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IT'S TOUGH FOR A BAR to make a real impression in Williamsburg, which boasts more drinking dens in one square block than can be counted in many major cities. But after a serious electrical fire caused Central American —styled favorite Donna to shutter back in November 2013, the subsequent seven months were dull indeed, without their highly educational rum flights, boozy punch bowls, and exceedingly classy, blender-free daiquiris. That’s why one of the happiest...
Illustration by Thoka Maer WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but it seems like every party we’ve attended lately has included tarot card readings, or fortune-telling, or some other kind of vaguely witchy entertainment. Plus, when we moved recently, we were given dried sage to burn by just about everyone we know! And, let’s not even get into how popular astrology is right now (though in a word: VERY). Anyway, call it the occult, call it...
SINCE OPENING SMALL, black-box music venue Cameo Gallery in 2009, Jify Shah has seen several of the acts which he first supported—Twin Shadow, The War On Drugs, Caveman—rocket to stardom. As a venue, Cameo needs no rebranding; over the last five years it’s solidified its reputation as the perfect spot to see everything from music to comedy (it’s been home to the beloved Big Terrific for years), but Shah felt the adjoining restaurant was...
EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE INSPIRED BY SOMETHING, RIGHT? And for Joao Gonzalez—the Cuban-born, Florida-bred, and now Brooklyn-based producer—that something is cheap sushi. Or, at least, that’s what he was eating not only when he thought up stage name, Soft Glas, but also right before he wrote “I Need U (just because),” a snappy party gem that nods to his adolescent drumming days. Of course, Gonzalez undoubtedly also draws inspiration from his rich musical past;...