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  A friend recently sent a link to a Foreign Policy magazine article showing a not-so-distant past in Afghanistan. The author, Mohammad Qayoumi, recalls a past quite different to portrayals in today's media, and has the book of photographs to prove it. In the essay accompanying the pictures he writes, "A half-century ago, Afghan women pursued careers in medicine; men and women mingled casually at movie theaters and university campuses in Kabul; factories in ... Read More
  The Bicycle Film Festival is upon us again! Marking is tenth anniversary, the New York BFF is a five day festival with films, art, and parties- all with bicycling as the main theme. Brentd Barbur started the film festival ten years ago after being hit by a bus on his bike, wanting to turn his negative experience into a positive one. Since then, the film festival has gone international, spreading the love and culture of cycling around the world. Tonight ... Read More
If you’re living in New York you may have noticed the quiet shifting of scenery on the walls of the city. By the hand of artist Swoon, a new cast of imagery extends into brickwork and steel, transforming the regular into dreamscape. Swoon’s work might qualify for a type of expressionism called magic realism, where the weight of reality is lifted through manipulation of light, line and color. But it’s not all manipulation. Swoon works within the ... Read More
Yesterday I caught Samantha Bee promoting her new book – I Know I Am, But What Are You? – as part of the Bryant Park Reading Series, only there was no reading going on. Apparently her material was deemed unsuitable for loudspeakers in a public venue. From the opening grafs alone (a homicidal fantasy involving her parents and musings on a family history of sluttery), I suspect it may have been the right decision. Amen and Hallelujah! Have you not yet ... Read More
To those who ask, "Can't we all just get along?" We at BUST say, "Where's the fun in that?" Hear our own Emily Rems debate who has got the best late night band on NPR's Soundcheck Smackdown.  Hint: Rems has some different ideas... If that's not enough opinionator for you, have a listen as our Eat Me columnist Chef Rossi describes the perfect summer encounter. (Maybe she's talking about sex, maybe BBQ sauce; have a listen and you decide.) Jimmy Fallon's house ... Read More
If you're tired of being type-cast in your previous comedy classes just 'cuz you're a girl, this is the class for you! Magnet Theater will be offering "Lady Party", a four-week, girls-only, improv class starting Saturday, June 19. Lady Party  specializes in the female perspective of humor and is taught by Magnet's very own Megan Gray.  The class requires participants to have previously taken Magnet's Level One course, or an equivalent.   Lady ... Read More
If you lived in the NYC Metro area in 1987, you may remember the media blitz that surrounded the search for a missing 12-year-old Staten Island girl with Down syndrome named Jennifer Schweiger. The frenzy only escalated with the grisly discovery of her remains near an abandoned Staten Island mental institution called Willowbrook. And the intersection of this crime, the disappearances of four other local  children, and a popular neighborhood urban legend about ... Read More
Like many people who frequently frequent the interwebs I have a long list of bookmarked websites that I visit daily. A good portion of these websites are webcomics.  So here are some awesome woman-made visual literacy chock full of wit, humor and a bit of naughtiness to stimulate (or melt) your brain.   Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton. Silly historical comics and other nonsensical things. Super sweet if you like historical ... Read More
My first impression of Louise Bourgeois was this picture. What I didn't know about her then was myriad, but I immediately hung the image by my desk at the Columbus Museum of Art. At the time it was more about supporting Robert Mapplethorpe who was having a pretty rough time in Ohio, but I was taken by this old lady in a feathered jacket tickling a roughly-hewn penis sculpture. Later that year I got myself a Desert Storm air fare and headed to Paris, where I got to ... Read More
  Emily Rems has already done the job here of explaining why all the Sex and the City haters need to get a grip, but that’s not what swayed me to go see this. Maybe because I was expecting to hate it, or maybe because I was in an opening night audience full of women shouting things at the screen like, “damn, girl, work that dress.” Or, “oh no she dih-n’t!” But when the credits rolled, I wasn’t ready for it to be over. ... Read More
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