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So, now that the economy kinda blows and everyone in the art world is fumbling to hold on to whatever they had going before the crash, the discourse is starting to be shaped by the real independents. One of the raddest galleries of this new set is Cleopatra's in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Run by four sassy ladies who resemble a mix between an all girl folk/rock group and the cast from Designing Women, the gallery showcases amazingly talented artists and holds raucous events nearly every month. Not only are they the ones in the know in the art world, they also have the smarts to back it up.

Hey all of you Roller Derby girls and fans! Here's your chance to win this solid sterling silver Skully Speedskate Pendant from Hellkats L.A.to show your Derby pride! The winner will be chosen at random, no purchase necessary and only one entry per email please. To check out this exclusive pendant and lots of other rockin' jewelry, visit www.hellkats-la.

Our good friend and Bust's former Princess of Darkness, Cristina Martinez is reuniting with her band Boss Hog this Wednesday, Dec 17th at Bowery Ballroom. Boss Hog is Cristina, her husband Jon Spencer, Hollis Queens, Jens Jurgensen and Mark Boyce. It promises to be a great night of punk infused garage blues, with Tenessee's Those Darlin's warming up, as well as some of New Yorks finest burlesque performers. Come soak up the sleaze! Artwork by Paul Pope. Also, you can catch them live on the radio on Terre T's show the Cherry Blossom Clinic , this Saturday on WFMU.org 3-6pm EST.

The Gotham Girls All-Stars are back and They Are Victorious! Coming in Numero Uno at the WFTDA National Tournament in Portland, OR, these badass ladies are overjoyed, worn out and unfortunately, brokedy-broke. Traveling across country to compete in the nationals ain't cheap, so the GGRD's are auctioning off 2 sets of limited editions autographed photo's on eBay to offset travel expenses and continue on their record breaking twelve game winning streak. Bidding ends December 17 so pony up the cash before it's too late.

  So sad, but so true: presumably due to this circular hell of an economic crisis, Built by Wendy, longtime paragon of quirky/classic style, will close both its San Francisco and LA boutiques on December 28th. Which, of course, means wickedly discounted merch for you west coasties, but it's definitely a tears and clenched teeth sort of shopping experience. Fortunately, it appears that BBW's east coast shops will remain unharmed, and the online store is still alive and kicking (and featuring some pretty wicked sales of its own).

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Photo by Bill Wingel Obviously you're so excited about the Bust Holiday Craftacular on Sunday, that you probably haven't thought about what else you should do to entertain yourself this weekend. Guess what's happening on Saturday? That's right; approximately 2,000 Santas will be spreading the Christmas cheer around N.Y.C. Throw on your Santa Suit, make one, be giant Menorah, or maybe a * in a box, just come! (No pun intended.) Be sure to check nycsantacon.com tonight, for the 10am start location tomorrow.

Laura Burnham is one of the super cool designers participating in this Sunday's BUST Stylist's Closet, a part of our Holiday Craftacular! It will be such a time! Along with Howell Jewelry, there is a huge range of designers. I mean, we're talking 80%20 shoes, Hellkats LA, Doc Martins, the hugely popular (a la Gossip Girl) Boy Meets Girl. And a dozen more! For just 10 buck-a-roos, you get to rifle through all the designers and TAKE home (for keeps baby!) one item of your choice. For ten bucks. Seriously. The Closet, attached to the BUST Holiday Craftacular, is open at 2 PM...

This Sunday is New York's BUST Holiday Craftacular! So rad. Over 200 hundred booths full of goodies. Goodies you can't get at normal stores. Meaning they're 100% hand-made or indie-designed (aka 100% awesome). Ever since I saw Lucy at the Museum of Natural Science, I've had a huge girl crush on fossils. So, naturally (pun intended), Photosynthesis is one of the many vendors I am pumped for at the BUST Holiday Craftacular . vintage dresses + leaves found around NYC + fossilization + screen printing = cute.
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