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A painter, a poet, and the frontman of the Brooklyn-based post-punk band, Parquet Courts, Andrew Savage is an artist any way you cut it. On “Wide Awake!” the band delves into a complex range of socio-political issues, including violence, oppression, identity, and the merits of collectivism. Although the lyrics on “Wide Awake!” evoke a dark reality, the record stands out not simply for its sardonic criticism, but also for its upbeat optimism. If one...
In Brooklyn, Northside Festival is synonymous with the beginning of summer. This past week, summer arrived in Brooklyn with full force, reminding us that Northside Festival is just around the corner! This week, we're back with another roundup of who you can see at this June's Northside Festival's innovation conference, giving you a look at Beth Comstock, David Gerlach, and Jolak Jobanputra. Beth Comstock, GE  Beth Comstock is a change maker. Her mission is to understand...
Northside Festival is right around the corner- four weeks away, to be exact. As we gear up for our best innovation lineup yet, we’ll be giving you a weekly roundup of this year’s exciting speakers. This week, we’re giving you a look at Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith, Lauren Reddy of The New York Times, and Yanna Wilson-Fischer of The Economist. Ben Smith, Buzzfeed Ben Smith is BuzzFeed’s Editor-in- Chief. Since joining the company in January 2012,...
PHOTOGRAPHY John Midgley The first time Jamie Hector visited BAM, in Fort Greene, he was 21. As the youngest of seven to a Haitian mother—who worked as a nursing assistant—Jamie lived in Brooklyn his whole life. Repping East Flatbush and Crown Heights, he had heard about BAM, and even passed it a few times, but it was only after a friend invited him to see one of Tennessee Williams' plays that it occurred to him...

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