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Roundup April, 21 2011

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01. Test Driving the New Saab 9-5 in the Arctic Circle

“It’s 40 degrees below zero on a frozen Swedish lake 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, and the ice-block styling of the headlights on Saab’s new 9-5 sedan look as if they were carved by local Laplanders. Not far away is the small village of Jukkasjaroi, famous for its Ice Hotel, where hardy guests sleep in sleeping bags on ice blocks covered in reindeer skins. The hotel’s Ice Bar is so cold, the bartender keeps drinks in the refrigerator to warm them up.” (Departures).

02. FIRST LOOK: Levi’s Film Workshop Presents Swoon + Cat Solen (Above).

“Produced at the Levi’s Film Workshop at MOCA” (Wooster Collective).

03. A Half-Fast Walk with Pete Fountain

“Dawn arrived on Fat Tuesday 2011 with a gray, windy bluster and a forecast of heavy rain. But nature could not throw a wet blanket on the smoldering fire of revelers gathering along St. Charles Avenue waiting for the parades to roll. Outside of Commander’s Palace, Pete Fountain readied himself to lead those parades downtown, just as he had for the previous 50 years (he missed 2006 due to illness). Most of those years Fountain and his friends in the Half-Fast Walking Club walked into town, playing as they went and scattering doubloons adorned with Pete’s cherubic face. The crowds who’d been waiting for hours to see Zulu roll always greeted Fountain’s appearance with a joyous response, knowing that Mardi Gras had officially begin.” (OffBeat).

04. The Long and Short of the Scarf Factory

“Vík Prjónsdóttir is a collective that encompasses the talents of the designers Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, Guðfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir, Þuríður Sigurþórsdóttir and the extraordinary facilities and skills of the knitting factory Víkurprjón. The Víkurprjón knitting factory is a historical building in Iceland, with a strong connection to the local region of Vik. It remains one of the three few mills standing largely due to its collaboration with Vík Prjónsdóttir.” (Yatzer).

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