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  • 11/18/13--12:30: Scenes From SHADE: Detropia
  • shade01.jpgThe latest edition of SHADE, the Brooklyn-born underground warehouse rager best known for its not-so-underground Alexander Wang edition featuring Nicki Minaj during fashion week, happened on Saturday night in Bushwick, but barely -- the NYPD shut down the late-night event prematurely around 2am, for reasons still unclear (the promoters claimed to have the proper permits). The theme of the event was "Detropia," summoning the vibe of a dystopic wasteland, replete with junked-out cars and waste barrels emitting a nuclear glow. There were also school buses to shuttle guests from the VFiles store in Manhattan, due to the lack of L train service that night, providing a memorable entry. Below, some scenes from the short-lived production.


    shade11.jpgCuckoo party kids arrive to SHADE via a school bus that left at the VFILES store in Soho

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    Guests leave the party around 2am when the cops arrive

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    Yes, it's an old song, but this video for the Beatles cover version of Buddy Holly's "Words of Love" is new.  Directed by Pete Candeland (Gorillaz, Imagine Dragons) the short-but-sweet clip uses bits of rare live footage and animation to update the 60s classic.  Holly's original version came out in 1957 and was not a hit, though a version released in the same year by The Diamonds made it up to #13.  The Beatles recorded their version in 1964.






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    Here's some brilliant casting: Lindsay Lohan made an appearance on the finale of Eastbound & Down playing Kenny Powers' grown-up daughter in a future sequence. And Alexander Skarsgard plays his son! In a Kenny Powers wig! [via Dlisted]

    tumblr_li64a4hKSZ1qi5a0fo1_500.jpgEven though we're not ready to accept the arrival of the holidays yet, this photos makes us so happy. Oh so happy. [via Afternoon Snooze Button]

    Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 5.03.28 PM.pngIf you're looking to waste some time, there's a great thread on Reddit about groupies (or friends of groupies) discussing having sex with various musicians. This DMX gem is the best. [h/t Uproxx]

    tumblr_mwgtkcrcTC1rd10xoo1_500.jpgJWoww and Snooki dressed up as a bunch of famous TV duos for a recent photo shoot. We like them as Blossom and Six the best.  [via Buzzfeed]

    tumblr_mwb8m81m3H1qe0wclo1_500.jpgMJ's just about ready for a re-rack. [via The Clearly Dope]

    tumblr_mw5yyvMRJZ1qckp4qo1_500.pngThe leather, fingerless gloves are the other giveaway. [The Onion via Afternoon Snooze Button]

    Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 8.43.18 AM.pngHELLZ YES. [via Knusprig Titten Hitler]

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    Here's Toronto mayor Rob Ford plowing into a councilwoman because he is the equivalent of a four-year-old boy with behavioral problems. [via Coin Farts]



    We're pretty dogged about covering the Jimmy Kimmel Lie Witness News beat and honestly don't know how we missed this but Jimmy went around asking Halloween partygoers in L.A. to share their thoughts about a dead celebrity that doesn't exist. LIARS ALL! (And trigger warning at the 2:12 mark.) [via Jimmy Kimmel]

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    Kanye West went on Ellen yesterday where he talked about North and his relationship with Kim (which surprisingly didn't make us wanna barf/roll our eyes) and he also premiered his newest video for "Bound 2," his track featuring Charlie Wilson. The clips co-stars his topless fiancée who straddles him on a motorcycle and that's just the beginning. Our five most, uh,  enlightening observations from the video, below:

    1. Is this a joke?

    2. The Americana (green screen) landscape flashing by the whole time alternately reminds us of a series of '90s vintage t-shirts or...an army recruitment commercial.

    3. This is a joke, right?

    4. During the motorcycle shots, Kanye's really proving he cares about fash-un because he's totally rocking one of our Top 5 Fugly Fashion Trends -- tie dye!

    5. This is a very funny joke, courtesy of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

    6. All of those close-up shots of Kim staring into the camera remind us of a Pantene Pro-V commercial.

    7. Can't stop laughing about this obvious joke Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have played on us.

    8. And the way the lighting falls on Kim, it looks like she has Barbie boobs (a.k.a no nipples).

    9. WHERE IS THE KIMYE X TISCI JOKE POPSICLE LINE? Stick joke prototype 1: "What did the Kimye say to the world? You were Bound 2 fall for it!"

    10. Lastly, is Kanye crying at the 4:17 mark?



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    kids1.jpg "Should I wear this?" Petra Collins asks her friends, actress/artist India Salvor Menuez and illustrator Alice Lancaster, who are patiently perched on the edge of a rooftop in Chinatown. She's deciding between two looks for Paper's photo shoot -- a white athletic crop top and overalls with a single strap buckled, or a cheeky yellow smiley face T-shirt with mom-jean cutoffs. The digital art duo Mike and Claire (a.k.a. Mike Bailey-Gates and Claire Christerson) peek from behind their suitcase of costumes to weigh in. Everyone agrees on the smiley tee. Paired with Collins' frizzy blonde curls, gold chain and "bitch" charm necklace, orthopedic-looking Reeboks and white athletic socks, she looks like Parker Posey's long-lost best friend from Dazed and Confused.

    Cinematic nostalgia is familiar territory for the 20-year-old, analog-only photographer and curator. Exploring coming-of-age themes like friendship and sexuality, Collins' body of work is a profoundly personal gaze, and although sad and cloaked in darkness at times, there is always a dreamy lightness to her images. "I look at photography in a film point of view because filmmaking was what I wanted to do first," she admits. "I always see each photo as a still from a film that is happening in front of me, but I am also creating it, so it's pseudo truth."

    Soon the writer Karley Sciortino a.k.a. Slutever and photographer/filmmaker Sandy Kim join the group, and the fun begins. As our photographer shoots, Collins steals her own candid snaps. "The way I take photos now is basically the same as me playing as a kid," she says after the shoot. "It's funny actually because I just thought about it, and I was like 'Oh wow, this is what I've always been doing.' Hanging out with friends and taking photos is how I played as a kid. I'm still doing that."

    kids2.jpg(l to r): Petra Collins; Mike and Claire; Karley Sciortino

    Collins is quick to add that playing doesn't necessarily mean doing something for no reason. "For me, there's always a reason behind it, and it's creating," she says. Despite her young age, Collins has gotten a lot of work done and made some major connections. Her mentors include photographers Ryan McGinley and Richard Kern, for whom she also casts models in Toronto. She's on staff at Rookie and is published in Vice, Garage and Purple. She's also making a name for herself as a curator. Recently she selected 24 female artists for a show entitled Gyno Landscape at Four81 in SoHo, and she's always scouring the web for new talent to join her online art collective, The Ardorous, which is how she met her current crew of creative compadres, all of whom are members.

    Currently The Ardorous is home to over 30 emerging female artists from around the world, and continues to grow. It's the headquarters of 21st century Girl Power, and Collins is the group's fearless leader and link. Her vision isn't decorated in pop melodies and catchy slogans; it's full frontal, literally. In October, Collins collaborated with American Apparel on a T-shirt featuring an illustration of a finger masturbating a menstruating vagina, drawn by Lancaster. The image caused an Internet uproar, but that was the point. "I just want girls to know they can do whatever they want," Collins says.

    "Petra's artwork is emblematic of a new school of feminism," says Sciortino, "which uses the female body as a tool to both seduce and provoke, and never fails to find the humor in both."

    kids3.jpg(l to r): India Salvor Menuez; Alice Lancaster; Sandy Kim

    As a hyperactive, slightly dyslexic and highly visual teen growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Collins threw herself into art as a mode of survival. "I had a really, really hard time in school," she admits. "I was lucky though. My parents were supportive in me exploring, so I was always doing a million different things -- ballet, painting, filmmaking, photography, whatever. I did everything. It was the only thing that kept me sane." But sanity is relative, and more often then not for an artist, unnecessary or even disenchanting.

    "I am not the kind of person that takes anything 100 percent seriously, and I never want to be that person." To prove her point she shows me a series of text messages between herself, her sister Anna and Rookie editor/all-around wunderkind, Tavi Gevinson. "My sister and I have this weird obsession with Tavi's hands because they're so small," she laughs. "This one time we were having a sleep over, and Tavi's hand was on Anna's butt, and it was so funny because it was this tiny hand on this big butt, and since then we've sent my sister all these weird, random photos of Tavi's hand -- see?" Her finger flips through a series of casual, but artfully composed photos on her iPhone, her nails chipped with rainbow polish. "It's a weird thing, but my sister and I love it. That's what we do for fun."

    Although fun is Collins and co.'s M.O., The Ardorous is ultimately a community of artists -- each offering their own brand of quirky, crazy-cool -- for whom making art is high-stakes. "It's hard to find people who do work just to do work," says Collins. "There are so many people doing work superficially and when you find people who are doing work because that is their life, that's the thing I look for in people, because that's how I feel too. If I couldn't work -- like, this is so dramatic," she says smiling, "but if I couldn't do it, I would die."



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    Hotelier Alex Calderwood died last week at the age of 47 in a room at his recently opened Ace Hotel in London, the fourth Ace iteration of a growing chain poised to become a global powerhouse. He was a friend for 20 years, someone I watched with fascination as he went from a 25-year-old Seattle hipster selling vintage sportswear to a visionary who revolutionized the staid hotel industry and brought it in line with contemporary living and thinking.

    My earliest memory of Alex goes back to April 5, 1994, a date etched in my mind because it was the day Kurt Cobain died. I was in Miami for an indie street wear trade show, where Alex had a booth selling vintage jeans. "There was a little vintage store in the apartment where I was living run by one of the key vintage dealers in the US who had really great sources and inventory," he told me years later when I interviewed him for a 2008 piece on 'indiepreneurs.' (This quote and the others used here are outtakes from that interview.) "At that time there weren't a lot of people doing vintage wholesale. We would take the jackets and add patches to them. Make them more marketable. One of the first people I called was Urban Outfitters who loved them and sold a ton of them. We took them to boutique shows."

    So when the news of Cobain's death broke, I wanted to to talk to Alex -- someone with roots in the Seattle grunge scene. We talked about losing someone who inspires you and the helpless feeling of wanting to help but being unable to connect. We bonded and stayed in touch, one coast to another. When he opened the Ace in Seattle, he invited me and Kim to come out as the hotel's first guests, which we gladly accepted. Already a local legend, he was known for throwing warehouse parties that featured electronica, hip-hop and jazz in a decidedly grunge rock scene. With his innate marketing acumen he produced great flyers and mixed scenes -- part gay, part straight, part hip-hop. "We really brought things together," he said, "and it was a great mix."

    Before the Ace, there was also Rudy's, inspired by a barbershop in Seattle that looked great but gave bad haircuts. According to Calderwood, "I always thought that if I could buy this barbershop and fill it with cool people it would be such a great thing. I couldn't get past the idea of buying the barbershop. [Calderwood's business partner Wade Weigel] said, 'why don't we just rent a space and we can build a barbershop that doubles as a tattoo parlor? The light went off. We rented a space on Pine St -- LES side of Seattle at that time on a block very much in transition -- junkies, the homeless, boutiques and coffee shops. Now I have -- I have to think here -- 17 barbershops."

    It doesn't take much imagination to see where the story is headed. An authentic member of the community he was catering to, Alex was his own focus group, essentially envisioning a hangout for people like himself, a place where his worlds all came together, the vintage look he loved, the music, the DJs, the food and the vibe, communal tables with lots of outlets for powering up laptops and mobile devices, the best coffee, an outpost of Opening Ceremony. Having run a club and an experiential marketing company, it all came together for him.

    "We learned over time and found a lot of people would go to the barber shops and they would sit and wait for a haircut up to two hours. To me that was 'wow.' What we learned is that it was more of a social experience -- like a bar without drinking. Hearing good music is, by its nature, not a one-to-one experience -- it's a group experience. In a barbershop you're sitting next to someone else. You have a group conversation going on. It becomes a cultural community center. We're starting to see the same thing in hotels, trying to make sure that locals are part of the hotel. Lots of times hotels are just for people who are from out of town but we try to create reasons and an atmosphere so that the locals will want to be there. And our customers will like that because they are engaging right away with the local fabric of the culture."

    By the time we sat for the interview quoted above, Alex was well on his way to being a very rich man. A business savant, he took his passions -- clothes, people, community, culture, marketing -- and rolled it into an immersive experience with rooms, a hotel, a hangout. There was no model for what he was doing, the very definition of an original, leaving behind a prototype that will reverberate for years to come.

    Most of all, Alex was a good guy, generous with his time, never flashy, always very real and down to earth, no small thing in the world of high finance and hospitality. Alex never went to college, but he was a great listener, learning as he went along. With his head of curly hair, dressed in jeans and t-shirt, he was his own best customer. A simple gut feeling told him it made sense to include art works by Kaws and Shepard Fairey in the first Ace Hotel years before they became famous.

    I last saw him about a week ago, when he stopped me leaving a party to say hello. We promised that we'd make time to have a meal and catch up and he filled me in on some of his new projects like the Ace London and others he was planning. There was no reason to think we wouldn't meet again.

    For his last words here on Papermag, I leave you with a bit of Alex's business philosophy: "You want to be a thread in the fabric of culture... I look back over the years and there were lots of ways I could have made more money, could have been ... not sharky, but strategic. If you pursue what you're into and you're good at it the money will show up. And I'm sure looking back there are a lot of things I could have done differently and made more money but firstly I like to pursue what I'm into. If someone is focused on just making money, and they're not passionate, they may not be as successful. Or as happy."

     


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    real-housewives-of-beverly-hills-season-4-gallery-episode-403-01.jpg1. CAREY:  Brandi gets completely naked in front of her fellow former model BFF, Jen. Jen was on a lot last season, and is completely sober and usually the only voice of reason when the women are arguing. Brandi lowers herself into the bath like a cartoon cat digging its nails into a wall as it slips down slowly. They talk about J.R., Brandi's real estate broker and quasi-boyfriend, who Brandi wants to cut ties with. She is like, "We should break up for real!" and Jen is like, "Yeah, you're both completely dysfunctional and it's not healthy" and Brandi is like, "But we have hot make up sex!" and Jen is like, "Wow, why did I agree to do this. I'm really uncomfortable." Then Brandi submerged herself underwater, and woke up naked in the middle of a forest with neon, glowing blue trees and visible wind that drips a foamy substance. You see, Brandi always forgets that she is a trans-dimensional traveler, and her bath tub is a portal. "Not again!" She laughs. *Cue theme music* She's Trans-Dimensional Brandi! *Brandi looks at screen, freezes in a shrug*

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    2. ELI:  This sort of thing is exactly what breaks my heart... I guess, in our modern world, the fairy tale of the boot cut-jeaned real estate broker and magic-titted reality show star just doesn't exist anymore.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.26.49 PM.png3. CAREY: 
    We get to know Joyce a little better this episode. I can already tell that Bravo sees her as just a filler until they find someone more insane and mean for next season. She seems nice, though! Her lil' vignette has her driving around LA with "Ivette", the "current Queen of the Universe" a possibly fake beauty pageant Joyce created. Joyce talks about herself, how she was working at a fast food restaurant that I know forget, and got offered a modeling gig right there. She worked her way out of Puerto Rico and headed to LA to pursue a life as Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman. No, really. Joyce got a room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and went broke because that was her favorite movie and she wanted to be just like Roberts's famous prosti-heroine, minus the prosti part. She takes Ivette to a jewelry store, the same store where Vivian gets snubbed in the movie, and Joyce is like, "It's the same place!! Isn't this faaaaaaaan?" It was kind of sad. Joyce has two young sons , Leyonardo and Valentino. Jesus. Without anyone asking, Joyce asserts that her blonde, more fair son is DEFINITELY hers! Which makes me think he might not be.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.27.59 PM.png4. ELI:  I like Joyce, but can I speak for us all when I say, just leak a photo of your husband's dick already.  It grows two inches every time she mentions it, and at this point I assume it looks something like a beige sleeping bag when flaccid.  Just accidentally tweet out a pic or something. We all need it, for context.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.29.29 PM.png5. CAREY: Were we supposed to just accept the existence of Yolanda's holistic witch doctor house call? Yolanda, still in recovery from her Lyme Disease, which apparently almost killed her, has enlisted a portly bald man to come to her Temple of Lemons to shove an IV in her vein and pump some holistic remedy into her blood. She's just kind of like, "Thanks, dude" and sits on her couch with an effing tube in her arm while she eats citrus fruits while she and Gigi talk about how she's leaving for college. Where are Yolanda's other children besides Gigi? "Stay in your rooms till da camera people leave. Ok?" Yolanda says into her an intercom that goes to both her other daughter and youngest son's individual rooms. "Bye now," She says again. Gigi is going to school in New York, where she'll continue modeling while studying criminal psychology. I'm sure this was inspired by her suspicion of the several corpses buried in Yolanda's lemon garden. "She knows." Yolanda says to her husband David Foster in a text.

    6. ELI: I feel like combining holistic medicine and an IV sort of goes against the whole thing. It's not like it's difficult to get Vitamin C into your body in a variety of other ways.  For me, at least, if I ever use holistic medicine, it's sort of a "why not" move, in the way of "Well, what's the worst rubbing these leaves on my calf is going to really do."  However, once things start going straight into your bloodstream, I feel like I want those things to come from a laboratory, and be very carefully constructed on a molecular level.  I'm not as gung-ho about somebody pumping ginger root into my circulatory system.

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    7. CAREY:  I guess I'll just mention Vanderpump the Charlatan getting voted off from Dancing With The Stars ONLY because her fake-fainting moment is going to be a catalyst for bickering at Carlton's nightmare lunch. Lisa gets interviewed with dancing partner "Gleb" and is told that a lot of viewers believed she should get a Razzie for her clearly orchestrated pass-out. Lisa says, "As long as my friends support and believe me, that's all that matters." Well, they don't. Even Brandi, Lisa's pet. She, Kyle, Kim, and Joyce have a laugh about it on the way over to lunch at Carlton's castle.

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    8. ELI: Carlton's castle is one of the most weirdly decorated places I've ever seen.  It's one of those things that is supposed to be dark and foreboding, but just doesn't fully carry the energy.  The whole vibe is very Aleister Crowley, by way of SkyMall.  I feel like, looking at Carlton's house, I finally found the person who will buy that weird glass-eyed zombie statue that's always being advertised.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.37.07 PM.png Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.37.18 PM.png9. CAREY:  CARLTON!!!!!!!! Finally! So much happened during Carlton's boozy brunch that I can't even begin to try and cover it all. I'm just going to state my theory about the English Wiccan/Satanist/Blood Orgier. Basically, I believe Carlton and Kyle have been at war for centuries. They are reincarnated over and over again in order to destroy each other, over and over again. Kyle doesn't realize this yet, but WILL SHORTLY! Cartlon shows the women her vast, mismatched castle, her literal Confessional booth, her bed that could sleep 20 (and probably doesn't frequently), her collection of dolls:

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.36.57 PM.pngCarlton admits that she's been practicing Wicca since the age of seven, that her grandmother was a psychic, and that she *used* to practice black magic. She says she surrounds herself *only* with beautiful women, notably her young son's nanny, Lizzy, a beautiful, young blonde, who Carlton hired because she only wants her son to be around beautiful women. You KNOW Lizzy was hired off a Craigslist post. Don't get too comfortable, Lizzy! There will be a new post soon after Carlton drains you of her life force and beauty and sends you out wandering around downtown L.A., people mistaking you for a senile elderly woman. Either that or they are turned into the sad looking dolls she collects. "I can imagine those dolls walking around the house at night," Kim says. Yes, Kim. Me too.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.40.53 PM.pngLizzy and Carlton.

    Carlton already begins to build her army against Kyle. She knows Joyce and Kim are lost causes. Carlton sets her eyes on Yolanda, who falls immediately for Carlton's spell, believing she feels a kinship and magnetism to the Grand High Witch of Malibu. She also starts to work over Brandi, laughing at all of her crude, unintelligent quips, seething with envy over Brandi's beauty and youthful appearance. She doesn't even try to be subtle about her resentment of Kyle, which inspires the other women to get their digs in on the former queen bee. Brandi and Yolanda bring up the cheating rumors about Kyle's husband Mauricio, which Lisa adds, "There's no smoke without fire."  OHHHHH, LISA. Lisa was waiting for that. I'm not sure if Carlton will be able to convert Lisa fully, but I think Lisa will play both sides of this obvious division, for when she gets threatened by the powerful newcomer, and when she gets bored and wants to be a mean old lady to Kyle.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.42.55 PM.pngScreen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.43.04 PM.pngLater that afternoon, Carlton stood on the balcony outside her bedroom, watching the other women walk into their cars and drive off into the amber, wet haze of pre-dusk in L.A. Lizzy walked out, embracing Carlton from behind.  "It's begun," Carlton whispers.

    10. ELI:  In Carlton's basement, she presses a discolored stone in the wall and a passageway forms.  Inside, surrounded by candles, are a collection of photos of Kyle's different body parts, cut out and arranged into a rough, distorted full-body replica.  Picking up a small scrap of wood, Carlton lights and extinguishes the end.  She slowly draws a rune on Kyle's left hand, leaves it, and then smudges the ash off.  Elsewhere, in the car, Kyle feels her left side go numb for just a second.












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    There's a new "interactive" video for Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" floating around today and it is a total waste of time, and of somebody's money.  It's nothing more than a bunch of toilet people lip-synching to the classic track and, unlike yesterday's updated Beatles clip, it is demeaning to the artist and to the song.  Why bother?  If you still insist on watching it, go HERE. If you'd rather watch something more contemporary, but that was also make you 5 million years old, check out this clip for Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway's "Wizard."  Garrix is a 17-year-old Dutch kid who just had a world-wide smash hit with "Animals" and this is the follow-up.


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    Here's a video of David Blaine impaling his hand with an ice pick in front of a horrified Kanye West, Woody Harrelson, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Will and Jada Smith. Aaron Paul. Cannot. Believe it. [Reddit]

    Channing Tatum re-created Jean Claude Van Damme's insane semi splits on the set of 22 Jump Street (that would be the sequel to 21 Jump Street, ugh) and, well, you'll see. [Gawker]

    gwbcats.jpgLadies and gentlemen, master of light George W. Bush is now painting kitties! That is all.  [Jezebel]

    VLRD.jpgAnd sing! [Mlkshk]


    Morning heart explosion alert! Here's a video compilation of tiny puppies learning to howl. Tooooo cute. [LaughingSquid]
    tumblr_mwfno76QCG1qzmbcbo1_500.jpgYou deserve it. [FYouNoFMe]

    WZWRgkM.jpgSuch daft. [Reddit]





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    Traditional women's dress. Province of Espinar. Cusco, Peru 2007.

    Legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino has a new exhibit opening today at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute (684 Park Ave.) and, judging by these preview images, the photos might be some of his most stunning work yet. Called Alta Moda (or "high fashion"), the show features a series of photos Testino shot over a five-year period in his native Peru. Inspired by the work of Latin American photographers like Martín Chambi, Testino traveled to the Andean city of Cusco -- to scout literal "high fashion" -- where he photographed Peruvians in traditional dress. Given Testino's influence on the fashion industry, don't be surprised if some of the bright colors, alpaca furs or striking patterns turn up on the runway down the road.

    Alta Moda runs from November 20-March 29

    mario_alta_moda_2.jpgMale costume for the Carnaval de Ccatcca. District of Ccatcca, province of Quispicanchi. Cusco, Peru, 2010

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    Qhapaq qolla dance costume. District and province of Paucartambo. Cusco, Peru 2010

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    Traditional women's dress. Rural community of Chahuaytire District of Pisac, province of Calca. Cusco, Peru, 2012.

    All photos by Mario Testino


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    Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 12.09.09 PM.pngBullet talon cuff

    This season, cult-favorite jewelry designer Pamela Love has teamed up with Liberty United, an organization that recycles illegal guns and bullets and turns them into jewelry and art pieces stamped with the serial number of the original weapon from which they came. Love says that her designs -- which include her signature talon cuff, a cage cuff, and aeternum cuffs, necklaces and rings -- were selected, in part, because she "felt they would look beautiful with a serial number on them," the designer says. "I picked the heart [or aeternum] pieces because I thought there was something beautiful about the heart with numbers on it and we picked the cage cuff because it had a lot of surface area so not only could we incorporate a lot of serial numbers but we could also inlay materials." Proceeds from the pieces, which range in price from $175-$1,545, go to fund programs that work to reduce gun violence in the U.S.

    You can shop the collection HERE.

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    Bullet aeternum cuff

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    icysigns1.jpgFor the past year, famed street artist and sign painter Stephen Powers has been busy creating brightly colored signs and original artwork on a quiet stretch of Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighborhood. This month he's creating an ICY Signs outpost at the Joshua Liner Gallery in Chelsea, where the fruits of his sign painting crew's labors will be on display. The exhibition's title Perfection Is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra, is the mission statement of ICY Signs, and that is evident in Powers' work, which keeps the artistry of the nearly extinct hand-painted sign alive, from the slick commercial lettering of a grocery store advertisement to a homespun storefront sign.

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    Powers at Icy Signs photographed by Rhiannon Platt.

    The show includes the work of Powers and his seven coworkers -- Justin Green, Matt Wright, Lew Blum, Dan Murphy, Alexis Ross, Sean Barton and Mike Lee. Gallery visitors can hang with the guys as they work, seeing what a day in the life at ICY Signs is like. Powers, who says he's like the "big brother" of the exhibition, enthusiastically rattles off his fellow signmakers' creative attributes. "Matt Wright paints these really awesome bashed-out supermarket signs. They have a pathos in them of the working man's life. Mike Lee does geometric paintings. His sketches are as good as Sol LeWitt's. Sean Barton will find some crummy sign, some scribbled out "You took my parking space" sign, and make this beautiful gold-leaf sign out of it. He takes this really raw, low-budget thing and turns it into this elegant, majestic [piece of art] that could be in a side hallway of the Vatican." Powers' colleagues create works that mesh well with his own playful aesthetics, which come through in his clever image-and-type pairings, like a screenprint hanging in ICY Signs of an upright bowling pin that reads, "the job is getting up again." 

    The installation will also continue to function as a business, creating logos for local establishments who could use a little fresh paint -- free of charge. "I'm going to go to the oldest most rundown deli and paint a beautiful sign for them," Powers promises. "Or maybe the taxi stand that's repairing cars. Or maybe the scrap metal place that's hanging on down the block."

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    (l-r, top to bottom): "Half Rent Hero" by Stephen Powers, 2013; "Untitled" by Mike Lee, 2013; "Bad Alphabet" by Matt Wright, 2013; "Muslim Cell Phone" by Dan Murphy, 2011.

    Associated with the DIY, punk-inspired "beautiful losers" crew, which included artists like Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills and Barry McGee, Powers got his start in the East Coast graffiti scene under the name ESPO, or Exterior Surface Painting Outreach. Though his well-documented pack of bubblegum tag, declaring the artist "fresh" can still be seen in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan -- it's sign painting that has brought him a more legal form of success: "I could write the most beautiful elegant graffiti and people would think it was nothing," he says. "Whereas, I could do a crummy sign that even if it's spelled wrong, people will have a genuine appreciation for it across the board."

    Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra runs through November 16th at the Joshua Liner Gallery, 540 W. 28th Street, New York.

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    After almost eight full minutes of setting the record straight in his much talked-about appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, Kanye West said, "Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second." And although it's easy to forget that Kanye West did not hatch out of a Ricardo Tisci-designed leather egg in a $10 million Dubai pied-à-terre, it's clear that the rapper's Chicago's roots are important to him.

    Since Chicago, the rapper has moved on to bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles but the Chicago music scene doesn't seem to be missing him too much. Actually, as much as elitist New Yorkers might want to ignore this, Chicago is bursting with talent right now. Below, we round up 11 Chicago musicians you need to know now.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.39.18 PM.png1. JODY

    Who: Reverb-heavy R&B sextet JODY describe their music as "sex sex music sexual sexy sexy music," so, uh, you know what it's good for. The group is made up of producers Brandon Boom and Jeremiah Chrome (of The-Drum fame) and singer-songwriters David Robertson, Khallee Standberry-Lois, Cole Johnson and James King (the GTW). With lots of late night shows at the Empty Bottle and two buzzy CMJ sets, it makes sense JODY was recently named a  Best New Artist by SPIN Magazine and featured on Solange's new Saint Heron blog. They're about to be big.

    Favorite place to hang out in Chicago: According to King, the crew mostly hangs in "Pilsen, at The-Drum's crib when we're making music," but when it comes to nightlife, JODY keeps it house party chic. And where do they party? "Nightlife is always loft parties or parties in an auto-shop. Two popular ones are The P2 party or La Liga all presented by Saturday Youth," says King.

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    Who: Teen Witch is an artist, DJ, zine-maker and party-thrower all. What's the connection between all four professions? "I mostly work around the idea of obsession and fandom with teen idols from now and the past. How teens are vital in culture, how fans interact with pop stars and how it's represented on the Internet," he explains. On Soundcloud, Teen Witch tags his moody dance music as "sad girl pop" and "casual rave," and his remixes somehow manage to make you rethink your initial reactions to artists like Taylor Swift, One Direction and Daniel Bedingfield. He's responsible for redesigning Miley Cyrus's bonkers new website and he's gearing up for the next installment of his self-titled zine, which highlights mostly queer artists from the underground scene and transports them into a colorful world of pinup posters and games. On the party front, he'll be throwing his #AREA69 parties all year long after its successful run on Halloween. He's also collaborating with Johnny Love and How To Dress Well on new parties in addition to his well-known Total Therapy events. As he puts it, he's "just trying to keep Chicago fun in the winter." That's a bigger burden to carry for just one teen witch.

    Favorite place to hang out in Chicago: He's a party kid, so you can find him at  Berlin, Exit and Beauty Bar.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.40.16 PM.png3. Katie Got Bandz

    Who: With Chief Keef making national headlines this year Chicago has become known as a hotbed for Drill music, the hip-hop sub-genre known for its vividly violent lyrics rapped over  apocalyptic beats. Katie Got Bandz is one of the few females embracing the genre, and has a more original and layered sound than many of her male peers. The self-dubbed first lady of drill -- her 16-track mixtape is awesomely titled Drillary Clinton -- doesn't shy away from waving around real guns in videos and has made fans out of R. Kelly, Ryan Hemsworth and Jack Donoghue of S4lem along the way.
     
    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.40.43 PM.png4. King Louie

    Who: One of the original dread-headed drillers, King Louie, a Katie Got Bandz collaborator, has gone from selling mixtapes out of the trunk of his car to a feature on Kanye West's Yeezus. For all that hard work and growth, he's declared himself a member of the Drilluminati. We won't argue. Download his mixtape Drilluminati in anticipation for its imminent follow-up, Drilluminati 2, and pretend you've been hip all along.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.41.12 PM.png5. Sasha Go Hard

    Who: When the spotlight found Chicago's Drill scene last year, everyone recognized Sasha Go Hard as a rising girl on the scene. She got her start with Chief Keef, but as time went on, Sasha's worked with Diplo and moved away from violent lyrics and drill beats. Now she works mostly with her go-to producer Tony Roche and even though she won't tote guns, she'll still slam anyone who tries to get in her way. Support female rappers.

    Favorite place to hang out in Chicago: You can catch Sasha chilling in her favorite Chicago hangout spot -- Chipotle in downtown Chicago. Hope she knows about the Quesarito.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.41.49 PM.png6. Lil Durk
     
    Who: Among Drill music's other young stars, Lil Durk stands out. His music leans towards the pop side of drill, and is perhaps the genre's most palatable star. In his most recent mixtape, Signed to the Streets, Lil Durk seamlessly mixes brazen lyrics like "In my own city they hate on me, put weight on me / Fuck TMZ, fuck Breaking News and ABC / I can't do no shows cause I terrify my city, they say I terrify my city" with addictive hooks, solidifying drill as a sound worthy of national attention.

    Favorite place to hang out in Chicago: The video for his latest hit "Dis Ain't What You Want" was shot by his grandma's house in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, where Durk usually hangs out when he's in town. He says, "It's a place I can be myself and they don't see me as 'Lil Durk' the rapper, they see me for me. I also go dirt bike riding -- it gives me a chance to clear my head."

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.42.14 PM.png7. Teklife/DJ Rashad
     
    Who: Footwork is a Chicago-born genre of dance and electronic music with a frenetic flow of 160 beats per minute. Teklife is the most popular Chicago-based footwork team and DJ Rashad is their leader. Rashad started out as a footwork dancer, became a DJ with his partner DJ Spinn in his teens, and now travels the world promoting his sound. His recent album Double Cup was rated 8.6 on Pitchfork and an 8 on SPIN. It is not to be missed.

    Favorite place to hang out in Chicago: Rashad's mostly on the road, but when he's back in Chicago he usually likes to chill at friends' houses or grab a bite at El Mariachi's ("the best taco spot") and Brazilian fancy meat fest, Fogo de Chao.

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    8. Different Sleep
     
    Who: Different Sleep -- who grew up in San Diego as Rafa Alvarez, but recently relocated to Chicago as Different Sleep -- got his big break when Ryan Hemsworth played his track on a Diplo & Friends BBC radio show. The college junior, who makes dreamy, lush electronic tracks (and some over-the-top Chris Brown and Gwen Stefani remixes) recently played some Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival aftershows at Output. 

    Favorite place to hang out in Chicago: Observatory Studios, a small venue and recording studio: "The vibes are great because the space fits a little over one hundred people, which gives it a more intimate setting," he says.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.44.30 PM.png9. Supreme Cuts

    Who: Not to be confused with SupremeCuts.com, the pre-cut vegetable processor and distributor, the Supreme Cuts made up of Mike Perry and Austin Keultjes is a producer duo who pre-cut and process eerie, creepy-crawler beats for hip-hop acts like Haleek Maul. The duo not only produce for others, but they've also released an EP and a full-length, and their sophomore album, Divine Ecstasy, comes out this January. 

    Favorite place to hang in Chicago: "Won Kow in old Chinatown for the flaming volcano cocktails and the ambience (but def not for the food)."

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.44.50 PM.png10. Tink G

    Who: Tink spits hot fire when she raps, only to wash away the destruction with smooth R&B tracks. She's recently worked with Future Brown, Sasha Go Hard and Junglepussy and was also mentioned in SPIN's 5 Best New Artists for September piece. And, at just 18, Tink's already released four mixtapes with the fifth, Winter Diary 2, dropping December 24th. Lucky for us, Chicago's cold winters are very inspirational.

    Favorite place to hang out in Chicago: Turns out Chicago rappers really love their pizza. Tink's favorite is Beggars.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.45.38 PM.png11. Chance the Rapper
     
    Who: The Chicago wunderkind toured with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore off the strength of a mixtape called Acid Rap. He proved himself to be a voice wise beyond his years, talking about politics, the violence in Chicago, and dropping acid while showing off a unique flow and use of wordplay that's got listeners paying close attention. Chance is so loved right now that although Acid Rap is a free mixtape, it made it onto Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart when a mysterious company burned CDs and sold it at record stores and on iTunes and Amazon. People are literally choosing to pay for his music.

    Favorite place to hang out in Chicago: We hear you might catch Chance at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria eating a deep dish cheese pizza and dipping cheese sticks in ketchup.








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    Typhoon Haiyan left the Philippines battered, and with heavy hearts New Yorkers immediately asked how they could help the country heal. Many of them were led to Filipino gastropub Jeepney, where earlier last week dropped off canned goods and checks--that were live-tallied on Twitter--written out to the Red Cross.

    "Our initial goal was $2,000, but we made $8,500," says Nicole Ponseca, co-owner of Jeepney and sister East Village restaurant Maharlika. "It's devastating. The death toll is going up and there are all these 9/11-like stories. For some, their houses are gone, but their lives were saved because they happened to go to Manila."

    Ponseca is still collecting clothing, canned good and monetary donations for the Philippine Red Cross at both Maharlika and Jeepney--although Jeepney is preferred. (Greepoint dress shop Dalaga is also selling tote bags at Maharlika, with all proceeds from sales going to the PRC.) After you drop off your donation, grab a Hot Titas, an Asian spin on the classic toddy with rum or whiskey--rum's our vote--married with kalamansi, cinnamon and muddled ginger.

    Recipe

    2 oz. rum or whiskey

    1 oz. kalamansi juice

    1/2 oz. lemon juice

    2 small pieces of muddled ginger

    1 cinnamon stick

    6 oz. hot water

    Meld ingredients. Let stand for a few minutes so flavors can mingle. Garnish with clove-studded lemon wheel.



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    Relief and recovery for the Philippines is in full effect after Typhoon Haiyan left the country and its citizens in utter devastation earlier this week. There are nearly 4,000 confirmed dead and 500,000 survivors who are badly in need of supplies. There are endless ways to help. You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross, who is providing a family-tracking service for those looking for missing family members, or to Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Relief Services, Direct Relief or Doctors Without Borders. You can also give to Paper contributor Jessica Suarez's fundraiser for Oxfam, which is giving 100% of funds collected to Philippine relief, and has emergency responders on the ground. There are also benefits happening around town this week. If you have listings for benefits/fundraisers you'd like us to post, just email vip@papermag.com. See below for all the opportunities you can show support around NYC this weekend and in the coming days.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 4.50.01 PM.pngPaper contributor and fabulous Filipino Jessica Suarez is accepting donations for OxFam. She is trying to raise $5,000 by Thanksgiving. Help her go way beyond her goal here!

    558957_223620494483216_995651115_n.jpgOpia restaurant is hosting a benefit for Doctors Without Borders tonight, with a suggested donation of $20 for guests as well as a $100/plate dinner special, from which 60% of proceeds will be donated. [Via GuestofaGuest]

    BZivFhlIQAAtgWh.jpg_large.jpgThe East Village's Juke Bar has a fundraiser going on tonight with a ton of DJs and an extended happy hour. 10% of bar sales will go to relief efforts.

    1424445_545148715576376_1506796517_n.jpgThe Filipino American Museum is holding a fundraiser for typhoon relief efforts on November 21st at Galapagos. More info on the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns website.


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    The Fashion For Relief: Clothing Sale to Help the Philippines Rebuild is being held at the Philippine Consulate General Saturday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    The sale will feature "styles from Diane von Furstenberg and other style icons, refreshments, DJ sets, and more." All proceeds raised will go directly to relief support. More info here.

     
    544146_10200772478298723_1336772055_n.jpgDitmas Park's Purple Yam is having a fundraising Sunday brunch this weekend. Meals are fixed at $40 and all funds raised will be donated to relief efforts.

    TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF.jpgCocktail den Randolph Brooklyn is holding a fundraiser on Thursday night with a suggested donation of $20 at the door going to benefiting Filipinos suffering from post-disaster trauma and violence. DJ sets by Mark Holcomb and Steven Rojas. Canned food, clothes and bedding donations will also be accepted and donated to the Philippine Red Cross.


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    Vegan networking group Vegan Drinks is holding a benefit for the Philippine Animal Welfare Society and their relief efforts for animals displaced and abandoned by the storm. Info here.

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    The Gin Blossoms (!!!) are donating proceeds from their NYC Stage 48 show Thursday, November 21st to the Philippine Red Cross. More info here.

    1453493_10100549102690710_1515139483_n.jpgThere's a fundraising happy hour at Professor Thom's next Friday, November 24th. All proceeds raised will be donated to Unicef's hurricane relief work. More info here. [Via BedfordandBowery]

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    David Byrne is staging a special concert version of his interactive Imelda Marcos musical "Here Lies Love," featuring the full cast, at Terminal 5 on Saturday night. Tickets here. All proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.











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  • 11/20/13--15:55: Hurry Up and Get to DOC NYC!


  • Calling all Paper people! There's a great film festival happening right here in New York City.
    Documentary film festival DOC NYC is wrapping up tomorrow, and it's your last chance to see a grouping of 2013 docs that are shortlisted for the upcoming Oscars. There are also some new docs, both features and shorts, that are showing at  both the IFC and SVA
    theaters. many do not yet have distribution, and are showing for the first time here, including Finding Vivian Maier, Emptying the Skies, the Unknown Known and White Gold

    I was lucky to see a great film, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, and got the chance to meet its incredible, inspiring subject. Boggs, a 98-year-old Chinese American, is an activist and writer who was heavily involved in the African American civil rights movement in Detroit. The film already screened Saturday, though it will also air on PBS. The film's website also has updates on screenings. Check out the trailer above and the remaining schedule for DOC NYC here.

    Henny Garfunkel has been letting Paper post her fabulous celebrity portraits from various film festivals on our website for years. Her career has included editorial work, photojournalism and still photography for films by John Waters, Todd Solondz and Pedro Almodóvar.

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    Here's an awesome video of '80s-era Bill Murray doing tongue twisters (and some hand shadows). The guy's got skills. [via Splitsider]



    Sarah Silverman sings to us about the difference between divas and cunts. [via Uproxx]

    tumblr_mwk0grv2BB1qzt1yyo1_500.pngSuch portrait. Much art. [via Tall Whitney]

    tumblr_mwkdw2azLW1qe0wclo1_500.jpgSweatstain grumpy cat. [via The Clearly Dope]

    tumblr_mwkyz83tpY1r2idzvo1_1280.jpgHere's the official portrait of the royal family of Denmark. Welcome to the nightmare factory. [via Laughter Key]

    tumblr_mwjn19F2K61s3txk2o1_500.gifEndless boogie. [via Coin Farts]

    Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 6.50.09 PM.pngA+ [via Rats Off]

    enhanced-buzz-8647-1384976531-24.jpgSky Fieri. Or Guy Ferreira. [via Buzzfeed]



    Ron Burgundy went on Conan last night and talked about his "good friend Rob Ford" before singing Mayor Ford's campaign theme song, "Working for the Weekend." Stick around for the excellent flute solo. [via Team Coco]



    Here's Jennifer Lawrence continuing to be totally charming and the best while talking about shitting herself. [via David Letterman]

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    You won't find Cher anywhere in her newest music video, "Take It Like A Man," but that's okay because there's a bajillion hottt, nearly-naked (and totally hairless) men instead! The clip shows a posse of chiseled go-go boy types having what we always imagine is a typical day in L.A.: a sexy carwash in a red convertible, a drive down the block to cruise for eye candy, some chill time on a boat, a Baywatch moment on the beach, and a twerk session at the gym. It's marvelous.

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    It's is only a couple of weeks away, so here's part 5 (and here are parts 1, 2, 3 and 4) of our on-going Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2013:

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    The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum (1001 Washington Avenue, South Beach) celebrates their current exhibition "The Birth of Rome," with a party called "Rebirth of Rome" on Friday, December 6th from 8 to 11 p.m. featuring an installation by Gideon Barnett and a performance by Albert et son Orchestre.  The exhibition is up until May 18, 2014.

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    Lots of big events happening again this year at the Standard Hotel & Spa (40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach):
        

    • Andre Saraiva and photographer Jean Pigozzi are hosting a pop-up gallery called Room 40 that will used for massages during the day and for exhibitions at night.  They're also hosting a private dinner on the 5th.
    • Custom t-shirts by artist Todd James will be available in the hotel's gift shop and will be worn by the pool staff. (That's one of his designs above.)

    • There's a release party for an Everybody Street zine by Cheryl Dunn and another zine by Chris Johanson and Franck Haines on Thursday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Creative Time hosts a a brunch with Krug Champagne on Friday, December 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • On December 6th, The Newsstand has a book release for Glenn O'Brien's Penance from 5 to 7 p.m. and a "lecture" and book launch by Ryan McGuinness from 7 to 8 p.m. 
    • End your week at the annual Basel wrap-up "Lazy Sunday BBQ" on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. and check out the "paper boat" by Miami designer Luis Pons.        
    frescohangemhigh.jpgThe street-arts quarterly publication FRESCO put together a group show called "Hang 'em High" that will be up from December 3rd at 5 p.m., to the 8th at 97 NW 25th Street, Miami, and includes works by Banksy, Faile, KAWS, Swoon, Dface, BAST, Retna and Ryan McGinness.

    1artuntitled.jpgThe UNTITLED fair is back on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street in South Beach, with two big VIP previews: Monday, December 2nd, 7 to 9 p.m. hosted by Marina Abramovic to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Marina Abramovic Institute (this is the one that Lady Gaga is rumored to be attending) and Tuesday, December 3rd from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring performances by TM Sisters and Jacolby Satterwhite.  The fair is open to the public from December 4th to the 8th.

    tumblr_mw6kuir0gX1qjnfndo1_500.jpgHeineken Light, the Tecne Collective, New Times and the Miami Light Project are hosting several big events during the week starting with a "Light Your Night Challenge" for VIPs at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street, Miami) on Tuesday, December 3.  Five multi-media artists from South Florida will "transform the warehouse into a maze of light installations" plus DJs Mr. Pauer and Ess & Emm are spinning. On the 5th, they're showcasing an interactive kinetic motion installation by Tecne Collective at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami) and on Saturday, December 7th, there's a video installation and video mapping event at Grand Central (679 North Miami Avenue, Miami) for the Basel Castle after-party.

    6a00d8341cbefd53ef0133ed0e1409970b.jpgVisionaire and The National YoungArts Foundation present free public screenings of "A Portrait of Marina Abramovic", a new 3-D film by artist Matthu Placek, in the Jewel Box of the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), December 4 to 7, every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Photo by Matthu Placjek via.)

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    Harper's BAZAAR magazine is bringing back their pop-up shop, ShopBAZAAR, to the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) from December 3rd to the 5th.  Look for designer brands, limited editions, a Gevalia coffee station, plus several beauty bars.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 12.31.28 PM.pngMaison Martin Margiela and Atelier Swarovski are hosting a super-private cocktail party on December 5th at MMG (3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami). They're presenting a new collection called "Crystalactite" and there's also an installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg  called "Stalker."

    The leading gallery app provider, ArtBinder, is launching a new app called The Viewer in 2014 and they're hosting a party with Christie's and Make: magazine on Friday, December 6, at Mango's Tropical Cafe (900 Ocean Drive, South Beach).  Co-hosts include Jemima Kirke, Peter McGough and Annabelle Dexter-Jones.  Plus they've enlisted a very unique group of DJs including Hannah Bronfman, Todd Eberle & Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman.

    BLOCK-PARTY-_-Final.jpgLapo Elkann of FIAT is hosting an exclusive cocktail party on December 4th for the opening of a pop-up shop by the Miami-based brand Del Toro and the launch of a Del Toro X Italia Independent line.  Del Toro is also hosting a "block party" on December 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at their headquarters in The Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Street, Miami).  There will be 50 pairs of hand-painted shoes by international artists and wall murals by artists including Stash, Evoca1, Johnny Robles and more.

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    The bandage-covered, heart-shaped balloon painted on a wall in Red Hook, Brooklyn, by the UK artist Banksy during his New York City "residency" is being offered for sale by the Stephan Keszler Gallery during AB/MB.

    Front01-Option3-mdn.jpgELLE DECOR's Modern Life Concept House will be open on Sunset Island II from December 4th to December 15th.  Tickets available at the door with a $35 individual donation to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Go HERE for more info. (The house is for sale, too.)

    The Wynwood Art Building (2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami) kicks off the week with a big gallery night -- catered by Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Tanduay and Vita Coco -- on Monday, December 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m.  All the galleries in the building, including m+v ART, ArtMedia, Cienfuegos, Ricart, etc. will showcase their new exhibitions. Other galleries in the Wynwood Arts District will also be open on the same night, so if you're going to be in Miami on Monday, be sure to head over for a sneak preview before the crowds invade later in the week.

    Wendy-White-750.jpgThe Savannah College of Art & Design is presenting a solo exhibition called "Curva" () with recent works by Wendy White in the M Building (194 NW 30th Street, Miami).  It will be on view from December 4th to the 20th.

    1-e293b611388e545fc4f789c9c1f91b2e.jpgThe big VIP and media preview for the new-fair-on-the-block, Brazil ArtFair (3501 NE Midtown Blvd., Miami) is on the 3rd from 3 to 5 p.m. The fair is open to the public daily from December 4th to the 8th.

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    A new project called "Burning As It Were a Lamp" by the Cuban-American artist Enrique Martinez Celaya will be on view all week at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery (2247 NW 1st Place, Miami).

    If you're sticking around Miami until December 9th, there's an "Art Chat" with two Miami notables, Robert Chambers and Robert Wennett, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (9703 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).  Chambers is probably best know for his large public sculptures, but he's also a fountain of knowledge on numerous topics including meteorites.  Wennett is a local developer who transformed Lincoln Road by hiring the Swiss starchitects Herzog & de Meuron to design his parking garage and he's also involved in the plans for the new Miami Beach Convention Center.

    We'll be back next Wednesday, November 27th, with the final part of our Mega-Guide and then we'll be posting new additions all through the week of December 3rd to 7th in our daily guides.

    PART 1
    PART 2
    PART 3
    PART 4

    Homepage photo by Rebecca Smeyne.













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    Super cool sludge-pop band Color War came by the Paper kitchen to play us a few tracks  -- complete with video projection! (Ed note: We're gettin' fancy...) Take a look, below.



    "Plate Tectonics"


    "I Like It This Way"


    "Obelisk"


    Video by Pierce Jackson


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