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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 …

“Center” Ping Pong Paddle

Named “Center,” Round21 and artist Ju Schnee’s collaborative ping pong paddle features a colorful design that clearly marks the middle of the strike zone—where the ball should hit to avoid it careening out of bounds. A vibrant, geometric design adorns one side, while a speckled black and white pattern occupies the other. This high-preformance paddle features an ergonomic grip that lends comfort and control, and …

Uncovering The Formula For a Mysterious, Medieval Blue Ink

For thousands and thousands of years a purple-blue ink known as folium was used to color all kinds of books, cheese rinds and more, but its formula was lost until a team of researchers recently deciphered the recipe through three ancient texts. It’s long been confirmed that the dye comes from the fruit of chrozophora tinctoria, but this isn’t a complete assessment. By poring over the …

Editors’ Picks: Tie-Dye From Etsy

Many applications of an art form that mirror the values of the e-commerce site Tie-dye carries the same DIY ethos that the e-commerce site Etsy was founded upon. A celebration of beauty derived from variation, color and chaos, the process behind tie-dye employs ancient techniques—though the term “tie-dye” only dates back to the ’60s. On Etsy, creators have found hundreds of ways to apply these …

Levi’s Vintage Clothing Recreates a 1975 Soapbox Derby

Organized by SFMOMA, the original event raised funds for the museum Levi’s Vintage Clothing, a subset of the larger apparel manufacturer, relies on past styles, textiles, and trends as their source material. Each season, or for each special release, the design team surveys the brand’s rich history for storylines or moments pertinent to today. For their Spring/Summer 2020 campaign, they recreated a 1975 Soapbox Derby …