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You’d know if you’d been to one of Halal’s shindigs. Her signature event, Mutual Dreaming, matches progressive and underappreciated DJs to create a trippy environment she describes as “some kind of mysterious, immersive, disorienting fantasy realm that feels like an authentic underworld.” It’s the kind of wild, secret-location nightlife that’s becoming a welcome alternative to established, stiff clubs. “In New York, you can will things into existence,” says the DIY producer, visual artist and musician. “Every year, I meet new people, focus my intentions and those intentions crystallize into real things.” Her parties, which she describes as “foggy environments with people dancing in this out-of-control, rebellious way that have nothing to do with status or money,” have been selling out fast since 2010. To get in on the fun of her next underground Bushwick bash, join the mailing list at aurorahalal.com.
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