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  Store windows are places into which we can inject ourselves and fantasize about holiday wishes come true. The windows along NYC’s 5th Avenue lure us in at this time of year, promising a cozy, seductive, and nostalgic respite from the icy streets. When we look into store windows, we want see representations of ourselves; we want to project ourselves onto the mannequins or puppets and imagine a more glamourous or sentimental life.   But with our contemporary mannequins, increasingly representative of singular definitions of beauty, it’s harder...
  Most skin care products are filled with icky chemicals, and when Cynthia Besteman was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was inspired by her fellow women to create heathy and luxurious products that fit easily into all women’s lives. She founded the skincare company Violets are Blue, and with the help of a biochemist, an herb farmer, and a cancer researcher, Besteman has created a one-of-a-kind “Chemo Care” line. With an eye for sustainability, Violets are Blue uses only the best ingredients and never tests on...
Rhode Island filmmaker Laura Colella’s latest work Breakfast With Curtis is a DIY labor of love. Colella wrote, directed, produced, and co-starred in the film, which takes place in her own multifamily townhouse and the neighbor's house next door in Providence, RI. The film also stars her friends and neighbors. The film follows Curtis, an awkward fourteen year old, who, despite being incredibly intelligent, has trouble communicating and interacting with others.  His older neighbor Syd, a bookseller, enlists Curtis to help film and edit a video...
The performance artist Nate Hill is known for his groundbreaking work on race in contemporary culture, examining the idolization of white women as ideals of beauty and femininity. In one recent project, he sold milk gargled by college-educated white women. In another, he donned white face. His new project “Trophy Scarves” might be his most controversial yet. In an attempt to shed light on the way men in power look at race and women, he invites white women over Craigslist to sit for nude photos...
When it comes to Santa, I can take him or leave him. Instead, the guy who REALLY gets me in the holiday spirit is John Waters. Widely considered “The Pope of Trash,” the cult filmmaker, writer, and raconteur extraordinaire has made his acclaimed one-man show A John Waters Christmas his trademark live event for years. And this time around, his smutty sleigh is pulling up to a new Hell’s Kitchen N.Y.C. venue, Stage48, on December 13th and 14th, for a rowdy round of reflections covering...
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