T LOunge for May 18th, 2022

Posted on May 18, 2022

Savage Garden Bar – London, UK


Huzzah, it’s Wednesday. Time for cocktails. Please enjoy today’s fabulous surroundings while you sip. And feel free to sample from our Buffet of Distractions, lovingly curated just for you. We’re off to the content pastures to bang on pots and rustle up some celebrities in expensive borrowed clothes. Such is the life we’ve chosen for ourselves.


‘Star Trek’ Franchise Gets Its First Female Composer as Nami Melumad Visits ‘Strange New Worlds’
“Star Trek” has always been known for its progressive casting on screen. But over seven live-action series and 13 movies dating back more than half a century, the science-fiction franchise has never had a woman composer – until now.
Nami Melumad, who has been scoring the animated “Star Trek: Prodigy,” has stepped up a notch and is scoring weekly episodes of “Strange New Worlds,” the new Paramount Plus series that chronicles the voyages of the pre-Captain Kirk Enterprise.


Joe Alwyn Is Pretty Normal After All
The Conversations with Friends star is known for being unusually quiet on the subjects of fame and Taylor Swift—but also maybe he’s just being British.

I wonder if Alwyn has realized that the proverbial scales which balance his work and personal fame could be about to become much more evenly weighted? “I find it quite hard to jump ahead and think about what might happen,” he says. “Working on this show, which is so highly anticipated by so many people, we all had to just keep our heads down and not think about that.”
Celebrity tends to mean something different to Alwyn’s generation, who came of age when becoming “famous for being famous” was the norm. Like me, he grew up in a British media environment where contestants on shows like Big Brother and Pop Idol (Simon Cowell’s British predecessor to American Idol) were being declared “stars” overnight by the tabloids, only to disappear months later. Survey after survey would show that most young people wanted to be “famous” when they grew up, regardless of what it was for. Fame was no longer about doing something, but being someone.


At All Costs
A chronic disorder drove Fariha Róisín to seek out the traditional healing practices of her South Asian heritage. What she discovered was a wellness industry that made them nearly impossible to access.

Growing up in a time when all information about the body had to be blindly assigned by a medical professional was difficult when you had a chronic condition that confused others. Somatic intuition was seen as quackery, and if I tried to describe the workings of my insides to doctors, they’d spend more time gaslighting me than actually listening to my perceptive wisdom. Sickness was common for not only me but also my sister, and we spent most of our teens turning our bodies into litmus tests for our own survival.


Chloë Sevigny Is the It Bride in These 3 Ultra-Cool Wedding Looks
Because one just isn’t enough.

No one does New York City cool quite like Chloë Sevigny.
Over the weekend, the actress, filmmaker, and longtime It girl married her art gallery director husband, Siniša Mačković, again—two years after the couple initially got hitched in a private courthouse wedding and welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Vanja. For the star-studded fete, Sevigny distilled her signature style into three major bridal looks.
First, Sevigny walked down the aisle in a sheer ruffled dress from Glenn Martens’s Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture spring/summer 2022 collection. She wore her hair slicked back in a low bun and carried a thin bouquet of calla lilies tied with a pink ribbon.


Cartier Unveils a Hit Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art
After feeling like the world shrank to the size of a laptop screen for the past two-plus years, there exists a very real desire to be around tangible objects—especially when they happen to be really big jewels. So when “Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity” made its North American debut—and sole North American stop—at the Dallas Museum of Art last weekend after garnering rave reviews at Paris’s Musée Arts Decoratifs in November, the timing was perfect.
What’s on view there now: more than 400 objects, including iconic Cartier pieces (some never before exhibited publicly) and works of Islamic art from local and international collections. The idea, DMA co-curator Sarah Schleuning said, was to interrogate how ideas move across cultures through trade, travel, trends, and “what it means to be inspired.” It works, elegantly juxtaposing Cartier designs with the influences of Louis J. Cartier—a renowned collector of Persian and Indian paintings, manuscripts, and other objects—and his younger brother Jacques, a frequent traveler to India and Bahrain.


Building Blocks of Flavor
In some cases, the spices we celebrate today are a direct result of persecution. The cayenne-flecked hot sauce that my taste buds crave—and the use of chili peppers in general in the United States—has its roots in slavery. Cayenne and later tabasco peppers—and hot sauce in particular, though at the time it was called pepper vinegar—was given to Africans as a tonic to keep them healthy enough to work. The pantry has given us the power to transcend these rotten roots. The pantry is the soul of the diasporic kitchen, where hardship has been alchemized into, for my money, the richest, deepest, most delicious flavors of the world. It all begins here.


Laura Linney Will Miss “Getting to Explode” As Ozark’s Wendy Byrde
The star and the showrunner, Chris Mundy, look back at how Wendy grew from “just the wife” to a cunning mastermind all her own.

Laura Linney can’t quite bring herself to say goodbye to Ozark and its ever cunning—and dangerous—matriarch, Wendy Byrde, a portrayal for which she’s earned two Emmy nominations. Maybe that’s why she’s yet to watch the hit Netflix drama’s much-discussed ending. Or maybe it’s because she’s busy being a mom to an 8-year-old and preparing to leave the country to embark on the next stage of her illustrious career.
“It’s kind of bittersweet. We’re all so proud, and we’ve all had such a good time together, and I think we’re all very aware of what a rare situation it was. So there’s not a second that has been taken for granted…. The reality that this group will probably never be reunited again is always really hard. When you’re in it, you never think it will end. And then, when it’s over, it feels very far away.”


My America
In his latest book, chef Kwame Onwuachi explores the foods, flavors, and family traditions that compose his experience of what it means to be an American.

Show me an America made of apple pie and hot dogs, baseball and Chevrolet, and I won’t recognize it.
My America is a country of countless flavors and endless adaptation. The Bronx, where I grew up, contains multitudes: the Jamaicans of Gun Hill Road, where my father, himself half Jamaican and half Nigerian, lives; the West Indians from Wakefield; the Puerto Ricans and Dominicans of the south side, where I lived with my mother and sister; and countless more. With language, music, fashion, and, most importantly, food, they proudly proclaim that though they belong there, they are from elsewhere.


Passion project: we meet the Royal Ballet stars of Like Water For Chocolate
The Royal Opera House is transforming the magical Mexican love story into a spirited ballet adaptation

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has wanted to adapt the story for years. “I was introduced to the movie first, in 1993, and I remember falling in love with the characters in the film, and particularly with the strength of the leading women. I love the combination of the intimate domesticity of the tale, and how Tita’s power is woven into it,” he says. “And food does speak to me in an emotional way; I’ve always been attracted to the idea of cooking as an art form. In a sense, we’re all alchemists, we’re all trying to make something that people will connect to.


Princess Diana’s Wedding Tiara Is The Star Of A Beguiling New Exhibition
Since the 19th century, tiaras have served as sparkling signifiers of transition. Traditionally a bride wore her “family fender” to mark her change of status from a daughter to a wife, thereafter wearing the headpieces of her husband’s family. Diana broke protocol though. The Spencer tiara remained a firm favourite for formal events throughout her marriage. Since then, it’s made only rare appearances at private family weddings – until this month, when it stars in Sotheby’s Aristocratic Jewels exhibition of 46 tiaras, celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the largest collection of headpieces exhibited for decades.


Jacob Elordi And Rosamund Pike Will Play English Aristocrats In Emerald Fennell’s Follow-Up To Promising Young Woman
Her feature directorial debut earned her an Oscar and now the British multihyphenate’s next film, Saltburn, looks set to establish her as an industry heavyweight. Here’s everything we know so far.

Since winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2021 for her fiery feature directorial debut, Promising Young Woman – not to mention becoming one of only eight women to be nominated for the Best Director prize in the Academy’s 94-year history – the filmmaker has collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on his reimagined Cinderella, but has so far refrained from returning to the director’s chair. That will change with Saltburn, which she is directing, writing and producing. We’re crossing our fingers for a surprise cameo too – in her first film, Fennell appeared in a hysterically funny uncredited role as the host of a make-up tutorial video that her vengeful heroine Cassie (Carey Mulligan) takes cues from.


I’ve Been A Couples Therapist For 35 Years; Here’s What I’ve Learnt About Making Relationships Work
Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learnt is also the simplest. Disappointment in our partners, and in love itself, is inevitable, and how we deal with that can shape the success, and failure, of our long-term partnerships. Despite this simplicity, it took me years to really understand that feeling let-down is unavoidable, and even more years to bear it.
In my office, as I meet the couples who come for help, all day long I listen to their dissatisfactions and disenchantments – it’s the bread and butter of being a couple psychotherapist.


Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick on Life in New York and Sharing Top Billing: “We’ve Never Spent This Much Time Together”
The married (and famously private) co-stars of the Broadway hit ‘Plaza Suite’ sit down for a rare joint interview about their respective work — including HBO’s ‘And Just Like That’ and Netflix’s upcoming series ‘Painkiller’ — their 30-year relationship and their lifelong commitment to Manhattan.
First of all, I’m rarely on social media. [Matthew’s] not on it at all. I’m on Instagram, and I have a very conflicted relationship with it. Obviously, we’re aware that people have opinions, and there will be peripheral chatter specific to the HBO show. We care that they’re engaged and enjoying it, flipped out, upset, thrilled, devastated, but you can’t have a result in mind and then try to back into it with the writing. That would just be awful. And that would be like riding a bike with a gang of 10 million. Michael’s not afraid of chatter. There’s just so much out there, so if someone’s talking about us — which they were apparently every week with recaps and breakdowns — Michael’s like, “You can’t beg for that [kind of attention]. So let’s keep doing what we’re doing.”


Through a Lens, Documenting Indigenous Culture
Matika Wilbur is attempting to photograph every federally recognized tribe in the U.S.

In 2012, the photographer Matika Wilbur, 38, packed her cameras, sold everything and bought an RV she named “Big Girl.” Ms. Wilbur, who is Swinomish and Tulalip, peoples of coastal Washington, spent the next 10 years on the road exploring contemporary Indigenous identity through portraits and oral histories — a series that would collectively come to be called “Project 562.” (The title refers to the number of federally recognized tribes at the start of her journey. Current total: 574, though that number changes regularly.)


This Beach in France Is the Most Instagrammed in Europe — With 3 Magnificent Arches and Emerald-green Water
Étretat Beach in Normandy, France, is the most photographed beach in Europe, according to data pulled from Instagram.

European summer just hits differently. It’s chic, it’s laid back, and it’s a seaside party second to none — which makes it little surprise that its beachside scenes are the stuff of Instagram dreams. But which one is most photogenic of all? The Thinking Traveller, a company that offers access to exclusive villas and stunning luxury homes all over the globe, did the math to find the most Instagrammed beach in Europe.





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