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  A few weeks ago when we let you know about an awesome music camp for girls that takes place in New York this summer, I was jealous. “We need that for adults!” I thought. If you had a similar reaction, then you are in luck. The Music Masters Camp Series just announced its first Women’s Music Summit, which will take place this summer at the Full Moon Resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains from August 27 through 31.

It's Wednesday, which means two things: 1. Happy hump day, BUSTies and 2. The weekend is on its way, so mini-dance parties at your desk are totally acceptable. This weekend, New York is the place to be for a full-fledged, booty-bouncing dance party that'll kick your mini-dance party's butt. The second Saturday of every month sees an exodus to Brooklyn, the L train packed with beautiful bodies making their way to HEY QUEEN! at Public Assembly. This week, the theme is GYM QUEEN! and the invitation is out for you to get physical and work it out on the dance floor.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute benefit gala is unofficially one of fashion's biggest nights - Ralph Lauren declares it the "Super Bowl of fashion." A-listers, armed with their $25,000 tickets, came together Monday night in their most adventurous outfits to make an impression and celebrate fashion as an art at the Vogue-sponsored event. And while some of the sartorial choices on Monday shone, many fell flat, and some were just perplexing.

Just a few days after Vice President and lovable uncle Joe Biden announced his support of same-sex marriage, and a day after the North Carolina amendment banning same-sex marriage was passed, the POTUS himself declared that his views on the issues have "evolved." In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, he described his opinions and how they have changed over the years, and the conversations with his wife, daughters, openly gay service members, and staffers that have guided him to officially affirm his support of same-sex marriage.

Since Best Coast debuted the first single, “The Only Place,” from their new album (also named The Only Place), I have been impatiently awaiting the full album (as in, listening to the single, non-stop, on repeat, for days on end). Like 2010’s Crazy For You, the new album puts Bethany Cosentino's sentimental and direct lyrics against a backdrop of waves and sun.

Save the Children has released their 13th annual Mothers' Index as part of the 2012 State of the World's Mothers report just in time for Mother's Day here in the states. The organization surveyed 165 countries and analyzed factors like maternal death rate and years of formal schooling for women to compile the list. A mother and her child in Kyrgyzstan  The top 10 countries are, as expected, wealthy and developed nations, all of which are European except for Australia and New Zealand.

  Yesterday, the state of North Carolina voted in favor of Amendment 1, a constitutional civil rights violation of a bill that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state. The amendment formally defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but the rest of the language of the bill is notably vague, leading to concerns that the rights of unmarried straight couples would also be in danger. The concerns stem from the line stating, "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.

The New Museum's (235 Bowery, New York, NY) women-dominated Spring Exhibitions opened this past week, and you should definitely mosey on over there and check it out. With five exhibitions on five floors, make sure you have a couple hours free to take everything in. Here's a peek at two of my favorite exhibitions. A few of Djurberg's sculptures in The Parade, made from metal, clay, foam, fabric, adhesive, silicone, acrylic paint, varnish, wood, aluminum foil, and other materials.

Rolling Stone broke the news yesterday that Against Me! singer Tom Gabel is currently transitioning from male to female. The first openly transgendered rock star, Gabel plans to begin the process soon and will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace. Gabel is speaking frankly about the tenuous position she is in, saying "I'm going to have embarrassing moments, and that won't be fun. But that's part of what talking to you is about - is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind.

I felt hella good when I saw this video announcement from the members of No Doubt: [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF4Xv7zMDnk 425x344] The new album comes out September 25th! It’s been over 10 years since the California-based band released a new album. In 2004, they took a hiatus to pursue solo projects and since then, die-hard No Doubt fans have waited for the day when the band would reunite and make music again. I saw them perform in summer 2009, and it was just a reminder of how well these four work together, and what an amazing dynamic they have on stage.
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