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    On of our favorite features of Twitter these days is the "Activity" tab. Here you can find out what your followers are doing -- who's favoriting whom and even more fun, who's following whom. For example...

    @parisreview is now following @TimTebow

    @AZEALIABANKS  is now following @Jacob_M_Brown (features director New York Times Style Magazine)

    @FABNEWYORK (Fab 5 Fred Brathwaite) is now following @StyleLikeU

    @Pharrell is now following @LupeFiasco

    @JudahWorldChamp (30 Rock's Judah Friedlander) is now following @TheRealJethro (entertainment reporter Jethro Nededog)

    @SamSifton (NY Times national editor) is now following @akicemission (Russian tanker Renda, delivering fuel to the iced-in city of Nome, Alaska.)

    @JonCaranamica ( NYTimes music critic) is now following @rupertmurdoch

    @JohnbartlettNY (mens designer)  is now following @sternshow (Howard Stern)

    @stefanogabbana (of Dolce and Gabbana) is now following @oroscopino (an Italian astrology site)

    @DaveNavarro  is now following @CallMeJuno (Juno Temple)

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    img-the-obamas_13591545904.jpg_article_singleimage.jpgJodi Kantor at Barnes & Noble


    If you hung on every word of Ms. Kantor's juicy Michelle Obama piece in this past weekend's New York Times, stop by Barnes & Noble tonight, where the esteemed journalist discusses her new tome, The Obamas. She's been covering Barack and Michelle since 2007, and her book zooms in on the First Marriage like none before it.

    Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway. 7 p.m. Free.


    King Krule at Mercury Lounge 

    Seventeen-year-old, carrot-topped musical wunderkind King Krule, aka Archy Marshall, brings his ethereal, melancholic ditties to the Mercury Lounge tonight, a few weeks following the release of his self-titled True Panther EP.

    Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. 10 p.m. $15.

    Just Me and You screens + a Q&A with Louise Lasser at the 92Y Tribeca

    Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman star; former wife/muse of Woody Allen; the mother in Todd Solondz's Happiness) will be live and in person tonight at the 92Y Tribeca, following a screening of 1978's Just Me and You, which she wrote and starred in. The made-for-TV film, also starring Charles Grodin, follows the two of them as an odd-couple on a road trip across America.

    92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St. 8 p.m. $12.

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    In which the fine folks at MyBlockNYC, a new interactive mapping project, pick their favorite MyBlock videos to show on PAPERMAG every Tuesday. Here's this week's.

    [PAPERMAG ed note: It's come to our attention that this video is similar to the one made by Improv Everywhere and posted on their YouTube page. In our book, the more No Pants Subway Ride videos the better, but we've decided to link to IE's official clip as well. Both versions are must-sees.]

    TITLE: "No Pants Subway Ride 2012 in New York City"
    LOCATION: Chambers St., Manhattan.
    FILMMAKER: mariejoelle
    DESCRIPTION: This past Sunday was the 11th Annual No Pants Subway Ride created by merry pranksters Improv Everywhere. Check out what went down (besides pants)!



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  • 01/11/12--07:30: Josh Madden's Vanity Project
  • My vanity plate photo project, which has now become a full-blown hobby, began when I saw a plate that read RIP KURT. After that, I think I just started to notice them everywhere I went. I travel a lot and when I'm home in New York I ride my bike every chance I get, so I've actually seen some and chased them down. I think the fascination comes from the fact that where I grew up, in Maryland, only a few "rich" people had stuff like this. It was always intriguing to me. This year I'm going to be traveling a ton so I'll send some more in. PAPERMAG readers, send your favorites in, and we'll post the good ones. I have to say DAT G1RL is my favorite one so far.

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    Real Estate's new video for the track "Easy" is a day-in-the-life of a "street team." Record companies like to hire these groups to get out and promote their new releases, but here things get a little out of hand when a team made up of die-hard Real Estate fans (Videogum editor Gabe Delahaye, comedian Chris Gethard and Leah Giblin) kidnap a radio DJ (Jake Fogelnest). The clip was directed by Tom Scharpling and is a must-see. You should probably go ahead and buy RE's new album, Days, or...well, you just better do it!

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  • 01/11/12--08:44: Get Out of Town

  • nicola-featured-thumb.jpg NICOLA FORMICHETTI DISCOVERS IBIZA'S SOFTER SIDE.


    Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's stylist and the creative director of Mugler and Uniqlo, recently spent a romantic, relaxing week in Ibiza with his boyfriend. Now, he's hooked.
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    Thumbnail image for pellew-cover-thumb.jpgMICHAEL PELLEW'S PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES

    Brooklyn-based artist Michael Pellew creates seven of his famous greeting cards, combining his two favorite subjects -- celebrities and travel. 
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    The London trio's account of their drunken adventures in Russia.  
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    MarisaBerenson_ feature.jpgCAMPING IN COUTURE WITH MARISA BERENSON

    Marisa Berenson, the 64-year-old whom Yves Saint Laurent famously dubbed "the girl of the '70s," chats
    about some of her more memorable international escapades.
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    Actress, photographer, musician and former adult film star Sasha Grey documented her recent trip to Germany and Thailand. Yes, that's a real tiger.
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    Writer Gideon Lewis-Kraus went to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to visit the setting of a Norman Rush novel, and learned a thing or two about literary pilgrimages.
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    Video artist Mika Rottenberg and sculptor Jon Kessler traveled to Botswana to shoot a film for their performance art installation.
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    The actor Jackson Rathbone and member of band 100 Monkeys writes about how her got that black eye.
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    Christina Tosi is the 29-year-old head pastry chef and mad scientist behind the revolutionary confections at New York's Momofuku Milk Bar. She recently headed out to the West Coast for a road trip-slash-book tour through Los Angeles and San Francisco, here are her travel tips.




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    If you loved "Cats on Album Covers" and "Album Covers Minus the Dead Guys" then you're probably ready for the Comic Sans magic that is "Clip-Art Record Covers." Art directors, photographers and illustrators shouldn't be too offended, however, as we're convinced that this only a passing fad. They'll never be able to duplicate Sgt. Pepper -- or at least it's going to take a really long time. In the gallery above, we've included the Clip-Art album covers followed by the originals. Live Through This is our favorite.

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    Oh dear, this is adorable. Here's a video of roundly despised basketball star LeBron James answering questions from small children at Liverpool's Our Lady of Pity Primary School (somewhere, Charles Dickens is shaking his fist for not coming up with that name himself.). James was in the UK last October to watch a Liverpool FC soccer match (he owns stake in the team) and took some time to answer questions from students including,"Who is your most famous friend" (Jay-Z) and, "Are you taller than my dad?" Since Kris Humphries has taken James' spot as the most-hated player in the NBA, could that mean this video is little more than a strategic move on the Miami Heat player's part to make himself even more likeable? Is there more James charm to come? Will we soon see "leaked" vacation photos of James petting sloths with Paul Rudd and Ryan Gosling at an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica? PR motives aside, we think all sports stars and celebrities should include interviews from Our Lady of Pity in their press pushes from now on. They're definitely our favorite new media outlet.

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    We've been obsessed with artist Brandon Bird's truly insane celebrity portraits since we first laid eyes on his painting of David Schwimmer doing a noodle-related swimming pool exercise with a group of elderly women. And when we approached our friend, former PAPER-er Meagan Brant, explaining that we were looking for some fun art for our apartment, and she suggested his painting of Nicolas Cage clutching a snow monkey, we decided it was time to revisit the genius that is this L.A.-based artist, and share with you our favorite paintings and drawings of his, from as way back as 2003, up until the present. Enjoy!



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    While artist Daniel Arsham enjoys the good reviews for his "cloud" sets designed for the current Merce Cunningham Dance Company tour, he's certainly not resting.  The New York-based artist is preparing for the opening of a big debut solo show -- "the fall, the ball, and the wall" -- opening Friday, January 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at OHWOW (937 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles).  The show will include his "structural interventions" with melting/dripping walls, plus several new works on canvas and sculpture based on magnified cloud photos.  The exhibit is up until February 16. Arsham's Brooklyn firm Snarkitecture is also working on a revised version of the original Miami Orange Bowl sign for the site of the new Marlins stadium. Above, a few preview images from his upcoming solo show.

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    1. The best part of the @ItsBlueIvy fake Twitter account? The photo.


    2. Patti Smith is playing a (controversial) concert exclusively for the tenants of the Chelsea Hotel (222 W. 23rd Street) tomorrow night, January 12, 8 p.m. ChelseaHotelBlog.com says the concert  is sponsored by developer Joseph Chetrit, who is currently evicting the hotel's residents and demolishing the storied hotel's apartments. Smith responded on her site today, writing "My small performance for the tenants was my own idea. My hope is that we might have a nice evening and the opportunity to communicate directly. I am an independent person, not owned or directed by anyone. My allegiance is to the Hotel itself, and I have done nothing to tarnish it. It is very difficult for me to embrace change, but my great hope is to witness the Hotel Chelsea find a strong and positive place in the twenty-first century." [Via Gothamist]

    3. Breathe in and hold it!  A new government study revealed that long-term marijuana use doesn't impair lung function. In fact, the study found that pot smokers performed slightly better than non-smokers. [New York Times]

    4. Listen to Scout LaRue (daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis) singing on the latest track, "With Only One Glance," from hot 21-year-old artist/producer Nicolas Jaar. [Bullett Media]

    5. Alison Sudol (aka A Fine Frenzy) plays a short set on January 20th during the Sundance Film Festival.  She kicks-off a daily music program sponsored by ASCAP at Rich Haines Galleries. Other musicians performing include John Forté and Flying Lotus.

    6. View-Master is going digital. Fisher Price announced plans to sell $1.99 packages of 3-D images that will be viewable on various devices including 3-D televisions. [Engadget]

    7. Andre Saraiva's NYC club, Le Baron, (32 Mulberry Street), finally got a liquor license and will open soon. [Eater]

    8. Stock-up on your Ding-Dongs. The company that makes Twinkies and Ding-Dongs, Hostess Brands, filed for bankruptcy protection. Honestly, we wouldn't worry. They're just re-organizing things and don't expect any shortages of their iconic snacks. [WSJ]


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    Just got some good ol' fashioned chills from watching the newly-released trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits, the documentary about LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden making its debut at Sundance later this month. The film was directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace (of the Blur documentary No Distance Left to Run fame) and executive produced by the legendary Christine Vachon. Highlights of the trailer include: a sad fan wearing a panda mask, Reggie Watts dancing around like a maniac and some cute images of James Murphy and his French Bulldog. Enjoy!


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  • 01/12/12--05:37: Shit Liza Minnelli Says


  • Every time I watch a YouTube video of "Shit Some Fool Says to Some Other Fool" I think, "This will be the last one I'll think is funny." Well, leave it to show-biz legend Liza Minnelli (or should we say actress Christine Pedi, who does a spot-on Liza here) to keep hope alive. Lena Horne!

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    Have you made it over to your local Gagosian Gallery for the worldwide Damien Hirst show yet? While you're seeing all those dots, don't forget that the British artist also directed today's oldie-but-goodie video for Blur's "Country House" back in 1995. Hirst had been in school with the lads at London's Goldsmiths College back in the late '80s and he came up with the "Escape From the Rat Race" board game concept for the video. The band's bass player, Alex James, described it as "a clash between high and low art." Note the giant skull hanging on the back wall. How much do think that would sell for now?

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    Photog-Rachel-Chavkin_the-TEAM_Mission-Drift_L-to-R-Amber-Gray-Libby-King-Heather-Christian-Mikaal-Sulaiman-Brian-Hastert.jpgNew York's TEAM (Theater of the Emerging American Moment), directed by Rachel Chavkin, bring an incredible combination of energy and talent to their plays, not only to entertain, but with a determination that their shows have something to say. This piece, a presentation of P.S. 122's Coil Festival, is about American capitalism and the great recession.  It is receiving its New York premiere, after three years of collaboration and a successful European run, where it won a 2011 Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival.  I spoke with Chavkin.

     

    Hi Rachel.  You and the TEAM have a trademark of making your pieces out of an extended workshop and research process.  And here you started in August, 2008, even before the financial crisis hit.

     It was born out of our earlier show, Architecting, for which we read Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine, and that book talks about this idea of "Disaster Capitalism"; and that led me to ask the TEAM how they defined "American capitalism," specifically.  That was our core starting point.  Another core came from Jake Margolin, one of our co-members.  He had become obsessed with westerns; not just movies, but western style pulp fiction, like Zane Grey and Louis Lamour.  So that was the other starting nugget.

    And then the financial crisis happened.  Lehman Brothers fell; and we realized that we couldn't make a documentary.  I don't think the TEAM ever would have made a documentary play, regardless.  But we knew we couldn't do that for this play, because there were so many radio and TV programs and books already explaining the crisis.

    Then, sometime in the spring of 2009, Jake brought up Las Vegas, and the decision was made to look at Las Vegas, which was the fastest growing city in America at the time of the millennium, but it had been ravaged by the financial crisis.  I became fixated on going to Las Vegas.  In June, 2010, we moved there for a month.  It was extraordinary.  We would do what I called "a field trip" every morning there.

    What was that like?

    We went to a 60-year-old pig farm in North Vegas, where the mobsters allegedly fed their victims to the pigs. Now this pig farm is in a controversy because developers built new homes 30 feet from the sites, assuming they could buy out the pig farm, but the pig farm didn't sell out.  We visited this development in 105 degree heat.  There are brand-new, way-too-large gated community houses that stand 30 feet from a pig farm.  That's sort of what we found again and again on our filed trips.

    The one other piece of background is that I read a book, The Island at The Center of the World by historian Russell Shorto.  It's about the New Amsterdam colony and the Dutch settling of America.  It made us realize that many of the roots we associate with modern America capitalism are, in fact, from the Dutch founding colonies, and not the British. The Dutch were here to make money, and the New Netherlands were a commercial colony.

    And the show we're going to see?

    The show is constructed of two interweaving love stories.  One is this sort of epic romance saga, these two 14-year-old Dutch kids, Catalina and Joris.  They're based on the Dutch Adam and Eve.  We've stolen their names and created a story about them.  These two kids come to New Amsterdam in 1624, and then you watch something unlock in their DNA; and they decide to stay, and head west, and that gains them immortality; they are capitalist gods racing across the country.

    The second story is a real intimate one, of a cocktail waitress, Joan, who has lost her job during the financial crisis in Las Vegas.  What you come to realize is that's she works for the modern-day Catalina and Joris, who are real estate tycoons in Las Vegas.  She falls in love with a man living out on the desert in his family home, and he's lost his home to the city of Las Vegas for his well water, and he invites Joan to move with him to Montana.

    These are the two stories that are told, and held together, by the incredibly beautiful musical score written by Heather Christian, who also plays Miss Atomic, a narrator.  Her character was inspired by the 1950 beauty pageants in Las Vegas, that they held to celebrate the A-bomb. On one of our field trips we went to the Atomic Testing Museum; they were detonating atomic bombs 60 miles north of the city.

    The Connelly Theater, 220 E. 4th St., (212) 352-3101. Jan 8-29. $25/$20.


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  • 01/13/12--09:15: Green Day Does John Varvatos
  • Photos and videos for all of your Green-Day-modeling-John-Varvatos-Spring/Summer-2012  needs.

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    In news that rocked us just as much as Paula Deen having type 2 diabetesMadonna finally admitted in a Nightline interview last night that Lady Gaga sounds, well, a little too much like her. The likeness is, of course, especially obvious in Gaga's "Born This Way," which is very similar to Madonna's 1989 hit, "Express Yourself." Said Madonna of Gaga during the interview, some of which is included after the 6:46 mark in this ABCNews YouTube Clip, "I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it's amusing and flattering and well-done. When I heard ['Born This Way'] on the radio ... I said, 'that sounds very familiar' ... It felt reductive." When interviewer Cynthia McFadden pushed her to explain what she meant by "reductive," Madonna purred, "look it up." 

    BOR-ING! Madonna (who, by the way, looked great in a sparkly, navy and white Vionnet dress) can hit Gaga harder below the belt than that and she knows it! (Though wouldn't it have been amazing if Madonna really didn't know what "reductive" meant and was secretly hoping McFadden would tell her?) We suggest watching the classic Courtney Love crashes Madonna's MTV Music Video Awards clip as a palate cleanser. 3:08-mark-total-bitch-Madonna, come baaaaack. We know you're still in there somewhere.  




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    495196807.jpgIt seems like every two seconds there's another Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy rumor/piece of news swirling around the Internet, and frankly, it's getting hard for us to keep up with it all. Here's what we've got today:

    Now that he has a daughter, Jay-Z, he of "99 Problems but a Bitch Ain't One" fame, has vowed that he will never use the word "bitch" again. "Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich, I didn't think hard about using the word 'bitch," he wrote in the poem to Blue.

    Rumors were swirling that the new parents were going move to the sprawling home in Scarsdale that they purchased in 2008 (and we thought what a fun Bat Mitzvah Blue Ivy would have!) but turns out, they never actually purchased said home.

    Given that luxury car company Maybach is to be no more, some are speculating that Jay-Z and Beyoncé will get a Bentley.

    Rapper 50 Cent ruffled some feathers by tweeting fake Photoshopped images of Blue Ivy yesterday.

    The luxe executive sweet where Beyoncé gave birth at Lenox Hill Hospital costs $700-$800 a night, according to New York Post.

    And our favorite: There's talk that J and B will be the first artists to shoot a music video in space.

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    The idea of a boutique-slash-gallery sounded suspect, but we have to hand it to the agnès b store in SoHo, which has managed to pull it off. And we strongly suggest you beat the early-winter blues by stopping by for an exhibit (that's luckily been extended through Jan. 26th) of Massimo Vitali's amazing, large-scale photographs of crowds of people in resort-y settings throughout Italy, Turkey and Germany. His bird's-eye photos of pastel-clad vacationers are so pitch-perfect that they seem like they've been meticulously choreographed. Check out a selection above, and stop by the store (50 Howard St.), or Bonni Benrubi Gallery (41 E. 57th St.), who are presenting a concurrent exhibition, "Arcadian Remains."



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    Above, from left to right: PAPER's May 1985 cover, New York magazine's January 16, 2012 cover. Just saying.


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