In two days, Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls" will finally premiere after months and months of hype. And while that hype has been mostly positive, sometimes even downright reverent (Emily Nussbaum writes: "When a TV critic reports on a new show, it’s okay to say the series is promising, even the next big thing, but ideally, one shouldn’t go native. One should probably also talk in the third person. In this case, however, I’ll have to make an ... Read More
So rumors are aflutter that this will be Kristen Wiig's last season of SNL, as her contract is up this year. She has yet to confirm or deny this, but one can surmise that if she doesn't leave now, her departure remains imminent. And while I will be completely devastated when she does leave, listening to her Monday WNYC interview on "Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin" had me in such a Surprise Party Sue state.   In case you didn't know -- which you may not, ... Read More
The "Speakeasy Dollhouse," a Prohibition-era interactive play by Cynthia von Buhler, is puzzling. It’s a participatory work of theater, a whodunit and an unsolved mystery. Audience members are encouraged to study evidence before experiencing the play, which is set in a speakeasy (based on a previously constructed dollhouse set). Most importantly, it’s based on a true story: Von Buhler created "Speakeasy Dollhouse" to try and solve the mystery of her ... Read More
   If you love balls -- of the meat (or veggie!) variety -- be sure to stop by Mighty Balls at the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair in NYC this Saturday, April 14th. Owners Dina Williamson and Kerri Brewer proclaim that they "specialize in all things balls," and they have some primo toppings for their pork, beef, or veggie options (got my eye on African Onion and Cranberry Horseradish). I, for one, am counting down the days 'til I get to stuff ... Read More
Last November, atheist Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahady posted a nude photo of herself on her blog, tweeting and tagging it #NudePhotoRevolutionary. She and her boyfriend were then criminally charged with "violating morals, inciting indecency and insulting Islam" -- spurring activists to "take back the nude photo," as it were. When blogger and activist Maryam Namazie got wind of this, she decided to take on the project of the Nude Photo Revolutionary ... Read More
You would never listen to the Screaming Females if you required calm — if you wanted to be reassured that the world is stable and the ground is level. But their fifth album, Ugly, manages to blend their signature eeriness with catchy, genre-spanning melodies to evoke something both deeply unnerving and intensely satisfying.  In the opener, “It All Means Nothing,” frontwoman Marissa Paternoster immediately grabs your attention with her ... Read More
   I visited Giverny a few years ago, and "punk rock" was not the first, or second, or fiftieth thing that came to my mind while I was there. Clearly I'm just not inspired enough. When E.V. Day, feminist installation artist, sculptor, and photographer, was awarded the Munn Artists Residency by the Versailles Foundation to live on Monet's estate in Giverny in 2010, she proceeded to invite performance artist Kembra Pfahler there to collaborate on a ... Read More
  I have a real soft spot in my heart for female comedians (Kristen Wiig supposedly wants to adopt and I want her to know, on the very off-chance that she's reading this, that I'm available). But that soft spot gets Charmin Ultra best-wipe-your-butt's-ever-had-soft when I find female comedians who manage to make feminist and human rights issues funny. Which means Katie Goodman is currently lounging in my heart, wrapped up in a Snuggie and sitting on a bed of ... Read More
 The American Girl doll is a strange cultural icon of ours. They simultaneously encourage self-love and individuality -- as well as the getting-one-because-everyone-has-one mindset of the herd. They're designed to look like a "real" 9-year-old girl, and aren't disproportionate molds of an unreachable beauty ideal like Barbie -- but they also cost hundreds of dollars more with all of their accessories, making them a conspicuous marker of economic status. (Or, ... Read More

Madonna Gone Wild

BY Intern Maura in Music Stuff |

Madge is back with another video, and aside from the obvious "damn she looks GOOD!" comment I could make, I'll point out that the video for "Girl Gone Wild" is definitely a step up from the fun-but-kinda-weird "Give Me All Your Luvin'." For me, the oddness of the latter video could be attributed to the grating misspelling of "loving," but also because focuses on a topic that's not dear to my heart--football. (I understand it was a tie-in with her Super Bowl ... Read More
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