Actor John Malkovich along with acclaimed photographer Sandro Miller and Squarespacehave collaborated to celebrate the release of a new David Lynch tribute album; The Music of David Lynch. The website features a number of different vignettes where Malkovich reinterprets characters from Lynch’s iconic films.
This series of never-before-seen photographs from Playing Lynch are now available through Artsy and proceeds benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which helps at-risk children and adults by through Transcendental Meditation techniques in inner-city schools, military hospitals, and shelters.
The images are amazing whether you are familiar with Lynch’s films, Malkovich’s acting, Sandro’s photography or not. Go to PlayingLynch.com to see the clips and hear the music
Hitler reacts is the video that keeps on giving, no matter what the subject. But Hitler/Trump reacting to the Republicans deserting him is an instant classic.
Designers Jessica Walsh and Stefan Sagmeister created these on-point designs to reach out to young liberal voters – only 26% of them voted in the 2012 election – that is 48 million missed votes!
Sagmeister & Walsh collaborated with 15 illustrators and artists to create 50 irreverent visuals. Walsh said that,
“most political merchandise is ugly and unfashionable.
We are well aware that pins won’t save the world, but wearing them will at least make us feel a little better. And we think convincing our like-minded liberal friends (especially in swing states) to remember to register and vote for Hillary could make a world of difference.”
Check out the t-shirts, posters, stickers, bumper stickers and temporary tattoos. All profits will be donated to Amnesty International. Check them out here.
(via Digital Arts)
Humorist and New York treasure, Fran Lebowitz, has an opinion on just about everything despite not having a cell phone, computer or ever looking at social media. W magazine asked her a few questions about various topics but her responses to politics were most surprising.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming election?
I would be very surprised if it was different from anyone else that you ever spoke to. Except the difference is this: I absolutely do not think there is a chance that Donald Trump will be the president. I’m the only person I know who thinks that, including people that I know are far more informed because they’re journalists. Everyone I know is very worried about it. I am very worried, but not about that, and no one would accuse me of being a cockeyed optimist. And I know there are a lot of morons in this country, I just don’t think there are enough.
I’m surprised. Is it because you’ve been around New York for so long?
Well, there can be no people more stunned at his candidacy than people who live in New York. First of all, I didn’t even know about his television show, so I didn’t know that he was so famous. I had no idea. I mean, even real estate developers didn’t take him seriously. It is stunning. I’m sure everyone thinks it’s stunning that he’s a Republican candidate. I mean, the Republicans deserve him as their candidate. He is their fault. He is, really, if you think back on him — which is the only way you can think about Donald Trump — inevitable. This so-called party, this Republican party, they deserve him. And his supporters deserve him. But no one else does.
Are you going to vote?
Of course. I am the world’s greatest voter. I vote in every single election. I vote in every little primary, in elections where I’m the only person there. Yes, I vote, because I was brought up that way. And I have tremendous contempt for people who don’t vote. If people don’t vote, and they have political opinions, they cannot express them to me.
Check out the full interview here.
(via W magazine)
Long before selfies, when the instant Polaroid was the Instagram of its day, fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and his collaborator, Juan Ramos, had an idea for an exhibit:
Throw a party, take pictures of your friends, and post them on the wall.
The images that remain from A Photo Cocktail Party, presented by my old pal, artist Neke Carsonand hosted by Robert Freidus Gallery, attest to the event’s fun.
Paul Caranicas — Ramos’s partner of many years, who was at the event and now directs the shared estate of Lopez and Ramos — describes the scene.
“The Photo Cocktail Party was an extension of their lifestyle. In recreating the photo cocktail party, we’re celebrating that aspect of their practice.”
Today’s events are nothing BUT one endless Photo Cocktail Party. The El Museo del Barrio exhibition, Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion, runs through November 26
Antonio & party guest
Betsy Johnson, Chantal and Ed Hayes
Nancy Lucas, Olive Watson & friend
Guest & Willie Rodriguez
May Alexander & Corey Tippin
(via Blouin ArtInfo)
The rambling Hollywood Hills compound of the late, musician Frank Zappa just sold and Variety is reporting that the buyer is Stephanie Germanota, aka Lady Gaga. Gaga paid $5.25 million. Zappa bought the property in the mid-70s for around $75,000!
Zappa lived, worked, and raised his family there until his death in 1993 and his widow, Gail Zappa, lived their until her death in October 2015. In June, the Zappa children — Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva — engaged in some public infighting about who controled what with regard their father’s vast and valuable archives.
The quasi-Tudor-style house is more than 6,700 square feet with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms plus an apartment and two modern detached guesthouses.
Other amenities include a double-height art gallery and a sizable storage chamber where Zappa kept his archives under lock and key. This must have appealed to Gaga, as well as Zappa’s “Utility Muffin Research Kitchen” which was his recording studio. There’s a hodgepodge of decks and patios along with a greenhouse, a swimming pool, a rooftop tennis court, and gardens.
Gaga just spent $23 million for a six-acre, 10,000-plus square-foot Mediterranean villa in Malibu which one guesses will be a beach getaway if the Zappa estate is her main West Coast residence. Take a tour with the video below.
No, she doesn’t think that and I don’t either. But if you’re NOT watching Season 2 or you didn’t catch Season 1, you ARE missing out. Helen Mirren introduces each episode perfectly, which is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking, and gives us the background on some of the most important stories that never happened.
IFC‘s Documentary Now! lovingly parodies some of the world’s best documentaries that never were. They always star Fred Armisen and Bill Hader. They aren’t always laugh out loud funny but more bizarrely amusing. (Think more Monty Python than SNL)
Here’s a scene from The Bunker, an upcoming film on Documentary Now! Season 51. (Really Season 2)
“What I mean by an educated taste is someone who has the same tastes that I have.” –Edward Albee
Pulitzer Prize-winning gay playwright Edward Albee, whose masterwork was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died two days ago at the age of 88.
Arguably America’s greatest living playwright, Albee penned a note years ago before undergoing surgery to be issued at the time of his death:
“To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.”
He had many friends in and out of the theater, writing and LGBT community and I collected a few personal stories from those who knew and loved him or just admired him from afar.
“In 1996, I had emergency open heart surgery. I was in my hospital room overlooking the east river. Edward Albee showed up one day to chat. He just showed up and sat down and spent a few hours. He was always kind to me. We were neighbors for a long time. Seeing him on the street always made me happy. His eyes shined, wicked beacons, his sly, very sly smile parted and he would utter something bone dry about the state of the world. And in his third act, the man wrote The Goat. A young man’s play written by an old lion. Where do they all go, the gods, goddesses and lions of the theatre?” – Robbie Baitz
“I used to see Mr. Albee at the gym or on the subway. He was very approachable, although one might not think so at first. Last time I saw him he told me about the complaint in his wrist (or thumb?) that was affecting his writing. He was very devoted to the gym for many years.” –John Epperson, (Lypsinka)
“Yesterday I read of Edward Albee’s death. I never met Mr. Albee – I was too intimidated. But I devoured his plays, and I was consistently delighted by both how staggeringly brilliant, and how hilarious they were. Albee and Jack Hoffsis were both devoted to the enduring glory of theater, despite every possible obstacle. Such amazing people.” –Paul Rudnick
“Edward Albee was a giant in my life as a young gay man. I remember staying up late to watch Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf while I was in high school and then was lucky to hear him speak at Cornell in the late 1970’s . He was not only a brilliant playwright but a proud out gay man at a time when there were so very few. Thank you, Edward for helping this scared gay kid from Bay Village OH grow up into a proud gay man.” –David Steward
“Edward Albee. I met him and his late partner J.T. [Jonathan Thomas] in the late 80s in Montauk. I have great memories of the Christmas parties they used to throw in their art filled Tribeca loft (for example, a hilarious episode where a drunk Elaine Stritch steals a jar of mustard from his refrigerator). Edward could, like me, be very aloof, but we shared a bond over personal histories that were almost identical in some respects. He offered great wisdom over the years, and helped me put my personal struggle to understand myself, as an adopted child adrift in the world, in perspective. Never live in fear. Pursue things greater than yourself. Failure in the effort to accomplish something meaningul is better than making no effort at all. Don’t suffer fools, and don’t keep them in your life either. And much more. RIP, Edward. And thank you. I hope you and J.T. have found each other again.” –Fraser Mooney
“A great artist who redefined what American theater could talk about and how that conversation could be held.” – Harvey Fierstein
“I think it must have been in 1963 that I first noticed this dark, brooding, handsome young man in a gay bar on Bleecker Street near the corner of Sullivan.
I was way too shy to approach him so I just observed him. Soon a blond younger man joined him. They talked animatedly. I thought they were arguing. I tried to approach them, but wasn’t able to get close enough to overhear.
A year later I discovered that the younger man was Terrence McNally. He was a classmate of John Corigliano‘s who was then an undergrad at Columbia whom I was dating. They were all involved in the theatre, which bored me, as I was a poet majoring in Latin and Greek at City College.
A long time afterward I saw a picture of Edward Albee on the back of one of his books. It was the brooding man from the gay bar on Bleecker Street.
I remained too shy to talk to Edward until I had a play on Broadway, when I discovered how kind he was to me and other playwrights. His courtly manners seemed then to mask his shyness.
I’ll never forget Three Tall Women, a play that defied pigeonholing and was a deep, fascinating portrait of a family, his family, our family.
Rest in peace, you brilliant playwright and wonderful man…” –William M. Hoffman
“Something Tennessee Williams told me, and something worth knowing and remembering: In the years that Tennessee was regularly vivisected by theatre critics and academics (which is to say, the last twenty years of his life), only one writer came to his side and his defense: Edward Albee. Edward was a constant, and Tennessee said they had waved at each other across some rocky seas. Edward was a great playwright, but he was also a great friend.” –James Grissom
“Edward Albee is dead. I saw his darkness, which was vast and intimidating. I saw his kindness too, which was quiet and unassuming. And I can tell you, in the end, his kindness won.” – John Patrick Shanley