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Searching the words “ballet” and “feminism” in tandem is unlikely to yield many inspiring results. After all, ballet has a unique rep in people’s perceptions of the dance world—as a rigorous discipline that celebrates only traditional femininity and promotes unhealthy body-image standards. Read More
  Are you into costume masks, art auctions, great writers, and supporting programs that foster creativity among at-risk youth? You just might be able to get a taste of all these on Saturday, December 17th a H.O.W. Journal party: Capote's Black and White Ball Revisited, “500 Friends 15,000 Enemies One Night.”    The event, where masks are “strongly encouraged,” is H.O.W.'s Issue 8 Launch party and features musical performances, live readings, and book signings from some of the Issue 8 authors. Read More
The deadline to apply for the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant is December 31st.  Grants between $1000 and $2000 will be awarded to three film projects that embody the spirit of Sarah Jacobson, the independent filmmaker behind Mary Jane’s Not  a Virgin Anymore and I Was a Teenage Serial Killer.  Says the grant’s website: "Sarah’s films reflected her punk sensibilities, her feminist beliefs, and her dedication to DIY principles. Read More
  Liat Ron's new play, Guts, is an entertaining and brutally honest look at one woman’s struggles with body image.  The play tells the story of Hellthy, played by Ron, who's broken up with her boyfriend and left NYC to move back in with her parents in Israel.  Hellthy's post-breakup depression consumes her at first--she sleeps all day and ruminates in her negative thoughts.  Her insecurities are magnified to gargantuan proportions as she speaks every thought aloud to the audience. Read More
Last night, November 17, was the release party for “It Chooses You” by Miranda July--as well as the grand opening of a pop-up shop based on the book.  In the spirit of the book, the author and her team hunted through the NYC classifieds in search of once-meaningful objects for sale. Upon purchasing these artifacts--such as Japanese dolls, oil paints, an old paper cutter, and deer hooves--July interviewed the sellers.  These items are being resold at the original asking price, plus tax, at July’s resale shop within gallery/studio Partners & Spade. Read More
  We all know the old-fashioned trope that tends to pervade romantic comedies about heterosexual couples- the guy is the pursuer and the woman is the pursued.  We also (hopefully) know that this is a taught discourse of society, and not hardwired.  Of course women should be pursuing whom and what they want as well. Read More
Paula Scher, one of the key players and leading ladies of graphic design (she is the first and currently the only female partner at design firm Pentagram), likes to paint really big and really intricate maps. The sizes of the maps alone are impressive (some are as tall as 12 feet) but it's the obsessiveness over the details that's really stunning. Scher's maps are made up entirely of words and packed with an insane amount of information; continents and oceans swirl with flight paths, neighborhoods, and time zones. Read More
   Men and women are different. We all know that, but how about male and female clowns? Yep, you guessed it; they’re different too. From November 5 to the 20 Clown Ex Machina, a 9-woman clown troupe, is premiering their show Clowns Full-Tilt: A Music on Aesthetics. Created and directed by Kendall Cornell the multimedia show at La MaMa in the Lower East Side explores beauty and art from a female perspective,  poking fun at makeup commercials and stock characters from TV. There’s singing, dancing and lots of absurdism. Read More
The weather is getting colder and the ultimate cuddle buddy is primed for its comeback: a book! Sometimes, a girl wants one to stretch the horizons of her brain (and not just her heartstrings--I'm talking about you Harper Collins Romance!), so it's great that books like New Art/Science Affinities exist.  The book, co-published by Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, is 190 pages of contemporary art focusing on artists that blend the lines of art, science, and technology. Read More
I thought designer pumpkin carvings were something, but take a look these intricate designer-inspired dresses totally made out of food! In the newest issue of Garage Magazine, photographer Fulvio Bonavia and stylist, Giovanna Battaglia bring together food and fashion to create edible art pieces for the photo shoot "Food Dresses." The dresses are each inspired by pieces from Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuiton, Prada, and Moncler and are made out of lettuce, oranges, anchovies and walnuts. Read More