Our favorite fierce, funny feminist addresses all that ails you   Dear Roseanne, I kept my own name when I got married, but for some reason, even if people know that, they insist on addressing letters to my husband and I as “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” or “The Smiths,” or referring to me as “Mrs. Smith.” How do I get them to understand that I’m still “Ms. Jane Doe” and not “Mrs. Read More
  By Sonja Patterson Photographed by Aaron Spicer You may have visited the District of Columbia’s many monuments and memorials, but the city has lots of sexy, unexpected spots that go beyond the usual historical suspects. At its heart, D.C. is all about the pursuit of happiness, and for many Washingtonians, that means setting aside policies and partying when work is done. Read More
  By Lisa Butterworth Illustrated by Janice Wu   Sure, Ben & Jerry’s is delicious, but a steady diet of the stuff is ridiculously expensive. And electric ice cream makers are great, but who wants to clog up their countertop with yet another single-tasker gadget? Instead, try whipping up the warm-weather dessert yourself! All you’ll need are a handful of ingredients and a couple of coffee cans—it’s an immensely satisfying and crazy-easy project. Read More
By Desiree Stewart Photographed by Sarah Anne Ward Styled by Maya Rossi Geometric jewelry is all the rage right now, but the designer stuff will put a massive dent in your wallet. Luckily, crafting your own pieces out of Shrinky Dink plastic means you’re limited by your imagination, not your budget. The jewelry possibilities are endless—you can whip up some earrings, a brooch, or even rings out of this easy-to-use material. For this tutorial, we’ll create an ultra-hip necklace that’ll look like a million bucks, but cost less than 10. Read More
By Isa Chandra Moskowitz Styled and Photographed by Vanessa Rees Summer is the season for crispy salads, and while the bottled dressings at the supermarket are inviting, they never taste all that fresh. Luckily, whipping up your own dressing is a cinch with these recipes. Plus, they only require a handful of ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets. So give from-scratch dressings a shot; they’re way more satisfying and economical, meaning that this summer, you can spend your cash on organic veggies and Mai Tais. Read More
By Hilary Hughes Between the launch of her independent label Box of Cedar Records, last year's self-released full-length, fully funded by her fans album, and the recent release of The Sister, Marissa Nadler has had a big, big year. Nadler is embarking on a two-week tour that brings her through a handful of intimate venues from Massachusetts to DC before she arrives at NYC's Joe's Pub on June 16, then pops up again later this summer on the West Coast. Read More
  Warmer weather and the first mosquitoes of the season have both descended on New York in recent weeks, the first harbingers of a fitfully approaching summer. Just before the city's many outdoor concert series kick into full swing, BUST had the chance to sample some indoor live music that seemed specially designed to ease the transition into the dog days. Up-and-coming pop duo MS MR, opening for Xylos at Glasslands Gallery last Friday, did just that, whether they set out to or not. Read More
Some artists get better with age, and Patti Smith is definitely one of them. With the recent success of her book, Just Kids, about her relationship with late photographer Robert Maplethorpe, Smith’s receiving the most attention she’s had since the late 1970s. I’d bet that many of those who’ve read Just Kids aren’t even very familiar with Smith’s music. This makes the timing of her newest musical album, Banga, rather perfect. The four albums Smith’s made since her “comeback” in 1996 have pretty much flown under the radar. Read More
By Lainna Fader Drew Denny is a master of laughing through tears. As she sat on my couch last month recounting her father’s last days before succumbing to pancreatic cancer and other painful memories from her childhood, she had the biggest smile on her face. That’s just how Denny operates—when given the choice to laugh or cry, she chooses to laugh. Read More
By Nadia Chaudhury Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl moves in with boy, boy proposes to girl, girl and boy plan wedding, boy dumps girl, girl attempts to find self. This isn’t your typical romantic comedy, where everything works out perfectly. This is Lola Versus. Helmed by director-writer Daryl Wein and his writing partner/significant other Zoe Lister-Jones, the New York-based Lola Versus positions itself as the raw and realistic antidote to the multitudes of shiny romantic-comedies that invade theaters. Read More