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This past December, I saw Prince for the first time at Madison Square Garden. For those of us used to seeing indie rock shows in a half-filled dive bar, there is certainly something eerily futuristic/Matrix-y about a concert in a vast, jam-packed arena complete with video screens, nausea-inducing bleachers, 20,000 seats, and nine dollar domestic beers. A smallish sized city of people had assembled and paid at least ninety dollars to see the man- just one of many sold-out shows- which must be some kind of ego trip.

  4th Annual Brooklyn Pie Contest on January 23rd! Presented by Brooklyn Homesteader at The Bedford. The funds raised at this event will benefit, Growing Chefs, a field to fork educational program.   For the pie contest, the rules are as follows: 1. You must make the pie crust yourself, FROM SCRATCH! 2. Pizza pies do not count. We love them, but it's not the same thing at all...Sorry! No pizza. 3. The first 50 pies in attendance will be judged. All pies after are welcome to be shared with the crowd, but they will not be tasted by the judges.

Grammy Award Winning and legendary hip-hop icons Salt-N-Pepa are kicking off a 20-city Legends of Hip-Hop Tour! As the first ever female rap crew, Salt-N-Pepa, broke barriers and opened doors wide open that were once closed to women in hip-hop. They gave women a voice in a male dominated industry and transformed the way the music world saw women forever. With the hit songs "Push It," "Shoop", and "Whatta Man," Salt-N-Pepa would defy everyone's expectations and catapult hip-hop to new levels.

I first heard it a number of years ago. Someone told me they saw a question about me on a Trivial Pursuit card. It was very cool to hear but I didn't quite believe it, and figured they'd probably mistaken me for someone else or some other question. But the other day a friend of my boos' was playing the game and came across the very card with me as a clue, and took a snapshot. I must say this is one of the highest honors of my career. But I also have to say that I feel bad for whoever ends up getting this question, as I fear only a small sub-set of folks would get the answer right.

Winter is not my favorite time of year. I can’t stand being in the bitter cold, only to come home to a heat that seems to suck all the moisture out of my pores. Although I should probably just drink more water, I’d like to use the season as an excuse to try out some elaborate, at home, spa treatments.

  As Nicki Minaj takes over Hip-Hop, her predecessor Lil’ Kim has been none too thrilled with the news. For the past few years the two rap divas have been trading words in music and the media. However, recently, the war reached its tipping point. The controversy between the two originated as early as 2007-2008, when Nicki’s debut mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007) and Sucka Free (2008) had promo pics attached of a squatting Nicki in a pose resembling Lil’ Kim’s album art from her debut, ‘96’s Hard Core.

To celebrate the 100th birthday of perhaps the most iconic burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, the New York Public Library has planned an event that is sure to be spectacular.  Karen Abbott, author of the acclaimed biography American Rose, A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE at the New York Public Library will be holding a conversation about the life and times of the beloved performer, including dramatic readings of a few of Gypsy’s unpublished letters from the NYPL archives.

I met Jodee Knowles in Perth last year and completely fell in love with her. Our mutual friend informed me she was an artist and showed me her portraits on Facebook. We would stare at them, and marvel. I saw her characters as drug raddled fashion types—like she was mocking everything around her, or what she might be perceived as. I decided to check in with Jodie, to see how her work has evolved and find out what she had to say about it.  1.

  In 2010, HBO premiered Afghan Star, a documentary about Afghanistan's version of "American Idol." The movie featured the story of Setara, a young woman whose head scarf slipped off while performing on the show. As you can imagine,  the quick reveal of her hair  sparked a controversy in the country.

Are you a funny lady? Of course you are! Give the crowds your two cents on airplane food (what is the deal, am I right!?) at Boston's third annual Women In Comedy Festival. The festival has extended its submission deadline and now you have until January 12th to submit in the categories of stand up, improv, sketch, storytelling and musical comedy. Don't feel like participating? Stop by the five day festival and watch headliners Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Jen Kirkman and Morgan Murphy.
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