Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

writer

Biography

  • Zachary Heinzerling

    Oscars Underdog Zachary Heinzerling on Keeping Beyonce's Secrets

    Cutie and the Boxer is one of the best movies up for an Academy Award this Sunday that you likely haven't seen, a documentary — now streaming on Netflix! — about the lives of New York-based Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, whose wacky sculptures and lovely drawings help illustrate the narrative. Shot by Texas-bred, New York-based director Zachary Heinzerling over the course of five years, it's an extraordinary, intimate look into the work and marriage of two people who live entirely for art, and what they sacrificed as a result. While it takes half of its title from 82-year-old Ushio's boxing painting, in which he dons boxing gloves and punches a large canvas in a frenetic flurry, the crux of the story involves 62-year-old Noriko, a.k.a.

  • Yoko Ono

    Walking on Thin Ice: A Career-Spanning Conversation With Yoko Ono

    Yoko Ono is the muse. Not just for John Lennon, whose love and devotion for her resulted in some of the most beautiful, and most interesting, music of his career. A pioneering artist, musician, activist, and feminist, Ono has influenced immeasurably those artists daring enough to push at and experiment with the imaginary boundaries between art forms and media. Without Ono, who knows whether the work of firebrands ranging from Lady Gaga to Kim Gordon would exist, or how differently we might see it? Her force is such that even in the face of her husband's murder, the vilification of misogynists and racists, of the government warmongers who would oppose and profile her, she refused to be deterred.

  • Fashion Week Fabulistas Talk Music, Style, Mesh, and What’s Hot

    Fashion Week Fabulistas Talk Music, Style, Mesh, and What’s Hot

    Fashion week is nothing without its music — all those models stomping down the runway to silence would be awkward and besides, what's an after-party without a concert? SPIN's crack fashion duo hit the streets for Spring/Summer 2014 in New York, skipping most of the runway shows and focusing on the musicians, DJs, and other luminaries who make this thing fun.

  • A$AP Rocky at the Jeremy Scott runway show at Milk Studios, NY, September 11, 2013 / Photo by Krista Schlueter

    A$AP Rocky, Luar Zepol, Jeremy Scott Shine as Fashion Week Crawls to a Close

  • Nicki Minaj performs at the Alexander Wang afterparty, September 7, 2013

    Nicki Minaj Wows at Private Alexander Wang Fashion Week Show, But the Clothes Underwhelm

    Say what you want about fashion week, but one thing is true: not much else could persuade Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Ciara to play small-to-mid-sized New York City shows in the same weekend. Granted, they were private, but that's what happened: on Sunday, Ciara performed at the afterparty for Prabal Gurung's Marilyn Monroe-influenced collection, while Saturday was stacked with an ARTPOPPED Lady Gaga appearance at Le Poisson Rouge (complete with her bare-butt, seapunk Venus de Milo look) and Nicki Minaj at Alexander Wang's afterparty.We were there for Minaj, which was held in the giant mall at South Street Seaport, a venue which prompted our South Brooklyn-born companion to reminisce about the days when the mall was poppin (and there was a Sharper Image).

  • Highland SS14 at Santos Party House, New York, September 5, 2013 / Photo by Krista Schlueter

    Fashion Week: Camron Steals the Spotlight, Highland Fetes Soccer Champs and Burnouts

  • Kathleen Hanna

    Kathleen Hanna: Five Things You Didn't Know

    With the release of Kathleen Hanna's new album, Run Fast, by her new group the Julie Ruin occasioning multiple profiles by publications far and wide, including our cover story from early last month, we thought it might be an appropriate time to spotlight some lesser-known facts about the Riot Grrrl pioneer.1. She was a karaoke host. "In Olympia at a gay bar. My hostess song was the Clash, and another one to [Kool and the Gang's] 'Celebration'. It supplemented the Bikini Kill income, and other stuff I did. Like, living in Olympia, you only paid $100 for rent. So, if you made $100 karaoke hosting or DJing... rent's covered! And then Bikini Kill paid for food. For my mozzarella sticks, which were my primary, go-to meal."2. Kim Gordon accidentally spoiled her birthday surprise.

  • Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

    Miley's Nude Bikini, Timberlake's Fedora Faux-Pas, and Other VMA 2013 Style Infractions

    The image of Miley Cyrus' stripper shimmy at last night's MTV Video Music Awards will be forever burned into the minds of millions. (And don't get it twisted — that was not a twerk she performed — it was more like a warm-up move from her Flirty Girl Fitness DVD).The double performance of "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines" (which cast her as the video girl to Robin Thicke's Beetlejuice) has spawned untold thousands of words about its brazen cultural appropriation and unforgivable use of black women as props. But even speaking strictly stylewise, Cyrus appropriated certain other ideas, as well. Ever since the Diane Martel-directed "We Can't Stop" video, Cyrus has been working with overgrown, slightly scary stuffed teddy bears, part of her adamant message that she is Growing Up.

  • Cineronce

    'Cinderonce,' the Beyonce-Cinderella Mashup, Puts a Glass Slipper On It

    What's more #Beyhive than a drag interpretation of the Cinderella story narrated through select tracks from Queen Beyonce's catalog? One starring RuPaul's Drag Race two-time contestant Shangela as Cinderoncé's Fairy Dragmother (Hallelu!). Conceived by former American Idol contestant and viral video don Todrick Hall, it's a Broadway-ready production and the songs are perfectly selected — feel the pain of the queen stepsisters as they try to shove their toes into the glass slipper to "Why Don't You Love Me," making a cheeky play on the "drag queens have big feet!" joke while putting down some grade-A campy acting.

  • Earl Sweatshirt at Sasquatch / Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

    Earl Sweatshirt's 'Doris,' a Celebration of Language Itself, Is the Culmination of Many Hip-Hop Underground Dreams

    Let's get this out of the way: This isn't the same dude who blended up a 40 with cough syrup and weed, drank it, and fake-barfed in the playfully grisly "Earl" video. Back in 2010, Earl Sweatshirt was a wily 16-year-old wreaking havoc all over Los Angeles with his Odd Future homies, doing normal teenage shit like skateboarding and fine-tuning his gross-out humor. He'd never been shipped to a Samoan military school by his moms, never been hunted down by voracious journalists like he was vanished chess legend Bobby Fischer, never been chased down Fairfax Avenue by autograph-seeking fans upon his return.

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