It's too bad that the 319 Scholes show Collect the WWWorld: Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age, kind of a greatest hits album of the last five years, was only open for a few weeks. Lucky for us, you can still find a lot of these treasures on the exhibition site. I've highlighted three below.
How do you escape the rut of going to Kinko’s to make your own zines with your own pocket change, and for the eyes of just your closest friends? I spoke with Queens-based illustrator Josh Burggraf who writes and edits Future Shock; according to the comic’s online distributor Birdcage Bottom Books, it’s an “astro-psyche-out sci-fi anthology”. It’s also a great, self-published comic featuring dozens of artists and writers in each issue. Burggraf and I spoke about how to get your comic or zine noticed and what’s better, Tumblr or Twitter.
Anyway, aside from the usual musings about her endless breakup-inspired songs, Susan Dominus hit Taylor Swift with the exact same question that crossed just about everyone's mind when her latest video came out. Namely: "In your video for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,' you are wearing big, heavy glasses and there are a bunch of guys in animal costumes. What is that about?"
Remember those two weeks in 2012 when a frankenstorm left lower Manhattan without power for several days, the military was rolling through the streets, Halloween happened despite it all, Barack Obama won his second term, gay marriage and weed were legalized in a few more states, and then there was a blizzard? Oh and Grimes played? That was pretty weird.
The Bluebird Cafe, as you may or may not have heard, is not just a set in TVLand though. Situated in a strip mall outside of downtown Nashville, the 100-seat space has long prided itself on being a "listening room," famously providing the songwriters who have penned chart-topping hits for other artists with the opportunity to share their other songs to a live audience, in addition to hosting an open-mic night and early career appearances by the likes of Garth Brooks, John Prine and T. Swift. It's very much a real thing, is the point, and guess what? It's being affected by the attention brought on by the make-believe Nashville.
For his NYC solo debut, (Le) Poisson Rouge was set up like a supper club, its floor filled with reserved tables of the artist's friend and contemporaries, complete with cocktail menus and table service. A ring of limited space for ticket buyers and not-quite-VIP press filed in behind. (A table near that ring was saved specifically for "Mount Eerie", I noticed.) The room went dark, and the crowd got unusually quiet, as Owens came out with a five-piece band and two velvet-draped lady backup singers. Stripping down to bare essentials was probably not his unfulfilled desire. There was a grey-bearded flautist!
If political media spotlighted military sexual assault with the fervor it puts into slut-shaming Paula Broadwell, we might get somewhere.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 13, 2012
Yesterday, the Air Force released a report about the culture of sexual assault that had developed on Lackland Air Force Base.
The scandal at basic training in San Antonio has already cost two commanding officers their jobs, led to charges against 11 military training instructors that resulted in five convictions. One MTI was convicted of rape; others were convicted on charges involving inappropriate relationships with recruits. So far, 25 MTIs are, or have been, under investigation, and the number of possible victims has climbed to 49. [Military Times]
Although it is no longer front page news, thousands of New Yorkers are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. But one group of New Yorkers has gone unnoticed in the recovery: undocumented immigrants. As a former undocumented immigrant myself, this group’s plight is something that I can’t ignore like many New Yorkers seem to. Here are some facts about undocumented immigrants that many people are unaware of: they do not get financial aid for school or food stamps or free health care. They are exploited and they accept it because it is still better than what they left to come here. But their experience needs to be reflected on, because how we treat undocumented immigrants demonstrates a lot about us as a society.
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Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of septicaemia a week after presenting with back pain on 21 October at University hospital in Galway, where she was found to be miscarrying.
After the 31-year-old dentist was told that she was miscarrying, her husband reportedly said that she had asked for a medical termination a number of times over a three day period, during which she was in severe pain.
But he said these requests were denied because a foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told at one point: "This is a Catholic country." [Guardian]
When asked by the BBC if he thought his wife would still be alive if the termination had been allowed, Mr Halappanavar said: "Of course, no doubt about it."
He said Savita had been "on top of the world" before experiencing difficulties.
"It was her first baby, first pregnancy and you know she was on top of the world basically," he said.
"She was so happy and everything was going well, she was so excited.
"On the Saturday night everything changed, she started experiencing back pain so we called into the hospital, the university hospital."
He said she continued to experience pain and asked a consultant if she could be induced.
"They said unfortunately she can't because it's a Catholic country," Mr Halappanavar said.
"Savita said to her she is not Catholic, she is Hindu, and why impose the law on her. [BBC]
So even though the fetus was dying, even though she asked for an abortion, and even though not giving her one created an incredibly medically dangerous situation (this writer compares the infection risk of an open cervix to that of an open head wound), she was denied the care she needed because of the dogma of a religion she did not even share. What an awful, senseless death.
What happened to Ms. Halappanavar is horrific, and I do not mean to generalize what happened to her and her family. But her situation illustrates the absolute disregard for human life that any hard-line "pro-life" stance takes. Abortion is absolutely an essential medical tool.
The story of the movie’s progress is pretty interesting. It had a pretty rough start, didn’t it?
It was a really rough start. It kind of landed with a thud to begin with. You know festivals, distributors and even some of my collaborators weren’t that thrilled about the movie, and so it was a lonely time for about six months. Then the story changed, and it keeps changing. It’s unpredictable, and you never know if it’s going to change again over the next couple of weeks. The progress it’s made has been slow and I don’t know if we’ve had enough time that it’s going to pay off even more now that we’re back in New York. We’re returning to some other cities, too—San Francisco is one I’m very excited about.
It's not entirely clear what, in fact, happened:
"New York-based Sesame Workshop said in a statement that its own inquiry concluded that the claim of underage sexual conduct was unsubstantiated, and that puppeteer Kevin Clash has denied
any wrongdoing and called the allegation "false and defamatory."
But the company said Clash, 52, was disciplined after an internal investigation showed he "exercised poor judgment and violated company policy regarding Internet usage." [Chicago Tribune]
Either way, just stop it. I know that it must be SO disappointing to leave that "tickle me" joke just sitting there on the shelf. But, you know, adults having sex with kids (and yes, 16 is still a kid in this country) is actually not funny at all. I know, what a buzzkill I am.
There was titillation at Brooklyn Fire Proof on Saturday, courtesy of Lucky Charming, Sticky Ricky, Dame Cuchifritta, Plucky Charms, Matt Knife, Legs Malone, Minx Arcana, Calamity Chang and co-hosts Jiggly Caliente (from RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Horrochata, as well as performances by rockabilly monsters The Buzzards, the charming ukelele-and-melodica duo Jowy and Kristen, and hula-hoop-friendly DJ Brian Blackout. The party was a benefit to raise money for Dakota Kim's sure-to-be-classic Bombshell Bakers: A Pinup Cookbook, as well as Sandy relief. Yay sex!
The Founder and Director agreed to an interview but only via email in order to safeguard his or her anonymity.
Any bird flying over Williamsburg on Saturday would have spotted a curious sight: on the corner of Havemeyer and North 8th, legions of people were pouring out of a church. Crowds were gathered for a yearly holy conference, The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. In just its third year at this location, the one-day event packed comic, zine, and graphic novel enthusiasts into two floors full of booths by small and large publishers alike.
From hand-drawn, inky doodles of sci-fi creatures, to graphic novels with doe-eyed females, the full gamut of contemporary illustration was on view. With comics, you’re often bound to find an image, turn of phrase, or a certain pacing, that seems like it’s been invented by plumbing the subconscious. Many comics revel in the weird, but the subculture’s numbers are anything but tiny. From the looks of it at The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, cartoonist culture is alive in Brooklyn, and abroad.
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