T LOunge for September 17th, 2022

Posted on September 16, 2022

Barbouni Bar and Restaurant – Messinia, Greece

 

Ah. There it is. There’s your Friday. We won’t ruin it with words.

 

We’ve Got a First Look at the New Whitney Houston Biopic
‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ premieres Dec. 21.

Fans are set to get a look at “the Whitney you never knew,” according to a new movie from Anthony McCarten, the writer behind Bohemian Rhapsody. Naomi Ackie stars as Whitney Houston in I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a biopic that promises to showcase the story of one of music’s most legendary voices, from her beginnings as a choir girl to her performance at the Super Bowl and beyond.
Of course, Whitney Houston’s life wasn’t all glamour and gloss — and the film isn’t going to shy away from that, either. In the first trailer, which dropped today, fans can see what’s in store when the film hits theaters on Dec. 21.

 

Natasha Lyonne Is Nobody’s Ingenue
She is, however, a damn good fashion model, and her latest collaboration with COS confirms it.

“We have a Marlene Dietrich, a Mae West, a Grace Jones. Adults who know what they like and who really have a sense of self. Even like, Cher! To me, that’s so much more fun and cool than someone who’s been kind of completely assembled by a tea and become a new construction… There’s something so creepy about it to me. I understand we’re forever fascinated by this idea of potentiality. But it seems like a holdover from other ideas, especially about women, that we’ve accepted as being totally over. And in fashion, onscreen, I do actually think there’s a similarity between wanting a character to feel like a real person. You want them to feel truly alive. That’s why you care about them, and why you relate to them… And I mean, let me say, I do enjoy aesthetics and images as much as anyone else. I just don’t really want to watch people who seem lost, you know? And I don’t want to look lost in my clothes. I rather greatly enjoy people who seem found.”

 

How Brit Bennett Made Her American Girl Dreams Come True
The best-selling author shares what went into creating the book behind the storied franchise’s latest historical character.

As an only child raised in the suburbs of New Jersey during the early ’90s, my entire world revolved around American Girl. I knew every doll by name and committed each of their stories to memory. I obsessed over their stylish outfits (and the interiors of their bedrooms) while simultaneously learning American history. Sure, I struggled to accept the fact that Addy Walker was my only option for representation as a young Black girl, but I was inspired by her empowering story of survival in the Civil War era.
I eventually made the pilgrimage to American Girl Place in Chicago, and then to the New York City location when the retail stores expanded access to the full AG experience: shopping at the store, eating at the cafe, getting dolled up at the salon, and sending your doll to the hospital for a full body reboot. Clearly, American Girl culture was a highlight of my childhood, and I’ve welcomed the current dollcore renaissance with open arms.

 

Linda Goode Bryant’s Art Revolution
In the ’70s, she transformed the art world with her gallery Just Above Midtown, the subject of a new retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. But that, it turns out, was just the beginning

It’s difficult to pinpoint when Linda Goode Bryant became a farmer. If you ask her when she knew she was an artist, she’ll say always, so it’s possible she has also always been a farmer. There is an art to farming, Goode Bryant tells me as she surveys the half-acre plot of crops nestled behind a men’s shelter on Randall’s Island, a peninsula-like strip of land in New York off the coast of the Bronx where the Harlem and East rivers meet. There are tomatoes and carrots and neat rows of scallions, cabbage, parsley, and kale, all tended to carefully by a crew of urban agriculturalists. There are white irrigation tents, tall mounds of soil, and a picnic table under a tree, which serves as a makeshift office.

 

The Mystery of 60s Designer Tzaims Luksus and Bennington College
Tzaims Luksus was a visionary designer in the 1960s and toast of the fashion world. Then he abruptly escaped to the bohemian wilds of Bennington, Vermont, in search of true self-invention.

In 1966, Tzaims Luksus came to town, lean and well dressed. He was a man perfectly suited for the times; he’d hiked the Himalayas, designed haute couture psychedelia, and was unafraid to push against cultural norms. Locals were awestruck as he purchased the unmodernized 1901 mansion on Walloomsac Road, previously known for being the earlier sight of the unsuccessful suicide of a local businessman.
People in town now largely know Tzaims for his eccentricity—his rambling house, regular conflicts, occasional arrests, letters to the editor of the local paper, his habit of bicycling through town in a linen sailor suit. But his accomplishments as an artist are significant.

 

Who’s Attending Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral?
A guide to all the politicians, world leaders, celebrities, and others attending the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral will take place on Monday, September 19, 2022. Buckingham Palace has released specific details about the schedule of the funeral—which includes the broad categories of people invited: heads of state, overseas government representatives, foreign royal families, governors general, and realm prime ministers. (More here on all the royals confirmed to attend the Queen’s funeral.) Invitations to the funeral were offered to the head of state from each country, along with their spouse or partner.
In addition, the Palace shared, “Other representatives of the Realms and the Commonwealth, the Orders of Chivalry including recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross, Government, Parliament, devolved Parliaments and Assemblies, the Church, and Her Majesty’s Patronages will form the congregation, along with other public representatives.”

 

Scott Speedman Doesn’t Need a Second Heartthrob Era
The first one never ended.

Anyone who lived in Toronto during the ‘90s and ‘00s has fond memories of CityTV’s original Speaker’s Corner, myself included. The half-hour weekly series gave a chance to just about anyone who was willing to pay $1 (otherwise known as a loonie in Canada) to share whatever was on their mind on national TV, if their clip actually aired.
Luckily for then-18-year-old Speedman, his did — and it landed him an audition for the role of Robin in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever.
“I could barely string two words together at that time,” he laughs. “I was in between dropping out of school — barely hanging on at school, and hanging out with friends. I was actually on my way out of town and this voice in the back of my head was like, ‘Just go, drop in and do that real quick.’ So, I did; it was one of those spur-of-the-moment things. I was actually stuck in a traffic jam. I said, ‘Fuck it, let’s go do it.’”

 

Queen’s lying-in-state: How long is the queue?
The queue is about five miles long, stretching to Southwark Park and is currently at capacity. It has now been paused for at least six hours and government has advised people not to attempt to join it until it re-opens.
For those already in the queue, the estimated wait time is about 14 hours.
People queuing are being warned they will need to stand for many hours with little opportunity to sit down, as the queue is constantly moving.
The maximum length the queue can be is 10 miles – with 6.9 miles from Westminster to Southwark, and a three-mile zigzag queue in Southwark Park.

 

How to Clean Cloudy Glasses So They Sparkle Again—and Prevent Future Fogginess
The dingy-looking appearance occurs when hard water, which has minerals trapped in it, dries on your glassware.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or reaching for a cup of water, few kitchen woes are more inconvenient than cloudy glasses. Although you know the piece is clean, it still—somehow—looks dirty. “Cloudy glasses are a byproduct of hard water,” says Ron Shimek, the president of Mr. Appliance, a Neighborly company. “Minerals like lime are trapped in the water and the water sticks onto glasses and dries. This gives that cloudy condition.”
There is a way to remedy cloudy glasses, though, and limit how often the unwanted haze returns—and you can do so with a few cleaning supplies you likely already have on hand.

 

Quinta Brunson on Winning Emmys With Sheryl Lee Ralph, Why ‘Abbott Elementary’ Wasn’t Ready to Be Named Best Comedy Yet and Changing the Stakes in Season 2
Brunson pulled off the rare hat trick of landing nominations for comedy series, comedy writing and lead actress in a comedy. In winning writing for a comedy series, she became only the second Black woman in television history to be honored in this category, after Lena Waithe (in 2017 for “Master of None.”) “Abbott” also picked up a trophy this year during the Creative Arts Emmys, for outstanding casting in a comedy.
And in the single most joyous moment of NBC’s live Emmycast, “Abbott” co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph won for comedy supporting actress. It was Ralph’s first Emmy, and the win made her only the second Black woman in TV history to be honored in this category — and the first in 35 years (after Jackée Harry in 1987 for “227”).

 

18 Fall Wreath Ideas That Will Make Guests Feel Welcome in Your Home
Wreaths add to the welcoming atmosphere of the fall season. So, use this time of year’s warm colors, harvested earthy materials, and rich fragrances combine to craft a loop that lets your guests know just how happy you are to usher them into your home as the leaves turn.
For a décor piece with seasonal longevity, choose a design that looks as good during the early days of fall as it does on Halloween night or Thanksgiving. Pine cones, corn husks, and dried foliage all make for a perfect transitional iteration. Fall leaves—in vibrant red, orange, and golden shades—can be used to inspire a design.
And in the spirit of the harvest, instead of discarding corn husks, why not turn them into a pretty and rustic corn husk wreath ideal for your front door? For good measure, incorporate fragrant accents like cinnamon sticks, cloves, and dried herbs in your wreath to bring in the pleasant scents of the season, too.

 

St George’s Chapel: the final resting place of the Queen
The chapel has seen some of the Royal Family’s happiest and saddest moments

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen will be buried at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
On Monday, State Hearse will travel from her funeral in Westminster Abbey to Windsor, arriving at the chapel for a committal service via the Long Walk, the majestic tree-lined avenue that leads to the castle.
St George’s Chapel is a place steeped in royal history and is the final resting place of 10 English monarchs, including the Queen’s father, King George VI, who is buried there with his wife, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

 

The Dark Side Of Nostalgia Culture
Author Jessica Andrews explores the dangers of nostalgia culture and the importance of acknowledging past mistakes to build a better future.

We are living in a time of global uncertainty. The world has changed irrevocably since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and current news cycles detail the effects of climate change, the cost-of-living crisis, energy shortages, the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Russo-Ukrainian war. Fashion trends respond to our environment and consequently runways in recent years have been awash with bright waves of nostalgia, reflected in the recent resurgence of the Y2K aesthetic. In an age of social unrest, the allure of a more carefree time is understandable. Low-rise jeans, Von Dutch caps, bandanna crop tops and micro skirts have made a comeback. Gen-Z have heralded the return of ‘indie sleaze’, a chaotic, dishevelled era which developed in reaction to the slick celebrity culture of the early 2000s, when American Apparel disco pants, rosary beads, backcombed hair and smudged eyeliner were the norm.

 

The Queen Left Behind A Secret Letter That Cannot Be Opened Until 2085
The letter has been sealed off in a glass case for decades.

While the Queen passed away last Thursday, her powerful words will live on far into the future thanks to a secret letter she left behind. The late monarch left the letter to the citizens of Sydney, stating that it can’t be opened until 2085.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully at Balmoral surrounded by her family at the age of 96, wrote the letter as Head of State of Australia back in November 1986. It has been hidden in a building dedicated to her great-grandmother Queen Victoria ever since.

 

A brief history of state funerals: what they are and who gets one
Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral will happen on Monday 19 September

Queen Elizabeth II will be given a state funeral at 11am on 19 Saturday, after she has lain in state for four and a half days. But what exactly is a state funeral?
In Britain, state funerals are usually reserved for monarchs, with the last such ceremony held for a sovereign in 1952, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II’s father, King George VI. However, in very exceptional cases, a state funeral may be ‘held to honour a highly distinguished figure’. Most recently former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was awarded a state funeral in 1965, in acknowledgement of his service to the nation throughout the Second World War. At the time of his funeral Her Majesty said the entire nation should ‘have the opportunity to express their sorrow’, she also described him as ‘the inspiring leader who strengthened and supported us all’.

 

I Can’t Believe It’s Butter!
Elaborate dairy sculptures have graced dining tables since the 1500s. Now chefs and food artists are making them look like Le Corbusier chairs.

On a late spring evening in 1536, a dinner party was held in a garden in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. The festivities were presided over by Bartolomeo Scappi, a provocative chef who was known for comparing cooking to architecture, and for treating the tabletop as a stage for flamboyant displays that on this occasion included an intricately carved figure of Hercules with a lion, a palanquin-bearing elephant and a man astride a camel. Such opulence was not uncommon for the time, but what’s noteworthy is that these scenes were cast not in stone but in butter. Though food sculpture is thought to date to at least the second millennium B.C., this is the earliest recorded instance — in Scappi’s 800-page opus, “The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi” (1570) — of butter sculpture being mentioned in a European cookbook.

 

There’s No Instruction Manual for Parenthood. Books Can Help.
The kids are back in their classrooms — but are they OK? These new titles can provide reassurance, advice and solidarity.

All across America, parents are prancing around the house naked. That’s because our children are in school — and (for the most part) we are saying goodbye to the maddening on-again-off-again online learning of the past two years. But at the same time the cost of these years on physical and mental health has been staggering. The latest crop of parenting books tries to reckon with this reality.

 

Eiffel Tower to Go Dark an Hour Earlier — Here’s Why
The new measures will go into effect on Sept. 23.

Starting next week, the Eiffel Tower will turn its lights out an hour earlier in an effort to conserve energy.
The iconic tower will now turn its lights off at 11:45 p.m., Paris’ Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted, as part of a citywide energy saving plan. The new lights-out time coincides with the time the tower usually closes to visitors, ceasing admission at 10:45 p.m. and closing an hour later, according to the landmark.
“The energy crisis is hitting Paris like the rest of France. We did not wait to act, since 2014 we have invested 10 billion euros in the ecological transition,” Hidalgo also posted on social media. “But we must go further with the first measures to make 10% energy savings.”

 

There Is Now a Permanent Immersive Art Space in New York City
Hall des Lumières, housed in a beaux-arts building by City Hall Park, is bringing immersive art to Manhattan year-round.

Immersive art has been trending with pop-up exhibits around the world, featuring the renown works of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Frida Kahlo, and Leonardo da Vinci. And the newest digital art landmark, Hall des Lumières, opened yesterday, Sept. 14, in New York City.
Inside a historic beaux-arts building at 49 Chamber Street adjacent to City Hall Park, the permanent space will be dedicated to custom immersive art experiences, making its debut with the multi-sensory “Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion.”

 

 

 

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