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Act now!  TOMORROW, March 4th, at 8 PM, journalist, writer and soon to be novelist Alix Strauss will present an illustrated lecture entitled "Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious"  at supercool Brooklyn exhibition space Observatory.  Strauss is the author of a recently published book of the same name, and her presentation is based on her research into the last days of such "icons of celebrity suicide" as Virginia Woolf, Diane Arbus, Kurt Cobain and Sigmund Freud, and...

In anticipation of two Elliott Smith album reissues, Kill Rock Stars has posted two MP3s available for download at no charge.  "Last Call," a track  from his debut album Roman Candle, and "Twilight," from the posthumously released From a Basement on the Hill, are both excerpts from the upcoming re-releases. Roman Candle and From a Basement on the Hill will both be released on April 6th, completing Smith's indpendent discography on KRS. Download the tracks and remember why you fell in love with Smith's unique blend...

Let's start this thing off with a little honesty:  Yeah, I did go to Economy Candy and buy wax vampire fangs to wear during the season finale of True Blood on HBO.  Didn't you? I guess what I'm really saying is that, for some of us, the wait for Season Three seems like a long one.  But since America's favorite politically-charged-Southern-Gothic-vampire-soap-opera won't return to television til June, here's something else to look forward to.  Comic book company Bluewater Productions is hard at work on...
This Sunday, Oscar history may very well be made: the Academy may award its first Best Director award to a woman. This would be an awesome step for women directors—which is actually a term the nominee in question, Kathryn Bigelow, isn’t too fond of. In an interview with 60 Minutes this past Sunday, Bigelow revealed her ambivalence about the potentially groundbreaking award. "There's really no difference between what I do and what a male filmmaker might do. I mean we all try to make our days,...
Everyone loves a juicy scandal and a brilliant piece of art, so why not both? Welcome to the documentary expose, The Art of the Steal (dir. Don Argott). Beginning in 1922, Albert C. Barnes has cultivated one of the most impressive art collections in America. Hosting a rich collection of 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos. No doubt, a weighty collection of canonical, eye-widening names. Impressive, yes. Expensive as hell? You got it. So where's the scandal? Barnes died in 1951 and left a...

We Are Swimming Cities, a diverse collective of artists, performers, and builders that annually come together to embark on a large scale project, is holding a silent auction this Friday, March 6th, to raise support for their latest endeavor, The Ocean of Blood Floating Island.  This year's project, which begins in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, will involve a fleet of small boats that will travel along the Ganges River stopping along the way to Varanasi to purchase items hand crafted by locals for...
Oh Taylor Swift.  I hated you during the onslaught of "Love Story;" hated your complete disregard for and desecration of literature ("Cause you were Romeo, I was the Scarlet Letter?"  WHAT IS THAT? It. Doesn't. Make. Sense. Have you read either of those books?  Do you know they both end badly and are completely inappropriate for the subject you're singing about?  Do you know hundreds of young girls are going to read those books expecting some kind of happy ending only to be met with...

Despite the charms of the two boys behind me in the balcony yelling, "don't be a bitch" at various members of the band as they made banter with the audience, Wild Beasts expressed being *most* excited about the two NYC dates scheduled on their first ever tour of North America, which ends with their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow (2/28.) Coming all the way from their native UK, the boys travelled through Europe and Australia just to come here and promote songs...
WomensMediaCenter.com has put together a video to commemorate the ladies responsible for the best cinematic moments of 2009.  Celebrating the women whom without these moments would not be possible, the video highlights accomplishments of Oscar hopefuls such as Kathryn Bigelow, Meryl Streep, Mo'Nique, Maggie Gyllenhaal and all other female nominees.      As pointed out on the Women's Media Center's website, Kathryn Bigelow is better positioned than any other woman in history to win the Award for Best Director at this year's ceremony on March 7th; accomplishing...
:::actual rock shot- I took last year this time in Utah @ Arches National Park.I strongly recommend taking a roadtrip to Moab, Utah at least once in your life.It is breath-taking, exciting and huge. Takes hours to get done. You might cry a little.This rock has severe body issues. Really-really aspiring to be something it is not. Dear Penis Dick Cock Rock,We love you. You don't have to try so hard. You look like you're going to explode. You don't have to be quite so at attention, although...