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If you missed the very first PAJAMARAMA! night at Videology in Brooklyn, then you missed a hair-raising good time as BUST editors Molly Simms and Emily Rems presented the John Waters hit Hairspray.  Luckily, PAJAMARAMA! is back with another opportunity for you to enjoy a classic slumber party movie handpicked by an awesome lady.  This month, Salon senior writer and author Mary Elizabeth Williams has selected Earth Girls Are Easy, the weird and wonderful 1988 sci-fi sex comedy with a killer cast (Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, Julie Brown, Damon Wayans).

The words “save the date” immediately bring forth images of white gowns, floral arrangements, and choosing between chicken or fish. But the film Save the Date, directed by Michael Mohan (who co-wrote the film with Jeffrey Brown), doesn’t focus on those clichés. Instead, it centers on Sarah (played by Lizzy Caplan), who’s trying to figure out what she wants in life. Instead of saying yes to her boyfriend Kevin’s public proposal, made soon after they move in together, Sarah breaks up with him.

UltraViolet, an organization that combats sexism at all levels of politics and media, has released a shopping guide just in time for the holidays. The UltraViolet Holiday Gift Guide: a 21st Century Guide to Non-Sexist Holiday Shopping provides 21 gift ideas for the wee little feminists in your life. It features presents like the “Girls are Not Chicks” coloring book, Nancy Drew Computer Games, and other gifts that encourage kids to critically think about gender. The list was chosen from thousands of submissions.

I don’t know about you, but I grew up positively drowning in Barbies. As I got older, I began to notice that all mine looked the same. (Go figure!) I read articles explaining just how unrealistic Barbie’s proportions are, and had to come to terms with the fact that I would never have perpetually pointed toes, hair that changes color in the pool, or perfectly symmetrical lady parts. We all know the dangers of comparing ourselves to a small, plastic doll—yet Barbie remains a beloved, if problematic, icon.

All the peeps in the Palm Springs area should get out their calendars and mark the date December 15th, 2012. Lucky for you folks, the Ace Hotel Palm Springs has figured out what you should do once the quitting bell rings that day: get your luckiest troll and rainbow marker, and head out to Kings Highway to help celebrate the release of Linda Gerard's (aka Linda Fabulous) new album Fabulous Selections—and play some kickass Sissy Bingo to boot. For those who don't know the majesty that is Linda Gerard, get ready to recognize.

  Charming. Candid. Compelling. All of these words describe Beth Ditto—and all of them equally sum up her new memoir. Chronicling Ditto’s rise to international fame, the book starts with her humble beginnings in her conservative, tiny Arkansas hometown. While struggling to survive amidst crippling poverty, young Ditto endures sexual abuse early at the hands of a family friend, and learns that this has been the norm for many of her family members.

Alpine is a Melbourne-based pop band with a distinct dark side, and I couldn’t be more psyched that they’re hopping across the pond to grace us with their presence. The sextet, signed by Ivy League Records, puts dreamy vocals on top of bouncy, danceable percussion. Their debut album, A is for Alpine, will finally be released in the U.S. in 2013 (it’s been available in Australia since August).

Vice has just released this new video featuring a holiday message from two of my favorite critters on the planet: Lil Bub and Andrew W.K.   Lil Bub, for the uninitiated, is a star-cat whose appearance is defined by his dwarfism, big ol’ saucer eyes, and perpetually stuck-out tongue. Andrew W.K is a singer-songwriter and the self-proclaimed “King of Partying”. Together, they are an unstoppable dream team of cheer.  The video, Lil Bub and Andrew W.K.

It’s time for one of BUST’s most beloved holiday traditions: entertainer Murray Hill’s annual Christmas extravaganza!   Head to Le Poisson Rouge in New York’s West Village this Saturday, December 15th, for the famed drag king’s cheeky and comedic variety show.

More great news on the Bikini Kill front, everyone!  Front lady Kathleen Hanna is reviving her project The Julie Ruin—and I am too stoked. Almost as stoked as I was when Bikini Kill told BUST about the launch of their very own record label, Bikini Kill Records, in the December/January issue. It’s been over 14 years since the release of Julie Ruin’s only album in 1998 after the Bikini Kill break up. But then in 2010, Hanna and Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox resurrected The Julie Ruin at a show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.
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