Even after an election week rife with the almost ethereal reality of change (save, of course, for these soul-crushing blows in California, Florida and Arizona), the story of one small-town Oregon mayoral race glimmers with a special sort of triumph. Silverton, Oregon, population 9588, has just elected America's first openly transgender-identified mayor.His name is Stu Rasmussen--and yes, he uses male pronouns. He's also been known to refer to himself as a ... Read More

Swallow Me Whole

BY Sarah J. in Artsy |

What better way to depict the terrifying downward spiral of mental illness than in a graphic novel? Nate Powell 's story of a brother and sister dealing with schizophrenia is both heartrending and beautiful. Ruth and Perry are both haunted by visions and compulsions, but as they grow older one gets worse and one gets better. Powell's art captures the loss of control and the visions of the characters in surrealist black-and-white, rendering even a frog and the ... Read More

Fashion forward!

BY Maggie in Style File |

I'm so sick of reading about the distaste that some idiots had on Michelle Obama 's outfit on the night of her husband's historical victory. As I saw it, the modified version of the Narcisco Rodriguez's dress was showing off her confidence in not being pigeonholed into wearing those lame-ass, boring suit-dresses. We still have ways to go, but I think it's awesome that powerful women are getting closer to be being on the same playing field as men, but why do ... Read More
One of the most influential fashion pioneers work is now available at the wonderful de Young museum in San Francisco. Visit the exhibit from November 1, 2008 through April 5, 2009 to view the designs and genius of Yves Saint ... Read More

Asobi Seksu Saturday night!

BY Laurie in General |

This ought to be a great show, one of my fave bands,  Brooklyn's own Asobi Seksu (check out their brilliant cover graphics), is playing with The Jealous Girlfriends this Saturday at Santos party House, 100 Lafayette St. NYC $12. For upcoming UK tour dates, click ... Read More