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A British woman named Samantha Orobator (pictured) has been charged with drug trafficking and is facing the death penalty in Laos. Orobator, 20, was arrested for carrying half a kilo of heroin back in August in the country. OK, if you're like me and have watched enough of Locked Up Abroad, it's easy to see it's definitely not a pretty thing to be incarcerated in a foreign country. Especially one who believes in 'death by firing squad,' supposedly the sentence for that amount of heroin in Laos, which is what Orobator faces. The thing is, she's pregnant.
So apparently the Hipster Grifter aka Kari Ferrell turned herself in to the cops in Philly on Sunday night. I know a lot of people are fascinated with this girl, but really, what is the big deal? She's a cute Asian girl that happens to also be a really good liar. I do like that freewiliamsburg.com made a foldable doll, and promises to make a 'new Williamsburg foldable celebrity' each month.
St. Vincent will be performing live at the Union Square Virgin Megastore on 14th St in Manhattan at 7 pm on May 5. Her new album comes out the same day.   There are also going to be listening parties in Austin and Omaha. Check out St. Vincent website for details. The party in Austin will also feature the newest Camera Obscura album. St. Vincent also has several tour dates on her website, including one in NYC at Webster Hall on May 20.
The video above is a PSA created by Audacia Ray and the participants of the first Speak Up media training workshop for current and former sex workers as part of New York's Sex Work Awareness, a media and public education advocacy organization. This is what Audacia has to say about Speak Up. 'Though talking to the the media is definitely not for everyone and should be approached with caution by people who work in the sex industry, I think it's important to prepare people for battle.
Shu Okada has lived in Tokyo, studied at Central St. Martins in London and is now living it up as a Brooklyn artist. Her illustrations have an eerie sophistication beneath a childlike mask. She uses a unique white-line style which creates strange, fragmented tension and adds to the mystery of her work. In addition to being an illustrator, Shu is also a photographer. Her photographs and watercolors both portray the contained, luminous energy captured in still moments of life. Shu talks to BUST: If your art was music/food, what would it sound/taste like? Chai tea.
BUST's Spring Fling Craftacular is just around the corner and we have some seriously awesome vendors lined up. Check out this shiz. Margaux Lange makes unique handcrafted jewelry out of Barbie doll parts. There are plastic chests molded into heart-shaped necklaces; eyes and lips and hands as earrings. They are absolutely fantastic. You can also keep up with her at her blog, Midge's Mind. She has an Etsy shop, but you should really come see her stuff in person at the Spring Fling Craftacular on May 17 from 12-7 at the Warsaw in Brooklyn.
The Knitta Please installation in Brooklyn Heights is coming up soon! The installation is May 13, and the deadline to submit a piece of work is May 5. Even if you don't live in NYC you can participate by sending your items to the Montague BID. If you do live in NYC you can also send in items, plus you can go out on the 13th and help install the pieces. Details behind the jump. You can also check out the Facebook event and the Knitta Please and MontagueBID websites. -Liza Magda Sayeg's Instructions for Community Knitters Each piece is a rectangle of knitted material.
It's like May Day, but with more books and fewer poles. Probably less dancing, too. OK, so, nothing like May Day. May 1 has been declared Buy Indie Day by IndieBound.com. Go to your nearest independent bookstore and buy at least one book! The day is supposed to be for books, but why stop there? Go out and support your favorite indie artists, clothing designers, jewelry shops, record stores and whatever else you want, too. -Liza (Photo via flickr.
Michelle L'amour and the Chicago Starlets will take the stage at the Music Box Theater in Chicago tomorrow night. It's their annual benefit for the Burlesque Hall of Fame. It's a special edition show of ''Belles and Whistles'' that will feature Nadine Dubois, Ophelia Flame, Tatah Dujour and Fannie Spankings. They will also be raffling off items worth over $3000.