Gaslight Steampunk Expo 2022

October 14, 2022

Snapshots from Gaslight Steampunk Expo 2022 The first weekend of October I had the supreme pleasure of attending this year’s Gaslight Steampunk Expo.  I was invited to present four slide-history talks. This year, I focussed on the theme of the event, Halloween!  So I presented talks on The Femme Fatale, Victorian/Edwardian Fancy Dress, The Winchester […]

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Dance Chat with Aubre Hill & Maria

September 23, 2022

Dance Chat with Aubre Hill: Episode 5 – Maria Sokolova Los Angeles dance teacher, performer, and scholar Aubre Hill is now hosting a series of interviews on YouTube.  Dance Chat with Aubre Hill: Episode #5 features the amazing Maria Sokolova who, quite literally, teaches right down the street from my home. She’s a mesmerizing dancer to […]

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Mayyas Win “America’s Got Talent” 2022

September 16, 2022

Mayyas – Lebanese Belly Dance Ensemble Win America’s Got Talent 2022! It was a thrilling moment to watch the Lebanese dance troupe Mayaas take the win on America’s Got Talent.  While belly dancers have been a regular entry at the early stages of the competition.  It is rare for belly dance performers to make it […]

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“Danse Arabe” – Article in Fanoos Magazine

September 15, 2022

“Danse Arabe” A Postcard from Egypt In the latest issue of Fanoos Magazine, I shared some details about one of the postcards in my research collection.  This Postcard dates to 1900-1906 and was produced in Cairo by Lichetenstern and Harari. When it arrived at my home, I took a moment to contemplate and consider its […]

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Assiut Spotted: Okhtein – Designer Bags and Accessories

August 19, 2022

  Assiut Tally Spotted: Okhtein – Designer Bags and Accessories The Egyptian-based luxury handbag company Okhtein included some beautiful assiut tally work in their 2019 collection.  Their high-end structural bags are exquisite works of functional, wearable art. Forbes Middle East choose Okhtein for their “30 under 30” to watch list in 2019. The company is […]

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