T LOunge for October 7th, 2022

Posted on October 07, 2022

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Kathy Najimy Knows She’s a Gay icon
Sistersss! If you’re a Hocus Pocus fan, you’re already aware that Hocus Pocus 2 is now streaming on Disney+ (perfect timing for spooky season). The sequel sees Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker reprise their iconic roles as the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches who enjoy sucking the souls of children for fun. For Najimy, rediscovering the goofy, crooked-mouthed Mary Sanderson was a delightful experience, if a slightly easy acting gig. “She isn’t a terribly complicated character who has hobbies,” Najimy tells Vogue. “She has two motivations in life: One is to eat children, and the other is to make Winnie [Midler’s character] like me the best. Like me, Winnie…I’m sorry, Winnie…You’re right, Winnie!”
Still, as one of Hollywood’s greatest living character actors, Najimy’s work in Hocus Pocus and other campy classics is the stuff of legend: There was her turn as the irreverent Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act; as the stressed-out mother in Rat Race; and she even voiced King of the Hill’s Peggy Hill (“I’m Peggy Hill—ho yeah!”). So, in honor of the sequel’s release, we couldn’t resist catching up with Najimy to talk about becoming a Sanderson sister again, how she stays so funny, being a gay icon (“I love the gays!”), and why her ongoing activism work is so important to her.


British Officials Finally Released a Date for King Charles III’s Coronation
Get ready for the 5 a.m. wake-up call.

There are few things that happen once in every 70 years — so King Charles III’s coronation is going to be a big deal. We’re talking star-studded events, royal protocols (i.e., more drama). and early morning wake up calls stateside just to catch a glimpse of the historical moment. So far, we’ve been given very little details about this momentous occasion — until now.
On Wednesday, U.K. officials announced that Charles is expected to officially be crowned on June 3, 2023. Although, Buckingham Palace declined to comment, Bloomberg reported that government figures said plans are being made for that Saturday at the beginning of summer. No other dates have yet been announced for other festivities or commonwealth holidays.


Two Artists Are Reimagining the Future of Lincoln Center
With a pair of new public-art projects, Nina Chanel Abney and Jacolby Satterwhite herald the arrival of new era for one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions—by reckoning with its complicated past

Before Lincoln Center was a place, it was an idea. Hatched in the 1950s as part of a controversial “urban renewal” project shepherded by then New York City planning commissioner Robert Moses, the concept was to build a new campus to house the city’s top arts organizations, modeled on the great cultural squares and kunsthalles of Europe: a stage—or rather a series of them—upon which American excellence in the classical arenas of music, theater, opera, and dance could be performed. Moses, once described in a 1939 profile in The Atlantic as a “Paul Bunyan of an official,” earmarked a piece of land for the development in San Juan Hill, a bustling neighborhood with large Black and Puerto Rican communities nestled between 59th Street and 65th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. San Juan Hill was already teeming with artists—great ones, in fact, who were in the process of shaping some of the 20th century’s most distinctly American forms of creative expression. Eugene O’Neill lived there. So did Thelonious Monk. It was the birthplace of bebop and the Charleston. Moses, though, had the entire area demolished to make way for the construction of Lincoln Center, which broke ground in 1959, displacing more than 7,000 families and 800 businesses.


The White Lotus Season 2 Will Premiere in October
The HBO comedy took over Twitter last summer, with viewers getting sucked in by both the central mystery (who was in the body bag?) and the minute dramas taking place between the wealthy guests and the beleaguered staff of a luxury hotel in Hawaii. Though the show was initially billed as a miniseries, the network announced a Season 2 renewal last month.
“The next chapter of The White Lotus leaves Hawaii behind and follows a different group of vacationers as they jet to another White Lotus property and settle in temporarily amongst its inhabitants,” HBO said in a press release.
Details are steadily emerging about the upcoming season, from hints about the new location to the actors joining the show (along with a fan-favorite guest returning).


Constance Wu Is Starting Over
Her new collection of essays, Making a Scene, explains why.

Constance Wu will be the first to admit that she was reluctant to rejoin social media. In the spring of 2019, Wu found herself at the center of a Twitter firestorm when she expressed her disappointment about the renewal of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, the first Asian American network sitcom to debut in over 20 years, in which she played fierce tiger mom Jessica Huang.
Believing that the show was on the verge of cancellation, Wu, who had risen to international prominence the previous summer as the lead of Crazy Rich Asians, had lined up two new projects, which she would have to forgo in favor of meeting her contractual obligations to the network. Then came those infamous tweets. Her critics weren’t satisfied with her public apologies, accusing her of being ungrateful and egotistical and turning her into a laughing stock for the media.


I Never Feel More Jewish Than When I’m Frazzled in the Kitchen
My Jewish identity has always felt a little complicated. While the majority of people I know who share that sentiment grew up as the only Jews in majority-Christian towns where Yiddish wasn’t common parlance—and the closest thing to a good bagel came courtesy of Starbucks—my reasons are somewhat different. I grew up surrounded by Judaism on New York’s Upper West Side, a mere mile from the hallowed ground of Zabar’s. Yet still, somehow, I always felt I wasn’t quite Jewish enough to cut it.


AnnaSophia Robb Wore Danielle Frankel to Wed Trevor Paul Under a Harvest Moon
Even though AnnaSophia regularly walks the red carpet, choosing a wedding dress was a completely new and different experience for her. “Usually, I’m getting ready for an event or wearing a costume for a character, so I’m constantly thinking about what the dress is saying, and what the narrative of the day or scene is,” she explains. Because of this, it took AnnaSophia a while to figure out exactly which direction she wanted to go.
“I remember the first time I went to Danielle’s studio, my jaw dropped,” the bride says. “Her dresses are unlike anything I had seen: modern and whimsical, yet classic and timeless—a distinct voice in the bridal world.”


New San Francisco Restaurant Serves Pastries, Tasting Menus Just For Dogs
Treat your pup to a three-course meal for $75.

When you walk into one newly opened San Francisco restaurant, the first thing you’ll notice is its striking color-coordinated selection of French patisserie-inspired pastries. The slightly-bigger-than-bite-sized treats start at $15 each, and include savory options like the green Spirulina and Pulled Pork pastry made with raw unfiltered honey and organic lemon, or the “Red Rose,” which includes pastured cream, beetroot powder and, uh, wild antelope heart.
Yes, those pastries — and everything else on Dogue’s menu — have been designed with your dog in mind. The San Francisco restaurant, which opened on September 25, offers bespoke meal plans for your pup, a range of “Dogguccinos” and pastries, and a three-course dog-centric tasting menu that is served every Sunday.

Cate Blanchett on Learning How to Play Piano and Conduct for ‘Tár,’ How Movie Depicts the ‘Corrupting Nature of Power’
Blanchett, a two-time Oscar winner for her roles in 2005’s “The Aviator” and 2014’s “Blue Jasmine,” said that she “understood that dynamic” despite not being a musician herself.
“All of the musical terms, the relationship to the score, the ability to conduct and play on the piano — all that stuff I had to learn,” Blanchett said. “Her experience is quite different, but you don’t have to be an artist to understand the corrupting nature of power.”


Claude Monet and Joan Mitchell Meet in Paris
A new exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton places the the impressionist and the abstract expressionist in conversation.

Joan Mitchell, the American painter widely regarded as a guiding light in the Abstract Expressionist movement, was born in 1925, in Chicago. Claude Monet, the revered French icon of Impressionism, died one year later, in 1926, in Giverny, France. At first glance, it’s hard to envision commonalities among the two painters. And yet, that’s exactly what Suzanne Pagé, Artistic Director of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, has done with the striking exhibition Monet – Mitchell, on view now until February 27, 2023.


A Memoirist Who Mistrusts Her Own Memories
In the course of twenty books, Annie Ernaux has devoted herself to the excavation of her own life.

Ernaux, as a writer, has always been after. In the sixty years and twenty books since the summer of 1958, she has been devoted to a single task: the excavation of her own life. “I would go so far as to judge my previous books as vague approximations” of reality, Ernaux writes in “A Girl’s Story.” In one, she describes a love affair; in another, the relationship between her parents. Throughout, the contours of her story stay the same—a childhood in Normandy as the daughter of two grocers, the shame of her lower-class upbringing, the clash of these origins with her later literary successes. Her mother “knew all the household tips that lessened the strain of poverty. This knowledge . . . stops at my generation. I am only the archivist,” she writes in her 1988 book, “A Woman’s Story.”


Nazi Looters, Royal Personalities, and Provenance
Who owned this artwork before a museum, and why it matters

Museums use the word “provenance” a lot, but what does it mean? Provenance is the ownership history of an artwork, from when it was first created to its arrival at the museum. Museum curators spend lots of time researching to discover who owned an artwork and when, and how it changed owners.
Curators conduct provenance research in many ways. They look in books, consult archival documents, correspond with other museum curators and art dealers, and search the internet. This work allows us to learn about the artwork’s cultural and historical context. Knowing when it was sold and to whom gives us a sense of the art market at that time. We can see the history of taste—knowing what styles were popular at different times.


28 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes, Including Everything from Pies to Cheesecake
Pumpkin recipes are synonymous with fall foliage, warm spices, and two of our favorite holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. From pumpkin cakes and pies to muffins and tarts, we’re sharing a selection of tasty pumpkin dessert recipes that will carry you through fall.
When shopping for pumpkin in the grocery store, choose canned purée pumpkin, rather than pumpkin pie filling, which contains sugar, flavor, and other additives that can affect the flavor and texture of your pumpkin dessert. You can also make pure pumpkin purée using fresh pumpkin; the kind you find in the store is simply cooked and puréed raw pumpkin, so it will add natural flavor, moistness, and color to your recipes.
Pumpkin makes a delicious addition to classic desserts, including cheesecake, carrot cake, snickerdoodles, and more.


You know what your wedding doesn’t need? Doughnut walls.
It’s a multibillion-dollar industry for a reason.

Susan Norcross has a real bone to pick with doughnut walls. Not their particular existence, but rather what they represent for her as a wedding planner: a trend she finds some of her clients asking about because they saw it online, and one that they absolutely don’t care about or need to have.
“In 20 years, do you think you’re going to look at your husband and go, ‘We didn’t have the doughnut wall’? No,” Norcross, who owns The Styled Bride in Philadelphia, said. “For the most part, all these little tiny things, these — pardon my French — BS things that people get hung up on, I’m like, that’s really not the point.”


Queen Victoria and the genesis of toff text speak
After a series of ‘drunk’ letters filled with abbreviations were uncovered at an antique dealer’s home, Tatler has crowned Queen Victoria as the first blue-blooded abbreviator

You’ve read it a hundred times, the morning after the night before when you realise you fell asleep, still squeezed into a Peachy Den jumpsuit, in the middle of replying to ‘u home?’ Don’t be too down on yourself, for you are in haute company. Long b4 the first texts of Y2K was an original party abbreviator: Queen Victoria.
Despite all her regal majesty, the late Queen Elizabeth II’s great-great-grandmother, was known to be partial to a drink. Scotch whisky mixed with claret, or a less glamorous beer, were her tipples of choice – and by the end of the night, matters sometimes descended into lazy abbreviation and deep musings on random topics. Sound familiar?


Nobel Prize in Literature Is Awarded to Annie Ernaux
The Swedish Academy, which decides the prize, lauded “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory.”

Annie Ernaux first appeared on the French literary scene with her 1974 debut “Cleaned Out,” a deeply autobiographical novel that detailed her working-class upbringing in Normandy and the trauma of getting an illegal abortion.
Much of her work since the 1980s has been memoir, with books that explore her broken marriage and her ambivalent feelings about marriage, her midlife love affairs, her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and the humiliation and betrayal she felt after her first sexual experience with an older man, a traumatic event that she took nearly six decades to untangle.


Echoes of a World War in Wines From the Early 1940s
A tasting of bottles from the war years, produced under often brutal circumstances, brings life to history.

The opportunity to drink really old wines is a rare joy, not solely because of what’s in the glass.
Crucial to the experience is history. What was happening in the world the year the wine was produced? Some might argue that the wine itself is all that matters, but history and the imagination are what gives wine meaning, adding to it a beautiful, important, often joyous and sometimes poignant dimension.
That’s why many people commemorate the birth of a child with wines of the same vintage or search for a wine made the year of their wedding. Aged wines have the power to bring to life events that took place long ago. They tangibly express the passage of time.
Bottles like those have great personal meaning. But when the vintages coincide with profound historical events, the significance of the year and the wine are amplified, as are the emotions that go with it.
For that reason, when I recently received an invitation to a small dinner arranged for the purpose of drinking wines produced during World War II, I leaped at the opportunity.




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