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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Austin (TX) area, if you haven't seen a screening of Handmade Nation, I urge you to do so when it rolls into town this Sunday the 6th. Not only will you be able to view the documentary about the rise of DIY around the US of A, but Faythe Levine will also be on hand for a book signing and party at Domy Books on the 5th. The Austin screening takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 1:30 and 4:10 pm, followed by a Q and A section.
After testing, poking and prodding her gender chromosomes, doctors have agreed that yes, Caster Semenya is indeed a woman! So now she can cheerfully take home the gold medal she rightfully deserves. However, cheerful is not the adjective I would use to describe the way Caster and her family feel right now. After all, this shocking controversy overshadowed Semenya's triumph. As we recently reported, 18-year-old Caster Semenya, South Africa's professional female athlete, beat her rivals by a large margin in the world championship 800 meters in Berlin.
You know what I wish people would do more (or frankly, start doing)? Letter writing. I don't know one single person who doesn't love going to their mailbox and discovering something besides bills, coupons and the occasional catalogue for Christmas decorations and the like. So when I moved out to the lovely New York City, I made a promise to myself to stay in touch with my pals back home through letter writing.
Like puppets? How about the theater? See the two of them together in the 'La Mama Puppet Series 3' set to run from October 8 to November 29. The annual series, which is supported by the Jim Henson Foundation and others, will open with the newest work by Theodora Skipitares. 'The Traveling Players present The Women of Troy' is a piece based on the text of Euripides and the words of the women incarcerated at Riker's Island in New York. The second production, 'A Quarreling Pair,' includes three puppet (they're itty bitty) plays that were inspired by avant-garde writer Jane Bowles.
Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann asks fellow Republicans to go into full-on overdrive.  At a Denver conference she said, 'we should slit our wrists to join as blood brothers' against health care reform.'   Eh hem...
Attention Seattleans! The White River Valley Museum in Seattle is hosting 'Suffer for Beauty' , an exhibit exploring 'ideal' female body image through the study of what else? Underwear! Through November 8th, attendees can browse turn-of-the-century bustles, old school petticoats, and mid-century, June Cleaver brassieres. Don't get any ideas--this is no peep show. Instead, the exhibits demonstrate the ever-changing concept of the female figure and the bizarre measures (lifting, squishing, smoothing, squeezing, and separating) women have used to conform to it.
Zazzle , an online-custom t-shirt shop based in the United Kingdom, has a client starting a new trend in breast cancer awareness: t-shirts for babies and young girls that say: 'Find a cure before I grow boobs'.  I was taken aback when i first saw this, and after a few gasps I started to giggle. These t-shirts come from the Zazzle shop called Wine and Whimsy , and their shirts are not just for babies and little girls.  There are also shirts that say 'Cancer: you picked the wrong chick'  and various famous mom-isms like 'You'll thank me when you're older.
In the craziest real-life manifestation of crossover fan-fiction ever, The Walt Disney Company, dream-distributor and conglomerate Big Bad, will buy iconic Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion . That's right: the Mickey Mouse moguls now own the rights to thousands of Marvel characters--Spidey, Wolverine, et. al.. The deal was reportedly mutual, without the bitter pangs of a 'buyout'. Marvel's team wants to take advantage of Disney's synergistic powers that be. And Disney wants to own everything (in as many universes as possible). Okay, Disney can be a good company.
Who's too old for roller derby? Definitely not 53-year-old Beth Hollis of Akron, OH. Hollis is a soft-spoken librarian by day and a kick ass roller derby athlete at night. Not only does she destroy assumptions about size and sex, she also defies stereotypes about age. After many years of working as a librarian, Hollis decided she needed a hobby. After getting kicked out of a knitting class for not catching on quick enough, she decided to try something more physical, and she found it.
Forget calling the handy man or asking your uncle to fix that crack in the ceiling, founded by three women who have a passion for DIY, Tomboy Tools creates tools just for women! They have just about every tool you need to keep your house or your car in perfect condition! If you are a little wary of tackling that blocked drain under the kitchen sink or don't know your hacksaw from your circular saw just call a Tomboy consultant and they will come over and even throw a 'tool party' for you and your friends.
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