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    Halloween is approaching quickly, and there’s one city that has a little-known obsession with the holiday: Portland, Oregon! We asked Portland’s Sallie Ford and the ladies of her new, all-girl rock band for some tips and tricks for the season of the witch. Weighing in are Sallie Ford (vocals/guitar), Anita Lee Elliot (bass), Amanda Spring (drums), and Cristina Cano (keyboards). Read More
  This interview from 1982 with Eartha Kitt is so amazing, I had to watch it three times! Kitt, best know for her hit song "Santa Baby" and her role as Cat Woman on the 1960s TV version of Batman, always spoke her mind (sometimes to the detriment to her career), and once made first wife Lady Bird Johnson cry at a White House luncheon when she spoke out about the Vietnam War: "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot. Read More
The New Republic ran an interview yesterday with the Notorious R.B.G—a nickname Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself approves, as reporter Jeffrey Rosen found out during an exchange about her, ehem, notoriety in popular culture.  Of course, Ginsburg is one of the most powerful people in the country, a fact which is not lost as she answers questions about her modus operandi as a justice, or which Supreme Court decision she would over rule. Read More
If you’re looking for a fall retreat upstate this weekend, look no further than Basilica SoundScape (Sept. 12 to 14), a carefully curated weekend of art and music in Hudson, NY, in the stunning industrial venue Basilica Hudson. Helmed by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and her partner, filmmaker Tony Stone, in conjunction with Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy and Brian De Ran of Leg Up, the event promises to be stronger than ever in its third year. Read More
Maggie Campbell is the head distiller at Privateer Rum in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It’s an impressive title, but one that was not easily acquired in the male-dominated spirits industry.   She admits that “female visibility in the spirits industry is very skewed,” and that drama, competition and a sometimes exclusionary energy is par for the course in a small industry such as hers. Read More
I came across Roxane Gay’s literature while I was deep in the clutches of ADD. But when I found her short story “The Year I Learned Everything” while poking around the web, I could not stop reading it from start to finish. Gay was there for me when I needed a voice to shout without dominating; she had true grit, without embellishment or pageantry. When I finished, I couldn't believe that the story was classified as fiction—her ability to convey the full spectrum of human emotions so effortlessly made my cheeks burn.  Recently, I headed to The Last Bookstore in L.A. Read More
Kim Shattuck, guitarist of The Muffs, had missed her band. She had been playing with the LA-based punk rock group since their formation in 1991 and up until they decided to take a break after their fifth record in 2004. About a decade later, she paid a visit to her mother’s house, where a number of previous Muffs songs were written, to see if the environment sparked any new inspiration. Shattuck came up with an album’s worth of all new material and couldn’t wait to show Muffs bassist, Ronnie Barnett, and drummer, Roy McDonald. Read More
From riot grrrl trailblazer in the band Sleater-Kinney to sketch comedy genius on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein has been cranking out pop culture gems since 1994. Here, the Jill-of-all-trades opens up about fame, Fred, and driving traffic to her fave feminist bookstore. By Lisa Butterworth    Navy silk top by Wren, wrenstudio.com; Perspex necklace by The Way We Wore, thewaywewore. Read More
While I was beginning to believe only Millennials were obsessed with computers, Mickey Mouse and selfies, artist Ultra Violet (Isabelle Collin Dufresne) took these obsessions to the next level. She passed away on June 14th at 78 years old, but we can can remember her for the beautiful art instillations she created that prompted the viewer to interpret iconic symbols in our society in a completely different way.  In her day, Ultra Violet was a purple-haired artist who worked with some others you might’ve heard of: Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, just to name a few. Read More
We interviewed Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm, the writer/director of Obvious Child, a film about much more than abortion stigma. This new modern-day, feminist flick not only reconstitutes the traditional rom-com, but its underrated content has also sparked the kind of movement and dialogue we've all been waiting for.  If you haven't seen the film, there ARE spoilers in this interview, so beware. Read More