The New York City Health Department is hosting a design contest for condom packaging. Entries are due January 22nd.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke debuted his musical side project this weekend in LA. The band’s members include Nigel Godrich (long time Radiohead Producer) and bassist extraordinaire from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea. In addition to performing songs from his solo album, The Eraser, Yorke also shared some brand new material. See videos from the shows here.

Nine Inch Nails have long been one of my very favorite bands. When it was announced that they would be playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom to a capacity crowd of 600, I had to find a way in. So I did. Having never done anything like this in my life, I have no idea what came over me when I crowd surfed during Head Like A Hole and landed on the stage. Unfortunately, this video misses that moment but it does capture the intensity that I experienced way up at the front during the whole show this past Saturday night. It was completely exhilarating to be able to take part in such a rare musical moment.

 

Jack White’s new project is called The Dead Weather. While White spends plenty of time singing alongside of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), he also plays the role of drummer in this outfit. The band just released their first official music video for the single Treat Me Like Your Mother which was directed by modern day auteur, Jonathan Glazer. The band will be in NYC this week, where I will see them play to a sold out crowd at Terminal 5 on Friday evening. Get to know the band. Here they are in their own words participating in one of the most ridiculous music interviews ever.

 

Stephen Colbert will be guest editing the June 8th issue of Newsweek. This kind of reminds me of the time that Jon Stewart went onto Crossfire to tell the “journalists” that they were hurting our country (this event spelled the end of the program) or the fact that ex-SNL funny man Al Franken is still embattled over a Senatorial seat in Minnesota. Perhaps comedians have some of the best perspectives on news and politics because they also have a sense of humor.

 

The BKLYN Yard on the Gowanus Canal is kicking off their season opening with an event today called Parked. Several of the cities best food truck vendors will be present. Earlier in the week. I eyed up the gourmet ice-cream truck and it looked rather fantastic. And I know for sure that the huarache vendor is drool worthy.

Casey Anderson is an environmentalist who raised a grizzly bear named Brutus from an infant to an 800 pound adult. Sunday May 5th, National Geographic will air a program that documents their year long expedition together to follow lives of grizzly bears in Yellowstone. Below is a picture of Brutus celebrating Thanksgiving with his family. See more remarkable images of Casey and Brutus here.