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News: New Silk Road, London

Image by Ashley Woodfield

The British Council Arts initiative entitled, New Silk Road, “aims to use the arts traditions of the region to make these places seem vivid again, and to address negative stereotypes with a creative energy that is independent of politics.” A worthy goal. Set to help the BCA accomplish this are textile designers Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke who “travelled to ... Read More »

Chronicles: NYC’s Hidden Burial Ground

Washington Square Park in the 1880s, via Ephemeral NY

The history of New York City is written in its streets but sometimes, that history is meant to remain covered. This is what construction workers discovered last October during renovations to Washington Square Park that turned-up a disturbing surprise, a tombstone. There is a reason why digging in the park is allowed only to go as deep as three feet ... Read More »

Museyon’s Guide to the Weekend


  Reads: The New York Times gives us a run down of swashbuckling reads that tell true tales of famous art and lost antiquities, perfect for summer beach reading. The best of the lot is The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures by London paintings dealer Philip Mould, telling a dozen tales of mislabeled, ... Read More »

Chronicles: The Legend of Five Points

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“Let us go on again, and … plunge into the Five Points….We have seen no beggars in the streets by night or day, but of other kinds of strollers plenty. Poverty, wretchedness, and vice are rife enough where we are going now.” – Charles Dickens, American Notes  Never has a slum been so notorious as that of Five Points. So ... Read More »

Spotlight On…Furtado’s, Mumbai

Metchul 2010 at JVPD Furtados on 10/03/10

Furtado’s, a Western style music shop in the heart of Mumbai is not only the oldest purveyor or instruments in the southern part of the city, opening in 1865, it is also the only place in the country to buy a genuine Steinway piano.   A haven for music afficianados, stocking hundreds of instruments sprawled over two stores, you’ll find ... Read More »

News: Shakira for the World Cup

We’ve talked a lot about all of the songs that musicians have been putting forth as their country’s unofficial anthems but today, let’s take a look at the Official World Cup 2010 song. Many big musicians vied for this accolade but in the end, Shakira won out with her song ‘Waka Waka (This time for Africa)’ with African beats and ... Read More »

Chronicles: Mount Vernon Hotel

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

  A country estate, a hidden hotel, a tucked away museum on the Upper East Side. All of these descriptions can be attributed to one building in New York City, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. Built in 1799 as the carriage house for the 23 acre estate of Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of ... Read More »

News: Weezer’s USA World Cup Anthem

What is a huge soccer fan to do when their team heads to the World Cup with no anthem? Pen their own of course. But what about when that fan happens to be Rivers Cuomo of Weezer? Well then, you have something special on your hands. And on the same day that America wins against Algeria, securing their spot in ... Read More »

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