Translating an Iconic Figure into a Restaurant Concept, NYC’s Brigitte

A meeting of the South of France and Brazil in the Lower East Side

There’s an exuberance to the corner of Canal and Ludlow. Its neighborhood—a confluence of the LES, Chinatown and Two Bridges—has seen high-profile additions like the Metrograph join NYC staples like Bacaro. Dimes, Forgetmenot and Kiki’s form a triangle of quality and reliability. Without the trampling of tourists, there’s something so charismatic to these restaurants, their proximity to one another and the preserved (perceived) New York-ness …

Thomas C Bradley’s “Many Paintings of Sound Composition and Inoffensive Material” at Chinatown Soup

The Portland-based artist's first solo show opens tonight in NYC

When it opened a few years back, Chinatown Soup gallery in NYC’s Lower East Side tapped Portland-based designer Thomas C Bradley to create their logo. It only makes sense that Bradley’s first solo NYC show is at that very same gallery now—after quitting his full-time design job to pursue art. Opening tonight, “Many Paintings of Sound Composition and Inoffensive Material” is actually more than just …

Biochemist to Barista: The New Scoops

Jack Benchakul's journey from science to specialty coffee, which he now serves up in LA's Chinatown

by Chérmelle D. Edwards Nearly three years ago, biochemist Jack Benchakul switched professions and became a barista. Applying science to the craft of specialty coffee, he’s popped up in in at least 10 Los Angeles locations since then. Under the helm of Cognoscenti Coffee, a Culver City coffee shop whose newest outpost is at Scoops in Chinatown, he’s now moonlighting in its 500-square-foot space, on …

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The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty Ishmael Butler—whose notoriety peaked in the mid ’90s when he became known as Butterfly, one-third of experimental trio Digable Planets—is a music veteran with impeccable taste and tenacity. His consistently fresh take on hip-hop is evident in Shabazz Palaces’ upcoming release Lese Majesty. The 45-minute sonic journey channels multiple eras and genres, the album flows from ambient hip-hop track to space …

Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty

The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

Ishmael Butler—whose notoriety peaked in the mid ’90s when he became known as Butterfly, one-third of experimental trio Digable Planets—is a music veteran with impeccable taste and tenacity. His consistently fresh take on hip-hop is evident in Shabazz Palaces’ upcoming release Lese Majesty. The 45-minute sonic journey channels multiple eras and genres, the album flows from ambient hip-hop track to space jazz without missing a …