Here’s a challenge: name an actress whose repertoire spans decades, carries the title of actress, producer, and director, trained from an early age in theatre and continues to make annual appearances in multimillion-dollar blockbusters. 

She’s played the role of The Queen of England six times. She’s an activist, a Tony, Emmy, Oscar award-winning actress, and an overall icon. She is Dame Helen Mirren. 

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Often times we see artists who fit their genre to a T,  but others can traverse outside of their set style and take up various sounds at once. The South African band BLK JKS can not be pinned down to just one genre, as they capture the mixed sounds of punk, rock, African soul, and jazz in their impressive discography. After a 12-year-long hiatus, the band has returned with their highly-anticipated sophomore album, “Abantu/ About Humans.”

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Fashion is a form of expression and it’s exciting to find up-and-coming designers who try new and bold concepts in the industry. But, who knew bold could be so familiar? For me, looking for the right style can be difficult. Sometimes, I’ll throw on a solid varsity jacket for a street-wear getup, maybe a black windbreaker for a tech-wear-inspired outfit, and if all else fails, I know I can’t go wrong with a full-on normcore of t-shirt and jeans.

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Art has a unique way of teaching us about the world we live in, while also serving as a way to document the state of the world for future generations. There are different types of art designed to do just that, while catering to your different senses and emotions. Music and poetry play to the emotions of the audience while allowing them to create an image in their own minds. Visual art like paintings, sculptures, and movies takes viewers on a journey that they’re able to experience with the creator. 

At an art festival, it’s likely that you’ll get a good mix of multiple types of art. At La Biennale di Venezia (The Venice Biennial), one of the most prestigious in modern history, you get all of that and then some.

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