T LOunge for April 21st, 2022

Posted on April 21, 2022

The Ivy Bar and Restaurant – Exeter, England, UK


Your manly hosts find themselves in need of a space that’s bright and fun and stimulating on lush; not just because it’s THURSDAY and we could all use the boost, but also because we are both sick as dogs at the moment (but covid-free, according to a rigorous battery of testing). So while we drag our asses out to the content fields to try and piece together some distractions for you today, please enjoy these hand-selected surroundings and the accompanying buffet of distractions to be found below.


Dolls Are Ruling 2022
From the American Girl Cafe to Megan Fox’s Bratz-inspired looks, dolls are suddenly everywhere. Kristen Bateman investigates our collective fascination with the beloved children’s toy.

The culture of dolls, it seems, is everywhere. In February, the New York Times reported that the American Girl Cafe has become a go-to destination for the influencer set. Elsewhere, TikTok star Hal.Baddie has popularized the term “dolls” for her legion of 320.5k followers. Megan Fox recently got Bratz doll-inspired nails, a new season of Russian Doll is out this month, the New York Historical Society has a new exhibition centered around Black dolls, LoveShackFancy just collaborated with American Girl Dolls, and all over the runway, there were doll references both implied and direct, from Simone Rocha’s indelible tutu dresses to Celine Homme naming its fall/winter 2022 collection “Boy Doll.”
But why now? During the pandemic, at some point or other, we likely all experienced longing for something different or new—a pronounced feeling of wanderlust.


Hey Mr. Arnstein, Here She Is! Beanie Feldstein Stars In The Funny Girl Revival
The show, which opens on April 24, is back on Broadway for the first time in 58 years.

She first assumed the persona of comedian Fanny Brice at her third birthday party, wearing a leopard-print outfit made by her mother. Now Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein is reprising the role for a much larger audience in the revival of Funny Girl—back on Broadway for the first time in 58 years, with a revised book by Harvey Fierstein and directed by Michael Mayer. Channeling the iconic figure—“on Broadway and not in my family’s backyard,” Feldstein has said—has been a lifelong dream come true.
Jane Lynch, who portrays Brice’s strong-willed mother, Rosie, in the run (which opens April 24), is another childhood Funny Girl aficionado. The original cast recording is the first music she remembers listening to as a kid. Back then, she recalls, “I played every character. I actually knew every breath of the album.”


Funk Music Taught Me How to Be an Environmentalist
Driving through the aftermath of yet another unprecedented hurricane, Ko Bragg realized the funk music of her childhood best describes the climate crisis facing her and her loved ones today.

Funk came to be around the same time, with James Brown’s release of “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” in 1965. Three years later, he released what became an anthem used in racial justice movements for decades: “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.” He took soul music, which came alive in the 1960s especially with the establishment of Motown Records, to the dance floor.
Meanwhile, environmentalism as a social cause was taking root, blossoming into a full-fledged movement in the ’70s and ’80s. Environmentalism as a social movement built upon the momentum of the ’60s; later, in the courts, the Civil Rights Act would be used to bolster environmental racism suits.


Saying “I Do” For The Second Time? These Wedding Dresses Are Perfect
You’ve said “I do” once before, but this time it’s going to be even better. Having gone through the stress of the unknown the first time around, a second wedding is a chance to tweak things to exactly how you want them. It’s also a chance to get creative in terms of what you wear. The perfect and best second wedding dress may be an easier opportunity to eschew tradition and wear whatever makes you feel your best. Whether you want something sleeker than what you wore the first time around, or you’re looking to add a hint of color when you walk down the aisle, consider this your chance to embrace your personal style (after all, who can forget Kim Kardashian’s cutout Givenchy design for her second nuptials to Kanye West).


Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in May 2022
Spring is upon us, and with it comes a general sprucing up of streaming options. If your hay fever’s gotten the best of you, don’t worry because Netflix is back with a whole new crop of TV and movie options that are guaranteed not to make you feel bad about spending a beautiful day indoors.


What Exactly Goes Into the Met Gala Seating Chart?
Every successful party planner knows the key to a good event is good company. Eaddy Kiernan, the woman tasked with organizing Vogue’s Met Gala, takes that concept to a whole new level while masterminding the seating chart for the high-profile event that attracts hundreds of actors, singers, and society swans each year.
“We actually start with a seating document when the names come together in December,” Kiernan says. “The actual seating chart doesn’t come together until about a month before the event, when we get a sense for the layout of the room, and the flow of the evening.”
Her objective? For guests to have fun—and perhaps to make fruitful, or even unexpected, connections in the process. “We really try to think very carefully about who’s sitting next to each other,” Kiernan says. “Our ideal pairing would maybe be two people who we think will just get on like a house on fire, but who may not even realize that they have a lot in common. So with each person, we really do take time to think, ‘What will they talk about?’”


Untangling the Complex History of One of America’s Most Popular Cocktails—The Mint Julep
Millions of Mint Juleps are likely consumed across America on Kentucky Derby weekend. This is the totally unexpected story of the classic cocktail.

The Kentucky Derby is just a few weeks away, which means that a great swath of the American population will be donning elaborate hats and brightly patterned bowties, and imbibing their body weight in Mint Juleps for most of the day on May 7th.
The first time I attended the Derby, I was amazed by how early in the day that totemic cocktail was mixed—the big race isn’t until late in the afternoon, which meant that attendees had ample opportunity to consume more than their fair share of them. I still wonder how anyone was standing by the time Steve Buttleman called the horses to post on his bugle: According to the Kentucky Derby’s website, between the Kentucky Oaks (held the day before the big race) and the Derby itself, nearly 120,000 Mint Juleps are consumed on-site.


This Meteor Shower Hasn’t Been Seen Since 1861 — and It’s Happening This Week
Get ready for spring’s first display of shooting stars.

Stargazers will want to look up on Thursday night into Friday morning to witness the first meteor shower of the season above the northern hemisphere.
Will we see shooting stars? In clear skies it’s likely, though this specific star show — the Lyrids meteor shower — is not the year’s most prolific.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the meteor shower from its history to optimal viewing times.


10 Secrets of Machu Picchu
Hiking the Incan Trail to the ancient stronghold of Machu Picchu sits at the top of many travelers’ wish lists. The sacred citadel — which sits perched high up in the Andes Mountains — was “discovered” (as much as an outsider can discover a local historic site) in 1911 by an Indiana Jones-type Yale professor named Hiram Bingham. He was led to the ancient city, which was built around the 1450s, by a local boy and was understandably stunned by the beauty and grandeur of the abandoned site.


Frosted Grape Pop-Tarts Are Coming Back to Feed Your ’90s Nostalgia
And this time around, the previously discontinued flavor is joining the permanent lineup.

Pop-Tarts come in a lot of flavors. In 2019, when we ranked all the flavors we could find, we grabbed 21 boxes in total. And if you head to the brand’s website right now, 32 different varieties are listed. (You can rate them there, too, which was news to me!)
With that many options, in an era when limited-edition offerings are all the rage, not all flavors will last forever. But sometimes, even Pop-Tarts can admit they may have been a bit hasty when pulling a flavor from store shelves. And this week, the toaster pastry brand has decided that Frosted Grape Pop-Tarts should be returned to their full-time status.


Queen Elizabeth’s new birthday portrait honours her equestrian background
The monarch, who turns 96 years old, posed with two of her fell ponies

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 96th birthday by honouring her late husband, Prince Philip, and her lifelong love of horses.
The Royal Windsor Horse Show released a new birthday portrait of the monarch, captured by renowned landscape photographer Henry Dallal, who has previously photographed the queen and her horses.
The portrait shows Her Majesty standing in between two of her fell ponies, Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale, on the grounds of Windsor Castle. She holds the reins of her ponies while dressed in a deep moss green coat.


Robert Morse, ‘Mad Men’ and Broadway Star, Dies at 90
Robert Morse, who translated Broadway stardom into a film career in the 1960s, then re-emerged decades later as one of the stars of “Mad Men,” has died. He was 90.
Writer-producer Larry Karaszewski, who serves as a VP on the board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, tweeted news of Morse’s death on Thursday.
“My good pal Bobby Morse has passed away at age 90,” he wrote. “A huge talent and a beautiful spirit. Sending love to his son Charlie & daughter Allyn. Had so much fun hanging with Bobby over the years – filming People v OJ & hosting so many screenings (How To Succeed, Loved One, That’s Life).”
Morse was Emmy nominated five times for playing the sage Bertram Cooper, the senior partner at the advertising firm that was the focus of AMC’s prestigious series “Mad Men,” from 2007 to 2015. In 2010, he shared the SAG Award that “Mad Men” won for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.


The TikTok Subcultures Shaping Fashion Right Now
Prada, Miu Miu, Dior, Simone Rocha, and many more high fashion brands are taking cues from the clowncore, twee, and indie sleaze communities.

In 2021, the pandemic elevated style subcultures like never before. Blame it on social distancing, but for many, experimenting with an extreme look or two became a form of escapism. As a result, more people began expressing themselves by dressing up on TikTok and beyond. There were Goths, punks, Dark Academia kids, cottagecore stans, and scores of other subcultures thriving both online and IRL.


The Very Public Private Life of Andy Warhol
Warhol’s diaries, the subject of a new Netflix series, detail almost everything the artist did. But do they tell us anything about his art?

Starting in 1976, Andy Warhol kept a daily diary—meaning, since Warhol was dyslexic, and since he preferred having assistants perform the labor for his works, that he dictated it over the phone to a writer named Pat Hackett. Hackett had showed up at Warhol’s studio in 1968, a few months after Warhol was shot and nearly died, and got a job transcribing Warhol’s phone conversations. She would become his principal co-author, ghostwriter, or some combination of both.
In the beginning, the reason for keeping a diary was to make a record of Warhol’s daily cash payments. Warhol tried to deduct pretty much everything—takeout food, cab fares, all his shopping purchases and entertainment expenses—on his income-tax returns. This got him into trouble with the I.R.S., which seems just, unless we believe, as many people believe, that Andy Warhol’s greatest work of art was Andy Warhol. In that case, every dollar he spent on himself was properly a business expense.


THC, in every snack you can think of
The bizarre, bountiful state of weed snacks, from olive oil to shrimp chips.

Traditionally, “edibles” are often associated with baked goods like homemade pot brownies, which can be somewhat unpredictable in terms of dosing and quality. You might’ve encountered some variety of gummy candy in recent years, wrapped in aggressively colorful packaging that promises to bring the consumer of its contents to another planet. These days, though, the THC snack marketplace looks very different — chips and candies and chocolates and cocktail kits and other products that are meant to get consumers high without smoking a puff — and it is blossoming into a cornerstone of American relaxation and consumption culture.


From ‘magic’ rubies to a palm tree made of pearls: the extraordinary gifts given to the Queen over the years
Presents for the dogs
As an ardent dog lover and corgi enthusiast, anyone looking to purchase a gift for the Queen should consider her devotion to her canine companions. According to reports, the Queen has succeeded in acquiring many dog gifts over the years, including a knitted tea cosy depicting Her Majesty alongside her corgis, as well as a bar of Tilley’s dog soap.





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