From Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover , to this year’s Crazy Rich Asians , a certain voyeuristic curiosity has continually driven our desire to view fabulous people being, well, fabulously decadent. And so it was when Dom Pérignon asked its current Creative Director, the inimitable Lenny Kravitz , to turn his lens on a dizzyingly talented group of his famous friends, gathered for a splashy dinner party at his home in Los Angeles. The resulting images, fittingly and collectively titled Assemblage , will be exhibited at the fashion-fave Skylight Modern space in Chelsea, from September 29 to October 6
You may not know their name yet – but it’s a good bet you soon will. Crush Club – the duo of the intriguingly monikered Le Chev and TC Milan – first came on the scene in just 2016. But they’ve already scored high praise from the likes of the BBC, Out and Billboard , the latter describing them as, “…somewhere between Pharrell and The White Stripes.” Imagine that.
Image by Desiree Pfeiffer Art rock brings people together in a special way. Indeed, Bay Area indie scenesters Bryan Garza, frontman of Scissors for Lefty, and Rebecca Garza-Bortman, vocalist-bassist of Happy Fangs and My First Earthquake, shared a love of Bowie and Jarvis Cocker, new wave and glam. And it turned into a love of, well, each other – resulting in their over-the-top “rock opera” of a wedding, which was filmed, lest no one believe it ten years from now.
The Lernaean Hydra was an aquatic serpentine creature of Greek mythology, who dwelled in the Lerna in the Argolid – which was said to be the entrance to the Underworld. “Hydra” also happens to be the name of the provocative new single by exotic LA songstress Trishes .
Last week Peter Verzilov, a member of the Russian punk/art/protest collective Pussy Riot , was arrested during a day of widespread protests in Moscow . It was later revealed that he was hospitalized in serious condition, in what appeared to be an incident of intentional poisoning
Though their name sounds more like the title of a book on multiple personality disorder, I, Us, & We are actually three mystery-shrouded brothers – Jordan, Evan and Aaron Doverspike – from the wine valley California town of Temecula. They released a debut single “Idol” this past spring, which exhibited their way with lush, electronic pop.
Looking back, Noel, Liam, Damon, Jarvis and Brett each represented a particular pillar of the collective Britpop psyche. The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft , of course, was its hopeless, if hard-bitten romantic.
Considering how 41 years ago, Queen Elizabeth and her Silver Jubilee were the target of the Sex Pistols’ wickedly seditionary “God Save the Queen” (naturally, the song was banned by the BBC , and went straight to number one), it was a delicious pleasure witnessing her own little, but quite important act of “rebellion” against President Trump this past July. Indeed, she showed up for a meeting with 45 wearing a brooch gifted to her by President Obama – the recipient of endless Twitter ire doled out by his petty successor
Icelandic culture festival Taste of Iceland will be returning to NYC in late September…and they’re bringing the dung-smoked lamb fat. Despite near constant growth in tourism from year to year – with so many millennial-approved Instagram locations, we can’t see that changing any time soon – tiny Iceland still retains an air of mystery. The crowds at the Blue Lagoon may rival those at Brooklyn Flea, but the Nordic island country is still far from being overrun – elves still outnumber people in many areas
This much is true: honey is good for you.