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Two years ago, an idiopathic neuropathy entered Liz Jackson’s life, transforming a hustle and bustle metropolitan lifestyle into one of unexpected instability. Yet, while she has faced many moments of debility, weakness and despair have never been in the cards for Liz. With this new fate, Liz has taken her challenges and transformed them into focus, patience, strength, and most importantly, activism.  Since then, Liz has come a long way, and she couldn’t have done it without her purple Sabi Cane. Read More
Pull on your red pleather boots, slap on some lipstick and a pair of heart-shaped glasses and go out dancing. In a field. Or outside a post office. Or in the forest. This is what front woman of HERS, Melissa L. Amstutz, does in the video for "Please." She places her hand stiffly on her head, positioning her own body. She dons a platinum blonde wig, and we are forced to see her enact a strange femininity. Gender truly is a performance, and one we all undergo each day. We see that there is so much more to a woman, to Amstutz, than blonde hair and red lips. Read More
I'd like to introduce you to my favorite person in the world. Yep, this guy. He is Gene Kelly on bath salts. He is Tom Jones' best impression of William Shatner. He is a Celtic warrior with a bass drum for a chest. He is an infomercial dad with Satanic leanings. He has seventy-five hip joints, and he is using all of them. He is Samuel T. Herring of the electro-pop band Future Islands, and he is my future husband, and we will have a beautiful life. Why do I love this performance? Because it's completely unnecessary, and yet a perfect and beautiful expression of the human condition. Read More
As Queen Bey takes her rightful place on the Pop Diva Throne, suddenly something happens which reminds us that some of our biggest stars are mere princesses in the face of music history. The news that Kate Bush will be playing fifteen August dates in London for her first tour in thirty-five years broke the icon's official website. Bush has made only the rarest appearances during these past three decades. The shows will take place at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, so you'll have to cross the pond to see her unless you already had plans for a Parks and Rec reenactment tour. Read More
A few days before kicking off a North American tour in support of their fifth album Tales of a Grass Widow with a sold-out show at New York City’s Webster Hall, I sat down with CocoRosie’s Bianca Casady. Ethereal, whimsical, haunting, and sometimes uncomfortable, there is no end to the adjectives used to describe the band’s particular brand of music. Sometimes classified as freak-folk, sisters Sierra and Bianca incorporate everything from harps to hip hop beats underneath Bianca’s trademark youthful timbre and Sierra’s floating soprano. Read More
If you haven't checked out Goldfrapp's latest album Tales of Us, I only have one thing to say to you: DO IT! It's mystical, it's groovy, it's everything you would expect from someone whose wardrobe is primarily feather-based.  Last night, to promote the new release, Goldfrapp appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and consequently blew our minds with her performance of her track "Drew." Here, let me pick up your jaw from the floor for you. Read More
  Worlds collide! Jay-Z's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is a hat tip to the contemporary art scene. As if being married to the Queen art historian herself wasn't enough, Mr. Carter is releasing six pieces of his own art to accompany his record. The video for his new song “Picasso Baby” seems to be the first. For the vid, Jay stared into the eyes of famed performance artist Marina Abramovic in Chelsea's Pace Gallery while dancing and rapping about his artful life. Read More
    Are you outraged by the government’s assault on female reproductive rights? Well you’re not alone. Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio co-founder, is here for you. Since July, Winstead, along with some of her funny friends, has been touring the country spreading the good word and raising money for Planned Parenthood. On Thursday, September 22, the “Planned Parenthood, I’m Here For You” tour makes its way to New York City. With a bevy of outspoken women in tow—Lisa Lampanelli, Sandra Bernhard, Salon. Read More
             Most people have a love/hate relationship with their cleaning supplies, but actress Susan-Kate Heaney really loves hers. Specifically her mops. Since she was a little girl Heaney has collected them, talked to them, and even considered them her friends.  In her new one-woman comedy show Mop-oholic, Heaney gives us a look at her many mops and all their personalities. She has over 30 and each one is unique. Just like a snowflake. Read More
  If you missed her most recent installation (click for our post) at Christopher Henry Gallery, fear not - Agata Oleksiak AKA Olek is coming back this June to the streets of New York.  Inspired by Yoko Ono's 1964 book of 'instructions', Olek combines her impeccable crochet skills with performance art in Crocheted Grapefruit, a participatory piece that aims to engage the public and encourage human interaction. Read More