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If anyone had reason to sing the blues in the last ten years, it would be Rosanne Cash. She lost her mother, her step-mother, her father, and survived a brain tumor. Thing is, she also lost her voice. For the two and a half years she couldn't sing, Cash took to writing essays. "I always wanted to be a writer," she told the crowd gathered to hear her read last night.  Cash was introducing her new book at Barnes & Noble's "Upstairs at the Square," an ... Read More
What happens when a super-talented badass makes a film about another super-talented badass? If you're lucky, the result is something like "Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Radiant Child," director Tamra Davis' new film about her friend, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. While deeply emotional, "Radiant Child" resists mythologizing its subject, a self-taught graffiti artist and painter who rose to fame in the art world while challenging some of its most precious ... Read More
  Word on the street is that Christina Aguilera can act. That means she's ready to leap frog over Mariah Carey (for the lackluster Glitter) and Britney Spears (for the forgettable Crossroads) in a bid to hit the heights not reached since Barbara Streisand gave the world (the remake of) A Star is Born! Given the loopy premise–that this girl's DREAM is to dirty dance at a failing LA nightclub–I'd be ready to dismiss Burlesque in a hot minute except ... Read More

Girly Geekery

BY Alison Berry in Artsy

I should really do this next time I have too much time and nail polish on my ... Read More
From it's origins to it's core, Comicon's heart lies in the attendance and participation of the teenagers. Technologies have provided them with the ability to find interests beyond what is readily available to them in mainstream American media. In replacement of sagas such as Twilight they have sought out more sophisticated supernatural tales from Japan like Bleach, Death Note, and Hellsing. After spending an afternoon with them, I wished I was a teenager again, ... Read More
Head out to the West Village to P.J.S. Exhibitions to support female tattoo artist, Stephanie Tamez!    Stephanie Tamez is a Brooklyn based tattoo artist from Brooklyn Adorned.  As a female artist, Tamez gives her male counterparts serious competition with her eye for detail and knack for color.  Her paintings are like bright lights against nebulous backdrops.  Of her long career in tattooing, she says, “It’s been such an ... Read More
Saturday's Comicon is known as the "craziest day". Referring to the crowds of course. To me it's the most "exciting" as Saturday night hosts the convention's Masquerade Ball. Many people use this day to debut their best costume. Some of them work on them for weeks, some throughout the year. No matter what level the effort , it's the inspiration of the character being portrayed that shines through. Here are my favorite women of the day. The New Wonder WomanOe ma ke ... Read More
If you've happened to look over the significance of Harry Potter fandom, take a closer look. Since the series release in 1997, people of all ages have grown with the characters and have found immense inspiration from the author herself, JK Rowling. Last night hundreds of people camped out for the sneak preview and panel on the upcoming film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.   When I asked one fan what Harry Potter brought to her life she replied, "I ... Read More
Comicon 2010 is here.  My bag is packed. Two cameras , one dress, and four pairs of bubblewrap glasses in case I get any messages from the eighth dimension. I started photographing conventions in 2004, when my public access show Dungeon Majesty, was asked to be special guests at KublaCon a gaming convention in San Francisco. As I walked around dressed as my character Mystika, (a chaotic neutral necromancer),  I found instant camraderie with fellow ... Read More
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the macabre and UK artist, Jessica Harrison's sculptures and drawings have tugged that heartstring perfectly. There's just something about porcelain statuette of a late Victorian woman delicately holding her own intestines, a skull lined with teeth, or a high backed chair that looks like it's made out of flesh that makes that little dark part of me smile. I hope that it makes you smile in that way too. Check her ... Read More
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