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AdHoc Print Zine is Back, Reminding Us There’s Life Beyond the Screen

AdHoc Issue 12, cover design by A. Savage (Courtesy of AdHoc)

AdHoc Issue 12, cover design by A. Savage (Courtesy of AdHoc)

After a fitful start back in January 2013, the official zine for the roving “independent events collective” AdHoc went digital. In doing so, it joined countless more mini-publications that had chosen, either by design or by circumstance, to be available online only. But being relegated to an online existence wasn’t a great fit for the zine, especially considering that AdHoc already has a yin-yang sort of balance going on with a blog that feeds off the live music and in-person experiences they organize. “More and more I find myself experiencing life through a screen and it’s a terrible way to interact with the world,” AdHoc’s co-founder Ric Leichtung wrote to us in an email. “So much gets lost there.”

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Sasha Velour Talks Vym, a Magazine Spotlighting the ‘Revolutionary’ Art of Drag

An excerpt from Vym (credit: © VYM Magazine and Kinzie Ferguson, Becca Kacanda, Ben Bascom & Veronica Bleaus)

An excerpt from Vym (credit: © VYM Magazine and Kinzie Ferguson, Becca Kacanda, Ben Bascom & Veronica Bleaus)

Bushwick’s gay scene is thriving by almost any measure. Happy Fun Hideaway is constantly packed to the gills. Bottoms is one of the hottest bands in New York. Rashaad Newsome, the artist bringing the fine art of vogue to the fine art world, has moved to the neighborhood. The annual drag fest Bushwig popped off for its fourth year in a row this fall, and drag king performances are seeing their biggest comeback in the city since the ’90s. And which Brooklyn neighborhood can claim its own glossy culture magazine dedicated to all things drag?

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Young, Colored, & Angry Brings Together Artists of Color, Takes Back Art Education

Elliott Brown and Ashley Syed (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Elliott Brown, Jr. and Ashley Rahimi Syed (Photo: Nicole Disser)

When I first heard about a one-off art show and serial online publication called Young, Colored & Angry, the name really stuck with me. There really couldn’t be a better moment to discuss such a fraught label. The term might not be instantly recognizable, but the implications are all too familiar particularly in the label’s application to protestors in various cities as of late. It can be used as a way to dismiss, delegitimize, and patronize grievances related to race relations in the U.S., particularly those between people of color and the police. But Young, Colored & Angry the publication–which, by the way, is run by two self-proclaimed young, colored, and angry individuals, 22-year-old Ashley Rahimi Syed and 21-year-old Elliott Brown, Jr.– is less explicitly about the now-politics of race and the police and more about the artistic expression that is inevitably steeped in similar experiences and other instances of discrimination.

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Open Wide for Mouthfeel, a Queer-Punk-Food Mag That Goes Deeper

inside Mouthfeel issue #1

inside Mouthfeel issue #1

When first you glance at Mouthfeel and prepare to take it all in, you might think: it couldn’t get more niche than this. And in some ways, you might be right. A food magazine dedicated to queer identity and hardcore punk complete with recipes and sexy photos of dudes? Huh. That’s a first. But even if you’re not a pansexual chef who fronts a band called the Putrid Ooze Squad in whatever spare time you’ve got after prepping kohlrabi espuma all day, this magazine will probably be quite attractive to you.

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