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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.
Part two of our interview with Janeane, here she discusses women in comics and politics, as well as her feelings about being in the cast of 24.
Remember back when one of our lovely interns posted about Bike Chic ? It got me thinking - can everyone on the planet ride a bike but me? I know; it's a little embarrassing. I'm 25 and I can't really bike. Oddly, in a city where a 20-something without a driver's license is fairly common, not being able to ride anything but the stationary in my gym feels shameful. The last time I tried to ride something with two wheels I was about 14. Let's just say it didn't go well. I went careening diagonally across a parking lot (I only made it about 5 feet) until I tipped over.
If you're in the New York area and want to go out tonight, then hit up Crash Mansion to see Personality Crisis, Ninjasonik, Wild Yaks, SHAPES, The Static Jacks, Jangula, and DJ Teenwolf! Doors are at 8:30, so get there on time to maximize your party pleasure.
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