Song of the Car: 2014 Airstream International Signature

Christopher Willits provides the rhythmic backdrop for recharging in the great outdoors

For the over-scheduled city dweller, the desire to faithfully unplug on an adventurous outdoor excursion often only exists in theory. As the relentless pace of autumn ensues in the north, access to nature seems to slip away, but this is actually prime time for a retreat into the woods as fall foliage and fresh air beckon. Something magical happens when whiling away the hours in …

Chen Tianzhuo’s Picnic

Stoned astronauts, neon lights and religious iconography combine in this artist's striking works, on display now in Shanghai

An indolent psychonaut walks onto a stage in a brightly colored outfit and loads his bong with the ritual gestures of a tea master. He puts on a helmet—complete with a weed leaf-shaped halo—and as the bowl burns, a cloud of thick smoke fills the headgear. He sits between two flags, between two philosophical mantras: the Latin motto, “Ordo ab chao” (meaning order from chaos) …

Butterscotch Records

The new label celebrates its launch with cuddly theremins and Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen on white vinyl

The newest record label on the New York circuit is Butterscotch Records, the brainchild of seasoned engineer and producer Allen Farmelo. For its launch this month, Farmelo (now a label head) combined forces with contemporary artists, a designer, a gallery in Soho and electronic instrument company Moog Music—giving the sense that Butterscotch Records is pretty serious, and pretty unique. CH visited the Judith Charles Gallery …