This weekend is chock full of stuff to do in NYC (plus Philly, DC and Boston), thanks to the first-ever Permanent Wave Festival. There’s music, workshops and events to add a dash of feminist-fun to the weekend. According to the fest’s Facebook page, “the weekend-long festival is an opportunity for PWers around the country to meet, collaborate, and plan for the future.” So what’s in store at PW Fest? Every day features an ... Read More
Once upon a time, Helen Gurley Brown called herself a "non-militant feminist." She called herself that,  she says, because, at the time,  she was "so busy defending the idea that women should be adorable and adoring to men, I was so caught up in the idea that men were not the enemy and that we must defend and protect and love men...that I just wanted to sort of indicate, I guess, that I wasn’t mad at men." The truth is, barely anyone else ... Read More
by Michael Levine Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, a.k.a Dead Can Dance, have reunited for their first album of new material since 1996’s Spiritchaser. 'Anastasis' is a welcome return from one of the most remarkable musical ensembles ever.   If you’re not familiar with these musicians, DCD are renowned for mixing elements of western medieval music, Celtic, world-beat and etherial synth-rock to come up with their own unique mix. As on ... Read More
The three women of the radical Russian protest band Pussy Riot will hear the verdict of their trial on Friday, and we urge you to come out and hear their words on Thursday at a Free Pussy Riot public reading in New York. These women would be imprisoned on charges of "hooliganism" for their church-staged protest of Putin and the Russian government. The women, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, face up to three years in jail, a ... Read More
"It looks...different" said my ex-boyfriend, upon seeing that I'd cut off my shoulder-length dark hair into a shorn look inspired by Michelle Williams and the never-ending encouragement of my already pixie-cut friend Hannah. Different? "No shit?" I replied. Of course it looked different. It was different by six inches. He followed with another classic: "I just can't believe you cut it. It's gone." Change is hard. I get it. But hair grows back, and it's a style ... Read More