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Have you ever gone to an exhibition at MoMA and thought to yourself "You know what would make this even better? Punk queens and riot grrrls." Me too! Brace yourself, reader, for our dreams are about to come true. On Saturday, November 20th, the legendary Raincoats will play at the museum, preceded by a DJ sesh by Kathleen Hanna and an exclusive showing of the exhibitions "Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography," and "Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen. Read More
Congratulations to my favorite artist of all time, Patti Smith, who won the National Book award last night for her memoir, Just Kids. If you have not read this book, go get it! It's thoroughly entertaining and very inspiring. Here's a quote from the Times: "“I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf,” she said. “Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.” I couldn't agree more. Read More
About three years ago, when Rihanna’s pivotal third album Good Girl Gone Bad was released, Jay-Z dubbed her the Black Madonna. It seemed ridiculous at the time, but considering Rihanna’s reinvention of herself with every work that followed, Jay-Z might have been onto something. Rihanna’s gumption has progressively escalated in both her sound…and hairstyles. Through her “safe” period during her first two albums Music Of the Sun and A Girl Like Me, the Bajan beauty emitted a Pop-Caribe vibe on the first, delivering her debut hit “Pon De Replay”. Read More
I love taking someone who has never previously had the pleasure to their first Sufjan Stevens show. Naturally, one would assume that his performances are pretty much all about emotional banjo songs and tender moments, and while there were a few of those at his show at the Beacon Theatre the other night, there were also projection screens, light up costumes, balloon drops, beach balls, and dancing. Dancing? Yup, boy's got some moves. Sufjan opened with a plugged-in version of "Seven Swans" and went on to perform mostly new material from his latest album, The Age of Adz. Read More
Teaching girls to play loud instruments, form a band, command a stage, and all-around empower themselves in many ways is what rock camp is all about. Of all the feminist causes near and dear to my heart, rock camp is one of the most inspiring and consistently rewarding-and I can't help but wish I had spent a week at camp as a kid, middle-schooler, or teen. That's why it's a great idea to support Girls Rock Camp Alliance's benefit show at Park Slope's Rock Shop. Read More