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Posing Images: Family Fun Fair 2011

With your hipstamatic prints, you’re able to capture everything. You’ve even been asked to photograph your niece’s birth. (Why you’d want to capture that, we’re not sure...)

We get it. Nowadays, everyone is a photographer. But when you are searching from a tangible image that captures the fleeting moment, we’ve got the woman for you.

Meet Tamara Lackey, professional photographer, innovative entrepreneur, workshop teacher, and web show personality. Widely recognized for capturing authentic lifestyle moments, from children's portraits to commercial and editorial projects, Tamara's work has received quite the national praise. She's been featured in tons of media outlets, including Vogue, O - The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Parenting, Food & Wine and NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, need we say more?

THE BAND AID
Jazz: The Solution to Cultural Stagnation

On the other end of the web-cam, I feign disbelief at other’s ignorance, when I myself may just be the ignorant one: never, even with my seven years of liberal arts schooling, with specialty courses on the Harlem Renaissance, had I heard or read about black cowboys. “Even the adults don’t know,” Harris claims, when I question the children’s reactions to Cross that River. “There’s an embarrassment factor, even with older people of color. My generation and older, we grew up with stereotypes on TV that were really negative for people of color, but there was more to what we were about besides washing dishes or picking cotton. For about 20-25 years, we were really a part of a noble cause, which was the making of the cowboy out West. We were written out of this when Hollywood came into play, even though about 40% of cowboys on those trails were men of color.”

IN THE HOUSE
The Cosmopolitan Compliments Deadmau5

If you thought Steve Angello's prerecorded sets were awesome, think again.

This weekend you will get to hear LIVE, that's right LIVE music, music made right there before your very eyes. Since the Swedes can't do it, leave it to the Canadians. Introducing Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, the Canadian dance music phenomenon who's sets are closer to live performances that DJ sessions. Assembling the tracks on the fly using computer software he helped write himself, Deadmau5 is sure to put on one real show. "It's a technological orgy up there," he says. "I try to keep it more my music than anybody else's."

IN THE HOUSE
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso are Calling

Your white pants are sad. Your blender, dismal. Summer is coming to an end and soon you will store away all the delights.

But fear not. Sebastian Ingrosso (One Third Swedish House Mafia) and Alesso (Whole Part Hot Newcomer) have released a new track that keeps the frolicking, sunny good times going well into the season of sweaters and hot cider. "Calling" is a delightful and catchy track with a repetitive build-up of synths that is so simple it's sure to stick in your brain well after the night is over! Sarcasm aside, this track is like that girl who's so annoying it turns you on. Sarcasm aside, this track plays like a tetris maven: menacingly threatening of a thumb cramp. Okay, we'll stop.

IN THE HOUSE
Tiesto Makes DJ History

26,000 people. That's pretty much your whole college right there. Together. In a stadium. Now that's what we call one helluva tail-gating party.

Late last week, Tiesto announced he'd be closing out his famous "Club Life College Invasion Tour" with massive show in Los Angeles' Home Depot Stadium on Saturday, October 8th. It's safe to say that by playing on the same turf as Major League Soccer's Galaxy and Chivas USA, Tiesto's self-showcase will be the largest single headline DJ show in US history. Usually when we think "massive" we think lots of DJs playing on many different stages. Not in this case. Fans will get the chance to hear the artist spin solo, garnering all the energy of the crowd himself, engaging in a dynamic journey from start to finish. Opening for Tiesto's "Club Life College Invasion Tour" is 18-year old prodigy Porter Robinson.

IN THE HOUSE
Inspirations and Collaborations

Flexibility? Maybe. (Bending over to turn tables doesn't exactly equate to touching your toes.)

Dexterity? Definitely.

Introducing Eric Harary, a producer and DJ who's sounds are making quite a chant around the city. Praised by the likes of Danny Tenaglia, Eric has been the opening and closing act for legendary big-room DJs such as Boris and Victor Calderone. Playing clubs from Dubai to Toyko to Russia, this Brooklyn boy is about to explode on the American dance music scene.

Eric opened up to Joonbug about where's he been and where he's going, (all, of course, with a courageous attempt at hot yoga...)

IN THE HOUSE
Electric Zoo's Un-Official Afterparty

You've been going to that 46th street cave since, like, ever. The Sound Factory back step just doesn't work to Electro. Shuffling? (Yea, only in your walker!)

Jokes aside, if you like your beats dark and dirty then the unofficial place to be after this weekend's Electric Zoo is Studio 21, where Endless presents Berlin’s tech-house extraordinaire &ME.

Making his first appearance in America for nearly a year, &ME has been busy on the European club circuit, playing massive festivals like Suicide Circus and Creamfields. &ME will be supported by Eric Harary, who’s destined to be the biggest names out of Brooklyn since Tony Rohr. Eric has played along side international techno superstar Ricardo Villalobos and been featured at the best world superclubs, from Dubai to Tokyo. Offering the best of local NYC talent, Terry Nova and Damien Ford will warm up the dance floor in the same fashion of their Brooklyn rooftop parties, which have made quite a stir this summer.

IN THE HOUSE
Nicole Moudaber: Not-to-be Missed at Electric Zoo
My Facebook Newsfeed poses a cultural contradiction: walls wail a lament of New York City nightlife, while simultaneous posts pop up about the surge of underground parties, which do truly host superb local talent. With Electric Zoo officially breaking the barrier of electronic sub-genres, where the future of house music lies is unknown, and in terms of dubstep, scary. For those of us underground lovers who refuse to shy away from this massive event of commercial mayhem, we do it for the Sunday School Tent, (and I'll speak for myself as I "Nordic-track" to Armin Van Buuren in gleeful reminiscence of raves circa-2000.) We do, after all, only get to see many of these artists once or twice a year, because sorry guys, right now Europe's party scene is 10-fold what we have here in New York. Nicole Moudaber is one of those such artists who you should not miss next weekend.