To Hell and Back: ‘elrow’art Kaos Garden’ is Debuting in Brooklyn

 

 

Hard to believe it’s going on ten years – but Spain’s roving nightlife circus of extravagance elrow really did debut all the way back in 2010. Since then, it has become Ibiza’s #1 party (no easy feat), and converted spaces from London to New York to Dubai into utterly outrageous nightlife experiences, all while somehow avoiding any problematic brushes with the law.

Brooklyn is a favorite stop on the ongoing tour of glorious mayhem – and this Saturday, December 14, they return to Avant Gardner for the U.S. debut of elrow’art Kaos Garden, a holiday spectacular that is sure to make the Rockettes look like a roadside eggnog stand in Tuscaloosa. The musical lineup is veritably head-spinning, with Alan Nieves, De La Swing, Bastian Bux, Andrea Oliva and Paco Osuna all manning the decks between the 7pm start time and the 4:30am conclusion – though we’re guessing no one will actually want to leave before sunrise.

 

 

elrow’art is actually a new undertaking for them, and this first Stateside edition is being sponsored by Spanish fashion brand Desigual – who are well known for supporting young art world talent. Once inside, attendees will bear witness to an over-the-top interpretation of Hieronymous Bosch’s exalted triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, which, of course, is a lot about sin and punishment (plus it will save you a trip to the Prado in Madrid).

Multidisciplinary artist Okuda San Miguel and DJ/producer Paco Osuna dreamt up the 21st Century trip through Hell and Paradise. And for this one, those who have survived the nighttime chaos, are promised the redemption and ecstasy of the latter – though one wonders if serenity is even possible after a night in elrow-land.

 

 

Osuna is acting as “sonic curator” and “spiritual guide” and a carefully crafted sound landscape will mark the path from Hell to Eden. No surprise, they’re promising skulls of colors, ships that fly, mountains that take root, birds, unicorns and sirens dancing – and within all that sensory overload, each guest will be encouraged to…plot their own destiny.

“I think life is boring if you don’t do things your own way,” offers Okuda San Miguel of the leitmotiv of Kaos Garden. “For me, chaos is the freedom to choose your own path and have a good time going through it.”

We’ll see you by the giant floating spider, then.

 

Paris, London, Stockholm Win, Iceland Loses in 2019 Holiday Season Travel

Paris

 

 

Perhaps it’s owing to the endless political divisiveness at home. Or possibly, after several years of racing to the trendiest or most exotic new destinations, Americans are coming back to the cosseting comforts of being in Europe at holiday time. London’s incomparable shopping, Germany’s magical Christmas markets, the twinkling lights reflecting against Prague’s majestic architecture…need we go on?

Travel experts Allianz Global Assistance have just released their report on the top 2019 European holiday destinations for American travelers, and while some of the numbers were perfectly expected, there were quite a few genuine surprises. Hardly shocking, Paris and London remain exceedingly popular in December. But Stockholm‘s Arlanda airport (the figures are based on airport traffic) is up 71% this year – meaning quite a lot more people are willing to brave the bitter Scandinavian cold to take in the ethereal beauty of Sweden’s capital at this time of year. Conversely, Iceland’s Keflavik International is down 84% (we’d rather go for the Airwaves festival in October, anyway).

 

Florence

 

Other curiosities: The airports of Florence and Nice, not traditionally holiday destinations, saw increases of 46% and 43%, respectively. And Amsterdam-Schiphol jumped 35%. Yet Edinburgh, an annual Christmas fave, actually dropped 9%.

For our part, we can never get enough of Europa at this most wonderful time of the year. And should you find yourself with the opportunity to sneak in one last quick weekend excursion before the 25th of December, we would enthusiastically recommend the full festive immersion in an unexpected city like Munich, Strasbourg, or the impossibly beautiful Bruges, Belgium. Do raise of cup of Glühwein or two for us.

 

2019 Holiday Travel to Europe: The Top 35

2019 Rank

Destination + 2018 Ranking

Destination Airport

Change

1

London, UK (1)

London Heathrow

49%

2

Paris, France (2)

Charles De Gaulle

57%

3

Rome, Italy (3)

Leonardo da Vinci International

34%

4

Amsterdam, Netherland (4)

Amsterdam-Schiphol

35%

5

Madrid, Spain (5)

Barajas

28%

6

Barcelona, Spain (6)

El Prat De Llobregat

18%

7

Frankfurt, Germany (7)

Frankfurt International Airport

0%

8

Munich, Germany (8)

Franz Josef Strauss

24%

9

Dublin, Ireland (9)

Dublin

6%

10

Zurich, Switzerland (10)

Zurich Airport

-6%

11

Milan, Italy (13)

Malpensa

35%

12

Lisbon, Portugal (12)

Portela

22%

13

Prague, Czech Republic (19)

Prague – Ruzyne International

42%

14

Belgium, Brussels (14)

Brussels Airport

20%

15

Manchester, UK (17)

Manchester

21%

16

Athens, Greece (20)

Eleftherios Venizelos

32%

17

Vienna, Austria (16)

Schwechat International

4%

18

London, UK (15)

London Gatwick

-1%

19

Berlin, Germany (21)

Berlin Tegel Airport

17%

20

Florence, Italy (25)

Peretola

46%

21

Venice, Italy (18)

Marco Polo

-6%

22

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (23)

Turnhouse

9%

23

Dusseldorf, Germany (24)

Dusseldorf International Airport

10%

24

Stuttgart, Germany (26)

Stuttgart Echterdingen

12%

25

Copenhagen, Denmark (22)

Kastrup

-11%

26

Budapest, Hungary (27)

Ferihegy

11%

27

Stockholm, Sweden (29)

Arlanda

71%

28

Paris, France (30)

Orly

70%

29

Geneva, Switzerland (28)

Geneva

-7%

30

Nice, France (31)

Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport

43%

31

Keflavik, Iceland (11)

Keflavik International Airport

-84%

32

Vantaa, Finland (32)

Helsinki-vantaa

2%

33

Oslo, Norway (33)

Oslo Airport

-18%

34

Glasgow, United Kingdom (TBD)

Glasgow International

13%

35

Nuremberg, Germany (TBD)

Nuremberg Airport

14%

Kim Petras Responds Brilliantly to Anti-LGBTQ Protests in Kansas City

Images by Melissa Murdick / Gilbert Soliz

 

 

The Westboro Baptist Church should have evaporated into the ether a long time ago. But their virulently anti-LGBTQ ideology has surely been emboldened by a Mike Pence vice presidency and the and 81% rate of Evangelical support for President 45.

One imagines that Kim Petras has been the subject of a lot of Westboro meetings – something that was clearly evident by their hateful/ignorant protests last night outside her concert in Kansas City, one of the last few shows on the North American leg of her current Clarity Tour – which concludes December 8 in San Diego. Cuddly church members braved the cold to hold up such tolerance-defying signs as “Tranny Sin Dooms Nation,” “God Sent the Shooter in Fury,” and the old classic, “God Still Hates Fags.”

 

 

The transgender singer and rising star’s shows have become havens of safety and solidarity for the LGTBQ community. And her responses – including a hilarious Instagram meme, and strutting in front of the protestors in a skin-tight bodysuit and thigh-high boots after the show – affirmed her bravery in standing up for them.

After a Christmas break, Petras will head off to Europe for the continuation of The Clarity Tour, which will take her from Amsterdam to London throughout January and February. Her hit single “Icy” has already racked up 215 million streams.

 

 

#GivingTuesday: Five Charities That Are Changing the World

 

 

By now, despite vigorous but unfounded capitalist objections, we can mostly agree that the unsustainable drive for global economic growth is effectively destroying our planet. So with another Black (Bleak?) Friday upon us, the Buy Nothing Day movement, officially kicked off in 1997 in Vancouver, is riding an accelerated wave of support this year – surely driven by an increasing fear of environmental apocalypse.

And though it may not be inspiring people to beat each other up over the last X-Box,  yet another Cyber Monday will only add to the consumerist profligacy that has led us to this grim situation.

 

 

 

With that said, we would like to humbly suggest that everyone takes 10 – 25% of their shopping budget this year, and donates it to a worthy charity this coming #GivingTuesday. Consider first local/community organizations, i.e. soup kitchens, LGBTQ support groups, homeless shelters.

But for those who tend to think globally, and act globally, here are five charities that are facing down the nationwide/planet-wide challenges and injustices of these turbulent times we are living through, and genuinely making a difference.

 

HeForShe

Spearheaded by Emma Watson in 2014, HeForShe is a UN affiliated organization that works towards the eradication of violence against women worldwide – admittedly a herculean task. The goal is to increase the awareness and participation of men in achieving total gender equality – and to that end, they have already registered more than 2.1 million commitments from those eager to join the crusade. With women’s rights currently under assault in America and elsewhere, there has never been a more imperative time.
Click here to make a donation.

 

Water.Org

H2O Africa was launched in 2006 with the high-profile support of actor Matt Damon, stating a goal of working effectively to bring awareness to clean water shortages in Africa. It has since evolved into Water.org, empowering people around the world by providing access to clean water and sanitation from Ethiopia to Bangaldesh to Honduras. The exigency of this mission is emphasized by the numbers: 785 million people globally are in dire need every day.
Click here to make a donation.

 

 

 

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 as a suicide prevention project for at risk LGBT youth, it has become a beacon of hope for the community – at a time when so many feel under threat from a rising tide of anti-LGBTQ sentiment. The Trevor Lifeline is exactly that, with trained counselors offering judgment-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emotional support to those tragically considering ending their lives.
Click here to make a donation.

 

International Rescue Committee

With the Syrian refugee crisis more desperate than ever, it’s easy to feel a sense of hopelessness in regards to how one can help. But the International Rescue Committee of the Red Cross – founded in 1933 at the urging of Albert Einstein – has already made a difference in the lives nearly one million people affected by the deadly nine year conflict. Indeed, they have financially assisted displaced families, provided physical and mental health care to thousands, and created safe spaces for women and girls under constant threat of violence. With no end in sight to the civil war, the IRC’s work remains crucial.
Click here to make a donation.

 

Fair Fight 2020

For many, perhaps nothing seems as urgent right now as the protection of American democratic norms from those who would seek to interfere with them – whether foreign or domestic forces. And founded earlier this year by Georgia  political firebrand Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight PAC has taken up the fight against voter suppression is all its forms, seeking to protect the voting rights of minorities and young people across the country. With possibly the most pivotal presidential election just a year away, it’s a cause whose urgency cannot be overstated.
Click here to make a donation.

 

Harry Styles’ Tour Schedule Just Got More Insane

 

 

 

MadonnaMania, GagaMania…there is no mania quite like HarryMania. Indeed, former One Direction heartthrob turned formidable music force Harry Styles just hosted Saturday Night Live, as well as musical guesting it, and killed it on both fronts. And this December 13, his wildly anticipated – and fiercely guarded – new album Fine Line will at last be released via Erskine/Columbia.

But anyone thinking of falling in romantic love with Harry should seriously reconsider – because his 2020 Love on Tour schedule just got even crazier, with additional dates tacked on in LA, Chicago, Atlanta and Florida. It will take him from Birmingham, UK on April 15, all the way across Europe to Moscow in June, then from Philadelphia to ultimately Mexico City on October 3. He’s also just unveiled the full track listing for Fine Line, which, of course, includes the current single “Watermelon Sugar.”

Expect him to running the whole world by this time next year.

 

Fine Line Track List

  1. Golden
  2. Watermelon Sugar
  3. Adore You
  4. Lights Up
  5. Cherry
  6. Falling
  7. To Be So Lonely
  8. She
  9. Sunflower, Vol. 6
  10. Canyon Moon
  11. Treat People With Kindness
  12. Fine Line

Love On Tour 2020 World Tour Dates

4/15/20
Birmingham, UK
Arena Birmingham
4/17/20
Sheffield, UK
FlyDSA Arena
4/19/20
Dublin, Ireland
3Arena
4/22/20
London, UK
The O2
4/23/20
London, UK
The O2
4/25/20
Manchester, UK
Manchester Arena
4/26/20
Glasgow, UK
The SSE Hydro
4/29/20
Berlin, Germany
Mercedes-Benz Arena
5/1/20
Oslo, Norway
Spektrum
5/2/20
Stockholm, Sweden
Ericsson Globe
5/4/20
Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Arena
5/6/20
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ziggo Dome
5/8/20
Hamburg, Germany
Barclaycard Arena
5/10/20
Krakow, Poland
TAURON Arena
5/11/20
Prague, Czech Republic
O2 Arena
5/13/20
Paris, France
AccorHotels Arena
5/15/20
Turin, Italy
Pala Alpitour
5/16/20
Bologna, Italy
Unipol Arena
5/18/20
Madrid, Spain
WiZink Center
5/20/20
Lisbon, Portugal
Altice Arena
5/25/20
Antwerp, Belgium
Sportpaleis
5/27/20
Cologne, Germany
Lanxess Arena
5/28/20
Munich, Germany
Olympiahalle
5/30/20
Vienna, Austria
Stadthalle
5/31/20
Budapest, Hungary
Budapest Arena
6/3/20
Moscow, Russia
Megasport Sport Palace
6/26/20
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
6/28/20
Washington, DC
Capital One Arena
6/30/20
Montreal, QC
Centre Bell
7/3/20
Toronto, ON
Scotiabank Arena
7/4/20
Toronto, ON
Scotiabank Arena
7/6/20
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
7/7/20
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
7/8/20
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
7/10/20
Boston, MA
TD Garden
7/12/20
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena
7/14/20
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena
7/15/20
Cleveland, OH
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
7/17/20
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena
7/19/20
St Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
7/21/20
St Louis, MO
Enterprise Center
7/24/20
Chicago, IL
United Center
7/25/20
Chicago, IL
United Center
7/28/20
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
7/29/20
Atlanta, GA
State Farm Arena
7/31/20
Atlanta, GA
State Farm Arena
8/1/20
Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena
8/3/20
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
8/6/20
Ft Lauderdale, FL
BB&T Center
8/7/20
Orlando, FL
Amway Center
8/10/20
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
8/11/20
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
8/13/20
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
8/15/20
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
8/18/20
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome
8/21/20
Portland, OR
Moda Center
8/23/20
Vancouver, BC
Rogers Arena
8/25/20
San Jose, CA
SAP Center
8/27/20
Sacramento, CA
Golden 1 Center
8/29/20
Glendale, AZ
Gila River Arena
8/30/20
San Diego, CA
Pechanga Arena
9/2/20
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
9/3/20
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
9/5/20
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena
9/6/20
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
9/29/20
Monterrey, Mexico
Arena Monterrey
10/1/20
Guadalajara, Mexico
Arena VFG
10/3/20
Mexico City, Mexico
Foro Sol (Outdoors)

 

Images: The 2019 Guggenheim International Gala, Supported by Dior

Charlize Theron and Dior’s Maria Grzia Chiurri

 

The Met Ball makes the biggest noise, but the annual Guggenheim International Gala comes complete with a whole other level of gravitas. Indeed, this year’s honorees were architect Frank Gehry, philanthropist Peter Lawson-Johnston, plus Works & Process founder and producer, respectively, Mary Sharp Cronson and Caroline Cronson, with Dior as the event’s generous patron.

Guests were also, by virtue of simply showing up, immersed in one of the museum’s most fascinating exhibits in recent memory, Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, for which artists Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince and Carrie Mae Weems collaborated to present their own view of the exalted permanent collection. There was also a riveting performance by cellist Kelsey Lu.

But the stars and the clothes do have their own special way of generating column inches. And the famous and fabulous were out in force for the high-profile benefit, Charlize Theron, Karlie Kloss, Maya Hawke, all decked out in their finest Dior, naturally. Here’s what they looked like.

 

  • Karlie Kloss
  • Maya Hawke
  • Nina Dobrev
  • Racquel Chevremont
  • Zoey Deutch
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Uma Thurmann

 

Janelle Monae Covers ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Classic ‘He’s a Tramp’

 

 

We love Janelle Monae when she’s singing out outer space, and technology, and other things that pop singers generally don’t sing about while they’re busy singing yet another song about cheating boyfriends. But we must admit, we’re literally (okay, not literally) charmed out of our socks by her sly, smooth as silk cover of “He’s a Tramp,” the beloved track from the Disney classic animation Lady And The Tramp, updated for the new live action version.

Thankfully, she doesn’t try to drag it unnecessarily into the 21st Century, instead going full retro, but sassing it up and vamping it up just enough to make it sound fresh and fabulous.

The new Lady And The Tramp film opens today, November 12, starring the voice talents of Justin Theroux, Tessa Thompson, and of course, the glorious Mlle. Monae.

 

Must See Exhibit: Chemical X’s ‘CXLA’ Explores the Aesthetics of Ecstasy/Rave Culture

 

 

Back in June of 2000, TIME Magazine ran a surprising cover story titled Ecstasy: What it Does to Your Brain. Rave culture was already very much in decline by that time, but the drug had taken a newly prominent position in the American clubbing zeitgeist. Remarkably, reporters concluded that it actually wasn’t all that dangerous, relatively speaking.

With sufficient time having passed, in 2017 British artist Chemical X (once associated with the legendary Ministry of Sound scene, and a collaborator with Banksy and Damien Hirst) created an installation that featured a sculpt of supermodel Cara Delevigne seemingly floating amidst 7254 ecstasy tablets. It immediately become an instant press sensation, and is currently valued at more than $1 million.

 

 

Now the controversial artist is bringing an entire show of ecstasy themed work to Los Angeles, with an exhibition incisively titled CXLA. In keeping with his aversion to traditional galleries, it’s been fitted into the defunct Tower Records space on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood – which surely adds a modern-world poetic layer to the entire affair.

It follows another Chemical X Los Angeles installation earlier this year titled Skid Rodeo Drive – The Street Where Luxury & Poverty Meet – a commentary on the city’s rampant homeless problem. But of his upcoming show, he expounds, “The ‘Ecstasy’ series is about potential suspended in an everlasting moment, allowing the viewer to see what has been, what is and what could be – all in the same instant.”

 

 

Indeed, Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll opined to BlackBook in 2018 that rave was “the last great youth culture movement.” And ecstasy was surely its fuel.

Fittingly, Chemical X has never before exhibited via an organized public show – so there is a sense of cultural momentousness surrounding CXLA(which will open with a private event Friday, November 8, and be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, November 9 & 10.)

I hope L.A. will come to take it all in,” he says. We say miss it at a loss to your enlightenment.

 

 

 

Maya Hawke: From L.A. to Woodstock In Style

 

 

It’s hard to fathom, but the offspring of so many ’90s stars are now grown up and making their own way in the world. Maya Hawke – daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke – for one, is a 21st Century multi-hyphenate extraordinaire. The model-slash-actress (Stranger Things, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) is actually a burgeoning songstress above all.

Which, of course, means lots of jetting about. And so it was that she was just yesterday spotted in Fendi’s much buzzed about S/S 2020 White Runway Heels in Los Angeles, before making her way across the country to Woodstock, to further cultivate said musical career this evening.

 

Maya Hawke in Fendi S/S 2020 White Runway Heels

 

Indeed, she will bring herself, her guitar and her glorious sense of bohemian style tonight to The Colony, the legendary Woodstock nightclub that has been hosting the a-list, the unknowns and the next big things since 1929. In fact, following Hawke there will be a tribute to the recently deceased musical genius Daniel Johnston on November 15, and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore on December 2.

“It’s very exciting to have her perform here,” says The Colony’s Neil Howard of Maya’s appearance, “not just due to her local roots and famous lineage, but really as an actor and musician myself I always love to see folks try out different sides of things. It’s always very inspiring.”

No additional Maya shows have been announced for 2019, so you’ll have to head Upstate to The Colony to catch her live before the new year. Should that be an impossibility, console yourself with her haunting new single “Stay Open.”