T LOunge for October 27th, 2022

Posted on October 27, 2022

Maison Blanche Bar and Restaurant – Casablanca, Morocco

 

OPULENCE! Today, it’s all yours. It is THURSDAY and that calls for a little marble and grandeur, wouldn’t you say? Let’s all put on bright colors and stand out gloriously today. Grab a seat and make yourself the center of attention or spend your time perusing our menu of distractions.

 

Inside American Ballet Theater’s History-Making Fall Gala
Carly Cushnie designed costumes for the world premiere of Christopher Rudd’s ballet Lifted celebrating Black excellence.

Christopher Rudd believes in the power of “Yes, and…” thinking. The New York-based choreographer made history two years ago with the premiere of his first commission for American Ballet Theatre, Touché, a work exploring themes of gay love that was the first male pas de deux to be performed by a major ballet company. His follow-up, Lifted, which will premiere Thursday evening during ABT’s Fall Gala, with additional performance on Friday and Saturday, is another first for ABT: a celebration of Black excellence that showcases an all-Black cast and creative team.

 

“This Time Is Different Because Iranian Women Are Willing to Sacrifice Everything”
Iranian-born reporter and senior researcher for the Committee to Protect Journalists Yeganeh Rezaian traces the four-decades-long road that led to an unfolding revolution against the Islamic regime.

As a women born in Iran, Rezaian grew up understanding the suppressive power of the country’s Islamic regime firsthand. She was raised under its mandatory hijab laws and other rules controlling the bodies and actions of women, and experienced harassment at the hands of the country’s morality police. In 2009, in the wake of an election widely seen as rigged by the government of then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rezaian was among the many who took to the streets as part of large-scale pro-democracy protests. They were ultimately met with a violent crack-down by security forces. As a reporter who’s worked within Iran and is now a researcher for the Committee to Protect Journalists based in Washington, DC, she’s an expert (backed by her own lived experience) in the social and political factors that have shaped the modern-day Islamic Republic.

 

Michelle Obama, Amal Clooney, and Melinda French Gates on the Urgent Need to Support Girls’ Education
If you happened to be walking through Midtown Manhattan yesterday afternoon, there’s a fair chance you felt something akin to a magnetic force pulling you toward the Manhattan Center, where former First Lady Michelle Obama, Melinda French Gates, and Amal Clooney came together to discuss an issue close to their hearts: girls’ empowerment and education. Right now, more than 100 million girls around the globe are out of school—whether due to violence in their communities, poverty, racism, the COVID-19 pandemic, or a number of other compounding issues. In response, these leaders joined forces for an event in support of the Girls Opportunity Alliance’s new Get Her There campaign, a call to action to educate and empower adolescent girls so they can reach their full potential. Because, as Obama said to the crowd, “When we don’t take these issues seriously, we see our rights as women and girls erode for all of us.”

 

54 of the Best Movies From the 1980’s
From teen movies to tear-jerkers, these films changed pop-culture forever.

From Freddy Krueger to Ferris Bueller, the characters from the 1980s’ best movies have a certain indelible quality. Whether you’re talking about coming-of-age teen flicks (thanks, John Hughes!), horror franchises, or comedies, the movies that we love most from the 1980s have made an impact on pop culture like no others—and despite the time difference, still hold up today. Here, we’ve rounded up the classics, everything from thrillers and comedies to action flicks and rom-coms, so you can relive the ’80s anytime you want.

 

Is The Good Nurse Based on a True Story?
Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who wrote the new thriller, on the real-life events that inspired it.
The Good Nurse, the new drama streaming now on Netflix, has all the makings of a classic thriller: There’s a seemingly unstoppable villain, a heroine forced to display incredible bravery, and stakes as high as they can possibly be. And while the story that’s told in the film—which stars Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne and is based on a book by Charles Graeber—might seem too incredible to have really happened, according to screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, it’s a case of the truth being stranger than fiction.

 

The Macallan’s New Scotch Collection Is Inspired By Coffee
And just like coffee, it comes in “Intense” and “Smooth” versions.

Single malt Scotch whisky-maker The Macallan seems like it’s spent the past few months brainstorming ways to further distinguish itself from its Speyside contemporaries. In August, it collaborated with Bentley for The Macallan Horizon, an ultra-sleek, ultra-posh bottle designed to reflect the automaker’s luxury aesthetic. And last autumn, it released the first of its Macallan Harmony Collection whiskies, which was designed to pair with — and have the tasting notes of — rich chocolate.

 

How Much Does Fast Food Cost Around the Country?
A recent study shows the price of a burger and fries varied widely across 50 U.S. cities.

From name brand products like Oreos and Jell-O to cooking basics like butter, skyrocketing inflation has driven up the price of everything — and fast food is no exception. To determine just how much the cost of a fast food meal has increased in the past year, the financial advice site MoneyGeek looked at the price of a burger, french fries, and soda at 145 chain restaurants in America’s 50 largest cities and determined that prices are up 9% from last year overall.
But they also found that the cost can vary significantly depending on where restaurants are located and further broke their data down into the most and least expensive cities for grabbing fast food.

 

This Is How Goldie Hawn Looks and Feels So Great at 76
If laughing through life keeps you young, then Goldie Hawn may live forever. But, in addition to her sense of levity, it seems that the star favors a few other self-care tricks in her daily life. Hawn took to Instagram this week to share her (effusive) exercise regimen. Surprise: It prioritizes fun.

 

Who Played Princess Diana Best? 7 Actresses, Ranked
If there’s one thing Hollywood will never go without, it’s a supply of actresses ready to play Diana, Princess of Wales. That makes sense, of course; the royal’s real-life blend of beauty, charm, and pathos makes her story ripe for dramatization. Yet not all fictional Dianas are created equal.
The Crown has already given us one portrayal, and we’re all looking forward to seeing Elizabeth Debicki’s Diana in the show’s upcoming fifth season, but while we wait, we’re looking back to Dianas of yore. Without further ado, and in ascending order of greatness, here are all the Princess Diana performances we’ve seen fit to rank—from the not so great (sorry, Naomi Watts) to the truly inspired.

 

Welcome to the Jenaissance
We have officially entered the Jenaissance—that is, the renaissance of one Jennifer Coolidge. Since 2021, the comedy legend, known for her roles as Legally Blonde’s Paulette and Stifler’s mom in American Pie, has laid claim to our television screens in not one, but two breakout roles. She won an Emmy in September for her work as the mourning heiress Tanya McQuoid on Mike White’s The White Lotus, and in Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan’s The Watcher, released on Netflix earlier this month, she’s a scene-stealer as Karen Calhoun, a real estate diva with mysterious motives.
Fans have certainly taken notice of her buzzy work recently. “The Jennifer Coolidge renaissance should be taught as an important part of American history,” wrote one Twitter user. “How does Jennifer Coolidge not have an EGOT,” pondered another, sharing a clip of Coolidge as an extremely angry Karen. And she’s not done just yet: On October 30, Coolidge will reprise her role as the troubled (yet lovable) Tanya in Season 2 of The White Lotus, co-starring Aubrey Plaza and Will Sharpe.

 

The Ultimate Bath Is an Ode to the World’s Most Luxurious Bathrooms
Wellness, as an interior design trend, has been on the rise: more and more, people want their homes to feel like an oasis of domestic calm, or a spa-like sanctuary. “Homeowners are increasingly searching for designs and products that will promote good health and an overall sense of well-being,” a recent report from the American Society of Interior Designers found, noting an increased interest in “places where they can relax and restore from the increased stresses of everyday life.”
So Barbara Sallick’s new book with Rizzoli, The Ultimate Bath, comes at an opportune time within the interiors zeitgeist. A chronicle of luxuriously elegant sinks, tubs, showers, mirrors, and more, it’s an ode to the most private room in one’s house—and proves that the relative seclusion of the bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t be original when it comes to design.

 

The Story of Hugh Jackman in Five Acts
In the early 2000s, after he’d gained worldwide fame in “The X-Men,” Jackman would invite his father to his movie sets, where the old man — an accountant named Christopher John — would quietly perch behind the monitors, working on crossword puzzles. It’s this portrait of his father that stays with him. “I literally could see him in the corner of the room,” Jackman says about the scenes he shot on “The Son” after his father’s passing. “I had an image of him on set, standing behind the action. My father worked incredibly hard — looking after five kids, the weight of the world on his shoulders. I had the feeling of him being completely free. That really helped me.”

 

Prince Harry’s Memoir, Spare, Will Be Published This January
After months of speculation about whether it would actually be released, Penguin Random House has confirmed that Prince Harry’s memoir will hit shelves on 10 January 2023. Due to be published globally in 16 different languages, the book is titled Spare – nodding to the much-quoted phrase, “heir and spare”, when referring to Princes William and Harry. According to the press release, “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow – and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is his story at last.”

 

Lili Reinhart Moves On From Riverdale
As the hit series comes to a close, the actress and recipient of Max Mara’s Face of the Future Award charts her next moves.

“I had never read Archie,” said Lili Reinhart, who became famous playing Betty, the iconic good girl in Riverdale, the hugely popular television show inspired by the comic book series. “I kind of knew the names Betty and Veronica, but as I read the Riverdale script, I was certain that Archie would be a superhero with special powers. After all, he was based on a comic book character, and in my mind, all comic book figures had superpowers. I kept reading and reading, waiting for those skills to kick in, but they never did. It was confusing.”

 

Taylor Swift, Fatphobia, and Me
Taylor Swift is right about one thing: It is exhausting rooting for the anti-hero. Fat Swifties learned that the hard way on Friday, when she released the video for her first single off Midnights, “Anti-Hero.” On Twitter, Swift described the video as depicting “my nightmare scenarios and intrusive thoughts.” Those include watching her imagined adult children fight about their inheritance, being a larger-than-life “monster” who takes up too much space with her friends, and stepping on a scale that tells her she’s “FAT.”
Immediately after its release, people started criticizing the use of the word “fat,” calling the video fatphobic and insensitive.

 

Matthew Perry Apologizes for Asking Why Keanu Reeves “Still Walks Among Us”
The ‘Friends’ alum’s new memoir made recent headlines for passages that appeared to insult Reeves.

Matthew Perry is apologizing for passages in his forthcoming book, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, that reference Keanu Reeves.
Among the excerpts that have been posted online from the memoir, which hits stands Nov. 1 from Flatiron Books, are ones in which the Friends alum opens up about his own struggles with substance abuse and laments that his former co-stars River Phoenix and Chris Farley were lost to addiction while Reeves “still walks among us.”
In a statement shared to media outlets including People, Perry said, “I’m actually a big fan of Keanu. I just chose a random name, my mistake. I apologize. I should have used my own name instead.”

 

When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree? We Have an Official Answer
If you’re all about holiday decor, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this date.

As the holiday season comes to an end, it’s time to pause our favorite Christmas traditions: preparing festive dinner recipes, baking Christmas cookies and watching the all-time best Christmas movies. Part of the post-holiday process will inevitably involve putting away your Christmas decorations — like packing up your Christmas lights, organizing your ornaments and, of course, figuring out when to take down the Christmas tree.

 

Your Complete Guide to Knitting With Circular Needles
Circular needles allow the weight of your project to rest in your lap, which relieves the stress knitting can put on your hands, wrists, and shoulders.

It’s time to add a new, versatile tool to your knitting arsenal: Circular needles. Different from straight needles, these iterations have either pointed or rounded tips and come attached to a length of smooth nylon or plastic cord. Since circular needles allow the weight of your work to rest in your lap (rather than on the needles), they put less strain on your hands, wrists, and shoulders.
This is especially helpful when you’re working on heavyweight garments like sweaters, vests, and chunky-style cardigans. And if you like to knit while traveling—a commute on the train or a trip by flight—they’re convenient, since they eliminate the risk of dropping a needle mid-transit.

 

50 Years Ago, Stevie Wonder Heard the Future
On the anniversary of the landmark 1972 album “Talking Book,” musicians who made it and artists who cherish it share their stories.

In 1972 — half a century ago — Stevie Wonder reinvented the sound of pop by embracing all he could accomplish on his own.
He released two albums that year: “Music of My Mind” in March and then, less than eight months later, on Oct. 27, the even more confident and far-reaching “Talking Book.”
“Talking Book” was a breakthrough on multiple fronts. It demonstrated, with the international smash “Superstition,” that Wonder didn’t need Motown’s “hit factory” methods — songwriters and producers providing material that singers would dutifully execute — to have a No. 1 pop blockbuster.

 

Tie-Dye, From Stylish to Traditional
The textile technique has gotten celebrity attention again this season, but it’s always been part of the arts scene in places like Nigeria and Japan.

Despite its currency, tie-dyeing is a traditional craft, stretching across cultures and civilizations including first century A.D. Peru and fifth century A.D. China. And the basic process — tying, folding or clamping cloth that then is dipped into dye, creating patterns — has remained largely the same, Dennis Nothdruft, head of exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, wrote in a message.
When the look resurfaced in the West’s mainstream fashion scene in the late 1960s, the unique results — the pattern changes on every piece — matched the sensibilities of the day and tie-dye “became part of the countercultural style both in clothing and also interiors,” rejecting the mass market for the individual, Mr. Nothdruft wrote.

 

This Laid-back Coastal Italian Town Has the Charm of Portofino Without the Crowds
Santa Margherita Ligure is the perfect introduction to Italy’s seaside Liguria region.

An upscale oasis for celebrities and jet setters, Portofino stands out among the many desirable places to visit on the Italian Riviera. Golfo Paradiso, a tiny stretch of Ligurian coastline in northern Italy, is home to a few less famous and equally character-rich gems. Italians and in-the-know international travelers have been quietly flocking to the nearby town of Santa Margherita Ligure for decades to enjoy the sun-splashed Mediterranean ambience — and all the delicious food, beautiful beaches, and warm hospitality that a vacation here entails — without any fuss and fanfare.

 

 

 

 

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