The BQA: Martha Wainwright


We are surround by millions of talented people — and beginning today, we’re going to get to know every single one (give or take) though our brand-new interview series, The BQA. (Get it? The BQE, Brooklyn Q&A, heh!) One of our favorite singers, Martha Wainwright, inaugurates it in advance of three special shows at Dixon Place this Sunday and Monday, in which she’ll record a live album of rare Edith Piaf songs with producer Hal Willner. There are only tickets left for the 10pm show Monday June 15, so get them fast! Below, she dishes about her favorite meals and more.martha

What’s so great about Brooklyn?
I’m not sure really. It’s close to the city with more space I guess. I find people in certain parts of Brooklyn to be less cookie cutter in some ways. The views of the city are nice too.

Any gripes?
Not enough green space in South Williamsburg, where I am.

Name your favorite places to eat out, breakfast lunch and dinner:
I think the food can be quite tasty at Marlow. I like the egg and cheese sandwich at the Spanish bakery on the corner of Grand and Bedford. And the pasta at Aurora.

A Brooklynite you’d love to meet:
May West

One thing few people know about you:
There is very little people don’t know about me. I’m very nervous.

What else do you want to be or do?

[I want to be] calm and paint.

What are you reading, watching, or listening to right now:
Edith Piaf for my upcoming record project.

Guiltiest pleasure in your fridge: A lot of great cheeses.

What’s the one product, accessory, or piece of clothing you rely on to look good? A patchwork jacket my mom made when she was 19, and mascara.

Your dream place to live in Brooklyn (style of house and neighborhood, please):
Brownstone of course. I guess if I had the money, near Prospect Park.

Interview by Nicole. Photo by Carl Lessard.

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