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Roxxy, the world’s most advanced sex-bot

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By Melissa Banigan in New Products on Tuesday 2 February 2010

Unlike a Park Avenue trophy wife, which can only be bought for millions of dollars, TrueCompanion can find you a lovely lady for a mere $7,000. Meet Roxxxy, the world’s most advanced sex-bot. She makes conversation, and her skin — made from hypo-allergenic silicone — is warm to the touch. Roxxxy also bends in all […]

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Noko Jeans

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By Melissa Banigan in New Fashion on Wednesday 9 December 2009

Will you be visiting Stockholm in the near future? If so, be amongst the first to pick up a pair of Noko Jeans, manufactured in the anti-social country, North Korea, and marketed in Sweden. 1100 pairs of these novelty jeans were made for girls and boys to wear around the world — except, of course, […]

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Obama Chia Pet

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By Melissa Banigan in New Products on Wednesday 2 December 2009

For the first time since he took office, President Obama’s approval rating is sitting below fifty percent. It’s sure to decline further now that he’s committed more troops to leave for Afghanistan. So what better time, folks, for a novelty gift commemorating the forty-fourth President? This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving: […]

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Shag Brooklyn (metaphorically speaking)

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Monday 16 November 2009

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has plenty of music, art, gentrification, and hipsters, but it was missing one thing: a sex shop! I can’t wait to swing by the opening of Shag on November 20, for live music, art, and, yes, body painting! You just can’t beat sex in the city.

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Mimi and Flo at New York’s Comix Club

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Friday 23 October 2009

If you haven’t yet witnessed the genius that is The Mimi & Flo Show, catch them Thursday, November 10 at Comix Comedy Club. Joining them will be The Hazzards (New York’s most best ever ukulele band), as well as guest stars Becky Yamamoto and Michael Cyril Creighton.

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Krewe de Soul Masquerade Ball charity event

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Thursday 22 October 2009

Do you live in the New York area and wonder what you’ll be doing Thursday, October 29th? How about you get your Halloween-prepped-dancing-ass to the Bell House for the Krewe de Soul Masquerade Ball to check out musical acts such as The High and Mighty Brass Band, Mighty Fine, and Tunde Adebimpe, from TV on the […]

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The Uniform Project

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By Melissa Banigan in New Fashion on Saturday 10 October 2009

For the Uniform Project, Sheena Matheiken is wearing one of seven identical dresses for a year as a comment on sustainable fashion. Each day, she accessorizes with vintage items, Etsy treasures, or donated hand-made goods. Sheena writes: ‘Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade’s boudoir’. All proceeds from the Uniform Project will go to the Akanksha Foundation’s School Project, which provides uniforms and other necessities for children living in Indian slums. I am enormously impressed!

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Team Spirit Animal Squad in Brooklyn tonight

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Friday 2 October 2009

What do you get when you combine the talents of Brooklyn-based drummer-aerial duo Lone Wolf & Cub, burlesque comedienne Tanya Gagne (of the famed Wau Wau Sisters), and other great acts such as BAMiAM and The Bad Mittens? Team Spirit Animal Squad! The team asks each of us to come to the show tonight at […]

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Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh’s DIY Space Camera

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By Melissa Banigan in New Eco on Tuesday 22 September 2009

A styrofoam beer cooler, a cheap camera, a little helium, and $150, goes a long way — a whopping eighteen miles into the stratosphere. Two MIT students have proven that DIY is a much more cost efficient way of taking pictures of the curvature of Earth than any of NASA’s costly programs.

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Kyp Malone’s new album, Rain Machine

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By Melissa Banigan in New Music on Tuesday 15 September 2009

I love Kyp Malone. I’d love him even if he weren’t guitarist and singer for one of the best bands out there, TV On The Radio. See, Kyp’s just a rock solid, totally unpretentious, good guy. He gives good hugs. Our kids play together and have sleepovers. I had mostly forgotten that Kyp was a rock star.

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Dan Lacey’s Obama paintings

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By Melissa Banigan in New Trends on Monday 14 September 2009

I am very rarely rendered speechless, but Dan Lacey’s paintings of our President, shown nude whilst riding ‘bare-backed’ on unicorns, is enough to make even the most proficient wordsmith stop short.

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Phoenix Commotion

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By Melissa Banigan in New Eco on Thursday 10 September 2009

Work hard, I always believed, and someday I’d fulfill my very American dream of owning my own home. Alas, hefty student loans and other insane expenses tore asunder my dream of ever owning property. Until now. Twelve years ago, Dan Phillips started Phoenix Commotion, a construction company that builds low-income housing out of found and salvaged materials. Each home is one-of-a-kind, with floors built out of wine corks, and picture frame corners constructed into ceilings. The fire beneath my dream of home ownership has been newly stoked.

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Sebrina Fassbender at the Wallace Gallery

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By Melissa Banigan in New Events on Thursday 10 September 2009

My dear friend Sebrina Fassbender’s photographs will be shown again in New York, in a group show at the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY College. This past summer, Fassbender’s highly sexualized, painful, and often graphic photographs of women, were shown alongside those of LaToya Ruby Frazier at Higher Pictures. For the upcoming show, Sebrina’s […]

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Gimme Something Better

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By Melissa Banigan in New Products on Wednesday 9 September 2009

If you’re older than thirty, perhaps you sometimes wax nostalgic for some of the subversive underground bands you once saw in basements and sweaty punk shows around the country? Silke Tudor and Jack Boulware, former nightlife editor and features writer for SF Weekly, have written the well-researched Gimme Something Better, which chronicles over two decades […]

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Bonnie Durham’s long necked artwork

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By Melissa Banigan in New Art on Monday 7 September 2009

I’m loving New York painter Bonnie Durham’s new work. Evoking the long-necked beauties of Mannerists and the highly stylized work of the Surrealists, Durham seems also to have tapped into a strange cross between J.J. Audubon’s spirit and the ghost of an 80s era gutter-punk (think gorgeous birds and drip-painting). Just coming down from the […]

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