LOS ANGELES — If you’ve felt a lingering disturbance in the internet’s social order — a vague and unsettling sense that there is a raging party happening just out of view, that all the people cooler, richer and better looking than you are blowing off steam together in some V.I.P. hideaway while you waste your life on Twitter and Instagram — I have some bad news. This place exists. It’s called Raya. Maybe you are one of the more than 100,000 people on the waiting Raya first appeared several years ago as a dating app aimed at people in creative industries. It has expanded into an invitation-only social network populated by movie stars, fashion designers, pro athletes, tech executives and too many Instagram models to count. “It’s the Soho House of dating apps,” said Hayley Greenberg, 27, a social media manager in Los Angeles who joined Raya in 2016 and used it for several months. “They have the really good-looking guys, the athletes, the actors, the guys that have like 500 followers … [Read more...] about Can ‘Illuminati Tinder’ Save Us All?
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THAT the playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, mainstays of the fast-emerging company the Debate Society , create such meticulously realized and unified worlds is even more remarkable when you consider their history — something that, for a moment recently, they seemed reluctant to do. “You shouldn’t tell that story,” Ms. Bos, 33, instructed Mr. Thureen, 34, when the conversation turned to the eight months they dated, at Vassar College in the late 1990s. “I won’t tell that story,” he responded. Their director, Oliver Butler, 34 — sitting across from Ms. Bos at a table on the roof of the Bushwick Starr , where their new “Blood Play” begins previews on Wednesday — looked curious, adding quietly that he didn’t know the story. Then came a dramatic pause. “We had a terrible breakup, like horrific,” Ms. Bos blurted out. “Awful,” Mr. Thureen added with alacrity, as if finishing her sentence. The exchange was like a scene from one of their plays: oddly funny, unexpected and … [Read more...] about Old Friends Whose Past Is Always Present
At first glance, a Kiki and Herb cabaret show could come off as a bizarre and politically incorrect, yet addictive, mess. Kiki, with the faded glamour of Norma Desmond, sings deranged takes on Top 40 hits and slurs through tactless banter about current events. Herb, with sprayed-on gray hair and a kitschy suit, hammers a keyboard and sips Canadian Club. A medley might start with “Frosty the Snowman” and end with Patti Smith. From 1993 until 2008, Kiki and Herb, known offstage as Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman, performed under the guise of failed, septuagenarian lounge singers, earning a devoted audience that included luminaries from the pop, film and fashion worlds. What started small in San Francisco evolved into a Broadway show and ended with a sold-out farewell at Carnegie Hall. And now, after eight years, Kiki and Herb are reuniting for a monthlong engagement beginning Thursday, April 21, at Joe’s Pub, as part of the commissioning program New York Voices. The show, “ … [Read more...] about Kiki and Herb: Kitsch, With a Whisky Chaser