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      What a great Valentine's Day surprise! Yesterday evening, a federal court toppled Virginia's lingering ban on gay marriage. According to an NBC report, presiding Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen wrote in her opinion:    "Justice has often been forged from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered. Our triumphs that celebrate the freedom of choice are hallowed. We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect." And this past Tuesday, Matt Pearce of The Los Angeles Times reported...
  Tickets go on sale today for four intimate solo shows with FEIST — whose 2011 album Metals won attention and praise from Pitchfork, The New York Times, and various smaller zines. While this body of work is less pop-y than her previous albums, make no mistake: this lady's songwriting skills have only improved with time. For the woefully uninformed, Feist (,Leslie) is a Canadian musician with with deep roots in early-aughts indie rock. She’s landed multiple Grammy and Juno awards for her best-selling albums The Reminder...
Ahh, Valentine’s Day — that 24-hour block designed to sell greeting cards, indicate the lonely and breed competition in healthy relationships. I love flowers and candlelit dinners as much as the next pair of pants, but we can all agree on the somewhat forced aspect of a holiday that first calls to mind overcrowded restaurants and cheap plush teddy bears. The brouhaha is enough to make you wanna  take your celebration (or, demolition...) inside. Where you could watch a horror movie, say, in the privacy...
Love letters: what could possibly be more fun and wonderful to send or receive?! They are truly one of the world’s most romantic gestures of all time. There is simply nothing like taking the time to appreciate your love interest by allowing your heart to flow through your fingertips when you connect pen to paper. It doesn’t have to matter if it’s the tingly bubble-gum butterflies or the deeply rooted unconditional devotion that we feel towards our partner, sending them our mushy words is meaningful. In...
  Yes, you read that correctly: butt song from Hell. Hieronymous Bosch’s enigmatic triptych The Garden of Earthy Delights, created around 1500 AD, features in its right-most panel a vision of Hell, the conclusion to the narrative of the divine Creation, the union of Adam and Eve, and life on Earth. The work is so richly symbolic that scholars have battled over the intentions of even its smallest details; surprisingly, I had yet to read any news on the strange musical score etched onto the derriere...
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