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Peta Murgatroyd’s Christmas Present Involves a Naked Maksim Chmerkovskiy Decorating Their Tree

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Peta MurgatroydChristmas arrived early for Peta Murgatroyd.
The Dancing With the Stars winner received the gift of her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy decorating their Christmas tree dressed in his birthday…

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National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony 2018: Trump, First Lady participate in holiday tradition

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Diane von Furstenberg Designs Claridge’s Christmas Tree

WINTER WONDERLAND: Diane von Furstenberg has lit up Claridge’s hotel with her “Tree of Love” design for the holidays. The designer’s 6-meter, or nearly 17-foot, Christmas tree, unveiled during a Champagne breakfast on Tuesday, has transformed the hotel’s lobby into a midnight blue wonderland.
“I wanted to do a tree of love because trees are such an important and powerful symbol,” von Furstenberg said of her design, which takes the form of a forest tree instead of the typical Christmas fir tree.
To give it that festive look, von Furstenberg has covered the branches with 8,000 hand-painted silver leaves and hung 150 hand-blown glass heart baubles. To complete the wonderland theme, silver animal sculptures, from deer and owls to doves, were added to the base and on the branches.

“I wanted to show the beauty of the tree, it gets its strength from the roots, the branches go up to the sky, the flowers become fruits, it’s a home for birds, it provides shade for children, gives shelter to lovers and lastly, it’s a symbol of life and light,” the designer added.
December also marks the designer’s birthday, which is why she has chosen a zodiac theme as the tree’s backdrop. A zodiac print with the 12-star signs cover the walls of

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Untangling the Lestrange Family Tree

Following the meteoric success of Harry Potter, the Fantastic Beasts film franchise is forging its own path by uncovering completely hidden depths of Wizarding World lore. While the first movie introduced us to a fresh set of magical characters with Newt Scamander, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, and Credence Barebone, The Crimes of Grindelwald is bringing us firmly back into familiar Potter territory.

The trailers have already promised us a return to Hogwarts, an unsettlingly handsome young Dumbledore, and a human origin story for Voldemort’s favorite Horcrux, Nagini. But one character’s name stands out for potentially giving fans the juiciest insight into the known Potter universe: Leta Lestrange. In the first movie, Leta was seen only in a photo inside Newt’s infamous trunk. But with The Crimes of Grindelwald, Leta Lestrange is poised to become an integral character. But how does she tie into this story and just how is she related to Voldemort’s favourite Death Eater, Bellatrix?

What Do We Know About Leta Lestrange?



In the first Fantastic Beasts film, New York witch Queenie used her Legilimency on Newt to deduce that Leta is a “taker” in their relationship — which doesn’t bode well for her character. However, Newt’s obvious fondness for her could indicate that she’s tragically misunderstood, like the animals he loves so much. Perhaps she’s a victim of her already dark bloodline and signature family values. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, we know she’s engaged to Theseus Scamander (Newt’s brother), but Newt obviously still holds a flame for her. Newt and Leta went to Hogwarts together, and evidently shared a close friendship during their time there.

We know he protected her from getting expelled after she experimented on a student with a Jarvey, taking the blame — and punishment — himself. Given Newt’s tendency to do what’s right, we can presume that she has some redeeming qualities in his eyes. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment from The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer, the Corvus family tree also seems to reveal that Leta is Credence’s half-sister, after her father, Corvus Lestrange, adopted him. With a connection to Newt, Theseus, and Credence, we can already see the Lestrange family tree sinisterly winding its way around the Fantastic Beasts series. However, the big question remains: Does Leta share the same blood as Bellatrix?

Tracing the Lestrange Family Tree to Its Roots



Let’s take this back to the very beginning. The name “Lestrange” echoes the French phrase “l’étrange,” which literally translates to “the strange one” — which gives you some idea of the unconventional ancestry we’re dealing with here — yet the Lestrange family is British. The Lestranges are one of the oldest pure-blood families in the Wizarding World, known for interbreeding with other pure-blood families just to keep their blood pure — a practice that makes it extremely difficult to trace their roots. In the trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald, we do get a glimpse of the oldest Corvus bloodline, which leads directly to Leta Lestrange. Per this quick glimpse, the line seemingly dates further back than when records began.



We have no dates of birth for this branch of the family at all until Leta is born sometime between 1 September 1896 and 31 August 1897 (which fans have deduced based on what years she was at Hogwarts). However, one significant detail in the Corvus bloodline, which may lead us back to Bellatrix, is the pure-blood Rosier family. The Rosiers married into the Lestrange bloodline three generations before Leta was born, giving her Rosier blood. Another member of that same Rosier family, Druella Rosier, also married into a separate branch of the Lestrange family much later.

Druella became the mother of Narcissa Malfoy, Andromeda Tonks, and, that’s right, Bellatrix Black (who later, of course, became the Lestrange we all know and loathe). Incidentally, another member of the Rosier family, Vinda Rosier, will appear in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel as one of Grindelwald’s followers. Yet, mysteriously, she doesn’t appear in the branch of the family connected to the Lestranges. Keeping up? If you are, then you must be a wizard.

Turning the Lestrange Blood Black



The second and possibly more familiar branch of the Lestrange family tree is the Radolphus bloodline, which we know begins around the turn of the 19th century. Radolphus Lestrange was a wizard who, from 1835 to 1841, served as Minister for Magic of Britain and Ireland. It’s not until three generations later that Bellatrix finally enters the Lestrange picture by marriage. Bellatrix Black married Radolphus’ great-great-grandson, Death Eater Rodolphus Lestrange, by 1971, bringing together the houses of Lestrange, Black, and Rosier (remember them?). So, in short, Bellatrix doesn’t technically have true Lestrange blood — though she certainly lives up to the ‘l’étrange’ description.

Connecting the Branches



With two disparate family trees, do we have any hope at all of connecting the branches? Well, Zoe Kravitz, the actress playing Leta Lestrange in The Crimes of Grindelwald, may have the answer. In an interview with The Independent, she claimed: “I play Helena Bonham Carter’s great-great aunt.” This gives us some clues: Leta is three generations away from Bellatrix, which should place her in the same generation as Radolphus Lestrange, and could leave room for their meeting at some point in the Fantastic Beasts series.

This, in turn, could provide the crucial overlap we need to connect the two Lestrange family branches. However, if you refer back to the dates in the family trees, Leta was born over 50 years after Radolphus served as Minister for Magic, which throws a Niffler in the works. On a hopeful note, we do have to remember that wizards have much longer life expectancies than Muggles, so generations could overlap in magical ways that would be impossible in our world.

Leta Might Be the Most Important Lestrange Yet



It seems the Lestrange family tree is just as dark and mysterious as the characters within it. However, for Kravitz to confidently say she’s Bellatrix’s great-great aunt, the branches must reconnect somewhere along the line in a way we don’t know yet — and we might find out how in The Crimes of Grindelwald.

We suspect either Leta or a sibling is likely to have married back into the Rosier family during the time when Radolphus Lestrange was alive, forging the family connection long before Bellatrix ever came along, and making her more of a Lestrange than we previously knew. Or perhaps the mysterious Vinda Rosier will hold the key. If this plays out during any of the next four Fantastic Beasts movies, our Muggle hearts will be satisfied. In the meantime, only one thing’s for sure: Pure-blood wizarding families are complicated.

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Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Plan to Hire 25K at Oct. 17 Hiring Event

The chain of discount stores known for saving everyone a few dollars is looking to put dollars in people’s pockets.

Dollar Tree, Inc. is hosting its third annual nationwide hiring event on Oct. 17 with plans of hiring 25,000 new associates.

Interviews will be held at every Dollar Tree and Family Dollar store in the U.S. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. The company currently has over 15,000 locations and can be found in all 48 contiguous states.

Both full- and part-time roles are available, including positions such as store manager, assistant store manager, cashier and stocking associate. And, of course, the company is jumping on the seasonal hiring train, so temporary roles for the holidays are open.

The job listings don’t specify pay rates, but Glassdoor offers some insight: Store managers earn an average of $ 44,806 a year, assistant managers earn an average of $ 41,205 a year, and cashiers and stockers earn an average of $ 8.00 per hour.

The company’s benefits program includes a 401(k) plan, medical plans, paid time off, a wellness program, life insurance, disability insurance and an employment assistance program aimed at maintaining a positive work-life balance.

A Dollar Tree press release says there is potential for new employees to be promoted into a higher role later on, adding that in 2017 nearly 40,000 associates moved up the company’s  ladder.

This is a one-day only hiring event, but don’t get too stressed if you can’t make it in person. Interested applicants can also apply online at www.dollartree.com/careers or www.familydollar.com/careers.

If you do plan on attending the event, here are some tips on how to stand out from the competition. And while you’re there, maybe pick up some cheap, Halloween goodies so you don’t find yourself in a decimated candy aisle at 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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Tree Flowers And Shadows: Bruce McLean’s upcoming exhibition at artrepublic

Discover the abstract work of one of British Conceptualism’s leading figures at artrepublic Brighton.

Red Garden Path by Bruce McLean

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t have a bit of a soft spot for rebellious artists at artrepublic, which is why we decided that it’s time for those of you who aren’t already familiar with the work of Bruce McLean to be properly introduced.… with an exhibition of his work at our Brighton gallery this October.

Don’t know much about the Glasgow-born artist? Here are the Cliffs Notes. Since upending the status quo of sculpture as a young artist in the Sixties, by using his own body to consider the value and purpose of the plinth and creating sculptural forms from rubbish and impermanent materials, Scottish sculptor Bruce McLean has continued to produce work that challenges some of the art world’s most commonly held beliefs. For instance, the idea that an artist only works in one realm, choosing his tools and mediums from the same checklist created (and used) by those who have gone before.

Lindleimer's Bee Blossom by Bruce McLean

Refusing to buy in to the art world’s long-accepted concept of the Seven Arts, McLean considers everything he produces – film-, photography- or paint-based – to be a form of sculpture. By working across disciplines, travelling back and forth between mediums that include (but are not restricted to) performance art, printmaking, painting, film installations and ceramics, he’s produced a vast body of forward-thinking work that is always evolving and changing. Approaching everything with inquiry, the result is a series of artworks that are packed with energy; organic lines bounce off block colours or solid structures within a given space, like an endless conversation between two figures with different points of view.

But maybe we should pause for a moment, before we get as abstract as some of McLean’s creations (which you may have seen in the collections at the Tate, the V&A, or even in our own Brighton gallery – we’re in good company aren’t we?) and return to the point. Our forthcoming Bruce McLean exhibition.

Running from 18 October – 12 November, Tree Flowers And Shadows features 40 new and archival pieces by the artist, and covers everything from limited edition prints and ceramics to a film installation. Many of the artist’s new works are influenced by his garden in Spain called Son Caragol which means Snail. ‘The latest prints are directly related to paintings I made 10 years ago,’ says McLean. ‘I’m interested in the dark shadows and how points of light appear as the sun moves around and flickers, I’m attempting to create beautiful, lush, vibrant works as a direct response to this lush, flickering environment.’

Experience McLean’s take on this environment for yourself, and hear more about the artist and his work at the Tree Flowers And Shadows Private View on 18 October, when he’ll be giving a 30-minute talk as well as unveiling the show. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP.  

 

Keep an eye out on the artrepublic Brighton gallery page for our interview with Bruce McLean, as well as details of other upcoming events at artrepublic Brighton.

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