Camille Becerra is no stranger to departures and homecomings. “We actually lived here before,” the chef and food stylist says, waving around her sun-filled TriBeCa loft. “That day the towers went down, we physically left,” she says of Sept. 11, which prompted her to flee with her then six-month-old daughter to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, where they lived for seven years. During that period in her new neighborhood, Becerra opened Paloma, a restaurant housed in a converted parking garage, which she named after her daughter. In 2008 the restaurant burned down, and Becerra returned to her beloved loft in Manhattan.
Tom Scharpling’s long-running program, “The Best Show on WFMU,” had its name for a reason. Until its final broadcast last month, it was the Jersey City-based station’s most popular—a fact that isn’t lost on its successor.
” ‘The Best Show’ is an institution with hard-core fans, and I’m among them,” said the comedian Dave Hill. “Part of me doesn’t want to be that guy that comes in and replaces everyone’s favorite thing.”
He paused for a moment, then added, “but Tuesday, Jan. 7, mark my words, I’m showing up with guns blazing.”
It was Mr. Hill’s natural humor, equal parts self-effacement and sarcastic bravado, that helped him snag the coveted weekly block on WFMU, which broadcasts locally at 91.1 FM and streams online. “The God— Dave Hill Show” begins this week.
Graphic designer Jessica Walsh’s name is associated with a few very obvious words: talented (she’s won accolades from the Art Directors Club, Print magazine, SPD, and other major industry organizations); Sagmeister (her partner at design firm Sagmeister & Walsh); and nudity (her shocking photo announcing her position as partner at Sagmeister & Walsh).
Adding to that list, one might consider including “surreal,” as Walsh’s curiosity toward the idea has been formative in her childhood, her dreams, and her work. Though she doesn’t consider herself a surrealist by trade, she does find inspiration in the wonder-filled world of the surreal, from classic examples like Alice in Wonderland to contemporary exhibitions at the Whitney.
With all of its patisseries and boulangeries, Paris might seem like a punishing destination for those shunning gluten. But there’s good news for non-wheat-eaters: Even in the land of pain au chocolat, there are new restaurants and cafes offering “sans-gluten” foods that are downright delicious. These three establishments all have 100% gluten-free menus, eliminating the risk of cross-contamination, so even celiac sufferers can indulge with abandon…
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For Grammy-nominated musician and activist Kenna, storytelling isn’t just a form of art—it’s an almost involuntary form of existing. Sometimes he’s the voyeuristic outsider looking in on supposed narrative, and other times he’s the main character, surmounting challenges and writing the next chapter as he goes—but always sharing. Earlier this year, he led a group of friends and fellow performers on his second climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for his global clean water initiative. Not surprisingly, every picture tells a story…
The Brooklyn waterfront has its share of smorgasbords, flea markets and outdoor movie screenings, but the artist Doug Aitken plans to show its residents something altogether different in “Station to Station,” a nomadic group exhibition that opens Friday along a rail line and then heads west.
“I was interested in having something that was constantly changing and evolving,” Mr. Aitken said from his studio in Los Angeles. “The project is like an exquisite corpse. As it goes, new people join, other people step off.”
That’s what Mark Rosen, one of the guides behind the upstart group Museum Hack, believes. On a recent Sunday, he began a tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Great Hall by urging his nine guests to form a tight circle, hands in the center, and on the count of three, shout: “MUUUUSEUM!”
“There is a thing called ‘museum fatigue.’ That’s a real problem,” he said, before zipping off toward the European Arts wing. “We want you to be engaged in the way you typically aren’t, physically, in a museum.”
The huddle break is what Mr. Rosen refers to as a “fatigue fighter,” just one of several components to a Museum Hack tour.
“I don’t even know if this is West Coast,” says Kelly Wearstler, waving out toward her West Hollywood studio. For the designer who has become synonymous with the decadent and colorful, amped-up interiors that vividly represent California and the stylistic revival of Hollywood Regency, this is perhaps the boldest statement she could make.
And yet, given how visibly defining her work has been in the emergence of Los Angeles’ maximalist style—a rebuttal to “shabbychic” and stark minimalism, two polar opposite trends of the ’90s—it’s easy to see how someone, Wearstler included, might shun the pigeonhole of regional references. She regards her style simply as her own.
For more than a decade Wearstler has been a head-turning figure in the design world, not only through her work on hotels and residences, but also her multiple books, lavish pictorials that remain fixtures on marble coffee tables as much as style bibles for the trade’s aspiring neophytes. In 2007 the interior designer made her way into even more American homes as a judge on Bravo’s reality series, the competition-based Top Design. And with a newly published retrospective tome, Rhapsody (Rizzoli, $55), and a brand-new hotel project on the horizon, it’s clear there’s no such thing as “enough” for the doyenne of maximalism.
Before hearing her soft Southern drawl when she speaks, it may come as a surprise to many that Wearstler spent most of her formative years on the East Coast (perhaps another reason she demurs from associating her own deeply instilled aesthetic with any particular Californian movement), first in South Carolina, and later in Boston, where she attended the Massachusetts College of Art.
The style of her childhood home, she remembers, couldn’t have been more divergent from her own tastes. “It was country-style—so different,” she says. “Stuff was everywhere. The powder room off the living room was filled with tins and baskets and all this stuff. It was crazy.” Fortunately for Wearstler, her mother, who also worked in interior design, gave her and her sister creative freedom over their own rooms. “We could pick our own wallpaper, and we could paint it any color we wanted to. I always gravitated towards color—something that was cool, colorful, a little more modern. That’s always been my vibe.” (more…)
Little is ever as it seems in a Prada show. That was certainly true for the label’s fall 2013 presentation. Dramatically suggestive silhouettes were projected on the walls: birds alighting on a window sill, a lone cat, a woman in a doorway. On the catwalk, models had dripping-wet hair that suggested a sudden change of plans. It all lent the event an air of film noir-ish unease.
However, it was the many coats and dresses in gingham-checked wool that best expressed designer Miuccia Prada’s penchant for tradition-twisting. In her hands, the innocent pattern became sensual and a touch wayward on dresses with slipped-off-the-shoulder straps (pictured above) and swingy coats worn over semisheer dresses. It all seemed to say: The lady has misbehaved.
Ms. Prada “is obsessed with this Hitchcockian, twisted midcentury woman—slightly repressed but strong,” said Barbara Atkin, vice president of fashion direction at Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. “Gingham has the connotation of vulnerability. I kept thinking of Dorothy in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ trying to find her way home. I think the Prada show was a commentary on women’s vulnerability and struggle.”
Prada isn’t the only one playing with gingham. This summer, the fabric that usually lines picnic baskets is showing up in myriad unexpected forms.