‘Clueless’ Was Amy Heckerling’s Masterpiece. Is She Done With It? As If.

Heckerling, the pioneering director behind “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” is turning “Clueless” into a musical. Will she finally get her due?
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Why Kristin Cavallari Says She and Husband Jay Cutler Are ‘Done’ Having Kids

Three is the magic number for Kristin Cavallari.

“I love having three kids. I especially love having two boys and a girl — we feel like a very complete family. We’re good, we’re done,” the Very Cavallari star tells PEOPLE Now of herself and husband Jay Cutler, whose children are Saylor James, 2½, Jaxon Wyatt, 4, and Camden Jack, 6 next month.

“My daughter is 2½ and I don’t have to lug around a diaper bag anymore and all the crap,” says Cavallari, 31. “We’re finally at a really good place where we can just pick up and go.”

Continues the star, “All my kids have a little bit of independence, and we’re just in a really good place. I don’t want to go back to the diaper phase and all of that.”

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Her comments echo those she made to PEOPLE in March, when she admitted she “can’t imagine having another” child.

“We just feel like such a complete family — I got my girl. Everything is just so great with it right now, why rock the boat?” explained the mother of three.

In the midst of putting a hold on expanding their family, the couple, who reside in Nashville, is in awe of how much time has gone by parenting their kids. “Everyone’s just growing up too fast,” Cavallari said.

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And more children undoubtedly would come with more unsolicited comments from other parents. As The Hills alum told PEOPLE in May about dealing with haters, she “really give a s—” about anyone who critiques her parenting style.

“I’m so confident at what I’m doing as a mom that I don’t care,” explained the True Roots cookbook author.

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Atlantic-Pacific Blogger Blair Eadie Has Already Done Your Summer Shopping for You

Looking to kick up the color in your summer wardrobe? Good news: Blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific has teamed up with Amazon Fashion to curate a chic selection of must-have rainbow dresses, straw hats, shoes and more that are sure to become your new summer favorites. The bright pieces from tons of brands you know and love are sure to put you in a good mood, and with so many gorgeous options to choose from, you can find something to fit every style — and every budget!

“I love mixing high and low pieces within my personal style as well as finding fashion value at various price points,” Eadie tells PeopleStyle. “In putting together these curated picks, it was so easy to find the colorful dresses to anchor the collection as well as all of the accessories for the finishing touches to complete the looks.”

When it comes to her seasonal style, Eadie says, “I have always been a lover of all things colorful and summer is always the best season to embrace bright hues!”

As for her personal favorite, she says “It’s all about the perfect summer dress in a rainbow of colors, and you can expect to see this theme to show up in a variety of ways!”

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Jon Stewart Addresses Louis C.K.’s Sexual Misconduct: ‘Could I Have Done More?’

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Calvin Klein and Warhol: The Brooklyn Artists Who Got the Job Done

The postmodernist prints blanketing Raf Simons’ second offering for Calvin Klein Collection are the work of a New York City screen-printing collective, WWD has learned.
Lqqk  Studio — the Brooklyn-based screen printing studio and brand profiled by WWD last week — took up residence on the 14th floor of the brand’s headquarters, serving an in-house printing operation for the weeks leading up to the label’s show.
Lqqk founder Alex Dondero, along with a staff of five printers, created experimental treatments and screens for the house’s spring collection.

Lqqk Studio’s Brooklyn headquarters. 

Simons’ collection required extensive screen-printing development, logistics and labor. For the task, Lqqk created 70 screens using licensed Warhol prints — sometimes printing garments with up to five layers of color. The team printed on surfaces including leather, canvas, nylon, silk, wool and PVC — adjusting its ink formulas to suit each fabric.
Dondero said of the project: “It was all licensed Warhol prints — that is the inspiration, so staying true to that was really important. The liberties I was given were rooted in technique. It was about how to print something and make sure it’s not too clinical, but not too messy. Being gestural without going too far.”
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Shadowhunters’ Katherine McNamara: The Finale Is “One of the Most Heartbreaking Things I’ve Ever Done”

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Tamra Judge on Final Straws with RHOC Frenemy Vicki Gunvalson: ‘She’s Done Too Much Damage to Me’

 

The possibility that Real Housewives of Orange County costars Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson will make amends seems more unlikely than ever.

“She’s done too much damage to me,” Judge, 49, told PEOPLE Now on Monday. “Personally, she has no boundaries and so that’s where you’re like, ‘Is that the kind of friend I want?’ ”

Gunvalson, 55, concluded last season on the outs with the other women of the O.C., with longtime on-again/off-again bestie Judge reaching her breaking point when rumors began to swirl about her husband Eddie’s sexuality.

“For everything that I’ve gone through, you know, my marriage is so sacred to me,” said Judge, 49. “For Vicki to insult my marriage like that like it’s a fraud, that’s what hurt me.”

Beyond her personal grievances with Gunvaslon, Judge takes the rumors in stride, noting her husband is a “hot guy, someone says he’s gay — happens all the time!”

“Our relationship is really easy,” she said. “We’re great friends, we’re great lovers … we just have fun together.”

Judge — whose tagline for the new season is: “I’m pint-sized, baptized and highly prized” — said she made an effort to fix things between with Gunvalson, but that it’s a challenge to get along with her.

“I tried my hardest, I really did,” she said. “You can make fun of my outfit or call me ugly, whatever, but you don’t go that low.”

 

Season 12 of RHOC sees the return of Lydia McLaughlin, the absence of Heather Dubrow and the addition of newbie Peggy SulahianShannon Beador, Kelly Dodd and Meghan King Edmonds return with Judge and Gunvalson.

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Corinne Olympios Is Done With ‘Bachelor In Paradise,’ Ends Investigation

DeMario Jackson also reportedly won’t return to the series.
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Kylie Jenner And Tyga Are Done. Again. Possibly For Good This Time.

Sign up here for The Tea to read exclusive celebrity interviews with stars like Jacob Sartorius, Maddie Ziegler, and Willow Shields! 

It looks like Kylie Jenner and Tyga are on a break … yes, again. 

Ever since the couple was first spotted together in 2014, they’ve experienced their fair share of ups and downs. Amid cheating accusations and financial struggles, Kylie first split with Tyga in November 2015. The roller coaster didn’t end there and much of 2016 was on-again-off-again, as well. Rob Kardashian’s relationship with Blac Chyna, Tyga’s ex and mother of his son, was also likely a contributor to all the drama.

Now, according to People, sources claim Kylie and Tyga are off yet again.

They tend to take little breaks all the time and then get back together,” one insider told People. Could this be the end of ~Kyga~? According to the source, there’s still a chance they’ll reconcile: “It’s definitely possible they’ll work things out again.”

Time will tell. 2016 may have been the year of “realizing stuff,” but 2017 is looking even more intriguing if you ask us.

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‘I’m Done’: Patrick Stewart Says He’s Retiring From X-Men Movies

The X-Men may have to find a new mutant to seek guidance from.

Patrick Stewart has announced that he is retiring from the “X-Men” movie franchise after 17 years portraying the sage mutant leader Professor Charles Francis Xavier ― a.k.a. “Professor X.”

The 76-year-old British actor shared his decision during a SiriusXM Town Hall discussion on his upcoming X-Men film “Logan.” The full discussion and the film are slated for release on March 3, Entertainment Weekly reported Friday.

Speaking beside his “Logan” costar Hugh Jackman and the film’s director and co-writer James Mangold, Stewart said he came to the decision after watching the latest installment about a week ago and finding himself moved to tears.

“I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie,” he said.

Jackman, who has also confirmed that he is leaving the franchise after starring as Wolverine, was one of the first people he said he shared the news with.

“I told [Jackman] that same evening, ‘I’m done too. It’s all over,’” Stewart said.

Stewart has starred in six of the X-Men movies preceding “Logan.” These are “X-Men” (2000), “X-Men 2” (2003), “ X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006), “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009), “The Wolverine” (2013), and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014).

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This Sweater Is Perfect For Anyone Who Is Done Talking About Politics

If you’ve had it up to here with talk about the election, the president elect and the sheer volume of news surrounding both of those things, boy have we got the sweater for you.

The “Leave Me Alone” sweater, designed by Pinterest engineer Ruth Wong, appears at first glance like a regular old sweater but can, according to Wong, be worn three ways: cowl neck, off the shoulder and “leave me alone.”

What does a leave-me-alone sweater look like, you ask? Picture a turtleneck that just keeps going and is then zippered shut, like so: 

Wong wrote on Instructables, along with the steps to make it, that the leave-me-alone mode “is more of a statement than a functional piece of clothing,” and that she “can’t see anything through my sweater.” She suggests that if you’d like to wear it more often and in more situations, to “add eye holes.”

The sweater is just a DIY for now, but after it started getting attention Wong posted it on Betabrand, where it could eventually go into production. 

 Hey, it’s less work than getting into a Facebook fight, right?

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Diane von Furstenberg and Joel Horowitz: Job Done

JOB DONE: Following a report in WWD Friday that Joel Horowitz had exited Diane von Furstenberg as co-chairman, von Furstenberg and Horowitz said in a joint statement that, “We joined forces in 2012 to strengthen the DVF infrastructure and find the perfect CEO. In April, we accomplished that by bringing Paolo Riva on board. We are proud of the strides we have made and look forward to seeing the company continue to thrive upon the foundation we have built.”
It was unclear when Horowitz exited DVF, although sources said it was May or June. At the time he joined the company, he said he was looking forward to “working with the management team to further grow the business.” Given his experience taking Tommy Hilfiger Inc. public, and proven ability to lead a public firm, there has been much speculation that the ultimate prize for DVF was an initial public offering.
While Horowitz’s departure doesn’t rule out that possibility, it does presume that an IPO isn’t in the immediate future for DVF. Riva has said his priority for the company is to “start to build a strategy for the brand and what it will look like in years to come.” Under Horowitz’s tenure,

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A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

It’s no secret that many women are smarter than men. Why? As a rule, women are not just naturally intuitive, but constantly challenged to solve problems relating to home, family, and career while men often have the luxury of delegating or ignoring such responsibilities. During an interview at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the most honorable Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that:

I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’ve been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.

It’s easy to see why men would be shocked by Ginsburg’s reply. All one has to do is consider their behavior, as evidenced in these clips from 1957’s The Music Man and 1970’s Company.

Obviously, women see things differently (as evidenced in these two numbers from 1950’s Guys and Dolls and 1964’s Hello, Dolly!).

The battle of the sexes may be as old as time. But men often approach the battlefield armed with belligerence, brawn and bravado while women manage to bewitch, bother, and bewilder them with a potent combination of brains and beauty. In many historical periods men have automatically assumed power while women had to use whatever knowledge was available to gain and assert their power.

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A newly restored print of a 1920 comedy directed by Robert Thornby turned out to be one of the more delightful surprises at the 2015 San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Wikipedia offers the following summary of the plot of The Deadlier Sex:

Based upon a review in a film publication, Mary Willard (Blanche Sweet), who has taken control of her father’s interests after his death, has become so exasperated at the unscrupulous business practices of Harvey Judson (Mahlon Hamilton) that she has him kidnapped to teach him a lesson and protect her shareholders against him.

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Blanche Sweet as Mary Willard in The Deadlier Sex


When Harvey wakes up in the forest, he initially believes that robbery was the motive until he discovers that no money was taken. He tries to bribe his guide to take him to the nearest settlement but to no avail, and, after two fist fights with a Frenchman (Boris Karloff) who is also in love with Mary, eventually comes up with a scheme which leads to his discovery by his friends.

When Harvey finds that Mary was the cause of this, they argue and he accuses her of trying to ruin him. While on the way to the nearest train station they have an automobile crash that nearly kills them. At the station, after they are told that the government has seized their property, Mary and Harvey decide to work together in the future.

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Blanche Sweet as Mary Willard in The Deadlier Sex

After appearing on stages since she was four years old (Sweet started her career touring with Maurice Barrymore in The Battle of the Strong), the teenaged actress starred in D.W. Griffith’s 1914 film, Judith of Bethulia. Although set to appear in 1915’s The Birth of A Nation, she was replaced by Lillian Gish.

Shot on location in and around Truckee, California, Sweet later referred to The Deadlier Sex as one of the films “I knew I shouldn’t do.” Her characterization of Mary Willard as a sly, intelligent, resourceful, and cunning young businesswoman was a far cry from the stereotypical damsel in distress that was a staple of so many silent films.

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Blanche Sweet as Mary Willard in The Deadlier Sex

In addition to the young Boris Karloff’s portrayal of a macho trapper, The Deadlier Sex featured strong performances by Winter Hall as Mary’s father, Roy Laidlaw as Huntley Green, and Russell Simpson as Jim Willis. With live accompaniment by Guenter Buchwald, the film had a certain rustic charm.

Although Sweet was a major star in silent films (who even managed a brief transition to talkies), few of her films are available today. In 1930’s Show Girl in Hollywood, she introduced the song “There’s a Tear for Every Smile in Hollywood,” whose lyrics read as follows:


You’re like a million others
Who seek the road to fame
But soon you’ll realize
It’s not an easy climb.
You’ll find like all the others
Whose dreams are just the same
The road is not as rosy
As Sunday papers claim.

There’s a tear for every smile in Hollywood
Every mile’s a weary mile in Hollywood
A million dreams are born with each day
A million dreams keep fading away
Like the spider and the fly is Hollywood
Where a broken-hearted sigh is understood
Though fortune seems to beckon to some
There’s a tear for every smile in Hollywood.

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While women may have felt oppressed for much of the 19th and 20th centuries, at least they didn’t have to fear a legal (and loathsome) form of rape known as the droit du seigneur. A purportedly popular practice in late Medieval Europe, droit du seigneur gave a feudal lord the right to take the virginity of his serfs’ daughters.

That practice is a pivotal plot point in 1778’s The Marriage of Figaro (a play by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that was adapted into a four-act opera buffa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1786). Not only must Susanna find a way to keep the Count Almaviva’s hands off her as she prepares to wed the Count’s servant, Figaro, she must also find a way to help her mistress (the Countess Almaviva) save her marriage from the embarrassment of the Count’s constant philandering.

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Luca Pisaroni as the lecherous Count Almaviva
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Add to the mix a horny page, a curious birthmark, a drunken gardener, a lusty old spinster who claims to have won the right to marry Figaro if he defaults on a loan, as well as a bitter old man who craves revenge for the way Figaro stole Rosina from under his roof (thus enabling her to marry the Count Almaviva) and you’ve got lots of mischief involving mistaken identities framed by a magical musical score.

As part of its 2015 summer season, the San Francisco Opera revived its 33-year-old production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, populating the cast with five former Adler Fellows (including conductor Patrick Summers), one current Adler Fellow (Maria Valdes as Barbarina), and a veteran of the Merola Opera Program who has performed with the company for more than four decades (John del Carlo).

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Figaro (Philippe Sly) and Susanna (Lisette Oropesa) in
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The casting paid off in spades. Philippe Sly’s sonorous Figaro was far more athletic (and almost balletic) than what one usually encounters; as Susanna, Lisette Oropesa glowed with the charm and sparkle of a young woman in love (and sang rapturously as well). Luca Pisaroni’s Count Almaviva was a special delight, nicely balanced by Nadine Sierra’s portrayal of his Countess.

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Former Adler Fellow Nadine Sierra as the Countess Almaviva
in Le Nozze di Figaro (Photo by: Cory Weaver)

In comedic supporting roles, John Del Carlo scored strongly as Bartolo with Catherine Cook as a robust Marcellina. Greg Fedderly was a delightfully meddlesome Basilio while John Easterlin added to the fun as Don Curzio. Bojan Knezevi was a noticeably besotted Antonio.

At the performance I attended Angela Brower easily won over the audience as Cherubino. But what made the evening especially satisfying for me was the savvy stage direction by Robin Guarino, who added telling bits of body language for Figaro, Susanna, and Cherubino.

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Susanna (Lisette Oropesa) and Figaro (Philippe Sly) make up
in Act IV of Le Nozze di Figaro = (Photo by: Cory Weaver)

Looking back over the years, I recall that my first exposure to Le Nozze di Figaro took place sometime in the mid 1960s at the New York City Opera. That was nearly 15 years before surtitles began being projected above the proscenium in opera houses. Even when sung in English, I found it difficult to follow the plot.

These days, surtitles make it much easier for audiences to follow the text and understand the set-up for various sight gags. During one intermission, the house curtain was raised so that the audience could watch the stage crew change the scenery while a member of the company’s staff took live questions from a dedicated Twitter feed. Additional educational tools (like the following video) undoubtedly help those who are experiencing Mozart’s opera for the very first time.

Not only does today’s technology allow audiences to follow the story with surtitles, it also makes it possible for the San Francisco Opera to simulcast a live performance from the War Memorial Opera House to a packed baseball stadium across town at AT&T Park.

I was especially lucky at the performance I attended to be seated down front in the orchestra, where it was much easier to watch how certain artists (especially Luca Pisaroni) crafted their phrasing during arias and worked as part of an ensemble when required to do so by the dramatic shenanigans concocted by Beaumarchais. In an entertainment world that frequently bludgeons audiences into submission with overamplification, it’s a visceral joy to be able to hear an artist’s natural voice and experience a wide range of musical nuances.

Special credit goes to Maestro Patrick Summers, who led a beautiful performance of Mozart’s opera. The following clip offer some highlights from the San Francisco Opera’s production:

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Dad Helps Distressed Flower Girl Get The Job Done

 

Dad to the rescue!

In a YouTube video recently posted by America’s Funniest Home Videos, a flower girl has a full-on meltdown during a wedding ceremony, which renders her unable to perform her petal-throwing duties. 

Fortunately, dad was there to finish the job. Watch the hilariously sweet moment above. 

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Dad Helps Distressed Flower Girl Get The Job Done

 

Dad to the rescue!

In a YouTube video recently posted by America’s Funniest Home Videos, a flower girl has a full-on meltdown during a wedding ceremony, which renders her unable to perform her petal-throwing duties. 

Fortunately, dad was there to finish the job. Watch the hilariously sweet moment above. 

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What Wedding Experts Would Have Done Differently For Their Own Big Days

by Jillian Kramer, BRIDES

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Every bride worries she’ll regret some wedding decisions — and it turns out, even the pros look back on their big days with some regrets. So we asked four wedding planners to share what they’d change about their weddings so that you won’t make the same mistakes!

“I wish we’d splurged on a really kick-ass photographer.”
Janice Carnevale, owner of Bellwether Events, tied the knot on April 1 and embraced the quirky date with her own inventive touches — red and lime-colored linens, argyle-patterned invitations, and a cake iced in chocolate frosting. And while she doesn’t regret her eclectic choices, she does wish she’d spent more on a photographer “and paid for an album up front,” she advises.

“I wish that I had not been chewing gum for the reception.”
Michele Velazquez, co-owner of pop-up wedding planning company The Wedding Bomb, wed in a chic off-white and purple affair in Los Angeles, where a highlight was “these amazing artichoke appetizers filled with garlic,” she says, “so I put gum in my mouth to have fresh breath. But in our wedding video, you can see me chomping away — and I shriek every time I see it!” Velazquez now warns brides to find ways other than chewing gum to freshen breath.

“We didn’t hire a videographer, and I still regret it to this day.”
Courtney Wolf, wedding planner and marketing director of Invision Events, says her blush-hued, formal wedding “was the absolute most amazing day of my life.” But because she and her then-fiancé bore the brunt of the bill for their big day, they made cuts when they questioned whether something was “worth it” — including a videographer. “While our photographer blew us away with the effortless and perfect capture of our day, there is nothing that can compare to hearing our vows or me giggle while I’m getting ready or my husband’s emotion as the church doors open and he sees me as his bride, all in real time,” she says. “I do wish I had that piece of the puzzle, even three years later.”

“I would not have had sparklers!”
Victoria Canada, owner of Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, held a festive affair that featured a Mariachi band and margaritas. The party was so much fun, she recalls, she didn’t want to leave. “I would have kept the bar open and kept dancing,” she says, “but we had sparklers — and our guests had them lit and we pretty much had to run! Now, I actually discourage brides from them.” One thing she doesn’t regret? Saying “no” to an open bar. “Our goal was to have a great honeymoon, and that meant having to make some concessions,” she explains. “So, we did not have an open bar — we had beer, wine and margaritas. I think an extra week on the Mediterranean was worth my friends not having a vodka tonic!”

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In ‘Cloud Nine,’ Artist Kate Durbin Asks Women ‘What Have You Done For Money?’

Head over to the website for Los Angeles-based artist Kate Durbin’s newest project, “Cloud Nine,” and you’ll be greeted by a few lustful mouths lined with dollar bills, flirtatiously positioned above a rather intrusive question: “What have you done for money?”

The question is aimed at female-identifying artists, all of whom are encouraged to submit their “confessions” anonymously to a designated email address. There, Durbin gives no hints as to what she’ll do with said confessions, so The Huffington Post reached out to the artist to figure out exactly why she’s soliciting women online, under the guise of a common cam girl name — cloud9.

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“The connection with the cam girl has to do with the fact that many artists I know do sex work in order to have enough time and money to be artists,” Durbin explained. In an earlier interview with the pop culture blog Konbini, Durbin said that the responses she’s received already have indeed ranged from sex work and sugar daddies to babysitting, PR jobs and parental and governmental assistance. She’s heard about jobs from stints as assistants to pizza delivery, even reality television.

By prying into the lives of female artists, Durbin wants to highlight the difficulties creatives face — particularly women — in securing funds for their work, whether it’s compensation for pieces made or financial support to travel and show their work. The fact that women artists earn less money than men is hardly a secret; for example, in 2012 alone, every artist in the top 100 auction sales was a man. Durbin digs deeper than that, though, confronting the fact that women outnumber men in art school (according to Gallery Tally expert Micol Hebron, women constitute between 65 and 75 percent of students in MFA programs), only to enter a world in which men make up 70 percent of gallery-represented artists.

Below, find out what Durbin had to say about art-school debt, her own financial history and exactly what she’s doing with her collection of anonymous stories.

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What was the inspiration for Cloud Nine?

I started noticing how often my artist girlfriends’ conversations revolved around money and not what was inspiring us to make art.

I noticed how often they Skyped into conferences, because they had no institution or funding source to support their attendance. I noticed how often they didn’t write because they had to work an 8-4 job just to pay rent and then work some more to pay off their student-loan debts. I noticed how often they defaulted on their loans because they didn’t have money to pay them. I noticed how many of them had sugar daddies and felt like they had to hide it. I noticed how many of them had trust funds and felt like they had to hide it. I noticed all the adjuncts who were teaching six classes at three different schools and not making enough to live, and also not making art. I noticed all the paintings being flipped and selling for bank, and then I noticed my friends who were on food stamps and who couldn’t afford dental work.

I started to notice everything in the world around me that had to do with art and money, and I paid attention to it, instead of ignoring it — instead of believing in the fantasy that these were all “individual failings,” that none of these people were “good enough” artists to make it. This is how “Cloud Nine” came to be.

How many stories have you gathered so far, and how did you go about reaching out to women?

I have 50-plus stories so far, and hope to gather more. The call is viral on Facebook, and Konbini’s article helped. I’ve reached out to female-identifying artists who I know personally, and have asked them to share their stories and to spread the call. I’m specifically reaching into as many communities as I can, of varying socio-economic backgrounds. The project is DIY. I don’t have a team reaching out for me. I’m doing this while simultaneously working other jobs.

What form will “Cloud Nine” take once you’ve compiled the stories?

I will be performing the piece live online via video stream on New Hive and also on one of the world’s biggest sex camming sites simultaneously. I don’t want to give the performance away, but I will be playing with the idea of “confession,” performing as a cam girl/artist. The stories will be woven into the performance.

You mentioned to Konbini that talk of how artists make money was never discussed in school. Ideally, what would these discussions look like to you? Would you have benefited from a class geared toward the economics of being an artist?

The short answer is yes, but I think we have larger systemic problems that won’t be alleviated by a class on the economics of being an artist (although that should just be mandatory within our current system). It should also be noted that not all artists create the type of work that can be bought and sold for money (take poets, for example), or want to work within the gallery system.

MFA programs themselves perpetuate debt, as well as credentialism: two economic disadvantages to artists. Yes, some programs pay full tuition, and those are the ones people should be attending. The fact that it’s sort of a given for artists to get MFAs — and, increasingly, PhDs — is a sign of the bureaucratization of our era. And of course, many people get MFAs in order to go on to teach, yet most teaching work is now adjunct labor. Adjuncts are not paid a living wage and not given any job security. The majority of adjuncts are women. Can you see how the odds are stacking higher and higher against female-identifying artists (and, let’s not forget, artists of color, queer artists, trans artists)? Can you see how increasingly it is only artists who had money to begin with who can succeed in such a system?

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People have long said that artists should “know what they are getting into” when they become artists and suffer. Now people are starting to say that to college teachers. It’s a way to shame people from speaking out against systemic abuse — and neglect is a form of abuse. We exist currently in a system that does not support human beings with basic resources to use their gifts in this world. We exist within a system where art is not valued, which makes sense, because human beings are not valued in this system either. But is this the world we want? If not, we need to overcome our shame and fear and speak out about the realities of our lives as artists.

That is the first step. Then, to dream of something better. Yoko Ono says, “A dream you dream alone is just a dream, but a dream we dream together is reality.” I personally would love to see something like universal basic income put into place as a step toward alleviating this problem. It also serves to alleviate the increasing income equality and unemployment that is resulting as technology and robots take over human jobs over the next few decades. So this is not just about artists — artists here are the canaries in a coal mine, in a sense. Yet of course it would be beautiful to live in a world filled with art, instead of people producing things or doing jobs they don’t care about just to eat and die.

Obvious question: what have you done for money?

What haven’t I done?

I plan to share my full job history during the performance, but I will give you a partial rundown now of some of the jobs I’ve had. I started working when I was 12, running my own babysitting business in two neighborhoods. I worked almost every day — my parents homeschooled me, and as a result I could work all the time. Through high school I worked in fast food, at Krispy Kreme, and in college at a Jamba Juice knock-off shop and then at a mom-and-pop health food store. After college I worked a series of miserable administrative jobs, from data entry to [being an] administrative assistant to writing the intros for religious radio shows.

For the past seven years, since I got out of grad school, I have worked as an adjunct professor both in person and online. I often worked more than full time but did not have health insurance or a living wage. Next year will be the first year I have a full-time teaching job. I love teaching, but it is very hard to make a living teaching college.

There is more to my economic history that is difficult for me to talk about, all of which I will confess during the performance.

Do you have anything else you want to add to people who either want to take part in the project or see it when it’s completed?

I would love to hear your stories if you want to share them with me. All of your identifying information will be removed, so it’s totally anonymous. Please send your story to cloudnineconfess@gmail.com.

Tune in to the “Cloud Nine” performance on May 28 on New Hive at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST. Images by Tien Tienngern.

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11 Simple Strategies to Blow Through Procrastination and Get Things Done!

“I know I need to do X, but I just can’t seem to get myself to do it.”

This was a comment that a business coaching client shared with me a short while ago.

It’s a common problem, one that over half the business owners I know struggle with from time to time – the inability to get started on their top value to do’s.

Top Three Causes of Procrastination

First on the list is fear. Sometimes we feel like the task is so big, or we don’t know where to begin, or we’re intimidated to even try.

Second is habit. We’ve gotten into a rut and our routine is holding us back from growing our company.

Third is perfectionism. We want to do it right; in fact we want to do it perfectly right. So we wait to get started until all the stars are aligned and we can do it just right. As if this perfect moment ever is going to come along!

Solutions to Get Yourself Started

Here are 11 ways to blow through procrastination and get yourself into productive action.

1. Get yourself to show up and just get started.

Once upon a time I was a serious athlete training to play in the Olympics. When I wasn’t living at the Olympic Training Center I knew that I needed to keep up my scheduled workouts. But some days I just didn’t feel like it. I learned that one way to “trick” myself into gear was to just show up at the gym or track and get started with the workout. Before I knew it I got into the action and ended up having a great session.

The same tactic can work for you. Get yourself to just start, knowing that you can quit a few minutes into it. Chances are if you just get started you’ll soon get engaged in the moment and continue, getting some real, high value work done.

2. Go through the motions. This is a version of tactic one. The key is if you get yourself started on a path inertia will likely keep you going. In science they call this “overcoming the coefficient of static friction”. Remember, once you’re in motion it is much easier to keep yourself going than from a static stop.

3. Do it imperfectly. If you’re a perfectionist, plan on doing the first version of whatever you’re working on imperfectly. In fact, I tell my business coaching clients to call it a “draft” or a “beta version.” This gives them subtle permission to do it imperfectly.

4. Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!

5. Get a “gym buddy” or an “accountability partner”. When we know we need to update an outside person often that is the push we need to get it done.

6. Use your mastermind group and make a realistic commitment. A mastermind group is a group of other business owners who you intentionally team up with to support each other in growing your respective companies. They can be a great form of outside accountability to spur you into action.

7. Set a cool reward. Maybe it’s a day at the beach, or a night out with your spouse at a great restaurant, or that new gadget you’ve been wanting. Sometimes a simple bribe that you give yourself after you’ve done the key project is an effective spark.

8. Make it a game. Often I’ll set a countdown timer, turn up cool music in my office, and race to get the daunting task done (or to see how much of it I can get done) before the time goes off. This works especially well for any of you who are hyper-competitive.

9. Chunk up or chunk down. If the task seems too big, then break it into a smaller piece and get started with that chunk. If the project seems too complicated, consider grouping steps together so it’s less complex.

10. Get clear on what you are really afraid of and accept the worst case scenario. This emotionally and mentally frees you up to get busy working on the solution rather than obsessing about the problem.

11. Develop your integrity to the place that when you speak it you do it. Practice honoring your word in every area of your life. Be on time, all the time. If you commit to doing x by y, then do it. As you grow your personal integrity you’ll find that when it comes to procrastination, you will no longer allow yourself to fail to keep your word.
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Elderly Man Gets Down To ‘La Bamba,’ Shows Everyone How It’s Done

This gentleman has some serious moves.

And he shows that anyone — at any age — can get down to a feel-good beat, dancing to a street performer’s rendition of “La Bamba” at the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney, Australia.

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