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Name: Sara McDonald Age: 26 Neighborhood: Kensington Most Likely To: Get sick to my stomach during something important, but in high school I was voted most likely to host my own talk show. Favorite Quote: "Don’t try." (meaning, do it) As a young kid, Sara McDonald would canvass her neighborhood asking for donations to fund her latest musical endeavor. By the time Sara graduated high school, she had been in 30 musicals and was the lead soloist of her high...
Music fans might be familiar with Deva Mahal, who performs her soulful songs in popular Williamsburg spots like the Knitting Factory, St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club, Union Pool, and Rough Trade. The Hawaii native lived on the West Coast and New Zealand before moving to Brooklyn in 2007 to pursue a career in music. Tell me a little about yourself and your creative pursuits. Well, I’m a musician. I’m a singer and a songwriter and...
Typically, you start at the beginning, but in the career of Howard Fishman—the songwriter, bandleader, playwright, composer, and amateur musicologist—there are so many beginnings that they begin to blur into something else entirely. Fishman has decamped to New Orleans with $300 in his pocket, a guitar, and a little suitcase. He has opened and then closed an avant-garde theater company in Poughkeepsie. He has recorded an album about hitchhiking through Romania, composed an oratorio...
Dear SLG, So, hey, I grew up in Bay Ridge. I recently moved to Williamsburg and I’m getting all sorts of grief from old neighborhood friends about being a yuppie-scum gentrifier. What should I tell them? Are they right? Thanks, Bay Ridge-iamsburg Let me tell you a story: once, a long time ago, I loved a woman. It lasted a little while and then it ended. We parted as friends. She was a singer. She...