The all-female bartending competition known as Speed Rack is taking over Los Angeles for one night only. Speed Rack was created by Ivy Mix and Lynette Marrero of the New York Chapter for LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), which works to collect drink recipes that were thought to be endangered or extinct. (Their mission is also to "dismantle the patriarchy, one drink at a time.") Top female bartenders compete in timed competitions at Speed Rack, a one-of-a-kind battle that highlights the top women in the industry. Read More
Documentary filmmaker Amy Oden is seeking support for her new project, Exotic, which she's hoping to start shooting next year. The film will follow women traveling from the mainland US to Guam to work as exotic dancers. Oden hopes to present a look at a kind of sex work not covered by other media outlets. The money she raises on Kickstarter will help fund her trip to Guam, as well as basics like tape stock and hard drives. Her goal is to raise $5000 by December 6th, and she can't do it without the public's help. Read More
Have you ever been in one of those relationships where you feel like only you and the other person exist? If so, Drake Doremus' Like Crazy will evoke all your nostalgia, and suck you into the confined space that young lovers create for themselves.    You may recognize actor Anton Yelchin from Alpha Dog or Charlie Bartlett, but he has certainly taken a leap of maturity in this film. Yelchin plays Jacob, a college T.A. who receives a love note from British classmate Anna (Felicity Jones). An immediate connection is made, and a relationship soon ensues. 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 exactly the kind of magical abode you'd expect the smart, stylish songstress to inhabit. Read More
  This past weekend marked the final string of performances of the U.S. leg of St Vincent’s Strange Mercy tour and Mercy us, is BUST glad to have made it to one of the shows.For those who haven’t given it a listen yet, Strange Mercy is the album St Vincent (otherwise known as Annie Clark) describes as the one in which she is finally relenting to her more artless instincts in an effort to reveal the more candid side of her artistic self. Read More
It's your last chance to be a vendor at the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2011 in NYC -- applications close today! This year's holiday shopping festivities will take place on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th at 82 Mercer St. in SoHo, New York City. Join us for everything you know and love about the BUST Magazine Craftacular, along with some exciting new changes: The first ever two-day holiday Craftacular! A 25,000 sq. ft. event space at 82 Mercer Street, located in the heart of SoHo (foot traffic galore!). Read More
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America means many things to both men and women. It recently celebrated its 95th birthday and serves over three million people a year at its 800 national health clinics. Women with limited or no health insurance can access S.T.I. and U.T.I. testing, contraceptives, pregnancy tests and PAP smears as well as abortions. For this reason, the federation has been swaddled in controversy by political parties and the general public since its inception. Read More
If “Time Travel,” one of the more delightfully sinister tracks on Blouse's self-titled debut, is to be believed, the band has the ability to fluidly travel between present, past, and future. The album (out now on Captured Tracks), which sounds nostalgic and fresh all at once, confirms this assertion. Charlie Hilton’s lead vocals hover somewhere between Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier and Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, while the melodies she glides over veer from fuzzed-out Depeche Mode to popped-up Suicide. Read More
Despite the title, Brite Futures’ new album Dark Past (out now on Turnout) is anything but gloomy. The Seattle-based band (formerly known as Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head) split from Warner Bros. and have since moved on to indie label Turnout, a move that underlies some songs on the new record. The quintet of Claire England, Shaun Libman, Luke Smith, David Price, and Conor Sisk may have a new name, but they can still bring us an album full of dance-worthy tunes ripe for singing along and blasting at high volumes. Read More
Paula Scher, one of the key players and leading ladies of graphic design (she is the first and currently the only female partner at design firm Pentagram), likes to paint really big and really intricate maps. The sizes of the maps alone are impressive (some are as tall as 12 feet) but it's the obsessiveness over the details that's really stunning. Scher's maps are made up entirely of words and packed with an insane amount of information; continents and oceans swirl with flight paths, neighborhoods, and time zones. Read More