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Vendor applications are now open for a very special edition of The BUST Magazine Craftacular! We're hosting a 100% vegan craft-and-food-fest within The Seed: A Vegan Experience-- a brand-new, totally buzz-worthy vegan expo celebrating compassion, creativity, and social and environmental consciousness.  This exciting two-day event takes place June 16 – 17 at 82 Mercer in Soho, New York (the same venue that hosted The BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair on April 14).

After successful stints on SNL and 30 Rock, we all know that Jon Hamm is not only an impeccable dramatic actor, but also a fantastic comedian. This week, witness Jon and several other Mad Men actors crack wise and heckle one another in an episode of the Nerdist’s All Star Celebrity Bowling. Don Draper, Pete Campbell, Harry Crane (ok, Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, and Rich Sommer) and show-creator Matt Weiner faceoff against “Weird Al” Yankovic and Nerdist creator Chris Hardwick in the bowling match to end all bowling matches.

  Traveling the world for free sounds too good to be true. I've got a list of destinations I would give just about anything to see: the pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the nightclubs of Berlin. And apparently there are people who would like to take me there...? New 'online dating' site Miss Travel seeks to pair 'generous travelers' with 'attractive travelers' and send them on the trip of a lifetime.

At a recent dinner hosted by publishing company Penguin Books and clothing brand Whistles, Whistles CEO Jane Shepherdson stated that it was time for the fashion industry to “reclaim feminism.” Her point is well taken: the fashion industry is one of the few that is dominated by women, yet it is rarely regarded as a feminist industry.This idea got me thinking about the nature of the fashion industry and women’s interest in clothing in general. Fashion is also one of the very few forms of expression in which women have more freedom than men.

  2012 has seen no shortage of invasive legislation that seeks to curtail women's rights. Arizona, Virginia, and Capitol Hill have all been battlegrounds in this year's fight for women's equality. It's easy to sit back, feeling overwhelmed by the political climate in this country, especially when legislators are trying to take away the basic rights feminists fought for decades ago. It's easy to think the odds are stacked against us. It's easy to talk smack without ever actually doing anything.

New York BUSTies, you are in for a treat! Jesymn Ward, author of the National Book Award-winning novel Salvage the Bones, will be at the NYPL as a part of the LIVE series. She will be discussing her acclaimed novel, which deals with a family’s struggle with poverty and sacrifice in the days leading up to and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with NYPL Director of Public Programs Paul Holdengräber. “There is something about living through Katrina and hardship that refines who people are, I think,” she believes, “that showcases their most essential selves.

                           We're not all cat videos and vintage sitcoms over here at BUST--we appreciate the classier things in life as well (said while holding a cup of tea and straining to push our pinkies outward). Modern-dance lovers will be thrilled by Co(te)lette, an award-winning, emotionally charged dance film all about the feminine experience. Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) adapted choreographer Ann Van den Broek's work for the movie, which was recently released on iTunes.

A week or two ago, this ridiculous ad for an Indian beauty product called “Clean and Dry Intimate Wash” made the rounds on the blogosphere. What the product aims to do, in essence, is bleach the skin around your ladyparts, therefore making everything in your sucky life better. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tx9vVVMWw0 425x344] The facepalm-inducing ad starts with an unbelievably fair-skinned Indian couple whose relationship is suffering because of the woman's dark and disgusting vajay.

RuPaul, of all people, should know the value of a climax. So why then was last night’s "finale"of RuPaul’s Drag Race so unbelievably anti-climactic? Because they didn’t announce a winner! Ugh, this show. I think we all sort of saw this coming, because the title of the episode was "The Final Three," but still. If the prospect of finally finding out what Willam did wasn’t enough to drum up an audience for the reunion episode next week, this definitely is.  For the final challenge, the remaining contestants starred in a music video for RuPaul’s song "Glamazon.

Ladies: Don’t you love it when you're on your way to work or the hardware store, or just taking a relaxing stroll on a nice day, and someone approaches you to express his desire to boink you? You don’t? Me neither! Instead of using your just-purchased screwdriver to dole out some street justice, you may soon be able to use a new iPhone app to deal with these annoying a-holes.
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