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
Let's start this thing off with a little honesty:  Yeah, I did go to Economy Candy and buy wax vampire fangs to wear during the season finale of True Blood on HBO.  Didn't you? I guess what I'm really saying is that, for some of us, the wait for Season Three seems like a long one.  But since America's favorite politically-charged-Southern-Gothic-vampire-soap-opera won't return to television til June, here's something else to look forward to.  ... Read More
    This month the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York City brings us "Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage," a small exhibit neatly tucked behind the 18th and 19th century European paintings that showcases photocollage art by Victorian women.  The works displayed are taken from personal photo albums, are untitled, and were never meant for display at all.  In fact, they were created for the very opposite.  These ... Read More
   Oh that's right.  On the last day of March, the New-York-Post-canonized "Our Lady of Perpetual Motion" will release recordings from her 2008 "Sticky and Sweet" global concert tour on DVD and CD.  The video portion was filmed over four days in Buenos Aires, and also includes backstage footage from other stops around the world.    Madonna has been making records since Reagan was in office.  Her music precedes the Chicken McNugget ... Read More
Female activists in Iran continue to face state punishment and arrest for their peaceful demonstrations, which protest discriminatory laws against women under the Iranian theocracy and the killing or jailing of fellow activists.  The Mourning Mothers group, thirty-three of whom were arrested Monday during a protest in Tehran, was formed after the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, a 26-year-old Iranian woman who was shot and killed last June on the outskirts of ... Read More

Yep, He Did

BY Phoebe Magee in General

Cameras have already captured between the Obamas a level of documented physical affection perhaps unprecedented in American political history.  The President and First Lady are unusual in their apparent willingness to reveal the inner workings of their relationship--or, in their refusal to cover them.  Michelle Obama wants the press and America to know that marriage is hard work;  White House photographs of the couple are downright flirty; and ... Read More
      The sun is setting and it's officially New Year's Eve.  Made any resolutions yet?   I'm a last-minute type of girl myself, and most of my annual promises get made a glass of champagne or two in.  So I was happy to learn that Cynthia Nixon--formerly of Sex in the City and currently acting as spokesperson for WE tv's national WE Volunteer campaign--is out there looking for those of us who remain ... Read More
BUST girl Emily Rems left a little something in my inbox this holiday season, and here I am, on Christmas, to share it with you.  Call me a giver.  For those of you celebrating, or for those of you just celebrating fashion, enjoy:  Third and Delaware. Some mad genius is meticulously gathering clothing highlights from each and every episode of Roseanne--providing colorful stills, snarky (or sincere?!) commentary, and careful labeling (down to the ... Read More
Author Barbara J. Berg, Ph.D., who will be speaking at 92Y in Tribeca next month, answers that one with a resounding NOPE.  Her most recent book, in fact, is Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future.  Her title lacks subtlety, but so do most calls to action.  That is, Berg's book is very much intended as "a wake-up call," and that's what it's often described as by both professional and amateur reviewers.  According to the ... Read More
  Rosanne Cash, Natalie Portman, Princess Leia and Susan Lucci—together at last?   The New York Times announced this week its ninth annual Arts and Leisure Weekend, to be held at the Times Center January 7th through January 10th, and signed on for “Times Talks” are a number of accomplished (and entertaining) ladies.  They made it a long weekend, and each of the four days promises new conversations between Times journalists ... Read More
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