicking off with the premiere of the film at the United Palace in Washington Heights on June 8

“Halftime offers an intimate peek behind the curtain revealing the grit and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is, from her performances onscreen and on stages around the world, to her Super Bowl Halftime show, to the recent Presidential inauguration,” said the Tribeca Film Festival in a news release.
“The documentary focuses on an international superstar who has inspired people for decades with her perseverance, creative brilliance, and cultural contributions. And it’s only the beginning. Halftime serves as the kickoff to the second half of Lopez’s life, as she lays bare her evolution as a Latina, a mother, and an artist, taking agency in her career and using her voice for a greater purpose.”

 

Ginsburg’s art, fur coat, awards in auction to benefit opera
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so liked the caricature that accompanied an article about her that she got a copy from the artist and hung it in her Supreme Court office.
That signed and inscribed print by artist Eleanor Davis is among 150 items from Ginsburg’s office and home at the Watergate in an online auction to benefit opera in Washington that will end in late April.
An earthenware plate by Pablo Picasso that hung in Ginsburg’s dining room, a black mink coat with her name sewn in a pocket and a souvenir vase from the Capitol luncheon following former President Barack Obama’s first inaugural also are up for auction.
The sale could raise $50,000 to $80,000 for the Washington National Opera, one of the late justice’s passions. She took part in at least three productions over the years, including a speaking, but non-singing, role for one night in 2016.

 

Everything We Know So Far About Feud: Capote’s Women
The second installment in Ryan Murphy’s Feud series will feature the story of Truman Capote and his swans.”

The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s Feud anthology series will focus in on Truman Capote and his famous female friendships. Following the success of 2017’s Feud: Bette and Joan starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis, Feud: Capote’s Women will star Oscar nominee Naomi Watts as Babe Paley.
Feud: Capote’s Women is based off Laurence Leamer’s bestselling book. Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era.
Capote’s Women by Laurence Leamer tells the story of how Truman Capote befriended society women Barbara “Babe” Paley, Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli, Slim Hayward, Pamela Churchill, C. Z. Guest, and Jackie Kennedy’s sister Lee Radziwill—then betrayed these women for a story he was writing.

 

How Quinta Brunson, Creator and Star of Abbott Elementary, Is Satirizing School While Supporting Real-Life Teachers
What kind of response has the show gotten from real-life teachers?
For the most part, teachers are really enjoying the show. It was important to us that teachers were the first people to see it, and them coming up to us after and being like, “Oh, my God, I’ve never seen anything like this, I’m having such a good time,” was so special. Ultimately, I just want them to laugh. That’s important to me, and I love that some teachers are starting to make suggestions of things they would like to see. We’re just a 22-minute TV show, so we can only show so much, and there have been some teachers who have said that they don’t know if they can watch the show because it’s a little triggering for them. I understand that; if it’s not comfortable for them, I don’t want them to feel forced to watch. It’s not an easy job, right? They might not want to come home and watch their job again, and I respect that fully.

 

These Are America’s Next Great Food Cities
Creativity, innovation, diversity, and deliciousness are the hallmarks of America’s seven most exciting up-and-coming destinations for food lovers. Plus, we shine a light on four smaller cities punching well above their weight with their vibrant food and drink scenes.

It’s an exciting time for food in America. The culinary landscape in cities big and small around the country has matured exponentially in the past two decades, a shift that has been thrilling to experience and to taste. The immense challenges of the last two years in particular have seen many chefs, restaurateurs, and makers leave bigger urban centers and return to their smaller home cities. This returning talent, plus a new generation of entrepreneurs, are spurring a burst of creativity, innovation and deliciousness in under-the-radar destinations all over the country. It is these destinations that make up Food & Wine’s inaugural list of the next great food cities: the seven most exciting big cities, plus four smaller towns with populations less than 60,000 that have big food scenes. Each city profile highlights local chefs, restaurants, producers, pop-ups, retailers, food halls, markets, distillers, brewers, incubators, and more that make up the dynamic and diverse food culture of each place. Here are the 11 food cities worth traveling for in 2022. — Melanie Hansche

 

The Fresh Hell of Modern Dating
The dating landscape in contemporary media is often lacquered with the sheen of an after-school special. The familiarity of dating apps and awkward sexual dynamics portrayed on screen can feel embarrassing and more like a hackneyed caricature of its realities: there is a reliance on the technological aspect as a trope, and the myriad of ways to visually depict texting and apps that can feel dated only months later. Television series like Fleabag or Master of None were perhaps timely when they were released, but upon revisiting, they offer little emotional sustenance or grit when it comes to their portrayal of modern dating culture. As though there is a script everyone insists on adhering to, the list of “shocking” heterosexual dating revelations depicted on screen is often the same. Maybe there’s an unsolicited dick pic, a lesson in kink, or a scene of a woman scared of walking home at night. As a single woman, viewing this kind of media served an unpleasant reminder of how terrible dating can be, and worse—it seemed as if no one really knew how to write it. It is clear that genre is ripe to skewer, but in what direction?

 

Manu Ríos Brings the Chaos to Elite
As casually gay as Elite is, Ríos is mindful that it’s still an abstraction of reality. “It’s so very important but I think with this type of show, which a lot of teenagers and young people see, you have to keep in mind it’s not 100 percent reality,” he says. “Obviously, we talk about a lot of important topics and we give visibility, but it’s still a show and everything is super extra. But I feel proud to be a part of Elite.”
There’s a campiness to Elite that has always felt in keeping with the stylings of Pedro Almodóvar. Though the show’s color palette is far less gaudy, it shares the director’s unbridled approach to queer sex. Season five pays tribute to the filmmaker’s oeuvre when several couples consummate their relationships during a drive-in screening of Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Ríos says he is a fan, not least because he and Almodóvar were both born in the town of Calzada de Calatrava.

 

The Best Virginia Wineries to Visit
With over 300 wineries and a reputation for high-quality production, Virginia has become one of the most unexpected and exciting wine-producing states in the country. With a varied terrain, a wide range of terroirs, and a grape growing and winemaking culture as passionate as any, Virginia has raised itself to the upper echelons of American wine. From familiar varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, to less widely known ones like Viognier, Norton, and beyond, Virginia, as the state’s tourism tagline goes, isn’t just for lovers; it’s for wine lovers, too. These 10, listed alphabetically, are a great representation of what makes Virginia wine so exciting. — Richard Nalley

 

A Brief History of Atlanta’s Booming Beauty Industry
The Hollywood of the South, the hip-hop capital, Black mecca: Atlanta is many things, not the least of which is a bright, bustling cradle for beauty innovation — and industry.

Atlanta’s history as a beauty hub and incubator dates back to the 1930s, and another Morehouse College student. On his paper route, Nathaniel Bronner Sr. also made deliveries for his sister’s salon. He soon realized he was distributing more hair products than newspapers, and in 1939, after graduating from Morehouse, Nathaniel went on to get a second degree — from the Auburn Avenue campus of Sarah Spencer Washington’s Apex Beauty College. Eight years later, Bronner and his brother Arthur launched a hair company and its accompanying Bronner Bros. Beauty Show.
“If you think about everything taking place in Harlem during the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, the same
thing was taking place on Auburn Avenue [in Atlanta],” says hairstylist Ricci de Forest, curator of the city’s Madam C.J. Walker Museum. “But New York has the weight of being New York, so Atlanta doesn’t get the same name recognition.”

 

Old-school homophobia is back
Why anti-LGBTQ laws and accusations of “grooming” children seem to be everywhere now.

The feedback loop of anti-LGBTQ legislation and “grooming” discourse reveals new dimensions to the conservative movement’s efforts to stymie the progress of recent years: Some members of the political right see opportunities to wield their advantages in the nation’s increasingly conservative courts against LGBTQ people — and opportunities to claw back the ground they’ve lost in the culture war as Americans’ opposition to discrimination grows.

 

Elon Musk is no free speech messiah
According to Musk, free speech costs about $3 billion.

A few days ago, Elon Musk asked his 81 million followers, “Is Twitter dying?”
Musk calls himself a “free speech absolutist” — opposed to any restrictions on what someone can say online — and he has indicated he thinks the social media platform is heading in the wrong direction on the matter. Musk, as the CEO of two major public companies, has faced backlash and even legal repercussions for his impulsive tweets that have misled investors and caused his companies’ stock prices to fluctuate.
Now, he’s Twitter’s largest shareholder after buying a 9.2 percent stake in the company. The move has prompted whirlwind speculation around why Musk has bought such a large stake and what the future holds for Twitter.

 

The Most Flavorful Easter Ham Starts on the Stove
Want to avoid a dry ham? Wary of too many boiled eggs? Genevieve Ko has solutions for two common Easter entertaining challenges.

Easter brunch, at this phase of exhaustion and uncertainty, should taste like something special and feel like a real accomplishment in the kitchen — like a soufflé, but without the tricky timing and nervousness. Not hosting the annual meal over the past few years has given me a chance to rethink the particular challenges it presents, namely how to keep presliced hams juicy and what to do with all those dyed, boiled eggs.

 

Returning to Florence With ‘the World’s Most Opinionated Guide’
After two years, travel is at last opening up — the perfect time to look at this classic Tuscan destination with new, less jaded eyes. For a fresh perspective, let the critic and novelist Mary McCarthy be your guide.

“Almost nobody comes to see Donatello’s ‘David’ in the Bargello, the first nude statue of the Renaissance,” lamented Mary McCarthy in 1959 in “The Stones of Florence,” a masterpiece of American travel writing. A famously contrarian critic, she believed that Michelangelo’s David was overvalued, and, writing for a postwar generation of American travelers, wanted them to appreciate an earlier sculptural tradition.
Certainly, few saw Donatello’s “David” during these last two pandemic years, but he is having his moment now, just as travel restarts — Florence has opened a spectacular exhibition, which stars his creator. “Donatello, The Renaissance” will be in the Palazzo Strozzi and the Bargello Museum until July 31, and it is the kind of exhibition you might cross an ocean to see.

 

Virtually untouched Gilded Age Manhattan mansion goes on sale for $33 million
A piece of history in a modern city

A Beaux-Arts mansion in New York City, which was built between 1901 and 1903 for the banking heir, sportsman and automobilist, James Franklin Doughty Lanier II, and his socialite wife, Harriet Lanier, has recently gone on sale for $33 million (approx £25 million). Situated in the Murray Hill neighbourhood of Manhattan, the lavish property includes 12 bedrooms, a reception hall, three powder rooms, a private courtyard, and a library.

 

This Female-produced Texas Parade Is One of the Largest and Oldest in the U.S. — See the Incredible Photos
The Battle of Flowers Parade at San Antonio’s Fiesta festival is a celebration of the city’s many cultures and a source of hometown pride — and it’s produced entirely by female volunteers.

San Antonio’s biggest festival, Fiesta, wrapped on Sunday, April 10, after a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The founding event for the 10-day festival is the Battle of Flowers Parade — one of the oldest parades in the United States. While the origins started in 1891 to honor those who fought in the Battles of San Jacinto, Alamo, and Goliad for the independence of Texas as a republic, the current-day celebration brings all of the city’s cultures together for a festive explosion of hometown pride during the spring season.

 

 

 

 

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