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Jeffrey Cheung “Untitled #2” Print

One of three new limited edition prints by Jeffrey Cheung, “Untitled #2” was originally created for a collaborative zine made by the Oakland-based artist and Tiny Splendor. In Cheung’s signature playful style, several hairy, smiling characters cover the print—with many contorted into interesting poses. Measuring 10 by 13 inches, these riso prints are available in an edition of 100, with each signed and numbered by …

Omar Apollo: Stayback

A funk-influenced tune by Indiana singer-songwriter Omar Apollo (aka Omar Apolonio Velasco), “Stayback” is, the young artist says, “the song that I’ve been wanting to make my entire career.” About longstanding unrequited love, “Stayback” features rubbery bass, warped effects and a minute-long guitar solo by Dreamboy Oscar. The Aiden Cullen-directed video furthers the storyline, casting Apollo as a lovestruck partygoer forced to part ways with …

Converse Unveils the Sustainable Chuck Taylor All Star Crater

Three sneakers reference Nike’s Space Hippie effort, but remain true to their iconic silhouette The 100-year-old Chuck Taylor All Star remains not only Converse‘s most popular offering, but also one of the most universally recognizable sneakers. The brand’s desire to develop the shoe with more sustainable materials could have comprised the classic style, but designers decided to “preserve the DNA of the world’s most iconic …

SAULT: Wildfires

From the mysterious funk/soul collective SAULT, the hypnotic “Wildfires” tells a tale of courage and perseverance in the face of police brutality. The song appears on Untitled (Black Is), a glorious and timely record that traces Blackness from rebellion to resilience, radical joy and beyond. The trio—which internet sleuths believe could be Dean “Inflo” Wynton Josiah, Cleo Sol and Melisa Young (aka Kid Sister)—released this statement with …

Steve Arrington: The Joys of Love

Prolific funk legend Steve Arrington says his enchanting new tune, “The Joys of Love,” is a “trust me song.” He explains to Stones Throw, it’s “a song of fun when it all goes right. A song of thanks for every day of life.” Produced by Mndsgn (aka Ringgo Ancheta) and Devin Morrison, it’s soulful, a little jazzy, and tinged with ’70s funk and R&B—altogether it …

Chris Funk: Knifey Vellocet

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk—best known for his work with The Decemberists—released his solo album The Painted Porch in late April, from which all proceeds are being donated to the COVID-19 Oregon Musicians’ Relief Fund. (It’s also available to pre-order on vinyl, limited to 250 records.) From that album, the instrumental “Knifey Vellocet” merges twangy guitar with strings and synths for an atmospheric tune that could be …

Colorful Highlights From Frieze New York 2020 Online

Selections from the 200 virtual presentations that comprise the first-ever Frieze Viewing Room Jokes abound that “virtual viewing rooms” equate to nothing more than glorified websites and though there’s some truth to that, a recent Jean Jullien exhibit proved that galleries and artists can do great things together online. With that in mind, Frieze New York lifts the veil from its free web platform (and …

Director Stefan Hunt’s Emotional Dance Short, “They Saw The Sun First”

With voice-over guidance from NYC’s elderly, a poignant film about life, death, and the dances we do in-between “I started working on this project when I noticed a lack of eldership in my life,” director Stefan Hunt says about the creation of his dance-documentary hybrid short, They Saw The Sun First. The eight-minute film—directed by Hunt, produced by Jess Lowe Chaverri, shot by Cole Graham …

Red Ikebana Cannabis Arrangement Art Print

Made in collaboration with cannabis publication Broccoli Magazine, Goldleaf’s pretty ikebana prints embed the marijuana leaf subtly in larger, delicate floral arrangements by Amy Merrick. Printed on thick, uncoated archival paper, this print comes in one size (18 by 24 inches) and in three iterations: print only, print in walnut hanging rails, and print in maple hanging rails. Best of all, Goldleaf actively supports (financially …

Apps and Resources for At-Home Stretching

Options for quick, low-impact exercises An egalitarian exercise fit for those in small spaces or who aren’t keen on a full workout, stretching offers plenty of benefits—from helping with flexibility and improved range of motion to reducing stress and decreasing body aches and pains. Though many are familiar with the basics of stretching, classes led by professionals and clever apps can provide even more—unlocking tension …