It's a 'Hot Topic' in the music biz right now: after nearly five years since their last album (and rumors of the band splitting up) 'arty feminist electro-pop' group Le Tigre is back, and they're pairing up with Christina Aguilera on her next album. Well, this is just fantastic news on top of unexpected news, but we're not hiding our anticipation. This is the band that ... Read More
It's been a difficult few weeks for keeping up with current events. First, Dr. Tiller's murder, then the shootings at the Holocaust Museum and now these two lovely bits  of news. The first story is about a man who arranged the rape of his wife through Craigslist ads. Police responded to a call on Sunday of a man entering the couple's home with a knife and raping the wife. During the interrogation, police became suspicious when they noticed no signs of forced ... Read More
The ladies of Grey Gardens have had quite the resurgence in 2009. I have rediscovered my obsession with them ever since the HBO movie came out earlier this year (I walked around talking like Little Edie for a week after that, but is that so wrong?), so I couldn't be happier to read that yet another Grey Gardens book is being released. Grey Gardens , edited by Sarah and Rebekah Maysles, is a collection of photographs, illustrations, film stills and transcripts of ... Read More

To Infinity and Beyond

BY Web Intern in General

ESL Records have released Ancient Astronauts' eclectic new CD, 'We Are To Answer'. The album is a diverse combination of hip-hop, rap, reggae, and trippy remixes. Some of the songs are catchy and danceable while others have that psychedelic, drug-induced vibe that make the listener want to lie back and let it wash over you. This is a true compliment to the album that you can feel like you're on drugs without actually being on drugs, both safe and fun! In all ... Read More
Every story about living on a budget seems to start out with the line ''in these tough economic times.'' So, in these tough economic times, thrift store shopping seems like a really good idea. And the thrift stores have noticed. The New York Times published an article today about a new phenomenon - Goodwill boutiques. These shops are still run by the Goodwill and they still use their profits for the same cause, but instead of being a big warehouse of ... Read More

Nice Hose

BY Web Intern in General

  It's kind of a miserable day out today. Dreary, drizzly, gray. But don't worry, I know what will make you feel better. Meeting hot firefighters.  Tonight, from 7-10 at The Firestore , the firefighters from the 2010 calendar (now in stores) will be signing autographs and greeting their fans. Unfortunately you can't preview the calendar. (I desperately clicked on the photo of the cover a thousand times before I submitted to this fact.) But methinks ... Read More

Tim Burton At MoMA

BY Web Intern in General

  No, this is not an OMGICU sighting. This November, MoMA will be showing what sounds like an incredible retrospective of the director's work. The exhibit will follow Burton through his whole life, starting with rarely or never-before-seen drawings and amateur movies from his childhood and college days. Samples from his personal sketchbooks will be shown as well as drawings, paintings, storyboards, sculptures, puppets, flash animation, figurines and ... Read More
                In my home state of North Carolina, in the city of Greensboro,  young girls are being paid $1 a day for every day that they go without being pregnant. Normally I wouldn't agree with this type of monetary reward (I was never one of the lucky kids that got paid for stellar report cards growing up; my family went out for Mexican instead) but this program, supported by ... Read More
The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, which is the headquarters of the National Women's Party, honored Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with its Alice Award. The award is named for Alice Paul, who founded the National Women's Party and authored the Equal Rights Amendment. In her acceptance speech, Clinton said, ''there is so much work to be done to improve the status of women and girls in many parts of the world. Every single day, you can pick up the newspaper ... Read More
I rolled. It rocked. After my somewhat embarrassing admission a few weeks ago that I couldn't be bike chic because I couldn't ride a bike, I had been not-to-patiently awaiting my Adult Learn to Ride course with Bike New York. Well, it was last weekend and it was fantastic. In just two hours I went from wobbly and terrified to zipping around the paved sports court where we were learning. I guess their method of teaching is a really good one. I'll explain ... Read More