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Communication Breakdown.

BY skye in Arts

Brooklyn-based artist, Bethany Jean Fancher, created her latest book Cleavage in an attempt to confuse the masses.  Arranged in an accordion fold-out style, the book is comprised of images of "cleavage" that are actually photos of butt cleavage instead of boob cleavage.  Fancher flawlessly creates the illusions of ample bosoms with strategically arranged limbs and props and pontificates on the subject of female objectification and sexuality. I was ... Read More
  August 23rd marked the last day of the IFC Center’s summer Queer/Art/Film festival, a series of  truly unique cinematic productions from some of New York’s most talented queer artists. If you were too busy rooftop hoppin’ and bronzing on the beach to catch any of the festival’s flicks, fret not because autumn brings a whole new line up. BUTT (not to be confused with BUST) magazine editor Adam Baran and filmmaker Ira Sachs ... Read More
  Folks in N.Y.C, San Francisco or Baltimore better run for cover ‘cos Julia Wertz is gonna rip a big one! This September comic artist Julia Wertz, creator of the charmingly awkward comic The Fart Party and editor of I Saw You…, is set to release yet another collection of angst-wrought, potty-mouthed, visual vignettes for our viewing pleasure. September 3rd Wertz gets drunk in public with Drinking at the Movies a ... Read More
The "Let's Colour Project" is an international outreach project sponsored by Dulux paint company.  Beginning back in March 2010, volunteers traveled to the drab and dreary corners of the globe spreading brighter colors in hopes to transform communities and the people within them.  With every brushstroke, members of "Let's Colour" have created spiritual and emotional transformations from London, Rio de Janeiro and Paris to Jodhpur, India.   The ... Read More
  The Fringe Festival is on, bringing today's theater right to your doorstep for a pittance (most shows run from $15 to $18). I'm just back from seeing Faye Lane bring to life a small town in Texas in the '70s in her one-woman show, "Beauty Shop Stories." In an hour of story-telling and song, Faye paints a picture of her younger self as a lonely, overweight little girl ("in my Pretty Plus jeans") who dreams of a life beyond the beauty parlor. Rich as it is ... Read More
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 Arts

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
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