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SSION's "My Love Grows in the Dark" -- a Papermag Premiere!


PAPERMAG is excited to premiere SSION's new video for "My Love Grows in the Dark," the lead single on the group's forthcoming album, Bent, which comes out this summer via Dovecote. In the clip, the captivating SSION frontman, Cody Critcheloe, enters a house (or, possibly, sex club) and proceeds to encounter ladies making bread, androgynous dancers writhing in a terrarium-meets-living room, pouty chicks smoking and a body covered in snow. Regarding these co-stars, Critcheloe tells us, "No one really sees me in the video, and if they do, they're indifferent. I walk through this house where everyone is completely self-obsessed."

As for the meaning behind the video, Critcheloe sent this cryptic explanation via email:

I directed the video for 'My Love' and it was shot on the first floor of my friend in Kansas City's house over a three-day period. The video is supposed to be a backhanded version of a pop star... almost the antithesis of a pop star. The right lighting can make anyone look good -- the more extreme, the more it erases flaws, age, etc. I wanted to do it so extreme that the only thing left were my eyes, moustache and mouth -- iconic. Then at the end is the reveal: bald, tons of make-up, daylight... basically, I'm a WITCH.

SSION performs at New York's Highline Ballroom this Friday, March 2nd.

SSION's Boonanas Performance at MoMA PS1
Cody Critcheloe: Boy Interrupted

7 Creative People Making Good and Making Bank.

156450514.JPGOur dear friend Billy Parish along with his collaborator Dev Aujla, recently wrote a book, Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World, about ways in which you can do good in the world, while getting paid for it. Here, they highlight several young creative people who are doing just that. For more Billy and Dev, head to their book party on Thursday, Mar. 1, at powerHouse Arena.

makinggood6.jpgThe Party Supply Specialists
We all have experience cleaning up those red keg stand cups littered throughout the yard the morning after. Emily Douiblet and Jessica Hosely took it upon themselves to rethink the party in a way that does good for the world. Susty Party is a one-stop shop for biodegradable party supplies -- from paper straws to pop-up recycling bins. One key to their success: Jessica and Emily are a perfect business partner match, combining Jessica's MBA and finance background with Emily's sustainability experience. Photo from kanonvodka.com.

makinggood5.jpgThe Fashion Designer
Natalia Allen won the Designer of the Year award at Parsons and parlayed that into launching Design Futurist, a New York Design Studio that has worked with brands from Quicksilver to Donna Karan to create sustainable clothing lines and accessories from concept to completion. One key to her success: Natalia used her interdisciplinary skills in technology, fashion and sustainability to create new fabrics using advanced, eco-friendly manufacturing processes. Photo from blackenterprise.com.

makinggood2.jpgThe Arts Philanthropist
Jason Eano, who helped found the Toronto-based artist agency Herman & Audrey -- made up of photographers, directors, strategists and producers -- spearheads the company's community programming, bringing the arts and philanthropy together. He is a behind the scenes shadow warrior for good, taking on a wide array of clients and forcing collaboration on everything from photography exhibits to fundraisers, all the while advancing the missions of the organizations he works with and raising the money they need to get their work done. One  key to his success: Jason began as a freelancer, building a portfolio of clients that were cause aligned, which enabled him to start an agency, which led to full time work for both him and his friends. Photo from Herman & Audrey.

makinggood4.jpgThe Surfer for Change
Kyle Thiermann, a professional surfer from Santa Cruz, had a wake up call on a trip to Chile when he realized that the surf breaks were going to be ruined by the development of a nearby  coal-powered plant. He did what he knew how to do: mobilize his friends and shoot a YouTube video. He was able to transfer over $345 million dollars worth of lending power away from the banks funding the plant. His group Surfing for Change is just getting started. Next targets: nuclear power plants and plastic bottles. One key to his success: Kyle relied on the strong social network he had built in the surf community to leverage other pro surfers, photographers and media to ensure his message spread beyond the people he could reach alone. Photo from Surfing for Change.

makinggood1.jpgThe Burger Shop Boys
Founded by Derrick Widmark and Eli Bernstein, Arizona-based Diablo Burger uses organic beef straight from the biggest open-range ranch in the region, Diablo Land Trust. Diablo Burger is a gateway to the world of sustainability, tastefully disguised as the best burger shop in the city. One key to their success: by becoming the exclusive distributor of the highest quality beef in a town for eco-conscious consumers, they've cornered a big market and people gladly pay $10-12 for a gourmet burger and fries. Photo by Dev Aujla.

Lenay Dunn Launches American Rag Campaign With Holy Ghost! and Friends

Macy's Junior's brand American Rag threw a little bash last night to introduce their new 'It Girl,' Lenay Dunn. The MTV host will be interviewing bands and going backstage at festivals for A.R. and, last night, a cavalcade of cuties including DJ Chelsea Leyland and Holy Ghost! celebrated at W.i.P. Check out these photos by Billy Farrell.


1960s Skateboarders + Photos of Bill Murray As FDR = Eight Items Or Less

Screen shot 2012-02-29 at 4.54.13 PM.png1. Check out new stills of Bill Murray as FDR in his upcoming flick, Hyde Park on Hudson. [Collider/Vulture]

Screen shot 2012-02-29 at 2.15.35 PM.pngPhoto credit: Bill Eppridge/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

2. How fun are these LIFE photos of people skateboarding in New York in the '60s?  Though the boarder isn't in Volcom, with his hipster glasses and pork pie hat, it could be Williamsburg! [Huffington Post]

3.  Apparently teenage girls are linguistic trendsetters, like, you know? [NY Times]

Screen shot 2012-02-29 at 5.23.35 PM.png4. The Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo, has a banner of Jeremy Lin on its homepage.  Linsanity! [Weibo]

Screen shot 2012-02-29 at 5.41.23 PM.png5. We love this t-shirt. LOLZ [Laughing Squid]

6. So it looks like Snooks might actually be preggers. [Gawker]

7. Yikes.  Apparently the body of a man shot to death was found outside a house in Miami that Rick Ross owns. [Huffington Post]

Screen shot 2012-02-29 at 5.54.00 PM.png8. Whoa!  A ninetysomething Chinese woman, presumed to be dead, reemerged from her casket after lying there for five days while friends and family came to pay their respects, as is tradition. [Daily What]

Tips for Today: My Best Fiend + Wyatt Cenac + Making Good

Wyatt Cenac at Caroline's on Broadway

Hilarious Daily Show regular Wyatt Cenac (who recently imitated an orca) takes to the Caroline's stage for a five-night run, starting tonight.

Caroline's on Broadway, 1626 Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $27.

My Best Fiend at (le) Poisson Rouge

Brooklyn-based quintet and recent Warp signees, My Best Fiend released their debut LP In Ghostlike Fading last week. Tonight they play their haunting, better-than-average dreamy guitar-rock songs tonight at (le) Poisson Rouge alongside TEEN and No Ordinary Monkeys.

(le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. 8 p.m. $10.

Making Good Release Party at powerHouse Arena

Celebrate the release of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World, by our dear friend-slash-environmental activist Billy Parish and his collaborator Dev Aujla, tonight at the powerHouse Arena. The book covers ways in which you can do good and make change in the world, while getting paid for it. 

powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, Brooklyn. 6 p.m. 

Lenay Dunn Launches American Rag Campaign With Holy Ghost! and Friends

Macy's Junior's brand American Rag threw a little bash last night to introduce their new 'It Girl,' Lenay Dunn. The MTV host will be interviewing bands and going backstage at festivals for A.R. and, last night, a cavalcade of cuties including DJ Chelsea Leyland and Holy Ghost! celebrated at W.i.P. Check out these photos by Billy Farrell.

The Morning Funnies: Zac Efron Talks Dropped Condom + Taybow

Screen Shot 2012-03-01 at 10.56.45 AM.pngMatt Lauer surprises Zac Efron and asks him about the time last week when he dropped a condom at The Lorax premiere: "It's a great message to add to the many messages of the film," he said. [via Buzzfeed] 

A Nestle Crunch Thin Mints collab! [via The Laughing Squid]

7 bearded comedians without their beards. [via HuffPo]

Apparently Tim Tebow and Taylor Swift had a moment at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Taybow? [via Jezebel]


A banana machine. [via Videogum]

David LaChapelle Talks Old Masters, Quitting the Fashion Game and Newt Gingrich at His Opening Last Night

Last night, the art crowd gathered at the Fred Torres Collaborations gallery for Earth Laughs In Flowers, a new exhibit of still life photographs by famed photographer, David LaChapelle. At first glance, the photos feature expansive and lush flowers reminiscent of paintings by the Dutch Masters but, upon closer inspection, elements of LaChapelle's signature blend of wealthy excess and the grotesque are present: phallic doll parts, Cheetos, pill bottles and toilet paper peek out from fancy floral arrangements and mingle amid ripe fruit.

LaChapelle, who famously quit shooting fashion for magazines and moved to Hawaii in 2006 at what some might say was the peak of his influence, has clearly not lost any admirers.  The packed gallery had people spilling down the stairs and into the street where a long line waited to get in PAPERMAG had the chance to talk to LaChapelle about his exhibit, about his decision to move off the grid and buy a farm in Hawaii and what he'd do if he got a call to photograph Newt Gingrich.

081126_08_TheLovers.jpgThe Lovers, 2011 by David LaChapelle

What can you tell us about your show?
It's a group of still lives, the vanitas, which is this idea that the Old Masters had about the brevity of life and to remind us of life's seasons and our connection with nature.  That really intrigued me.  The use of the objects in all the Old Master paintings had a great significance or symbolism that told a narrative about the piece.  I love this idea of doing flowers.

Are you turning more to paintings and Old Masters for your influences nowadays rather than contemporary subjects or profiles?
Prior to television, people would look at these paintings and try to figure out what they meant by the symbolism and how the objects were together to tell a story.  I love story telling.  I have a strong love of the history of art especially when you can make it relevant today.  Art in antiquity was once contemporary art and a reflection of that society.  We look at it now in a decorative sense--it doesn't have the same power as contemporary art--so in some ways, [this exhibit] is rescuing the ideas of the Old Masters and reclaiming them in a contemporary context.  That fascinates me and really excites me because as much as we've progressed with technology, we haven't progressed spiritually and morally as humanity.  We would hope we'd have been more enlightened than we are but the reason why Botticcelli's Venus and Mars or the Greek myths are still valid is because we're still dealing with the same issues of greed and love versus war and all those ideas.  We haven't really gone beyond that or evolved from that.  I think right now there's a real hunger for artwork that speaks to people, that they can decipher, that they can understand. 

081126_06_DeathlessWinter.jpgDeathless Winter, 2011 by David LaChapelle

A few years ago you quit doing fashion shoots but now you've recently gotten back into that with the M.A.C. campaign starring Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin.  What can you tell us about that?
I quit [shooting fashion] to change my life and start a farm [in Hawaii] where I live now.  The farm is great--it saved my life.  You need balance.  It was time to quit working for magazines.  My pictures weren't fitting with their needs and their publications weren't fitting my needs and what I wanted to express so I knew I had to stop.  My life was so out of balance at that time that I had this whole revelation with this farm and got the farm and started working there.  After that, months later, I got a call to show in a gallery, which is where I started in the East Village in the '80s.  I started showing in galleries way before magazines so I was surprised to do that.  At first I was very adamant that I wouldn't do anything commercial but then when Gaga, who is a friend, asked me to shoot her first cover of Rolling Stone, I said, "Well, yeah, I'll do that."  I just don't want to have rules for myself.  I want to be free and do what I want to do.

How were Nicki and Ricky?
They were fun. We had a really fun day and it's really great for my staff to mix it up.  I like the variety of every once in a while doing a job. It was something I couldn't say "no" to.  

Is there anyone you'd still like to shoot but haven't already?
Um, no.  People come to me but I've photographed everybody [I've wanted to].  I can love Adele without having to photograph her. I can just appreciate her.

I hear you're a huge Adele fan?
Yeah.  I've been a really big fan [laughs].  

I liked that they were playing "Rolling in the Deep" when I walked in.
They should only be playing Adele.  I told them that.

You've photographed Hillary Clinton before--would you ever shoot any other politicians?  What would you do if you got a request to shoot someone like Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich?
I don't really care for Newt Gingrich.  It wouldn't excite me very much to do that.  I really don't think that that scenario would ever happen because of my photographic history so as much as I love fantasy, I don't want to indulge in that.  I like to indulge in fantasies that are in some way plausible or at least erotic or sexually exciting but Newt Gingrich is none of the above! [laughs]

081126_04_FlaccidPassion.jpgFlaccid Passion, 2011 by David LaChapelle

Earth Laughs in Flowers runs from February 23-March 24 at Fred Torres Collaborations, 527 W. 29th St., New York

Event photos courtesy of
Matteo Prandoni/Billy Farrell Agency

Theophilus London Plays Le Baron, Discusses the Dangers of Tweeting About Tacos

Last night, Theophilus London played a stellar, intimate gig at new NYC nightclub Le Baron as apart of the chic spot's "Encore!" concert series sponsored by Absolut and SPIN magazine. We briefly spoke to the Brooklyn-born artist after the show about over-eager fans, playing his own music when he DJs and his new track with rap's rising star, A$AP Rocky.

How'd you feel the show went? Do you like performing in a smaller venue like Le Baron?
The show was great. I was just coming off a 28 date tour and playing at big venues for like 800-1000 people, so to just come home and play a secret show felt good. I'm into clubs like that -- it was my friend Andre's idea. He's from Paris and I went to the Le Baron there, so I was fond of the idea, but I didn't want to make it a normal show.

There were some pretty die-hard TL fans in the audience: What's the most strange-yet-flattering thing an admirer of yours has done?
One time a fan stalked me, from the venue to soundcheck. People will come early, stand outside and then follow my car. One time on Twitter I said I was eating a taco in Texas, and some girl came and found me and watched me eat the taco. I gotta stop putting real shit on twitter.

You were your own DJ opener tonight, and you played some of your own cuts. Does it feel strange spinning your own music?
No, I usually play my songs when I DJ anyway, so that wasn't a rare moment in time.

You performed a new track, "Big Spender," at the show, which features ASAP Rocky. How'd that come to be?
I've been sitting on "Big Spender" for like a year- I recorded it in Australia and have been showcasing it since then.  I wasn't ready to put it out though, it was missing a special vitamin, and that vitamin was Rocky.

Theophilus London Talks Girls, Skype and Soup
Theophilus London's Fashion Week Diary

Inside Chinese Superstar Li BingBing's Oscars Weekend

We already know what it's like watching stars and Tinsletown's rich and famous navigate the red carpet at the Oscars, but what's the experience like for a Hollywood newcomer? Li Bingbing, a massive movie star back home in China, is making her way to the big screen in the States and recently made the rounds at her first Oscars weekend. Bingbing stars in September's Resident Evil: Retribution and also had a large role in this summer's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, produced by media titan Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi Murdoch. Ms. Murdoch scored Bingbing a ticket to last Sunday's Oscars, and, in this video by Nicolas Jenkins, we see the rising star go to a dress fitting at the Gucci store, hit the Women In Film party, present at the Independent Spirit Awards with Giovanni Ribisi and attend the Oscars as well as the Vanity Fair after-party. Check it out.

Guns N' Roses and Chelsea Clinton Stick a Fork in Fashion Week at Hiro Ballroom

Ending what's been an otherwise subdued Fashion Week with a big rock 'n' roll bang, Nur Khan threw a little concert at Hiro Ballroom last night featuring a performance from Guns N' Roses. Though we remain firm in our belief that any GNR lineup without Slash is not a GNR lineup, their performance still sounds like it was pretty boonanas and featured renditions of "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine." Attendees included Justin Timberlake, Matt Damon, Jimmy Fallon, Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde, Sienna Miller, Nick Zinner, Taylor Momsen and .... Chelsea Clinton (because it wouldn't be a fashion week party without a deeply strange mix of celebrities). Khan told Blackbook's Steve Lewis that he decided to host the performance at Hiro (where he also hosted Courtney Love's fashion week performance in September and where Paper has hosted many a party) to pay his respect to the soon-to-be re-vamped club. "It's sort of my two cents into the goodbye," Khan said. "The town is losing another rock and roll room. I'm going to have to build another. We'd still be at Don Hill's if he hadn't died. This show at Hiro is all out ...confetti canons, arealists. It's the last hurrah before Mark [sic] Packer takes Hiro and Matsuri over and does what he does to it."

Check out the photos above from last night's partay above.

Nur Khan: The Eye of the Storm
Courtney Love's Hiro Ballroom Fashion Week Show

PLUS: All of our New York Fashion Week coverage, all in one spot!

Suggested Titles for a Downton Abbey Parody Porn

In recent weeks, the massive popularity of Downton Abbey has spawned parodies including cat spinoff Downton Tabbey, Arrested Development mash-up Arrested Downton and the Eastbound and Down-inspired Eastbound Downton. Which is why we think it'll be a matter of days before it gets the porn treatment a la 30 Rock: A XXX Parody and Not the Cosby Show XXX. We thought the producers might be having some trouble coming up with titles, so we came up with some suggestions for them. You're welcome/we're sorry.

Downton Assey
Countess Cora, the Ass Explorer
O'Face O'Brien
Deflowering Miss Daisy
Master Bates
Goin' Downtown Abbey
Lady Eat-ith of Butt
Humped to Death: Mr. Kemal Sniff MaPoop (Scat)
Sir Big-Dick Carlyle
2 Footmen, 1 Cup
Carson the Butt-ler
The Dowager Cunt-ess of Cooch
The Maids Get Laid
The Crawley Trolley (Ed note: Think about it).
Blind Cooks and Big Cocks
Coozin Matthew: Feeling Below the Waist 

GIF via Britsunited

Downton Abbey's Unlikely Celeb Fans
Downton Abbey Stars On-Screen Vs. Off-Screen

Bieber's 18: What Can He Learn From 18 Other Teen Idols Of Yore?

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 2.43.16 PM.pngToday's Justin Bieber's 18th birthday and, in the wake of his newfound legality, we decided to look back at 18 heartthrobs of yore to see whose path the Biebs should follow. This round-up is by no means exhaustive -- we thought we'd honor the birthday fella by selecting an even 18 -- but it is inclusive! Whether you're a pre-teen of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, or '00s, take a trip down Tiger Beat memory lane with us.

Paul Anka:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.44.20 PM.pngHighlights: The '50s teen crooner found major success with hits like "Lonely Boy," "Puppy Love" and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" and was able to make a fairly smooth transition into an adult performer. In fact, the 70-year-old is still touring the country singing, and you can catch him tonight at the Chumash Casino Event Center in California. How 'bout that!

Eddie Fisher:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.46.03 PM.pngHighlights: The recently deceased Fisher was famous first as a teen idol and then for his marriage to Debbie Reynolds. He made real headlines, however, when he ditched Debbie for Elizabeth Taylor, à la Brangelina in the '60s. Struggles with drugs and alcohol followed and Fisher fell off of the pop charts. He resurfaced in later years when daughter Carrie Fisher sold her memoirs and famously reconciled with him.

Ricky Nelson:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.47.02 PM.pngHighlights: Rising to fame in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, a show largely based on his own family, Nelson became a pop star but sadly died in 1985 in a plane crash. In 1987, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

David Cassidy:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.47.52 PM.pngHighlights: Cassidy was every '70s girl's dream as Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family.  Following the end of the show, Cassidy had additional TV roles, though none as high profile.  Today Cassidy lives in Florida with his third wife and continues to tour as a singer.

Donny Osmond:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.48.34 PM.pngHighlights: The breakout of The Osmond Brothers, Donny went on to host a variety show with his sister, Marie, called Donny and Marie. By the late '70s, his career was waning but a decade later, he recorded more music that had fair-to-middling success. Osmond has performed on Broadway and hosted the game show Pyramid.

Davy Jones:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.54.24 PM.pngHighlights: The Monkees frontman who, sadly, passed away yesterday, made tons of girls swoon.  With hits like "Girl," "Daydream Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville," the Monkees proved they were more than just a manufactured boy band. Jones continued to sing and act even once the Monkees disbanded and lived a successful, and by all accounts happy, life.

Leif Garrett:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.49.14 PM.pngHighlights: Born to showbiz parents, Garrett acted in movies such as Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Walking Tall as a kid but made his real mark on the Tiger Beat set with his music career. At 14, however, Garrett started experimenting with drugs and, at 17, crashed his car while high, leaving the other passenger -- who was also his best friend -- paralyzed.  After a brief stint hosting VH1's 8-Track Flashback, Garrett was arrested for trying to purchase drugs from undercover cops. After more arrests and stints in rehab, Garrett released another album in 2007, Three Sides of...

Scott Baio:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.50.16 PM.pngHighlights: Known to many as Chachi on Happy Days and, later, Joanie Loves Chachi, Baio also recorded a few albums in the 80s before starring in Charles in Charge. Most recently the actor resurfaced in the late aughts with two VH1 reality shows, Scott Baio is 45...and Single and Scott Baio is 46...and Pregnant, which centered on his life as a ladies' man and, later, as a new father.

Corey Feldman:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.50.58 PM.pngHighlights: One of "the Coreys," Feldman burst onto the scene with roles in Stand By Me, The Goonies, Gremlins and The Lost Boys. After struggling with drug addiction, Feldman went to rehab and cleaned up his act. Most recently, he appeared on reality shows The Surreal Life and The Two Coreys, which centered on his friendship with fellow '80s idol, Corey Haim.

Corey Haim:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.51.48 PM.pngHighlights: The other member of "the Coreys," Haim got his start with roles in Lucas and The Lost Boys. Like Corey Feldman, early fame and success led to excessive drugs and partying for Haim. He wasn't able to replicate his success in the '90s and '00s aside from appearing with Feldman in The Two Coreys. Tragically, Haim died in 2010 after an apparent overdose at the age of 38.

Kirk Cameron:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.55.18 PM.pngHighlights: Everyone's favorite (and hot) big brother, Mike Seaver, on Growing Pains, Cameron married a Growing Pains guest star, acted in a few more low-profile roles and found religion. The born-again Christian and his wife founded Camp Firefly, a camp for seriously ill children. He also has a television ministry called The Way of the Master.

Andrew Keegan:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.56.08 PM.pngHighlights: The bad boy every '90s girl (or gay boy) had a crush on, Keegan is probably most remembered for roles in Camp Nowhere and 10 Things I Hate About You. Though his imdb shows that he's still acting, his days in the spotlight are gone (but perhaps a 10 Things I Hate About You reunion will bring him back?).

Jonathan Taylor Thomas:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.57.03 PM.pngHighlights: The Home Improvement star also had memorable roles in Tom and Huck and The Lion King before leaving acting to enroll at Columbia. A few months ago his TV mom, Patricia Richardson, tweeted that JTT was acting again and "wants to direct."


Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 1.37.39 PM.pngHighlights: Biebs' mentor had success as a teen R&B artist and blew up in the mid-aughts with hits like "Yeah" and "Burn" from Confessions. Also, he was in She's All That! He's still a successful singer who recently played the Super Bowl.

Freddie Prinze Jr:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.58.39 PM.pngHighlights: A late '90s/early aughts dreamboat with lead roles in She's All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scooby Doo, Prinze married '90s/00s dream girl Sarah Michelle Gellar (a.k.a. Buffy), with whom he has a daughter. For a brief time in the late '00s, Prinze worked at WWE as a producer before leaving in 2011. 

Paul Walker:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 12.59.20 PM.pngHighlights: Another '90s/00s heartthrob, Walker's photos plastered many a middle school locker after roles in She's All That and Varsity Blues. He followed up with more adult roles in The Fast and the Furious franchise and continues to act.

Aaron Carter:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 1.00.01 PM.pngHighlights: Riding the late '90s boy band wave, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter's little bro had success with pop hits like "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)." (Also: Remember when Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff fought over him?) After struggles with drugs and stints in rehab, Carter is now in the off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, and playing shirtless DJ sets in East Village bars.

Justin Timberlake:

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 1.00.39 PM.pngHighlights: The one-time N'Syncer has had a hugely successful career as a solo artist and actor and should deeply consider joining the cast of SNL full-time. He is reputedly engaged to Jessica Biel.

Andre Saraiva + Simonez Wolf Transform Le Bain Into "Paris at Night"

Yale lecturer and man-about-town Simonez Wolf hosted a tres chic, "Paris at Night" edition of his Mercury Nights party at Le Bain last night. French nightlife impresario Andre Saraiva (who recently opened an installment of his Paris night club, Le Baron) DJd with Cory Kennedy and lots of Francophile cuties turned out to get down. Check out these photos from night from Zac Sebastian.


Win Custom Vans for a Year!

Wowee, PAPERMAG's giving away a year's worth of Custom Vans! Choose from four different styles and a butt-load of colors and patterns to design a dozen pairs of the shoes of your dreams. (All orders take 4-6 weeks to process, and need to be placed no later than August 23rd, 2012, FYI). All you need to do to win is the following:

1) Click the "like" button at the bottom of this post
2) Leave a comment telling us whether you're a slip-on or lace-up kind of person.
3) Be a fan of Papermag's Facebook page.

We'll pick a winner at random on Monday, March 5th, by 4 p.m.

Below, a pair we made to look like a watermelon. (Use your imagination.) The sky is the limit, y'all.

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 4.57.32 PM.png


Santigold's "Disparate Youth" Is Our Music Video of the Day

Ralph Wiggum Comics + Teenage Exorcists = Eight Items Or Less

1. Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast announced via Twitter that she'll be launching a clothing line for Urban Outfitters. That's one of her designs pictured above. [Flavorwire]

2.  Speaking of Urban Outfitters, the Navajo Nation sued the retailer over its use of the name "Navajo" on patterned underwear, artificial feather jewelry and dreamcatchers.  And we hear they've also pissed off the Irish with some St. Patrick's Day-themed gear (Irish yoga anyone?) [Gothamist]

3.  After 111 years the Bronx Zoo Monkey House has been shuttered. The monkeys, in case you were wondering, will go live in other parts of the zoo. [Animal]

Screen shot 2012-03-01 at 6.04.42 PM.png4. Bongo Comics has come out with a Ralph Wiggums comic book, based on the lovably slow character from The Simpsons.  [Laughing Squid]

5.  Check out three teenage chicks who claim to have performed exorcisms.  "My first exorcism was when I was 13."  [Huffington Post]

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6.  What do you think of Ke$ha's metal-studded hair?  No, seriously.  [Gawker]

7.  Apparently Don Henley of the Eagles has threatened to sue R&B singer and Odd Future member, Frank Ocean, over sampling "Hotel California" on his track "American Wedding." [Pitchfork]

8. MTV's Punk'd comes back on March 29 and, in the trailer below, it looks like it'll be a doozy--check out the Biebs punking Taylor Swift (we're guessing she thinks she set fire to a wedding...or something). [Celebuzz]

Tips for Today: Pat Benatar + Max Snow + Diptyque Sample Sale

pat-benatar-3.jpgPat Benatar at Irving Plaza

We are young, heartache to heartache. So we'll be heading to Irving Plaza tonight to catch the one and only Pat Benatar as she plays alongside her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo. 

Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. 8 p.m. $62.50.

Max Snow's "100 Headless Women" Opens at Kathleen Cullen Gallery

Max Snow, whom we featured as one of the 25-year-olds in our 25th anniversary issue, presents a series of black and white photos featuring naked women, with obscured faces. By presenting faces and bodies without eyes, Snow said, "I like in this series to rob the viewer of that intimacy and to make it more mysterious and surreal." 

Kathleen Cullen Gallery, 526 W. 26th St. Opening from 6-9 p.m. Through Apr. 7.

Diptyque Sample Sale

We are obsessed with all things Diptyque. Their candles just smell.... expensive. Which they are. Except today and tomorrow, when candles, fragrances and beauty products are 40 to a whopping 90 percent off. 

225 Fifth Ave. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ends today.

The Morning Funnies: Vanity Fair Oscar Party Photo Booth Pics + Kris Humphries' Hipster Glasses

item21.size.0.0.op12b-KristenWiig-EmmaStone.jpgCute, candid pics of celebrities hamming it up in a photo booth -- like Kristen Wiig and Emma Stone above -- at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. [via Vanity Fair]

A five second clip of Jeff Goldblum laughing like a lunatic in Jurassic Park

Kris Humphries with hipster glasses. Yay or nay? [via Buzzfeed]

Bo Obama wearing bunny ears, to promote the White House Easter Egg Roll. [via People]="http:>

XOJane has created an excruciatingly sad backstory for this pathetic-looking American Apparel model. 

Little Phil Collins heads spotted at the Greenpoint Ave. G train station. [via New York Shitty]
This was supposed to be farfalle. More mess-ups at our new favorite website, Errors in Production

"Sorry I'm Such an Asshole" Balloons. [via Lost at E Minor]


Emily Gould's very helpful and amusing guide: How to Share Your Good News With Friends.  [via The Awl]

New Mad Men poster! Though you may not understand what it all means now, according to show's creator Matthew Weiner, "[It's] a nonverbal representation of where my head is at and where the show will be. By the end of the season, I guarantee you'll know what it is about." Will Don Draper fall in love with a mannequin a la Lars and the Real Girl? [via The AV Club]

Carly Simon's "Let the River Run" Is Our Music Video of the Day


If there's one movie the PAPERMAG team can agree on, it's '80s gem Working Girl. While we mostly love it for all of the insane hair, hot Harrison Ford and the fact that we're supposed to believe Melanie Griffith's character is 27, we're also big fans of Carly Simon's epic anthem, "Let the River Run," from the film's soundtrack. No other songstress makes us want to throw on our heels, smoke at our desk and blast through that glass ceiling like Carly! The female PAPERMAG staff even likes the song too. Check out cameos from Melanie and fellow WG star Joan Cusack in our oldie-but-goodie Friday pick above.