T LOunge for September 23rd, 2022

Posted on September 23, 2022

Utopia Bar and Restaurant – Argassi Village, Zakynthos, Greece


Hooray and Hallelujah. It’s FRIDAY, darlings. Enjoy the sun, sea and cocktails.


Björk’s 10th Album Is an Ode to Home and Putting Down Roots
The Icelandic singer’s Fossora is a rumination on love, life, and letting go.

For Björk, one positive thing about the pandemic was that it finally gave her the chance to establish a rhythm in her personal life. “It did for me what it did for a lot of musicians in that I got to go against the grain and be home for two years without going to the airport once,” she said. “Traveling and touring can be glamorous, but it can also be uprooting.” Embracing the downtime made the 56-year-old singer-songwriter feel like she was a teenager all over again. “I hung out with the same group of people—10 of my childhood friends live within walking distance—and some of us would do dinners and then wind up dancing on my living room floor. Everyone would be home by midnight,” she added with a laugh.
When she wasn’t bopping to pop songs (“Sometimes you just want a Beyoncé track on a Friday night”), Björk would walk along the beach outside her home in west Reykjavik or hike through the Icelandic mountains. “I also have a local café and a swimming pool close by that I go to. It’s a beautiful little village,” she told me from her home last month. “If I felt like it, I could see a friend at four o’clock, and then decide to have dinner with my sister in the evening,” she said. This homecoming, of sorts, led to recording Fossora—the title of her first album in five years and 10th one overall—releasing September 30. “It’s a word that I kind of made up—there’s a masculine [Latin] version of it—but Fossora means ‘she who digs,’” she said. “The new album is my way of describing just being at home and living in my little hole, hunkering down with friends and family and putting down roots.”


‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Is a Dazzling Tour of Palm Springs’ Greatest Mid-Century Architecture
Despite its striking architecture, Palm Springs has seldom been captured effectively on film — even the movie “Palm Springs” shot somewhere else. But no longer. The Olivia Wilde-directed dystopian fantasy “Don’t Worry Darling” makes ample use of the California resort town’s well-preserved mid-century buildings to showcase her vision of 1950s suburban bliss covering up something menacing underneath. Endless sunny skies, broad avenues lined with swaying palm trees and turquoise swimming pools are signifiers of an idealized life for the inhabitants of the fictional Victory Project, like the attractive young couple played by Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.
Production designer Katie Byron, the art and set decoration teams and location manager Chris Baugh pushed hard to be able to shoot in landmark mid-century buildings, and furnished them with period-appropriate items – despite the difficulty of filming in pristine historic locales.


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.’ Contestant George Ward, Known as Cherry Valentine, Dies at 28
“RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.” contestant George Ward, who performed as Cherry Valentine, has died at the age of 28. A cause of death is still unknown.
Ward, who also worked as a mental health nurse, starred in Season 2 of the British “Drag Race” adaptation in 2021. Ward’s agent Emma Bunning confirmed the news of his death, on Sept. 18, to Variety and shared a statement from the actor’s family:
“It is with the most heart wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away,” reads the statement. “This will come as a profound shock to most people [and] we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.
“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same. We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”


Pepsi Created Marshmallow, Chocolate, and Graham Cracker Sodas You Can Mix into Your Own S’mores Soda
Pepsi is giving away 2,000 of the s’more soda-mixing kits to its social media followers.

For diehard Pepsi fans, what’s better than one new flavor? Three new flavors. But what’s even better than three new flavors? Three new flavors that have specifically been designed to be mixed together resulting in infinite new flavors.
The Pepsi S’more Collection, announced today, is exactly that: Three different soda flavors — Toasty Marshmallow, Graham Cracker, and Chocolate — that are intended to be mixed together in different proportions to create different varieties of Pepsi liquid s’mores.


A Brief History of Hollywood’s Messiest Press Tours
Before there was Don’t Worry Darling, behind-the-scenes scandal and strange promotional moves plagued films including War of the Worlds and House of Gucci.

Don’t Worry Darling has yet to hit theaters nationwide—but the turmoil surrounding its promotional tour has generated enough conjecture and controversy that it could provide the meaty plot of its own movie someday.
Olivia Wilde’s sophomore directorial effort, a psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a married couple in a utopian—or dystopian, as the case may be—oasis in the desert has been plagued for months by rumors of behind-the-scenes friction, largely between Pugh and Wilde over various alleged issues including Wilde’s real-life romance with Styles; conflicting reports about why original leading man Shia LaBeouf departed; and a Venice Film Festival premiere that turned everyone into body-language experts overnight.
It has all led to a perfect prerelease storm—one that could lure intrigued moviegoers, or tank the film entirely. This is not the first time that a publicity tour has been as captivating as the movie it supports. Join us as we look back at some of Hollywood’s more headline-making press tours.


Let’s Call The Endless Scrutiny Of The Duchess Of Sussex What It Is
Nothing quite signals the end of summer like a daylong televised state funeral. As the UK’s monarch was laid to rest on Monday, there wasn’t much to do but quietly observe. Proceedings felt poised and proper, the surviving royals managing their perfected stiff upper lips as they publicly grieved.
Of course, everyone on the internet was talking about Meghan Markle, which appears to be Twitter’s resting state despite Markle’s withdrawal from public British life after she and Prince Harry relinquished their senior royal duties. Meghan participated in funereal procedures pitch-perfectly, objectively fulfilling the ambient obligations of any attendee – wearing black, being respectful, not causing a scene. Yet somehow the Duchess is once again being slated for acting inappropriately. Let me count the ways.


Emily In Paris’s Season 3 Wardrobe Is Wilder Than Ever
From the returning cast members to the predictably outlandish costumes, here’s everything we know so far about the third instalment of the Netflix hit.

Lily Collins, who plays the show’s titular marketing executive confirmed as much on Instagram on 1 June, posting a photo with Ashley Park, who embodies her on-screen best friend Mindy Chen. Then, on 22 September, Netflix released a first set of images from the set, which showed the pair grabbing coffee, catching up with Camille (Camille Razat), and Emily coming face to face with her two love interests, Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) and Alfie (Lucien Laviscount).


24 Rosh Hashanah Recipes to Celebrate the New Year
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and the holiday falls in September or early October. Our Rosh Hashanah recipes feature foods that are symbolic and meaningful in Jewish culture, such as leeks, pomegranates, carrots, honey, and apples.
It wouldn’t be Rosh Hashanah without a tender brisket. We have two stellar recipes—sweet-and-sour brisket featuring chile sauce and brown sugar, and an orange-braised brisket which stays moist by soaking up Triple Sec liqueur and chicken broth as it cooks.
Roast chicken and roasted salmon are other popular main course choices for Rosh Hashanah. Our beet-and-dill roasted wild salmon, calls for cooked and grated purple beets layered on top of the salmon while it marinates. The beets give the fish an intense purple hue and this dish makes a spectacular centerpiece for a holiday dinner.These favorite recipes for Rosh Hashanah will help you start a sweet and prosperous New Year.


15 Fall Décor Crafts That Will Make Your Home Feel Warm and Cozy
When it comes to the changing of seasons, there’s nothing more exciting than the summer-to-fall transition. With it, the time of year brings stunning foliage and plenty of autumnal flavors, like cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin spice. As we segue into the cooler autumn weather, which calls for warmer layers, many of us are simultaneously dressing up our homes in a similar fashion—which you can luckily do with a few easy DIY projects.
Take inspiration from falling autumn leaves and warmer neutral hues to help guide your homemade décor choices; A rich, welcoming tablescape can be achieved with velvet pumpkins and leaf-printed table runners. Plus, plunging temperatures means we have the perfect excuse to break out some of our cozier furnishings and make new homemade throw blankets and pillows. Looking for a way to supplement your time at pumpkin patches and football tailgates this autumn? Stay busy with our creative fall décor crafts that can double as festive decorations all season long.


Chucky, Everyone’s Favorite Killer Doll, Now Has His Own Pumpkin Beer
The official collaboration between Elysian Brewing and NBCUniversal has been launched to celebrate the second season of Chucky’s eponymous TV show.

First appearing in the 1988 movie Child’s Play, Chucky — the knife-wielding killer doll of everyone’s nightmares — has become a cultural icon over the ensuing 34 years. He’s starred in eight feature films and, last year, landed an eponymous television series on Syfy and USA Network. Now, breaking more new ground: Chucky is getting his own beer just in time for Halloween.
Created in an official partnership between the show and the Seattle-based brand Elysian Brewing, Chucky: A Killer Wit Beer is a seasonal fall brew intended to be as “devious” as the doll. The pumpkin beer with a wheat base also includes cranberry juice for a 5.3 percent ABV brew billed as being “light in color with spine-chilling flavors of chamomile and cinnamon — the perfect combination of everything you love about the season.” The cans put Chucky’s creepy face front and center, and if you’re looking for the beer on draft, keep an eye out for tap handle which looks like a giant knife.


Martha’s Secret to the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Her secret ingredient might seem like an unexpected addition, but it’s the best way to achieve a perfect golden crust.

For something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich, it seems every home cook has their own special recipe, with endless combinations of toasted bread and melted cheese. Martha, on the other hand, likes to keep it really simple—a blend of American and cheddar cheeses on thick slices of sourdough. But her secret to creating the perfect crust isn’t just butter in a hot skillet. Martha uses an everyday condiment to toast her bread, and it’s probably sitting in your fridge right now.


The Smart Cook’s Guide to Making Hard-Boiled Eggs—Including the One Step You Should Never Skip
That secret step is ultimately the key to the perfect hard-boiled egg.

The Best Eggs to Use Secret to Success Cooking Tips Peeling Tricks
The perfect hard-boiled egg is endlessly adaptable and always delicious—whether it serves as a quick breakfast, protein-filled snack, or the base of homemade egg salad. And while there is no shortage of ways to serve hard-boiled eggs, you first need to make them.
So, what’s the best technique for cooking them? We’re sharing time-honored tips that will take your hard-boiled eggs from average to excellent.


Andrew Sean Greer, and Arthur Less, Get Lost in America
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer discusses his new road-trip novel and answers W’s Culture Diet questionnaire.

What got you interested in talking about America in this novel?
Well, after the 2016 election, I thought… I always start a book with what I’m afraid of, and I write toward it. So Less, I was afraid of turning 50 and afraid of different kinds of love. This book, I was afraid of Alabama [laughs]. I was like, “Okay, then let’s go there.” So I rented an RV for six weeks and traveled through the Southwest and Deep South, just following that novelist’s instinct. I love to be in uncomfortable, unlikely settings because it feels like I’m having the right reactions. I’m turning on my novelist’s ear and listening to those people instead of listening to myself.


Newish Jewish, at Kossar’s and Beyond
When the art of Ashkenazi food seems ever threatened, it’s heartening to see the growth of legacy businesses, including Pastrami Queen and Kossar’s bialy bakery.

In Mimi Sheraton’s book “The Bialy Eaters,” from 2000, she entertains, and soundly dismisses, a theory that the bialy, a bagel-adjacent Jewish roll, originated not in Bialystok, Poland, but in New York. Bialys—which are not boiled before they’re baked; which have shallow depressions at their centers instead of holes, to be filled with onions and poppy seeds, most traditionally; and which bear a dusting of white flour—may not have been invented here, but is there any city in the world where it’s easier to find them?


How Designer Rey Ortiz Moved From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to Dressing Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion and Kylie Jenner
The L.A.-based fashion designer has found fans in stylists Zerina Akers and Kollin Carter for his performance-friendly custom pieces: “It has to be showy. It has to move.”

Rey Ortiz was laid off toward the beginning of the COVID pandemic. At the time, he was working at a furniture and appliance store in L.A. selling toilets — yes, toilets — during the day while sewing designs at night. Many of those designs weren’t for any person in particular, just the results of his sometimes overactive mind. But a selection were for contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race. In May 2020, on his birthday, he was let go from the shop.
“And I can honestly say my phone hasn’t stopped ringing since,” Ortiz says. The designer now counts Lizzo, Latto, Mary J. Blige and more as stars who have worn his pieces. “I would have never, ever, ever quit my job because I would have been terrified to not have an income. If I hadn’t been pushed, I would have never tried.”


When overtime isn’t optional
Your boss is the boss of your job, not of your life.

Much of the discussion around the state of work recently has focused on remote work, automation, and what jobs might look like in the future. That often overlooks longstanding issues affecting millions of workers across the country that, while not the flashiest of issues, have a real impact on people’s lives.
Many American workers have very little control over their schedules. For some, that translates to too few hours, or a complete lack of control of when they’re expected to work week to week. For others, it means too many hours they can’t say no to. Often (but not always), mandatory overtime comes with a carrot of being paid time and a half for their labor. Sometimes, the carrot isn’t worth it, but workers have no choice. Their employer also has the stick and can fire them for refusing.


The true story behind Mayerling, brought back by the Royal Ballet this October
The tragic ballet set at the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire comes back to Covent Garden

The seductively elegiac strains of the bedroom pas de deux in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, the sensuous but haunting dance of the lovers at its core, evoke the tenor not only of personal tragedy but of an entire era. Here is the paradox at the heart of the ballet, soon to return to the Royal Opera House. It is a doomed romance, but it is also a historical turning point, a sexual scandal turned political crisis at the turn of the 20th century.
Following the hit film of 1968, starring Omar Sharif and Catherine Deneuve, the ballet premiered at Covent Garden in 1978, repurposing the music of Franz Lizst. It follows the unstable, melancholic Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, who, newly married to a suffering Princess Stéphanie, begins an affair with the impulsive Mary Vetsera, and makes a frenzied suicide pact with her, carried out in his hunting lodge at Mayerling. The story is cynical and decadently titillating in equal measure. Behind it looms a geopolitical crisis which took Europe from nineteenth-century splendour to brute modernity and the First World War.


The Second Coming of the Appletini
As nostalgia grips drinkers, bartenders are giving vilified ’90s concoctions like the lychee martini and the lemon drop an upgrade — and ushering in a new martini era.

Every new bar or restaurant seems to offer a special martini. And just as in the so-called ’tini era of the 1990s — when anything in a conical glass sported the name martini, no matter the ingredients — many don’t stop at one.
The critical differences between yesterday’s and today’s creative martinis are skill and ingredients. While the old martinis were mostly made of vodka and cloying liqueurs, today’s bartenders insist on higher-quality spirits and a drier touch.


‘We Tell The Whole Truth’: A Talk With the Head of Charleston’s New African American Museum
The International African American Museum, opening early next year, will tell a story of joy, trauma and resiliency. Dr. Tonya Matthews discusses her role and the museum’s challenges.

The I.A.A.M., which opens in January, will change that. Dedicated to “telling the full story of the African American journey, from ancient African civilization to modern day,” the museum’s nearly 150,000 square feet of space will include nine galleries as well as a genealogy center where visitors can get help researching their family histories. Dr. Matthews said she is already seeing a strong response from the public.



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