Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best 2015 Pin-up Calendars (NSFW)

If there's one thing I love, it's pin-up girls. I've, eh-hem, dabbled in some pinup modeling myself and have always dreamed of being a calendar girl. I'm not there yet, but here are a bunch of ladies who are. It's still January, which means it's not too late for you to snap up a calendar for a whole year of hotness.

Nurse Bettie 2015 Burlesque Calendar
The burlesque beauties that perform in Calamity Chang's weekly show "Spanking the Lower East Side" at pin-up themed bar Nurse Bettie come together for a beautiful, gorgeous calendar.

$20.60, buy it here

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Night of "Vintage Black Glamour" at the Schomburg

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Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of going to "Between the Lines: Vintage Black Glamour", a talk about the book "Vintage Black Glamour", at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. "Vintage Black Glamour" is a coffee table book with brains. Journalist Nichelle Gainer started sharing rarely-seen photos of black activists, entertainers and socialites on her Tumblr of the same name and it became so popular, British publisher Rocket 88 approached her about a book. I was one of those people on Twitter asking, "where's your book?" and she definitely delivered last year. It's a stunning volume that I still don't have my hands on yet (Ma, if you're reading this, my birthday's coming up next week, eh hem.)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Vintage Trains, plus Awkward Tourists

I missed the big vintage train ride this year, with all the swing bands playing in cars from the 30s through the 60s and on the platforms. But on the very last Sunday that the MTA trotted out the nostalgia trains, my friend Emily and I squeezed in a visit.