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DAVID SHRIGLEY
ART
ARTISTS
MUSIC
PLAYLISTS
SPOTIFY
THIRD DRAWER DOWN
COLLABORATIONS
A Very David Shrigley Playlist
Multi-talented British artist (and CH favorite) David Shrigley has teamed up once again with Melbourne-based design studio and store Third Drawer Down for a playful collection of trinkets and treasures. While it's a relatively small collection, it...
BANFI
MUSIC VIDEOS
NEW MUSIC
POP MUSIC
GUITAR POP
LONDON
ROCK MUSIC
Premiere: "June" by Banfi
"You need to breathe, honey," Joe Banfi, frontman of London three-piece band Banfi, urges in their latest music video. A flaming rose and scenes of a dancing heroine splice up moments of straightforward band performance visuals—all of which end...
ART
FASHION
OPENING CEREMONY
SPIKE JONZE
VISIONAIRE
DANIEL ARSHAM
JAPANESE ROCK GARDENS
CADILLAC HOUSE
THEATER
LA MAMA EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE CLUB
FASHION ILLUSTRATION
ILLUSTRATION
JUERGEN TELLER
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
ANDREAS KRONTHALER
CONNIE GRAY
GRAY MCA
BILL DONOVAN
AMERICAN EXPRESS
LA MAMA
Five Visually-Stunning New York City Fashion-Related Art Experiences
Fashion month has commenced and with it a cross-cultural, cross-pollinated series of art events. As always, it's more than clothes on display. Sculptures, illustrations and even theatrical performances are underway. Refinery29's 29Rooms certainly leads...
MUSIC
NEW MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
POP
ROCK
RNB
ELECTRONIC
EXPERIMENTAL
INDIE POP
INDIE
Cool Hunting's End of Summer Playlist
This weekend may have marked the mental and emotional end of summer in the United States (with fall actually commencing on 22 September), but it's not all doom and gloom. Part farewell to the warmest season, part welcome for the changing seasons, this...
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
VENICE
ITALY
FILMS
VIRTUAL REALITY
VR
FILM FESTIVALS
LA BIENNALE
Venice Film Festival Introduces a Virtual Reality Competition
It comes as no surprise to learn of the continued artistic application of virtual reality. And to witness film festivals like Sundance or Tribeca embracing the technologically-driven storytelling medium only makes sense. But when one hears that a more...
DRAG
LGBT
LGBTQ
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTO BOOKS
DRAG QUEENS
DRAG KINGS
INTERVIEWS
BOOKS
NYC
GREGORY KRAMER
Interview: Photographer Gregory Kramer
by Anne Kristoff Born in a tiny town in rural Michigan, director and photographer Gregory Kramer moved to New York City in 1992 and fell in love with drag queens and kings. Over the past few years, he knew he wanted to work on a new project...
SERDAR BILGILI
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHERS
TURKEY
ISTANBUL
EXHIBITIONS
Photographer Serdar Bilgili Stages The World's Largest Outdoor Photo Exhibition
by Ann Binlot Serdar Bilgili wants to show people another side of Istanbul. The 54-year-old can best be described as Istanbul’s answer to André Balazs—with a dash of Roman Abramovich mixed in. As one of Turkey’s most powerful businessman, Bilgili...
DANZ
CODY AND DANZ
MUSIC
NEW MUSIC
COMPUTER MAGIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
ROCK
ELECTRONIC ROCK
CODY CRUMP
Premiere: "So Small" by Cody & Danz
In the midst of two bright and ever-burgeoning solo projects, Danz of Computer Magic and Cody Crump sat together one day to write a track. The process went so well that they ended up with an EP's worth of collaborative music, released this July...
STYLE
FASHION
BOOKS
PHOTO BOOKS
STREET STYLE
PHOTOGRAPHY
BLACK CULTURE
DANDYISM
ARTISTS
DESIGNERS
SHANTRELLE P LEWIS
Interview: Shantrelle P Lewis on "Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style"
Defying stereotypes about masculinity while embracing rebellion and individuality, the black dandy embodies much more than a well-tailored suit. Curator, researcher and author Shantrelle P Lewis' gorgeous book "Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street...
HAPPY HOUR AGENCY
LOS ANGELES
HIGHLAND PARK
CHATEAU LE SPLOOSH
HAPPY HOURS
COCKTAILS
MIXED DRINKS
COCKTAIL PARTIES
Happy Hour Agency's Pop-Up Dining Art
by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick At the edge of LA's Highland Park neighborhood, a group called the Happy Hour Agency has attracted a reputation for making good times by creating experiences that combine inventive cocktail-making with a pop art...
HEATH CERAMICS
HEATH NEWSSTAND
SAN FRANCISCO
NEWSPAPERS
MAGAZINES
PUBLICATIONS
SHOPS
STORES
CALIFORNIA
MISSION DISTRICT
Heath Newsstand, San Francisco
Best-known for their gorgeous pottery, CH favorite Heath Ceramics now has a new space attached to their Mission district, San Francisco showroom. The recently opened Heath Newsstand was created with the aim to inspire and unite the community; the...
SANDRA LANSHIN
ACUPUNCTURE
WELLNESS
BEAUTY
MASSAGES
CHINESE MEDICINE
BROOKLYN
WILLIAMSBURG
Brooklyn Wellness Studio: Treatment by Lanshin
Lying down and adorned with acupuncture needles in the quiet of Sandra Lanshin's Brooklyn wellness studio, those receiving her signature facial Gua Sha treatment soon experience an unexpected next step. Lanshin slowly massages the face and neck with...
MONIQUE JAQUES
KICKSTARTER
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTO BOOKS
GAZA
GAZA STRIP
PHOTOGRAPHERS
PALESTINE
FOTOEVIDENCE
BOOKS
PHOTOJOURNALISM
Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip
For five years, photojournalist Monique Jaques repeatedly traveled to the Gaza Strip and captured compelling, personal images of those living there. It all began in 2004 when the American, who's based in Istanbul, documented an eight-day war between...
ART
ARTISTS
EXHIBITIONS
EXHIBITS
SHOWS
ANTWERP
MUSEUMS
SCULPTURE
INSTALLATIONS
MIDDELHEIM MUSEUM
RICHARD DEACON
OUTDOOR ART
Richard Deacon's "SOME TIME" at Middelheim Museum
Antwerp's Middelheim Museum is a surprise that's worth a trip to the Belgian city. The unique open-air sculpture museum—where nature and art establish a constant peculiar dialogue—is a 27-hectare institution that's home to sculptures of several...
COMPOSERS
MUSIC
STUDIO VISITS
FILMS
MOVIES
INTERVIEWS
EQUIPMENT
INSTRUMENTS
Studio Visit: Film Composer JunkieXL
by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Musician Tom Holkenborg works under the pseudonym JunkieXL and has created soundscapes for films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass, Dark Tower, and the upcoming Tomb Raider among many, many other projects...
DAN WILSON
SEMISONIC
ADELE
TAYLOR SWIFT
DIXIE CHICKS
GRAMMYS
SONGS
SONGWRITING
MUSIC
MUSIC PRODUCTION
Interview: Songwriter, Producer + Multi-Instrumentalist Dan Wilson
It's impossible to weave the accomplishments of Dan Wilson into a simple introduction. But his forthcoming album Re-Covered offers a nice snapshot of the sonic landscape. Wilson might not be a household name, but the works he's delivered as a singer...
CADILLAC
CADILLAC HOUSE
ART
EXHIBITIONS
ANDY WARHOL
ART SHOWS
MUNICH
GERMANY
NYC
DUBAI
"Letters to Andy Warhol" Traveling Exhibition
by Nicolas Stecher The Cadillac-produced, traveling "Letters to Andy Warhol" exhibition is now calling a small but opulent wing of the grand Deutsches Museum home, under the title of Cadillac House Munich. One of the more well-received private...
MUSIC
MUSIC FESTIVALS
FESTIVALS
LUXURY
MEXICO
ELECTRONIC MUSIC
RHA Festival, Punta Mita
by Nicolas Stecher With boutique music festivals now a booming business, Mexico's four-day RHA Festival organizers knew there had to be something more. Of course, the musical talent was carefully selected for the stunning location, but RHA...
PHOTOGRAPHERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
MICHAEL HOERNER
ILEGAL MEZCAL
NEW YORK CITY
EXHIBITIONS
ILEGAL PRIDE
GAY PRIDE
PRIDE PARADE
LGBTQ
Photographer Michael Hoerner's "Ilegal Pride" Exhibition
No image may ever be able to capture the complete sensations of NYC Pride—the ferociousness, liberated joy and unbounded togetherness—but photographer Michael Hoerner certainly comes close. In a series of vibrant images, punctuated by a large-scale...
DANIEL ARSHAM
COLLABORATIONS
SNEAKERS
SCULPTURE
LIMITED EDITION
ADIDAS
ADIDAS ORIGINALS
ART FILMS
INTERVIEWS
ARTISTS
SNARKITECTURE
Interview: Daniel Arsham on His Multi-Faceted Collaboration with adidas Originals
About two minutes into the first segment of Daniel Arsham’s trilogy, "Hourglass," we see a brief shot of a TV screen showing the colorful swirl of a hurricane barreling toward Miami—an image that has been burned in to my head since seeing it first...
SUCHI REDDY
PUBLIC ART
OUTDOOR ART
THE CONNECTIVE PROJECT
PROSPECT PARK
PARKS
NYC
AREA4 + Architect Suchi Reddy's Prospect Park Pinwheel Flower Garden
As Brooklyn's Prospect Park celebrates its 150th anniversary, an underused patch of land in Frederick Law Olmsted's sprawling wonder now contains a temporary public work of wonder. Situated in the 2.5-acre Rose Garden, 7,000 flower-like pinwheels...
JASON M PETERSON
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHERS
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
OVERTHROW BOXING
NYC
BOXING
BOXING CLUBS
OVERTHROW
PHOTO SERIES
Photographer Jason M Peterson + Overthrow Boxing
As a sport of force, stamina and speed, boxing delivers many impassioned moments that aren't easily captured in all their glory. Photographer Jason M Peterson—Creative Chairman of North America at Havas and an acclaimed Instagrammer who just crossed...
FILMS
ANIMATION
ANIMATED SHORTS
PILOTS
BLACK HISTORY
HISTORY
FEMINISM
CHILDREN
KICKSTARTER
INTERVIEWS
BESSIE COLEMAN
Sweet Blackberry's Inspiring Animated Short About Bessie Coleman
Rooted in the belief that stories are powerful and able to inspire young people, non-profit organization Sweet Blackberry's mission is to shine a light on little-known African-American achievements. Founded by activist Karyn Parsons (perhaps best...
OPERA
SOUTH OF FRANCE
AIX EN PROVENCE
MARSEILLE
MUSIC FESTIVALS
FESTIVALS
CARMEN
PINOCCHIO
DON GIOVANNI
BAROQUE MUSIC
Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence
Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, or Festival d'Aix, isn't your average collection of acts in the already crowded festival season. Though, in its 69th year, it's certainly not new. Set in various theaters (one of which is outdoors...
CAPYAC
KD KINETIC
NEW MUSIC
PREMIERES
NUDISCO
TECHNO
DANCE MUSIC
MUSIC VIDEOS
Premiere: "Bubblegum" by CAPYAC feat. KD Kinetic
For every empty electronic track out there doing little more than moving bodies on a dance floor, one's like "Bubblegum" exists for those paying closer attention—for people who want to dance but know if they tune in a bit more, something of value...
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