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Saadiyat–The Island of Happiness for Culture Vultures

 When I first launched Curated Eclectica, I chose as my background theme my favorite culture creation project in the world: the Saadiyat Island project–a museum mecca extraordinaire, which the New York Times called “A Cultural Xanadu.”   I first was delighted to discover this project upon visiting a scale model exhibit at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and … Continue reading

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An Evening of Yemeni Silver

Silver Treasures in the Land of Sheba Hearing the Queen of Sheba, one conjures the notion of a majestic South Arabian woman of the Sabaean people, who traveled by camel caravan to Jerusalem bearing spices, frankincense and myrrh, jewels and gold, on a mission to test King Solomon’s wisdom.  Her people lived in an area … Continue reading

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Arabian Sights Film Fest-Washington, DC

“Ghadi” Steals the Show at Washington, DC’s Arabian Sights Film Festival The Arabian Sights Film Festival concluded its 19th season in Washington, DC last weekend with a sold-out last screening and a reception sponsored by the Algerian embassy.  Festival goers bought 2,000 tickets to see 9 new films from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, … Continue reading

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Banksy Does New York

Banksy in New York from Artnet Seeing this story of Banksy’s latest art dialog with the people of New York City, reminded me of this cynically hilarious but little known film called “Exit Through the Gift Shop” which documents a French amateur film maker’s story of filming all about Banksy.  Called Mr. Brainwash, the director follows on … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Meet the Halal Marshmallow.

photo credit:fyinspiration.org     Ah memories of childhood, playing out in the snow and coming inside to a steaming cup of hot chocolate heaped with those yummy mini marshmallows and of course roasting them on skewers over a campfire until they sometimes got so crispy, there wasn’t much left except a caved in poof of carbon.  Haven’t … Continue reading

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The Middle East Art Scene Featured in New York City

Good of The New Yorker to have featured the work of artist Wafa Hourani, documenting a certain type of particularly insidious urban decay.  Kudos to Massimiliano Gioni, the New Museum’s new artistic director who put on the current exhibit called “Here and Elsewhere” featuring artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas…. The exhibit runs through … Continue reading