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  “Punk godmother” Patti Smith recently received the Polar Music Prize, a prestigious Swedish award which has been given out annually since 1992 to notable talents from Bjork to Zeppelin. The late ABBA lyricist and manager Stig Anderson created the prize to recognize the musical achievements of artists from a variety of genres and cultures, ensuring that the world would thank him for more than just “Dancing Queen” (but seriously, Mr. Anderson, thank you for “Dancing Queen”).

  Guess what arrived in the office today? The very first copies of  The BUST DIY Guide to Life!! And boy is it beautiful, chock-full of awesome info and super sweet projects. Editor-in-chief Debbie Stoller and creative director Laurie Henzel compiled over 250 of your favorite BUST projects from the last 15 years in one handy-dandy volume. No more digging through your back issues for that how-to story, or searching through scraps of paper for that cocktail recipe you clipped.

  The Rock the Bells Festival has become one of music’s biggest and hottest tickets, evolving from SoCal hip-hop showcase to sold-out international tour. The festival is famous for bringing together some of the biggest names in hip-hop (the first Rock the Bells Festival in 2004 featured a reunited Wu-Tang Clan), and this year’s tour is no exception. What is exceptional, though, is that two of the headlining acts are female artists.

  You might be asking yourself, who are these crazy ladies in gorilla masks and how can I get in on whatever shenanigans they're up to?! If you don't already know, the Guerrilla Girls On Tour are just as fantastic as their name implies. They are an anonymous touring theatre company started by three members of the Guerrilla Girls, a group of feminists that has been combating sexism through their art since 1985. When I say anonymous I mean that every Guerrilla Girls On Tour performer always wears a gorilla mask. No exceptions.

I don’t know why, exactly, I watch TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras, but I cannot look away. There is a part of me that wants to boycott the show, to make sure that beauty pageants get not a cent more of my money or a second more of my time; there is also a part of me that acknowledges that these little girls (and occasionally, boys) are our future, and feels responsible for them.  There are moments on Toddlers & Tiaras that make me certain I will never procreate.

Funky pop band Metronomy has released a remix of Lady Gaga's "You and I." They've ditched Gaga's usual guitars-and-drums sound and replaced it with some mellowed out electronic goodness. A more haunting version of the song, if I may. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6nCEqnjQfY&feature=youtu.

While the world fussed over Kim Kardashian's three wedding gowns and Kate Moss' glamorous Galliano dress (anyone else surprised he still has any friends after this?), I'm sitting here swooning over Sofia Coppola's gorgeous, refreshingly not white, lavender dress that she wore to wed Phoenix's Thomas Mars last Saturday, August 27th. The dress was simple and sweet, just like the director herself, with layers of chiffon all along the bottom.

Women aren't the only ones who can be feminist. One such man, is proving that by spreading the word of equality for women that he says Islam, in fact, promotes.Imam Yahya Hendi, imam is the title given to prayer leaders of mosques, has been traveling to both Muslim and non-Muslim countries since 1998 spreading his knowledge and take on Islam. For Hendi, it is a huge challenge to teach Afghan society that equality for women is actually promoted. Which isn't surprising.

Over time Band of Outsiders have created some of my favorite campaign shots simply because they've somehow managed to make their well-known models look like randomly stylish people who happened to be caught on film. Past campaign stars include Jason Schwartzman, Kirsten Dunst, and Andrew Garfield, whose photos all turned out charmingly cinematic.

  Maryam Keshavarz is an unwaveringly determined and passionate Iranian-American filmmaker. She has to be, because she’s created a film that defies expectations of her culture and has instantly created controversy. Every step of the film’s development has been fraught with complications, but Keshavarz and her team have persevered. Keshavarz’s film, Circumstance, takes place in modern-day Tehran, Iran, where a puritanical Islamic theocracy remains in power.
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