Perhaps the genuine thrill of Stranger Things is that the viewer has no real idea of what is actually going on. Like, really – what the hell is with that portal already? It’s that same condition that very much makes the new film Luz by first time director Tilman Singer so riveting…and unsettling
If you had to be dropped somewhere in the middle of Tuscany, you could surely do worse than to find yourself in Casole D’Elsa . Just 60km from Firenze, 30km from Siena, and dancing along the edge of the ethereal Chianti wine region, it dates all the way back to the 10th Century.
Confirming a fairly reliable but welcome cycle, tiki drinks are one of this season’s hottest imbibing trends; and no surprise, as temps continue to soar, the crushed ice and rum begins to flow. But leave it to the impressively creative team behind Sunday in Brooklyn to combine their love of both tiki and yakitori to conceive Yaki Tiki, which will surely be an insanely popular pop-up at the A/D/O building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn every weekend this summer. Here, their award winning cocktail magic highlights whimsical takes on classics – to wit, using shochu, a classic Japanese liquor, as well as traditional rum.
Image by Warren Jackson When New Order released a post Peter Hook album, Music Complete , with a new lineup in 2015, they seemed to be speeding towards a whole new era of relevance, exhibiting a renewed energy that had arguably eluded them for years. Notably, their live shows over the last few years have consistently dazzled. So, why not capture it in a recording
Dorothy Parker typically once wrote, “Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient Champagne.” We’ve long held a similar position when it comes to the good bubbly stuff – there is, indeed, never too much, even if sometimes your head might be trying to tell you otherwise. But perhaps because most Americans tend to only uncork a bottle to fête some or other ethereal event in their lives, visiting the namesake French region hasn’t seemed to have the lure of wine-tripping to, say, Burgundy or the Loire. We fell in love with this little plot of Northeastern France a few years back on a visit to the impossibly picturesque old city of Troyes .
Last night, New York’s cultural and media cognoscenti gathered at the BlackBook Presents gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to celebrate the opening of the debut NYC exhibition, titled Movement , by venerable L.A. artist ThankYouX (real name Ryan Wilson).
It’s often forgotten in all the exaltations of the actual music, how important their aesthetic gestalt was to the enduring image of Joy Division . So much so that in 2019 Hot Topic can be seen hawking t-shirts emblazoned with the iconic Unknown Pleasures album cover illustration to suburban kids who were born more than 20 years after its release. Certainly, Anton Corbijn ‘s existential photos of the band, on through to his chilling, posthumous video for “Atmosphere,” and his 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control , have all played a significant part in conveying that indelible image.
Titanic Quarter Belfast had a problem. For more than three decades stretching from the 1960s into the late ’90s, its international image was almost entirely informed by “The Troubles,” a guerrilla war of sorts, which on the surface seemed to be a quasi-religious clash between Catholics and Protestants – but was actually much more about allegiance to Ireland on one side, loyalty to Britain on another
In keeping with Rome’s general glacial pace of change (even in a globalized world, don’t really expect to eat anything but Italian food there), the city’s adaptation to the contemporary boutique hotel culture has been, well…slow. Still, we were genuinely excited by the arrival in 2018 of the elegantly cool Elizabeth Unique Hotel nearby to the Tridente
Miami , like other major American cities in the 1970s (ahem, New York) watched helplessly as its glory days gave way to a drug-riddled war zone, one that left hollowed out landmarks and blocks of Art Deco hotels in rueful ruins. Hindered by corrupt law enforcement and a significant Latin American narcotics pipeline, it struggled along until the latter end of the ’80s, when a music/fashion driven revitalization began to at last introduce new hope