Vegan Food Festival Comes to Atlantic City

Atlantic City, RZA from the Wu Tang Clan, and vegan food don’t seem like a natural combination at first glance, but if the size of the 2018 Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival is any indication, it works. The event has over 200 food and retail vendors, live music, shopping, a Saturday morning 10K race and RZA as the keynote speaker.

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Tom Petty Boxed Set of Unreleased Music Coming in September

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Over the course of a professional career that spanned more than 40 years, Tom Petty released a vast amount of material, including 13 albums with the Heartbreakers, three solo outings, two with Mudcrutch and dozens if not hundreds of covers, outtakes, live versions, stray B-sides, Petty songs covered by other artists, and more.

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Stories Of Wartime, Transformed Through Music

Rahim Alhaj is a composer and musician from Baghdad. He was repeatedly imprisoned and tortured for speaking out under Saddam Hussein’s regime. Alhaj fled his native country in 1991 — first going to Jordan, then Syria. He says that he heard that the Iraqi secret police intended to murder him abroad. So finally, in 2000, he came to the United States as a refugee, where he was resettled in New Mexico. (It wasn’t an easy transition: As a new arrival, he tried to decline a job at a local McDonald’s, saying that his music wasn’t really right for playing in restaurants.)

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How I became a fan of contemporary art

Never in my wildest dreams would I consider myself a fan of contemporary art.

Like my mother, I usually prefer the darker oil paintings from centuries ago. I like the color palette, the lighting, the subjects (still lifes, profiles of people I don’t know). I might even admit to French impressionism and its more realistic use of light.

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10 Dos and Don’ts for Creating a Music Website

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What does it take to design an effective music website? To find out, Consequence of Sound called up designer Laci Jordan, whose portfolio of work includes content for Disney Imagineering, ABC, and Creative Artists Agency. During our chat, she shared her dos and don’ts, and told me why she recommends Squarespace, the all-in-one website builder that she used to create the eye-catching, easy-to-navigate websites for artists ranging from Sharon Van Etten to Jamila Woods.

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