In a move that would make their state one of the most abortion-restricting in the union, the Oklahoma senate passed several new anti-abortion bills on Monday. The most shocking of the bills would require doctors performing ultrasounds on women seeking abortions to use vaginal probes if the picture would be clearer—and then for the doctor to describe the image in detail to the patient. According to the Huffington Post, “The other abortion measures would ... Read More
Artistic expression requires a certain kind of bravery.  But “courageous performance” takes on weightier meaning in today’s Iran, where young people, with access to the internet, Vans sneakers, and their own wells of energy are by religious law prohibited from (among other things) starting their own rock band.  You think it’s hard to make it as an indie band?  Try it in Tehran.  That city, and it’s earnest, ... Read More
Many do not know that before becoming a founding member of the undeniably influential Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon moved to New York from LA to establish herself as an artist. Music and art have clearly been important for Gordon throughout her life and career and in her new book, Performing/Guzzling, rather than making a clear distinction between the two, the artist blends the them by giving readers a visual representation of what she sees in the faces of audience ... Read More
If you are a mom, got a mom, or know a mom, treat yourself to a little burlesque brunch this Mother's Day at the "Salute to the Mothers of Burlesque Show" presented by Thirsty Girl Productions and the New York School of Burlesque. The event features 1950s burlesque legends like Dixie Evans, Dee Milo, and Toni Elling in a question and answer panel, as well as performances by contemporary burlesque queens Jo Boobs, Perle Noir, and the World Famous BOB. Skip your ... Read More
 Today's PETA ad in the Chicago Tribune has set off a maelstrom in the blogosphere. People just love to hate PETA. But for this? Because it's tacky? As opposed to what, the way these animals are treated? In playing the first character on TV to have an abortion, Arthur didn't exactly shy away from controversy in her lifetime. And that stone cold stare? Classic Bea/Maude. The fullpage ad explains everything, and not in fine print. Arthur supported PETA in her ... Read More