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 Global population numbers continue to rise, as does the poverty, suffering and environmental degradation that goes with it. Has the U.S., under Obama, increased or at least restored its family planning aid to developing countries that was cut when the Bush Administration first took office?

BETEL NUT BEAUTIES is a photoseries documenting the isolated young women who work in roadside huts in Taiwan selling paan, also known as betel nut. Biernat, an acclaimed architectural photographer, has been the subject of solo shows in New York, Seattle, Poland and Belgium.

In a rare public appearance, Vincent D’Onofrio, star of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, urged Americans to protect law enforcement officials by calling on Congress to support the ban on large capacity ammunition magazines (HR308/S32). The 45 second ad specifically addresses the impact of lax gun control on law enforcement. It launches today on the web.

Lorna Simpson: Gathered presents works that explore this Brooklyn-born artist’s interest in the interplay between fact and fiction, identity and history. Through works that incorporate hundreds of original and found vintage photographs of African Americans that she collects from eBay and flea markets, Lorna Simpson undermines the assumption that archival materials are objective documents of history.

Bert Stern has enhanced the glamour of his images with the use of crystals, overlaid on the surface of his photographs. Audrey Hepburn , Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and Elizabeth Taylor are some of the subjects in this new technique. These unique prints are playful and inventive and enrich the iconic images with a new dimension.  Opening Reception Friday February 11th.

Dear EarthTalk: I saw a TV ad for toilet paper with no cardboard core to save paper. I understand that green groups recently struck a deal with Kimberly-Clark to protect eastern U.S. forests from decimation for, among other things, toilet paper. Can you tell me if any efforts are underway to protect Canada's boreal forest, also long used for making tissue paper? 

It’s the Chinese New Year and 2011 is the year of the Rabbit and we’ll be sure to celebrate. This year the 12th annual Chinatown parade kicks off at 11:30 on Saturday, February 6th. Elaborate floats, bands, and dancing dragons wind the streets of Chinatown From Mott to Worth. After the spectacle winds down the festivities will continue on Bayard St. with food, music, dancers and martial arts.

Sacred Gallery NYC is proud to announce The TaTa Gala, “Best of the Breasts."  The group art show to benefit breast cancer research opens Saturday February 5th at 7 pm.

Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects and electronic synthesizers, Alloy thrashes and grinds soulful music from unlikely sources.

Lola Star is a star in her own right, making t-shirts, teaching classes and being an all-around entertainer. Make sure to check her out this weekend!