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    “I am the whole package,” squeals rising Filipina American artist K Rizz (aka the “Baddest Cowgirl on the Block”). “If you want dinner, I’ll give you the main plate, a side dish and dessert. You want a drink, too? Call ‘Slay Rizz.’” The 22-year-old Queens native spews out these one-liners with impressive ease and talks about having prepared for the spotlight her entire life. Switching to third person (and referring once again to her alter ego, "Slay Rizz") she says, “deep down in Slay Rizz’s baby heart, she always knew she wanted to be a pop star. She didn’t know how she’d make it happen, but she knew.”

    Stocked with more cowgirl hats and assless chaps than a porno set in Texas, K Rizz has consciously crafted an image that’s simultaneously a throwback to Madonna or Christina Aguilera's early-00s "urban cowgirl" schtick and also very different from anything else happening in music today. While overtly glam and overtly sexual, there's still something about her look that makes you think of performance art. And, in fact, she's been embraced by certain segments of the avant net art community (her 2014 music video, "Sabalhe," was premiered by DIS Magazine, for instance).

    As for her music, the New Yorker's rap-pop sound has a sharper bite than Rihanna and glossier sheen than Gaga, which you can hear on her buzzy tracks like "Imagine" and "Yes Bitch." Her debut album is finally slated to drop this spring. We had the chance to catch one of her high-octane performances at Verboten in Williamsburg after spending a night pre-gaming with her crew. Take a look at photos by Rebecca Smeyne and hear K Rizz's thoughts on her Queens upbringing, self-proclaimed "gay spirit" and impressive cowgirl hat collection.

    “‘Salbahe’ [Tagalog for "bad"] represents my style and confidence -- everything about me. If I could make a genre, it’d be ‘Salbahe'; if I could have a clothing line, it’d be ‘Salbahe.’ I called last summer, ‘Salbahe Season,’ but eventually I was like, ‘Why does it have to be just one season? It can be the whole lifestyle.’”

    “When I was a young girl in the 2000s, I used to see these girls in cowboy hats and they really didn’t give a fuck. They were the party -- they were so sexy. I was drawn to that woman because they commanded attention. They let everybody look and let everybody have it. I decided then that I wanted to be that woman. I was always the ‘Salbahe Cowgirl’ in my heart -- I just wasn’t confident enough.”

    “When I first started doing performances underground, I was around a lot of sly, cut-throat people who were just in it for the come-up. I could feel that energy -- I’m really good at reading people’s auras. Now, I’m so happy with the circuit I’m in. We go off, we have fun; we catch the spirit, we give the spirit. That’s the ‘Salbahe Lifestyle.’”

    “I’m the next big pop star -- I really feel it. I can see how contagious I am. My album is going to be one of the most exciting things of 2015 because it’s not just the album, it’s the lifestyle -- it’s everything. I’m giving you something catchy with a poppin’ beat. Definitely club bangers up in there.”

    “I grew up speaking Filipino with my family, so for my first few days of school, kids were laughing at me. I didn’t understand why but I had an accent and quickly started to realize it wasn’t a normal thing. I grew up in Queens suburbia, so there were a lot of Europeans and Latin Americans. Nobody really understood my art there, so I eventually moved to Brooklyn.”

    “I started go-go dancing when I was 18 or 19 for Frankie Sharp’s Westgay parties and another one called, ‘Friday.’ That’s where it all started, honey. I never got carded because Frankie would always come out and get me.”

    “I never really had an idol that I could relate to completely. Eventually I was like, ‘I’m going to become my own hero.’ I never thought it was actually going to be real, but I’m obsessed with Slay Rizz, now. I wouldn’t say she’s an act. I’m Slay Rizz even without that cowboy hat, honey. It’s an inner beauty that shines brightly out of my body.”

    “The idea my parents had of America was like any first generation person. If your parents aren’t from America originally, you can relate. What they saw on TV in Asia about America was the cliché four family members, two cars, a driveway, a dog, a big house and a mother to stay home and cook. When they got to America, they realized the struggle continues; they thought it wouldn’t be here no more.”

    “I have such a gay spirit and it feels good. My gay friends have always understood me.”

    “Taking selfies and videos is a big part of the pre-game ritual. If I’m with the girls, we edit that caption and say, ‘Oh girl, maybe it should say this.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, what angle looks better?’ You know, preparation for the ‘Gram -- put it out there that Slay Rizz is coming out.”

    “My whole room is full of cowgirl hats and the collection keeps getting bigger and bigger. When I wear them, I feel like a fierce Taurus. I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m fierce. Look at me, everybody -- I’m the baddest cowgirl on the block.’ I’ve been doing this look since 2012.”

    “I’d rather go to the club to be something better than someone who’s there to just get drunk -- I don’t drink. Maybe I’ll hit a joint before we go out to feel good.”

    “I want to give it all because I have it all -- that’s how I feel when I perform. I always make sure I have the people in my hand; I go the fuck off during my live shows. That’s my natural being, to go the fuck off -- that’s my soul.”

    “My song, ‘Yes Bitch,’ really surprised me. I was going to perform in LA, so I made that song because I felt like LA wasn’t going to accept me, right away. I wanted the song to have a hip-hop, west coast beat, but my producer Roc’Well is so Brooklyn -- he’s so east coast. He was out of his element, but I just started writing and we released it before Soulja Boy and Nicki Minaj ever put out, ‘Yasss Bish.’”

    “I feel like my album, Wanted, is the future of music. It’s not now -- it’s next. I think we’re in a transition musically to better things and this album is definitely for later. I’ve let a lot of people listen to it and some aren’t even getting it yet. It was supposed to come out in January, but I’m waiting for the right time.”

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    On the heels of the first trailer for Orange Is the New Black season three, we were just teased with a new clip. In it, we see Crazy Eyes, Poussey, Cindy and Taystee discuss Vee's accident from last season's finale and, apparently, there are differences of opinion on whether she's still alive to troll and terrorize the inmates. In other good OITB news, the show has officially been renewed for a fourth season so we'll be able to hang with the Ladies of Litchfield at least into 2016. Give the clip a watch and mark your calendars for the season premiere on June 12th.

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    Bret Morgen's much-anticipatedKurt Cobain documentaryMontage of Heck comes out next Friday in theaters and debuts on HBO May 4th. (Stay tuned for an illuminating interview with Morgen next week on Today, the Times has a feature on the film and Morgen that includes this clip from the documentary, featuring an early Nirvana "gig" consisting of Cobain and Krist Novoselic playing in a wood-paneled room for two bored-looking boys. A voice-over from Cobain describes these nascent performances as mostly being attended by "locals who hated our guts and thought it was terrible music." The clip segues into a current interview with Novoselic, in which he isn't billed as Nirvana's bassist but as a friend, discussing his and Cobain's shared love for punk rock as teenagers and Cobain's art. Watch above.

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    Are you guilty of brooding over basketball's marked lack of, say, cubist aesthetic? Or maybe its deficiency of semiological play, or avant-garde abstraction? Well, now you can sleep easy: Just Visiting has the shirt for you -- the Picasso Bulls. May we suggest surreal soccer, or bauhaus baseball next? We'll see ourselves out.

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    Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 2.19.17 PM.pngImage from "Past Tomorrow." Photo by Stephen White. 

    Big opening this week for Scandinavian art duo Elmgreen & Dragset at Galerie Perrotin (909 Madison Avenue).  The artists will take another look at the private world of fictional architect Norman Swann with "Past Tomorrow," featuring a bedroom filled with biographical elements related to "the nostalgia, sorrows and regrets of his personal life."  The opening reception is Thursday, April 16th, from 6 to 8 p.m., and it's on view until May 23rd.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 2.22.01 PM.pngOn Monday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., Grey Art Gallery (100 Washington Square East) opens "Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera." The artist moved to NYC from Hong Kong in 1978 and documented the downtown scene via his unique "selfies," covering everything from Keith Haring to the Brooklyn Bridge before his death from AIDS in 1990. On view until July 11.

    2015_AKG_DavidShrigley_e.jpgAnton Kern Gallery (532 West 20th Street) opens their sixth solo show by British artist David Shrigley on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.  The show includes 78 drawings, two sculptures and one animated work based on the Sega game, "Out Run." Up until May 23rd.

    Sperone Westwater (257 Bowery) opens a solo show of new paintings by the UK-born, NY-based artist Malcolm Morley on Thursday, April 16th from 6 to 8 p.m.  It's his fifth show at the gallery since 1999 and includes a large triptych called "Trafalgar Waterloo" as well as several works featuring "familiar Morley motifs: fighter planes and battleships...Viking ships, medieval castles and lighthouses."  On view until the first week of June.

    The AIPAD Photography Show, featuring works from over 80 international photo art galleries, opens Wednesday, April 15th, with a benefit for the 92nd Street Y, and then runs through Sunday at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue).

    content_Grand_Central.jpgPhotography collectors in town for AIPAD should also check out "Concrete Jungle - New York in Black & White" featuring works by Jason Peterson at the Royalton Hotel (44 West 44th Street).  On view until the end of May.

    A show of sound-related works called "Amplitude" by Columbia University Sound Arts MFA students opens on April 16th, 6 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Works out in Red Hook.  On view until the end of April..

    Off Vendome (234 West 23rd Street #2) opens a show called "Mouth, etc." of new works by Win McCarthy on April 16th, 7 to 9 p.m.  The artist's first NYC solo show will be up through May 23rd.

    New York-based artist Martin Beck has a new solo show called "The thirty-six sets do not constitute a sequence." opening on April 16th, 6 to 8 p.m. at 47 Canal (291 Grand Street, 2nd floor) and up until May 17th.

    6102.jpgThe Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street) hosts a conversation on temporary architecture called "Buildings Without Consequences?" on April 15th at 7 p.m. with Izaskun Chinchilla, Adam Frampton, Basar Girit, Jason Klimosky, Jing Liu, Ada Tolla and Dong Ping Wong.


    pa721b0604_dawning_1DF7983_l.jpegPeter Anton.

    Peter Anton's gigantic food sculptures are featured in a show called "Foodhist Temple" at Unix Gallery (532 West 24th Street). On view until May 14th.

    California artist Robert Irwin's "Cacophonous" is still on view at Pace Gallery (534 West 25th Street) through May 9th.

    tumblr_nmjk2pIgA11qbp400o1_1280.jpgPaul Wackers'"I Know What I Know," on display at Ed. Varie.

    A group show of contemporary "vessels" called "Pot Shop" is up at Ed. Varie (618 East 9th Street) until May 3rd.

    60724_ca_object_representations_media_8573_large.jpgPhoto from "Margret: Chronicle of an Affair - May 1969 to December 1970"

    And it's your last chance to check out "Margret: Chronicle of an Affair - May 1969 to December 1970", a collection of found materials relating to "a private affair conducted between a German businessman and his secretary in the late 1960s and early 1970s."  On view at White Columns (320 West 13th Street) until Sunday, April 19th.

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    tumblr_nmmwa3qoyr1unk37ho1_500.gifThe lure of the small screen -- or any screen -- is so strong that I've done some embarrassing things in order to get my face there. Like pitching the following 10 programs, which were offbeat, wacky, and at times downright humiliating. Mercifully, none of them were picked up.

    1. In the aughts, an aspiring actress/writer dropped all kinds of names and claimed she had connections with HBO, which was allegedly funding a short film she wanted me in -- a sort of way-too-late riff on AbFab. I believed it, and even bought the fact that they'd air her short and it would surely lead to other, better things. But when she broke her promise to pay me, I knew her project was toilet bound. And when I saw the finished result, which was so amateurishly done that you couldn't hear the dialogue, I was mortified. But there was one good thing about it: You couldn't hear the dialogue.

    2. In 2001, I met with a co-host I'd worked with and a bigshot over at a movie channel. He was supposedly a big fan and wanted us to do some kind of chat show for him, and we were thrilled about it. But at our meeting, he weirdly talked about his own marital situation a lot, as we tried to be witty and/or comforting while nodding like bobbleheads. Throughout the entire encounter, we never got to say anything about ourselves or delve into just what kind of project we were going to do. And then he never contacted us again! It was like he just wanted a free therapy session!

    3. In 2002, I was involved in a pilot for a gay talk show that was sort of Queer Eye-meets-The View. The idea was that gay men are like women, so they should sit around and discuss women's issues. But as I've pointed out before, it's lesbians who are like women. This was such a nutty idea that I sat through the taping praying that God would punish it. And honey, he did.

    4. Ages ago, a friend of a female model put together an elaborate pilot whereby the model would introduce videos at a loft party, after which oddballs like me would engage in supposedly festive shtick (some of it involving card tricks and magic stunts. Riveting, no?). My bit involved telling a blind gossip item to a woman playing an elderly fashionista, upon which she fell over in faux disbelief. So did the targeted network. The model's friend had said he had an "in" there, but it turned out they had no interest in this thing at all. End of party.

    5. A nightlife presence wanted me on a show about older clubbies mentoring younger ones. I agreed, but I didn't think it would make it, since it was feel-good and inspiring, and that's not exactly what reality networks are looking for. (They generally want cursing and hair pulling.) Sure enough, I never heard another word about it, so I've had to restrict my mentoring skills to real life.

    6. A self-professed reality producer claimed to be a huge admirer and wanted to meet me to discuss TV possibilities. When I did so, he was smashed and so full of shit he had no idea what I even did. At one point, I suggested a club-related show about my nightly travails, and he replied, "You mean like Girls Gone Wild?" I left him there with the check.

    7. In 2001, a very nice guy who worked for Al Roker's production company was convinced that Roker and I would be a good match for a movie review program, along with a female critic who'd already been handpicked. I guess it was Siskel and Ebert-meets-The Mod Squad. The three of us got together, shot a sizzle reel, and never met again, except when we ran into each other by accident. But hey, they're great, and it was fun to try.

    8. Some years ago, the fab Richard Belzer hosted a pilot about conspiracy theories, and the panelists included me, Johnny Rotten, G. Gordon Liddy, and Janeane Garofalo. It didn't get picked up, and I have a conspiracy as to why that is -- I sucked!

    9. I was a judge on Catwalk Challenge, a sort of Project Runway attempt crossed with a makeover show, starring a plus-sized host. Apparently there was no room for it on the dial.

    10. There was also a spoof of a reality show (this one focusing on a dizzy socialite) in which I did some gossipy narration. Alas, reality shows tend to spoof themselves, so Oxygen -- for whom the show was done -- gave it no oxygen.
    I won't include the pilot I was in (as a commentator) for a show about trashy reality stars doing charity. I was happy to actually donate my time -- dutifully chopping vegetables at God's Love We Deliver -- and I was thrilled that Lindsay Lohan's father didn't come at me with the paring knife!
    But let me now concentrate on my new show, which is on. And it's fabulous! It's Cocktails and Classics, starting on Logo any day now, and I appear on four episodes. Check me out. Applause. Thank you. And scene.

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    PBS Digital Studios has a series called "Blank on Blank," which features "famous names" giving "lost interviews" -- before all of the Montage of Heck hype, they featured a rare interview Kurt Cobain gave in which he discussed feminism, thinking he might be gay as a teen and his burdensome stomach pain -- and yesterday they released a delightful segment from a Dolly Parton Q&A. Originally published as part of her 1978 Playboy cover story (but never-before-heard in its audio form), Parton talks to journalist Lawrence Grobel about her childhood, touching on topics like the first time she ever used a flush toilet, her family's bathing habits, and how she'd sleep in a bed with all of her younger siblings who'd pee on her every night. It's an interesting glimpse into an icon's early upbringing and a really charming listen.

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    mistki.jpgImage via Facebook

    Hot on the heels of her much-talked about SXSW performances and tour with Hundred Waters, Brooklyn-based Mitski has just released a cover of One Direction's song, "Fireproof." Talking with Billboard, Mitski described her discontent with musical elitism, saying that "we seem to de-legitimize music that has a majority of young girl fans and think of it as having less cultural value". Challenging Indie rock's self-aggrandizing entitlement as more "serious" or "intelligent" that mainstream pop, she questions whether lending her aesthetic to the song makes it more thoughtful that it was originally.

    Judge for yourself, and listen to both versions below.

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    Trans activist Aydian Dowling, and one of our 10 trans models changing the face of fashion, is on his way to winning Men's Health's"Ultimate Guy" contest, with a lead that's almost 3 times the votes held by the man in second place. The competition, which seeks to find "the guy who possesses all of the qualities that make up today's well rounded, active, health conscious and thoughtful guy" for the magazine's cover, seems a perfect fit for Dowling. Not only is he a bodybuilder, Dowling is also the owner of Point 5cc (a trans-pride clothing company), and an outspoken LGBT advocate who offers encouragement through twodifferent Youtube channels. 

    Dowling told People that through the contest he's trying "to break the stereotype of what a man should or shouldn't be." He continues, "I think it would blow would be so affirming to young kids who are lost right now and depressed to see somebody on a magazine, to see if I can do it, they can do it too." Well said, Aydian, and best of luck! You can vote for him HERE.

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    Last month, Charli XCX gave us the '90s / health goth nightmare of "Famous." Today, we get an all-star video that, giant lo-fi cat heads aside, takes place in the waking world, albeit still a '90s one, where lowriders prowl the streets and fly-girl moves abound. The song, "Drop That Kitty," will appear on a forthcoming Ty Dolla $ign LP. I'll leave you with one of the very few lines that doesn't end in a vagina reference, from Ty's second verse: "Shake, shake, shake it like a salt shaker / She goin' hard like a jawbreaker."

    Watch the video, above.

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    Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 10.20.08 AM.pngOn the heels of Kanye's Time 100 cover, we get a new remix of "All Day" featuring Kendrick Lamar. It's just as manic and bombastic as the original but this time, as Stereogum points out, Kendrick takes over the verse Theophilus London previously contributed (but don't worry -- Allan Kingdom's still on there). Give it a listen, below.

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    Jimmy Kimmel & Co. went around asking people for their opinions on phony Hillary Clinton campaign logos and their reactions -- and gullibility -- are pretty head-scratching. From a devil to a pot leaf to boobs, one thing is for sure: these logos are a hell of a lot more interesting than the real deal. Give it a watch, above.

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    Last night the Brooklyn Museum held their 5th annual fundraising event, the Brooklyn Artists Ball. Since its inception, the Brooklyn Artists Ball has developed a reputation as gala season's wackiest and most colorful offering, thanks to its no-holds-barred artist-designed tables and décor --or "multi-sensory installations," as the museum calls them. The event honored Arnold Lehman, Director of the Museum, whose likeness appeared in whimsical cutouts throughout the space, as well as Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, and Kiki Smith. Murakami and Smith were in attendance, as were Cindy Sherman, Vik Muniz, Kehinde Wiley, Kenny Scharf, and Mickalene Thomas. The installations this year were by Swoon, Faile, OLEK, Dustin Yellin and Pioneerworks, Duke Riley, SITU Studio, Fernando Mastrangelo, and Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, whose oversized food-sculpture-lifting crane in the middle of the grand ballroom, once again stole the show.

    Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw's Table

    Takashi Murakami

    Cindy Sherman (on right)

    Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw

    Duke Riley's battleship table, which featured confetti-poppers and togas

    Swoon (on left)

    Olek with Kenny Scharf, at the Olek-designed table

    One of three different Pioneerworks tables

    Kehinde Wiley (in blue)

    Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw's table

    Murakami taking a photo of Olek's table

    Duke Riley's table

    Olek's table

    Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop, in front of the gumball installation she made for the afterparty

    Fernando Mastrangelo's table

    Cindy Sherman

    The Pioneerworks Z Behl Table

    Swoon's table

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  • 04/16/15--05:30: Spring's Best New It Bags
  • While not every bag is destined to join the ranks of the ten best it-bags of all time, that doesn't mean there aren't worthy contenders each season. Here are the five bags this spring that we're most excited about.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.28.29 PM.pngThe Marc Jacobs Super Trooper

    With its combination of luxe fabrics and utilitarian form, the Marc Jacobs Super Trooper is the perfect everyday bag for the girl (or guy) on the go. One of the most practical bags of the season, this runway style looks awesome worn in the most quotidian ways -- as a schoolbag, weekend-bag or gym-bag.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.31.24 PM.pngMyriam Schaefer's The Byron
    The Byron, seen here in crocodile, is one of our favorite bags of the moment. Part of Myriam Schaefer's main line, it's a bit "ladies-who-lunch" but with a cooler edge. With prices comparable to Hermès, Schaefer makes bags for women who want the best quality available but with a little less obvious branding. The designer has worked with many great names in the industry and is the virtuoso behind the Balenciaga City Bag, which she designed while working for Nicolas Ghesquière while he was the Creative Director of the Parisian fashion house.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.31.57 PM.pngLoewe Pochette
    This Loewe pochette, designed under Creative Director J.W. Anderson, is one of the best hand-held bags of the season. Representative of Anderson's affinity for re-imagining classics, this bag's abstract grid is the perfect balance of simplicity and eccentricity while its size makes for a great day-to-night bag.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.33.44 PM.pngPrada's Sac Porté Main (Top Handle Bag)
    The beauty is in the details -- particularly the topstitching (one of Miuccia Prada's favorite touches right now) and layered panels of grey and black leather that contrast nicely with the caramel brown body.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.36.11 PM.pngCéline Curved Clutch
    The incredible part of this bag is its austerity, yet another example of Creative Director Phoebe Philo's mastery of minimalism. The unique shape and single circular adornment make for a simple, yet totally dynamic, piece.

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  • 04/16/15--06:09: Watch Jay Z's "Glory" Video

  • It's been three years since Jay Z shared "Glory," the heartfelt track he wrote in 2012 to celebrate the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy, but we now have a video to go along with the live orchestral version of the song. Premiered earlier today on the rapper's divisive streaming service Tidal, the video features rehearsal footage from his 2012 benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall. Bonus points for shots of the proud papa sharing photos of his daughter (we assume) to Alicia Keys and Nas. Watch above.

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    b883a9b458919ac8a981715aab3ce986.jpg We exist in strange times, but few would have predicted that, in 2015, Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges would have the Number 2 album on Billboard's New Age chart. But that's exactly what happened when Bridges' surrealist LP, The Sleeping Tapes, an album that promises to "help you get a good night's rest," garnered a cult following after it debuted in a Squarespace Super Bowl commercial. And since it's part of his American dream to end childhood hunger in the United States, Bridges used the opportunity to raise money for No Kid Hungry.

    Bridges, 65, spoke to us from his Santa Barbara home about his sleep-aid LP. Talking with Bridges over the phone is in itself a surreal experience. His drowsy baritone is so Lebowski-like, and his turns of phrase are so stony, that it's hard not to imagine you're on a direct line with the Dude.

    You recorded The Sleeping Tapes to help as a sleeping aid. How does living in Santa Barbara affect your sleep? Can you hear the waves?

    Well, we hear the train. We're kind of way up in the hills. On The Sleeping Tapes, the Temescal Canyon hike track, we recorded that in my backyard up here in the hills of Santa Barbara. And that train you hear, that was just a spontaneous thing that happened at the recording. And frogs. We hear a lot of frogs.

    You must be delighted by the success of The Sleeping Tapes, especially since it's raised so much money for No Kid Hungry.

    That was the clincher with the whole sleep tape thing. Squarespace came to me with an idea for an ad for the Super Bowl. It was a unique assignment. They actually wanted to show a bizarre website, with the message that no website is too bizarre. They presented me with a list of options, and The Sleeping Tapes spoke to me. The clincher was that they wanted all the proceeds from this album to go to No Kid Hungry. That's a remarkable thing for them to do. The project has raised around $250,000 in donations to end childhood hunger.

    What do you listen to before you go to sleep every night?

    I find that lately I'm listening to a lot of ambient music. Eno, his stuff's great. Been digging an album of his called Lux. And of course Music for Airports. But I really do most of my music-listening when I wake up in the morning. I sit up and read and listen to a playlist that's made up of Eno, ambient stuff, jazz, and that ... dah, dah-dah, dah, dah-dah. "Girl from Ipanema." Not that tune, but the cat who did it, [Astrud] Gilberto, and his wife.

    Jeff_Bridges_Sleeping_Tapes-1024x1024.jpgSo the Sleeping Tapes ads promoted Squarespace, and you're on Twitter. Would you say you're a tech-savvy guy?

    My nephew, Dylan Bridges, he works at Universal doing their social media stuff, and he does all my social media. I enjoy it, but I'm not savvy, man. I'm glad to have him at the helm orchestrating it for me. I'm not efficient at keeping it up.

    What advice would you give to someone having trouble falling asleep at night?

    People talk about warm milk ... what is it that warm milk does? There's some kind of chemical in the warm milk that's supposed to help you in that way. Sleep's important, man. If you get enough sleep you're gonna feel a lot better. Also, naps are good, when you have time to chill out. When I'm working on a movie, I'll take 15 minutes during lunchtime, and I'll just conk out Iike I'm a vampire or something. I'll nap in my trailer with my arms over my chest.

    I really enjoyed the track "See You at the Dreaming Tree." What's your favorite recurring dream?

    That one is certainly great. We have a place in Montana and when my daughter Isabelle was a young girl, we used to do that before we'd go to bed. We'd say, "Let's meet at the dreaming tree." And we'd do that. We'd dream the same dream. It actually worked. It was pretty wild. We'd agree to have a dream together, and we'd meet at our dreaming tree and we'd fly around. That's one of my favorite dreams.

    It sounds wonderful.

    It's hard to beat flying dreams. I feel blessed and fortunate to still have flying dreams. Do you have flying dreams?

    Yeah, I love 'em.

    Aren't they the best?  What's your form? How do they manifest?

    I'm usually flying over a body of water, skimming the surface.

    Oh yeah, man. I've done ones like that. I had one like that recently that was pretty fuckin' funny. I had taken off flying with this buddy. Then we were headed down, and I was gonna get right by the water and ... I can't remember quite how it ended. I just couldn't get any lift, and then I woke up. My dreams, when I'm flying, I'm like a leaf being blown in the wind, way up high in the clouds, you know, whooooosh.

    That sounds peaceful.

    Yeah, it starts pretty nice but then there can be thunderheads. Then it gets pretty dynamic up there. You just gotta let go. Then there are those dreams where you say to a group of people, "I can fly!" And they go, "Yeah, right." And you say, "Want me to show you?" And then you fly. Those are fun. 

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    Every year Allure magazine invites women to bare it all for their annual Nudes Issue and one of the most stunning photos from the spread is of Orange Is the New Black star, trans icon, and former PAPER Beautiful Person, Laverne Cox. But, apparently, she first turned the magazine down when they asked her to participate. After telling the magazine "no" a second time, she eventually reconsidered and decided to go for it. "I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent,"Cox told Allure. "Black women are not often told that we're beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we're beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There's beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it's true." Also featured were Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious franchise), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Nicole Behari (Sleepy Hollow), and Sandrine Holt (Terminator Genisys). For more from the feature, head over to

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    There's a lot going on in the new Star Wars trailer (messed up desert spaceship, baby spaceships, robots, crampy-looking stormtroopers), but first let's cleanse our palate with a conversation about broken promises. Dear J.J. Abrams: WHERE is Lupita Nyong'o?! We were told (in a time not so far, far away) that the actress would be making her galaxy debut in this film, but Lupita is nowhere to be seen in the newly released trailer. We are bummed af. Sure, in the right mood, we'll head out to George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch and take photos in Star Wars-print Rodarte dresses next to C3PO and R2D2, but give us our star galaxy universe queen Lupita, Abrams, or brace for some sort of half-hearted intergalactic war. Mark our words.

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    Get excited, stoners living those chill type-2 lifestyles, because Ben & Jerry's are releasing their new giant ice cream burritos, or BRRR-itos, on 4/20. Watch the trailer for the massive ice cream blunts above, via Grub Street. You're crazy for this one, B&J.

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    Last night's Louie opened with a nightmarish scene to top the series'many nightmarish scenes: Louie is out shopping with his daughters when he realizes he urgently has to poop. The clock ticks as he races to find a bathroom -- even throwing away the groceries he'd just purchased in a moment of unthinking panic -- as his girls become increasingly worried for their father. Vulture has a fabulous interview about the scene with Louie writer and producer Pamela Aldon (who plays Pamela on the show), who says she's been urging CK to do this scene for four years. A highlight from the Q&A:

    We literally called this scene the "Shit Race 2000" because it's like, oh my God, there's so much happening. You have to throw these groceries away! You have to throw them in the garbage can! Because who cares about the groceries? That's how bad you have to go. And I'm so proud of the scene. I feel like the proud mother of a giant turd.

    Read the rest of the interview here and watch the palm-sweating opening above.

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