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Ten Magazines Whose Creative Takes On Food Have Us Salivating

foodie_cover.jpgIs food practical? An art? Or a medium for art, like wrinkled tubes of paint? In 10 journals, it is the catalyst for conversation on a wide variety of social issues. From food safety to hunting to class and cultural identity, the topic of food has cut a bold swath of explorations through words, graphics and photography. Each of these "foodieodicals," (as Elizabeth Thacker Jones, the founder of the Food Book Fair, a creative expo on food issues explored through literature held in New York this month, dubbed them) approaches food from all three modes of communication. What binds them together -- according to their editors -- is a universal need to eat. The journals here might be viewed as the long-and-leisurely, fine-dining counterpart to fast food. But before you start feeling haughty and elitist about reading them, know that they feature a distinct clash of high and low, ugly and beautiful; photos of a grungy table after the food is cleared, lipstick stains or a field of apples. Here's a handful to bring to your coffee (or kitchen) table soon.


Founder -- Per-Anders Jörgensen
Location -- Malmö, Sweden

"We look at the world of gastronomy the same way a fashion or design magazine looks at clothes or a chair, drawing inspiration not only from food." -- PJ

This journal's subtitle is "Food insanity brilliance & love," and it lives up to its promise. Its no-holds-barred enthusiasm and worldly compass have its contributors spending days with one of the world's greatest chefs, Michel Bras, or tracking down a sagelike farm-to-table Chinese chef in the misty mountains of Zhejiang, to report on what's currently brilliant in food. Resplendent photography and a funky 1970s font type add flair to stories like crazy garnishes on a plate.

What do you see as upcoming trends in food?
"Japanese and Chinese cooking trends will continue to grow in influence. Increasingly we will look at their traditional cooking techniques. These ancient cuisines have exciting ways of enhancing taste naturally, rather than adding chemicals. We have only seen the beginning of natural processes of fermentation, drying, ageing and preservation." -- PJ

foodie_gather.jpgGather Journal

Founders -- Fiorella Valdesolo, Michele Outland
Location -- Brooklyn, NY

"Food defines pretty much all of my memories -- I generally remember people and places and experiences best through the meals we shared." -- FV

Founded by former fashion magazine editors, Gather Journal is a celebration of cooking and entertaining at home. Filled with recipes and beautiful photography, it swaps in artichoke petals or rusted silverware to paint its pages instead of brocade or jewelry. It's an aspirational yet practical and realistic encouragement to enjoy food with others, and learn from the entire process -- from making to savoring.

What do you see as upcoming trends in food?
"We included a piece on fermentation and I think that trend continues to grow... I've loved seeing Fernet Branca popping up on cocktail menus, and I'm hoping that Branca Menta, the brand's minty variety, is soon to follow -- it's my nonna's favorite." -- FV


Founder -- Sasha Wizansky
Location -- San Francisco, CA

Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress has nothing on this playful homespun journal devoted to meat. Its founding editor Sasha Wizansky launched it after completing an art project in which she asked for people's thoughts on meat. Finding that so many people had intense reactions or deep reflections on heritage and upbringing, Wizansky decided to open the topic up to more voices and histories through a quarterly. At various times sobering, ebullient, scholarly and mouth-watering, the journal dissects one subtopic of meat each issue.

What makes food uniquely inspiring?
"For me, the most inspiring thing about food is what it elicits in people. Just as meat is not neutral, food is not neutral. It connects us to our cultural heritage, our familial origins, our sense of rootedness in place." -- SW

foodie_modernfarmer.jpgModern Farmer

Founder -- Ann Marie Gardner
Location -- Hudson, NY

"What's inspiring to me is the story behind the food. Growing is fascinating. The weather is endlessly absorbing and totally relevant to the end result." -- AG

A new breed of farmers with a reverence for the history and heritage of food production is the main subject, audience and inspiration for this new quarterly magazine. Through stories about food security and climate change or how to find a farm stay in rural Italy, the magazine invites anyone who eats to the table, too. Examining food production from all levels, its founders hope to connect agriculture with popular culture.

What do you see as upcoming trends in food?
"As the organic movement has gone mainstream, we're seeing a whole new class of farmers emerge. For instance, the number of small farms grew in the U.S. for the first time in 70 years. We're on the cusp of a major change in how we eat and produce food, a move towards urban farming and self-reliance, all aided by new technology." -- AG

foodie_eggonit.jpgPut A Egg On It

Founders -- Sarah Keough, Ralph McGinnis
Location -- Brooklyn, NY

With a punk-rock aesthetic marred only by the fact that the pages are a cheery mint-green, this irreverent, whimsical food biannual focuses on "the communal joys of eating with friends and family." Stories and short snippets of prose reveal interesting characters and memories, like a somber Jean-Michel Basquiat buying smoked eel from Dean & Deluca, and recipes that actually work. Keeping things down to earth, it costs only $7 an issue and fits in your pocket.

What makes food uniquely inspiring?
"We literally looked around and thought, 'Well, there are too many magazines about sex right now so let's go with food.' But since then I've really fallen in love with cooking and the community of eaters and drinkers and chefs and adventurous friends that has built up around our project." -- SK


Remedy Quarterly

Founder -- Kelly Carámbula
Location -- San Francisco, CA

Practical cooking how-to's and long-form personal essays both find a place in the pages of colorful food quarterly Remedy. Inspired by -- and somewhat resembling -- a church's community cookbook, the journal brings together professional writers and grandmas alike with something savory to share. It's a compelling reason to run to the stove.

What makes food uniquely inspiring?
"I grew up a picky eater, so having the opportunity to discover new foods and flavors as an adult has changed my life. I love tasting something new and thinking about how different flavors will react with one another -- the discoveries are endless and totally inspiring." -- KC

foodie_whitezinfandel.jpgWhite Zinfandel

Founder -- Jiminie Ha
Location -- New York, NY

Like a group show at a gallery, this biannual magazine features unique takes on food from many different artists. Its founder Jiminie Ha knew food was rich fodder for art from her lifelong obsession with both. Each issue unites -- in big print on tall, sketchbook-sized matte pages -- works of visual and verbal art inspired in some way by food.

What makes food uniquely inspiring?
"Food is kind of the basic foundation for everybody. Everybody has a relationship to food no matter if they love it or hate it. I thought I'd use that as a catalyst to see how other creative people would reinterpret the theme. It's an artistic experiment using parameters and guidelines." -- JH

foodie_gourmand.jpgThe Gourmand

Founder -- David Lane
Location -- London, UK

"Food is a focal point and a talking point. We look forward to it, plan for it and enjoy it. We always have and we always will."-- DL

Anyone unsure what it means to be a gourmand can be educated by picking up this London-based food journal. A project born from a long dinner party discussion, The Gourmand serves up substantial interviews with artists and authors, essays on rare topics like ambergris and refreshing sides like restaurant recommendations from a chef. With a good balance between words and images, this thick and sumptuously printed magazine is something to be long savored.

What do you see as upcoming trends in food?
"I believe, as with most things in an economic crisis, that good quality will win over temporary fashions. Food trends will become less about gimmicks and more about basic good food... I think a rise in the variety of wines available, especially biodynamic ones, will support the trend of ethically sourced food as people are starting to express more of an interest about the source of the food."-- DL


Founder -- Kristen Taylor
Location -- Brooklyn, NY

A quarterly publication that's the sole work of its Brooklyn-based founder, editor, writer and photographer Kristen Taylor, Saucy looks at food through curious, childlike eyes. It forages through the weeds or snowy fields for a beautiful, sunlit moment to capture and features diary-like vignettes that linger. In each issue, the magazine tackles broad themes with soft strokes, favoring lush photography over politics.

What makes food uniquely inspiring?
"Food can bring strangers together, but also often divides us by allergy, disposition and class. Thinking seriously about our personal patterns of food consumption lets us become better friends, lovers and humans."-- KT

Wilder Quarterly

Founder -- Celestine Maddy
Location -- Brooklyn, NY

You might feel like Henry David Thoreau emerging from Walden Pond after diving into this scenic, absorbing retreat of a magazine. Wilder Quarterly hones in on the growing world, from the farms to the forest and all the natural places in between. Its stories explore the origins of not just plants but also other natural goods (like wool) and delve into small communities for a taste of food culture.

What makes food uniquely inspiring?
"If you care about food, then you care about where and how it's grown. Being able to consider how we produce food in our society -- backyard to mass farms -- and how we enjoy what we've harvested inspires me each and every issue." -- CM

Magazines photographed by Ryan Kobane / Special thanks to Leif Hedendal

The Food Book Fair Returns to Williamsburg

Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 3.28.25 PM.pngThe Food Book Fair returns to Williamsburg this weekend with authors, chefs, publishers, designers and, of course, lots of food books. The opening's tonight and will feature a "tasting event" fundraiser at the Brooklyn Winery (213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn), with proceeds going to continued Sandy relief efforts on behalf of the Far Rockaways. Over the weekend, there's a full schedule of panels, demos and Q&As on food-related topics, mostly held in the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn). Some events that caught our eye: "Food + Tech," "Cookbooks + Art" and a panel on pop-up restaurants and underground supper clubs. Plus there's a zine-fest featuring over 20 cool food publications aka "Foodieodicals" happening on Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Many of these foodieodicals, by the way, were featured in this month's issue of PAPER. Read about them HERE.) The fair is open to the public on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More details and tickets to the panels etc. are HERE.

Our Guide to Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby Parties In NYC

cincodederby2013.pngBust out your bourbon and prep those salt-rimmed glasses because this weekend's a doozy: Saturday's the annual Kentucky Derby and Sunday is Cinco de Mayo. We've rounded up ten of our favorite Cinco de Mayo fiestas and ten of our favorite Derby Day parties throughout the city so you don't have to spend a single hour out of 48 sober (just kidding, we totally recommend checking this stuff out for the beer cheese, Derby pie and fish tempura tacos).

Cinco de Mayo

The Thrillist Taco Knockout at Villain
Did someone say tacos?! Thrillist is throwing their first-ever Cinco de Mayo event and will feature 10 different chefs from various restaurants cooking up their most insane taco creations -- ingredients include everything from duck to pigeon! Grab a beer or a michelada (which are unlimited) and get to eatin'!
Villain, 50 North 3rd St., Brooklyn, 1-5pm

Cinco de Mayo Poolside Party at Hôtel Americano
Head over to La Piscine, Hôtel Americano's rooftop bar and pool deck, to dance to music by DJ MSG and the Baldwin Sisters, and snack on a menu featuring Mexican classics and seasonal cocktails. 
La Piscine at Hotel Americano, 518 W. 27th St., Manhattan, 12pm-Midnight

Bird Williamsburg's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
The Williamsburg boutique is celebrating the holiday with music, tequila, and piñatas at their store (here's hoping Bird will stuff some of their own goodies in the piñata).
Bird, 203 Grand St., Brooklyn, 3-6pm

Cinco de Mayo at The Tippler
The Tippler is throwing a special party complete with a "choose your own margarita adventure." (Just make sure to coat your stomach with copious amounts of their nachos while you go on your 'rita-filled journey.)
The Tippler, 425 W. 15th St., Manhattan, 4pm

A Sensual Cinco de Mayo Soirée
Summer camp is having an early session, folks! Head to Sky Room for a gay-friendly, camp-themed Cinco de Mayo rooftop fiesta. You'll get to enjoy some frozen "Cock-Tails" and free Patrón shots while ogling the scantly clad partygoers looking to catch some sun in this season's shortest short shorts.
Sky Room, 330 West 40th St., Manhattan; 3pm; Free

Open-Air Market & Free Margaritas at La Gringa Taqueria
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, La Gringa Taqueria's backyard will be the site of an open-air market filled with local vendors and artists. Get a free margarita with the purchase of one of their burritos made from organic, free-range meats and veggies -- a meal that one Yelper even described as "the perfect highlight to a miserable day."  
La Gringa Taqueria, 800 Grand St., Brooklyn; 12pm; Free

Empellón Cocina
How does a six-course meal complete with unlimited (as in NO limit) margaritas sound? It sounds pretty good to us. (Check out their Rooster's Claw margarita in today's Cocktail of the Week column.) The menu will feature dishes like eggs with a side of skirt steak and tacos stuffed with fish tempura. Also, did we mention unlimited margaritas? Yeah, we're there. 
Empellón Cocina, 105 1st Ave, Manhattan; 7:15pm or 8:30pm

Gran Electra's Garden Party
Dance all day in Gran Electra's pretty garden to DJs spinning Latin music and dine on the restaurant's tacos and margaritas.
Gran Electra, 5 Front St., Brooklyn; 11am-11pm

Matinee BBQ Party at The Ho_se
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo the Bushwick way: DJ Dogdick, Flex1000 and Sun Castle will be spinning "deep, demented sounds" at this particularly awesome-sounding barbecue.
The Ho_se, 28 Lawton St. #1, Brooklyn; 4pm; Free

Cinco de Mayo Party at B Bar
It's a safe bet that you'll get to scope some downtown eye candy in between rounds of tequila shots at this blow-out featuring music by Franco V, Florencia Galarza, PAPER's own May Kwok and Mike Nouveau. 
B Bar, 40 E 4th St., Manhattan; 2pm-10pm; Free

Kentucky Derby

Derby Day at Maison Premiere
Bedford's very-own French Quarter-inspired boîte will be serving bourbon-cured ham sandwiches to pair with one of their many Mint Julep varieties, in honor of Derby Day. Other highlights include live music and an outfit contest that will dole out $100 gift cards as prizes to the best dressed.
Maison Premiere, 298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, 12-8pm

Tipsy Parson's Annual Kentucky Derby Party
Head over in your 'Sunday best' (or, okay, Saturday best) to Tipsy Parson's shindig at the Drive-In Studios and sip some Southern cocktails as you watch the race projected live. Games, prizes, and a live Bluegrass band will also be present, so you know it's going to be a grand ole' time. 
Drive-In Studios, 443 W. 18th St., Manhattan, 3:30-7pm

Kentucky Derby at Vault at Pfaff's
Pfaff's has a live broadcast of the race in addition to contests for "Best Hat" (winner receives a $50 gift certificate) and "Pick The Winner" (winner receives a $100 gift certificate).
The Vault at Pfaff's, 643 Broadway, Manhattan, 4pm-midnight

Pete's Candy Store Festivities
Williamsburg staple Pete's will be celebrating Derby Day with old-fashioned Derby drinking games and treats like homemade bourbon Glazed Ribs, Louisville Potato Salad, and Derby Pie (with whipped cream).
Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg

Colonel Boyd's Kentucky Derby Kickoff
Celebrate some of the most exciting two minutes in sports at The Bell House. The Gowanus venue has planned a day of square dancing, hat shopping courtesy of Brooklyn milliner La China Loca and prize giveaways for categories like Best Formal Hat, Best Informal Hat and Most Inspiring Live Band Karaoke Performance. If you're not already sold, let us also mention that there will be Kentucky-style beer cheese from Floyd Eats. Mmm...beer cheese.   
The Bell House,149 7th St., Brooklyn; 1pm; $10 

The Brooklyn Derby
Wanna see how Brooklyn channels its inner Kentucky vibes? Well, this is your chance. The Brooklyn Derby brings its own catwalk, a hat-decorating station, and a costume contest.
Greenwood Park, 555 7th Avenue, Brooklyn; 4pm

Death and Co.'s Specialty Juleps
For those more inclined to a more low-key Derby Day celebration, head to East Village speakeasy Death and Co. that's serving up the 'Myra Breckenridge,' an absinthe-spiked take on the classic julep, made with ten-year-old Laphroaig Scotch.
Death and Co., 433 E. 6th St., Manhattan

Derby Day Feast at Mabel's Smokehouse
The North Williamsburg BBQ hall will be plying guests all day with $5 juleps, enough pork and brisket barbecue to feed a small, Derby-watching army and Derby pie (a glorious-sounding concoction that traditionally includes a filling made from butter, bourbon, walnuts and chocolate chips).
Mabel's Smokehouse, 44 Berry St., Brooklyn NY; 2pm

'21' Club Derby Day Party
Though '21' Club gives off Derby vibes 24/7 -- it's always felt like a tasteful, Southern Luxury-meets-New York City power broker place to us -- that doesn't mean they can't whip out some extra Kentucky Derby love in honor of the occasion. Head over to their Bar '21' Club to indulge in cornmeal fried oysters, Kentucky ham on biscuits, and mini pecan pies whipped up by Executive Chef John Greeley. Are you drooling yet?
Bar 21 at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd St., Manhattan; 3:30pm to 5:30pm; $45

Derby Party at Union Hall
Munch on Kentucky-style beer cheese from Floyd Eats and cookout treats while you play a little corn-hole toss and enter to win raffle prizes. Haha, corn-hole.
Union Hall, 207 Union Street, Brooklyn; 1pm; Free

Looking for the Authentic Great Gatsby Soundtrack



This morning, after several weeks of parcelling out individual songs to different blogs, Interscope Records unveiled the full soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby (out in 3-D next Friday). Executive-produced by Jay-Z, the soundtrack will be released on vinyl by Jack White's Third Man Records, and is chock-full of contemporary hitmakers: André 3000, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Fergie, Bryan Ferry, Florence + The Machine, Goonrock, Gotye, Nero, Coco O. (of Quadron), Q-Tip, Emeli Sandé, Sia, White, will.i.am and the xx.

This music's anachronism to the film's 1922 setting is almost unremarkable, part of a trend that dates back a little over a decade. On May 1, 2001, Columbia Pictures released A Knight's Tale, which combined medieval jousting scenes with classic-rock anthems by Queen and AC/DC. The following week came Luhrman's Moulin Rouge!, relocating Nirvana to fin-de-siècle Paris. (His previous feature, Romeo + Juliet, doesn't count because it adapted the action of Shakespeare's play from medieval Verona to '90s Miami.) Sofia Coppola plundered post-punk for 2006's Marie Antoinette.

The following year, Ridley Scott's American Gangster -- which focuses on a Gatsby-like self-made hustler in 20th-century New York (in this case, the '70s) flying too close to the sun -- inspired Jay-Z to record a related concept album, leaning heavily on period-era R&B samples from the likes of Marvin Gaye (on a song called "American Dreamin'") and Barry White. None of it was used in the film, which still made use of present-day recordings by neo-soul singer Anthony Hamilton.

Still, none of these stories are as strongly associated in the popular imagination with a particular style of music as Gatsby, Fitzgerald's follow-up to 1922's Tales of the Jazz Age. Appropriately, many of the new soundtrack's songs play with jazz hints of jazz. Will.i.am's "Bang Bang" opens with a pretty authentic Charleston rhythm before ratcheting up to bombastic four-on-the-floor EDM. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, fresh off an album of Roxy Music tunes in "Jazz Age" arrangements, re-recorded Beyoncé's 2003 smash "Crazy in Love" in a similar style with Emeli Sandé on vocals.

Where Ferry remakes contemporary hits in a period style, Nelson Riddle did the reverse for Hollywood's previous take on the Gatsby story, winning a 1974 Academy Award for his lush, easy listening-style arrangements of Tin Pan Alley hits like Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do" and Ted Snyder's "The Sheik of Araby." (I couldn't track down the soundtracks for the 1949 Gatsby film with Alan Ladd and Betty Field or the 2000 TV movie with Toby Stephens and Mira Sorvino. The 1926 silent film is considered lost.)

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But what would be a truly authentic Great Gatsby soundtrack? Fitzgerald quotes "The Sheik of Araby" in a scene where narrator Nick Carraway is riding through Central Park "and the clear voices of little girls, already gathered like crickets on the grass, rose through the hot twilight[.]" Most of the music in Gatsby is likewise performed by amateurs -- recordings had yet to overtake sheet music in popularity.

Gatsby's boarder Klipspringer sings for his supper with solo piano renditions of contemporary hits like Lou Hirsch's "The Love Nest" and Van & Schenk's "Ain't We Got Fun," whose lyrics about fortune's injustice ("One thing's sure and nothing's surer/ The rich get richer and the poor get -- children") Fitzgerald quotes. The title character's famous parties had "no thin five-piece affair, but a whole pitiful of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and piccolos, and low and high drums" playing "yellow cocktail music."

At one of these parties, Daisy Buchanan's attention is caught by the sound of Paul Whiteman's "Three O'Clock in the Morning" -- "a neat, sad little waltz of that year, [which] was drifting out the open door." The narrator asks, "What was it up there in the song that seemed to be calling her back inside?" It's not clear whether the song is live or recorded, nor who's performing it. "Three O'Clock in the Morning" is one of four Whiteman songs to top the charts in 1922, according to Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Here are the rest of that year's chart-toppers (some might be familiar to Boardwalk Empire viewers):

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And here they are in a playlist:

But more interesting than The Great Gatsby's references to pop songs are scenes where contemporary and traditional sounds come together, as they do in Luhrmann's film. At Nick Carraway's first Gatsby party, we are told, "A celebrated tenor had sung in Italian, and a notorious contralto had sung in jazz." A couple pages later, the bandleader takes the stage to announce his orchestra's next number.

"Ladies and gentlemen," he cried. "At the request of Mr. Gatsby we are going to play for you Mr. Vladimir Tostoff's latest work, which attracted so much attention at Carnegie Hall last May. If you read the papers, you know there was a big sensation." He smiled with jovial condescension, and added: "Some sensation!" Whereupon everybody laughed.

"The piece is known," he concluded lustily, "as Vladimir Tostoff's Jazz History of the World."

Here, the work and composer are both fictional, a satire of contemporary trends. Darrel Mansell of Dartmouth College has identified Tostoff (sound it out) with Richard Strauss, who had performed in Carnegie Hall the year before, and who described his "Also Sprach Zarathustra" as "an idea of the development of the human race from its origin" -- i.e., a history of the world. But a more likely inspiration might be Darius Milhaud's "La Création du Monde" (translation: "The Creation of the World"), described by the composer as "a work making wholesale use of the jazz style to convey a purely classical feeling." Milhaud's piece premiered in October 1923, after the events of the novel but a year before Fitzgerald submitted a first draft (with a more detailed description of the "Jazz History" than was in the final published version).

The admixture of jazz and classical music (of which we can take the "Jazz History" to be an example, based on Tostoff's European name and on the location of his recital at Carnegie Hall, which rarely hosted jazz at this point) was becoming prevalent around this time, and controversial. As New York Times music critic Richard Aldrich wrote,

Jazz draws the line nowhere. Nothing is safe from its devastating touch. The jazz blacksmiths soon came to the end of their own stocks of ideas, such as they were, and then their only resource was to lay violent hands upon music that musicians have always approached with respect and even with reverence.

For Fitzgerald, jazz served as a dividing line between Gatsby's new money and the entrenched bourgeoisie. It's hard to imagine anyone in 2013 being as scandalized by Will.i.am's Charleston as Aldrich was by musicians "jazzing the classics." But the attitude -- audacious, slightly crass pursuit of a good time -- is still there.

The Times Re-Rediscovers Brooklyn, Is More Embarrassing This Time

20130502-WBURG-slide-7AEQ-articleLarge.jpg1.  The New York Times has really outdone itself with a "satirical" -- but still completely embarrassing -- article on Brooklyn and hipsters. Called "How I Became a Hipster," it's full of tired clichés (hipsters=beards, etc. etc.), and faux-abbreviations that no one has ever used. Give it a read and help the Times troll for clicks. [via The L Magazine]

2.  The Flaming Lips' new video for "You Lust" is NSFW to the max. Watch it before YouTube takes it down. [via Vice]

the-rock-driving-in-race-to-witch-mountain.jpg3.  The Rock (AKA Dwayne Johnson) is starring in and producing a pilot for HBO about athletes and ex-athletes living in Miami. If he's not in some state of undress 90% of the time, we'll be sorely disappointed. [via Vulture]

2013-05-01-ShanghaiGirlCollage_TomCarter1.jpg4.  In China, there's either a big trend of, or a series of coincidences which have led to, many novels by female authors winding up with eerily similar titles and cover images. [via HuffPo]

gretschday31 copy.jpg5.  Lena Dunham might be moving to South Williamsburg. Apparently she was looking into a $4.45 million penthouse apartment in the Gretsch Building on South 4th. [via Free Williamsburg]

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7.  Here's everything you need to know about Ryan Lochte shaving his entire body. [via Queerty]

Reese Witherspoon's Arrest Video Is Amazing


Video footage of Reese Witherspoon getting arrested for being a drunk a-hole shouldn't be funny but oh my god the video of it happening is SO FUNNY. Especially funny: what her husband says to the police officer at the end. That guy is sleeping on the couch for at least the next six months.[Buzzfeed]

True facts of Truth with Zach Galfianakis and Jimmy Fallon. "The word 'cactus' is Latin for penis plant." [LateNightWithJimmyFallon]

Here's a clip of Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Ref giving Ryan Gosling and his triceps some tips about how fight scenes are like sex or something... We don't know, just watch because Ryan Gosling's triceps. [Jezebel]

Bob Saget was on Conan last night and read some lines from Full House that he could never get through without laughing. [Buzzfeed]

Ok, what, wait a minute, say what, tell us more! [LaughterKey]

tumblr_m001vswClu1qbren2o1_500.pngCan someone make this into stationary for us? [RatsOff]

babyducky.gifSleepy baby ducky GIF = heart explosion forever. [JuliaSegal]

Urgent panis question...[AfternoonSnoozeButton]

Electric guitar squeal, high five! Have a great weekend! [Mlkshk]

Bevy Smith Shares Her Favorite Films From the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Co-host of Bravo's Fashion Queens talk show and longtime Friend of PAPER, Bevy Smith reports on her favorite films screened this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Lenny Cooke

The Safdie brothers' documentary Lenny Cooke was the first film I saw at the festival and one of the saddest. It's an old story, but unfortunately there are always new victims -- hoop dreams are easily deferred. Lenny Cooke was a top-ranked high school basketball player in 2001, a bigger star than current superstars Amar'e Stoudemire, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.  Lenny was expected to be among their ranks, he was gifted with an innate talent, he even had a Blind Side scenario complete with a nice white lady who moved him out of his Brooklyn home, into her tony New Jersey one, in the hopes of helping him reach his potential and to finish high school. Unfortunately for Lenny, this is a documentary and not a feature film, and Sandra Bullock didn't save the day.  Instead, Lenny left the suburban comforts of his host home to take a chance with an unsavory "agent" who promised he would go first round in the draft.

Fast-forward ten years later and Lenny is out of shape, out of work, and out of sorts, living in Virginia. Thankfully he has a loving family including a fiancée who works multiple jobs to support them, explaining that due to Lenny's former "stature" he can't possibly just go work at McDonald's. Really? Lenny Cooke is a cautionary tale of what happens when unbridled potential and greedy adults preying on talented inner city youth meet.

In God We Trust

Documentary In God We Trust (directed by Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson) is a look at the criminal network that allowed Bernie Madoff to steal billions of dollars. Though it's tempting to think of most of Madoff's victims as the rich and the greedy who turned a blind eye to earnings that were impossible to achieve, that's not the whole truth. Madoff's victims were also Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, a multitude of charities, lower middle class families and the United States Government. 

What was once thought of as a Ponzi scheme is unearthed as an elaborate money laundering operation that spanned the globe.  Much of what is now known about how Madoff was able to pull off such a colossal scam is thanks to the investigative work of Eleanor Squillari, Bernie's personal secretary of 25 years.  Bernie robbed her of all her savings including her retirement fund (she's seen moving out of her home), but she refuses to be a victim and searches for the truth instead. Squillari gives voice and justice to herself and to all of Madoff's victims. In God We Trust forces you to examine with whom you place your faith and ultimately your trust.

 Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia

"I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television." I wish those words were mine, but they're actually one of a plethora of pithy quotes from one of the greatest raconteurs of the 21st century, Gore Vidal. The documentary, Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia is thoroughly enjoyable because filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall relies mostly on footage of Vidal to drive this film -- a smart move.  After all, when you have a subject with an immeasurably biting wit who's unafraid to insult anyone and everyone including his friend, President Kennedy, you don't let that go to waste. (Vidal on Kennedy: "He was one of the most charming men I've ever known. He was also one of the very worst Presidents.") Just roll film and step out of the way.  Highlights of the film include his LEGENDARY battles with William Buckley, Norman Mailer and an inside look at his glamorous -- yet sexless -- decades-long "love affair" with his life partner, Howard Austen.

This movie proves that Vidal was truly the King of throwing shade, albeit it in an erudite way. He would have been genius on RuPaul's Drag Race.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 6.13.30 PM.pngIf I ever doubted that I had a future as a ballsy, brassy babe with a baritone voice, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me gives me hope! I'm a huge Stritch fan and seeing her perform at her home, The Carlyle Hotel, inspired me to begin writing my own one woman show, G.A.W. (Grown Ass Woman!). "Shoot Me" is a riveting documentary chronicling Stritch's incredible five-decade career and focuses on the cabaret legend taking her show on the road for the last time at the ripe old age of 87.  As you can imagine, it's not all cosmopolitans (Elaine's cocktail of choice, although she's a recovering alcoholic and a diabetic) and Broadway banter. This is a candid, behind-the-scenes look at an artist who has lived an unapologetically fascinating life, but is now feeling the affects of aging, mainly due to diabetes and a faulty memory.  Director Chiemi Karasawa does an amazing job showing you Stritch's frailties without playing the sympathy card, however you will be on the edge of your seat, hoping Stritch can belt out her signature tune "I'm Still Here" just one more time.

The Director

Much to Gucci Group's chagrin, Gucci will forever be synonymous with Tom Ford for an entire generation. Watching The Director (which was produced by James Franco, who's modeled for the brand), you almost hear the sigh of relief from Gucci Group, thankful to have an anti-rock star designer who doesn't overshadow the brand. And they chose perfectly when they selected Gucci's current creative director, Frida Giannini. Giannini runs a kinder, gentler Gucci, gone are the days of debauched excess in the name of one man's vision. Disinterested in trends and relationships with editors, Giannini comes alive when shot in the confines of her design studio, working side-by-side with her team. In this era of competing luxury brands, however, public relations is kind and it's the part that Giannini seems to like least of all (though she rises to the occasion and wears her designs well on the red carpet).

Although I loved the hedonistic, über-glamourous days of Tom Ford's Gucci, it's nice to see a more romantic, classic version of the brand. This is an excellent film to counterbalance the recent rash of fashion documentaries highlighting designers as celebrities and divas. The Director shows that fashion is a business and Giannini is an employee. She does her work but doesn't allow it to consume her, an imperative lesson to be learned for anyone interested in a career in fashion.


G.B.F. is a fun coming-of-age/coming out film -- think 16 Candles meets Mean Girls with a dollop of inclusiveness courtesy of Glee. The film is centered on two teenage gay boys Tanner and Brent (played by Michael J. Willet and Paul Iacono). Brent yearns to be the "Popular Gay" of the school, meanwhile Tanner just wants to get through high school unscathed and unnoticed. Tanner is outed when a well-meaning group of geeks decide they want to create a Gay Student Alliance if only they could find "a gay" at school. Meanwhile the "Popular Girls" (the Judgmental Mormon, the Poor Little Rich Girl and the Sassy Black girl, played by scene-stealing Xosha Roquemore) decide that in order to have any chance at being nominated for prom queen they'll need the boost of a Gay Best Friend.  After all, a GBF is the newest accessory; I guess Louboutins are so last year!  Calamity ensues but thanks to interventions from adults like Megan Mullally as Brent's overly supportive mom (she screens Brokeback Mountain for Brent), Natasha Lyonne as a kooky faculty advisor and Rebecca Gayheart as Tanner's stepmom, all the teens come to their senses, learn not to objectify people and have a fun time at their dual gay/straight prom. At times G.B.F. comes across like an after school special, but overall it's a fun film that has the makings of a cult classic.

I Got Somethin' to Tell You

Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 7.07.06 PM.pngAs a kid, I loved Moms Mabley. My parents listened to her albums (my sister I and would sneak in and listen along) and I saw her perform on various talk shows. She always felt familiar, like someone in your family. It turns out I wasn't the only one who felt that way about Moms: Whoopi Goldberg's I Got Somethin' to Tell You gives insight into the complex world of this pioneering female comedian. Mabley honed her craft in the '30s and '40s on the "Chitlin Circuit" (a string of theaters black acts performed at across the country) and by the time TV came along, Moms was ready for her close up. Mabley's career skyrocketed in the 60's and 70's but even though she was making the most money of her career she didn't turn a blind eye as to what was taking place in our society. Instead she used her comedy to champion the civil rights movement.  In her unique way, she stealthily questioned the powers that be, made them laugh along with the rest of the audience and gave them food for thought at the same damn time.

Whoopi secured interviews with iconic comedians like Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, who each tell stories of how much they learned by watching/listening to Moms. This film is a must-see for anyone who is interested in how comedy can be used to illuminate societal ills, in need of a black history lesson, or who just want to laugh out loud.

Beastie Boys Vs. the Robots


Yo, MCA! Wassup? Been thinking of you this week and wanted to let you know that we'll be checking out your new playground over the weekend. Remember the time when you stage-crashed the MTV music video awards after "Sabotage" lost to REM? Still think you guys deserved it more.  Also loved this one that you, I mean Nathaniel Hornblower, directed for "Intergalactic" back in '98.  Giant monsters and robots attack Tokyo!  And you did get a "Moonman" award -- and a Grammy too -- for that one.  Anyway, stay in touch and we'll see you later.

AndrewAndrew Insta-Review Pippin and I'll Eat You Last


Pippin, now playing at The Music Box Theatre, is a legendary show that has never been revived outside of a high school or regional production. The story is slight and this creative team attempts to fill in the gaps with Cirque du Soleil-esque flourishes. Find out if they succeed in bringing this beloved musical back to life in our full review!

I'll Eat You Last
I'll Eat You Last, starring Bette Midler(!), is billed as an intimate evening with the recently deceased super-agent Sue Mengers. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first female agents in Hollywood and dealt with some of the biggest egos in Tinseltown. Her anecdotes about them are sure to be insightful and funny but can Midler sublimate her own ego and let Sue be Sue?

Chatting with Broadway Star Patina Miller on the New Death-Defying Pippin

Kristen Wiig Has a Nervous Breakdown, Sleeps With Darren Criss In Girl Most Likely


We can't believe we'd never heard of Kristen Wiig's upcoming movie Girl Most Likely before -- she totally gets it on with Blaine from Glee! (Actually, we realized we didn't recognize this movie because it was previously called Imogene -- Wiig mentioned it, in fact, to PAPER's Alexis Swerdloff in her 2011 cover story.) Aside from that little vignette with Darren Criss, the trailer, released today, shows Wiig playing a darker, more unhinged version of her Bridesmaids role; her character, Imogene, is a once-promising New York playwright who suffers from a nervous breakdown and is forced to go live with her honky tonk mom (played by Annette Bening) in Ocean City, New Jersey. Once there she meets a Hot Dude (Darren Criss) who's renting her childhood bedroom and her's mom's new, slightly demented boyfriend (Matt Dillon). Bening and Wiig have great chemistry together and, even though "Gen X versus Millennials" generational jokes are a little tired, we got a kick out of watching Wiig go crazy and do body shots at a club with twenty-year-olds. Watch the trailer above.

Girl Most Likely hits theaters on June 19.

National Bike/Beck Month



Hesta Prynn A.jpegIn this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.

May is National Bike Month, and in my continued effort to live a public transportation-free lifestyle, I am getting back on that proverbial horse. At the same time, Beck is back with a new album and a summer tour including a few dates here in New York. In my mind, bike riding will always be linked with listening to Mellow Gold on cassette in my yellow Sony Sport Walkman. As I'm midway through making a mixtape for my new riding adventures, this week's Five 'n' Five highlights my favorite Beck songs and my bikes through the years.


Schwinn Cutter: "Hell Yes" (Guero)

Total utter awesomeness, the Cutter is the new fixie that is keeping me off of the 6 train and out of taxis. Yeah, that's me sipping the flax seed and açai smoothie. What are you riding? "Please enjoy, hell yes!"


Mongoose SuperGoose circa 1985: "Beercan" (Mellow Gold)

Where it all began. I was a tomboy riding my dirt bike through the mean streets. My earliest memories include running home gushing blood and picking gravel out of my knees. "Don't be kind don't be rude, just shake your booty let it all get loose." Timeless.

(Image via vintagemongoose.com)


Diamondback BMX: "The New Pollution" (Odelay)

This bike was good to me for years in Manhattan. Odelay is in the running for my favorite record of all time, so it's impossible to pick just one song. If I had to, it would be this one. "She's alone in the new pollution." I wasn't the only teenage girl who thought that this song was written about her, right?


Columbia Beach Cruiser: "Gamma Ray" (Modern Guilt)

Ask me about the bright pink vintage Columbia jobbie that I bought on Craigslist last year and I'll tell you that there's nothing more humiliating than racing a UPS truck in midtown on a beach cruiser. It looked dope. I sold it within the week. Similarly, "Gamma Ray" is the best example of vintage production techniques on Modern Guilt. The rest of the record is a snooze.

(Image via SD Bike Commuter)


Gary Fisher Y Frame Mountain Bike: "Think I'm in Love" (The Information)

This is a fierce mountain bike. I'm an urban rider not a mountain rider but I'm including the Gary Fisher here because it belongs to my man (and because I've run out of my own bikes to list). "Think I'm in Love" is a quirky love song that drips romance. It's a sweet dance song to get close to at the World's Most Hipster Wedding. To me it'll never get old.

(Image via Bicycle Czar)

Here's Xavier Dolan's Controversial New Music Video


PAPER is no stranger to Xavier Dolan, the young filmmaker who loves to play with themes of sexuality and the complications of love (who was also featured in our spring issue a few years back). Dolan directed a new music video for French band Indochine and it's stirring up a lot of controversy. We've gotta say, the video is pretty disturbing, as it depicts the escalation of bullying against a schoolboy until he's crucified, tazed and shot. A censored version has already been made in France and Canada, and no version of it can be played on television during the daytime in France.  Dolan is angry about the censorship and made his case to La Parisien: "Is it really any more violent than the movies that are constantly appearing on our screens?...On these kind of channels you see situations that are racist, violent and degrading -- particularly to women. So it seems absurd to me that this video should be censored." Watch it above and let us know what you think. And one more needless word of warning: the video is graphic.

The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week

Screen shot 2013-05-03 at 4.26.48 PM.pngCoolest New "Street Art" Trend: Moss graffiti, as seen on Honestly WTF. -- Abby Schreiber

Best Way to Spend a Sunny Afternoon: The WBAR-B-Q at Barnard last Saturday. -- Jonah Wolf

Best Reaction to NBA Player Jason Collins Coming Out This Week: Writer Alexie Sherman's who titled his article for Seattle's Stranger "Jason Collins Is the Envy of Straight Men Everywhere. That's What Makes Homophobes So Uncomfortable." -- Rashard Bradshaw 

Screen shot 2013-05-03 at 5.30.18 PM.pngBest Listicle of the Week: Buzzfeed's "27 Things You Had to Deal With As the Only Black Kid In Your Class." It's perfect. -- R.B.

Biggest Mystery of the Week: The intended meaning behind the Times' original headline on that embarrassing 'hipster Williamsburg' story, "Will.i.amsburg." -- J.W.

Most Thrilling Murray Hill Discovery of the Week: A new sandwich place called Spreads near the PAPER HQ. The next time you find yourself near 30th & Park, we highly recommend you try to their sandwiches (bulgogi! vegan BLT! fish torta!) or salads. -- A.S.

cine_wintourjacobs-Cópia.jpgBest "Who Wore It Better" Moment of the Week: When Anna Wintour and Marc Jacobs both turned up to the Great Gatsby premiere in the same Prada coat. -- A.S.

Weirdest Open Letter of the Week: Rapper Kitty Pryde's in-depth response after her tourmate Danny Brown received oral sex -- without his consent, according to Pryde -- onstage during one of his performances. -- R.B.

Best-and-Most-THC-Induced Audition of the Week:
Willie Nelson's audition to play Gandalf in The Hobbit 2. -- A.S.

It's a Great Day for Science

the-gos--large-msg-132028184054.jpg1.  Men with beards rejoice: a new study suggests that on average, women and straight men find men with heavy stubble more attractive and think men with beards make better fathers. I can attest that we gays like a good beard too. [via HuffPo]

large.png2.  Actually, it's a great day for everyone. Not only are beards officially sexy, but a research team in Italy found that those who ate pizza regularly were less likely to develop cancer (probably because of a chemical called lycopene found in tomato sauce). So let's all get a slice to celebrate our health. [via Washington Times]

train-disrupt.jpg3.  15 NYC subway lines, including the A, C, E, N, Q, R, and G trains will be experiencing disruptions of various kinds through Sunday. This puts a slight damper on our plans to binge on pizza and bearded men all weekend. [via DNA Info]

Books_Beneath_The_Bridge_Etienne.jpg4.  On May 19th, 23 poets and scholars will do a marathon reading of Hart Crane's "The Bridge" at Brooklyn Bridge Park to celebrate the bridge's 130th anniversary. The reading will be held at 3pm at Pier 1's Granite Prospect. [via Press Release]

Great-Gatsby-Fashion-Shopping.jpg5.  Collector's Weekly has a good read on the how Baz Lurhmann's portrayal of flappers in his upcoming film The Great Gatsby fails to talk about the female empowerment behind the movement: "The flapper movement wasn't simply a fashion trend...it was a full-blown, grassroots feminist revolution." Read the full article here.

4c667f82.jpg6.  Sigur Rós is appearing on and contributing music to The Simpsons. We've gotta see this one. [via Pitchfork]

7.  Endless buzzkills One Million Moms are now causing a whole lot of hooplah about this Philips manscaping ad. [via Queerty]

8.  And here's a song that's a composite of crazy shit guys say on their OKCupid profiles. Shockingly catchy, no? [via Death and Taxes]

GIFs Of the Week: Obama Brushes His Shoulder Off + Baseball!

Welcome to our Friday GIF roundup, featuring a collection of this week's most important, amusing and/or newsy GIFs and GIF sets by Mike Hayes of Buzzfeed and Gifhound.

tumblr_mm6i9lo54k1s9dnijo1_500.gifThe White House promised GIFs on their new Tumblr. They weren't kidding. [via White House Tumblr]

tumblr_mlxh4uYtIw1s9dnijo1_500.gifNo. They weren't. [via White House Tumblr]

tumblr_mm37adDFob1qdlh1io1_400.gifSpeaking of promises, I promise you will get hurt if you try this. Don't do this. [via 4 GIFs]

tumblr_llayb7xcYR1qg39ewo1_500.gifMan, what a great show. [via GIF Movie]

Bit of a belated congrats to New Zealand. Way to go, New Zealand. [via Bee Is Happy]

tumblr_mm4w1vt7fg1rwzsbso2_400.giftumblr_mm4w1vt7fg1rwzsbso1_400.gifFinally, this weekend an SNL I can be excited about. [via GIFS FLN]

tumblr_mm6ywoX5bA1r70xplo1_250.giftumblr_mm6ywoX5bA1r70xplo2_250.gifThis guy did not get hit. [via Bleacher Report]

In other MLB GIF news, people keep making these. Yay! [via 24]

One more baseball GIF: This is how Psy goes to baseball games. [via Date: Fri, May 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM Subject: Fwd: GIFS To: Elizabeth Thompson ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Mike Hayes Date: Fri, May 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM Subject: GIFS To: Elizabeth Thompson The White House promised GIFs on their new Tumblr. They weren't kidding. http://whitehouse.tumblr.com/post/49442643736/president-obama-just-took-off-from-the-south-lawn No. They weren't. http://whitehouse.tumblr.com/post/49045600660/getting-ready-for-the-correspondents#notes Speaking of promises, I promise you will get hurt if you try this. Don't do this. http://4gifs.tumblr.com/post/49302842499/vigilante-robbery-shotgun Man, what a great show. http://gifmovie.tumblr.com/post/5553185732/dinosaurs-tv-show-comercial-01 Bit of a belated congrats to New Zealand. Way to go, New Zealand. http://beeishappy.tumblr.com/post/49244458001/tcr-2013-04-29 Finally, this weekend an SNL I can be excited about. http://gifsfln.tumblr.com/post/49375664104/zach-galifianakis-is-ready-to-shoot-this-weeks This guy did not get hit. http://bleacherreport.tumblr.com/post/49464614688/cubs-cf-julio-borbon-does-a-hilariously-bad-job-at In other MLB GIF news, people keep making these! Yay! http://24.media.tumblr.com/ef06fc7cc70aee2a48d096069a936d1d/tumblr_mm6uouvQOH1rk5zfdo2_400.gif http://www.buzzfeed.com/ktlincoln/this-baseball-gif-will-obliterate-your-brain One more baseball GIF: This is how Psy goes to baseball games http://drawntomlb.com/post/49355092382/tommy-lasorda-is-completely-awestruck-of-psy">Drawn to MLB@papermag.com>@buzzfeed.com>@gmail.com>]

Aaaand one lizard GIF. G'night! [via Nik Nak 79]

GIFs Of the Week: Obama Brushes His Shoulder Off + Baseball!

Welcome to our Friday GIF roundup, featuring a collection of this week's most important, amusing and/or newsy GIFs and GIF sets by Mike Hayes of Buzzfeed and Gifhound.

tumblr_mm6i9lo54k1s9dnijo1_500.gifThe White House promised GIFs on their new Tumblr. They weren't kidding. [via White House Tumblr]

tumblr_mlxh4uYtIw1s9dnijo1_500.gifNo. They weren't. [via White House Tumblr]

tumblr_mm37adDFob1qdlh1io1_400.gifSpeaking of promises, I promise you will get hurt if you try this. Don't do this. [via 4 GIFs]

tumblr_llayb7xcYR1qg39ewo1_500.gifMan, what a great show. [via GIF Movie]

Bit of a belated congrats to New Zealand. Way to go, New Zealand. [via Bee Is Happy]

tumblr_mm4w1vt7fg1rwzsbso2_400.giftumblr_mm4w1vt7fg1rwzsbso1_400.gifFinally, this weekend an SNL I can be excited about. [via GIFS FLN]

tumblr_mm6ywoX5bA1r70xplo1_250.giftumblr_mm6ywoX5bA1r70xplo2_250.gifThis guy did not get hit. [via Bleacher Report]

In other MLB GIF news, people keep making these. Yay! [via 24]

One more baseball GIF: This is how Psy goes to baseball games.

tumblr_mlgp8rFsRo1ql2603o1_500.gifAaaand one lizard GIF. G'night! [via Nik Nak 79]

MCA Day Is Saturday + Beasties in the Archives

Brooklyn performance and art space Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) is celebrating the life of Adam Yauch tomorrow, May 4, starting at 11 a.m.  Stop in and spend a little time reminiscing -- or whatever floats your boat -- about Adam, the Beastie Boys and that time you caught them with Run-D.M.C at the Garden. We sent one of our interns down into the PAPER archives and dug-up this review of the "Rock Hard" 12-inch from back in April, 1985, when the boys where just out of high school and Rick Rubin was a student at NYU and running Def Jam out of his dorm room. Check it out below. (Apologies for the cropping job here, PAPER used to be published as one big poster and they're tough to scan!) 


This Brazilian Testicle Mascot Will Haunt Your Dreams

testiclemascot.jpgMeet Mr. Balls, the testicle mascot of Brazilian anti-cancer non-profit the Associação de Assistência às Pessoas com Câncer. I guess raising awareness about testicular cancer is good, but oh god the pubes. So many pubes. And those eyes, oh those eyes. Good luck sleeping tonight, everyone. [Gawker]

This ad for New Balances and the chubby middle-aged white men who love them from this weekend's Zach Galifianakis-hosted SNL was pretty perfect. [Hulu]

Another highlight from SNL: this Jennifer Aniston look-alike competition skit, featuring cameos by Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. [Deadline]

Screen shot 2013-05-06 at 9.41.12 AM.pngMama June and Sugar Bear, begetters of l'enfant Honey Boo Boo, got married this weekend. The bride and groom wore camouflage ensembles and Boo Boo wore a flamenco-style dress in neon orange and high-fructose corn syrup pink. Mazel. [via Jezebel, Us; Photos via Splash News.]

This delightful Reading Rainbow blooper reel is the opposite of Monday morning. [BuzzfeedRewind]

tumblr_mm6vt2j0z41qzfsnio3_1280.jpgCats love it! [LaughingSquid]

tumblr_mm58i5kPuC1qz7f9to1_500.jpgBaby Aziz Ansari's dance class photo! (He's in the second row, second from left.) [AzizIsBored]

Inside one pit bull's epic struggle to hang on to a stick. [Tastefullyoffensive]
 dearmark.pngPlease leave Mark's cat out of this. [ThisIsntHappiness]

Mariah Carey Made a New Song With Miguel

mariah-carey-beautiful.jpgFresh from renewing her wedding vows with Nick Cannon in a Disney princess ceremony at Disneyland, Mariah Carey has released a new single featuring R&B stud Miguel. In what we can only suppose is a way to prove that Mimi is down with the Millennials, the singer titled the track #Beautiful. As in: "Hashtag Beautiful." Expected to be the lead single on her forthcoming 14th studio album, the song opens with R&B cool guy Miguel singing the first verse -- Carey doesn't sing more than back-up vocals until the 1:30 mark. Unlike "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," the song she recorded last summer with Rick Ross and Meek Mill, Mariah's "comeback song" forgoes any schmancy production in favor of a nice, easy-listening slow jam, which, for our money, is perfectly fine by us. Take a listen to #Beautiful below and add it to your summer BBQ playlists -- it's perfect for those end of the night vibes when everyone's feeling a little sleepy, a little amorous and a little bit like a Disney princess butterfly from too much sun and day drinking.

Chef Justin Severino Heads to Pittsburgh's South Side For Negronis and Octopus

JustinHeadshot2chefs.pngEach week in our Chefs Off Duty series, we talk to some of our favorite chefs and industry folk around the country to find out their secret late-night spots where they like to grab a bite and a pint when their kitchens are finally closed. Next up: Justin Severino, meat maven, localism and ethical farming proponent and chef/founder of Pittsburgh's Mediterranean-inspired, seasonal restaurant Cure.

Where do you like to eat when you leave your restaurant?

There's a place in the south side of Pittsburgh called Dish. It's owned by this Sicilian guy named Michele. He's an awesome guy in general and [his place] is one of the few restaurants in Pittsburgh that serves food late, like until midnight (but if you're in there eating, you can hang out until two in the morning). The cocktails are great -- I usually get a negroni. They've got the best selection of amaros in the city and a lot of stuff Michele has brought back from Italy. And the food is great. He doesn't even claim to be a chef -- he's a humble guy who can make really great seafood and pasta dishes. Last time [I went], I had uni with olive oil and it was really high quality. And they always do some ragu-y type thing. The last time I was there, they also had gnocchi, which they make in-house. It was ricotta gnocchi with wild boar ragú. Their grilled octopus [is also great]. It's really simply grilled with radicchio, arugula, and lots of olive oil.

How did you first discover Dish?

I've lived in Pittsburgh for six years now and the restaurant has been here for 13 years, which is one of the things I'm most impressed by because it's not stale, you know? It's probably one of the busiest restaurants in the city. I had heard a lot about it but had never been because it's in the south side of Pittsburgh, which is mostly all bars where college kids go and puke on the sidewalk, basically. I kind of avoid that part of town in general. But one day my wife and I went inside and met Michele and we've actually done some collaborations together since then. Now I try to pop in there at least once a week.

It probably has 45 seats at the most and it's [located] in the back of the neighborhood, on a corner. In a way it kind of reminds me of The Spotted Pig. Some people are dressed up but I go in there with a pair of tennis shoes and jeans all the time. It's super casual and fun.

8822_164846170405_7954752_n.jpgDish Osteria and Bar

Besides the negronis, what are your favorite things to order?

I will always let Michele put some seafood in front of me. It's always really clean, good quality fish done well with olive oil. Last time we had grilled shrimp with lemon and olive oil and octopus with radicchio and olive oil. There was also this beef carpaccio that he serves with balsamic. He also makes his own guanciale with egg, cheese, noodles in a carbonara. He also always has a seafood pasta, which is a mix of everything he has.

Any fun memories from nights you've spent at Dish?

In January, my dad and my two brothers came to Pittsburgh and I brought them to Dish afterwards for dinner. My dad is 100% Italian [but] they live in the middle of nowhere, Ohio, so they don't drink negronis and they don't know what Fernet Branca is. And when I try to serve it to them, they don't want to hear it -- they're like "I want whiskey and I want it in a glass with an ice cube." But Michele is able to get them hammered on rare amaros from Italy. The next time we hung out I brought a bunch home but they didn't want anything to do with it. Michele has the power [to get them to try amaro] and I'm pretty sure that's why Dish is so successful.

Dish Osteria and Bar, 128 S. 17th St., Pittsburgh; Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am, closed Sunday

Photo of Severino by Adam Milliron

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