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Diana Gilon creates a collaborative painting at MIT

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Saturday 22 October 2011

Diana Gilon will be artist-in-residence at MIT from October 21-28 to create Through Our Eyes, a large collaborative painting/mural with students, faculty and members of the greater MIT community. The painting, the first of many that will be executed at schools along the East Coast to promote peace, will highlight themes of coexistence and interfaith collaboration and will represent the common goal of a peaceful future for all communities that struggle with conflict in such places as Israel, Palestine and beyond.

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Don’t Talk To The Police: talk by former criminal attorney

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By Melissa Banigan in Video on Wednesday 21 September 2011

Trust your local cops? Not according to one law school professor and former criminal defense attorney who gives an entire lecture on why none of us should ever talk to the police. It’s worth a watch.

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Stephanie Tichenor

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By Melissa Banigan in New Art on Monday 12 September 2011

Stephanie Tichenor’s works in fiber and paint are delightful. In the difficult, often frightening world we live in, it’s a treat to see art concerned with whimsy, light and a genuine love for the everyday. Pay close close attention to Tichenor’s embroideries: they are lovely and blur the line between fine art and craft.

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The Twenty Sided Store: where it’s hip to be nerd

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By Melissa Banigan in Cool Travel on Tuesday 2 August 2011

It’s hip to be a nerd, at least in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, home of the awesome Twenty Sided Store. Focusing on board games, Magic: the Gathering, and RPGs, the store hosts gaming nights sure to make your geek toes curl.

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Guinness World Records takes a record away from kids

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By Melissa Banigan in New Trends on Monday 1 August 2011

He who giveth can taketh. If that sounds Biblical, that’s because this story is of Biblical proportions. The Vogel family rode their bikes from Alaska to the tip of Argentina to get the world record for youngest people (the ten-year-old Vogel twins) to ride the length of the Americas.

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Cairo scarves by Katie Wright-Buckley and Megan Pflug

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By Melissa Banigan in New Fashion on Saturday 23 July 2011

I’m loving Cairo Scarves, the new design project from Katie Wright-Buckley and Megan Pflug. Made from 100 percent silk, with an invisible magnetic closure (no more losing your favorite accessory), each scarf is hand-painted with simple, multi-dimensional, one-of-a-kind patterns. Although the company hasn’t officially launched, you purchase your scarf for $150 though Kickstarter.

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Top Ten Healthiest Ways to Eat Garbage in the USA

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By Melissa Banigan in New Trends on Friday 22 July 2011

If you’re anything like me, then you crave fried foods and beer in the summer. Find a few ways to validate eating unhealthy foods by pairing them not with wine varietals, but with intense sports events. Your bikini (or your mankini?) will thank you!

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Awesome embroidery by Anna Hendrick

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By Melissa Banigan in New Art on Friday 22 July 2011

Embroidery sets me aflutter, especially when the medium mixes craft with fine art. I particularly love Anna Hendrick’s work, where whimsical thread drawings meets references to pop culture and cult classics.

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Fake Apple Store in Kunming, China

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By Melissa Banigan in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 July 2011

While in China, make sure to stop at the Apple Store in Kunming, China, where you’ll be welcomed by smiling employees in blue shirts with Apple logos. But wait, before you buy, please take note: Kunming doesn’t have an Apple store! Strange, because not even the employees realize they’re part of a scam. I wouldn’t […]

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The Apple Sisters perform at Largo in LA

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Tuesday 19 July 2011

‘It’s Sarah Silverman meets the Shaggs’, writes the LA Times. Past performers on Comedy Central, The Apple Sisters have won a mess of awards for best musical comedy act.

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Man or Astroman?

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By Melissa Banigan in New Music on Friday 27 August 2010

Surf punk, Theremins, NASA costumes, flaming instruments, video displays and … Tesla? Indeed. The members of Man or Astroman? arrived from their own musical solar system. Seeing is believing. Check them out during their next American East Coast tour in early November.

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Full On

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By Melissa Banigan in New Music on Thursday 4 March 2010

The best new music I’ve heard recently is coming out of the East Coast. The band Full On is fronted by Shana Falana, who has been part of the music scene for the past decade, with a voice that is both gorgeous and tough. She’ll grab you and pull you in. Rawk on!

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Write For Rat

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Wednesday 17 February 2010

I’ve contributed to Lost At E Minor about the events of others, but I’m now shamelessly self-promoting a little contest I call Write for a Rat. The rules? Share your favorite rat story (as in vermin, not jerks) as a comment on Brooklyn Reject for a chance to win one of my embroidered canvases, ‘Rat […]

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Victorian Photocollage exhibition at the Met

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Monday 8 February 2010

Anyone who has seen my art knows about how endlessly inspired I am by macabre, Victorian art, and writing. Well, pass the smelling salts as the recently-opened Victorian Photocollage exhibition at the Met in New York makes me swoon. 48 works from 1850-1860 combine animal heads with human bodies (my favorites), or depict fantastical landscapes […]

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Endless Endless Endless play New York

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Wednesday 3 February 2010

Kimberly Dawn Recordings, an artist-run micro-label out of Tennessee, designed the artwork for an EP off Endless Endless Endless’ self-released album, Black Talisman. For just $4, you get to own a numbered CDR (edition of fifty hand-stamped, with an attached laser etched talisman) and listen to the dreamy, ‘post-noise’ music comprised of guitars, vocals, and a Gameboy.

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