Somehow summer time brings a casual less structured lifestyle sentiment to clothes and home textiles. Tie-dying traditional T-shirts and cloth yardage remains an easy and economical way to express that casual individual esthetic.
Update: The opening night film for the Venice Film Festival was announced today; "The Truth", from writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda. "The Truth" stars Catherine Deneuve as a celebrated actress (I wonder if the role was written for her) and Juliette Binoche as her daughter. Ethan Hawke plays the son-in-law.
Also, a new 4K restoration of the 1933 Hedy Lamarr film "Ecstasy" will be screened the night before the fest officially opens.
Actress and producer Sally Field is one of five new recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. (The others are conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Linda Ronstadt, the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and "Sesame Street".) The Honors Gala will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, Dec. 15th. Field's latest project is "Dispatches from Elsewhere", a television anthology series set to air in 2020.
On this day in 1921 - July 18th - NASA astronaut John Glenn was born.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. He had a distinguished military career before becoming an astronaut, and was a US senator afterwards. In 1998 he took part in a space shuttle mission, making him oldest person ever to go into space.
There is a partial lunar eclipse tonight - a nice little commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11! Alas, besides only being partial, it won't be widely visible. But if you want to find out if you'll be able to see it, just check your location on timeanddate.com.
Johannes Kepler's book with his observations on the 1604 supernova was titled De Stella Nova in Pede Serpentarii [On the New Star in Ophiuchus's Foot]. Here's a copy of his drawing showing the location of the supernova. It's a bit difficult to see, but you'll have guessed where it is from the book's title! It's marked with an "N" on Ophiuchus's right foot.
Writer-director Damien Chazelle's latest feature film project is "Babylon", a period drama that is set at the moment when movies were transitioning to sound. Emma Stone and Brad Pitt are possible leads for the pic. I'm not a fan of Chazelle's "Whiplash", but am looking forward to "Babylon" if it doesn't mock the incredible artistry of silents (i.e. "Singin' in the Rain" and "Valentino").
Ophiuchus the Snake Bearer represents the healer Asclepius who was a god of healing in classical times. He was associated with snakes – symbols of wisdom and regeneration – and in the sky he's entwined with Serpens. Here's a selection of some of points of interest in his constellation.