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Kimberly Ellen Hall has been teaching people to knit in exchange for their first projects since 2007. Now, her collection of scarves made by people who have never knit before have earned an exhibit all of their own at the Textile Arts Center from November 5- December 16. Her inspiration for this project is truly lovely; "I learned to knit while I was struggling with a project about luck. I made all sorts of printed pieces with images of items considered lucky: pickles, frogs, black-eyed peas, the number 7, eggs, and so on. But none of the finished pieces felt truly lucky to me.

On Sunday, October 31, 2010, Brazil elected their first female president. Since I'm Brazilian and a feminist, a lot of people have asked me if I'm really excited about this. To the surprise of most, I have responded, "Would you be excited if your country was being run by a fascist Sarah Palin-meets-Margaret Thatcher type?" Admittedly, it is a very harsh comparison, but allow me to explain. At the start of Dilma Rousseff's campaign, which was the first time the world ever took note of her (much like Palin), if I looked at the facts on paper, then there'd be plenty of reasons to be excited.

Who caught last night's salute to the Women of SNL on NBC? It was incredible. It was like one of their many "best of" DVD's that you usually buy for 50 cents at stoop sales (pre bed-bug craze), but instead of only compiling clips featuring one cast member, they spotlighted all the best bits done by these spectacular comediennes over the past 35 years. It's really about time for the show to finally give props to these women who have historically made up less than one third of the cast.

Some street style I shot while visiting  a friend in Boston. I really want to go back, I had such a lovely time.  Maybe it's because I've spent the last four years here but Fall in New York looks nothing like Fall in Boston. The trees turn such beautiful colors- saffrons, rich magentas and emeralds- I kind of wanted to eat the leaves. Or take them home with me and stare at the pretty colors all day long.  But I've digressed- back to street style! Here it is. With high(er) res here.

Mexican Summer is turning out to be the record label to watch of 2010. Though some of their CMJ showcase choices this year seemed a little, ahem, questionable, it's hard to argue with the people who brought you Best Coast's Crazy for You. If there's any justice in the world, San Francisco group Tamaryn ought to become the next M.S. breakout act (except I'm pretty sure they're not going to be so into Twitter). The band is officially composed of lead singer Tamaryn and multi-instrumentalist Rex John Shelverton, but for their shows they enlisted a little help from a drummer and a bassist.

Funnyman Chicago rapper Hollywood Holt just released a great clip of him doing "LaLaLa Freestyle," and MIA is in it! It's a simple video of them hanging out on a stoop, but his rhymes are real, and MIA makes for some great company. You can download his newest mix tape "These Are The Songs That Didn't Make The Album But Are Sill Cold As Hell So Shut The Fuck Up Vol. 1" for free on his website, and he also has an album slated for release next year on Chocolate Industries, so keep yer eyes peeled! Photo source: www.urb.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but even though I’ve been doing movie commentaries for NPR’s New York affiliate, WNYC, for the past six months, I didn’t know until a couple of weeks ago that they had a live performance venue. Some friends tipped me off to a great show that was going on at WNYC’s Greene Space—a “new destination for artists and audiences created for live performances, signature WNYC radio shows, and video webcasts” at 44 Charlton Street—so I headed over there on Friday, Oct 22, for a taping of the normally L.A.

I can't report as to the mood on the ground, but from the view from my television on Saturday, the National Mall looked packed with rationality at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Musical guests ranging from The Roots to Tony Bennett performed, and appearances were made by the MythBusters, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even R2D2.

I am a blog test. nothing to see here people just move along. BUST MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS CRAFTACULAR 2010 SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28 2010 Shop, craft, dance... and make merry! 12pm-6pm York Hall, 5-15 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ 1 minute from Bethnal Green tube station Shop at over 70 stalls of the hottest in handmade.test. Craft a Christmas bauble with The Make Lounge, crochet a moustache with Prick Your Finger* – plus pom-poms to Make and Do with Perri and a DIY Couture demonstration. Dance to DJs El Nino, My Ex-Boyfriend’s Records, She Runs With Wolves and Ci-Ci.

I have to admit, way back in 2008 when I had my first dose of Crystal Castle's against my will at a dimly lit local watering hole I was more than a little skeptical. Abundant dance beats, standard new wave synths, androgynous haircuts, and generous amounts of distorted femme roaring all played their appropriate roles. All these things are of course mandatory ingredients to an ever so hip soundtrack to looking for romance in all the wrong places. I thought to myself, now here is a band that is not going to outlast the keg at which my beer is being tapped from.
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