Hats off to filmmaker Cassie Jaye for exposing the truth about abstinence-only programs, the stories of teenagers who buy into it, and its consequences, in her documentary, Daddy I Do. The film provides a range of personal accounts, from unwed young mothers to the founder of The Silver Ring Thing (faith-based abstinence), private interviews, and alarming statistics. We learn that The Purity Ball, for example, a Cinderella-like ball where young girls pledge ... Read More
I love taking someone who has never previously had the pleasure to their first Sufjan Stevens show. Naturally, one would assume that his performances are pretty much all about emotional banjo songs and tender moments, and while there were a few of those at his show at the Beacon Theatre the other night, there were also projection screens, light up costumes, balloon drops, beach balls, and dancing. Dancing? Yup, boy's got some moves. Sufjan opened with a plugged-in ... Read More
  “I prefer the women because we have a different aesthetic than the men” My great-aunt passed away last month, but because she chose to be cremated the ceremony was this weekend. It was a two parter, with a party to celebrate her life on Saturday and a proper burial on Sunday. I lived with Carol for several months last year and got to know her well. She was an artist and an adamant feminist. She grew up like a woman born in the 1930’s ... Read More
Bust’s favorite Drag King, Murray Hill -"the hardest working middle-aged man in show business"- will be delighting us yet again this winter with his legendary Yuletide tradition: A Murray Little Christmas. This year Murray and his fabulous friends will be repping it old school, literally, while transporting the audience back to his childhood high school PS 0 (“zero”) to perform a holiday school recital. The chosen theme this year, as a celebration ... Read More
Thirteen-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson and founder of Sassy magazine (and former JANE editor-in-chief) Jane Pratt have announced their collaboration on a brand new Sassy-esque teen magazine. Tavi, known for her outspoken feminist views, wacky-teen-by-way-of-Comme-Des-Garcons outfits, worldly writing style, and infamous wearing of an oversized hair bow hat in the front row of some fashion show, has never been your typical precocious tween role model, from ... Read More