Under the Big Top

BY Molly Labell in General

 Have you checked out “Circus” on PBS yet? The  new   documentary, aired as six hour-long episodes, gives viewers a glimpse of the clown alleys and sawdust floors behind the Big Apple Circus. The men get more airtime during the first episode than the women, and only one of the ten featured performers on PBS’s website is a woman, but the hard-working ladies of the Big Apple are depicted as disciplined and devoted to their craft. ... Read More
My week has been rather stressful: the election results were distressing, I'm churning out my thesis, and I'm cramming for my GRE next week. This presents a range of emotions that I haven't been able to articulate. Enter Don Draper. I love Mad Men, and had noticed his effective use of "what?" to express a multitude of feelings: astonishment, confusion, disappointment. This video, a compilation of the best Don Draper "what?"s both spoke to me and made me laugh out ... Read More
The first time I met Michele Carlo was at the Moth. We were in line at the Bitter End; I'd seen her perform and introduced myself as a newbie. "Storytellers are the best group of people," she told me. "Come out with us after the show." At that point, Michele had been telling stories in New York for more than a decade. She'd been a performer since college, where she was in with the Lower East Side's hip, arty crowd. She'd created a burlesque show around a character ... Read More

Black Girls Rock-ing on BET

BY Mary S in TV

Black women have long been part of rock music’s cultural landscape, from Lauryn Hill to Betty Davis to Tina Turner to Missy Elliot. But mention people who rock, and black girls will rarely show up at the top of a list most likely populated by aging white dudes with expensive guitars. Black Girls Rock Inc., a New York based non-profit whose mission it is to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service ... Read More
   The world’s oldest person, Eugenie Blanchard, died earlier today in St. Bart’s at the age of 114, according to The Huffington Post. The Caribbean super-centenarian was also the world’s oldest nun.  The woman to hold the title before Blanchard, Kama Chinen of Japan, died six months ago to the day. Have you ever noticed how the world’s oldest people keep…dying? Weird! It is possible that Blanchard’s vocation ... Read More
So it's probably okay to admit that the first thing to draw me to the music of Danielle Ate the Sandwich was the word sandwich, right? I mean, the truth is the truth, but I will follow up that revelation by telling you that singer/songwriter Danielle Anderson is a wholesome and tasty treat. (UGHHHHHH. I know.) Anderson gained popularity, and was able to really spread the buzz about her folky tunes by making a series of cute and funny YouTube videos. I highly ... Read More
I interviewed a friend of mine who is a dominatrix, because I was curious about whether she finds her job empowering and what made her get into it. She was kind enough to answer my questions candidly, providing insight into a world I know relatively nothing about.  1. How did you get into being a dominatrix? I've always been a pervert. When I moved to New York, I pretty much immediately started going to burlesque shows, which are closely tied into local ... Read More
Gregory and the Hawk, nom de plume of Meredith Godreau, will be releasing her new album, Leche, this coming Tuesday on FatCat, and we just got her new video! The NY-based multi-talented musician shows off her lyrical sensitivity and D.I.Y. skills with this homemade video of her song, "For the Best". It's absolutely beautiful, and had me checking out Gregory and the Hawk for future show dates immediately. Her previous albums, In Your Dreams and Moenie and ... Read More
One of the ways my mom lets me know she loves me is by making soup and canning it so I can preserve it until that fateful day when a cold hits me and all I want is a bowl of mom’s magical brew. When I don’t know what to give someone for the holidays, I rely on my homemade orange marmalade presented in cute jars—it’s a gift everyone appreciates since it’s such a sweet labor of love. And when I get carried away at the farmers’ ... Read More
Missing Unicorn posters have gone up all over Manhattan and beyond, while a billboard promises a reward on 104th and Broadway. According to the signs, the mythical animal was last seen entering Central Park at West 72nd street, and the public is encouraged to call the sightings hot-line with any leads. Mimicking those photocopied fliers publicizing a lost pet, the posters are the brainchild of artist Camomile Hixon, who has invited the entire city to join the ... Read More
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