PUFF PUFF, GIVE. PUFF PUFF, GIVE. YOU FUCKIN' UP THE ROTATION.
There’s almost nothing worse than seeing man’s best friend suffer the onset of sickness and old age. That’s why we’re glad our beloved canines can now be properly consoled with cannabis. At the helm of a pet-pot niche within the sprawling marijuana market, consumer dog treats such as Canna-Biscuits and Treatibles are putting dogs at ease with their therapeutic, non-psychoactive, formulas. 4/20 is around the corner, so stock up!
A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN
About a year ago, a strange phenomenon began in New York City. Living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms were cropping up on the streets. The culprit? Justin Bettman. The artist set up fully furnished rooms on the streets, took his own photos, and then left the sets to New Yorkers in an interesting gesture towards the democratization of art. Now, Bettman has found the ultimate setting: Times Square. To celebrate the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival (April 15- 26), the artist constructed a gorgeous one-bedroom (cheapest rent in the city!), which has already served as the backdrop for countless tourist and visitor photo shoots. The room will be on view April 15-19.
TAKE A RIDE ON THE M TRAIN
Patti Smith has announced her latest book, M Train. The follow-up to the highly lauded Just Kids, will detail the artist’s longtime relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. On sale October 6th, M Train will take readers on a ride through even more personal moments of Smith’s life (if that is even possible). See the book’s recently released cover art here.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR?
Not only does Rihanna have a lot to say about money and sex, she’s also taking on the United States of America. In her new video, American Oxygen, Riri pieces together powerful American images—positive, poignant—from historically defining moments to current-day controversies. Among the video’s most memorable lines is “This is the new America. We are the new America."
Like shouting “fire” in a crowded theater, Balenciaga listed a handbag for under $200—accidentally, of course. A glitch in the haute fashion site Thursday afternoon mislabeled handbag prices for a fraction of their normal price, causing a nation-wide frenzy. A $2,000 purse was suddenly $195, and the Internet reacted accordingly. We’re guessing that Balenciaga will not honor the purchases made during the glitch, but who knows, someone might end up with a Spring miracle.
WON’T YOU STEP INTO MY BALLOON?
In an attempt to expose the oppressive regime of Kim Jong Un, human-rights activists have dropped 10,000 copies of The Interview into North Korea by giant balloons. The film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, is a satirical criticism of the dictator, and was met with terrorist threats before its release in 2014. In addition to The Interview, the activists also dropped “love drives,”—USBs containing content like Romeo and Juliet, the movie Titanic and happy songs chosen by celebrities.
GET ME THE DATA SET STAT
There’s an app for that, but these two artists don’t want it. In Dear Data, a data visualization art collaboration between Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavek, the two send each other weekly handwritten postcards with data about their own lives. Each week, they make visualizations of personal data sets (for instance, to do lists), and swap them. Despite the similarity in their sets, though, the elaborate visualizations that the artists draw on the postcards are dramatically different and creative. New cards are delivered on Wednesdays, and they are currently on week 32.
HOW CLOSE IS TOO CLOSE?
If you haven’t kept up with Kim Kardashian, Gilt’s limited-edition release of Selfish, will certainly get you up to date. The book, on sale May 5, contains 300 selfies, giving fans an even closer look at the special moments in Kim K.’s life. Of these are 115 cleavage-bearing snaps, ten nude photos, and of course, photos of her famous derriere. Too embarrassed to be caught buying a copy? Take a sneak peek here.
WHAT IF I WANT TO FEEL LIKE I HAVE UDDERS
In season one of HBO's Girls, the worldly yet self-destructive Jessa, played by Jemima Kirke, schedules an abortion—an appointment that she ends up missing due to the timely arrival of her period. Now Kirke tells the story of her actual 2007 abortion in a short video for the Center for Reproductive Rights. Kirke, a mother of two, eloquently describes the process of her college abortion, and why she believes in reproductive rights.
YOU GOTTA KEEP ‘EM SEPARATED
This weekend, Chicago-based performance artist Keijaun Thomas is coming to Los Angeles to present Partitions of Separation and Trespassing. In the live installation, Thomas will perform and pose questions about contact, separation, textures, placement, and every other adjective in between. The performance will be held at Human Resources April 19th in L.A.
The point of no return is just around the corner: Rob Reynolds, the controversial sculpture/installation artist has a new exhibition at LA><ART, opening today. The collection is titled VANISHING POINT, and visitors can purchase the sound component of the show (which consists of of L.A. freeways and guitar feedback) on vinyl for only $100. What a steal.
BUTTERCUP HAS A SURPRISE
Post-sloth advertisement we didn’t think that things at American Apparel could get any sadder. We were wrong. The company, which has been battling legal trouble for the past year (mostly centered around recently ousted founder Dov Charney) is now facing lawsuits from three of the 200 laid off workers this year. To make matters worse, Charney has teamed up with the enraged AA workers, and showed his support with an impassioned speech at Hermandad Mexicana’s rally last weekend. Yikes.
FIND ME A FOUNTAIN
A French cinematic legend and a teenage vampire sensation collide in the melancholic, reflective, and ultimately triumphant film, Clouds of Sils Maria. The film stars Juliette Binoche as a washed up, middle-aged actress struggling with her career and fading youth—a youth that is impressively represented by Kristen Stewart, who plays the actress’s assistant. You can watch the trailer here, and find theaters showing the movie here.
Curated by Elaina Ransford.