T LOunge for May 4th, 2022

Posted on May 04, 2022

Villa Kellermann Tim Raue Bar and Restaurant – Potsdam, Germany


Darlings, here’s a gorgeous space from which to view the world outside safely and fabulously. Today is WEDNESDAY and we don’t know about y’all, but we could use something soothing and pretty right now. We’re off for another round of Met Gala commentary, so feel free to start a tab and make your way through our buffet of distractions.


The True Story of How Marilyn Monroe Met Queen Elizabeth
An excerpt from a new biography tells the tale of an incredible night when the two stars collided.

On Monday, October 29, 1956—as the looming Suez Canal crisis dominated the headlines—Marilyn Monroe was to meet the Queen. When the day dawned, the actress was once again absent from the set of The Sleeping Prince, and while it is impossible to say if she had prior permission to have the day off, those keeping tabs on her timekeeping wrote down her absence as “Not available.” It is doubtful that the movie even crossed Marilyn’s mind that day, as her full attention was on readying herself for the evening ahead. These preparations included hours of hairstyling with Gordon Bond, and then her make-up was applied. Lastly, it was time to slip into a gown that would make headlines around the country.


What Abortion’s Past Can Tell Us About Our Future
In 1970s Spain, the writer Sarah Schulman found herself a part of a hidden organization of women committed to providing abortion care.

In 1979 when I was 21, I dropped out of the University of Chicago. Instead of paying my tuition, I used my student loan check to buy a one-way ticket to Luxembourg and started a journey south. My plan was to stop for a few days to visit friends, who I had met some years before during a high school student exchange program, in Albi, a town of about 80,000 in Tarn, France. We were sitting in their garden when the phone rang. The rapid Spanish-speaking voice on the other end was Maria-Theresa, who they had also met as exchange students in Madrid. She was pregnant and heading to France to get an abortion. In fact, she was arriving the next day.


Pachinko‘s Jin Ha on Why Playing Solomon Is the Hardest Job He’s Ever Had
“What else is there for us to make in art, but to tell stories that haven’t been told yet?” Ha asks.

When he first found out he landed the role of Solomon, Ha texted Steven Yeun, a fellow Korean American actor who has starred in The Walking Dead and the Oscar-nominated film Minari, among other projects. The two are part of what Ha describes as a small group of friends of Asian American creatives, a cohort that has been an “incredible source of healing for me in the past several years.”


Torn Apart By War, Ukrainian Women And Children Try To Rebuild Their Lives Abroad
As the Russia-Ukraine conflict drags on, those forced to flee to Poland are now facing the idea that their displacement might not be temporary.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 3.8 million people—mostly women and children—have fled to neighboring countries, with the majority taken in by Poland. The government and armies of volunteers have been working quickly to help ease the newcomers’ transition back to normalcy: securing them places to live, issuing them identity cards, and assisting them with employment and enrollment in school.


Remembering Ron Galella, “Paparazzo Extraordinaire”
Born in 1931 to Italian immigrants, Galella’s attraction to beauty and creativity started at home in the Bronx, where his mother, explains Geoffrey Croft, a photographer and editor who worked closely with Galella, “was very much into glamour and fashion.” Movie-going was an important aspect of the Galella family’s life, as it was for many Americans, perhaps especially those who lived through the Depression. Dreams came true on the silver screen even for those born without proverbial silver spoons in their mouths. Fan magazines, for whom Galella would eventually sometimes work, recounted the Cinderella-like transformations of regular people—like the orphaned Marilyn Monroe or the sassy Brooklynite Mae West—into idols.


Recreate the 2022 Met Gala Dinner With These Recipes
Not everyone can attend the Met Gala dinner–but now, everyone can enjoy it. The chefs behind this year’s menu—Lauren Von der Pool, Melissa King, Marcus Samuelsson, and Amirah Kassem— are sharing their recipes for the delectable dishes served on fashion’s biggest night.
Each simultaneously honored their own style and the theme of “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” when coming up with their culinary contribution. For cocktail hour, Von der Pool put a vegan spin on the classic American finger food of deviled eggs, opting to fill Yukon potatoes instead. (“These hors d’oeuvres speak to the grandmothers and the aunties who have created many of the American recipes that we all know today,” she tells Vogue.) Meanwhile, Melissa King (winner of Top Chef: All Stars) spiced things up with her appetizer of hamachi crudo with olives and Sichuan chili in citrus broth. “I wanted to create a dish that embodied the beautiful mix of vibrant cultures and ethnicities of immigrants that make up the DNA of America today,” King told Vogue.


The most popular Downton Abbey inspired baby names might surprise you
If you’re expecting, it’s likely that you’ve spent hours and hours trawling the internet looking for the perfect baby names. Whether you’re looking for something a little regal – think royal-inspired baby names – or vintage old fashioned baby names for something a little different, it can feel like an overwhelming task.
You might even want to take inspiration from your favourite films and TV shows, in which case there are some beautiful monikers to be found in this list of Bridgerton baby names.


Daniel Radcliffe Becomes ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in Trailer for Roku Original Biopic ‘Weird’
Daniel Radcliffe inhabits the frizzy-haired, mustachioed persona of “Weird Al” Yankovic in the new teaser trailer for the Roku original film about the parody artist, which is coming to the platform’s free streaming channel this fall.
Roku released the teaser for “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” produced by Funny Or Die and Tango, at its 2022 NewFronts presentation Tuesday. Yankovic co-wrote the film’s script with Eric Appel, who is also directing. The movie will stream on the Roku Channel this fall, with no release date set yet.


‘Wizard of Oz’ Violin Could Fetch $20 Million at Auction
A 300-year-old violin, reputed to have been played on the Oscar-winning “Wizard of Oz” score, will go on the auction block next month and could fetch as much as $20 million.
The rare Stradivarius belonged to Odessa-born Toscha Seidel, widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, famed for his rich tone and emotional intensity.
Estimates are that the violin could bring between $16 million and $20 million at auction, partly because of its excellent condition and partly because of its history. There are about 600 Stradivarius violins in existence worldwide; the highest price paid for a Strad was $15.9 million in 2011, so the Seidel instrument could mark a new world record.


The Triumph Of Sophie Turner
With a new HBO show, The Staircase, and a second baby on the way, 2022 is set to be Sophie Turner’s year. She tells Lottie Lumsden how she found her way.

Turner grew up in Chesterton, a village in Warwickshire, with her parents, Sally and Andrew, and two older brothers. In her spare time, she attended a local theatre group, but landed the Game of Thrones job through her school. She would travel to Belfast every June for six months to film her scenes, at first with her mother as a chaperone and then, after she turned 16, alone. The rest of the year, she’d go to school as normal. ‘I never really felt like I was doing anything different,’ she says. ‘People would be going away on really long holidays over the summer… and I’d go to Belfast to work.’


‘Another Terrible Band’: Two Rock Hall Voters Get Candid About Their Ballots
There’s no real middle ground when taking a stance on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Upon its annual shortlist and official induction announcements, people tend to critique the supposed sanctity of its ever mutating nominee slate or — rightly so — lament its historic exclusion of women. Others just think it’s a cool and hip museum in Ohio with a lot of famous names tethered to it and move on with their lives. Regardless, there’s no doubt that the Hall has been a behemoth lurking over the genre since its inaugural ceremony in 1986, and at this point, following the organization and its various dramas and strategies almost doubles as a sport.


How the Real Jane Roe Shaped the Abortion Wars
The all-too-human plaintiff of Roe v. Wade captured the messy contradictions hidden by a polarizing debate.

Roe v. Wade may be the rare Supreme Court decision that most Americans can name, but it’s also one of the few that many volubly disparage—and not just anti-abortion activists who want to get rid of it altogether. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a staunch advocate of access to abortion but an open critic of the reasoning behind Roe. She thought the rationale should have centered on preventing sex discrimination rather than on preserving a right to privacy. “The image you get from reading the Roe v. Wade opinion is it’s mostly a doctor’s-rights case—a doctor’s right to prescribe what he thinks his patient needs,” Ginsburg told the legal writer and scholar Jeffrey Rosen, in 2019. “My idea of how choice should have developed was not a privacy notion, not a doctor’s-right notion, but a woman’s right to control her own destiny, to be able to make choices without a Big Brother state telling her what she can and cannot do.”


As Princess Beatrice christens her daughter, we look back at the history of the Royal Family’s christening dress
The original gown was commissioned by Queen Victoria and was worn by 62 members of the Royal Family

Last Friday saw Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi christening their daughter, Sienna, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with a handful of close family in attendance. While no photographs have been released from the private family affair, it is believed that Sienna would have worn the Royal Family’s christening gown, one that has been passed down through multiple generations.


Why galas have always been a social climber’s battlefield
From the Gilded Age to the Met Gala of today, social hierarchies are always in flux — and a savvy photo op can make all the difference

In the spring of 1883, Caroline Astor — the Mrs Astor, as the Queen of New York society was known — lost her crown. Her usurper was Alva Vanderbilt, the infamous and ferocious social climber of America’s Gilded Age; the setting, a great ball hosted in Vanderbilt’s Fifth Avenue palace. But the story goes back some.
Alva, one of the richest women in America by virtue of her marriage to William K Vanderbilt, was viewed with disdain by the Astors. Too new money. Too flashy. And so, she was never invited to Mrs Astor’s annual New York 400 ball. An army of top socialites and this wealthiest one could not get past the door. The gall. She longed so hard for Astor’s seal of approval that it turned into outright fury. And at that problem, she threw money in obscene proportions.


‘How Do You Do?’ On Being a Gentleman in 21st-Century Ballet
A City Ballet dancer considers the politics of two bodies dancing together as he seeks to make sense of his art form and partnering in a changing world.

The role of the cavalier — ballet’s “gentleman” — has been described as an attendant to a queen, but to attend can mean more than just to serve. To attend is to be attentive. As dancers we always have to be attentive to the moment and to the music. Attentive to one another. And dancing attentively need not rely only on romance or sexuality. It’s the care that is essential.


Jewels, fables and films: Tiffany & Co celebrates a dazzling legacy in London
Discover Tiffany & Co’s illustrious history at next month’s ‘Vision & Virtuosity’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

Tiffany & Co is taking a deep-dive into a legendary history in a new exhibition opening in June 2022 at London’s Saatchi Gallery. ‘Vision & Virtuosity’ marks 150 years since the New York jeweller arrived in London with a meander through almost two centuries of history divided into seven parts, considering everything from the house’s high jewellery to the well-known popular cultural references.


There’s a Secret Apartment in Paris’s Moulin Rouge — and You Can Rent It on Airbnb
Voulez-vous coucher avec… alright, you see where we’re going with this.

Put on your best cabaret attire, because Airbnb is inviting you to spend the night at the Moulin Rouge.
On Monday, May 2, the home rental giant unveiled a select, sexy, and secluded stay inside the iconic red windmill in Paris that it says “has been sumptuously designed to transport guests back in time to the late 19th century.”




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