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  Ever since the publication of ‘Skinny Bitch’, it seems to me like this crazy new fad diet called ‘veganism’ has been popping up all over the mainstream media,* from strip clubs to punk rock cooking shows to the exploding going green movement to America's Sweetheart Oprah to even (cue suspenseful music) feminism! With all the good press veganism has gotten lately, much of the bad press is fading into the background, such as veganism being a mask for eating disorders and everyones favorite, child abusing vegans.
For all you NY-area BUSTies out there: Brooklyn’s 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair is this Saturday and Sunday from 11am-7pm! It’s being held at the McCarren Park Pool, so grab some friends and get your craft on in the more-bearable summer sun. (80 degree range this weekend! Yay!)With over 200 vendors like Supermaggie, The Small Object, and My Paper Crane, make sure to bring your wallet and a huge, reusable tote to haul your goods home.
Sugarcraft, an exhibition of over 50 artists from all over the world opens June 27th at Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago and runs through till August 9th.  The theme of the exhibit focuses on indulgence in the arts and it also breaks down the boundaries between art and craft. For example, one artist “invokes a cake’s frosted layers as a personal symbol of subtle inter-familial divisions.” This exhibit gives entirely new meaning to the term “foodie”, making the culinary arts lean more towards conceptualized art.
 In response to pressures from PETA, KFC Canada has given into their demands to start offering vegan options on their menu. "Un-chicken" nuggets will soon be available in the Canada locations. But really, would any serious vegetarian really need or want to even step foot in a KFC? I've been fortunate to have lived in cities like San Francisco and New York, where I have never found myself without plenty of meat-free options, and I realize not everyone has this luxury, but still...
This friday night at the knitting factory, there will be a special, one time only reuninon of Lydia Lunch's late 70's band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Lunch was a seminal spoken word perfromer, punk, poet, and actress of the underground NYC downtown scene in the 80's amd 90's, and her work has always been smart, sarcastic, violent and confrontational.
      That is me in the sweet green dress, next to my predicted winner Rece Steele. Over my right shoulder is my girl Mac Tyi, she just dropped a new single. Hedonis is behind me and Lady Merk is next to Chiba cut off. I told you about those girls in blogs past. Looking at this picture me and Rece could be twins, similar hair, smile, gold chains. No wonder they didn't put me on, it would be to confusing. I also heard through the grapevine that they thought Drunky Brewster was a liability so they couldn't let us on. That's right, more crazy then Nicky2States.
If you're not staying inside tonight to hide from the heat and make stencils and paper orangutans (not that you really need an excuse to get your craft on), you should totally check out the free comedy show over at Lolita Bar. That's where I'll be at least.Two of my lovely ladies help organize "Tell Your Friends," every Monday at 8 p.m. at 266 Broome St., and it's sure to be worth some laughs.Tonight's line up is Leo Allen, Tom Shillue, Liam McEneaney, Peggy O'Brien, and host Chris Mata.
Yesterday was my dads birthday and also my folks 20th anniversary.  I spent all weekend making this cake, and I think the results were smashing. Read more after the jump. I really love to cook and I love to bake doubly so. My parents love to eat. So I figured I'd give them a wonderful meal at my exclusive restaurant , Chez Claire (aka my kitchen).  Dinner was: A marinated shell steak, a garlic mashed potato, and fresh creamed spinach.
     So since Jess posted her favorite 'avoid the heat at all costs' indoor activity, I figured I would post mine for even more things to do for hot (in all senses of the word) crafty girls. Lately ever since I found this website, stencilpunks, I have been addicted to making stencils. Nothing in my path has escaped my stenciling rampage, tee shirts, pants, jewelry boxes, everything. Even the cats gone into hiding.
So everyone knows that comic cons and such are sausage fests, right? I mean, what's a girl to do if she craves a little sequential art without being skeezed on or looked at like an alien life form? Thankfully, events geared towards the indie comics crowd are much more woman-friendly, and the fundraiser this past weekend for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art was full of rad ladies doing their thing and hawking their wares.
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