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SXSW Music: Tuesday

A rundown of the first official night of music at SXSW 2011.

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are! Feminist Coming Out Day Q&A

As you may know, this month marks Feminist Coming Out Day 2011, a holiday which encourages awareness of issues affecting the feminist community. We're super excited and honored to be a part of this year's festivities, and we recently spoke with organizers Lena Chen and Abby Sun to find out more. Read on for their answers!

The Games We Play: Hardcore vs. Casual

The concern that casual games are going to ruin the gaming market plays on a couple of assumptions: 1) That "hardcore" means "difficult," something that only a veteran gamer of many years should be able to play intuitively, and should only appeal to that certain narrow demographic. 2) That hardcore and casual gamers are two ends of a wide canyon and they shall never cross the divide into local...

SXSW Film: <em>The Dish and the Spoon</em>

Alison Bagnall's The Dish and the Spoon opens with Rose (Greta Gerwig) despondently crying as she drives to the beach—clad in pajama bottoms, a boxy coat, and knit cap—after discovering her husband's infidelity. Taking refuge from the winter air in a WWII watchtower, she discovers a young British drifter (Olly Alexander) shivering inside.

<em>The Hunger Games</em> Film Whitens its Warrior

Like many connoisseurs of young adult lit, I've been excited and wary about the upcoming film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. On Friday, I greeted the news that Jennifer Lawrence had nabbed the part of protagonist Katniss with nothing but dismay. Now, I didn't like Winter's Bone as much as many seemed to, but Lawrence's performance was powerful, and I'm sure...

No Kidding: Are Childfree People Angry?

As a childfree person, I feel like I often have to defend against the stereotype that childfree people hate children. Based on the comments from my last post about being a childfree person who actually likes kids, it's clear that this still surprises people, no matter how many nice intentionally childless folks they meet. Since I'm also vegan, I'm sort of used to people acting surprised when I...

Bitchtapes: SXSW 2011 pt. 2

Wrapping up a week of sun, fun, and rocking out, here's another compilation of just a handful of performers at this year's SXSW! Stay tuned for more music, film, and interactive coverage, and thanks to Austin locals Sara Reihani and Alyx Vesey for their great recommendations! Track list after the jump.

On Our Radar

Meanwhile, in the land of blogdom...

  • Tiger Beatdown's Garland Grey reports from SXSW!
  • On Salon, Bitch contributor Page McBee talks about not fitting into the gender binary.
  • At Racialicious and Bold as Love, Rob Fields explores the limited film-buzz surrounding I Will Follow.
  • Ms. and AlterNet look at how budget cuts could affect HIV-positive women...

Sm{art}: Geppetta: Puppetry as Resistance

If Frida Kahlo's painted figures and Marcel Dzama's illustrations were lifted off the canvas and brought to life in a seance performance, their stories and gestures would surely resemble the performative cabaret work of Geppetta. Philedelphia-based queer fabulist Adelaide Windsome is a multimedia puppeteer who explores mental health, identity and survival through the fantastic.

The Games We Play: Playing with Anna Collier

I wanted to make sure that my voice wasn't the only one droning at you during this series, so I bestowed some fangirl love upon some prominent pro-gamers in exchange for interviews. I was really honored that Anna Collier, one of the most well-known in the field agreed to humor me.