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This morning, my main man Barry speedily enacted legislation reversing the Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear , in which employees (like gender bias plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter) lost their right to their day in court for ongoing wage discrimination. 'By swiftly signing the Ledbetter legislation into law, President Obama insures that employees, regardless of their gender, race, national origin, age, or disability, are protected from the additional burdens of pay disparities during an economic recession,' said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.
               For those of you who aren't into watching the Koalas battle the Manatees this Sunday at the Stupor Bowl (I have no understanding of who is playing, or how sports work), there is a safe place to rest your eyeballs. Sarah Haskins, the brilliant comedian profiled in the December/January issue of BUST, will be hosting a show on Current called the 'Target Women Super Special.' The hour-long special, playing on 2/1 at 3 p.m, will feature the best of her 'Target: Women' segments, and assorted other hilarity.
Raised in Craftivity, curated by Mara Elena Buszek, is a long-running show at the Wignall Museum at Chaffey College in California . It started up just last night with a curator's walk and reception. The exhibit features artists who work in typically craft-oriented media like ceramics, beadwork, woodwork and knitting. These are usually disdained as being 'feminine,' 'domestic' and 'amateur,' but today, this kind of craft media is being embraced and subverted. Some of the artists include Elaine Bradford, Orly Corgan, Carolyn Hopkins and the KnittaPlease group.
The New York Times reported today that 7 diners became seriously ill after eating blowfish testicles in Japan recently. The police said the restaurant did not have a license to serve the Japanese delicacy and are investigating. (Note to self: Do not ingest fish balls. Ever.) I'm curious if anyone has ever tried the blowfish? Is it really that good that you would risk paralysis? Enquiring minds want to know. Via NYT.
Important Things with Demetri MartinWednesdays 10:30pm / 9:30c Series Preview More Funny Videos Comedians on Tour Get Funny Ringtones Stand-Up Comedy Demetri Martin is getting his own show on Comedy Central! Premieres Feb 11th at 10:30. You may have seen him on Conan, or The Daily Show, or as one of the Crazy Dogs in Flight of the Conchords. I've had a little crush on him ever since we boy du joured him in the magazine years ago.
LigerBeat is heading down south to party Richmond style! For those of you unfortunate souls not in the know, LigerBeat is a magazine made for and by women who love the d and know that porn shouldn't be threatening, and that there is nothing sexier than humor. Featuring centerfolds of hot (straight) dudes that you would actually want to bang, amazing artists, dicks on the street, and emailed submissions, we bring together the worlds of humor and erotica to bring you the most face-meltingly awesome porno ever. Check out ligerbeat.
                   To thank you for being a friend, the hosts of faux-drag party Victoria bring you their second annual 'We Love the Golden Girls' tribute night. Win DVDs in the Sophia talent contest or the Dorothy/Blanche/Rose lookalike contest. Enjoy performances from the best senior talent in New York, including legendary drag queens Linda Simpson (emcee) and Lavinia Coop, and bellydancing grandma Susie Q.
                                                             image from pnp.norecess.org If you've ever woken up in the morning and looked next to you in mortification and with an urgent need to apologize to your mother, we feel your pain. Evidently, so do a lot of people.
  BUST's fave Apple Specialist store in NYC, TEKSERVE is having their third installment of their Future of Music panel discussion on January 29th at 8:30 PM. You can pick the brains of some of the music industry's best minds and moderate a dynamic discussion on where music and the music industry are heading. Bring your own questions to ask during the Q+A session at the end of the discussion. The panelists include: Harry Allen (Moderator) - Hip-Hop Activist + Media Assasin.
  Nikki Cook was one of many artists featured in the Tori Amos comic anthology Comic Book Tattoo, with a sharp little piece about a girl kickboxer. Gotta love girls kicking ass.   Her website is full of these gorgeous black-and-white pages, pieces of a story, and her MySpace page informs us that she's breaking hearts through the sequential arts--who can resist that? And she's doing a guest spot on an issue of one of my favorite monthly books, DMZ , spotlighting Zee, Vertigo comics' coolest street medic.
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