Við Og Við

BY Lisa Kirchner in Music

For such a tiny nation, Iceland (population: 320,000) has produced a hell of a lot of brilliant musicians over the past two decades. Read More
The Chicago Reader's Jessica Hopper reported yesterday that on the revived Lilith Fair's Facebook page, fans are encouraged to choose a women's charity in their hometown to receive $1 for every ticket sold to the Lilith concert in that city. Cool right? But the truth about what organizations are in the running for this grant is not so cool. Read More
Native New Yorker Kanika Ameerah says she was feeling frustrated by the social networking sites available to her, so she decided to make her own.  Her new site, Raspberry Mousse (, is in her words a "social networking and events portal that caters to the... bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer crowd--truly a place for the rest of the LGBTIQ community, where we get the chance to be and feel like 'regular people' in a world that treats us like we're not. Read More
  The IFC Center tributes filmmaker Bette Gordon with special in-person screenings of her films Luminous Motion, Variety, and her latest release called Handsome Harry. One of the most prominent artists to emerge out of the "No Wave Cinema" underground 1970's film movement in Tribeca/East Village, she has since won several awards and worldwide festival acclaim. Gordon teaches film at Columbia University's graduate film division in NYC, is supervisor of the Columbia directing program, and was one of the founders of Tribeca's first theater- the Collective for Living Cinema. Read More
Nicholas Kristof is normally my man but I'm not a huge fan of his latest column "The Boys Have Fallen Behind." In it he's talking about how boys are falling behind girls in public school and colleges are having to do affirmative action for boys to keep gender ratios from getting too skewed. Read More
In a time when hot topics of women and health care revolve around setbacks like the Stupak Amendment, it's refreshing to read an article from the New York Times titled, "Health Law Cuts the Cost of Being a Woman," about a new health care law that protects women from discrimination from the health care industry. In the past, no laws were in place protecting women from sex-based health insurance discrimination.  Women who had individualized policies were generally charged more than men, based on the theory that women utilized health care more often. Read More
  Variety Shac is a monthly show in NYC with an all-female cast of Comediennes featuring Shonali Bhoumik, Heather Lawless, Andrea Rosen, and Chelsea Peretti. Each of the ladies will be performing a bit of their own brand of stand-up followed by the debut of a comedic short film featuring all four, as well as some surprise guests. Read More
The disappearance of women’s studies programs from college campuses across the U.S. is a trend that matches the women’s movement itself. As author Susan Faludi pointed out last weekend in New York, it's an ebb and flow that often appears fatal. Faludi described a pattern that has been marked by conflict since the smoking and drinking flappers of the 1920s denounced the "humorless prudes" who were their suffragette elders. The current craze of women who don’t want to be called feminists clearly follows the pattern. But there might yet be hope on the horizon. Read More
One of Adult Swim's newest shows, Cheyenne Cinnamon (short for Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge), follows the title character (whose speaking voice, not singing voice, belongs to alt-country crooner Neko Case) as "she comes into Detroit and helps solve problems of racism and teen pregnancy with the power of love and teen pop songs." Created by Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), the program also features the voices of T-Pain and MC Chris. Check it out at and look out for a possible full season to air in the near future. Read More

Street Boners!

BY Kelly McClure in Style

Did you ever do that thing where you sat down with your yearbook and went through each page, marking down notes on pictures of your classmates that said stuff like, "always smells like bologna," "has a juicy booty," or, "ate gum from under a desk once?"  Did you ever do this? Hopefully if the answer is yes, you did this during a high school/college age, and not last week, because that's some America's Most Wanted crap right there. Read More