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Chris Chafin

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Chris Chafin writes about the people and companies behind our culture.
On a recent evening, celebrity performance artist Marina Abramović – she of the Jay-Z video, the upstate performance art boot camp, and blockbuster piece The Artist is Present – was excitedly milling around in front of Bushwick bar Alphaville with a few young friends. She was there to see electronic band Sound of Ceres; the artist is a fan. Featuring former members of The Drums and Apples in Stereo, Sound of Ceres makes emotional, otherworldly...
Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica were introduced by a mutual friend who told them they’d probably get along because they were basically the same person. A couple of guys about the same age, they both had small video production companies, both had a pretty similar sense of humor, and, as it turned out, they’re both obsessed with Star Trek and podcasts. At first as a joke, and then less and less as a...
Today’s rains have caused severe flooding in parts of Brooklyn. This seems to be centered around the Gowanus Canal, which has made another of its increasingly less rare floods. Pictures posted to social media from the music PR company Chart Room Media show cars struggling to pass through flooded streets, and other scenes that make Brooklyn look like Venice, the result of just a few hours of heavy rain today. A video posted by the...
On a recent weeknight, a line of people stretched out of the back entrance of a nondescript office building in lower Manhattan and onto its after-hours loading dock. We were waiting, quietly, in single file, for the elevator to take us up to High NY, an advocacy and networking event for people trying to get rich selling weed. Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states and the District of Columbia. Meeting the needs of...

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