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    Director Robin Frohardt, in association with the HERE Arts residency program Dream Music Puppetry, has directed a darkly comedic and whimsical puppet piece entitled THE PIGEONING. The play will feature a completely original score by composer Freddi Price. In the words of the creators, the show will “examine man’s obsession with cleanliness, safety and control” through the story of its protagonist, Frank. Frank is a clean, neurotic man overly obsessed with office safety. And Frank is terrified of pigeons. As Frank begins to notice that...
  In my opinion, one of the absolute coolest things about BUST is that it embraces “girlie feminism” (in fact, the magazine and its founders came up with the whole concept). It’s so important to remember that a gal who likes stereotypically “girlie” things, from crafting and knitting to ponies and pink, can be just as powerful as a man who likes stereotypically manly things. She can, in fact, derive her power and sense of self in part from these “girlie” things.    One of my “girlie” loves...
  Getting ready to pop out a wee-one but still unsure what to expect? Want something a little more tangible than a viewing of The Miracle of Life? Not me. I certainly don't fondly reminisce about the film's bird's eye view of the vaginal opening or the loud screams of my fellow high school classmates. I did not think the horrors of that movie could be topped. Then there came Laerdal's birthing simulator, MamaNatalie. Bring ole' Natalie into your home and you may be screaming even louder than...
Activist Malala Yousafzai is unstoppable. In the past year, she has gone from surviving an assassination attempt to speaking at the United Nations to being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Did we forget to mention the fact that she just celebrated her 16th birthday? Malala’s powerful message is one of gender equality, especially in the world of education.   Yesterday, in her self-proclaimed second home of Birmingham, Malala continued her quest for universal education with the opening of Europe’s largest library. The 333,000 square foot structure...
  Like many others, we were shocked and appalled by Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines.” As the song’s title suggests, the song contains concerning lyrics that blur the very clear divide between consensual sex and abuse: New York Magazine's Ann Friedman explains that “phrases like ‘good girl’ and ‘I know you want it’ uttered in rapid succession [sound rapey].” The song stirred up more controversy when Thicke release a totally ridiculous and pretty degrading music video that showcases nearly naked women in nude thongs prancing...