Lounge Loves: Art, Music and Basketball Shows


Art that makes you think

I first discovered the Art of Resistance Instagram page in May, when Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli forces. An acquaintance had shared powerful messages about it on her social media accounts. As I scrolled through, I realized the page contained a curated mix of memes, comics, paintings, illustrations, images of art installations, and resistance-related movements around the world. These ranged from an installation linked to the school shootings in the United States, to an illustration expressing solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka, and an artwork linked to the recent bulldozer at the home of activist Afreen Fatima. in India. One of my favorite works by Varunika Saraf We the people series, in which the artist uses embroidery to chart an alternate timeline for the nation, was there too. It is undoubtedly a page that makes you think.

—Avantika Bhuyan

Hikaru Utada: Live Sessions From AIR Studios is streaming on Netflix

Discover new sounds

I am a passive music listener. On morning walks, I pick something random from Spotify. However, for the past few days, I have been listening to the album of American-Japanese pop star Hikaru Utada bad fashion, released in January. They’ve been around for over two decades, but I discovered them after watching their studio gig, Hikaru Utada: Live Sessions From AIR Studios, on Netflix. Utada, who identifies as non-binary, switches effortlessly between Japanese and English. The lyrics are about love and loss; the music has a dance vibe – the kind where you want to hum. I hope I don’t mess it up / I hope I don’t mess it up againthey sing bad fashion. In Face my fearthey say: Breathe, should I take a deep? Faith, should I take the leap?– how not to nod your head in agreement? Spotify offers Tokyo super hits now. Yes, it’s a rabbit hole.

—Nipa Charagi

A screenshot of glorious.digital's Instagram account

A screenshot of glorious.digital’s Instagram account

A piece of tennis history

As Wimbledon Center Court turns 100, the All England Lawn Tennis Association & Croquet Club has launched 10 NFTs (non-fungible tokens), each capturing a decade of moments on it. I have two favourites. High contrast (1980-89) has an image of the 1980 final between John McEnroe and Björn Borg, Anne White’s controversial combination and Pat Cash’s 1987 “celebration in the stands”, the first of its kind, after defeating Ivan Lendl. The new generation (2000-09) has Goran Ivanišević as an emblematic outsider, the graceful backhand of Pete Sampras, the retractable roof installed in 2009… and an image that breaks the green-white-blue palette: a golden trophy in the hands of Roger Federer. An online ballot, open until July 3, will decide whether you can buy each coin for £500 (around Rs 47,800). On Wimbledon.glorious.digital

—Vangmayi Parakala

The magic is coming to Hollywood

Following the success of the documentary series the last dance (Netflix), a number of basketball titles have appeared on streaming platforms. The choice of the group is the series Buying Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (Disney+ Hotstar), created by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht for HBO, with the pilot directed by Adam McKay. Season 1 watches the start of a legendary era at the Lakers, with Magic Johnson joining the team and Dr. Jerry Buss remaking the franchise in his own flamboyant image. Like most McKay projects, there’s a lot of manic editing and fourth-wall breaking, but the real fun is watching a terrific ensemble work their way through all 10 episodes: John C. Reilly as Buss, Quincy Isaiah as Magic, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with Jason Clarke, Adrien Brody, Sally Field and Gaby Hoffmann.

—Uday Bhatia


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