#MOOD Above and below.
TRACING Paterson, a low-income city of 150,000, has been a pioneer in creating a contact-tracing program to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The New York Times reports, “States and cities around the country have begun with varying degrees of success to ramp up efforts to put contact tracing in place on a large scale. Last week, Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey said that his state would hire up to several thousand contact tracers to assist the 800 now working for local and county health departments. In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has announced that the state will build an army of up to 17,000 contact tracers. A political tangle between agencies has complicated efforts to expand tracing in New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that he hoped to have 1,000 tracers in place by June. Twenty miles to the west of New York City, Paterson, a poor, largely nonwhite city of about 150,000, has been tracing the virus at a level that could be the envy of larger cities. The team has been able to successfully investigate and trace about 90 percent of the more than 5,900 positive virus cases in Paterson, said the city’s top health officer, Dr. Paul Persaud.”
CUT Francis Lee, the director of the critically-acclaimed British indie film God’s Own Country, says Amazon Prime has censored the film’s gay sex scenes and is urging U.S. viewers to not rent or buy the film on that platform.
BACKPACKS FOR THE STREET Jeffrey Newman is doing his thing. From The Advocate: “Since early March, they have been working night and day to provide New Yorkers experiencing homelessness with backpacks full of necessities like hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, gloves, masks, and sleeping bags. It’s a mission that Newman and Conner began two years ago when they founded Together Helping Others, a nonprofit seeking to help people living on the streets. Since they started their first program, Backpacks for the Street, in March 2018, Newman, Conner, and a growing number of volunteers have given away 4,000 backpacks, 18,000 feminine hygiene products, 13,000 Mylar blankets, and much more.”
FIRE DEPT: Don’t leave hand sanitizer in cars on hot days. “Let’s start today with a little education! We’ve chatted in the past about clear water bottles being kept in your vehicle when the weather is warm.That still holds true and so does hand sanitizer! By its nature, most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable. Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to sun causing magnification of light through the bottle, —-and particularly being next to open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend—-can lead to disaster.”
WISCONSIN opens their bars.
STAR WARS #TBT The Original Star Wars Trilogy Adapted into a 14-Hour Radio Drama by NPR (1981-1996) When it opened in 1977, Star Wars revived the old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure film. Within a few years, National Public Radio made a bet that it could do the same for the radio drama. Though still well within living memory, the “golden age of radio” in America had ended decades earlier, and with it the shows that once filled the airwaves with stories of every kind. Radio dramas seemed extinct, but then, before George Lucas’ space opera turned blockbuster, so had movie serials like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. The episodic nature of such source material resonated with the similarly episodic nature of classic radio drama, and that must have brought within the realm of possibility a bold and near-scandalous proposition: to re-make Star Wars for NPR.
BAD BUNNY made the cover of Rolling Stone. How does one of the world’s biggest pop stars spend his quarantine?
— Suzy Exposito (@HexPositive) May 14, 2020
HOLLYWOOD Did Hattie McDaniel and Tallulah Bankhead have an affair? According to Vanity Fair: The secret lives of Hollywood’s closeted movie stars serves as the main engine of Hollywood, Ryan Murphy’s splashy reimagining of cinema’s golden age. The Netflix miniseries takes heavy inspiration from the life of Scotty Bowers, the late Hollywood pimp who worked at a gas station that doubled as a sex work operation. Reportedly, Bowers set up queer trysts for everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Cary Grant. While those two stars don’t get the in-depth treatment in Hollywood, the series does take a look at the rumored affair between Hattie McDaniel (played by Queen Latifah) and Tallulah Bankhead (Paget Brewster), portraying the pair as lovers in episode five.
GRATUITOUS Big hands?
saw this and thought of some size queens i know pic.twitter.com/UBG5pg9BQR
— dumbfistingbttm (@dumbfistingbttm) May 21, 2020
SEPARATED AT BIRTH? They certainly have the same gait.
LAST THURSDAY The Bottleneck Gallery released @pabloolivera.art’s newest sci-fi landscape for cinematic milestone, Metropolis, and @jasonraish tackles his print for Watchmen! “Pablo’s landscape prints are now a fan favorite, and his newest print inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is a stunner. Metropolis’ incredible aesthetic design is still an awe-inspiring feat almost one hundred years later, and Pablo’s rendering of the city of Metropolis is appropriately grand in scale. “Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.” Jason’s illustration takes the watch motif, and splices it with Dr. Manhattan’s time-defying existence, sprinkling in a bit of Manhattan’s penchant for taking things apart and rebuilding them, in order to create a satisfying, encompassing Watchmen print!”
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This Thursday, we’re releasing @pabloolivera.art’s newest sci-fi landscape for cinematic milestone, Metropolis, and @jasonraish tackles his print for Watchmen! Pablo’s landscape prints are now a fan favorite, and his newest print inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is a stunner. Metropolis’ incredible aesthetic design is still an awe-inspiring feat almost one hundred years later, and Pablo’s rendering of the city of Metropolis is appropriately grand in scale. “Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.” Jason’s illustration takes the watch motif, and splices it with Dr. Manhattan’s time-defying existence, sprinkling in a bit of Manhattan’s penchant for taking things apart and rebuilding them, in order to create a satisfying, encompassing Watchmen print! Pablo and Jason’s prints will be available for purchase on Thursday (5/14) @ 12PM ET on our homepage, Bottleneckgallery.com! #watchmen #metropolis #bottleneckgallery
THROWBACK THURSDAY Disco Nightwing!
VIDEO OF THE DAY Madonna performing “Hung Up” LIVE at Coachella in 2006.
#TBT “Me and the cat 🐈he always tries to get in my pics he’s so attention hungry 😆❤️…Aside from the whole corona thing I’ve been thinking about moving somewhere else for a little while while job searching if you live in Oahu message me I have some questions😊.”