THE GUIDE:

From great eateries to must-read feature stories, here are some of the experiences we can't stop talking about.

TV

Hacks
Series
HBO

Jean Smart is unquestionably on a roll. After years of starring in hit TV shows, the actor has struck gold once again with Hacks on HBO. The show tells the story of Deborah Vance (portrayed by Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comic whose agent assigns her a young woman to freshen up Vance's material. Trade publications are already buzzing with awards talk for Smart who also stars in HBO's Mare of Easttown.

HBO

PODCAST

You Must Remember This
Gossip Girls
on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more

Karina Longworth's long-running podcast on the history of 20th century Hollywood turned its focus on two legendary gossip columnists for its new season: Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. Those names might only have a passing familiarity with modern movie audiences, but the tale of how these two women became unexpected powerbrokers in Tinseltown is as juicy as any scandal the pair would have covered themselves.

Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons with Sophia Loren at Romanoff's, LIFE Magazine, 1957

FOOD

Kimika
Restaurant
New York, New York

Located in Manhattan's Nolitan hotel, Kimika opened during the summer of 2020 and managed to survive one of the toughest parts of the pandemic thanks to the quality of its food. The eatery specializes in cuisine that combines Japanese and Italian fare (think wonton-like pizzas covered in onion jam and prosciutto). Its drink and dessert menus are just as inventive.

Kimika

ART

Comic Velocity: HIV and AIDS in Comics
PS122 Gallery
New York, New York

Comic books are often perceived as a children's medium, but this show at PS122 Gallery in New York demonstrates just how much depth comics can have. Curated by Paul Sammut on behalf of charitable organization Visual AIDS, Comic Velocity is filled with examples of how artists and activists have used comic books to communicate heartfelt personal stories of the disease's impact as well as critical health information.

Jennifer Camper, "AIDS: Bearing Angry Witness," 1993

THEATER

Get on Your Knees
Jacqueline Novak
Touring across the US and internationally

Jacqueline Novak's hit solo show got put on hold due to the pandemic, but Get on Your Knees is officially back on the stage. As comedic as it is philosophical, the first leg of the production's run earned Novak a coveted Drama Desk nomination.

Jacqueline Novak

FASHION

Prada Men’s Spring-Summer 2022
Video Presentation

Miuccia Prada recently appointed Raf Simons as the co-creative director of her family's venerated Milanese brand. Simons' latest show for Men's Spring-Summer 2022 has garnered widespread praise with its strong knitwear and the highly Instagrammable skorts that came down the runway.

Prada

FEATURE

TikTok and the Vibes Revival
Article by Kyle Chayka
The New Yorker

TikTok seems to be everyone's favorite app, and the aesthetic its video content has developed in such a short time is undoubtedly part of its appeal. In his piece on the subject, writer Kyle Chayka considers how TikTok's deft integration of visual and audio components is creating a unique 'vibe' all its own.

Illustration by Seo young Kwon

ART

Enters Thief
Sasha Gordon exhibit
Matthew Brown Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

The first solo exhibition from artist Sasha Gordon, Enters Thief consists of suburban vignettes that become surreal upon close inspection. Viewers play the role of the thief intruding upon this utopian environment, seeing everything through the lens of their own identity and moral conditioning. The dream-like paintings grapple with the artist's childhood traumas and carefully rewrite memories.

Sasha Gordon's "Enters Thief" show at Matthew Brown Los Angeles

PODCAST

Figure and Force
Saint Heron
saintheron.com

To help promote new voices in art, music and design, Saint Heron (the creative group founded by Solange) launched a new podcast series entitled Figure and Force. Each installation takes the form of a conversation between artists and creatives from a variety of fields with corresponding images of their work presented on the site for just seven to 10 days.

Artist and writer Barbara Chase-Riboud at the American Academy in Rome, 1958; Figure and Force Saint Heron