As America finds itself in the unfathomable position of carrying out an impeachment inquiry for a president who has been tilting the country into a sort of quasi-totalitarianism (if that’s not a contradiction in terms), perhaps the more bizarre reality is that it’s all carried out in the shadow of Russian interference in the American “democratic” process. And into this ideological maelstrom comes a chilling new documentary, Citizen K , opening this Friday, November 22
MadonnaMania, GagaMania…there is no mania quite like HarryMania. Indeed, former One Direction heartthrob turned formidable music force Harry Styles just hosted Saturday Night Live , as well as musical guesting it, and killed it on both fronts. And this December 13, his wildly anticipated – and fiercely guarded – new album Fine Line will at last be released via Erskine/Columbia.
Kate Moss by Chuck Close There’s something about the turning of autumn that distinctly mellows us out, and re-ignites all our impulses to higher culture. And we have to admit, once in awhile, we’d really rather just see some 16th Century armor and Canova statuary, than another exhaustingly inscrutable downtown performance art piece. When this feeling overtakes, there’s only one reasonable direction to head: straight to the Upper East Side , that bastion of grand museums and high-end fashion flagships
Above image: Canal Convergence In the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright started making regular treks from Wisconsin to Scottsdale , Arizona.
Chef Pia León may not yet be the most recognized name in New York’s culinary scene, but in her hometown of Lima, Peru she’s a legend. Named 2018’s Best Female Chef in Latin America by World’s 50 Best Restaurants , she’s taken the rich food culture of a diverse nation to create something utterly new. Kjolle , her first solo restaurant, has become renowned for plating simultaneously familiar and yet also surprising gastronomic experiences to the Peruvian palate
Charlize Theron and Dior’s Maria Grzia Chiurri The Met Ball makes the biggest noise, but the annual Guggenheim International Gala comes complete with a whole other level of gravitas. Indeed, this year’s honorees were architect Frank Gehry, philanthropist Peter Lawson-Johnston, plus Works & Process founder and producer, respectively, Mary Sharp Cronson and Caroline Cronson, with Dior as the event’s generous patron. Guests were also, by virtue of simply showing up, immersed in one of the museum’s most fascinating exhibits in recent memory, Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection , for which artists Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince and Carrie Mae Weems collaborated to present their own view of the exalted permanent collection
Image by Delaney Royer Philadelphia songstress ROZES came crashing into the public consciousness in 2015 as the voice and co-writer of the Chainsmokers hit “Roses” – followed by the 2016 release of her tellingly titled debut album Burn Wild .
Just this week, the Irish band Inhaler passed through on their first tour of America – featuring none other than Eli Hewson, son of Bono. So, yes, the children of post-punk are making their own musical waves now
We love Janelle Monae when she’s singing out outer space, and technology, and other things that pop singers generally don’t sing about while they’re busy singing yet another song about cheating boyfriends. But we must admit, we’re literally (okay, not literally) charmed out of our socks by her sly, smooth as silk cover of “He’s a Tramp,” the beloved track from the Disney classic animation Lady And The Tramp , updated for the new live action version. Thankfully, she doesn’t try to drag it unnecessarily into the 21st Century, instead going full retro, but sassing it up and vamping it up just enough to make it sound fresh and fabulous
We were early to the Anna Calvi party – though we certainly weren’t alone. In fact, sonic godhead Brian Eno was acting as something of a mentor to her when she first emerged on the scene in 2009
1 Hotel West Hollywood Though we often refer to Los Angeles as a monolith (no one in New York says “I’m flying out to Bel-Air tomorrow”), truth is, it’s sort of a collection of fairly autonomous towns given an overarching “federal” government – which we must admit we’re not exactly sure is in charge of what. For our purposes here, we’ll refer to them as neighborhoods – and those like Silver Lake and Highland Park have followed the typical hipster arc this past decade-plus…while Beverly Hills remains central command for all things posho, and Downtown, now a combination of business, trendy nightlife and upscale apartments, still struggles for an actual identity. Maxfield But for the dozens of times we’ve made the 3000-mile trip to LA, West Hollywood has generally acted as our spiritual home
One of the key component’s of the intelligently crafted rock & roll life is knowing when to get in, when to get out…and knowing when to get back in again. An so it is that the upcoming mini-tour by The Strokes – kicking off November 16 in Mexico City – is very much about knowing when to get back in. Yet still, all the greatest rock stars are also savvy enough to have it going on elsewhere, while, you know, waiting to get back in.
The kids are alright.
Chanel will be taking its Japanese devotees on an intimate journey into the very sources of the brand’s ideology this fall, on the fifth leg of its installation, Mademoiselle Privé . It is an apt title, one that also adorns the doors of its Paris Creation Studio at 31 rue Cambon. The innovative exhibition features iconic pieces from its archives, and will be open to the public this month and is up through December 1 at Tokyo’s B&C Hall
Images by Jamie Dack Perhaps poised to become a very young music sensation, a teenaged Emily Jackson passed on a big label contract to study acting at the prestigious CalArts. That career path did land her roles in the likes of Incarnate , House of Cards and God Friended Me – but eventually, music called the loudest, and she returned to her more sonic adventures.
It’s hard to fathom, but the offspring of so many ’90s stars are now grown up and making their own way in the world. Maya Hawke – daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke – for one, is a 21st Century multi-hyphenate extraordinaire.
Above image: Capsa Montreal is a small city with a large reputation – a rep that has mainly to do with the quality of life, which includes rolling green parks, stunning architecture, friendly people…and a bountiful food scene. Much like the rest of Quebec Province , Montrealers take immense pride in using local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible, giving their cuisine a uniquely regional flavor. Not to mention the locally brewed beers and local wines sold in specialty shops around the city.
Images courtesy of Quadrant Bar & Lounge For better or worse, trendy cocktails have gotten very…sciency. But what if actual science could be applied to aging the booze itself? As it turns out, Chris Mendenhall , lead drinks alchemist at Quadrant Bar & Lounge , tucked into the Ritz Carlton Washington D.C., realized the possibilities of aging liquor not with time, but with sound
Like Kafka and Prague, John Waters and Baltimore…the public image of Minneapolis is inextricably linked to The Purple One. But unlike so many other American Midwestern cities, the Minnesota capital had always seemed to exhibit a kind of effortless cultural cred, from hosting proto-career-girl Mary Tyler Moore to birthing Prince and the Twin Tone / post-punk music scene, and on up to being home to one of the country’s most challenging contemporary art museums, the Walker Art Center .
Long before Bowie’s futuristic alter ego Ziggy Stardust fell to earth in his glittering, striped jumpsuit, exalted designer Pierre Cardin was imagining an otherworldly sartorial future. While beloved amongst fashionistas for his space age designs and gender-bending approach to style, Cardin is perhaps best known for his infamous licensing deals (something that hadn’t really been done before the 1960s), that lent his signature to everything from sheets to sunglasses, amassing him a fortune in the process.