1. “Indestructible Room: The Story of 285 Kent.” Pitchfork on the closing and legacy of the Brooklyn music club.
“That controlled-chaos aesthetic made for a venue with an unparalleled personality. Acts from all across the musical spectrum—hyperactive hip-hop producer AraabMuzik, jangling guitar band Beach Fossils, futuristic beat maker Arca, electronic pop master Grimes, Tumblr rapper Kitty, epic metal act Deafheaven, composer and lutenist Jozef Van Wissem, R&B showstopper Blood Orange—played 285 as they gained popularity; it was a place where some of the city’s best local artists cut their teeth (and, likely, some skin), where touring artists found a more flexible way to play to a receptive New York audience, one that smoked cigarettes as they perched on ripped-up couches against the walls, or moshed front-center with terrifying abandon. Of course, it developed a dedicated group of regulars: If you went to 285 Kent once, you could probably show up solo next time and find someone you knew.”
2. ”Garage Magazine Editor-In-Chief Dasha Zhukova Sits On A ’Black Woman’ Chair In Shocking Editorial.” Russian oligarch’s girlfriend sparks MLK day firestorm after posing on naked ’black woman’ chair for fashion blog.
“In the image, the Moscow-born 32-year-old, wearing a crisp white shirt buttoned nearly to the top and blue jeans, perches on an extremely life-like black mannequin who is naked save for a pair of leather-look black panties, a dominatrix-style belt, elbow length gloves and knee-high boots. The dummy is laying on her back with her knees bent and a cushion, which Zhukova is sitting on, is balanced on her bottom. Her neck is propped up off the floor uncomfortably, as if she is straining to look at her master, and her amble, naked bosom is pressed provocatively against her body.”
3. “Cut Here, Cut There, but It’s Still 3 Hours.” Thelma Schoonmaker on the Art of Editing Long Movies.
“At work in her editing suite in Midtown Manhattan, Ms. Schoonmaker sat before a wall covered with cards representing more than 200 scenes of the deliriously caustic Wolf of Wall Street (’Nasdaq Hookers’ and ’Dwarf Bedlam’ being two of the more pungent scene titles). ’It’s hard for people to understand editing, I think,’ she said. ’It’s absolutely like sculpture. You get a big lump of clay, and you have to form it—this raw, unedited, very long footage.’”
4. “A Step By Step Guide through Jared Leto’s Trans Ignorance.” Jared Leto has been winning multiple awards for playing the transgender character in Dallas Buyers Club. The transgender community has then watched him throw them under the bus.
“There is learning happening but it seems more as a response to backlash than actual learning or community. What is next? We do not identify as ’Rayons.’ Say the word ’TRANSGENDER.’ We appreciate the attempt at recognizing a marginalized group but Leto is avoiding our self identity, making up his own point of view on what we are and should be called. We are organizing so this learning curve never happens again. We need trans actors in trans roles for visibility, representation, and positive models instead of wanting to vomit listening to a cis man make fun of us. We don’t want to be writing Tumblr posts and articles defending ourself from a person who thinks they are representing us. While in this period of civil rights, we want to see ourselves truly represented and moving forward.”
5. “She Worked Hard for the Money.” SAG nominee Misty Upham speaks from experience when she stands up for domestic workers..
“A the time when I received that life-changing phone call, I was paying my bills as a housecleaner. Any domestic worker will tell you that caring for people’s homes and families is important work, but it’s also physically and emotionally demanding work. There are good days and nice employers, who offer you ice water when you arrive on a hot summer day, a sandwich at lunchtime, cleaning products that aren’t too toxic, and respectful conversation. I am lucky that on that day, my boss was one of these employers, and actually to this day, among the best employers I’ve ever had. These individuals make you feel human, and there are many of them.”
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