I have to admit, way back in 2008 when I had my first dose of Crystal Castle's against my will at a dimly lit local watering hole I was more than a little skeptical. Abundant dance beats, standard new wave synths, androgynous haircuts, and generous amounts of distorted femme roaring all played their appropriate roles. All these things are of course mandatory ingredients to an ever so hip soundtrack to looking for romance in all the wrong places. I thought to ... Read More
So what are you guys gonna be for Halloween???  We want to hear about your costumes! Okay I will start with the BUST crew...I am gonna be a ninja master!  Some of the other planned costume shout-outs included but were not limited to: an ass hat, a hot dog, Mommy Dearest and Nancy Drew. YAY for Halloween 2010!!!!!!!photo credits: the lovely artist, valerie pensworth - www.valeriepensworth.com, ... Read More
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together.  They are currently all about their REFUSE campaign regarding the Great Pacific garbage patch disaster.  It's so easy to just throw our plastic bags away, throw anything away really and not think about where the stuff is going.  We NEED to think about it!  Our trash is killing everything. ARGHHHH!!!In the past few years, the world has taken notice of the Garbage ... Read More
I am unapologetically fat. In this new age of weight-loss everywhere, of low-fat, low-carb, no-carb food, I refuse to stoop to the level everyone else seems to want me to. Fat is the last acceptable form of discrimination in American society. "Thin" has a connotation of beautiful, gorgeous, and successful, "fat" signals lazy, undisciplined, and ugly. Maybe some of the criticism of fat people comes from a "good place," and maybe I'm unhealthy in my fatness. But why ... Read More
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“Funny or Die,” Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s infamous website has decided to take on the time-old task of convincing young people to vote. We’ve seen similar campaigns taken up in the past by the likes of P. Diddy (Vote or Die) and Sarah Silverman (The Great Schlep) but this brand new line of video installments will feature dozens of celebrities including Aziz Ansari, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Ron Livingston, Kal Penn, Gillian Jacobs ... Read More
  A few years back we wrote about how in 1974 Carol Buckley, then 20 years old, adopted Tarra, an elephant who quickly became her best friend. For 29 years, the duo worked as circus performers until Buckley’s realization that both she and her elephant were unhappy. She dreamt of a place where her elephant and others could live in peace without any prospects of commercial exploitation. In 1995 that dream became a reality. Fast forward to 2010.  The ... Read More
Apparently rape "jokes" are the trend among men (can we call them that?) in higher academia lately. As if Yale's fraternity stunt wasn't enough for this month, Columbia's a cappella group, Kingsmen, came out with a flyer advertising their upcoming show that featured one of its members pursing his lips and, underneath the photo, the tag line: "Rape Me." The Columbia community responded with indignation and criticism, statements including, "The Kingsmen and their ... Read More
Calling all fashion devotees, Halloween addicts, and anyone who's a sucker for some stylin' combat: House of Diehl hosts their infamous Style Wars this Saturday! Come out to watch the live style battles that the L.A. Times called, "A touring fight-out for the fashion savvy." The show involves NYC's hottest young designers going head to head in 5-minute style wars and the winner gets a stay at the W hotel in New York. The judges are Phillip Bloch, Jules Kim ... Read More
The last time Corin Tucker belted it out on a NYC stage was in August of 2006 when Sleater-Kinney played their final show here. Last night she rolled in, with babies and a new band in tow, and bitch slapped a crowd of adoring fans with her hair flips, just like the good 'ol days. Opening for the Corin Tucker band was Hungry Ghost, Portland's version of a party-rock band. Tucker's drummer, Sara Lund, moonlights as the drummer for Hungry Ghost as well, so by the ... Read More
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