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Amazing dance moves by the Nicholas Brothers

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By Christine Utterberg in Video on Tuesday 15 November 2011

If Fred Astaire called this performance ‘the greatest dance number ever filmed’ then you know it has to be good. Sporting original dance moves that put today’s pop dancers to shame, the Nicholas Brothers show off their self-taught skills in this amazing scene from Stormy Weather. And the leap frog at the end? Wow.

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David Maisel’s awesome X-rays of art photo series

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By Christine Utterberg in New Photography on Friday 11 November 2011

David Maisel’s photoseries entitled History’s Shadow explores art objects from antiquity in a new light. He photographed x-rays of the Getty Museum’s permanent collections that had been taken for the purpose of art preservation. His photos create a detachment from the original artwork, while illustrating how each piece is still alive. The results are serenely beautiful.

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Trailer for the independent film Martha Marcy May Marlene

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By Christine Utterberg in New Film on Friday 4 November 2011

The independent film Martha Marcy May Marlene is now at the top of my Must See list. Doesn’t it look amazing? It’s about a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) who escapes from a cult and is trying to rebuild her life. It just came out in limited release in the US. The rest of us will […]

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Florence and the Machine’s new video: Shake It Out

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By Christine Utterberg in New Music on Tuesday 1 November 2011

I’m eagerly awaiting the October 31 release of Florence and the Machine’s second album, Ceremonials. And based on the new music video for Shake It Out, it won’t be a disappointment. It beautifully shows off Florence’s theatrical style, with strong lyrics and lush visuals.

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The Makers: photo project celebrating local craftsmanship

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By Christine Utterberg in New Events on Tuesday 1 November 2011

The Makers is a photo project started by photographer Jennifer Causey. Interested in all the handmade and artisan products being made in Brooklyn, Causey began documenting them. Each photo series and interview celebrates a handcrafted product, from fragrances to chocolate, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmen at work.

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Chocolate Googly Eyes by Mary and Matt

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By Christine Utterberg in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 1 November 2011

Even though I’m easily won over by chocolate, I still have to hand it to Mary + Matt. The clever name and design alone are enough to make me want to try their Chocolate Googly Eyes.

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Buttons That Make a Face

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By Christine Utterberg in New Design on Saturday 29 October 2011

Sometimes it’s the little details that make all the difference, especially when you can have fun with them. Like these buttons by John Caswell Design called Mr. Button. Aren’t they clever?

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La Sardina: a stylish lo-fi camera

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By Christine Utterberg in New Products on Thursday 27 October 2011

I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to film cameras. So the super stylish La Sardina is just my kind of camera. It’s simply a toy camera with a wide angle lens, but one that would be as much fun showing off as it would be taking photos with it.

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Band t-shirts designed by indie rock bands

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By Christine Utterberg in New Fashion on Tuesday 25 October 2011

Yellow Bird Project, a Montreal-based organization, has teamed up with indie rock bands to raise money for charities. The rock bands, including big indie rockers like The National and The Shins, design their own tee-shirt and choose the charities that will benefit from the sales. What a great way to support a band you love and a worthy cause.

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Style Wars: The Rise of Hip Hop and Graffiti Art in the 80s

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By Christine Utterberg in New Film on Thursday 20 October 2011

New York City in the early 1980s saw the break out of hip hop and a whole new style of expression for urban youths. A big part of that was the rise of graffiti, where ‘bombing’ became its own art form. The documentary Style Wars takes a fascinating up close look at the players of […]

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Larry Kagan’s incredible Shadow Art

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By Christine Utterberg in New Art on Tuesday 18 October 2011

Watch how sculpture artist Larry Kagan takes his metalwork in an unlikely direction to create shadow art. By playing with space and light, he transforms each piece into shadowy images. And just as interesting is the way Kagan describes this art form.

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Awesome Bill Murray prints by Derek Eads

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By Christine Utterberg in New Illustration on Tuesday 18 October 2011

Artist Derek Eads makes some very clever art prints. But the ones of the very clever Bill Murray are my favorite. Eads’ prints illustrate Murray’s various film characters, with a particular focus on his Wes Anderson films.

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New single by Belgian singer Selah Sue: Raggamuffin

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By Christine Utterberg in New Music on Monday 17 October 2011

Belgian singer Selah Sue blends funk and soul to create a sound that is both familiar and refreshing to hear from a singer that is, well, Belgian. Raggamuffin beautifully showcases all of this. Spellbinding.

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Photos of New York in the 1940s, 50s and 60s

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By Christine Utterberg in New Photography on Saturday 8 October 2011

Charles W. Cushman was an amateur photographer who was equally fond of traveling throughout the United States and abroad. Fortunately, he left his impressive collection of Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater Indiana University. These colorful and candid street scenes give an intimate look into the good old days of New York City.

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Coffee Snobs

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By Christine Utterberg in New Food and Packaging on Friday 7 October 2011

Coffee Snobs pokes fun at the world of coffee culture by pitting those who take coffee a little too seriously against those who are a little too dependent on global coffee chains. And it’s funny how accurate it is.

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