When Panic! at the Disco released their debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, in 2005, there were a lot of things associated with being a fan of the band. Questionable hairstyle choices. Lots of eyeliner. An overinflated sense of theatricality. Way too many emotions. Extremely tight pants.
Sometimes, you switch on the radio and you wonder if your car turned into a DeLorean without you noticing.
I grew up watching Fright Night (1985) with my dad. It is one of my favorite movies of all time because it so wonderfully combines two genres I am fascinated by and which, at first, seem to be polar opposites: horror and comedy.
Ryan Murphy’s catalog is a diverse one. A drama about plastic surgeons, a horror anthology, a sitcom about a gay couple, and a dramedy about singing misfits are just some of the things one finds while scrolling through his IMDb page. But there is at least one thing all of these programs have in common: they each take in-depth looks at issues of identity and–in particular–queer identity. Every show Murphy has been at the helm of has not only featured at least one LGBTQ character, but has also built narratives around those characters that allowed them to be full-realized: queer but also more than that and able to deal with issues directly tied to their sexualities and those that are not.
On March 12th, 2012, the three main cast members of The Hunger Games franchise make an appearance at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles. Three minutes into the Q&A, the camera catches Jennifer Lawrence tell Josh Hutcherson, out of the corner of her mouth, that she forgot to shave her armpits, explaining why she has her arms pinned to her sides (WestfieldUS). Nearly a year later, on February 24th, 2013, Lawrence is being interviewed on the red carpet of the 85th annual Academy Awards and tells Ryan Seacrest that she is starving, desperately asking if there is food at the show. Seacrest laughs, assuring her that there is a 12-plate dinner when it is over. Later that night, Lawrence wins the award for Best Actress and trips on her way up the stairs.
These instances are just a few of many that have made Jennifer Lawrence one of the most talked about and well-liked actresses in the business today. People love her. They think she is funny, relatable, quirky–a Cool Girl. Because that is the way she comes off in interviews, on red carpets, and when giving acceptance speeches. Lawrence’s entire public persona is based around being as much of a Cool Girl as possible.
The world of horror is a complex place. Full of grotesque violence, complicated depictions of female characters, and an almost archaic stance on sexual activity (if you even have sex, by horror movie logic, that typically means you deserve to be murdered), it’s a place rife with opportunities for politically problematic situations. And American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s FX anthology series, is no exception.
I recapped season one of ABC's The Whispers for Weird Girls
Disney/Pixar delve into the mind of an 11-year-old girl and things get pretty complex.
We lost one of the greats this week.
Christopher Lee, exemplary actor and supreme cinema villain, has died at the age of 93 after hospitalization for respiratory problems and heart failure.
Katniss is back and she is ready to THROW DOWN.
A homemade sign at the end of Trade Center Drive reads “ROLLER DERBY TONIGHT.” It’s an All-Star night at “The Blood Shed,” the Texas Rollergirls’ home facility, and the Texecutioners will be taking on a team from Tampa at 6PM.
On April 6, baseball teams all over the U.S. laced up their cleats for the first games of the season, setting the sports world abuzz with excitement.
But it wasn’t Opening Day for all baseball players. For the men and women of the National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA), there is no distinct Opening Day.
It’s spring 2013 and ESPN writer Kate Fagan is driving home to New York from Bristol, Connecticut. She has just come from closing the latest issue of ESPN: The Magazine. Her feature on Brittney Griner–the WNBA’s No. 1 pick and an out lesbian–is the cover story.
And then it hits her. She, with the help of several others, just did something big.
There is something electric about a fashion show. People bustle around everywhere. Lights flash on and off. Music pounds out of speakers. Emotions run high.
This was the scene at the Frank Erwin Center on April 23rd, as the University Fashion Group (UFG) and UT’s School of Human Ecology Textiles and Apparel division put on their steadily growing annual fashion show.
A busy night at Moontower Saloon doesn’t feel too far removed from a small-town keg party. You drive up a dirt path, where a man shines a flashlight in your car, checking IDs. You keep moving on back to the vast parking lot that is really just a large plot of dirt. And then, on foot, you work your way back to the bar, where people are everywhere, leaning over pool tables and crowded around fire pits. A few play washers over by the outdoor bathrooms that are fashioned to look like outhouses, but are actually quite clean. It’s a little too cold for sand volleyball, but the option’s there if you want it.
Myself and a team of fellow journalists put together this multimedia package on various types of yoga offered in Austin in 2015. I wrote the pieces on aerial and laughter yoga, after participating in both. The entire package can be viewed here.
High ceilings and sunlight creeping in through stained-glass windows. People milling about before the service starts, shaking hands with the preacher. A joyous choir belting out hymns while the congregation taps their toes and nods their heads.
Women have always played rock and roll. From ‘60s wailers like Janis Joplin, to ‘70s punk legends like Patti Smith, to ‘80s guitar wizards like Joan Jett and Lita Ford, all the way to ‘90s alt-rock darlings like Courtney Love, each decade has seen some key female artists in the genre.
Still, the fact remains that rock and roll has always been almost exclusively an all-boys club.