Twenty years ago, Willard Hill was sitting in his small Manchester, Tennessee home recovering from an operation, where he began sculpting with the wire and masking tape that happened to be on the table in front of him. It’s been pouring out of him ever since. Now, at 84, his work has been exhibited in Paris and New York, and is cultivated by some of the most high-profile collectors, including renowned art patron and philanthropist Beth Rudin DeWoody.
Image by Andre Niesing The ability of music to evoke nostalgia for a specific time in one’s life cannot really be overstated – but the best music should also take you to places you’ve never been. Visceral troubadour Greg Laswell possesses just such a talent for thought-provoking evocation, painting visual and emotional pictures with his songs that are often like little journeys into more reflective…and thoughtful worlds. This is especially true of his absolutely stunning new album Next Time , released today, just as summer gives way to autumn
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.
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
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
One of the hallmarks of ’80s style was the Memphis Group design movement, which started in Italy and went on to monumental international influence. Noted for its colorful, provocative, almost kitschy modernism, David Bowie himself was an aficionado – and part of his collection actually was auctioned at Sotheby’s in 2016, following his death
Just where can you stroll the Boardwalk in the morning, and chat up Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Symon and Geoffrey Zakarian in the afternoon? The surprise answer is: Atlantic City . While a weekend filled with baccarat and poker chips may not be to everyone’s taste, this November 9-10, a quick 90-minute trip from Manhattan will land you at the Savor Borgata weekend, offering the opportunity for meets-and-greets with the hotshot restaurateurs who boast outposts in the plush AC resort – part of its ongoing 15th birthday celebration.
Napa Valley is known for big, bold wines with big, bold names to back them up. But certainly none has been so bold before as to take the form of artwork on a skateboard deck . As the founder of Orin Swift Cellars , Dave Phinney was known for thoughtfully produced, mixed and bottled wines like Machete , a juicy Petite Sirah that cuts you off at the knees, and Mannequin , a full-bodied Chardonnay whose label was inspired by a Nicki Minaj song.
Image by Yann Orhan If you hadn’t heard, she’s actually the most popular French singer in the known world. So it’s always an event when Zaz chooses to grace us with new music; and as ever, the sultry, introspective new single ‘Qué vendrá’ (it translates to “whatever happens”) is full of surprises
Last month, Boy George & Culture Club released their first new song in 20 years. And the infectious, reggae-tinged “Let Somebody Love You” did not disappoint, distinctly recalling their early heyday, and winning rapturous reviews. Now comes the glorious accompanying video, which we just can’t get enough of