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By Lainna Fader Drew Denny is a master of laughing through tears. As she sat on my couch last month recounting her father’s last days before succumbing to pancreatic cancer and other painful memories from her childhood, she had the biggest smile on her face. That’s just how Denny operates—when given the choice to laugh or cry, she chooses to laugh.

By Nadia Chaudhury Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl moves in with boy, boy proposes to girl, girl and boy plan wedding, boy dumps girl, girl attempts to find self. This isn’t your typical romantic comedy, where everything works out perfectly. This is Lola Versus. Helmed by director-writer Daryl Wein and his writing partner/significant other Zoe Lister-Jones, the New York-based Lola Versus positions itself as the raw and realistic antidote to the multitudes of shiny romantic-comedies that invade theaters.

Summer in the city is perfect for bicycle rides to work or to the park. The wind gets all breezy and you’re going so quickly you don’t have to worry about weird extended eye contact with anyone. I didn’t think bike rides could get much better, until I saw Ninian Doff’s short, “A Professional Display of No Handed Bike Moves.” Set to the infectious song “Golden Tree” by Martin Brooks, a few experienced lady and gent cyclists perform a variety of impressive, expressive, and hilarious hands-free gestures.

Have you ever thought about what future civilizations (or alien invaders) will think of us when they inevitably discover the remnants of our society? Yeah me neither. But while we’re on the topic, I think most of us would agree that if our new alien overlords happen to flip through the pages of today's glossy fashion magazines, they may very well paint a picture of us that is a lot skinnier, a little whiter, and a lot more pore-less than most of us actually are.

The first item on my summer shopping checklist is always a standout handbag. Because I’m a low-key kind of gal, I tend to go for something I can sling over my shoulder and that won’t rip to shreds under the weight of one too many books. So, when I caught wind of Della LA’s chic and colorful hobo bags, I went credit card happy. But since each sack ranges in price from $42 to $52, I still have enough money in the bank to eat and pay my rent. Score! And it only gets better.

There’s been quite the hubbub happening over in jolly old England these past few days as the British celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Marking Elizabeth II’s sixty years on the throne, the festivities included parades, concerts, and a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London that drew over 2,000 guests.

  There are a lot of people out there who don’t agree with my personal beliefs (I’m looking at you, conservative Republicans), and I admit I sometimes wish they’d get questioned by Anderson Cooper or be the subject of a hilarious skit on SNL. But, along with the vast majority of people, I understand that sending a letter threatening to stalk and blow your opponent to smithereens is a no-no. Not only will it get you slapped with a big old lawsuit, but it is also one of the most effective ways to ensure public outrage.

Calling all sluts! Need to register to vote? Look no further. You can Rock The Slut Vote right here. This is a movement which was created to “fight the GOP effort to bully, subjugate and silence women,” and “wrest the power from the word slut and help women get informed, get involved, get registered and vote”. The word slut was used publicly by Rush Limbaugh earlier this year to describe Sandra Fluke, who testified on behalf of women’s right to contraception at a Congressional hearing.

Now that you've watched Barack Obama get down with the music stylings of Carly Rae Jepsen, it's time to get back down to serious political business. Or not so serious, depending on how much you believe the democratic party's attempt to pass a bill in the senate that would help close the wage gap between men and women in the US.   The paycheck bill would ban companies from responding against any workers who inquire about pay disparities. It would also allow employees to sue for punitive damages if they find any  "broad" differences in compensation between male and female workers.

Grass Widow is perhaps one of my favorite new bands out there. Their form of girl rock evokes both nostalgic memories and daydreams of the future. The three piece all women set just released a new album entitled Internal Logic which embodies a mellowed-out riot-grrrl sound, like a road trip with your BFF in a wood panel station wagon. This album makes me want to live this summer in sun-drenched freedom. It also boasts approval from the likes of girl band goddess Tobi Vail. (Most of you probably remember her as the drummer of Bikini Kill.