T LOunge for June 14th, 2022

Posted on June 14, 2022

The Chelsea Bistro – London, UK


Darlings, are you AWAKE YET? ARE YOU DAZZLED? It’s Tuesday and it’s kind of dreary outside in our neck of the woods, so we’re feeling the need for a LOunge that’s gonna keep us bright-eyed all day. We have a lot of stuff to show you today, so we need the visual caffeine for ourselves. Pick a seat and have a loud conversation about nothing of import.


From Dreamgirls to Abbott Elementary: A Timeline of Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Incredible Career
It’s no accident that Abbott Elementary became ABC’s newest hit TV show. Helmed by creator and star Quinta Brunson, a former stand-up comedian and BuzzFeed producer, the sit-com was destined to have wit and comedy on lock. But there’s something that distinguishes a good show from a great one, and that’s a veteran.
“Quinta literally looked at me and said, ‘We need a queen, Ms. Ralph, and you’re that queen,’” says Sheryl Lee Ralph, who plays God-fearing, no-nonsense educator Barbara Howard on the show. Howard serves as the velvety voice of reason at the Philadelphia public school where Abbott Elementary takes place. And while many are encountering Ralph’s work for the first time through the freshman comedy series Abbott Elementary, she’s been in the industry for five decades. Here, we take a look back at Ralph’s storied career.


Venice Has a New Patron Saint of Art and His Name Is Louis Vuitton
In a city that pioneered trade, the heritage brand brings together history and commerce.

For about a decade American Louis Vuitton clients who collect art have enjoyed an unusual perk: access to a secret James Turrell installation inside one of the label’s Vegas emporiums. Now their European peers can indulge in a similar feast for the eyes ensconced at the Venice flagship. There, on the parlor floor of a 1906 building, German artist Katharina Grosse fashioned Apollo, Apollo, a shimmering floor-to-ceiling textile that references Fortuny fabrics and terrazzo mosaics. The effect is Italo-disco on the canals of La Serenissima. Downstairs, to be sure, are the label’s leather goods, including an immersive room featuring a constellation of Artycapucines.


A Historic Black Theater Steps into the Future
National Black Theatre’s Sade Lythcott and Jonathan McCrory join playwright Ngozi Anyanwu to discuss what comes next for the iconic institution.

Since 1968, New York’s National Black Theatre has provided a space for Black voices and stories to not only exist, but flourish. Founded by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, a performer, director, and figurehead of the Black Arts Movement, it boasts an important legacy of being the country’s first revenue-generating Black art complex and was recently included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.


45 of the Best LGBTQ Films of All Time
These culturally significant films range from subtle and quiet to political and groundbreaking.

There’s a reason why “representation matters” has long been a rallying cry for the LGBTQ community: From books to movies to television, the stories we consume have the power to shape how we see other people—and ourselves. So when a film comes along that manages to really nail the queer experience, well, suffice it to say, we as a community hold on tight to our favorites. Here are 30 of the most beloved LGBTQ movies of all time, ranging from subtle and quiet to political and groundbreaking.


A Newport Summer Offers a Captivating Glimpse into Newport High Society
The new book by interior designer Ruthie Sommers and photographer Nick Mele goes inside the Newport mansions that remain in private hands.

In A Newport Summer, lifelong Newport residents Ruthie Sommers and Nick Mele peel back the curtain on a rarely seen side of Newport: the lives of the families who own and preserve the Gilded Age mansions that are still privately held. It’s a world of understated WASP glamour, with clambakes on the beach, and kitchens that haven’t been updated in decades. The book, recently released by Vendome Press, traces the summer season month by month, from June through September. Below, a few of the images from the book that show why Mele has been called a modern-day Slim Aarons.


Christian Siriano on Dressing SIX Stars for the 2022 Tony Awards
Is there a Tony Award for busiest designer? Because Christian wins.

Growing up, Siriano did his fair share of regional theater — “As a kid, I was definitely one of the little newsies in Newsies,” he laughed — before pivoting to dance and ultimately design. His first brush with Broadway was in 2008, when Whoopi Goldberg hosted the Tony Awards, and enlisted his help in creating her entire onstage wardrobe. “It was the biggest job I’d ever had,” Siriano said. “I really hadn’t done anything yet, and so in many ways, Whoopi gave me a kind of boot camp for all the red carpets to come.” Since then, Siriano has dressed dozens of Tony Awards royalty, including Lucy Liu, Beanie Feldstein, Laura Linney, and Taylor Louderman.


“The One Thing I Won’t Live with is Shame”
Marc Jacobs on early New York life and continuing to live in his power.

From an early age, I was considered by other cisgender males of my age to be effeminate. I didn’t play sports—I liked to do arts and crafts, and I handpainted my jeans, and I had very long hair and walked on my toes, and so they decided that because of those things I had to be gay. And they had much less-friendly words for it back then.
I was bullied and insulted and words were said with hatred—way before I ever had a sexual experience. I knew I was attracted to other boys; I didn’t really have any vocabulary or way to talk about that. I just knew that something in me felt, you know, aroused, or interested in guys as opposed to girls. I had no fear of or problem with the idea of homosexuality; I had a problem and a fear of homophobia.


Celebrating “Le Grand Hubert”—Inside the Givenchy Auction at Christie’s Paris
This week marks a final farewell to the golden years of French couture—and the lifestyle that accompanied it. Starting tomorrow, masterpieces from the estate of Hubert de Givenchy will go under the hammer at Christie’s Paris, culminating a world tour that brought a glimpse of the exquisite taste on display in the designer’s two primary homes—in Paris and his manor, the Château du Jonchet—to Palm Beach, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong.
The highly anticipated sale is taking place 70 years after the couturier’s debut, in 1952. But it illustrates why the Givenchy considered fashion as just one of two careers, the other being “art lover.” Christie’s will disperse some 1,229 lots spanning 18th-century furniture, art by Picasso, Giacometti, and Miro, and contemporary works through Friday, with an online auction running until June 23.


Hermès Brings Its ‘In The Making’ Exhibition to Detroit
When it comes to craftsmanship and savoir-faire, few companies can challenge Hermès, which since its founding 185 years ago has nurtured over six generations of artisans expert in everything from hand-hewn equestrian accessories and It bags to timepieces and painted porcelain plates. From June 10-15, the French house is bringing a soupçon of that expertise—and some of the accordant artisans—to the greater Detroit metro area, with the exhibition Hermès In The Making at the Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan.


The Real Reason Why Cast Iron Pans Are So Rough
Cast iron expert and Butter Pat Industries founder Dennis Powell Jr. explains the problems with seasoning and why he makes his pans the old-fashioned way.

Cooking technology has come a long way since mere open flames. We now take for granted the once-unimaginable convection ovens, microwaves, and even sous vide machines that reside in our kitchens. However, there are certain cooking tools that simply can’t be improved, namely cast iron cookware.
While manufacturers have tried to further optimize cast iron pans over the past 50 to 60 years, many cast iron diehards don’t believe anything can compete with pans from the early 20th century.


Airbnb Added a ‘Vineyards’ Category with Over 100,000 Winery Vacation Experiences
Site users can now search for their ideal wine country getaway with a single click.

Visiting a vineyard is one of the best ways to better appreciate wine — after all, tasting the terroir is one thing, but seeing it is another. And if you’re traveling to wine country, actually staying at a winery is never a bad idea, usually guaranteeing easy access to more wine when the day’s adventures are through.
However, plenty of vineyards with accommodations aren’t traditional “hotels.” So now, one of the companies most associated with finding alternatives to traditional hotels has made it easier for users to find a winery where they can crash: Airbnb now has a dedicated “Vineyard” category on its site.

‘Joker 2’: Lady Gaga in Early Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips in Musical Sequel
If a deal makes, Gaga would play Harley Quinn.

The Joker is back, and this time he’s bringing a friend.
Lady Gaga is in early talks to star opposite Joaquin Phoenix in director Todd Phillips’ sequel to Joker, the 2019 Oscar-winning, $1 billion Warner Bros. hit based on the DC character.
If a deal makes, Gaga would play Quinn. However, this new Quinn exists in a different DC universe than the Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, which most recently appeared in 2021’s The Suicide Squad as well as several other films.
But wait, that’s not all: Sources say the sequel is also a musical.


Lizzo Announces Commitment To Change Ableist Lyrics In Hit Song GRRRLS Via Social Media
Lizzo has heard the cry of her fans and is ready to change the lyrics to her hit single “GRRRLS.”
“It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS,’” she shared in a Twitter post. “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat Black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally,)” she continued. “I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change. This is the result of me listening and taking action. As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”


Finding a new job is possible — even when you’re burned out
Looking for a new job doesn’t have to be just another exhausting to-do list item.

Workplace burnout isn’t a byproduct of the pandemic; this specific breed of exhaustion predates it. The term first became popularized in the 1970s to describe the exhaustion human services workers experienced. Over the ensuing decades, burnout has been shown to exist in nearly every profession, was classified as an occupational phenomenon by the World Health Organization, and was famously named a hallmark of the millennial generation.
If your job is contributing — or is the sole contributor — to your burnout, you may feel pulled to search for greener pastures. But when you’re burned out, completing even the smallest of tasks, let alone a massive undertaking like a job search, can be daunting. “Looking for jobs is one of the hardest jobs there is,” Leiter says. “You’ve got to figure out how you’re going to put your energy together for that.” There are steps you can take to preserve your energy and look for your next role regardless of industry.


Eric Kim’s Essential Korean Recipes
‘If I could have only 10 Korean dishes for the rest of my life, these would be the ones.’ The Times Magazine columnist, cookbook author and son of South Korean immigrants shares the dishes that define the cuisine for him.

“Daebak!” — pronounced DEH-bahk, often with a long, guttural emphasis on the first syllable — can be a noun, an adjective or an interjection that expresses approval when something is truly great.
It’s the Korean word my mother blurted out when she recently tasted my doenjang jjigae, a soybean-paste stew that has taken me years to perfect.
Some might measure a Korean cook’s prowess by their kimchi, an intimate way to get to know someone’s sohn mat, or hand taste, the immeasurable quality of a cook’s personal touch. But I would argue that doenjang jjigae, the humblest and most basic of Korean stews, is a window into a cook’s soul.



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