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Though flu season is already well under way, you can still squeeze in your ounce or two of prevention to keep yourself healthy. Here are three great tips on how to strengthen your immune system to ward off sickness, brought to you by the fine people at Soho Sanctuary in NYC.  1. Eat Your Veggies Colorful vegetables are chock full of the vitamins you need to boost your immune system during cold and flu season. Kale and its leafy siblings are excellent sources of calcium and vitamin K, while carrots provide a whole mess of vital antioxidants.

It is unspeakably cold here in New York, which is why we’re excited to cozy up with The Best of Gilda Radner at tomorrow night’s installment of PAJAMARAMA! BUST contributor and ‘zine-stress Ayun Halliday will introduce this epically funny compilation of the late Ms. Radner’s most memorable characters and moments. Your $8 ticket (which you can buy in a snap right here) gets you a seat in Videology’s lovely private screening room and a free issue of BUST—and all ticket sales will benefit the Gilda’s Club cancer charity.

Dennis Storm and Valerio Zena, the hosts of a Dutch TV show called "Guinea Pigs," have done lots of crazy things before, including eating bits of each other's flesh. But in this episode, the men wanted to have the chance to experience what women go through during labor--and boy did they ever. With electrodes on their stomach simulating contractions, which got stronger over time, and a labor that was scheduled to last two hours, the men laughed, screamed, and breathed their way through the pain. Were they man enough to go through childbirth? Watch the video and find out.

Start with a pump-style shoe with a 4" heel or higher (ours is the Mixx Rosemary Green Patent Pump, from lulus.com); any lower, and you won’t be able to see the design underneath very well. To add spikes, first use a wipeable marker to mark dots on the back of the shoe where you want each spike to be. (Note that the spikes should be placed only in the shoe’s upper; you don’t want to drill into the actual heel.) You can use a variety of different screw-back spikes—ours ranged from 3/8" to 1"—which you can find at bead or trimming shops.

While some people might celebrate becoming octogenarians with lunch buffets at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, Yoko Ono has something a little different in mind. Ono will be celebrating her 80th birthday with a concert at the Volksbühne in Berlin on February 17th.  Ono will be backed by the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, led by her son Sean Ono Lennon.

Last week, we were lucky enough to sit down with cartoonist Ellen Lindner, the artist behind the graphic novel Undertow and anthology The Strumpet. During her interview, Lindner named Alison Bechdel, who wrote the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, as someone she admired in the field. If you were intrigued by Lindner’s work, or are interested in finding new graphic memoirs of the type that Bechdel is famous for, check out this article on Flavorwire: “8 Worthy Successors to Alison Bechdel”.  Nicole Georges & Co.

As Roe v. Wade turns 40 this year, the discussion about reproductive rights in America is as heated as ever. With an election cycle that ushered in a slew of despicable comments about rape from politicians and pundits alike, the disparity between those for and against abortion in America became even more abundantly clear. But it turns out that all those misinformed comments about sexual assault and women’s health weren’t very persuasive—at least not in the way that the speakers intended.

Study leaders Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti  Here’s a bit of good news for those among you who are continually frustrated with the boys club that is the American movie machine. A new study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles shows that female filmmakers are far better represented in independent film than in Hollywood.

There’s no better way to spend Tuesday morning than dreaming about Friday night—especially when there’s a particularly awesome dance party on the horizon! The Young Things and Har Mar Superstar will be at the Lit Lounge on Friday the 25th, and those of you who are NYC-based should most definitely check it out. The party will commence at 10pm with DJ Har Mar spinning some booty-shaking tunes. At 11:30, the Young Things will play a full set, including tracks from their upcoming album. $5 gets you in for an evening of drinking, dancing, and awesome music (i.e.

The Feb/Mar issue of BUST is our “Love & Sex” issue, and you’re gonna swoon when you see what’s inside. Indie hunk Jason Schwartzman graces the cover, and tells all about his quirky new flick and a special lady in his life. You’ll also get some drop-dead delicious recipes, DIY tutorials that are too cute to be believed, Japan’s latest dating trend, and some bedroom tricks you won’t learn anywhere else.
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