For several years now, Brooklyn-based organist Jared Lamenzo has been researching an 1826 opera performance which was given at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral where he serves as Music Director and Organist. The 1826 event featured the first Italian opera company to visit the United States, the Garcia Company.  Their mezzo soprano was the 17-year-old Maria Garcia Malibran, soon to become the greatest operatic diva of her time. Lamenzo was fascinated by the...
The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the original author. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Brooklyn Magazine or its other writers and contributors. To start, I went to Afropunk in 2016- or as I call it, "The Great Disaster of Lauryn Hill." As I recounted a multitude of times during conversation, I sat on a fence with a pole up my seat waiting for an unceremoniously late...
From color to short cuts, braids and extensions, there is no hairstyle that LaWanda Pierre, up-and-coming hairstylist, cannot do. Originally born in Houston (with a stint in Atlanta in between), Pierre made Brooklyn her home at the age of nine and lived here ever since. Like most young black women in the 90s, she ran to the creamy crack (what some of y’all call a relaxer) from high school up until her early 20s....
62.8 million tourists visited New York City in 2017, marking the eighth consecutive year of record-breaking growth. But what’s a tourist to do after they’ve hit the major spots? Or if they want to avoid the major attractions in the first place? And where should a local start if they want to explore beyond their go-to’s? That's where Behind the Scenes NYC comes in. Ironically, the website cataloguing the city’s hidden gems was founded nearly...
For over 33 years, SummerStage has brought live music and performances to parks across all five boroughs, and thanks to CityParks' dedication to the program, this year's lineup is one of the best yet. Three hometown bands will take the stage this weekend: Brooklyn Mag/Northside Fest favorites Porches, Sunflower Bean, and Crumb. We've briefly profiled each below, so check them out this Saturday! Porches Brooklyn Magazine spoke with Aaron Maine, the brainchild behind synth-pop band Porches, right...
                        Three years ago, Bed-Stuy native, VenetaTracey wrote her first single "Astral." A smooth-sultry ballad that's as sweet as it seductive. The single was released earlier this year, and is catching the ear of the local music underground. VenetaTracey is continuing to build momentum with the release of the the video for "Astral," which can be watched below! Though there's no confirmed date about when listeners can expect more music, we've been told that Tracey is working to deliver...