Musicians and Celebs Help Crafts for a Cause Raises Money for Haiti

Binki Shapiro of Little Joy has gotten a TON of top-notch musicians, artists, and celebrities to contribute custom made artwork and items for her Crafts for a Cause auction. All proceeds will be donated to Artists for Peace and Justice, a charitable organization started by filmmaker Paul Haggis.

The online auction will begin on March 15th, but for now you can check on Binki’s Tumblr blog for the event which features teaser shots of some of the goods that will be for sale. Contributers are a who’s who of popular indie rock and mainstream musicians (Daft Punk, The Strokes, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Mark Ronson, Adam Green, SIA, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, just to name a few!!!) and film celebs (Spike Jonze, Natalie Portman).


Photo of Fab Moretti and Nick Valensi with the signed bag from The Strokes from the Crafts for a Cause site

You’ll find hand-drawn artwork, signed canvas bags, designed t-shirts, embellished guitars, and much more.

Sounds like an amazing collection of artists helping out for a great cause. Don’t forget — March 15th the auction starts online!

Here’s a video of SIA creating the wallet she donated:

SIA for Crafts For A Cause! from binki shapiro on Vimeo.

Plenty more info on the Crafts for a Cause website or on Binki Shapiro’s Twitter

More on Ryan Adams and Mary-Louise Parker Talk Poetry @ NYPL Live

To pick up where I left off, the Ryan Adams + Mary-Louise Parker talk at the NYPL on Friday was pretty great. Structured as a casual conversation between the two poetry lovers, NYPL’s Paul Holdengraber gave a very brief intro before handing the stage over to the old friends (for three years they were neighbors).

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Much of the first half of the discussion was peppered with references to Mary-Louise’s friend, poet and Columbia University professor Mark Strand, who both credited with widening their horizons and understanding of poetry.

Ryan spoke at length about how he imagines a big gang of people with “unhappy face shirts on” just waiting to tear him down. On putting his work and himself out in the world for public consumption, Ryan commented that when something is seeing as being “too artistic” people tend to paint it as coming form a place of “self-entitlement,” for Ryan it’s more of an opportunity for pure expression, that in general he feels his work doesn’t always stimulate the intellect, but does stimulate emotion.

Mary-Louise elaborated on the discussion of the mob mentality of critics by saying that for people who are the the public eye, there is very real hurt that comes with hearing criticism. Talking about anonymous internet commentators, Mary-Louise commented that “the voice that’s going to be heard is the meanest voice in the room.”
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ANNOUNCED: Ryan Adams and Mary-Louise Parker @ NYPL Live

After reading that headline, did your mind explode? Well it should have, because it’s enough when musical genius Ryan Adams and actress extraordinaire Mary-Louise Parker (aka the insatiable Nancy Botwin from Weeds) are on their own — putting them together in the same room is nearly fatal to the hearts of cool hunters worldwide.

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LIVE1smFor an hour and a half the two Carolina natives (Adams- North, Parker- South) will be discussing poetry and fiction, and Adams’s upcoming book HelloSunshine, at the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library at 6PM on September 25th as part of the NYPL Live series. Tickets to this 500 person event will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Sept 9th.

I can already see myself sitting there, eyes darting back and forth, my chest beating fast, and the little neurons in my brain completely frizzling out because I’ll be unable to determine who I should be focusing on at any given moment.
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Albert Hammond Jr. and Agyness Deyn Call It Quits

Ok, ladies. So we lost newly married Ryan Adams, but it looks like the dating world has gained back another New York-based musician.

According to New York Magazine‘s Jada Yuan, the romance between Albert Hammond Jr. and model Agyness Deyn has officially ended.


The couple in happier, more photoshoot-y times.

Yuan reports that it was soon after posing for a Valentine’s Day Vogue pictorial that they started drifting apart.

According to the article the two remain friends.

SOURCE: NY Mag

Gwyneth Paltrow: Just As Delusional As Every Other Blogger

Sorry, just had to laugh about this one… a recent New York Times article harshly examined the skepticism that has been generated by Gwyneth Paltrow‘s lifestyle site, Goop.com.

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Although Gwyneth reportedly refused to speak to the NY Times while the reporter, Bob Morris, was writing the article–with her publicist Stephen Huvane stating that it would be “’premature’ to discuss her lifestyle ventures,” for the purpose of the piece, it seems as though Gwynie has decided to peel back some of her silence about her internet project.

Speaking to People at a benefit in NYC for Bent On Learning, Gwyneth said, “I think the people who are criticizing it or criticizing the idea of it, don’t really get it, because if they did, they would like it.”

Paltrow went on to defend the validity of her website by commenting, “My friends call me all the time to say, ‘Where should I go?’ or ‘What should I do?’ And I thought, you know maybe some other people would be interested in it as well, so I started it, and it’s doing great.”

Oh if I had a dime for every time I heard someone say that…

What do you think of GP’s site, Goop.com? A waste of digital space, or a valuable new source of information?

In related news, Robert Downey Jr. thinks of Chris Martin every time he reaches for a muffin.

Debbie Harry Puts On a New Face(lift)

On Friday night, famed punk rock legend Debbie Harry performed at a tribute to Stephen Sprouse, hosted by Louis Vuitton at the Bowery Ballroom. That alone is pretty amazing, but what Debbie revealed when she stepped on stage is more amazing.

Looks like girlfriend had a little work done for 2009, because Harry’s face was definitely looking a bit more youthful than it had in recent years. Check out her brand new visage:

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SOURCE: The Daily Mail

Is she hoping to be on the next season of the Real Housewives of New York? Gretchen from the Real Housewives of Orange County better watch herself.

Albert Hammond Jr. main squeeze, model Agyness Deyn was also on hand.

Battle of the Squinty Faces

If you watched NBC this past weekend, you were probably horrified by two things: Taylor Swift on SNL and Renee Zellweger’s dress and hair on the Golden Globes.

Which brings me to the question, of all the annoying, squinty eyed celebrities, who tortures you the most with their glaring, suspicious eyes and irritating personality?

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Renee Zellweggie

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Julian Casablancas Opens Korean BBQ Restaurant in LA

Has Julian Casablancas been thinking more about pork belly and ribs than he has about music? It’s been reported that Strokes singer is one of the financiers behind new LA eatery, Shin, located on Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood.

Last night there was a big opening bash for the upscale Korean BBQ restaurant where other rumored investors Mark Ronson, Gerard Butler, Danny Masterson, Chris Masterson, Laura Prepon, and DJ Steve Aoki (I know, random!) all attended…but dear Julian or wife Juliet did not appear in any of the paparazzi shots at the event.

Does anyone know if Julian attended…but somehow managed to dodge all the photographers?

UPDATE: M wrote in w/ a picture of Julian at the event from the Cobrasnake. Holy smokes, is everyone that short?!?

Here’s a shot of the restaurant:

Agyness Deyn, Raquel, and More Models at V Magazine Party

More eye candy for ya…


The weird space hill up on the Mini Space Roof… Images from V Magazine projected on the billboard.


Spencer Product spins while Agyness Deyn poses. A black one-piece with black silky turban, and impossibly high studded heels. Only she could pull it off!
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Lykke Li Performs for Drunks, Models, and Fashionistas

Tonight’s V Magazine party at the Mini Space Roof was chock full o’ beautiful people…Agyness, Raquel, Irina, Karlie, and many many more. But I was most excited to see the Swedish singing sensation, Lykke Li.

Wearing a loose black shirt and pants outfit that looked like a chic genie, she wooed the crowd with her beautiful, child-like voice.

The reality TV junkie that I am, I completely FLIPPED out when I saw Rachel Zoe. I love love LOVE her Bravo show, The Rachel Zoe Project. She was super nice, and looked fab…and actually not as skinny as I thought she’d be–don’t get me wrong, she’s TINY, but not horrifyingly so.


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