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Gruin × Clean Slate Exhibition

GRUIN: CLEAN SLATE EXHIBITION

Exhibition opening Thursday, May 6th, 2021 from 5-9pm PST and Saturday, May 8th from noon-5pm PST

Location:  Domicile (n)
4859 Fountain Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90029

By appointment here 

LINK TO THE EXHIBITION

As we emerge from the pandemic, Clean Slate, curated by Margot Ross and Emerald Gruin, is an exhibition full of hope and celebration of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean for a rebirth. 

Laura Jones’ work, Gaia, is the centerpiece of the exhibition. “Gaia”, the mother of all life, is the goddess of healing and cleansing removing all past darkness. The Australian Sturt desert pea flower featured in the painting, represents rebirth. After the rain, these flowers blossom and are symbolic of the rebirth of nature. 

Belynda Henry’s works represent her fascination with the Australian landscape. Living and working in a lush valley in New South Wales, Henry experiences its ever-changing sights, sounds, light and textures. She is absorbed by nature’s compositions and colors, meditating on the medium and incorporating those impressions in her imaginative works, which are vibrantly modern and uniquely visceral.

Jonathan Rosen debuts a digital mirror piece from his Dream Machines series. After a year of confinement and sacrifice on the surface of the mirror the word BORN glows radiantly as a thousand phrases flash randomly underneath. When a viewer stands before the mirror and takes a photo a single message is frozen over the viewer’s reflection reminding us what we were all born to be. 

Using the motif of a silhouette, Keelin Montzingo’s figures are taken directly from influencers’, models’ and brands’ Instagram accounts, observing how the female pose exists in an echo chamber where the real mirrors the constructed and the constructed seeks the real. While Montzingo does not criticize self-promotion, she questions whether the female is collectively perpetuating the male gaze or rather reclaiming the body, defining an empowering narrative where the female speaks directly to the female in celebration of the divine.

Dana James’ The Hero evokes a sense of nostalgia and history, where she works the textured wax achieving a distressed, “wear and tear” aspect, referencing antiquated, sentimental belongings.

Camie Lyons is an Australian-based artist working across a variety of mediums – including sculpture, painting and drawing. Her practice is largely inspired by her intuition and experiences as a contemporary dancer, as she explores the free-flowing possibility of lines, form and movement created by the human body. 

Elliott Nimmo’s new series of work began on the cusp of Spring. Each painting explores the crisp light filtering through the trees, early morning mist and the possibilities that each new wave brings to the shore.

Jay Miriam paints magical moments of lingering time demonstrating that, when we are so caught up in a routine, we pass time without thought. In The Sunbathers, three women forget themselves in a forest as rain drizzles and one hides behind a bush.

Laura Kimmel (née Laura Weyl) is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist. Her NFT work Non Fungible Woman, uses analog image manipulations to create visceral, poetic visual worlds. Laura’s work explores the labyrinth of femininity through ritualistic, performative art making. She journeys with her muses, often trespassing, in pursuit of magical realms to conjure authentic expressions of self-outside the constraints of social constructs. Her photograph As Above evokes an alternate reality of light and color, a portal to the subliminal.

Leila Jeffreys’ work Revival evokes the feeling after the bushfires, where there is regrowth and new signs of life. The image appears like a tree of leaves, the birds appear to look like the tree is blooming with new leaves.

Although at first glance, Tom Smith’s work appears digital, it is carefully hand-made. Melt is constructed from 2 paintings on paper in opposing hot and cold colors, Smith slices the paintings into tiny strips using a razor. One slice at a time, he alternates the strips and adheres them into one picture. The painting then experiences 400 tons of pressure in a hydraulic press, permanently affixing the slices with vibrating effect revealing and distorting the image. 

While attending a decidedly anti-queer Catholic school in Colombia, for Juan Arango Palacios the jungle became a place of refuge—a safe haven—it was the first place and time in Juan’s life where they felt completely content with who they are. This space, which over time has been transformed into an archetype, acts as a timeless setting for the people that Juan meets and experiences that they would have navigating the path ahead of them. Juan is committed to creating dynamic compositions that represent the blurred memories of an immigrant, the suppressed fantasy of a queer person, and an imagined heaven informed by an icon laden religion.

Rico Ayeni is a self-taught artist from Brooklyn, New York, who makes storytelling imagery that combines color and passion while documenting everyday life around the world. A Head In The Clouds Is A Clear Mind was captured when Ayeni was touring around Africa, looking for moments which highlighted certain characteristics and challenges he observed from his people. 

Paris-based Cyrielle Gulacsy has created CS005 / (Spectral Component) for Clean Slate, the first of a series developed during lockdown. Struck by the beauty of the light during her first trip to California in 2017, Cyrielle studied the solar spectrum and the color temperature variations depending on the sunlight’s interaction with the atmosphere. The paintings are composed like windows opened to the sky that capture the magical and ephemeral instants of daylight. Breaking down the solar spectrum, each piece offers a moment of contemplation and invites the viewer to deeply meditate on the essence of light: its origin, its nature, its beauty. The artist uses pointillism and layers of dots to give form to the principle of “wave-particle duality” in quantum mechanics, a property of the photon, the particle of light.

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domicile (n.) is located in the Merrick Building in East Hollywood at 4859 Fountain Avenue. The gallery can be visited by appointment only.

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THE DALLAS OPERA LAUNCHES STREAMING PLATFORM

THE DALLAS OPERA LAUNCHES NEW STREAMING PLATFORM FOR GLOBAL AUDIENCE: THEDALLASOPERA.TV

Monthly Subscription Provides Access to Video Catalogue from tdo network, OperaKids Programs, and Performances; New Content will be Added Regularly

Premium Films—Known as Originals—to be Featured Periodically as Special Pay-Per-View Rentals

The Dallas Opera (TDO) announces the launch of its new subscription streaming platform. Available starting today, the website brings together TDO’s full catalogue of existing video content—which ranges from full opera productions for audiences of all ages, to musical conversations and original opera-themed sit-com style episodes, to artist-hosted series that spotlight their interests and careers, educational series, and more—with new original opera films created specifically for a virtual audience.

The Dallas Opera represents a new avenue of presentation and production for an opera company, beyond the physical space of an opera house. Rather than offering only streams of staged productions filmed archivally, The Dallas Opera’s platform offers primarily original content filmed exclusively for streaming, available for viewing 24/7, 365 days a year by a global audience.

“We are so thrilled that thedallasopera.TV is launching today,” said Ian Derrer, The Dallas Opera’s Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO. “To watch this project go from idea to reality in less than a year has been amazing to see, and we’re so proud of the content that we have ready to offer our global audience. This platform truly helps redefine our company as a leader in digital content, as well as on the opera house stage. We are breaking new ground in the field while continuing to preserve the great traditions of live opera.”

“What we’ve learned over the course of the past year without live performances is that there is a thirst for quality online content, and we are so happy to lead the way in producing that for our eager fans around the world,” said David Lomelí, a tenor, TDO’s Artistic Consultant, and creative force behind the initiative. “Statistics show that viewers ages 18-34 and 34-45 are online for more than 10 hours each day, and our efforts to reach that demographic—through unique and creative offerings—have proven successful, growing in just a year from 2,000 unique views in March 2020 to more than 150 million unique views today on our Facebook channel. Our hope is that this streaming model will reach even more.”

Subscriptions to the streaming platform are available for $4.99/month with a free seven-day trial. In addition, premium content–Originals–will be offered periodically at a pay-per-view price.

Two Originals are available as thedallasopera.TV launches today: “That Which We Love”, a recital by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and “Vanished,” a three-part art film starring countertenor John Holiday and tenor Russell Thomas with music by Gluck, Monteverdi, and Janáček assembled into a new narrative. A third original, “The Heart of the Song,” featuring conversation with and performances by tenors Javier Camarena, Rolando Villazón, and David Lomelí, will be released on May 25 for a limited viewing period.

Thedallasopera.TV Content

Video content on thedallasopera.TV will be housed in four categories—Originals, Stages, tdo network, and OperaKids—and available via an app for mobile devices (iOS and Android), on smart TVs via Fire TV and Roku, and on the website for desktop/laptop users.

Originals

·       “That Which We Love” – Isabel Leonard in recital, pianist John Arida

This program features a mix of classical and popular songs by Sondheim, Bernstein, Kern, Offenbach, Berlioz, Bellini, and others. Rental fee = $6.99 for three months. Available now.

·       “Vanished” – an art film in three parts about longing, heartbreak, and the search for love featuring John Holiday and Russell Thomas

Directed by bass-baritone and film-maker Ryan McKinny, Vanished uses a variety of special effects and cinematic techniques to create the world of imagination depicted in the film. The soundtrack includes all 22 songs from Janáček’s “The Diary of One Who Disappeared”, as well as scenes from Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice,” and Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea.”

Pianists for “Vanished” are Kevin J. Miller and Kathleen Kelly. The story is by Ryan McKinny, Tonya McKinny, and Kathleen Kelly. McKinny’s production company, Helio Arts, filmed, produced, and edited the film. Rental fee = $19.99 for all three episodes for six months. Available now.

·       “The Heart of the Song” – tenors Javier Camarena, Rolando Villazón, and David Lomelí

Three famous Mexican-born tenors and friends engage in serious conversation and humor-laced repartee as they offer a celebration of much-loved Mexican and Latin American songs. Filmed in Dallas, Zürich, and Paris, the show is produced by director Laura Prieto and producer Jeremy Tang. English subtitles are provided for the songs, which are all sung in Spanish.

Rental fee = $11.99. Available May 25-31 only.

Stages

Stages content is included with thedallasopera.TV subscriptions, and will feature a catalogue of “greatest hits” from The Dallas Opera, including full-length operas, concerts, recitals, and archival video streams and radio broadcasts.

Thedallasopera.TV platform launch includes:

·       The company’s 2019 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, presented in the 1999 Sir Peter Hall production. Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, TDO’s Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, the cast includes Italian tenor Paolo Fanale as Tamino, soprano Andrea Carroll as Pamina, soprano Jeni Houser as The Queen of the Night, baritone Sean Michael Plumb as Papageno, and bass Morris Robinson as Sarastro. Kyle Lang directed the production for TDO.

·       “The John Holiday Experience,” a recital by recent finalist on The Voice, was recorded April 9 at the Winspear Opera House in TDO’s first live presentation since early 2020. Holiday, along with pianists Kevin J. Miller and Neeki Bey, performs a wide-ranging program of songs by Stevie Wonder, George Gershwin, Henri Duparc, Tyshawn Sorey, Norah Jones, and others.

·       A celebration of the first five years of The Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Conductors, which features selections from the five annual Showcase Concerts that mark the culmination of each year’s Institute. Featuring Hart Institute participants and The Dallas Opera conducting The Dallas Opera Orchestra.

tdo network

Launched in February 2020, tdo network has amassed a viewership of nearly 157 million followers from 50 countries in the past year with its ever-evolving collection of whimsical, topical, and informative original content hosted by artists and social media influencers. Access to all tdo network content is included with thedallasopera.TV subscriptions.

OperaKids

OperaKids offers programming for children, as well as educational resources for parents and children, all produced by The Dallas Opera’s education department and included in the monthly subscription price.

Two family operas are available now, as is Kids Opera Boot CampTM:

·       “Jack and the Beanstalk” (music by Sir Arthur Sullivan and others; words and story adaption by John Davies) brings the classic fairy tale to the opera stage in a screen adaptation by Mary Dibbern and Ryan Lescalleet of John Davies’ delightful children’s opera.

·       “Dr. Miracle” (music by Georges Bizet and others/libretto by Leon Battue and Ludovic Halévy) tells the tale of young love through a series of disguises, mishaps, and eventual happily-ever-after in a screen adaptation by Mary Dibbern and Ryan Lescalleet of this opera in one act that the composer wrote when he, too, was just a teen.

·       Kids Opera Boot CampTM—an interactive look behind the scenes at the opera, where viewers can learn from a series of five video lessons what it takes to make an opera, how to make an opera set, and how to learn music like an opera singer. Each of the five episodes is designed to show students what it takes to create opera through an engaging combination of hands-on activities, fun facts, and laugh-out-loud characters. The program concludes with a performance of The Bremen Town Musicians—a screen adaptation by Mary Dibbern and Ryan Lescalleet of John Davies’ delightful children’s opera about the value of teamwork. Designed for grades K-6.

About The Dallas Opera

Thedallasopera.TV is made possible through the McCasland Strategic Opportunities Fund with additional support by The Dallas Opera donor family.

SEASON SPONSOR: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family

The Dallas Opera is supported, in part, by funds from: Elsa von Seggern Foundation; Texas Instruments; the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture;

the Texas Commission on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). American Airlines is the official airline of The Dallas Opera.

Lexus is the official vehicle of The Dallas Opera. Advertising support from The Dallas Morning News. NorthPark Center, the official shopping center of The

Dallas Opera The Dallas Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

360 MAGAZINE drive-thru runway illustration by Heather Skovlund

COPERNI AW21 – FIRST EVER ‘DRIVE-IN’ RUNWAY

Release the new AW21 collection with Adut, Leon Dame and more at huge Paris arena with the WORLDS-FIRST drive-in catwalk

Preamble

Coperni has always given priority to the sun, to daylight, to clear and distinct ideas. But with the sun cometh the night. She shows the world differently – guiding us as always, but also urging in a new time – a time to welcome in the unpredictable. Whether it’s midnight or midday, the night is our window to see what is possible.

Experience

70 participants depart from their homes in 35 electric cars. Each vehicle will navigate the streets of Paris before arriving in the great hall of the Accord Arena in Bercy, the 12th arrondissement of the City of Light. The cars and their passengers will move into the darkness of the empty hall – enough space for over 20,000 in normal times. The choreography takes place after the vehicles have moved into formation, becoming an integral part of the catwalk. The car radios turn on and announce the start of filming. Each individual set of headlights will light up as the first model passes by, allowing participants to view the collection through their car window.

Collection

The Winter 21 collection is an exploration into the complexity and the mystery of nighttime as we know it: sometimes pitch-black, sometimes dotted with stars, sometimes illuminated by the moon. The night time of celebration, of seduction and of plunging into the unknown is opposed to the nighttime of sleep, of resting our bodies and allowing dreams to take over our mind and our soul.

Frank and dynamic cuts on classic silhouettes let us glimpse the skin lying beneath. The shoulders are raised, the arms are slender – ready to enter into the darkness. Sensuality arises from a play on zipped draping. A second skin of mesh opposes the moving fringes. Bags in the shape of a padlock suggest something locked away in darkness. Maximized forms lead us towards calmness, reconciliation and time for ourselves. Softness protects the body and light becomes therapy. This night will be an experience.

Creative Direction : Maybe

Casting : Samuel Ellis & Piergiorgio Del Moro

Style : Helena Tejedor

Production : La Mode En Images

Music : Clara 3000

Hair : Louis Ghewy with L’Oréal

Make Up : Farah Omidi with MAC Cosmetics

Set : DS Automobiles

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Coperni, la nuit. The Fall 21 collection for 360 Magazine

Conison, Blake Holmes and Connor Morton article inside 360 MAGAZINE

CONISON: OUR CHAT WITH HIGH-END STREETWEAR LABEL FOUNDER, CONNOR MORTON 

By Blake Holmes

A celebration of the LA dream, Conison is an up-and-coming, high-end streetwear brand from Melbourne, Australia. 
Recently, we caught up with Founder and Creative Director, Connor Morton, to chat vision, inspiration and what’s in store for the year ahead. 

TELL US ABOUT CONISON..

Conison is a high-end streetwear and design brand. 

At the heart of Conison is a message of inspiration. I want to encourage people to express themselves, providing an avenue for them to explore their own sense of style and creative potential through fashion and design. 

WHAT’S YOUR WHY? 

I’ve always endeavoured to express my creativity through outlets available to me, from DJing and music, to clothing customisation and art. I think everyone deserves this opportunity and my dream is that Conison will provide that for others; an inspiration source that spreads positivity and reinforces the idea that everyone has the power to shape their reality. 

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOUR UPCOMING COLLECTION? 

Collection 2 Rise & Fall is a two-part capsule. This collection celebrates an ascension to your highest self and the fall of negative energy. These ideas are expressed in my messaging and I’ve catered to both the NZ/Aus and US/Euro markets, with different materials and designs. 

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 

There are countless brands and creators that fuel my fire. Designers like Reese Cooper and Heron Preston, brands like Riot Hill and photographers like Kyle Caulfield to name just a few. 

HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED? 

I believe motivation is something you have to seek constantly. This can be challenging at times and the interruptions of this year have been a prime example. 

Regularly contacting my mentors, listening to podcasts, and painting have kept me in the zone this year. There’s always motivation to be found if you look hard enough. 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? 

Every day is different but I start and end them in the same way. I usually wake up with a warm/cold soak to get focused, then have breakfast while watching motivational content on YouTube. From then I work ‘til i’ve felt i’ve done enough, which means late nights a lot of the time. I also work other jobs and fit in time at the gym or some form of exercise each day. I end the day with business content on YouTube to get inspired for the day ahead.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL STRAIN WHEN RUNNING YOUR OWN BRAND? 

Being a one-man band with no backing at 22 has been a struggle. There are definitely financial challenges and they’ve taken a lot of practice, help from mentors and learning to overcome. In saying that, I’m feeling confident in the belief that now is the time to be bold, take risks and bet on myself. When you believe in your brand and the message you’re trying to share, anything is possible. 

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? 

My mentor sent me a message a few weeks back. I think it’s spot on and something I struggle with at times. “Your art is not about how many people like your work, your art is about if your heart likes your work, if your soul likes your work, it’s how honest you are with yourself”. I try to follow this ethos daily and remind myself of this at times I’m questioning my vision and creative direction. I’ve implemented this into my work daily and it’s become more authentic as a result. 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR CONISON? 

The sky’s the limit. I want to push creative boundaries, not just with Conison but in the global fashion and lifestyle brand space. This means everything from painting collections and exclusive pieces to furniture. 
Most importantly, I want to continue telling the Conison story in an authentic way. Giving people a story to truly connect with is what drives me and the best way to keep people engaged and on-board for the journey. 

I’m learning and growing every day and Conison will continue to evolve with me. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

LEAVE US WITH A FAVOURITE QUOTE..

I’ve got a few. ‘Ignore the boos, they usually come from the cheap seats’. This one has been really important to me. As a young person, you often face a lot of negativity and doubt from others about your ability to step outside the norm and succeed. I’ve learnt not to take this to heart and stay true to myself, which is something I think we should all strive to do. 

Another favourite is, ‘an arrow can only be shot forward by pulling it backward’. This one’s all about resilience to me, and the idea that on the other side of struggle and hardship is success, fortune and prosperity. I try to remember this with every minor setback and keep a positive mindset no matter the circumstances. When you do, nothing can discourage you from achieving your dreams. This is what Conison is all about. 

Rise & Fall Part 1 drops 7th December, 7:00pm EST
at www.conisondesigns.com 

360 Magazine wins ‘Most Innovative’

UPDATE: 360 Magazine has additionally been awarded ‘Most Outstanding Culture & Fashion Lifestyle Publication – USA” from the Corporate Vision Small Business Awards.

360 Magazine won LUX Life Magazine’s ‘Most Innovative Pop Culture Entertainment Publication’ award of 2020. This comes after the nomination we received and accepted at the 2020 Hospitality Awards and recent months of significant challenges.

For us, this means that we will be featured in LUX Life Magazine‘s annual celebratory magazine that will be distributed to a ‘vast and worldwide circulation of 238,000 professionals,’ and furthermore to their free website and the inboxes of their readers.

The award is due to 360 Magazine’s expertise within its field, its dedication to customer service and client satisfaction, and its commitment to excellence and innovation, according to LUX Life Magazine.

Earlier this year, our editor-in-chief, Vaughn Lowery, won Business Excellence’s award for the “Most Avant-Garde Fashion & Culture Magazine” for his creation of 360 Magazine, which covers topics such as fashion, lifestyle, and culture through a modern lens. Before that, 360 Magazine was awarded the California Excellence Award for excellence in internet and media. 

Spring 2009 saw the first online issue of 360 Magazine, which garnered positive reviews. Since then, we have continuously released content, serving our defined market well.

We proudly partner with several philanthropic organizations, such as Amnesty International, Falling Whistles, and Jenesse Center, Inc., as well as many more.

We work with cutting-edge brands, organizations, and individuals to create content that is fresh and relevant to our readers. Past pages have featured Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Bella Thorne, Sir Paul McCartney, Demi Lovato, Zoe Kravtiz, and Led Zeppelin.

360 Magazine has offices in New York City, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, and Paris, as well as circulation in Miami, Chicago, Japan, and South Africa.

About LUX Life Magazine:

LUX Life Magazine is a bimonthly luxury lifestyle magazine that showcases the products, services, attractions, and events that will appeal to them. Some of the world’s most internationally renowned brands, individuals, and products are highlights in LUX.

“Our website, digital publication and diverse array of awards programmes cover all aspects of high end lifestyle, including the finest, food and drink, hotels and resorts, health and beauty, automotive, jewellery, art and technology,” as said on their website. “Within our pages you’ll find everything from product news and reviews, to in-depth news, trends, features and comment, all designed to inform, entertain and inspire in equal measure.” 

LUX is a part of the Al Global Media Publishing group, a UK based company, established 2010. 

Netflix article about Idris Elba illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE.

Netflix – The Take

By Cassandra Yany

Netflix has fixed a technical issue that left many viewers confused while watching one of the streaming service’s latest releases. 

The 2016 film The Take starring Idris Elba was added to Netflix’s library Wednesday. The partly-French film had a bug with the subtitles where only the English lines were captioned and the French lines remained untranslated.

Subscribers quickly took to Twitter to alert Netflix of the issue. One user wrote, “Okay just finished The Take on Netflix and I’m very confused as to why the English subtitles were not included. Half the movie was in French.” Another said, “You can’t watch The Take on @Netflix unless you are past Level 5 French on Rosetta Stone.”

Despite this issue, the film currently holds the no. 3 spot in the Netflix ‘Top 10,’ sitting higher than the streaming service’s most recent original film The Devil All The Time. Netflix resolved the problem as of Monday afternoon and the movie now includes translations of the scenes in French.

The film— known internationally as Bastille Day, according to Essence— stars Idris Elba and “Game of Thrones’” Richard Madden. Forbes reports that the film was set to be released in Europe in early 2016, but was pushed back later in the year due to the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. It was pulled out of theaters days after its July release due to the truck attack in Nice.

The film was not popular in the U.S., as it was only shown in 100 theaters nationwide. It earned just over $50,000 from its release in the states. 

According to television and film news outlet Looper, the action film is about a pickpocket (Richard Madden) who steals a woman’s bag that contains a bomb, intended to go off in an empty building. He disposes of it and the explosion kills four people. He is then taken into custody by a CIA agent (Idris Elba), who quickly realizes that Madden’s character did not mean to take part in the attack. They learn that it was part of a plan by a group of corrupt police officers to rob the French National Bank. The two team up to clear the pickpocket’s name and stop the officers.

Despite the criticism over incorrect subtitling, it seems that the movie is finally getting the attention that it missed during its original release in 2016.

Netflix – Cuties

By Cassandra Yany

One of Netflix’s newest films, Cuties, has garnered much attention and backlash since its Sep. 9 release on the streaming platform. The coming-of-age film depicts a young girl as she tries to navigate her life as a pre-teen growing up in a Muslim family living in Paris.

Many critics have spoken out against the film, which currently holds the no. 7 spot in Netflix’s ‘Top 10,’ for its depiction of 11-year-old girls dancing and behaving in an indecent manner. According to the New York Times, the movie was first deemed controversial in the U.S. in August when Netflix released the promotional artwork. The original marketing for the film displayed an image of four young girls in skimpy dance costumes posing provocatively.

This, along with the trailer, prompted opposers to start petitions online and call for the removal of the film from Netflix’s catalog. Netflix apologized and changed the artwork for the film to a more innocent photo of the same four characters walking down the street with shopping bags, donning bras and underwear over their clothes.

Last week’s release of the film has sparked conversation once again amongst parents, politicians and others, causing #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter. Lina Nealon, the Director of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has spoken out against the film saying “While we commend Director Maïmouna Doucouré for exposing the very real threats to young girls having unfettered access to social media and the internet, we cannot condone the hypersexualization and exploitation of the young actresses themselves in order to make her point.” She called for Netflix to cut the “sexually-exploitive” scenes from the film, or remove the film from the platform altogether.

On Friday, Hawaii Rep. Tulse Gabbard tweeted, “@Netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children… Netflix you are now complicit.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz penned a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr Friday calling for the Department of Justice to start an investigation into the production and distribution of the film to “determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved in the making of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

Cruz wrote that “the film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial nudity” falsely claiming that there’s a scene exposing a “minor’s bare breast.” The Associated Press reported that one of Cruz’s representatives, Lauren Aronson, said that the senator has not seen the film.

According to the Washington Times, some critics are even calling on the Obama’s— who have a production deal with Netflix— to take action against the film. Deadline stated that “The reality appears to have been lost in the storm, and the truth is very few of the people reacting so strongly will have actually seen the film.”

Netflix told USA TODAY “‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up— and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

Director Maïmouna Doucouré defends the film, saying that it works to shed light on these issues so they can be fixed. Cuties first premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, where it won the Directing Jury Award for the dramatic film category. According to the New York Times, the movie did not stir up much conversation in France after its theatrical release (as Mignnonnes in French) in August.

Deadline reports that Doucouré did not see the promotional material prior to when it was circulated on the internet. She said that she received death threats as the outrage grew over these images. She told the news site that the film is not apologetic about the hypersexualization of children, but instead is her “…personal story as well as the story of many children who have to navigate between a liberal western culture and a conservative culture at home.”

Cuties was Doucouré’s feature directorial debut. Similar to the film’s main character, Amy, Doucouré is of Senegalese descent and grew up in a Muslim culture in Paris. In an interview at Sundance, she said she first had the idea for the movie after attending a neighborhood gathering in Paris where she saw a group of 11-year-old girls doing a stage performance of a “sensual” dance. She was shocked to see girls that age dance like that in short clothing. “We can’t continue to close our eyes about that,” she told the interviewer.

Doucouré researched for a year and a half, meeting with hundreds of pre-teens who told her their stories. She learned about their ideas of femininity, and how their self image is affected by the emphasis of social media in today’s society. According to IndieWire, the young actresses’ parents were on board with the project to spread awareness of the issue, and there was a psychologist working with the girls throughout filming who is still helping them throughout the release process.

The film is centered around Amy, an 11-year-old girl who has recently moved to a housing development in a poor suburb of Paris with her Senegalese, observant Muslim family. She looks out for her brothers, takes care of responsibilities around the house, and is in the process of being taught how to ‘be a woman’ by  her aunt.

One day after prayer, Amy walks by the laundry room and sees a girl her age dancing to music playing from her phone. In a subsequent scene, Amy is seen trying to straighten her hair with a clothing iron, burning part of it off as a result. 

Amy learns that her father, who is still in Senegal, has taken a second wife and will be coming to Paris soon to have the wedding. Her mother, Mariam, tries to hide her reaction to the news, but Amy sees her grow upset and take her frustrations out on herself. This is where Amy’s behavior begins to shift; she starts to reject her culture and identity, and instead tries to conform to fit in with the other girls at school. 

At school, Amy is teased for her clothes and lack of fashion sense, so she begins to wear her younger brother’s t-shirt to match the crop tops that her classmates wear. After seeing a group of girls her age dancing after school, Amy steals her cousin’s iPhone to learn how to dance, herself. She comes across their social media accounts and begins taking selfies, imitating what she sees on their profiles. 

Amy finds herself a spot in the girls’ friend group and dance troupe, and as a result, begins to neglect her responsibilities at home. Amy starts to show more self expression, wearing her hair natural rather than pulling it back. She also begins to explore the internet more, finding videos of almost-naked women dancing rather suggestively and moving their bodies in ways that an 11-year-old probably shouldn’t be watching. 

Taking what she found online, Amy practices dancing with her friends and teaches them how to twerk. This is where the movie begins to make viewers slightly uneasy. It was jarring to see these young, innocent girls tainted by this inappropriate content and doing dance moves that they didn’t understand the implications of. It appears that this was the intention of director Doucouré, as she stated in an interview with Netflix that the film is “…a mirror of today’s society; a mirror sometimes difficult to look into and accept but still so true.”

Some of the scenes, frankly, are very disturbing to watch. These include the girls dancing provocatively for two older male workers at a laser tag facility so that they wouldn’t get in trouble for sneaking in, as well as Amy beginning to undress for her cousin once he found she had stolen his iPhone in an attempt to smooth over the situation. Perhaps the most disturbing scene is when Amy takes a picture of her genitals to post on her social media profile so that people at school would think she’s mature. While there was no nudity shown in this scene, the implied action was horrifying to watch. 

At the end of the film, Amy performs with her dance troupe at a local competition. Dressed in revealing outfits, they dance immodestly in front of a crowd of people who quickly seem unsettled. (This is the scene from which the original promotional photos were taken.) Toward the end of the song, Amy freezes as she begins to think about her mom, then runs off the stage crying. She goes home where she asks her mom not to attend her father’s wedding. Her mom continues to get ready for the event, but tells Amy that she doesn’t have to go.

Instead of going to the wedding, Amy steps outside and begins jumping rope. This scene depicts a mixture of her two identities: she is wearing jeans and a crop top with her hair down, but is surrounded by people of her culture dressed in traditional garments. After suppressing her family’s background for a majority of the movie, Amy is finally able to find the balance where her multiple cultures intersect in order to be her honest self. 

After watching Cuties, it is evident that it is not meant to promote this behavior among young girls, but instead provide commentary on what is happening today and warn the adults who see the movie. The harsh reality is that more pre-adolescents are exposed to this type of content than we think. Any child who has access to a smart device and social platforms have the potential to see a video not meant for them. Take TikTok for example: racy dances to Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion’s “WAP,” as well as a recent trend where women make “thirst traps” to Beyoncé’s “Rocket” are some of the most popular videos on the app right now. Young TikTok users can easily see creators on their For You Page enjoying themselves while engaging in these trends, causing the young viewer to want to do the same.

When speaking to Deadline, Doucouré said, “What happens is young girls see images of women being objectified, and the more the woman becomes an object, the more followers and like she has— they see that as a role model and try to imitate these women, but they’re not old enough to know what they’re doing.” In a separate interview, she posed the question, “Isn’t the objectification of a woman’s body that we often see in our Western culture not another kind of oppression?”

Overall, Cuties shows the dangers of uncensored media for young children and displays how impressionable they can be. It also shows the journey of Amy’s self-discovery and learning how to blend her multiple cultures in order to shape her identity. Unfortunately, the risqué nature of the film overshadows the storyline and the message is lost for a number of audience members.

In various articles, Doucouré is quoted discussing the meaning of the film in the broad context of femininity and what it means for young girls to enter womanhood in this digital age. During her aforementioned interview with Netflix, she stated “The real question of Cuties is can we, as women, truly choose who we want to be, beyond the role models that are imposed upon us by society?”

Ruel – Bright Lights, Red Eyes EP

Today, Ruel announces his forthcoming EP, Bright Lights, Red Eyes, out October 23rd via RCA Records. Written entirely in Paris, the EP is the third from the Australian artist, following last year’s Free Time, which MTV described as “an accomplished reflection of Ruel’s stated influences, contemporary touchstones, and his own, growing voice.”

Speaking on the inspiration behind the EP, Ruel says: “I want to get across that this project is another step forward in maturity for me. Free Time was a step up from Ready, and this Bright Lights, Red Eyes EP is a step up again. This project was a stream of consciousness when I was writing it at the time, and I feel like that’s the way all projects and songs are for me. They are moments in time. This project isn’t who I am right now as I wrote these songs last year, but it’s the most mature you’ve ever heard me and it was me, in that moment in time. The songs I’m writing now will be more mature again, and I love that my fans can come on this journey with me as I grow.” 

Other Projects

Alongside the EP announcement, Ruel is also sharing the first offering from the project “as long as you care,” which arrives with a video directed by Grey Ghost (Jeremy Koren). Additionally, the artist is announcing RuelVision, a 24-hour online television network featuring unique and fun programs starring Ruel, from music and cooking, to news and lifestyle. The ambitious venture is the largest content-driven artist campaign of 2020, and a testament to Ruel’s continual drive to push creative boundaries. The network launches this Monday, September 14th, with on demand access available when you pre-order Bright Lights, Red Eyes.

Following that, Ruel has grand plans for his highly-anticipated debut album. He’s working closely with M-Phazes and THIEF (both of whom have nurtured Ruel since his debut single), ensuring that the full-length will be an organic affair. “It’s a lot more layered, I want each project to have more meaning and purpose,” Ruel says. “I want to reflect on something important in my life, and give across a message that if people are feeling the same way that I am, it’s okay.” It’s hard to believe, but Ruel’s story is just beginning – and the next chapter looks brighter than ever.

Pre-order Bright Lights, Red Eyes above and stay tuned for more from Ruel coming soon.

About Ruel

At a young age, Ruel’s resume reads like that of a seasoned global superstar, and the Sydney-bred, London-born vocalist is quickly becoming one of this generation’s most influential artists. With half a billion streams, over 1.4 million followers on Instagram, three sold-out world tours and five Platinum plaques under his belt, Ruel is a trailblazer who’s far exceeded the omnipresent hype and overwhelming fan frenzy that surrounds him globally. Ever since his rustic demos landed in the ears of M-Phazes back in 2015, Ruel has been impossible to ignore.

Ruel made his official debut in 2017 with “Golden Years” alongside M-Phazes, and just three months later, he became the youngest artist to ever appear on triple j’s Like A Version. His next single “Don’t Tell Me” further highlighted his rich vocals and defiant lyricism, catching the attention of Elton John who praised Ruel as “the most amazing voice that I’ve ever heard from a male singer at 14 years of age.”

Ruel was invited to perform alongside world-class talents like Khalid, also becoming the second ever Australian billed performer on Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival. Ruel also performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, streaming to 1.4 billion viewers worldwide. Also, he’s sold out 3 world tours across America, Europe and Australia in a matter of minutes.

At the tail end of 2018, Ruel also won the Breakout Artist award at the ARIAs, becoming the youngest artist to do so. He quickly re-emerged in 2019 with single “Painkiller,” which went 2x Platinum before recruiting Denzel Curry on the remix. Subsequent singles “Real Thing” and “Face To Face” also went Platinum, while Ruel spent 2019 further solidifying his live portfolio. In his hometown, he became the youngest artist to sell out the Sydney Opera House, twice.

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Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District

Downtown Orlando is about to get a major overhaul.

The hotspot will undergo a $500 million renovation in the form of the ambitious Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District.

Situated right across from the Amway Center, which houses the Magic and the Solar Bears, it will include a 300-room hotel, over 400,000 square feet of offices, 80,000 square feet of event space, more than 100,000 square feet of retail and an open-air plaza.

SISCO, who will provide the technology for the project, agreed to terms with the project owners, Cityzenith, and will use Cityzenith’s SmartWorldPro2™ Digital Twin platform. The platform integrates all software and services for large scale projects such as the Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District.

Michael Jansen, CEO of Cityzenith, said he is delighted to work with SISCO, and called the project “the most-advanced and feature-rich 3D Digital Twin model of a city in the United States.”

Jansen also said he aims to boost Cityzenith’s “Clean Cities – Clean Future” mission.

“Currently, 10,000 cities produce 70% of global greenhouse emissions and just 100 – megalopolises like New York, Tokyo, London and Paris – produce 25% of that total. It must change, and SmartWorldPro2™’s ability to create digitally-twinned cities to inventory GHG emissions and streamline sustainable urban redevelopment initiatives makes it the platform of choice for executing energy transition projects on any scale, whether a district, a campus, a city, or an entire country.”

Casino Illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Beautiful Casino Designs

Some of the casinos in the world can make you feel as if you have stepped into the premises of the royal palaces. The decor, the ambiance, and the dining amenities can enliven your evening and give you a glorious day. Some of the casinos reflect sheer architectural beauty with its mix of modern and traditional designs. When it comes to casinos, the first thing that might come to your mind is Las Vegas. The vibrant colors, the light, and sound effects, and the vivacious aura of Las Vegas bring in hordes of international tourists. This article will cover some of the beautifully designed casinos from all over the world and the amenities they offer. Casinos are all about putting on your best dress for a night of revelry and soak in the exuberant ambiance. This segment will give you a trip to all the gorgeous casinos present in the global arena which can be a visual treat to you.

The Most Gorgeous Casinos In The World

The Venetian Macau

The architectural beauty of The Venetian Macau looks straight out of the books of the royal households. Its elegant structure and design create an aristocratic look that can take your breath away. This casino boasts of having 3000 well-decorated suites spread over a sprawling 10,500,000 sqft space. The predominant theme 

of the casino is based on the look and feel of Venice. The landmark designs and the architectural wonders of Venice played a major role in modeling the look of this casino. If you are wondering whether that is all, then wait till you hear this. To give this place an authentic Venice outlook, 3 canals have been constructed consisting of 44 gondolas guided by gondoliers.

The Venetian Macao is replete with Las Vegas style casino games, and over 3400 slot machines and can house 15000 guests for various entertainment events. The Venetian Arena which is now named as the Cotai Arena is an entertainment zone that hosts sports events like boxing, basketball, to name a few. It also hosts some of the major music concerts and popular award shows that gains a lot of viewership worldwide. It has around 800 gambling areas for guests to enjoy various games. The gaming arenas have been divided into private spaces to give better intimacy to its guests. They have named the spacious private gaming arenas with different Asian cities to usher in the continental feel of the place. 

The Venetian Macao does not disappoint its guests when it comes to offering fine dining services. It houses a dedicated dining space called the Paiza Club Dining & Lounge that offers various continental cuisines. 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is an architectural wonder situated in the prime locales of Singapore. This gorgeous resort houses around 2561 rooms, 1600 slot machines, and 500 gaming tables. The design of the casino is mesmerizing and it is a perfect combination of elegance and panache. A day at Marina Bay Sands will not just be an exciting one. A complete tour of this visual beauty will leave you enthralled with the world-class facilities it houses under its roof. 

This casino flaunts of having a SkyPark that can host around 3900 guests in its arcade. The most fascinating aspect of its beauty and design is its cantilevered structure that adds to its glamour. This structure, encompassing 3 towers, is said to be the biggest cantilevered construction worldwide. The SkyPark is equipped with an infinity swimming pool that gives an impression of a never-ending water body. Marina Bay Sands is an example of extravagance at its best.

It houses an art museum and a theatre arena to entertain its guests with the works of world-famous artists and thespians. It has an Event Plaza that hosts a light, laser, and water show called & ‘Wonder Full’ which is claimed to be the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia. The elegance of Marina Bay Sands is further enhanced manifold by the presence of 2 crystal pavilions.

To give a variety of taste palette to its guest, this casino houses celebrity chef restaurants owned by Gordon Ramsay, David Thompson, to name a few. It also hosts a 1,000,000 sq ft shopping arcade called Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The Shoppes provides an extravagant shopping experience from brands like Dior, Gucci, Prada, and many more.

Wynn Las Vegas Casino

If ever a perfect combination of glamour, panache, and extravagance existed, it would be Wynn Las Vegas hands down. It is a part of Wynn Resort which houses around 4748 rooms together with Encore. This number makes Wynn Resort the 7th biggest hotel in the global arena. This resort cum casino has achieved perfection in every aspect, be it dining, spa facilities, and having top star restaurants. It has been showering Michelin stars, Forbes stars, and Mobil stars on Wynn for all its hotels and culinary excellence.

This casino has dedicated poker rooms and table rooms to offer a luxurious experience to its guests. The decor has an aura of royalty with beautifully crafted drapes and furniture adorning the room. Wynn has been featured in several Hollywood movies where Hollywood stars shot filming sequences in the expanse of this gorgeous casino. 

One of the major attractions of Wynn which draws people from all over the world is the Lake of Dreams. It is a waterfall that enhances the look of the place and gives a mesmerizing experience. The Encore Beach Club is an ideal place to let your hair down with its tiered swimming pools and cabanas. 

On the culinary front, Wynn houses the best restaurants in the world like Cipriani, Costa di Mare, Wing Lei, and many more. To give its guests an exemplary shopping experience, it has a sprawling Wynn Esplanade Shoppes that houses international brands like Chopard, Cartier, Alexander McQueen, and many more.

Casino de Monte-Carlo

This casino owes its inception to royalties like Princess Caroline and Prince Florestan. The design looks nothing less than an imperial palace that exudes aristocracy from every corner. This architectural feat was achieved by Charles Garnier who was responsible for creating the Paris Opera. The royal casino of Monaco not only attracts guests from all over the world but also hosts the elites, royalties, and earls from the English locales.

The grandeur and opulence of Monte Carlo Casino are unmatched. A Bond movie called Casino Royale highlighted the beauty of this place by featuring this casino in the film. The iconic character of James Bond portrayed by Hollywood star, Daniel Craig, shot some of the action sequences within its premises.

This casino offers a wide variety of games for its guests like roulettes, baccarat, blackjack, Trente et Quarante, and many more. It also houses the famous Opéra de Monte-Carlo which is an entertainment arena for the elites.

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Vegas Casino, as the name suggests, is a tribute to the architectural feat of Paris which is situated in the gorgeous locales of Las Vegas, Nevada. The beautiful expanse of the casino is adorned by miniature replicas of La Fontaine des Mers, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe to name a few. You will get your own slice of paradise in Las Vegas which will give you the aura of Paris.

Paris Las Vegas casino is stretched across 95263 sqft having 1700 slots and gaming terminals. It offers a wide range of gambling games to its guests like roulettes, blackjack, poker, and many more. You will have no dearth of entertainment and visual treats once you enter the gates of Paris Las Vegas. The ambiance is very captivating and the Chateau nightclub provides an imposing view of the beautiful Las Vegas Strip. The terrace is replete with bars, cabanas, and restaurants.

In terms of culinary excellence, this casino houses restaurants by celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay. This casino is equipped with a Beer Park crafted by Budweiser which is stretched across 10000 sqft space and provides a commanding view of the Vegas Strip. Thanks to its heavily inspired Paris theme together with its Vegas aura, this casino has been a part of many movies like Fargo, Despicable Me, to name a few.

The Ritz Carlton Club London

This casino can be best described as sophisticated, vibrant, and gossamer. The Ritz Carlton represents the elegance of London through its grand and tasteful decor adorned by rich vibrant colors. The beautiful chandeliers give the casino a golden hue that enhances the elegance of the place.

The gaming space of the Ritz Carlton is located in the vast expanse of the ballroom arena. The architectural designs give the interior a contemporary feel which brings out the essence of London. It has spacious gaming terminals and offers wide-ranging games like three card pokers, punto banco, roulette, baccarat, and many more. 

The guests can indulge in continental delights from its fine dining restaurant where award-winning chefs prepare excellent seasonal dishes. You can indulge in Thai, Indian, and exotic Middle Eastern dishes to give your taste buds a surreal experience. This casino also offers its patrons to enjoy their games over a few sips from its finest wine collection. The impeccable cocktails and the alluring whiskeys and can give a great time to all the guests within the confines of its intimate ambiance.

So if you love Beautiful Design and like to play Las Vegas-style games, then these above casinos are some of the best to visit.