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  Join us for our one-day shopping extravaganza at the 8th Annual BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Spring 2012. With over 100+ vendors selling unique handmade goods, a room full of delicious specialty food vendors, a bar serving craft beer, and a DJ spinning rad tunes, this is an event you don't want to miss. The fabulous fair will take place on Saturday, April 14th (11AM-7PM) at 82 Mercer St. in SoHo, NYC. Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, housewares, specialty foods, cards, toys, handbags, clothing, and so much more.

I can't say I never eat at a table because sometimes I go to restaurants. But at home I'm eating in my bed or on the couch because my kitchen table is the place where mail goes to get lost. Just last night I decided when I win the MegaMillions and become a half-billionaire, I'm going to get a custom made mattress that has cup holders built in. But in the slight off-chance that I don't win the lottery, I think I'll buy a pair of these Pic Nic Pants from Italian design company Acquacalda.    They look like harem pants and IKEA had a weird, European pant baby.

I remember the first time I felt shame about my body. I was barely six years old when a family friend asked how I could stand to be seen in a two-piece bathing suit, my soft little girl tummy displayed for the world to see. Before she asked, I had felt awesome. I was rocking that 101 Dalmatians bikini like it was my job. Honestly, six-year-old me had some serious swagger. After said friend asked, though, I refused to swim. I stopped splashing, stopped cannon-balling, and resolutely sat myself on the sideline, a towel wrapped around my midsection.

Between their massive environmental footprint and sketchy Fair Trade purchasing track record, Starbucks has its share of questionable business practices. Not to mention the fact that with 16,000 stores worldwide, they're edging out local businesses at a Walmart-level rate. Sometimes "evil" corporations can do good though, and that's just what Starbucks did this week.

  The cross stitches found at DefiantDamsel's Etsy shop are a hilarious collection of pop culture gems.  There's nothing like embroidery to lend a quaint charm to a  filthy "Heathers" quote. You can get the pattern and stitch it yourself, or if you're craft-challenged like me (clumsy sausage-finger hands and no attention span) you can buy the finished product in a frame. I think Joel McHale would look great in my den.

Adrienne Rich, a renowned feminist poet and essayist died Tuesday in her Santa Cruz home from complications with rheumatoid arthritis. She was 82. Rich’s writing centered on her observations and reflections on women’s rights, racism, civil rights, politics, sexuality and sexuality between women. She brought to the forefront issues that plagued women in the 1950s and was a true pioneer of the feminist movement. She wrote over two-dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen prose throughout her career, winning countless awards and prizes for her enlightening writing.

Meet Kate McKinnon, the newest featured player to join Saturday Night Live's cast. In light of Paul Brittain's departure a few weeks ago, Lorne Michaels has been auditioning new cast members. With BUST crush Kristen Wiig's contract potentially ending after this season, it's pretty rad to see a new woman enter the ranks.   McKinnon has performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade and starred in the first three seasons of Logo's "Big Gay Sketch Show." She's Saturday Night Live's first out lesbian to join the cast in over 20 years (since Danitra Vance in 1985.

    I visited Giverny a few years ago, and "punk rock" was not the first, or second, or fiftieth thing that came to my mind while I was there. Clearly I'm just not inspired enough. When E.V. Day, feminist installation artist, sculptor, and photographer, was awarded the Munn Artists Residency by the Versailles Foundation to live on Monet's estate in Giverny in 2010, she proceeded to invite performance artist Kembra Pfahler there to collaborate on a photographic project--one that would add some edge to the classic lily pads and bridges we're all so familiar with.

  Seventh grade isn't a great time for anyone, but it was my worst year in school. Why? Because I was constantly bullied and sexually harassed by some boys in school. I never talked to anyone about it (because it seemed to be par for the course), but those experiences affected how I felt about myself for years to come.  I overcame these experiences over time, but not everyone does. That's clear if you take a look at how many kids have committed suicide due to bullying over the past few years.

The lucky ducks who already have our April/May issue have seen the “Buy or DIY” story about making your own natural solid perfume. (It’s so easy, a cavewoman could do it. One with access to a microwave, at least.) Our accompanying “Buy” section offers some fantastic scented-oil perfumes which were sniff-tested in our office by a discriminating panel of BUST staffers and interns. But you’re probably wondering what Brooklyn rocker Andy Animal would think about these sensuous oils.