Zeroing In On Adolescent Girlhood, Petra Collins Shoots From the Hip

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Petra Collins
Photo by Petra Collins
Petra Collins is a wreck. She's calling from upstate New York, and the first thing she says is that she's had a sinus infection for weeks and the previous day dislocated her knee. "I was doing this shoot and dancing, and it just popped out," she tells the Voice. "But I guess it happened at a good time." A few days before, Collins opened her first solo exhibition — on view at Capricious 88 — and though the event is behind her, she's curating a group show the following weekend, just signed a book deal, is planning a move to NYC, and shows no signs of slowing down. For the present moment, however, she's on pause, fielding texts from friends while she prepares for her next step. Her enthusiasm is enough to make a jaded arts writer feel old, and some of her works are bound to make a gallery-goer older than 30 feel dated. Collins's exhibition features neon text works, two of which include the abbreviation "rn." What does that mean? "Right now!" she says, laughing. "It's something that's so of our generation that we just get it."

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NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Targets Astroturfing: Fake Reviews of Hair Removal Services, Strippers, and More

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
We truly hate to be the ones to tell you this, but sometimes people say stuff on the Internet that is ... not true. Take a moment to collect yourselves. Case in point: 19 companies were scolded and fined yesterday by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for so-called Astroturfing: the practice of posting fake reviews on sites like Yelp, Google Local, and CitySearch. According to the AG, the companies hired freelance writers to write the fake ads from as far away as the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Eastern Europe, paying $1 to $10 per review.

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The New York Times's Website Is Down, and Everyone Is Losing Their Shit

Around noon today, the New York Times's website went down. It's still down. Nobody seems to know what's causing the outage, except for FOX Business, who claim "sources" told them it was a major cyber attack. (The big news there is that FOX is pretending to have sources. Adorable.) The Times tweeted a little while ago that they believed the outage was the result of "an internal issue," which they're saying will be resolved soon. According to the AP, e-mails sent to NYT addresses are also being returned as undeliverable.

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We All Wish We Attended the Internet Cat Video Festival in Minnesota

If you have scoured the Internet over the past five years or so, there is a 85% chance (yeah, I did the math) that you've come across this video. You are looking at Keyboard Cat - a video that defines the Internet cat phenomenon, with over 27 million views worldwide. And it's just a cat playing a keyboard.

However, you are also looking at the winner of the lifetime achievement award given at the Internet Cat Video Festival that went down this weekend at the neo-modern Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And, from what we've read, it's a damn shame it was seven or so states away.
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Try Googling 'Gay Pride Parade' Right Now


Do it now. Go to, and type in "gay pride parade," before the parade passes by. As Voice web editor Nick Greene just pointed out to us, something fun and unexpected will happen when you do.

Happy Pride Week!

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Orthodox Jews Rent Citi Field For (Women-Less) Meeting About How Scary The Internet Is

Thousands of male Orthodox Jews will make Citi Field seem like a 10-year-old's tree house this weekend, when they hold a women-less meeting about the risks of the Internet.

Orthodox Jews, as you may know, have a practice of strict gender separation, so woman will be able to watch the conference, but they have to do so on televisions at schools and event centers in Borough Park and other Orthodox neighborhoods, according to Hamodia, an Orthodox newspaper.

More than 40,000 Orthodox Jewish men are expected to pack the stadium -- and nearby Arthur Ashe Stadium -- to discuss the "dangers" of the Internet, and how to use it in a religiously responsible way.

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How To Pretend You're At SXSW: A Brief Field Guide

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Is your Twitter feed feeling a little extra insufferable today? Do you hear the sort of "I'm at a really cool event and you're not" echo running through the Internet? Are you suddenly craving Tex Mex and you're not sure why? That's because the South by Southwest Conference has begun! And you're not there! (We're certainly not.) So, we've come up with a couple of ways to pretend you're at the annual pilgrimage of media, tech, music and entertainment types to Texas, or at least some ways to mitigate the pain of not being there.

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New Yorkers Love, Hate Everything

So, maybe Valentine's Day has you a little bit down about relationships. (Or not! We won't judge.) But either way, there should still be a little room left to celebrate what you love (and hate) about that city. To that end, the interactive mapping website MyBlockNYC compiled two separate videos, made up of crowdsourced video clips, doing just that.

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Who Does Michael Bloomberg Love On Twitter? We Find Out With Twit Amore

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Because love is at least nominally in the air (Valentine's Day is Tuesday), the Internet has brought you a new tool to discover your digital crushes. Twit Amore is an app that allows you find out who you or someone you like to stalk loves on Twitter by simply entering a user's handle. According to the site's "about" page it can reveal these "romantic" (note my use of scare quotes) interests by "using the Twitter API, it looks up who you follow, your timeline and your favourite tweets." We decided look up the loves of a few notable New Yorkers, and didn't find anything too incriminating. [h/t]

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MyBlockNYC Wants New Yorkers' Loves And Hates For Valentine's

Valentine's Day can elicit strong emotions. For a holiday purporting to celebrate the sweetest of emotions, vitriol seems just as common as saccharine. MyBlockNYC, an interactive mapping website" that encourages users to post videos corresponding to certain NYC blocks, is hosting a Valentine's Day contest that hopes New Yorkers share both their objects of adoration and revulsion with a camera. To enter the contest, competitors are supposed to ask New Yorkers what they love and hate and record and upload videos of the answers.

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