‘I Don’t Want to Defend Him’
Kanye West in a hoodie next to a Ye tattoo

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You thought Kanye West’s views – on slavery, abortion, Jewish people; take your pick – couldn’t get any worse, but then he went and said bluntly “I like Hitler” on Alex Jones’s Infowars Show. “Everybody has something of value that they brought to the table,” he told the sometimes visibly uncomfortable right-wing conspiracy theorist, “especially Hitler.”

Ye’s spiraling behavior, including public harassment his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and fraternize with Trumphas caused many fans to give up on the once acclaimed rapper and producer. Still, his music has inspired millions of young people, and it’s not unusual to have a Kanye tattoo – though people understandably now feel significantly differently about inking the rapper’s face on their body. London-based tattoo removal company NAAMA Studios even went viral after they offered to remove Ye tats free, or, in their words, “Yeezy come, Yeezy go”.

VICE spoke to some of Kanye’s biggest tattooed fans and biggest ex-fans to see how they now feel about having the rapper permanently etched on their skin.

Chance, 20

I got my tattoo about a year ago, I was a Life of Pablo fan and the higher tattoo is art of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I watched all his interviews. I just liked that he hasn’t taken no for an answer in a long time, but now he’s definitely taken it way too far.

An arm of a Kanye West fan showing off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy tattoo art

Photo: Courtesy of Chance

He was really a visionary to me, started a church and a school, even though many people told him he couldn’t. But when I heard the comments he made on the Alex Jones show, I was just like, damn. There aren’t many different perspectives on mass genocide. There is really only one right side. Personally, I wouldn’t get it covered because the album is deeper than the person. If I had a tattoo of Kanye’s face [though]I would be tempted to get rid of it.

An arm showing a Kanye West face tattoo

Zee, 23

I got my tattoo almost six years ago in 2017. I was just 18 and this was my first tattoo. I was obviously a big Kanye fan, but three months after I got it, he said slavery was a choice and my fucking jaw dropped. That’s when it all started.

I’ve been looking for ways to cover it for the past three years, but the only option seemed to be a black rectangle. I got this because I thought it was funny but now it’s getting quite serious – it’s not funny [anymore]i don’t enjoy it

I don’t wear waistcoats much, I wear baggy shirts. If it’s visible, I get a lot of questions about it. Since 2017 it has been just constant [from Ye], his words are not a one-off. There’s no fucking way I’m getting a person tattooed again – only inanimate objects. I started removing it this week. It will take a number of sessions, but it already feels like massive relief. I took advantage of these free sessions offered by NAAMA Studios, otherwise I couldn’t afford it – I wouldn’t be able to shell out four rand to get it removed.

Side by side photo of Kanye West leg tattoo art

Liam, 31

The first one I got was Kanye’s name tattooed on me in 2012. I have another on my leg and then a Donda piece most recently, two months ago. I don’t think anything he said is going to ruin my opinion of him and his legacy, but I can understand other people’s frustrations. I think some people jump on the bandwagon without reading the full details. He usually explains after a while what he really meant. Things are a bit more extreme right now – like, can we appreciate Hitler and Putin? In what sense? But I don’t believe that’s what he really thinks.

Leg tattoo of Kanye West's face as a tattoo next to Graduation bear

I’ve been listening to Kanye all day. I think download his music from streaming services is ridiculous when there are many people who have committed real crimes who are still around. I get a lot of people questioning my tattoos, but I take it with a grain of salt. I had many discussions and almost arguments about it.

Arm Showing My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Ballerina Tattoo

Photo: courtesy of Arthur

Arthur, 30

I have a ballerina tattoo of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – I got it in 2020 because he is a genius, I love how he puts jazz and soul music into rap songs.

For me, it is especially difficult to see his current behavior as a black person. It’s hard to see him being friends with Marilyn Manson. He has health problems, but that’s no excuse – since the pandemic, his mental problems have kind of gotten worse. I don’t agree with his politics.

Ever since that Alex Jones video I stopped listening to him. It’s the only thing I can do, unfortunately. Right now I don’t think I’ll listen to the song I have tattooed on me. In ten years I don’t know, but not now. I like the cartoon of the art – if someone asks me, I’ll just say it was a random ballerina from Google.

Arm Showing Kanye West Fan Tattoo Art

Jack, 37

I have this tattoo on [Kanye’s] 40th birthday, it was an impulsive decision and I got comments on social media like “Well that’s a waste of a very good arm”. I didn’t care, all I cared about was the world knowing that this is what I love about music. I thought it was no different from your Metallica wrist logo, your John Lennon “Imagine” shoulder sketch.

I’m not sure what to think now – has he taken it too far? Absolutely, his comments lately are those of someone who hasn’t fully experienced the effects of what it’s really like to be completely abandoned by your previous forms of support and income. We as a society have always just written the whole thing off as “oh that’s just Kanye being Kanye” and he’s certainly self-aware enough to know that he’s still got a few of those cards in his hand.

Arm tattoo of Kanye West's Graduation bear

Photo: Courtesy of Parker

Parker, 23

I have the Graduation ceremony tattoo about a year ago. I can separate art and artist but when the artist [is spreading] this level of hate, it’s very difficult. The album is from 2007 – it wasn’t the same Kanye in 2007. It’s a nice visual thing, but I don’t support him as a person. I don’t follow a celebrity too much, so for years I didn’t have much of an opinion, but more recently what he said touched me more. I probably wouldn’t get that tattoo again or have it so clearly on my forearm. I’m more detached from his music now – it has a huge feel to it now.

Forearm tattoo of Kanye West's Graduation bear

Jay, 23

I was 18 years old, had just graduated. I won’t deny that he was a musical genius for the 20 years he produced. I loved that he was outspoken about the bigotry in the design industry and music industry. Within the past years and months, it has become much more difficult to defend him.

I don’t want to defend him. There is no reason for him to continue the hate that he is. I wouldn’t say it’s absolute regret [for the tat] because I know what it means to me personally, but I do feel that it might leave a bad first impression on someone. If I could go back and not find it I probably would or if I could remove it completely I probably would. Usually when people ask I say I enjoy the music and it was a while ago – but a lot of the time people think it’s a teddy bear or a care bear so I let them think so.


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‘As welcoming as the shadow under a tree’: the new home for the man who built Houston | Architecture

Fnew figures shaped the shape and fortunes of a city as much as Jesse H Jones shaped Houston’s. Beginning in the early 1900s, the lumberyard owner turned real estate developer, banker, and Democratic politician built more than 35 skyscrapers across the Texas “bayou city.” Known as “Mr Houston”, Jones was instrumental in obtaining funds to build the ship canal that connected the city to the sea, creating an inland port connected to 17 railroad lines, which changed its outlook.

As Fortune magazine put it in 1940: “He built Houston from a one-night stand on Buffalo Bayou into the second largest and fastest growing metropolis in the South.” It is now the fourth largest city in the US, its port the second busiest in the country. Jones’ legacy still towers above the streets: if all his buildings were stacked on top of each other – from the elegant Rice Hotel to the art deco Gulf Tower – they would stretch two miles into the sky.

Unzoned cityscape … aerial view of the new Houston Endowment headquarters. Photo: Iwan Baan/Iwan Baan, Courtesy Kevin Daly Architects

Now, 66 years since his death, Jones’ vast fortune has spawned a more subtle architectural addition to Houston’s cluttered, unzoned cityscape. Perched atop a hill overlooking the rolling green of Spotts Park, where the bay sweeps to the west of the city, the new Houston Endowment headquarters stands as an elegant, low temple to philanthropy . A colonnade of toothpick-slender steel columns rises 12 meters to support a smooth-thin aluminum canopy that sails over a cluster of white cubic forms, shielding a staggered series of outdoor terraces from the harsh Texan sunshine. The volumes slide in and out, cantilevered above planted beds, their jagged surfaces adding depth to the play of shadows cast by the perforated louvres overhead.

“It’s essentially a giant back porch,” says Kevin Daly, referring to that classic Southern domestic social space. The 65-year-old Los Angeles architect, who designed the building in collaboration with Mexican office Productora, studied at Houston’s Rice University and knows the city well. “We wanted to create the feeling of a relaxed, open relationship with the public, and a place where discussions can spill out into the open air.”

Jesse Jones and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones, founded the Houston Endowment in 1937, with a focus on education, health care and the arts. They funded the first building for women to live on campus at Rice, as well as hospitals for the Texas Medical Center, and a performing arts center for the city, completed after Jones’ death. Since then, the fund has grown to $2.57 billion and now awards about $100 million annually to local nonprofits, focusing on public education, civic engagement, arts, parks and social services.

Houston Endowment headquarters.
The scale of local council … Houston Endowment headquarters. Photo: Oliver Wainwright

The Endowment operates almost at the scale of a local council, with dedicated departments for each of its core programs, from improving parks and playgrounds, to increasing voter participation among immigrant communities, to supporting independent, nonpartisan local journalism. But based in dark wood-paneled offices on the 64th floor of the corporate JPMorgan Chase Tower downtown, the organization has always lacked a visible public face.

“It had a spectral presence in the city,” Daly says. “Everyone knew what it was, but no one knew what it looked like.” And those who did visit often felt overwhelmed by the stuffy, rarefied atmosphere, more cozy of an old-school Texan oil company HQ than a progressive funder of charitable community groups.

“It felt like you were in a museum,” says Ann Stern, president and CEO of the Houston Endowment since 2012. “It was a somber, serious space that made you feel like you had to lower your voice. We already have such a power imbalance with the groups we work with, and the offices have made people feel that if they’re not old and established, it’s not their place.”

In contrast, their new $20 million home feels like entering the light-flooded, airy environment of a modern art gallery, channeling the strains of the city’s 1980s Menil collection by Renzo Piano. In an unusual move for an American office building, the project was procured through an open international competition, organized by London-based Malcolm Reading Consultants, and the rigor of the process is evident in the result. The tight budget was used carefully to create an environment that works hard with minimal resources – a testament to Daly’s track record with affordable housing and public schools, and Productora’s experience with fabricators in Mexico, where much of the metalwork is made.

Large glass doors lead to an 11 meter high atrium, where a wide staircase rises to open-plan offices and a staff canteen, with an event space on one side. Bold contemporary works from a diverse range of Houston artists line the walls, while the exposed underside of cross-laminated wood floor slabs hang overhead, supported by a framework of slim, bolt-on steel sections. The whole thing appears to be assembled from a slim set of parts – and can just as easily be taken apart and reused. At every possible moment, doors spill out onto terraces overlooking the park, making the building feel like a pavilion in a garden.

In summer, the city swelters in 37C heat, with over 90% humidity, making low-energy cooling a challenge. Rather than aiming for an ultra-high-tech environmental system, which the organizations felt the Endowment Funds could never match, the architects opted for simple, legible measures that could be copied.

“The idea was to make it as welcoming as the shade under a tree,” says Wonne Ickx of Productora. “The best part of Houston is not its architecture, but the incredible canopy of live oaks that cover the city. We’re trying to expand that feeling of a sheltered canopy.”

“Somebody needs to be able to walk in and see how it works,” Daly says. There’s the canopy for shade, which is covered with solar panels for energy, while simple ceiling fans – which can be operated manually by the occupants – also reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in the summer. In a more technological touch, a series of geothermal wells have been drilled 90 meters underground, reducing the demand for cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. This is basic stuff, but it means that the building operates at net zero carbon for at least three quarters of the year.

The right size… the Houston Endowment headquarters.
The right size… the Houston Endowment headquarters. Photo: Oliver Wainwright

“It’s not talked about much, but one of the most important environmental aspects concerns the right size of the building,” adds Ickx, explaining how the original size of the project was cut down during the design process, from three floors to two. “We made it as efficient as possible by cutting out redundant facilities, such as extra meeting rooms and a gym, which they just didn’t need, right on the edge of the park.”

Given the environmental credentials of the building, and the climate-conscious campaigns the Houston Endowment funds, it seems a contradiction in terms where some of the charity’s billions are invested. Will the organization divest its dollars from the climate-destroying fossil fuel industry – following the Rockefeller, MacArthur and Ford foundations?

“No,” said Stern. “We’re in Texas, and a number of people on our board are from the oil and gas industry. We want to do as well with our investments as we can, so that we can put more money back into the community. It might come at some point, but it’s going to be an investment decision that causes us to get rid of it.”

In a conservative state where renewable energy is still a dirty word among the dominant oil-loyal Republicans, the Endowment is at least trying to send a message in its own architecture. Some may question the use of aluminum for the cladding and canopy, which comes with a high embodied energy cost, although Daly’s team assures it has a high recycled content, and a similar carbon footprint to other cladding choices. Perhaps the bigger question, in this post-pandemic world of working from home, is whether they really need such a building?

“With hybrid work, I thought I would only be in the office for the minimum amount of time,” says Carlos Villagrana, a program officer on the education team. “To get to the old office, you had to drive downtown, park in the garage, and take three escalators and two elevators to get there. But now I find myself looking forward to coming to work every day. I really enjoy the feeling of light and space, and it feels like the teams and our organizations know each other much better now.”

The history of Jesse Jones may be confined to a small room behind the front desk, but his pioneering spirit lives on in this lightweight, low-energy building. Linked to the pedestrian and bike paths of Bayou Park, it stands as a progressive beacon from which the rest of this sprawling, oil-rich, car-dominated city would do well to learn from.

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Nicolas Cage Gets Transformed Into Superman Beyond in New Fan Art

Warner Bros. Discovery has been working hard on promoting DC Comics since their merger was completed and the CEO has been trying to steer the ship in the right direction. We’ve officially learned that James Gunn and Peter Safran will be heading up the new DC Studios and they’ll be planning the next ten years of movies. There was also the news that Henry Cavill will return as Superman in the main DC Universe and that writers the next presentation Man of steel Movie. One fan thinks Cavill should be the main Superman of the DCU and even has a design showing who they think the guy should be.

An artist on Instagram who goes by @Clements.Ink has revealed a new piece of fan art that shows what Nicholas Cage could look like as the Superman of the future. In the fan art, you can see the actor as Superman Beyond in the costume that fans are used to. While this isn’t a film based on Gunn and Safran’s tenure, it’s certainly fun to think about. You can check out the fan art below!

Gunn and Safran started their jobs as co-CEOs of DC Studios at the beginning of November and it’s safe to say that the future of DC looks bright. When the duo was released by the new Warner Bros. Discovery boss was announced, they released a statement about their excitement for the job.

“We are honored to be the stewards of these DC characters we have loved since childhood,” Gunn and Safran added in a joint statement. “We look forward to working with the most talented writers, directors and actors in the world to create an integrated, multi-layered universe that still allows for the individual expression of the artists involved. Our commitment to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn and the rest of the DC stable of characters are matched only by our dedication to the wonder of human possibility these characters represent.We are excited to enhance the theatrical experience around the world as we bring some of the biggest, most beautifully told, and the greatest stories ever told.”

The most recently released DC film to hit theaters was the Dwayne Johnson-led Black Adam. Black Adam will star Johnson and will also star Aldis Hodge (Underground, The Invisible Man) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (To all the boys I used to love, Charlie’s angels) as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets, Euphoria) as Cyclone, Sarah Shahi (The L Word, Sex/Life) as Adrianna Tomaz, and Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Mamma Mia!) as Doctor Fate. Uli Latukefu, Marwan Kenzari, Mohammed Amer, James Cusati-Moyer, and Bodhi Sabongui were also cast.

What do you think of the idea? Let us know in the comments below or by hit up our writer @NateBrail on Twitter!

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From Violent Nights to Cracked Nuts: a complete guide to this week’s entertainment | Culture

Go out: Bio scope

Violent night
Out now
In a way, the concept of Santa Claus is already a home-invasion thriller, in which a man breaks into your house and leaves presents based on an assessment of your moral purity obtained by watching you in unsolicited ways . But in this action comedy, he’s the good guy who defends a family against a no-good gang of robbers. David Harbor stars as not-so-holy Nick.

Tori and Lokita
Out now
The Belgian duo, the Dardenne brothers, are one of cinema’s most respected directors, creating stark portraits of mainly working-class people under pressure, and their latest is no different. Full of heart and humanity, this is the often gloomy story of Tori (Pablo Schils) and Lokita (Joely Mbundu), a couple of young people from Africa who struggle to live with any semblance of dignity in Europe.

Fanny and Alexander
Out now
Ingmar Bergman’s impeccable, classic story of an extended family in the early 20th century turns 40 this year and is being reissued by the BFI for the occasion. One caveat: you’ll need to set aside some time, as even the shortened version runs to 188 minutes.

Out now
Starring John Waters, David Lowery and Rodney Ascher, this is a documentary with a singular focus, looking at how 1939 family masterpiece The Wizard of Oz influenced the work of filmmaker David Lynch. Catherine Bray

Go out: Performances

Likes hangovers… R&B experimentalist Kehlani Photo: Marcus Cooper

December 4th on December 12; tour starts London
R&B experimentalist Kehlani’s third album, April’s atmospheric Blue Water Road, found them going all out on love, a switch from 2020’s more toxic It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. Displaying various shades of complex emotions has become a Kehlani trait, with their performances swinging between the sweet and the sour. Michael Cragg

December 4 to December 20; tour starts Cardiff
As part of their late 20th anniversary celebrations, ’00s boy band Blue are embarking on an extensive arena tour (supported by denim-clad leg wagglers, B*Witched). While recent sixth album Heart & Soul added a handful of singles to their repertoire, the set list is likely to lean heavily on their bank of R&B-pop bangers and ballads. MC

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 3 December
One of Europe’s great jazz big bands, led by saxophonist Tommy Smith, performs some of jazz composing legend Duke Ellington’s most famous works, including Rocking in Rhythm, Black and Tan Fantasy and 1959’s The Queen’s Suite. John Fordham

Colosseum, London, December 8
ENO’s one-off concert performance of Britten’s opera, depicting the final years of Elizabeth I, was originally planned as a belated platinum jubilee celebration, and is now becoming a tribute to the late queen. Christine Rice takes the role of Elizabeth, with Robert Murray as the Earl of Essex; Martin Brabbins conducts. Andrew Clements

Go out: Increase

Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor
Appointment to watch … Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor. Photo: Manuel Harlan

The doctor
Duke of York’s, London, until 11 December
Last chance to catch Juliet Stevenson’s stunning performance in The Doctor. Arthur Schnitzler’s play about a doctor with a dilemma was adapted with typical flair by theatrical prodigy Robert Icke.

Bettie! A kind of musical
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, until 14 January
Brand new musical about Betty Boothroyd, the first female speaker of the House of Commons. Created by and starring Maxine Peake and Seiriol Davies and directed by Peake’s long-term collaborator Sarah Frankcom. Miriam Gillinson

Made Up Games Live!
Bloomsbury Theatre, WC1, 5, 7 and 8 December
Over the past eight years, Elis James and John Robins have established themselves as one of the most enduring comedy partnerships on British radio. Now they’re translating this long-running segment – ​​in which a fiercely competitive Robins takes on the flawed James in a game invented by the listeners – to the stage for what should be a hell of a fun live show. Rachel Aroesti

Cracked Nuts: Camper as Christmas
Old Wool, Farsley, nr Leeds, December 3 and 4; Cold Bath Brewery, Harrogate, December 7; tour until December 20
A cabaret performance of Christmas stalwart The Nutcracker, from Leeds-based LGBTQ+ group Glitterbomb Dancers. For all the promised glamour, sass, jokes and pop songs, this show has solid dance credentials, co-directed by sharp choreographer Joseph Mercier, dance artist Imogen Reeve and Matthew Robinson of the National Dance Company of Wales. Lyndsey Winship

Go out: Art

Lagniappe (2020), by Jo Coupe
Lagniappe (2020), by Jo Coupe, part of Hinterlands at the Baltic, Gateshead. Photo: Rob Harris/Rob Harris/ Baltic Center for Contemporary Art

Baltic, Gateshead, on April 30
Artists from the Northeast, including activist Emily Hesse, who died in early November, explore their connections to place. They explore not only the visible topography of the region, but its invisible poetry. Along with Hesse, participants include Jo Coupe (work pictured, above). Uma Breakdown, Laura Harrington, Mani Kambo, Sabina Sallis, Foundation Press and more.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries
South London Gallery of December 9 to March 12
This exhibition of young artists is a window into where we are headed. A generation that grew up with climate and other crises might be forgiven for jaundiced perspectives. Yet the variety of approaches is as irrepressible as ever, from surrealist photography by Mehmil Nadeem to Rudy Loewe’s Anansi banner.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to January 8
Money: as the recent Joe Lycett furore proved, it’s a gas to vandalize—or even pretend. This exhibition looks at how hard cash has been deliberately damaged and gleefully transformed by protestors and artists since the 18th century. Money became a political symbol in the American and French Revolutions. Defaced currency has also appeared in recent protests by Black Lives Matter activists.

British art fair
The Box, Plymouth, on January 8
Ghostly paintings of imaginary rainforests by Michael Armitage are the best things in this survey of current British art. Other highlights include Joanna Piotrowska’s shadowy black and white photography and Tai Shani’s Scooby Doo-ish sculptures. It’s a very uneven grab bag of the new that’s often fun, though rarely deep. Jonathan Jones

Stay - Saturday May illo

Accommodation in: Current

Kate Winslet Mia Threapleton
Family Affair … Kate Winslet and her real-life daughter Mia Threapleton star in I Am Ruth. Photo: Joss Barratt/Channel 4

I am Ruth
December 8, 9pm, Channel 4 & All4
Each episode of this incredibly poignant anthology series sees creator Dominic Savage work closely with his female lead to form an intimate, nuanced portrait of a woman on the brink. This issue stars Kate Winslet as a mother whose child (Winslet’s real-life daughter, Mia Threapleton) buckles under the weight of social media’s insidious demands.

Rosie Molloy gives it all up
7 December, 10pm, Sky Comedy & Now
Sheridan Smith reunites with Two Pints ​​of Lager creator Susan Nickson for a comedy about a hard-living Mancunian accountant sick of her many addictions (snacks, booze, Xanax, chocolate). But when she lets go of all her vices at once, the one-time chaos magnet is left to wonder who exactly she is without them.

A spy among friends
December 8ITVX
ITV’s new streaming service is hitting the ground running with a batch of original content, including a feature-length Plebs final, period adaptation The Confessions of Frannie Langton and this very promising spy drama, starring Guy Pearce as infamous double agent Kim Philby and Damian Lewis as the MI6 colleague who thought he knew him.

My dead body
December 5, 10pm, Channel 4 & All4
Before she died of a rare cancer in 2020, Toni Crews made the unprecedented decision to allow her body to be displayed in public, a gift intended to help the medical establishment better understand how the disease spreads. This extraordinary film documents the dissection of the 30-year-old, as well as the celebration of the person she was through interviews and home video footage. RA

Accommodation in: Games

Marvel's Midnight Suns
Strange effect… Marvel’s midnight suns. Photo: 2K Games

Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Out now, PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch
Send some of Marvel’s lesser-known characters into turn-based strategy battles, while managing their friendships and love lives from the battlefield.

The Callisto Protocol
Out now, PlayStation, Xbox, PC
From some of the creators behind the sci-fi horror masterpiece Dead Space comes this dark space station thriller – like Alien but with more blood.

Dwarven Fortress
Out December 6, PC
This legendary nerdy fantasy game has you trying to manage a group of dwarves – but you never know what the game’s simulations will throw at you, from deadly weather to rebellion. Keza MacDonald

Accommodation in: Albums

Olly Murs
Mursy paradise… Essex’s all-round entertainer returns to pop. Photo: Edward Cooke

Olly Murs – Marry me
Out now
The pop star returned to his day job with TikTok polish on his first album in four years. A move to a new label hasn’t exactly changed his bubbly pop sound, however, with the album’s lead single, Die of a Broken Heart, bolting an earworm chorus to a song that features the Police and Bruno Mars was borrowed.

White Lung – Premonition
Out now
Five years in the making, and delayed by life-changing events including the pandemic and first-time frontwoman Mish Barber-Way becoming a mother, this fifth album from the Canadian punk trio will also be their last. It’s a playful sign: caustic single, Date Night, reimagines God as a “bad boy who’s drunk.”

Metro Boomin – Heroes and Villains
Out now
One of hip-hop and R&B’s most sought-after producers—recent clients include The Weeknd, Drake, and Nicki Minaj—Leland Wayne follows up 2020’s 21 Savage collaborative album, Savage Mode II, with this typically cinematic second solo project. Guests include Travis Scott.

Half Alive – Conditions of a Punk
Out now
Half Alive’s seven-track Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt 1, which was released in February, was supposed to be followed by a second part to complete the album. Instead, the Californian alt-pop trio scrapped that idea in favor of this second full-length record, which fuses playful electronic flourishes with big pop sensibilities. MC

Accommodation in: Brain food

If Books Could Kill podcast
Pulp Friction … If Books Could Kill examines the dangerous ideas propagated by airplane readings. Photo:-

If books could kill
Airport books may seem designed only to be skimmed and tossed on the plane home. This entertaining series from Michael Hobbes aims to debunk that theory, tracing how pulpy bestsellers have often fueled dangerous ideas.

Spiritual Floss
Mental Floss’ weekly episodes play along the lines of educational video essay channels like Big Think, breathing fresh life into topics as diverse as the unusual history of the California roll and the mystery of baby pigeons.

Spike Milligan: The Unseen Archive
December 7, 9pm, Sky Arts
Home movies, unpublished plays and even the backs of envelopes form the source material for this fascinating film about the comic Spike Milligan. The recordings and documents offer an unguarded glimpse into an often troubled mind. Ammar Kalia

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Zoe Kravitz spends her 34th birthday at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite party at Art Basel in Miami

Zoe Kravitz spends her 34th birthday at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite party at Art Basel in Miami … after dad Lenny Kravitz sends sweet message

Just hours after her father Lenny Kravitz shared a heartfelt birthday message, Zoe Kravitz was spotted at Art Basel in Miami.

Kravitz spent her 34th birthday at the Saint Laurent Rive Droite party in Miami Beach, with an exhibition curated by Madonna and Anthony Vaccarello to celebrate the reissue of her groundbreaking 1992 book Sex.

The Batman actress was seen solo at the event and was not seen with boyfriend Channing Tatum, who she has been dating since August.

Birthday vibes: Just hours after her father Lenny Kravitz shared a heartfelt birthday message, Zoe Kravitz was spotted at Art Basel in Miami

Kravitz walked out with an elegant full-length dress that tied around her neck and fell to the floor.

She accessorized with gold earrings and a gold link bracelet around her left wrist.

The actress also rocked a number of rings on both hands for her Art Basel appearance on Thursday night.

Zoe’s look: Kravitz stepped out in an elegant full-length dress that cinched around her neck and fell to the floor

Earlier in the day, her father, rocker Lenny Kravitz, shared a beautiful throwback photo and a heartfelt message.

‘Happy birthday @zoeisabellakravitz. There isn’t a moment when I don’t marvel at who and what you are,’ Lenny began.

‘I am so grateful that God chose us. I love you,’ he concluded, while several of his famous friends also chimed in on the comments.

Birthday wishes: Earlier in the day, her father, rocker Lenny Kravitz, shared a beautiful throwback photo and a heartfelt message

Birthday wishes: Earlier in the day, her father, rocker Lenny Kravitz, shared a beautiful throwback photo and a heartfelt message

Zoe made headlines in August when it was reported that she was dating actor Channing Tatum.

A source claimed in August: ‘They both have a lot in common, they’re both very active and love outdoor sports and being outdoors.’

Kravitz just finalized her divorce from Karl Glusman, who she had been with since 2016 and married since June 2019 before splitting in December 2020.

Dating: Zoe made headlines in August when it was reported that she was dating actor Channing Tatum

Dating: Zoe made headlines in August when it was reported that she was dating actor Channing Tatum

General: A source claimed in August: 'They both have a lot in common, they're both very active and love outdoor sports and being outdoors'

General: A source claimed in August: ‘They both have a lot in common, they’re both very active and love outdoor sports and being outdoors’

Kravitz also starred as Tatum in her directorial debut, a thriller titled P***y Island, which is currently in post-production.

The film follows a character named Frida (Naomi Ackie), who is described as, “a young, smart, Los Angeles waitress who has her eyes on the prize: philanthropist and tech tycoon Slater King (Tatum).’

“When she deftly moves into King’s inner circle and ends up with an intimate gathering on his private island, she’s set for a trip of a lifetime,” the description reads, adding that Frida senses something “terrifying” about the island .

Cast: Kravitz also starred as Tatum in her directorial debut, a thriller titled P***y Island, which is currently in post-production

Cast: Kravitz also starred as Tatum in her directorial debut, a thriller titled P***y Island, which is currently in post-production


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Paint him out: Katy Hessel’s retelling of art history is Waterstones book of the year | Waterstones

Katy Hessel’s The Story of Art Without Men, which started as an Instagram account highlighting female artists, has been named the Waterstones book of the year.

The book was chosen by the retailer’s booksellers, who each year vote for the books they enjoyed the most to recommend to customers. As well as book of the year, they also named Bonnie Garmus, who wrote Lessons in Chemistry, author of the year and children’s book of the year to Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by AF Steadman.

‘A feast for the senses, as well as the mind’… The story of art without men by Katy Hessel. Photo: Penguin Books

Hessel is an art historian, presenter and curator who founded @thegreatwomenartists on Instagram after visiting an art fair and realizing she would struggle to name 20 female artists. She also hosts The Great Woman Artists podcast and writes the great women’s art newsletter, a fortnightly column in the Guardian.

Kate Skipper, Waterstones’ chief operating officer, called The Story of Art Without Men “as essential as it is delicious” and said it was “written with wit and ease” and could be “devoured in one sitting or immersed in a whim “.

“This is a book that will be praised for years; a feast for the senses, as well as the mind,” she added.

Hessel said she was “completely overwhelmed” by the Waterstones Book of the Year award, but said it was “a testament to all the stories, the untold stories” in her book. “I often think of my book as a kind of party, all these amazing people who fought everything to be there, and to be recognized on this scale is just amazing,” she added.

The book’s title is modeled on The Story of Art by EH Gombrich, a survey of art history first published in 1950. It had no women in its first edition, and the most recent edition features only one.

In reviewing Hessel’s book for the Observer, Bidisha Mamata said it was a “positive, beautifully written corrective” and should become a foundational text in the history of art by women.

“We live in such a culturally, socially, politically changing time,” Hessel said. “Women have been oppressed for millennia and I think it is so important that we make these corrections.

“The goal is for equality; it’s not at all to avoid men from our history. The book does this in a way that only celebrates the women. I think we’re in this very culturally interesting time when we have to go overboard to make equality and have equality in the future.”

The book covers artists from all over the world and, says Hessel, “breaks down the canon in terms of gender, but it also breaks down the canon in terms of the hierarchy of art forms, so we have things like pottery, textiles, weaving, sculpture , everything”.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, named Waterstones' Author of the Year.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, named Waterstones’ Author of the Year. Photo: Doubleday

Meanwhile, Bea Carvalho, head of fiction at Waterstones, said Garmus had been recognized as author of the year for “the astronomical success of her wonderful debut novel, Lessons in Chemistry”.

The novel is about chemist Elizabeth Zott, who hosts a cooking show that challenges women to change the status quo. “Bonnie has written that rare novel that readers of all tastes will adore: funny yet infuriating, uplifting yet heartbreaking, it’s a deft piece of social history, and a triumphant testament to the art of fiction writing that underlines how powerful and joyous the genre is is. can be,” Carvalho said.

The children’s book of the year, Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, is the first in a series and follows Skandar Smith, who has only ever wanted to be a unicorn rider.

Florentyna Martin, head of children at Waterstones, said AF Steadman’s book was a “lively and original debut” which, with its “brilliant unicorn creations and impressive combinations of elemental magic, successfully plays with readers’ expectations of the traditional fantasy adventure, which the next shake.wave of storytelling”.

  • The Story of Art without Men by Katy Hessel (Cornerstone, £30). To support The Guardian and Observer, order your copy from Delivery charges may apply.

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Yayoi Kusama installations are popping up in Tokyo for her new Louis Vuitton collaboration

After ten years, Louis Vuitton has teamed up again with the world-renowned Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama for a second collaboration. Art is no stranger to the French luxury brand as it is known to work with artists such as Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons and Kusama.

To celebrate the new collection, which will be released in January 2023, Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama took over Tokyo with a series of art installations as well as digital AR (augmented reality) experiences. The artworks and interactive features are spread across Tokyo at iconic landmarks including Tokyo Tower, Zojoji Temple, Shiba Park, Shibuya Scramble Crossing and Tokyo Station. You can find a map that highlights all the installations in the city on the Louis Vuitton website.

On the digital front, Shinjuku’s 3D billboard displays a video of a Louis Vuitton skirt emblazoned with Kusama’s dotted motif and an avatar of the 93-year-old artist. The video ad is running between 7am and 1am daily to December 7th.

Photo: Kaila ImadaInstallation at Zojoji Temple

The LV logo installation at the foot of Zojoji Temple can be seen until December 5th. You can catch it in between 8am and 10pm daily (until 18:00 on the last day). In the evening the installation will be illuminated from 16:00 to 22:00.

In addition, Tokyo Tower has been transformed into a festive holiday tree with the Louis Vuitton logo on the exterior of the iconic tower. This installation is available on 30 November as well as between December 16 and 18. The lighting at Tokyo Tower is from 17:00 to 12:00.

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama
ⒸLouis Vuitton, Daici Ano

People walking through Shiba Park will be able to see an installation featuring Kusama’s chrome spheres as well as a hot air balloon shaped like one of her signature pumpkins. Both installations are available from 8am to 10pm daily until December 29. These will also be illuminated at night 16:00 and 22:00.

画像手机:ⒸLOUIS VUITTON DAICI ANOTokyo Station Gyoko-dori installation

At Tokyo Station, you’ll find another live installation set up along Gyoko-dori. This exhibition is only here until December 25.

画像手机:ⒸLOUIS VUITTON DAICI ANO行幸通助:Marunouchi Street Rink

A massive skating rink has appeared near Tokyo Station, decorated with Kusama’s iconic polka dots. The skating rink is open daily from 11am to 10pm to December 25 .


Finally, go find this quirky LV Fish Café on Gyoko-dori leading to the Imperial Palace. This pop-up cafe is to December 25serving snacks and drinks from 11am to 10pm daily.

The new collection, due in stores in the new year, will include handbags and accessories with hand-painted dots or metal spheres similar to those found in Kusama’s ‘Narcissus Garden’ installations.

The city-wide installations are now on display until the end of December. You can find the exact dates and opening times for each installation on the website.

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Cardi B Called Out Over Uncredited Recreation of Simpsons Fan Art

An Italian artist is threatening legal action against Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B after her costume replica of fan art from The Simpsons.

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B faces potential legal action from a fan over her Marge Simpson Halloween cosplay of The Simpsonswith the creator insisting she used his fan art without permission.

Posting a lengthy statement on his Instagram page, Italian artist Alexandro Palombo provided a snapshot of Cardi B’s Marge Simpson make-up posted on October 31, featuring Marge’s long blue hair while wearing a 1995 Thierry wore Mugler dress, which partially revealed her bottom. According to Palombo, the rapper appropriated his original artwork from 2013 called “Marge Simpson Style Icon,” which he included in the snap. “Cardi B and her collaborators used my artwork without any authorization, downplaying its original meaning and only to enhance their image with a clear commercial purpose that has nothing to do with that path of social awareness that has always characterized my works no,” he said.

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Palombo’s lawyers also commented on the matter, saying they wrote to Cardi B about their failure to contact or credit Palombo about his work, claiming she violated Meta’s intellectual property rights policy with her costume of the Simpsons’ blue-haired matriarch, Marge Simpson. However, by press time, neither Cardi B nor her representatives had responded to the accusations made by the artist.

“Marge Simpson Style Icon” was first featured in British Vogue, including 24 photos of Marge wearing famous clothes such as Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier bustier and Geri Horner’s Union Jack dress. Palombo created The Simpsons fan art collection to promote gender equality and women’s emancipation. The artist, who attended Milan’s Marangoni Institute, conjures up creations that reimagine famous animated and fictional characters in various real-life scenarios, sometimes in controversial ones. He also created a piece that characters from The Simpsons re-enactment of the death of George Floyd in May 2020. In addition, he has created artwork showing various Disney princesses undergoing a mastectomy.

RELATED: The Simpsons’ Thanksgiving Episodes Highlight the Show’s 33-Year Evolution

Cardi B’s Influencer Power

Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar Cephus, created a huge buzz when she posted the Marge Simpson-inspired dress to her 144 million followers on Instagram, garnering more than 12,000 comments. She has long been known for her co-starring of famous characters from TV shows. Along with the image in question, she posted photos of herself wearing Marge Simpson’s traditional green dress this past Halloween, one showing her dusting off her Grammy and another in front of Moe’s Bar. In 2020, the rapper suited up as Marvel’s Scarlet Witch for Halloween, and followed it up in 2021 with a Morticia Addams costume in homage to the character of The Addams Family.

Season 34 of The Simpsons is currently airing on Fox, premiering this past September. This season will air the 750th episode of the popular animated series.

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Retail therapy: film, art, books and more for the Christmas shopping season | Culture


George A Romero’s 1968 horror film Night of the Living Dead is one of the most inspired critiques of consumerism in film history. It’s about a zombie uprising caused by a virus from outer space, which causes dead people to rise from the grave, driven by a hunger for living human flesh. The film satirizes 1960s America’s consumerism: people existing in a catatonic state of hunger and thirst and hostility; a metaphor made explicit in the later Dawn of the Dead (1978), which takes place in a shopping mall. Now, in the age of social media, it is even more relevant. All of us scroll endlessly through our phones, poring over material surreptitiously compiled by commercial algorithms. People do it on public transport and even walk on the street… like zombies. Peter Bradshaw


Placing a bridge … Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Photo: Nintendo

Most games are materialistic: they tend to revolve around the accumulation of resources, be it money or experience points or increasingly better weapons and armor. But there’s one game that really communicates the joy of shopping, rather than the drudgery of it: Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Every day when you walk into Animal Crossing’s local store Nook’s Cranny, there’s a different small selection of beautifully modeled furniture; when sahara the carpet seller camel arrives it feels like an event. It’s satisfying to browse the ever-changing wares and choose what to spend your hard-earned bells on, then take them home and display them. There’s no use for Animal Crossing’s decorative housewares, but that’s kind of the point: you buy them because they look cute, not because they’ll give you a benefit. Keza MacDonald


Raise the bargain...Hang Linton.
Raise the bargain… Hang Linton. Photo: Jen Photo

The planet is dying, the wallet is tightening and for the umpteenth year everyone in the family has agreed that there is nothing anyone really needs for Christmas. And yet we all fill our online baskets as usual, convinced that we’ve found “just a few” essential bargains. Capturing the vicious cycle of this 20% off food frenzy, Leeds newcomer Hang Linton Sale shares a cautionary tale about a shoulder-hop pop-funk beat: “Discount upon discount / But don’t discount the fact not / We bought it all for cheap / with the sweat of someone’s back”. Will we be more circumspect next year? Hopefully. But until then, this danceable number cuts to the cold heart of consumerism. Jenessa Williams


White Noise by Don Delillo

The great Don DeLillo’s visionary 1985 novel, White Noise, – adapted into a film by Noah Baumbach this winter – tells us about the holy trinity of shopping: “Mastercard, Visa, American Express”. Brand names are repeated like mantras. Children whisper “Toyota Celica” in their sleep. Grown men stand stunned and amazed at supermarket displays: “There were six kinds of apples, there were exotic melons in various pastels. It seemed that everything was in season, sprayed, burned, bright.” There are huge copious lists of everything. There is always more goods and always the possibility to buy more. But there is never a hope of escaping the terror of mortality. No matter how much shopping DeLillo’s characters do to distract themselves, they know they are always moving toward death. It is both the bleakest and the funniest examination of consumerism that money can buy. Sam Jordison


Sold out… Antoine Watteau's L'Enseigne de Gersaint.
Sold out… Antoine Watteau’s L’Enseigne de Gersaint. Photo: Alamy

As you struggle through crowded shops to count the Christmas coins, picture this: L’Enseigne de Gersaint, a dream of shopping as elegant, luxurious pleasure, painted around 1720 by Jean-Antoine Watteau, one of the most seductive artists who ever lived. Watteau made L’Enseigne as a shop sign for an art dealer in Paris, and it must have stopped buyers in their tracks. As a celebration of art as commerce, it anticipates Warhol by 240 years. Watteau surpasses every perfume ad in the way he makes shopping look sexy. Women’s silk dresses sparkle as they exercise their taste in choosing paintings for the mansion, which shop workers pack. Watteau revels in the comedy and sensuality of life, but he died in 1721 and this tender advertisement is his last breath. Jonathan Jones

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Box Art Brawl: Castlevania: Bloodlines
Image: Nintendo Life

Hello folks, and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

Before we get into this week’s brawl, let’s cast our minds back to last week. We looked at Sonic CD for the Sega CD and, to no one’s surprise, the more action-packed box art for North America won the vote by a decent margin, bringing in 48%. Europe came in second with 30%, and the oddly squishy title Japanese Boxing finished with 22%.

This week we’re going to stick with Sega’s console lineup and take a look at Castlevania: Bloodlines. Released in 1994, the game was known in Japan as ‘Vampire Slayer’ and in Europe as ‘Castlevania: The New Generation’while North America tackled what would likely become the game’s most famous title, ‘Bloodlines’.

The game was well received by critics at the time of its release, who praised the faster pacing and more action-focused gameplay, but criticism was leveled against the visuals, which were considered inferior to the SNES title Super Castlevania IV.

Two of our competitors share similar designs for their respective boxing this week, but we’re going with a three-way fight, if only for the stark difference in game titles.

Be sure to cast your votes in the poll below; but first let’s look at the box art designs themselves.

North America

Bloodlines - NA
Image: Konami

Along with its title, the North American box art design is probably the most famous among fans. We see our protagonist in the lower half of the composition and a whole bunch of nasty creatures surrounding him. The ‘Bloodlines’ title itself is pretty macabre, with blood dripping from its letters to look like something straight out of RL Stine’s Goosebumps or something! We are big fans of this one.


New generation - EU
Image: Konami

Europa’s ‘New Generation’ design is perhaps a bit more ominous, with significantly darker colors and a sinister red tone in the background, with bats flying around and a crimson moon looming in the sky. The characters here are very well designed and their positions within the composition make for some pretty impactful artwork.


Vampire Slayer - Japan
Image: Konami

Japan’s design is more or less the same as Europe’s, except that everything is zoomed in significantly to remove some of the empty black space. The main difference here is of course the title itself. We have ‘Vampire Killer’ which looks like it’s written in blood and it’s quite striking; certainly more so than the rather bland ‘New Generation’ title seen on Europe’s cover.

Thank you for voting! We’ll see you next time for another round of the Box Art Brawl.

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