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Dances of Vice: a New York nightlife sensation

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By Christopher Stribley in New Events on Tuesday 3 January 2012

Do you ever get bored of just going out to the same old clubs and events and wish for something with a little more pizazz? Shien Lee, the glamourous mastermind behind Dances of Vice knows just how you feel. Since 2007, Shien has been bringing her sparkle to the nightlife of New York, to create fun, memorable events that attract people from all walks of life.

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Iconoclast: a documentary by Larry Wessel

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By Christopher Stribley in New Film on Saturday 31 December 2011

From the opening moments of Iconoclast, I knew that I was in for one hell of a ride. This documentary is neither for the easily offended nor the feeble minded. It is a rather colourful, at times psychedelic look at the work, exploits, and infulences of Boyd Rice, straight from the man himself. There’s never […]

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Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco

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By Christopher Stribley in Cool Travel on Friday 30 December 2011

Hotel Pelirocco isn’t your average bed and breakfast. This place is packed with personality, with its 19 themed rooms that are designed to appeal to a wide variety of travelers who are seeking a memorable experience. With rooms such as the Play Room, which they describe as being ‘dedicated to all things decadent and indulgent’, […]

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Do Knit Disturb: a knitted room at Hotel Pelirocco

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By Christopher Stribley in Cool Travel on Monday 26 December 2011

In keeping with the ecclectic appeal of their themed rooms, Hotel Pelirocco enlisted knit wit Brit Kate Jenkins to add her crafty touch to one of their rooms. Kate took her task seriously, spending a month knitting curtains and lamp shade covers and crocheting bits and pieces of decor. Even the phone, which looks like […]

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The amazing work of LEGO professional Sean Kenney

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By Christopher Stribley in New Art on Friday 16 December 2011

Who doesn’t love LEGO? I don’t think anyone loves Lego more than my friend, Sean Kenney. Kenney holds the distinction of being a certified full-time Lego professional artist whose work has been featured in The New York Times and on BBC News. He was commissioned to do a sculpture of the Yankee Stadium, as well as the New York Stock Exchange building. At last count, Kenney owns over 1.5 million LEGO pieces.

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Bust Craftacular in New York

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By Christopher Stribley in New Events on Tuesday 6 December 2011

This year’s Bust Craftacular is bringing more than 200 vendors together for two days of home spun goodness. Celebrating their seventh year, the event gathers an eccelctic array of handmade goods, including artwork, jewelry, clothing, food, and a great variety of kitsch, from all around the country. You never know who you’ll run into there.

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Betty Butterfield’s skewed insights on the world

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By Christopher Stribley in Video on Wednesday 30 November 2011

The first time I saw one of Betty Butterfield’s videos on YouTube, I knew I had found my guru. Betty Butterfield knows stuff. From her extensive insights on the religions of the world, to the horrors of Walmart and the dangers of mobile homes, Betty’s somewhat skewed insights always provide me with a welcome laugh.

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Sock Dreams

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By Christopher Stribley in New Fashion on Wednesday 30 November 2011

The Super Stripe sock over at Sock Dreams is one of my favourite things. In fact, when Christmas rolls around, I’ll be hoping that one of those brown paper packages tied up with string is holding a pair of them. They have everything from argyle toe socks to bunny socks and sock monkey socks. So […]

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Exit Through The Pet Shop: a spoof on the Banksy film

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By Christopher Stribley in New Film on Wednesday 30 November 2011

If you’re familiar with the work of Banksy and Mr. Brainwash, the title to this film probably sounds faimiliar to you. Banksy’s Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill was a pop-up shop that appeared in New York’s West Village, back in 2008.

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Barnaby Whitfield

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By Christopher Stribley in New Art on Thursday 17 November 2011

If the name Barnaby Whitfield conjures up images of the circus, that wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate. You might recognize his work from covers he has illustrated for The Dresden Dolls. This Brooklyn-based artist lives in a world populated by his own mythology of blushing youths, supermodels, Abraham Lincoln, and birds.

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The Cotton Candy Machine: art collective in Brooklyn

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By Christopher Stribley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 9 November 2011

If the whimsical name of this company doesn’t ring any bells, I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize some of the artists it houses. Born in Brooklyn earlier this year, this company is a funhouse collective of established artists who each bring a special brand of fun to the table. Artists such as Alex Pardee, Buff Monster, Jeremyville, Miss Van, and Tara McPherson are brought together under one gingerbread roof to make the world a much more wondrously colourful place.

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MDVANII: incredible porcelain art dolls by BillyBoy

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By Christopher Stribley in New Art on Tuesday 8 November 2011

What do you get when you cross a reclusive former Warhol superstar with a penchant for extravagant couture with something as iconic as a Barbie Doll? You get MDVANII. Make NO mistake about it, the Art Dolls that BillyBoy* creates are not to be referred to as Barbies. Barbie could only ever dream of taking on the many sultry forms that MDVANII has assumed over the years.

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Tiny Showcase: buy affordable art online

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By Christopher Stribley in Cool Websites on Tuesday 8 November 2011

Have you ever thought that you’d love to own some art, but it’s just too expensive? Well think again. The people at Tiny Showcase not only curate a great selection of art that is very affordable, but the artists most often donate a portion of the procedes to a worthy cause. So you can have […]

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Crusty Dunny snowman by Frank Kozik

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By Christopher Stribley in New Products on Saturday 5 November 2011

It just wouldn’t be a holiday season without a fun new character from Kidrobot. This year they approached Frank Kozik for the task again and the result is this most endearing, top hat-wearing, spirit-swigging, smoking snowman. He’s super cool, but I don’t think I’d call him Frosty or he just might cut you.

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Amazing techni-colour street art by Quel Beast

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By Christopher Stribley in New Art on Saturday 5 November 2011

When I first encountered one of Quel Beast’s larger than life, technicolour paintings on the street, I was stopped in my tracks. The humor with which he portrays his subjects is genius and his illustrations so halucinatory, you expect them to move.

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