(Not to mention cute NYPD detectives)The New School protest/occupation is happening right across the street from the BUST office, so we've been out on the fire escape watching! (Those of us who can get through the police barricade, that is). But unfortunately the cops started yelling at us so we had to go back inside and just watch from the windows. Luckily I took plenty of pictures on my phone, which you can go look at if the slideshow isn't working for ... Read More
In the world of iTunes and BitTorrents, it's nice to give local records stores some recognition. Enter Record Store Day . On April 18, over 1000 indie record shops across the U.S. will participate with appearances by all sorts of awesome bands. Among the participating bands, The Breeders' Kim and Kelley Deal will be at Shake It in Cincinnati, Chris Cornell and The Bad Plus at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids at Good Records in ... Read More

An Equal Rights *woot*

BY Web Intern in General |

More good news, marriage rights-wise. We all know that last week Iowa granted same-sex couples the right to marry. Now, Vermont has legalized gay marriage - the state legislature voted to override Governor Jim Douglas'; veto of the bill they had approved. Also, the District of Columbia is going to start recognizing gay marriages from other states as legal.Hopefully more states will follow suit. But I'm cautious about my optimism on an issue this divisive. ... Read More
Embedded video from CNN Video I would like to be able to say that this was a parody from The Onion or something - but no. It's from CNN.This is government censorship at its finest (and most hilarious). Apparently Colorado denied this woman's request for a pro-vegan license plate because they thought ''ILVTOFU'' could be, ahem, ... Read More
Former BUST cover girl and upcoming featurette in our June-July issue, Peaches, has a new CD coming out May 4th. Luckily you don't have to wait til then to hear 'I Feel Cream'; you can just hit up one of the listening parties. On Thursday, April 23rd at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC and Thursday, April 30th at Burlington Bar in Chicago you can dance to the teaches of Peaches and take advantage of those open bar hours. Don't worry if you're not near NY or Chicago, ... Read More
Don't let your nipple tassels and peep-toes miss this for anything! The Great Boston Burlesque Expo and Vintage Fair will be taking place this weekend at the Hyatt (starting April 10-12), which will host a ton of events for the pro to those that are not-so. What's great about the expo is that it includes everything from a Vintage Fashion Fair and Costume Exhibit, conference, art show, classes, and even a pool party! If you're ready and willing as a beginning ... Read More

Handknit Heroes

BY Web Intern in Crafty |

I felt like a superhero after I mastered increasing and decreasing, but teen twins Alex and Ana Miller are the real thing. Not only can they bust out a mean stockinette stitch, but these kids, the fictional son and daughter of a yarn shop owner, are saving the world in their free time in the new comic book Handknit Heroes.Creator Stephanie Bryant and her crew are dubbing Handknit Heroes 'the first graphic novel for knitters.' Each copy not only chronicles the ... Read More
It's already Passover! Can you believe it? This year I'm home in NYC instead of doing the whole seder thing with the fam in VA, so I thought I'd start my own little tradition by having my girl band over for a night of home style Jewish cooking and a spirited screening of The Ten Commandments . I already started my vegan matzoh ball soup last night with the help of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's genius recipe , which you can follow along with here:And every ... Read More

Spank Goodness

BY Web Intern in Sexy |

Like to give and/or get some harmless, consensual paddling in the boudoir? Turns out, your naughty little secret might be more than just a turn-on: Spanking could actually bring some couples closer, according to a study conducted at Northern Illinois University.Researchers tracked levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 13 men and women at an S and M party in Arizona before, during, and after spanking and other activities like bondage and 'flogging.' They ... Read More
Calling all word nerds! The Williamsburg Spelling Bee has more contests coming up. In fact, there are five more competitions before the finals on June 22. So grab your dictionary and start brushing up on your 50-cent words.Last year's big winner went home with $150 and a twenty-volume-long 80th anniversary edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (I know it's tradition, but wouldn't the dictionary be better used by the losing competitors?). He also got a nifty ... Read More