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Dear Frida Kahlo,  Google has informed me that it is your birthday. Happy birthday. I’m must say that you have become quite accomplished since your death. You’re on a U.S. postage stamp, your 1943 painting "Roots" set the record for the highest-selling portrait by a Latin-American artist, you’ve even had an Academy award nominated film made about you! With Salma Hayek no less! (The movie made me tear up darnit, Frida.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and Music Box Films are getting together for the DVD release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and the theatrical releases of the next two in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.

Fellow M.I.A. fans, I hope you have your credit cards and daily planners ready! On July 17th, the versatile Sri Lankan songstress will be making her 2010 national stage debut at the first ever HARD LA music festival in Downtown LA.  The two-stage festival will also feature special guest, N*E*R*D along with Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Rye Rye, Switch, Joker, Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, 12th Planet, Jason Bentley, Borgore, Nguzunguzu, Destructo, Ninjasonik, and The Gaslamp Killer.   Then, on July 24th, M.I.A.

Hearing Sarah Palin talk about why women can be anti-choice feminists has been pretty terrifying. Her message, that women can and should be expected to be have children they don't actually want, is totes ridic. But her supporting argument, suggesting that it's anti-feminist to accuse women of being unable to handle this load, is a bit trickier. Answering is like trying to respond to the "when did you stop beating your wife" question. Meanwhile, daughter Bristol recently launched, "Pause before you play," public service announcement, brought to you by Candies.

Lady Gaga is supposedly to blame for the slow rise of a new trend concerning the “big eye” look she showed off in the video for ‘Bad Romance.’ While the look seems to have originated in anime and manga, it can’t be denied that The Gaga would naturally be the one to bring it to the forefront, trendsetter that she is. (I’m personally waiting for a video in which she sneezes with her eyes open and heads start exploding across America.

There was some warning that the Met was trying to link fashion to female empowerment–the exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation, reads their promotional material –but I can't say I bought it. C'mon. Fashion is pretty nearly universally a symbol of entrapment. The high heels, the bras, etc. Sure, we can revel in being pretty and sexy and still be liberated, but by and large this is not how it works.

Are you still crying over the fact that you missed The Blow at Glasslands in May? Well dry your eyes because you're getting another chance this very week! Khaela Maricich is performing solo again and has recently moved to Brooklyn where she's trying out some new stuff with installation and sound artist Melissa Dyne. Have a look for yourself this Friday at Joe's Pub. More info can be found here.

Nothing says patriotic holiday weekend like Bjork singing songs to some whales. Well, she's mostly singing the songs to raise money for whales, but I'm sure she'd delight in singing directly to them as well. Bjork has teamed up with last Summer's musical mascots, Dirty Projectors, for an EP called Mount Wittenberg Orca, all proceeds of which will be donated to the National Geographic Society's Ocean Initiative. Stream this album while you fire up the grill tomorrow and you'll be celebrating two things on the same day. Whales AND hot dogs! [video:http://www.youtube.

Loving the new Black Mountain single and video for Old Fangs, it combines all my fave things; psychedelic montages, 70s chicks casting spells in the woods, and muscle cars. YEAH! New album out on Jagjaguwar in September. They'll be on tour all summer, so go see them if they come to your town! Click here for dates.

Women make up the majority of the workforce these days, and have even been breaking into the boys clubs, also known as politics and comedy. Olivia Munn and (gasp!) Elena Kagan have proven to be the ladies of the week who combined both politics and comedy. One of our favorite new columnists at Salon keeps it real with some sassy advice for dudes who are too distracted by co-workers’ boobiliciousness, and we can’t help but think about that Debrahlee again, so here’s Modern Lady’s coverage, too.
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