Dearly beloved blog-goers:  gathered here today are the six hilarious videos that make up The Message Board, a new project from comedian, actress and writer Giulia Rozzi.  Giula Rozzi "spent a lot of time" on wedding message boards so that you don't have to.  She then chose the best bits--read: wild, over-the-top, downright frightening--to act out in what is part feminist commentary, part fun time.  Questions like:  I'm headed for my ... Read More
Over the last ten episodes, the ladies of RuPaul’s drag race made us laugh, made us cry, made us know fierce.  And while they learned from Ru, they taught us about teamwork, self-respect, and how to make your country outfit really transition with a rip-away skirt.  On Monday, a new drag superstar was born.  Tyra Sanchez was the controversial choice for queen of the queens, and below, she lets us know she’s here.  Work. Your hair ... Read More
Artistic expression requires a certain kind of bravery.  But “courageous performance” takes on weightier meaning in today’s Iran, where young people, with access to the internet, Vans sneakers, and their own wells of energy are by religious law prohibited from (among other things) starting their own rock band.  You think it’s hard to make it as an indie band?  Try it in Tehran.  That city, and it’s earnest, ... Read More
At the New York premiere of Breaking Upwards this month at IFC, Julie White walked the red sidewalk in the fetching emerald number pictured above.  This was, of course, my big chance to say "who are you wearing?" and I flubbed it.  Luckily, Ms. White spoke up:  "Since you're the feminist gal," --guilty-- "...this dress is from a boutique on Fifth Ave. in Park Slope called Asha Veza, and all the clothes are designed and constructed by women in India ... Read More
Thirty years after Annie Hall, it may seem like there's nothing left to say about smart, neurotic young people, dressed in funny clothes, falling in and out of love in New York.  Then again, neither Woody Allen nor Diane Keaton was particularly young when Annie Hall was made.  And more importantly Breaking Upwards, a new romantic comedy about two New Yorkers talking it out, is saying something.  The film, which was written by and stars real-life ... Read More
Native New Yorker Kanika Ameerah says she was feeling frustrated by the social networking sites available to her, so she decided to make her own.  Her new site, Raspberry Mousse (http://www.raspberrymousse.net), is in her words a "social networking and events portal that caters to the... bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer crowd--truly a place for the rest of the LGBTIQ community, where we get the chance to be and feel like 'regular people' in a world ... Read More
             If you don’t know Erin Cressida Wilson by her name, you may know her by her characters.  The sweet, hurt, hopeful secretary played by Maggie Gyllenhaal in Steven Shainberg’s Secretary—the one who’s into spanking—she is partly the product of Erin’s imagination.  Diane Arbus was, of course, a living person, but the “imaginary portrait” of her displayed in ... Read More
      You may know Toni Collette as Sheryl Hoover, the mom who keeps that whole van moving West in the indie comedy hit Little Miss Sunshine.  Or you may know her as Cameron Diaz’s sisterly keeper from In Her Shoes, or even as ABBA-enthusiast Muriel, her breakout role, in the Australian Muriel’s Wedding.  I know Toni Collette because I saw The Sixth Sense as a middle-schooler in 1999, and it haunted me most of the way ... Read More
 "When I saw Madonna in a corset for the first time, I was like, 'Hey, I did that first.' " --Cherie Currie, lead singer of The Runaways, to the New York Times     The much anticipated Runaways biopic opens in New York this week.  And it's cool that people are talking about them so much because, all Madonna-Runaways career comparisons aside (theirs-- short and somewhat managed, hers--long and self-propelled) they really did start something. ... Read More
Act now!  TOMORROW, March 4th, at 8 PM, journalist, writer and soon to be novelist Alix Strauss will present an illustrated lecture entitled "Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious"  at supercool Brooklyn exhibition space Observatory.  Strauss is the author of a recently published book of the same name, and her presentation is based on her research into the last days of such "icons of celebrity ... Read More
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