a selection of recently published articles

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New York Times: The Plush Pleasure of Velvet

LONDON — ’Tis the season for wearing velvet — or so it would seem during a browse through the Notting Hill branch of the high-end boutique Matches. In the shoe section there was Saint Laurent (poppy-red strappy sandals), Malone Souliers…
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New York Times: A Classical Music Lover Changes Kenya's Children's Lives

NAIROBI, Kenya — As thick white smoke from a huge garbage dump billowed into the sky and the smell fell over the audience, the brass section took deep breaths, the woodwind players pursed their lips and the string performers gripped their…
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New York Times: Virtual Gathering of Feminist Artists

LONDON — The phrase “artists collective” conjures a mental picture of people sharing materials and studio space to work on their creative projects, The word “bunny” sounds soft, cute and harmless. Neither image suits Bunny Collective,…
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International New York Times: Helping Curators Find Their Footing

DAKAR, SENEGAL — Over a lunch of Asian noodles in the sunny back garden of Raw Material Company, an independent art space in Dakar, curators from around the world were talking recently of the obstacles they faced to pursuing their chosen profession…
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Wall Street Journal: Forget Safari--Africa's Most Intriguing New Destination

Bahar Dar, Ethiopia: LIKE MANY MARRIED couples, my husband and I have very different ideas about what constitutes a fun vacation. Last February, for example, while he took off for a week-long European skiing trip with his friends, I opted to…
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New York Times: Art Reoriented, a Curator Duo, in High Demand

LONDON — Art Reoriented was running late for brunch. Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the two curators who practice under that name for a growing list of top-flight museums, artists and art fairs, were in London for only a few days. After…
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Wall Street Journal Expat: Last Minute Guide for American Overseas Voters

LONDON—Every four years, U.S. expats hear the same story: that this U.S. presidential election will be a tight one, and that it is crucial for registered voters to get out and vote—and for those who are not registered, to do so soon, because…
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International New York Times: Wild Child of Violin on a Meteoric Rise

BERN, SWITZERLAND — Patricia Kopatchinskaja would rather be known for the passion and virtuosity of her violin playing than for the fact that she often performs barefoot — or that sometimes she hums along with the orchestras while accompanying…
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International New York Times: Bringing Classical Music to the Club Scene

LONDON — The scene: a crowded pub in the London district of Islington. Waitresses nudge through the crowd of about 100 people, carrying trays of hamburgers and cheesy fries, as patrons — East End hipsters, young professionals, students —…