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Friday Featured Artists is back with . . . Martina Fugazzotto. Martina Fugazzotto makes sex-ed comics an intimate nostalgia art-form. She specializes in autobiographical stories of innocence and experience. Her website features over a dozen of these comics in full. They explore subjects like summer-camp love, lost virginity and her pre-occupation with all things vaginal. However, Ms Fugazzotto is now-one trick pony. Her early 90's dayglow/cartoon aesthetic works nicely in her editorial work as well. She has a definite foot in the fine arts as well.

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Some of the peeps I heart most use Twitter to interact with their devoted audiences. One such Twitterer who has my heart a-tweepin' is Neil Gaiman, BUST's most recent Boy Du Jour. One of his fans created the most excellent image you see here, in the spirit of the equally adorbs Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling. I can't find who did it since I found it on Neil's Twitter a week or two ago, and that Neil sure does love to Tweet. (Sandman bless him!) If it's yours, speak up in the comments! Note that this pic is from this issue of BUST, and he's wearing an incredibly righteous Amanda Palmer tee-shirt.

This is a video of a massive instillation by the incredible female street artist SWOON and comrade Tennessee Jane Watson. Both women visited Juarez Mexico, the site of the infamous Juarez Femicide . Since 1993, about 400 women have been killed, all were young, most were raped. There are still more women that have been abducted or are missing. These crimes have never been solved and continue to this day. The subject of this piece is Silvia Elena, a 17 year old girl who was one of the first Juarez women to be killed.  Unfortunately I was out of town while this piece was being shown.

One more state has OK'd same sex marriage. Iowa's Supreme Court ruled that a law from 1998 saying that marriage could only be between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. The ruling goes into effect in 21 days. Vermont and New Hampshire both have gay marriage acts in process, but governors of both states oppose them. -Liza (graphic via www.locallender.

Then you've most likely been subjected to those outrageously annoying 'Weekender' NY Times ads. There is simply no hiding from them - they are as ubiquitous in this city as rats. My BF and I are particularly incensed by the Liz Phair-like 'So, the deal is...'girl. Now, finally, some folks have made a spot-on parody of it, and I can't stop watching it. It's like a cool summer shower, washing away the greasy buildup of all these years of watching the irritating original.

There are few things in life that I enjoy more than cute shoes, none of which important enough to relate here. So imagine my delight when I discovered this party tonight for the launch for the book Beth Levine Shoes by Helene Verin. Widely hailed as the 'First Lady of American Shoe Design', Beth worked under her husbands label to create some of the most innovative and popular shoes of the 60' and 70's, including Nancy Sinatra's boots that walked all over you in her hit single These Boots Are Made for Walking.

I have Frances Blaisdell to thank. It seems a little bizarre to me to think that the flute was ever off-limits to women, because today it's such a female-dominated instrument, but that's how it was. Women weren't really allowed anywhere in orchestral music when she was young, but she managed to play her way in and open a lot of doors. I started playing the flute when I was 9 and continued all the way through college. I haven't really played since I graduated, but it was a really significant part of my life for a long time. Being in band gave me an automatic social group in school.

Got any plans for Mother's Day? Take yourself, your mom, your friends, your kids, whoever, on a trip to Washington DC. There is a lot going on Saturday May 9th-Sunday May 10th that any peace-loving woman should be excited to get in on. CODEPINK, a 'women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities', is hosting a 24-hour vigil from May 9 to May 10 in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House.

   Are you into fusion food? If you are then you should definitely check out Fish 'N' Chicks . Think of it as surf and turf with a god complex. Fish 'N' Chicks is a dish composed of ground chicken meat, mixed thoroughly with finely chopped fish, all battered and pan fried into a McNugget style bundle of delight. The master mind of this innovation, Brooklyn artist Nate Hill, professes that, 'All of my work is about the idea of imitating God.' In the nearly alchemical melding of chicken and fish, a new meat is created from an animal of human imagination, not divine design.
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