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Though these days, it's almost difficult to imagine a world B.B. (Before Beyonce...), in honor of a news day so indebted to women who rock, yours truly has trawled the internet for lasting evidence of the power in a live performance. As MTV becomes a fond footnote in music history, as drum machines and auto-tune close in on the once-holy territory of the epic ballad, as Lady Gaga dons meat and Miley rides demolition equipment (I am clearly behind the times...) – take a...
U.S ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (could that name get any better?) has decided to make an open declaration of support for the radical members of Pussy Riot on her official twitter account -- and what better way to do this than to offer her punk rock services?   Image via usun.state.gov   Ambassador Power has an astonishing track record. She studied at both Yale and Harvard, won a Pulitzer prize for her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (2002), and, while working as an advisor...
Don't lie – "Rebel Girl" was an important part of the soundtrack at your angriest teenage sleepover. Le Tigre helped initiate that tenacious (and in retrospect, highly dubious) clubbing phase. And now, some twentysomething years down the road, you're digging The Julie Ruin. You've gotten older, sure – but has Kathleen Hanna? I don't think so! In addition to retaining her particular knack re: wearing-the-hell-out-of-a-printed-shift, Ms. Hanna's latest punk rock endeavor, The Julie Ruin, continues to churn out the hits. The band's new single ("Goodnight, Goodbye") lands...
  There are some pretty wacky ideas and debates about sex these days, but looking back on Medieval religious and social doctrines makes our sexual culture seem a little bit less complicated. For one, even sexual pleasure within a marriage was considered sinful; it had to be scheduled based on the woman’s menstrual cycle and the church calendar to ensure that both parties experienced as little pleasure as possible.    Another inconceivably absurd and convoluted rules applies to male homosexual sex, which was typically punishable by an impossible...
Today at 2 p.m., the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMcinématek kicks off "Vengeance Is Hers," a showcase of 20 classic female revenge films. The series spans genres, decades, and continents, so there's something for everyone - but if you're having trouble picking the one (...or two, or five) flick(s) to catch, here's a quick breakdown of this week's offerings. Tickets and screening information are available at the website above.  Friday, Feb 7, 2 & 7 pm: Medea (1969), dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian with English subtitles. An adaptation of...
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