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    kleingruber.jpgNick Gruber, Calvin Klein's 22-year-old ex-boyfriend, is writing a book about his undoubtedly deeply fulfilling and emotionally mature two-year-long relationship with the designer. It's tentatively called, wait for it......"What Came Between Me and My Calvin." Oh brother. [NYMag]

    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 12.43.51 PM.png More prints have been released for the super-cute Kenzo X Vans collection. Give to ussss. [HighSnobette]

    Brit designers including Giles Deacon, Meadham Kirchhoff, Richard Nicoll (whose design is pictured above), and Piers Atkinson are all participating in a collection of one-off Minnie Mouse-inspired looks that will debut at London Fashion Week. [FashionEtc]

    Chanel describes its new fragrance, Chanel Noir, as "throbbing." [Style]

    In a new Harper's Bazaar article, Carine Roitfeld says that Tom Ford once tried to cure his back pain by asking her to walk across him wearing high heels. [HB]

    Screen-Shot-2012-08-16-at-8.50.11-AM.pngHere's Tumble founder (and former Paper beautiful person) David Karp modeling in J.Crew's fall ad campaign, which features fashion industry bigwigs and entrepreneurs instead of models. [Fashionista]

    Kanye-West-Givenchy-Fall-2012-Show.jpgSneaky Kris Humphries tried to serve Kanye West a subpoena in a Nordstrom box that he had delivered to Kim Kardashian's house. Rookie mistake! Should have been a Margiela, Prada, or, in a pinch, Phillip Lim box. What a dumb dumb. [FashionBombDaily]

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    tumblr_m8oari9Au11qcdg4no1_500.jpgWelcome to You Should Check This Out, a new weekly blog in which Chris Black of Words For Young Men and Done to Death Projects tells you about something he really likes and that he thinks you'll like too. Follow him on Twitter at @donetodeath.

    Liam Goslett is a photographer based in Toronto. Earlier this week he posted a mix tape called Searching For Soul Vol. 001 that features classics from The Delfonics, Gil Scott Heron, Willie Hutch, James Brown and The O'Jays to name just a few. The best part: all of the songs included were sampled in some of your favorite hip-hop songs (Ghostface Killah, Kanye West, Mos Def, Jay-Z, etc...) information that Liam has conveniently listed out for each track. Listen to well-arranged classic shit and maybe even learn something: a win/win. Download it here.

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    Liam Goslett on Twitter: @liamgaws

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    We guess you can say that Green Day are officially American rock superstars at this point. Since forming in 1987, the band has sold over 65 million records worldwide and has gone from being scrappy pride and joy of Lookout! records to penning full-on rock operas and Tony-winning musicals.

    Today, the band (who are now all in their 40s) released the music video for the first single off of a trilogy of albums which will be called ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tres! "Oh Love," which will be on ¡Uno!, shows Green Day playing in a warehouse for a bevy of tattooed models clad in leather. Sounds about appropriate for Green Day's mid-life comeback. ¡Uno! comes out on September 25.

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    When Tamer Hamawi first started experimenting with a cucumber cocktail at Colonie, the first of the three Brooklyn eateries he co-owns and plays bartender at, it didn't take long before "there was a bright green drink on every table," he says.

    Heartened by its popularity, Hamawi kept the veggie-laced booze trend going behind the bar at Gran Electrica in the form of a beet margarita, and now at Governor, his latest venture in DUMBO, where he is besotted with carrots grown at Satur  Farms on the North Fork.

    Hamawi juices the naturally sweet root vegetable to order on most nights --  during the weekend crush it's batched just before showtime -- and melds it with resposado Tequila, Cointreau, fresh (obviously) lime juice, and agave nectar to create the 20/20 Margarita. Here, the nectar found in traditional margaritas is heightened by a thrilling, tingly ginger infusion.  Says Hamawi, "I wanted to give it a bit of heat without chilies. If you think about it, ginger and carrot go really well together at the juice bar."

     Since you won't be reaching for a Tequila-spiked concoction at, say, a juice bar like Liquiteria anytime soon, the 20/20 Margarita not only sates, but leaves you feeling just a tad healthier. As the cocktail's name implies, Hamawi jokes, "The more you drink, the better you see."

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    Chef and Paper pal Lulu Kalman recently took a trip down South with her mother, illustrator Maira Kalman, and kindly agreed to document her travels and some of the delicious food she encountered for us. Below, part one of her adventures. Warning: You will have a strong, strong craving for smoked meat and Jell-O salad after reading this.

    About a month ago, I left my job of five years at Union Square Events, Danny Meyer's catering company, where I had spent the last year as the executive sous chef. I helped cater events for two to 18,000 people, making beautiful food in some of the most challenging circumstances. As part of my new-found freedom, and a serendipitously timed road trip invite from my mother, I recently took eight days to eat, travel, cook, fish, canoe, drink, see, and write in Tennessee and Alabama.
    I started in Tennessee, where I was visiting friends that I met through the BBQ world and then went on to Alabama to see pit master Chris Lilly at BBG BBQ, before ending in Marion with a visit to Southern chef Scott Peacock.
    dairyfarm.jpgThursday: New York to Tennessee

    Assorted weather and FAA shenanigans at LaGuardia lose me half a day of travel and potential snacks. It's easily 100 degrees when I get off the plane in Tennessee and I'm wiped from waking up at 4: 30 a.m. I finally make my way to Bolton's Hot Chicken and Fish in East Nashville. Hot chicken is serious in Tennessee and Bolton's is an institution. I've never had hot chicken, which is deep fried and coated in fiery spices, and am amped to try it.
    Bolton's, which isn't far from the Nashville airport, is a low, sky-blue cement little building with a screen door. Inside, it's dark and ripe with hot oil and there's a noticeable absence of A.C. There's a push-board menu, four tables, and a pink door with a sign on it that reads, "Knock when you are ready to order."

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    I order a quarter breast of 'extra hot' hot chicken with greens and mac and cheese. The chicken comes in a Styrofoam box with pickles and white bread -- a must -- and the bird is beautiful, crusty and red. It's almost too hot to touch. I brave it, though, and pull off a fair piece of meat and skin.
    You can feel the burn on your hands immediately. Put a piece of extra hot, hot chicken in your mouth on a 100-plus-degree day in a steamy cement shack on the side of the highway and your head spins. It's crazy, sweating hot. There is no one else in the place, except for the guy who took my order and fried my chicken. I look to him, my eyes swimming, and he smiles and asks me if it's hot enough. The spice from the chicken is on my lips and under my nails and I go through a significant amount of paper towels. I can barely talk. The white bread and pickles help cool me down, and then I keep going. After a while, a few other folks come in to get lunch. My fellow diners start trading notes about their favorite hot chicken spots. (Bolton's and Prince's are the two institutions, but others, like Chicken Real in Mt. Juliet and 400 Degrees are mentioned as well.) I'm sweating and smiling, trying to make small talk. They look from me to the chicken and giggle, 'Hot enough for ya?' I know I'll hear this over and over again on the trip. We chat for a little while, laughing about the heat and the sweat and the good, good chicken.

    hotchen.jpg Hot Chicken at Bolton's

    Friday: Tennessee -- Work to do

    rawrubbedpork.jpgRaw rubbed pork.

    It's early in Tennessee and it's already sweltering. I've promised some of the folks that I'm visiting down here that I'll help them prep for their housewarming BBQ on Saturday at their new place. They're expecting a full house. The Flea Market Hustlers Band, friends of theirs from way back when, are playing and guests have all been asked to bring a covered dish. It's gonna be a real-big, day-long party, but in the meantime, we've got hickory logs to split, hog and brisket to smoke, lunches to eat, and work to do.
    Last night, before the cherry moonshine and the beers had sucked us in, we butchered and rubbed the meats with a real basic salt and pepper cure. Today, I'll add a big, brassy green rub, made by pureeing cilantro, peppers, scallions, mint, rosemary, garlic and olive oil and then add an orange and vinegar injection to the pork shoulders. That should amp them up quite a bit and make for great tacos.

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     Cherry moonshine; pork shoulders with green sauce and without.

    The brisket goes on first, around noon, over hickory. Then it's time for lunch. We head to the Kleer-Vu Lunch Room in Murfreesboro, TN. Kleer-Vu is an absolutely zero-frills 'meat and three' lunch spot. Food is served cafeteria-style, complete with plastic trays bearing the seal of a local elementary school. The selections for the day are listed on a board: chicken and stuffing, pigs' feet, and pork ribs are the options today, along with squash, mashed potatoes, turnip greens, black eyed peas, and other sides. I ask for the pigs feet and the woman behind the counter does a double take. "Are you sure? You really like those things?" she asks. "I need a foot!" she yells to the guys in the back kitchen and then tells me she doesn't like pigs' feet or understand why I do. She does, however, enjoy chitterlings. "That's where you and I tend to differ," I try to joke with her. Nothing. Not funny. We end up ordering a bunch of stuff to share, including chicken and dressing and, in the end, pigs' feet.

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    Kleer-Vu Lunch Room. Murfreesboro, TN
    The place is sparse and has about 20 tables, each one set with vinegar and Louisiana hot sauce. And the food is great. The pig's foot comes out grey, nails on, jiggly, and huge. It's delicious. Fatty and tender, with a big kick of heat.

    But the highlight of the meal, by far, is the hot water cornbread. In short, it's cornmeal batter that is made with butter and hot water and then dropped, hush puppy-style, into hot oil. Like fritters. They're crisp and hot, and when you dip them in hot sauce they serve as a nice foil to the deep, greasy flavors of the meal.

    After a keg and bourbon run, it's back to the house to rub, inject, and smoke the shoulder meat over night.
    pigsfeet.jpgA plate of pigs' feet I demolished at Kleer-Vu

    hw cornbread.jpgHot water cornbread at Kleer-Vu.


    Saturday: Tennessee -- The BBQ

    smoker.jpgThe smoker early in the morning.

    It's already ripping hot early in the day.  9 a.m. marks about 21 hours of smoking for the brisket. Around 2 p.m. friends and family start rolling in, winding up the dusty road with baby carriers, coolers, cases of beer and their covered dishes. These include shrimp toast and big bowls of mayo-y salad, as well as classic mustard potato salad, a friend's grandmother's potato olive salad, slaw, corn pudding, quick pickled cabbage, and Jell-O cake for dessert, which will all be perfect compliments for the meat.
    Folks are anxious to eat. The keg is flowing fast, babies are passed around, cigarettes are bummed, and it is time for me to re-stoke the smoker and get the meal going. The brisket and pork are so tender that I can barely pick them up without them falling apart. I start tortillas for tacos while people give me the hungry eye.
    The skillet cornbread holds up the show for a minute or two, but then, with the table set, a big, split-open watermelon plopped in the middle of the table and a few little dishes of herbs set out as finishing touches, it's time to eat. Folks get right on in there and pile their plates high.

    bbq-collage.jpgClockwise from left: The spread at Saturday night's BBQ; Skillet corn bread; Guests picnicking on the lawn; Peaches, peppers and onions cooking on the converted fire pit.

    The Flea Market Hustlers roll in with their instruments a few hours later. The Hustlers, as they are known locally, take rotating turns on the double bass, drums, guitar, harmonica, and more. Other guests who have instruments with them join in, and party-goers form a circle around the band, bopping to Hustler originals and singing along to country and bluegrass hits. The guys are tall and lanky and watching them move and breathe and sway with the music takes the whole party far into the night.

    The food stays out until close to 4 a.m. and people help themselves to seconds and thirds, picking as the night goes on.

    P1020733.jpgFleamarket Hustlers playing under the carport.


     Monday: Last night in Tennessee
    Allenbrooke Farm.JPGAllenbrooke farm

    My last night in Tennessee I am invited, through friends, to dinner at the Allenbrooke Farms in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Allenbrooke is a small, third-generation farm run by the husband and wife team of Dan and Stephanie Allen -- local high school sweethearts who found their way back to each other after more than a decade apart. The farm sits on about 120 acres and is an idyllic home to chickens, dogs, cows, cats, and among others, a pig named Maybelline who dines nightly on the latest scraps from the garden, served up on china. There's also a pig named Lulu who has almost a dozen little four-week-old piglets. There's some confusion when Lulu the pig is called for but we sort through it -- I offer to go by "Lulu 2" for my visit.
    Stephanie has made beer juice -- a sugary mix of beer and limeade. The recipe is 6:1, measured by the can. These types of recipes and concoctions thrill me, especially Jell-O salad. I haven't dipped far into the congealed salad repertoire of the Southeast or tasted many yet, but friends of Dan and Stephanie's have promised to bring Jell-O salad tonight and I'm excited. "You besta come hungry," they warn.

    Allenbrooke Mini Harvest.JPGMini harvest of tomatoes and potatoes at Allenbrooke farm.
    We all sit down to dinner at a long table covered in gingham and quilted cloth, which looks out over the fields. The dogs, Shep and Tyke, circle and flop down in the grass near a potato and tomato harvest sorted into worn, wooden baskets. Stephanie and Dan have butchered two of their chickens and brined them in salt and water before roasting them for dinner. They've also picked tomatoes from their garden for a big caprese salad. There's fried okra, cornbread and potato salads too.
    We say grace and then we dig in. I serve myself a lot of everything. Even long after I clean my plate,  I continue to pick at the fried okra, forgoing manners and utensils and just scooping it up by the handful. The much-anticipated Jell-O salad is served and I'm given a heaping portion. The salad, a word I still cannot associate with the dish in front of me, is a three-layer affair. Crushed pretzels make the crust, followed by a thick, set layer of Cool Whip and red Jell-O that's studded with whole berries. The Jell-O is super set and almost too toothsome, but the salty sweetness brings it all together. I sit back and eat it up bite-by-bite as I kick the mosquitoes from my ankles and the night closes in on the sky.


    Tuesday: To Alabama
     P1020769.jpgThe four-step (secret) smoke room dip that makes the chicken at BBG BBQ so good.
    Tuesday morning has me making my way to Alabama. My first stop, not too far over the Tennessee border, is Decatur, a town that boasts, among other sights and eats, Big Bob Gibson's BBQ. My plan is to meet Chris Lilly, the sagely pit master of BBG BBQ, and his father-in-law Don for a tour of the operation. After chatting with them for a while in an office filled with taxidermy, bottles of barbecue sauce, and family photos, Chris takes me back to the kitchen. As you'd expect at a good BBQ joint, the main magic happens back in the pits, and the kitchen produces the items that will play the supporting roles. BBG BBQ is known for their stuffed baked potatoes, each potato larger than the baby pigs I had visited the night before, as well as their barbecue salads. (But a salad, mind you, should never include more than a quarter lettuce. This rule is also posted on a signboard outside the restaurant.) But I'm here for the meat, so we don't spend long in the neon-lit industrial kitchens. The smoke rooms are dim, brick and metal and wood and Lilly takes me back to the smokers, where chickens, split in half, have been loaded, to tell me about his smoking process.
    BBQsauces.jpgL-R: Jars of the vinegar and cayenne 'red sauce' and signature 'White BBQ Sauce' at BBG BBQ in Decatur, Al.

    Back in the searing light of the kitchen, I get to chat with a woman who has been making pies for BBG BBQ for over three decades. About 40 lemon, chocolate, and coconut pies line the shelves in the pie fridge today. The day before Thanksgiving every year, the restaurant shuts down and pie-making and boxing takes over the whole kitchen and a good part of the dining room.
    My mom has been on the road too, traveling with friends in Florence, Alabama and we've decided to meet at BBG BBQ for lunch. Chris sits with us while we dive into pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, slaw, beans, and pie. My mother and I eat, while Chris talks to us about the restaurant and his cooking. He is magnetic and we eat up his stories and BBQ before heading out onto the road to visit Scott Peacock.

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    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 6.37.24 PM.png1. What do flights to London cost these days?  We want to book a ticket early after hearing that the city's Victoria & Albert Museum is planning a massive show next year centered on David Bowie. [Gallerist NY via The Art Newspaper]

    2. Why didn't we think of this? A new advice column, courtesy of The Cut, uses Google's search engines (and especially their automatic search suggestions) to answer your most pressing questions from foreskin to dating your drug dealer to telling someone hitting on you at a bar that you have a boyfriend. [via The Cut]

    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 6.47.08 PM.png3. It was announced today that a Philadelphia-based hospitality group has been selected to run the legendary NYC institution, Tavern On the Green, which has been shuttered since 2010. [via Eater]

    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 6.34.06 PM.png4. Today is the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 6.41.50 PM.png5. An artist in Brooklyn is making playing cards out of hand screened NYC metro cards.  Pretty cool.  The only problem is they'll run you 750 buckeroos. [via Animal NY]

    6. Taking a page out of the Coachella playbook, Austin City Limits festival is expanding to two weekends in 2013. [via Pitchfork]

    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 6.26.45 PM.png7. Wow.  Check out this miniature city constructed entirely out of staples. [via HiConsumption]

    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 7.22.58 PM.png8. Paddleboard yoga is a thing. [via Suffolk Times]

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    New York City

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    Think of it as Lollapalooza comes to Brooklyn: Perry Farrell and the rest of Jane's Addiction are coming together for a concert in Williamsburg Park as part of the park's LACOSTE L!VE Concert Series. Oh, and it doesn't look like there are too many tickets left, so hurry up. [Brooklyn Based]

    Maverick, Iceman, Goose. Need we say more? Okay, Nitehawk Cinema's screening of Top Gun will come complete with live snarky commentary from the Brooklyn comedy duo, the Raspberry Brothers. [Nitehawk Cinema]

    Los Angeles

    New Orleans-based Big Freedia's (née Freddie Ross) music is just as fun as her hometown. (She is the self-titled "undisputed queen diva of bounce music," after all). Tonight, she takes over CENTRAL S.A.P.C. [Flavorpill]

    Judy Blume gets a soundtrack in Dane Whitlock's musical Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter. Pairing the Blume coming of age classic with music from The Carpenters? Yes. Check out opening night at the Cavern Club Theater. [LA Weekly]


    Get a first look at Chicago Artists Coalition's new exhibition, "Color Theory" at tonight's opening reception. The two-person project features artists Debra Kayes and Steve Amos presenting works that employ color in a new context. [Flavorpill]

    Shopping for a good cause: Head to 33 Collective Gallery for an exhibition and sale of artist-designed tees with proceeds benefitting Chicagoland students. [Chicago Reader]


    Scary movie night! Re-live the horror of watching the ladies of Misery and Carrie go cray at back-to-back screenings at The Old Vic Tunnels. [Time Out]

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    Here's a slightly awkward but mostly kind of sweet ad for Nintendo 3DS featuring Penelope Cruz and her sister. The beginning is basically a Pantene commercial, but fast forward to 1:10 to see Penelope dressed up like Super Mario. [Vulture]

    laurenoriginal.pngIn case you missed this yesterday, here's Lauren Conrad making a cringe-y craft project that involves ripping apart books and gluing their spines to a box to create "a unique storage unit." (And, you know, to create the impossible illusion that you own multiple books.) Conrad has removed the video from her site, but Buzzfeed has a version with weird audio if you want to start your morning with some biblio carnage set to music that sounds like The Californians theme song.

    tumblr_m0uhd6aquq1qmjm5lo3_1280.pngBird in a bed! (And Morning Funnies two's a trend?) [AfternoonSnoozeButton]

    Tracy Morgan was on last night's Late Show, where he told Dave he went to high school with Mitt Romney, a big pothead. "We used to call him Mitt Escobar." [CBS]

    tumblr_m8tnktpa8o1qzbyqeo1_500.jpgThis should not be a real product but it should maybe be a real product. [ButYoureLikeReallyPretty]

    Albert-Einstein-slippers.jpgAlbert Einstein in fuzzy slippers. [ThisIsNotPorn]

    tumblr_m8vcl55OE81qanm80o1_500.jpgAn actual quote Ryan Lochte gave about filming a cameo on an upcoming episode of 90210. If you want to make your brain feel like a melted bottle of Axe Body Spray, watch him give this same quote during the Access Hollywood segment below. [I'mWithKanye]


    tumblr_m6lic7DMfw1qcl2jwo1_500.jpgCheese! [AfternoonSnoozeButton]

    tumblr_m8t78id8kL1qf28p4o1_500.pngThe original character descriptions for Friends.  [PopCultureBrain] [PleatedJeans]

    129-600x399.jpgHere's the recipe for homemade Doritos Locos Tacos, if you want to go there. [ThatsNerdalicious]

    This is a really, really strange cat-themed video from the '70s by a dance troupe called Ballet Zoom. We don't really know what else to say, so just watch this and get ready to trip the light fantastic while terrifying, lysergic kitten imagery dances before your eyes. [BoingBoing]

    tumblr_m4i8amP7v01r87x6yo1_r1_1280.jpgXOXO F U. [RatsOff]

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    Before you get all melancholy that summer's almost over, make like The Go-Go's and take a vacation.  Their classic, water skiing-in-tutus music video is our Oldie But Goodie Friday vid of the day and, besides making us want to rent a house on a lake somewhere, has inspired us to get some arm warmers.  And, hey, it just so happens to be Belinda Carlisle's birthday -- Happy Birthday, girl!  Watch "Vacation" above.

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    Three members of feminist-punk band Pussy Riot, whose trial has become a topic of worldwide criticism and drawn celebrity support from Danny Devito to Madonna, were found guilty of "hooliganism" today and sentenced to two years in prison. The band was arrested in February for performing a song inside Christ Savior Cathedral, reading a prayer that included the line, "Mother Mary please drive Putin away." A sliver of good news, if there is any good news in this story, which has highlighted issues of free of speech in Russia as well as the close relationship between the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church, is that the two-year prison sentence begins from the day of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich's arrests. The six months they've served already will count toward the sentence.

    Here's a little of the translated verdict given by judge Marina Syrova: "The women were motivated by religious enmity and hatred, and acted provocatively and in an insulting manner inside a religious building in the presence of a large number of believers. Intending to make the planned actions public and ensure that they drew public response, to draw the attention of the public to their illegal actions, and to communicate the expressed disrespect not only to the clergy and people in the church, but also to other citizens who were not present in the church at the time [of the punk prayer], but shared Orthodox traditions, Samutsevich, Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina, and their unidentified accomplice informed various media assistants and active bloggers on their action."

    Evidence read by Syrova for nearly two hours this morning included that the band had "engaged in homosexual propaganda." You can watch the verdict announcement below, and the Guardian is updating their coverage of the trial and the reactions from supporters outside of the courthouse in real-time. (They just posted a tweet from a summer intern at the New York Times' Moscow bureau estimating that 80 people have been arrested so far.)

    Last night, Le Tigre and Men's JD Samson organized a reading of Pussy Riot's court statements by Chloe Sevigny, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Eileen Myles, Karen Finley, and Johanna Fateman (also of Men and Le Tigre). Rallies and marches are scheduled in more than 60 cities today in solidarity for Pussy Riot and, right this second, there is a march down Madison Avenue. (Samson tweets that two people have already been arrested). There's also a rally in Time Square planned for 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. See a full schedule of events in NYC today here

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    When we heard a few days ago that indie rockers Silversun Pickups had sent a cease and desist letter to Mitt Romney after he'd been playing their song, "Panic Switch," at campaign stops across the country, we immediately thought two things: "What strong, hugely present community of indie-rock loving, hipster Republicans does Romney aim to capture by using Silversun Pickups?" and "What musicians, if any these days, would actually let a Republican candidate co-opt their songs?"  Of the first, it's pretty weird that Romney would choose this song because, as the band's lead singer/guitarist Brian Aubert said in a press release, "[The] irony was too good.  While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that 'Panic Switch' really sends the message he intends." (And, speaking of irony, it's deeply weird that Romney's far-right running mate, Paul Ryan, has a professed, confusing love of anarchist, Occupy Wall Street-participating, rock band Rage Against the Machine.  Rage guitarist Tom Morello wrote a 'not today, gurl'-Op-Ed in reaction to having Ryan as a fan, which included the great, withering line, "Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.") 

    As for the second question, this is only the latest instance of musicians getting pissed off when a GOP political candidate uses their music. More confusing, however, is these politicians' persistence in using music without asking. (They presumably do it because they think they won't be taken to court, but Jackson Browne successfully sued John McCain in 2008.) A friend in the political arena told us, "You can only use country music and dead peoples' music if you're a Republican."  And, after spending the better part of yesterday taking a look at all of the squabbles GOP-ers have had with musicians since Barry Goldwater almost got sued in '64 for using "Hello Dolly" (whereas Lyndon B. Johnson got the go-ahead), we're starting to agree with our friend. Below, a history of musicians issuing cease and desists to (mostly) GOP political candidates.

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    Barry Goldwater v. Broadway Producer David Merrick
    When? 1964 presidential campaign
    What song?
    "Hello Dolly"
    What happened?
    Merrick threatened to sue Goldwater for his use of "Hello Dolly" (changing the lyric to "Hello Barry") during the 1964 presidential campaign. Incidentally, however, Merrick permitted Lyndon Johnson to use the tune and change the lyric to "Hello Lyndon."

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    Ronald Reagan v. Bruce Springsteen
    When? 1984 presidential campaign
    What song?
    "Born In the U.S.A."
    What happened?
    Bruce Springsteen sent a cease and desist to Ronald Reagan for trying to use "Born in the U.S.A." during his 1984 presidential campaign against Walter Mondale.

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    George H.W. Bush v. Bobby McFerrin, 1988 Presidential Campaign
    When? 1988 presidential campaign
    What song?
    "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
    What happened?
    Bobby McFerrin asked Bush Sr. to cease and desist from using his song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" in his presidential race against Michael Dukakis.

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    Bob Dole v. Rondor Music International/Sam and Dave
    When? 1996 presidential campaign
    What song?
    "Soul Man"
    What happened?
    During his race against Bill Clinton, Bob Dole tried to change the words to Sam and Dave's "Soul Man," written by the legendary Isaac Hayes, to instead say "Dole Man," leading Rondor International Music, who had rights to the song, to threaten a lawsuit.

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    George W. Bush v. Tom Petty
    When? 2000 presidential campaign
    What song?
    "I Won't Back Down"
    What happened?
    Tom Petty sent Bush a cease and desist letter during the 2000 campaign against Al Gore.

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    George W. Bush
    v. Sting
    When? 2000 presidential campaign
    What song?
    "Brand New Day"
    What happened?
    Sting asked Bush and his team to stop using "Brand New Day" in their campaign rallies but apparently permitted Gore to use the song in his campaign, even though he initially said he didn't wish his music to be associated with either party (but, hey, looks like Sting is friends with Al).

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    George W. Bush v. John Mellencamp
    When? 2000 presidential campaign
    What song?
    "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."
    What happened?
    Mellencamp asked Bush to stop using "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." during his 2000 campaign.

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    George W. Bush
    v. John Hall of Orleans
    When? 2004 re-election campaign
    What song?
    "Still the One"
    What happened?
    Kerry supporter John Hall objected to Bush using "Still the One" during the 2004 re-election campaign.  Interestingly enough, Hall went on to run for Congress and was elected as a Democrat in 2006. Later in 2008, McCain repeated Bush's mistake and tried to play "Still the One" during his own campaign. You can guess where that went.

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    Mike Huckabee
    v. Boston
    When? 2008 GOP presidential primary campaign
    What song?
    "More Than a Feeling"
    What happened? Boston's Tom Scholz, who wrote the song, sent a letter to Huckabee asking him to stop playing it at campaign rallies.

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    McCain v. ABBA
    When? 2008 presidential primary campaign
    What song?
    "Take a Chance on Me"
    What happened?
    McCain, a noted ABBA fan, played the Swedish group's hit on heavy rotation but finally dropped it due to the cost of using it and a cease and desist letter from the band.

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    v. Jackson Browne
    When? 2008 presidential campaign
    What song? "Running On Empty"
    What happened?
    As noted earlier, Jackson Browne actually sued McCain for using "Running On Empty" in a campaign commercial and a judge ruled in Browne's favor.  The terms of the financial settlement were not disclosed.

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    v. John Mellencamp
    When? 2008 presidential primary campaign
    What song? "Our Country" and "Pink Houses"
    What happened?
    During the 2008 primaries, John Edwards supporter John Mellencamp had to ask McCain to stop playing patriotic rock favorites "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" at his rallies.  For his part, Edwards apparently had been allowed to play those same songs at his campaign stops.

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    McCain v. Foo Fighters
    When? 2008 presidential campaign
    What song? "My Hero"
    What happened?
    When McCain started using "My Hero" on the campaign trail, the Foo Fighters released an official statement denouncing the association between their song and his candidacy.

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    McCain v. Van Halen
    When? 2008 presidential campaign
    What song? "Right Now"
    What happened?
    When McCain used the Van Halen song to close his big rally announcing Sarah Palin as his running mate, the rockers took offense and immediately issued an angry statement disassociating the band's music with the campaign.

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    Sarah Palin
    v. Heart
    When? 2008 presidential campaign
    What song?
    What happened?
    After Sarah "Barracuda" Palin played "Barracuda" on the 2008 campaign trail, the Wilson sisters emailed a statement telling her to stop immediately.  After Palin didn't listen, they rightfully fired back with another angry statement saying, "Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women."

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    Barack Obama v. Sam Moore

    When? 2008 presidential campaign
    What song?
    "Hold On, I'm Coming"
    What happened?
    In the only instance we could find in which a musician sent a cease and desist letter to a Democratic candidate, Sam Moore (from Sam & Dave) asked Obama to stop playing "Hold On, I'm Coming'" despite the fact that on a personal level, he thought it was "thrilling" that a black man was running for president.

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    Rand Paul v. Rush

    When? 2010 senate campaign
    What song?
    "The Spirit of the Radio" and "Tom Sawyer"
    What happened?
    Though claiming it was a "copyright issue," the Canadian rockers nevertheless sent a cease and desist letter to Paul when he started playing the song at his senate campaign stops.


    Charlie Crist  v. David Byrne
    When? 2010 senate campaign
    What song?
    "Road to Nowhere"
    What happened?
    The former Governor of Florida used the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in a campaign ad, prompting Byrne to sue him over unauthorized usage. Byrne won and Crist eventually -- and sort of bizarrely -- had to make a public apology on YouTube as part of the agreement. (You can watch the apology video HERE.)

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    Michele Bachmann v. Tom Petty
    When? 2011 GOP presidential primary campaign
    What song?
    "American Girl"
    What happened?
    Though Hillary Clinton notably used "American Girl" during her 2008 presidential run, when it was Bachmann's turn, Tom Petty took offense and protested her using it.

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    Michele Bachmann v. Katrina and the Waves
    When? 2011 GOP presidential primary campaign
    What song? "Walking on Sunshine"
    What happened?
    Shortly after Bachmann started playing the song, the band issued a statement objecting to its use and saying that they had "instructed their lawyers accordingly."

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    Newt Gingrich v. Frankie Sullivan
    When? 2012 GOP presidential primary campaign
    What song?
    "Eye of the Tiger"
    What happened?
    Earlier this year, Survivor band member and "Eye of the Tiger" co-writer Frankie Sullivan sued Gingrich over his use of the song during his campaign, adding that Gingrich had been using the track at political events as early as 2009.

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    Newt Gingrich v. The Heavy
    When? 2012 GOP presidential primary campaign
    What song?
    "How You Like Me Now?"
    What happened?
    After using the song on the campaign trail, Newt Gingrich was ordered to cease and desist by the British band who posted the following message on their Facebook account: "If you heard "How You Like Me Now?" being used by Republican, Newt Gingrich, in his campaign, we'd like you to know it had fuck all to do with us and we are trying to stop it being used. TWATS."


    Mitt Romney v. K'Naan
    When? 2012 GOP primary campaign
    What song?
    "Wavin' Flag"
    What happened?
    Though he said he'd "happily grant President Obama's campaign the use of" "Wavin' Flag," the singer was unhappy when Romney started using it instead and threatened legal action.

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    Mitt Romney v. Al Green
    When? 2012 presidential campaign
    What song? "Let's Stay Together"
    What happened?
    When the Romney campaign put out an ad poking fun of Obama singing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," representatives from BMG pulled the video from YouTube, citing a copyright claim.

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    Mitt Romney v. Silversun Pickups
    When? 2012 presidential campaign
    What song? "Panic Switch"
    What happened?
    Finally, in the most recent example -- and one of the only occasions in which a candidate attempts to use an "indie song" -- Silversun Pickups issued a cease and desist after Romney starting playing "Panic Switch" at his campaign events. We're going to guess that some twentysomething campaign intern, maybe the same one who helped Urban Outfitters dream up these funky-fresh '2 Legit 2 Mitt' shirts, suggested this. (Or is Mitt a secret hipster who is wearing those mom jeans ironically?)

    Daily Kos
    The Toronto Star

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    Earlier this week, Lady Gaga announced via Twitter that she is releasing a joint single with rapper Kendrick Lamar called "PARTYNAUSEOUS," slated to release September 6th. Back in July, Gaga stopped by the Pitchfork festival in Chicago for Lamar's set. We were at the festival and minutes beforehand, got a tip that this was going to happen, so when security locked down the area backstage where she was to be hanging out, we were already there, inside the barriers.

    She arrived with a team of armed guards (and holding a black fur coat, in sweltering heat), and promptly, mysteriously, tried to climb the barriers (while wearing 5-inch Louboutins and a short skirt) before getting to the proper entrance. She didn't, as was rumored, end up performing with Lamar, but instead, giddily danced, drank and smoked while watching from side stage. Below, enjoy this previously unpublished set of photos of her arrival and fence-climbing attempts (and ensuing rescue/hoist moves by cyborg security guys), chilling onstage and backstage before taking off in the front seat(!) of a jumbo black SUV.



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    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 3.03.27 PM.pngFashion's Night Out is one of those weird things that makes us simultaneously very, very excited and also very, very overwhelmed to the point of wanting to crawl in our beds, under the covers, with the lights out, and just give up and do nothing all night.  That said, when we heard Michael Kors is hosting a karaoke competition at his lifestyle store (667 Madison Ave.) with Kate Upton, Twilight's Nikki Reed and PAPER Beautiful Person 2012 Nina Arianda, we already started brainstorming our outfit.

    In today's gratuitous Terry Richardson news, watch the photographer get a shot of B12 in his ass, courtesy of Miranda Kerr (who obviously could only administer the shot in a bra). [via Fashionista]

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 2.55.48 PM.pngHere are more photos of Lana Del Rey modeling for H&M's Fall 2012 ad campaign, taken by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. [via Fashionologie]

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 3.11.13 PM.pngThom Browne is launching a new, (slightly) less expensive line at Barney's this month called -- wait for it -- Thom Grey.  Clev-ah. [via]

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 3.16.05 PM.pngStatement necklaces that would surely be Mr. Mickey-approved, courtesy of the forthcoming Lulu Frost x J. Crew capsule collection -- the designer's fourth with the brand. [via Refinery29]

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 3.21.42 PM.pngWhat do you think of Penelope Cruz's September cover for W?  It kind of looks like she has a big Downton Abbey/Edwardian Era-hat on with a glove detail accessory (rather than an arm across her head), no? [via Fashion Gone Rogue]

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 3.28.37 PM.pngOh my god, here's photographic proof that Karl Lagerfeld was once a child. [Racked via Elle France blog]

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    Welcome to our Friday GIF roundup, featuring a curated list of this week's most important, amusing and/or newsy GIFs and GIF sets by Mike Hayes of BuzzFeed and GIFHound.


    Meet Mitt Romney's running mate: Paul Ryan. MUWHAHAHA! [GIFHound]


    Azealia Banks has a new music video. SHOCKER: Azealia Banks' new music video makes for great GIFs! [ThatXLavenderXBlonde]


    Best Ska GIF in some time. [Perniciouslonging]


    Last Olympic GIF: Posh Spice standing still at the closing ceremony. [Buzzfeed]


    What happens when you combine the best hair, best face and best dance moves? Gangnam style. [TalesFromTheCrypt]


    I hate that I like this GIF. [Reblorg]


    Srsly, how great is gangnam style? [Reddit]


    Prince is not impressed. [Reddit]


    Lady Gaga's new perfume ad. Goo. [Buzzfeed]

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    Finally, rubbable GIFs launched on BuzzFeed, GIFs that you can move with your mouse (the future!). The three words that explain why this needed to be a thing: Rub Ryan Gosling. [Buzzfeed]

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    Imagine you're a passenger on a plane somewhere in Australia.  Maybe you're watching a movie, maybe you're enjoying some peanuts or a ginger ale or something.  Or, like one guy, maybe you're on your way back from the bathroom when all of a sudden a mob of preternaturally beautiful people start swaying and moving their arms about.  That's what happened during Kanye West's Australian tour when his dancers staged an in-flight flash mob that featured their "Runaway" routine.  One crucial thing that's a little unclear is whether the song was actually playing during the flash mob and, assuming it was, how loud was it?  A bunch of girls doing choreographed moves is cool either way but it'd be super annoying to hear 'Ye croon "Have a toast for the douchebags / let's have a toast for the assholes" in the background while you're trying to take a nap. Watch the whole thing above.

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    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 5.32.20 PM.png1. Prince William rescued a drowning girl yesterday. [Gawker via Daily Mail]

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 4.15.56 PM.png2. Instagram may try to re-create the 60s, and 70s with their filter styles but a new app called Strut Type is attempting to recreate the 1860s and 70s.  With a variety of filters, canvases, textures, light leaks, vignettes and frames, you can make that photo of your friend appear as if he and his beard were unironically fighting in the Civil War. [via Strut Type]

    3. Animal Collective has a new video out for their song "Today's Supernatural" and, just as the title would suggest, it's pretty frickin' weird.  Featuring a terrifying clown and something that kind of looks like the Chinese New Year dragon's drug-addled cousin riding a desert cruiser, this one's not something to watch before bed. [via YouTube]

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 5.29.57 PM.png4. A lot of people (ourselves included) might not know about several sound-centric public art works scattered throughout New York City. Helpfully, Gallerist has a cool round-up today of just these types of installations and now we want to hop over to Madison Square Park and listen to "pet sounds" come out of a big blob on a bench (above).

    5. Yesterday we introduced you to Shaun Sperling, the delightful kid who danced to Madonna's "Vogue" at his bar mitzvah and here he is -- all grown up -- talking to some HuffPo journalists about it...and dancing, too!  You've still got moves, Shaun!

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 6.01.52 PM.png6. Pok Pok Wing, the tiny sister outpost of Andy Ricker's wildly popular Thai restaurant Pok Pok, is closing and re-opening with a new name and a new dish that Ricker has always purposely left off his menu: Pad Thai.  The resto will be rechristened Pok Pok Phat Thai (another name for pad thai) and serve four different variations: pork, prawn, pork and prawn and vegan.  It'll re-open next Friday. [via New York Times]

    Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 5.42.09 PM.png7. Here's Tori Spelling -- about to pop with her fourth child -- getting around on a mobility scooter.  TGIF, everyone! [via Daily Mail]

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    New York
    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 1.32.17 PM.pngJam along to a whole variety of different genres with Talib Kweli's project, Idle Warship, featuring singer Res. The band mixes electronica and hip-hop with a dash of a little bit of everything else tonight at the Highline Ballroom. [NY Mag]

    One of the best (and definitely underrated) actors, Victor Garber, of Titanic and Alias will be bringing his stage skills from Sweeney Todd and Assassins to life when he performs for you at 54 Below while you dine as well as those first class passengers did on that fateful ship. [Time Out]

    Tonight at Central Park Summerstage, AraabMUZIK will provide the hip-hop beats, Teengirl Fantasy will serenade you with their dreamy pop and Flosstradamus and Nick Hook will get your feet moving with their DJ sets.  It's a little something for everyone. [Oh My Rockness]

    Kyle Ayers will have you chuckling as he hosts Spikehill's Game Night Comedy Show, an evening examining the silly and occasionally maddening games, like Taboo and Pictionary, that Americans have been playing for years in many a basement rec room. [Brooklyn Based]

    Los Angeles

    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 12.06.14 PM.pngSit in on Dan Harmon (creator of Community) and Jeff B. Davis' (Whose Line is it Anyway) popular podcast, Harmontown, tonight at Nerdmelt at Meltdown Comics. [LA Weekly]

    Heralded as one of the "best hip-hop producers of all time," RZA of Wu-Tang Clan will be providing his legendary beats tonight at The Observatory. [Oh My Rockness]


    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 12.44.16 PM.pngEd Schrader's Musical Beat play their stripped down punk tonight at The Empty Bottle with Magical Beautiful and T'Bone. [Flavorpill]

    For a literary night and a chance to win some cool raffle prizes, head over to Essay Fiesta at the Book Cellar where Dennis Frymire, Kristin Clifford, Diana Slickman, Samantha Vincenty and Tom Wolferman will be reading their non-fiction essays. [Chicago Reader]


    Screen shot 2012-08-16 at 1.10.09 PM.pngDIIV, the indie band fronted by Zachary Cole Smith of Beach Fossils, recently played a Fader party in Brooklyn and the whole band dressed in drag. Expect similar fun when the band plays Shacklewell Arms tonight with Dignan Porch. [Time Out]

    Electronic music masters, Junior Boys, will promote their fourth album It's All True tonight when they perform at Birthdays. [Time Out]

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    You better werk: RuPaul Ryan. [via dlisted]

    ron swanson stache.jpgParks and Recreation star Nick Offerman is donating his character Ron Swanson's mustache to a charity auction to raise funds for pediatric cancer. How sweet and kinda weird! [via Vulture]

    tumblr_m90kvr5Iw31qzcqhbo1_500.jpgPug on a pony. [via Mehalicka]

    tumblr_m8wn16Zaaz1qbohddo1_500.jpgNot pictured: Justin Range Therouxver. [via The Clearly Dope]

    tumblr_m8xjzskm0A1rsidtzo1_250.jpgWell fuck you too Dave Coulier! [via Coin Farts]

    tumblr_m8xjfbfAZa1r8xipxo1_500.jpgSock sandals, aka ssandals. [via Just Another Hot Guy Blog]

    nDZkh.jpgOh, hay. The New Girl guys at last night's Do Something Awards. [via Oh No They Didn't]

    article-2190656-149D3987000005DC-856_634x350.jpgHere's Ramona Singer getting her "bottom sculpted" on an episode the Real Housewives of New York. [via Daily Mail]

    tumblr_m8zdjmKQSJ1qc9wrn.pngtumblr_m8zdkeOexi1qc9wrn.pngSpeaking of sculpted bottoms, Mitt Romey's campaign logo clearly has done some P90X. [via Bossy Pants]

    tumblr_m90sdph8lj1r3gb3zo1_400.gifDone with the ball. [via Only LOL GIFs]

    Watch Jason Alexander star in a Nickelback music video. [via Rolling Stone]

    tumblr_lys37kSOoL1qzpzfmo1_1280.jpgSee ya. [via Paris Hilton Sex Slave]

    tumblr_m0rvfs8x3j1qbwfjko1_500.jpgWHOA: Sand under a 250x microscope. [via Butty Holly]

    tumblr_m86r1rNwF31qa87doo1_500.jpgOh, the '90s. [via Life's Little]

    tumblr_m8v0n9yhex1qab8zco1_500.pngI'll take one pig in a blanket please thanks. [via Emergency Puppy]

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    Screen shot 2012-08-20 at 2.06.04 PM.pngCollege student/writer/model/street style magnet and PAPERMAG contributor Julia Frakes stars in Korean cool brand Tomboy's new Fall/Winter campaign, a post Chloë Sevigny recently vacated (she appeared in their Spring/Summer ad). In the campaign, we see Julia crouching in oversize coats and ponchos and peering out from massive collars in a collection that manages to look simultaenously cozy and chic and structural.  Check out a few looks shot by Maciek Kobielski and styled by Dianna Lunt and head over to High Snobette for the rest.

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    Saturday was the perfect, breezy day to be outdoors, or, in our case, at Evian's first annual Wood Racquet Cup Tennis Tournament at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens. 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander provided commentary for the 12 teams that participated in the day-long retro tennis tournament, which also featured jams from the Hungry March band and treats from Asia Dog and People's Pops. Check out photographer Atisha Paulson's shots from the tournament below.



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