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  Have you heard of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Neither had I, until I saw this coverage of Armpits4August, the charity group raising awareness of PCOS, as it’s known, by growing out their underarm hair for one whole month. Like Movember, in which men grow out their mustaches for the month of November to raise money for men’s health, Armpits4August has women grow out their armpit hair to raise awareness of PCOS, a disease so common that it affects up to 10% of women, yet so little is known about it that no one is even certain of where it comes from. Read More
If you’ve ever made or received a mix tape, you know the amount of thought that goes into picking out the perfect track listing to express the right mood.  It’s a lot like making a painting, actually— which is why art and music are perfect creative companions.  BUST is pleased to sponsor a show that explores the relationship between artists and the music that guides them: MiXTAPE Los Angeles, opening August 4 in Los Angeles, CA, documents the creative processes of 24 artists who have titled their pieces after the songs, bands, or albums that inspired them. Read More
Some artists get better with age, and Patti Smith is definitely one of them. With the recent success of her book, Just Kids, about her relationship with late photographer Robert Maplethorpe, Smith’s receiving the most attention she’s had since the late 1970s. I’d bet that many of those who’ve read Just Kids aren’t even very familiar with Smith’s music. This makes the timing of her newest musical album, Banga, rather perfect. The four albums Smith’s made since her “comeback” in 1996 have pretty much flown under the radar. Read More
As IF you needed a reason to go downtown tomorrow and celebrate the amazing movement that is waking up America.  Lou Reed & Patti Smith are scheduled to play on Saturday, December 17th – the three month anniversary of Occupy Wall St., the birthday of Bradley Manning, and the 1 year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi – the act that sparked the Arab Spring. Beloved New York band, Dean and Britta will be hitting the stage right before Lou, so make sure to be there on time! WBAI will broadcast the event that starts at 12 noon EDT. Read More
It is rare to attend a concert that is truly life-changing. Last night I had the honor and privilege to attend "An Evening with Patti Smith," at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, and can honestly say that I left the show with the desire to become a better human being.  The show was being held in conjunction with her accompanying exhibition Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue at the Leubsdorf Art Gallery. Smith was joined on stage with 40-year accompanying guitarist Lenny Kaye, as well as her daughter Jesse Smith on piano. Read More
  “Punk godmother” Patti Smith recently received the Polar Music Prize, a prestigious Swedish award which has been given out annually since 1992 to notable talents from Bjork to Zeppelin. The late ABBA lyricist and manager Stig Anderson created the prize to recognize the musical achievements of artists from a variety of genres and cultures, ensuring that the world would thank him for more than just “Dancing Queen” (but seriously, Mr. Anderson, thank you for “Dancing Queen”). Read More
New York has not always been the safe, overpriced playground for the rich. Sure, cities change but comparatively NYC is  now a child’s wonderland compared to what it was in the seventies. Left to crumble into both financial and physical ruin by president Ford, who refused to help the city pay off its debts, lower New York City was sent into a state of heavy decline. Times were bleak. The Lower East Side and Alphabet city were relentless war zones. Buildings were reduced to piles of rubble. What is now Tompkins Square Park was then a virtual shantytown built by squatters. Read More

Old's Cool!

BY Laurie in Style

Ladies of a certain age seem to be having their moment in the media right now. Last night, I watched a few episodes of Sunset Daze, the new reality show on WE about feisty folks living in a retirement home in Arizona, whose ages range from their 60s to their 70s. The nouveau riche Real Housewives, who are in their 40s and 50s, are acting up every week on Bravo, and soon we'll have another Sex and the City movie featuring glam gals in their 40s and 50s. Read More
Legendary poet rocker Patti Smith was the featured guest at last night’s installment of the Live from the New York Public Library series in Manhattan, and the evening was nothing short of magical. There to promote her new memoir, Just Kids, Smith had a spirited chat with moderator Paul Holdengräber, performed three gorgeous acoustic numbers, and even stuck around afterward to sign books and chat with the sold-out crowd. Read More

Patti Smith is People Too!

BY debbie in Music

Found this awesome video of Patti Smith on an episode of the late-70's/early-80's TV show "Kids are People Too," via Lesley's blog who found it on Kathleen's blog. I love how Patti explains punk rock by saying that "Rock 'n roll's gettin' back in the hands of the people, it belongs to the kids again, not the big business guys" and the host just kind of mumbles in response, "We can go for that, I think..." Also, what kind of a kid wants to be a missionary when they grow up? And OMG, those lame-o wings hair cuts and the neutral colored cowl neck sweaters? Yup, I rocked that back in the day. Read More