Blonde Redhead frontwoman Kazu Makino has organized some pretty stellar musicians for a good cause: We Are the Works in Progress is a 14-song compilation album to support Japan's efforts to rebuild and heal after  the 2011 tsunami.  The album features exclusive tracks, remixes, and new versions of songs-- many of them works in progress themselves-- from artists such as Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray, The Knife), John Maus, and Deerhunter. We Are the ... Read More
BUST boss ladies Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel will be meeting fans and signing copies of the new BUST D.I.Y. Guide to Life this Wednesday (December 7) at Bluestockings book store, on New York's Lower East Side.  The book, which compiles helpful how-to guides from the past 15 years of BUST and brings them to you in our signature smart BUSTy style, is a hit-- and if you haven't gotten your own yet, now's your chance to snag one with a signature from its ... Read More
David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is one of the most anticipated films of the year; beyond the murder-heavy, not-exactly-popcorn-material plot (said to remain very faithful to Stieg Larsson's best-selling novel), a lot of the hype is due to The Girl herself.  After months of speculation over who would play asocial hacker Lisbeth Salander, the first photos of a black-haired, pierced, fully-transformed and hauntingly ... Read More
Ah, Christmas in New York: it’s pretty much everything that Home Alone 2 made it out to be (with the exception of like, the entire plot) but better.  The tree at Rockefeller Center, the chestnuts roasting on open-ish fires, John Waters putting the “X” in X-mas at B.B. King's, and Ronnie Spector’s annual Christmas Party. For over 20 years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and living legend has hosted a New York City Christmas ... Read More
The deadline to apply for the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant is December 31st.  Grants between $1000 and $2000 will be awarded to three film projects that embody the spirit of Sarah Jacobson, the independent filmmaker behind Mary Jane’s Not  a Virgin Anymore and I Was a Teenage Serial Killer.  Says the grant’s website: "Sarah’s films reflected her punk sensibilities, her feminist beliefs, and her dedication to DIY principles. After her ... Read More
A trip to the DMV can be an exercise in patience for anyone—but for one transgender Tennessee woman, it became a fight for equality.  Andrea Jones of Morristown, TN, went in to change her sex from male to female on her driver’s license; when her request was denied, she walked out to the parking lot and took her shirt off. She was arrested for indecent exposure, and argued that if the state recognized her as male, she had the right to be topless in ... Read More
If you haven't heard of Alexa Wilding yet, you will soon. The New York-based singer-songwriter (who shares a stage name with the muse of Italian painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti) was called "one of music's hippest chicks" by NY Post, released a critically-acclaimed self-titled EP in 2009, toured with Au Revoir Simone, and will debut her own dreamy full-length album soon.  Photographer Bek Andersen visited Alexa Wilding at her home, which, it turns out, is ... Read More
In the spring of 2008, a ragtag group of theater majors, art students, musicians, and feminists met in the campus dance studio of The State University of New York at New Paltz and learned how to strip.  Their teacher was Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, and the lessons they learned that day (how to seductively remove a glove, make love to a chair, twirl nipple tassels) would be put to use in a way that the small ... Read More
Portland-based poet/photographer/collage artist Delilah Jones' groovy cosmic dreamscapes are steeped in magic-- and milkshakes. After falling in love with the Pacific Northwest on an epic post-grad road trip, New York-raised Jones took a job at an ice cream shop in Portland; she worked on collages between customers and admits she made "more art than milkshakes."  Her sundae-scooping gig ended a few months ago when the shop's owners sold the place, but ... Read More
Halloween is a week away! Whether you're a pumpkin-carving, candy-craving kid-at-heart or can't wait for the Hallows' Eve hype to die like a horny teen in a slasher flick, you can't deny that the air gets a little weirder this time of year.  I've always looked forward to getting creative and making my own costumes (I tend to plan my next costume on November first).  This year, unfortunately, I have to work on Halloween, but if I can make it a party, I ... Read More
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