Epic Rock Show Alert!

BY Emily Rems in Music

Attention music fans! By now I'm sure you're all planning on hitting the Warsaw this Sunday for the BUST Spring Craftacular. Read More
Coming at ya from Jason Bitner, one of the masterminds behind Found Magazine and the supercool book and site Cassette From My Ex, is a new experiment called How I Met Your Motherboard: Tales of Early Computing. Got any personal reminiscences from the era of Commodore 64s and Apple IIs? Then the gang at Motherboard wants to post them! So click on over there and represent for nerd girls everywhere, lest the site become a repository of  dudely reflections about first-time gamers grabbing their Pole Positions. Read More
Legendary poet rocker Patti Smith was the featured guest at last night’s installment of the Live from the New York Public Library series in Manhattan, and the evening was nothing short of magical. There to promote her new memoir, Just Kids, Smith had a spirited chat with moderator Paul Holdengräber, performed three gorgeous acoustic numbers, and even stuck around afterward to sign books and chat with the sold-out crowd. Read More

Review: Date Night

BY Emily Rems in Arts

As a die hard Tina Fey fan, I couldn’t wait to get a big, feature-film-length dose of her impeccable comic timing when I went see her star opposite Steve Carrell in Date Night. But I’m sorry to report, not even the boundless charisma and adorable chemistry of the film’s perfectly-cast stars could make up for the absurdly stupid plot of this romantic caper. The flick actually starts off reasonably well, setting up Fey and Carrell as over-worked suburban New Jersey parents desperate to shake off their hectic daily routine with a night out. Read More

Joan Rivers Live!

BY Emily Rems in Arts

Inspired by a recent press screening of the new documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, I took the plunge and checked out the 76-year-old entertainment legend's stand up act on Tuesday, and it was a night I won't soon forget. Lets just say that Rivers' brand of live comedy isn't the squeaky clean stuff that made her a household name as guest host of The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson era. No ma'am. In a club setting like the Laurie Beechman Theatre in N.Y.C. where she'll be performing through May 12, Rivers is free to be as crass, dirty, and politically incorrect as she wants to be. 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
I woke up reeeeeaaaallllly early today so I could contribute to a supercool segment on the WNYC morning radio show The Takeaway. It was all about The Runaways and how the film compares to other great girl band movies. We talked about Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and even threw in some girl band movie trivia! If you missed the magic - don't fret. You can check out the whole segment below. Read More
Written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray, The Exploding Girl is an understated character study of an epileptic college student named Ivy who is spending her spring break back at home in New York City. Her buddy Al is also home for the week, and the two spend their time walking around the city, drinking beers, reading books, and playing card games with Ivy’s mom—typical home-for-a-week activities for the Liberal Arts crowd. Read More

Review: The Runaways

BY Emily Rems in Music

Flicks about girl bands often follow the same trajectory: rebellious young women wanna skip town on the high heels of their rock ‘n’ roll dreams, but men tell them it’s impossible because “girls can’t rock.” Through a series of montages, the band ultimately gets good enough to prove they deserve a chance. And once given that big break, they launch headlong into all the pitfalls of fame. Think Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, think Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains, and yes, think of the bio-pic The Runaways as well. All follow along these same lines. Read More