//CURIOSITY IS NO SIN//
You know you grew up in the ‘90s when you spent one night every year for eight years speed reading the new Harry Potter book. Now that H.P. is but a slightly regretful memory, J.K. Rowling has announced that a new Harry Potter story is being unveiled--this time in the form of theater. The author took to Twitter to announce that the play that is at once “not a prequel” and one that will “explore the backstory leading up to Harry’s parents' untimely death at the hands of Lord Voldemort,” will be showing in London the summer of 2016. Titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play will be a collaborative effort between Rowling, writer Jack Thorne, and director John Tiffany.
//THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH//
Rapper Meek Mill certainly has a couple of high-profile projects in in the works right now. On top of being Nicki Minaj’s baby daddy, Mill’s brand new sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money will be dropping in a mere 3 days. Naturally, Nicki Minaj teamed up with him on multiple songs, ensuring that their partnership includes more than just bottle feeding. The album’s first track, entitled "Check,” was produced by the rookie audio engineer Metro Booming. Also featured on Dreams are Chris Brown, Swizz Beats, Future, Diddy, and The Weeknd. You can catch Mill performing at the BET awards this weekend.
//SWIPE RIGHT IF U STRONG//
#doglivesmatter has finally taken hold in Silicon Valley. Now, in addition to finding your soulmate on Tinder, you can find your dog a soulmate on Tindog. The playDATE app for dogs, allows owners (or really dexterous dogs) to swipe on nearby potential playMATES until they find the one. We’re all just looking for someone’s butt to sniff, right?
//IT’S FINE I’M JUST GENERALLY MISERABLE//
It’s time for our seasonal dose of campy fashion film. Teen Apocalypse Trilogy director Gregg Araki has teamed up with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim for Kenzo’s Fall campaign. Foregoing a traditional Fall ad campaign, the five minute film will address the concept of a closed community; “cult might not be the right word,” said the Kenzo pair, but the video sure does bring to mind cult classics. Up-and-coming actors Avan Joiga, Grace Victoria Cox, and Jacob Artist, among others, will play Araki’s brooding outsiders. The film will debut at Paris Fashion Week and will be available on the Kenzo website. For now, though, feast your eyes on the surreal, shoegazy trailer here.
//EYEBROWS OFF FLEEK//
On Tuesday, Tyga of "Rack City" surprised his fans by ninja dropping a new LP entitled The Gold Album on Spotify. The pure fire or burns for 12 tracks with guest producers that include Lil Wayne and Kanye West. The album is filled with NSFW/ NSFRadio lyrics that the Internet is busy linking to his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, who is made reference to via a lyric about “Kardashian pussy.” Hard out there for a God.
The Chemical Brothers, who've been bringing (probably) acid-inspired and definitely mind-bending electronic dance music to the raving masses for longer than you've (probably) been alive just released a new single entitled "Under Neon Lights," featuring St. Vincent. The track includes the classically-Chemical Brothers robotic clicks and beeps sounds as well as a funky beat that's sure to suck you into the gravitational pull of the dance floor where you'll find yourself... under the neon lights. Watch the vid here.
Downtown New York gallery, Bureau, will be hosting a new style of daily show, appropriately entitled The Daily Show. Contributing to the project are an impressive line-up of guest curators including the likes of Cory Arcangel, Darren Bader Martine Syms and various others who will be taking charge of the daily durational films, screening each day through July 20. We're told to expect all sorts: videos, surveillance, time-lapse, cartoons, blips, and documentation with a corresponding tumblr page that will be updated accordingly. The 20-day video series starts June 26th.
//LOOKS LIKE YOU NEED A KNUCKLE SANDWICH//
Shepard Fairey really is street art's baddest bad boy: a warrant for his arrest was issued late last week. Having completed his latest mural to date (written about here) a few weeks back in Detroit, Fairey hung around to stamp his mark on a few more unauthorized sites—14 to be exact—around the city. Alas, some property owners didn't take so well to this free-wheeling form of artistry, and the notorious artist now faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines for malicious destruction of property. It's not the first time the he's toed the line of legality however, following the furor over Obama's iconic 'Hope' poster in 2009, and later, the destruction and fabrication of documents pertaining to the same lawsuit, Fairey has already completed 300 hours of community service and paid a total of $25,000 in cold hard retribution.
Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami has been up to quite a bit more than just his playful collab with Louis Vuitton. His upcoming exhibition, The 500 Ahrats, features a 3 meter high, 100 meter long painting of the 500 followers of Buddha, a work that was influenced by the Japanese earthquake of 2011. Murakami's work is set to be exhibited at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo from October 31 through March 6, 2016.
Serpentine Galleries’ new pavilion is up and running in London. The fifteenth commission in the Serpentine’s series of pavilions, the architectural space joins a legacy of other alien structures that make up an “international site for architectural experimentation.” And this year’s creation is no less alluring than its predecessors; its multicolored organic form, comprised of a translucent fluorine-based plastic, is strangely utopian. The pavilion officially opens to the public on June 25th and admission is free.
//THE END IS NEAR//
It’s about time. Seven years after releasing her last album, Discipline, Janet Jackson is back, just like she promised: “This year, new music, new world tour, a new movement.” Earlier this week, she began to deliver by releasing a slow and seductive new song, “No Sleeep.” The song brings back her signature sultry way, and is part of a yet-to-be-titled album that releases this fall. Also in the works is her Unbreakable World Tour, which kicks off in Vancouver August 31.
//IT’S MY BIRTHDAY I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO//
Pool parties, majestic city scapes, really dirty martinis, and a killer DJ suffice for those of us who still prefer hedonism over satanism for a good Sunday night. Rock It Science Labs, an LA-based label, is hosting just such a party at Skybar at Mondrian this Sunday. Flaunt friend DJ WHITNEY FIERCE will be laying down one of signature sets, before she sits down with us to tell us what’s in her fridge. RSVP to the party here, and check Flaunt on Monday for a What’s In Yr Fridge, WHITNEY FIERCE?
//THIS HOUSE IS MADE OF CHEESE//
Pop Art lived then died, and has now been resurrected. Italian ceramics duo, Bertozzi and Casoni are showing a decade’s worth of work at the Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York through July 24. The exhibition includes a lifesize rendition of Warhol’s “Brillo Box,” in which one of the boxes was converted into a doghouse to accommodate a lifesize glazed ceramic representation of Warhol’s beloved dog, Archie.
Edited by Elaina Ransford and Emily Nimptsch.
Contributers Include: Alberto Gonzalez, Steffi Keung, Eugenia Kim, Jillian Sutton, Cecilia de Cardenas, Madeline Saxton-Beer, Mike Townsend, Joshua Hopes, Michael Esguerra, and Matthew Hart.