This past weekend the temperature in NYC rose a few degrees, courtesy of some heat brought up from New Orleans. Sissy bounce artist Nicky da B was here with his dancers and DJ Rusty Lazer. They played a few shows at Santos Party House and at a speakeasy in Brooklyn (with some poodle-penis burlesque starting the night off right), before opening for Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl. Shane Shane, a recent NYC transplant via Wisconsin, also performed his brand of gay-love-over-8bit-beatswith cardboard headgear.

 After turning Brooklyn Bowl into a sweaty frothing booty-bouncing mess, Freedia took off for the other coast to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But by the time she had left, the weekend had truly epitomized Freedia's famous refrain of "ass everywhere."

 Big Freedia on Jimmy Kimmel:


Please Don't Forget Da B by NickyDaB



Photos from the Ridin' Dirty after party at the St. Roch on New Years Eve, with Mars, Delicious and Night Crusade.


• La Peste - Better Off Dead

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(Photos by unknown sources)

"We lost one of the good ones this week. Actually, one of the best ones. Dara Greenwald, artist, activist, thinker, organizer, and all-around inspirational person passed away this week from cancer at the age of 40." --Abigail Satinsky

Dara Greenwald was all of these things and more. I met her many years ago in Chicago, and was struck with how instantly she garnered my trust in her instincts and opinions. Not only was she a smiling powerhouse of solid thinking, she was a significant force in making things happen. Dara was a member (and mover-and-shaker) of Justseeds, Pink Bloque, United Victorian Workers, Ladyfest Midwest, Department of Space and Land Reclamation, Spectres of Liberty, the Interference Archive, Videofreex, Pilot TV as well as Distribution Manager at the Video Data Bank from 1998 to 2005 and co-curator of the exhibit on the history of social movements, Signs of Change.

Her absence will not only be felt in the hearts of her friends, but in the activist and art communities for many years to come.

More words on Dara:
Bad At Sports
Valerie Reiss
The Precarious
Never The Same
Video Data Bank


• Mount Eerie - I Can't Believe You Actually Died

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Photos from the fifth annual Ridin' Dirty, hosted by the New Orleans chapter of the Black Label Bicycle Club (part 2).


• R.I.P. - Policia No

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