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  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. 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. 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 with characters and detail, she does more than conjure MoonPies and gun-toting grandmas. 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 event that pairs musicians and authors–like Nick Hornby and Josh Rouse, or Blake Nelson and Care Bears on Fire. 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 assumptions. 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 that Aguilera has shown the good sense to work with heavyweights Cher and, get ready, Stanley Tucci. 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 hands. 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, even after considering all the angst and awkwardness I'd have to live through. 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. 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 Smurf. Oe ma Na'vi. Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl challenge you to a race on Paradise Island. Read More