Last night's episode of Glee spotlighted high-school bullying, in the form of Kurt, McKinley High's only openly gay student, who is physically and verbally abused for his sexuality, and Shannon Beiste, the new football coach who threatens Sue's budget exploitation, being made fun of behind her back for her lack of sexual appeal to teenage boys. As I watched the episode, it was impossible not to be reminded of the recent gay teen suicides, and I felt it was a ... Read More
Attention Big Apple lovers and bookworms alike: the Zinester's Guide to NYC official release party and reading is this Thursday, November 11th, at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City! There will be plenty to enjoy, such as the Bushwick Book Club performing original songs inspired by the ZG2NYC, a zine fair for contributors' zines and self-published comics, a recitation of favorite listings, and a competition for fabulous low budget prizes in ... Read More
With our Science Issue currently on newsstands, we are excited about a new play, Photograph 51, that tells the story of Rosalind Franklin, the incredible scientist who played a crucial- and widely unacknowledged- part in he discovery of DNA's double helix. Presented by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in a motion to enhance our understanding of science and technology, the play is written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Linsay ... Read More
Gregory and the Hawk, nom de plume of Meredith Godreau, will be releasing her new album, Leche, this coming Tuesday on FatCat, and we just got her new video! The NY-based multi-talented musician shows off her lyrical sensitivity and D.I.Y. skills with this homemade video of her song, "For the Best". It's absolutely beautiful, and had me checking out Gregory and the Hawk for future show dates immediately. Her previous albums, In Your Dreams and Moenie and ... Read More
One of the ways my mom lets me know she loves me is by making soup and canning it so I can preserve it until that fateful day when a cold hits me and all I want is a bowl of mom’s magical brew. When I don’t know what to give someone for the holidays, I rely on my homemade orange marmalade presented in cute jars—it’s a gift everyone appreciates since it’s such a sweet labor of love. And when I get carried away at the farmers’ ... Read More
Kimberly Ellen Hall has been teaching people to knit in exchange for their first projects since 2007. Now, her collection of scarves made by people who have never knit before have earned an exhibit all of their own at the Textile Arts Center from November 5- December 16. Her inspiration for this project is truly lovely; "I learned to knit while I was struggling with a project about luck. I made all sorts of printed pieces with images of items considered lucky: ... Read More
Apparently rape "jokes" are the trend among men (can we call them that?) in higher academia lately. As if Yale's fraternity stunt wasn't enough for this month, Columbia's a cappella group, Kingsmen, came out with a flyer advertising their upcoming show that featured one of its members pursing his lips and, underneath the photo, the tag line: "Rape Me." The Columbia community responded with indignation and criticism, statements including, "The Kingsmen and their ... Read More
Calling all fashion devotees, Halloween addicts, and anyone who's a sucker for some stylin' combat: House of Diehl hosts their infamous Style Wars this Saturday! Come out to watch the live style battles that the L.A. Times called, "A touring fight-out for the fashion savvy." The show involves NYC's hottest young designers going head to head in 5-minute style wars and the winner gets a stay at the W hotel in New York. The judges are Phillip Bloch, Jules Kim ... Read More
NY-based 20-year-old singer/songwriter Quinn Marston kicks some serious booty. In collaboration with producer Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Right on Dynamite, The Virgins), she releases her debut EP, Can You Hear Me See Me Now?, an intimate classic-alternative-pop compilation. She also tackled making her own video for the title track, saying, "I knew I wanted to do an animation video. I had gone to the Metropolitan Museum of Art just Art just before making it and ... Read More
Fans and music addicts be warned, the New York and Boston-based club/thrash/pop band, Hooray for Earth, have a residency in New York City's legendary Pianos every Wednesday throughout November! Stereogum.com saw them at CMJ and wrote them up as, "Hooray For Earth framed themselves as proper players, stewing electronics, nimble but unpretentious guitars, a sense of progressive psychedelics and percussive progressions." Their album, Momo, has gotten a lot of buzz; ... Read More
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