Shaun Pett


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Never Heard of Bolivian Wine? That May Be About to Change

TARIJA, Bolivia - During a trip to Bolivia in March, the Dutch wine expert Cees van Casteren held a blind tasting of tannats from around the world. Unsurprisingly, the winner was La Tyre, from Chateau Montus in Madiran, the French region that specializes in reds made from the tannat grape.

The Fight to Save the Traditional Tortilla

In Mexico, this staple - made with heirloom corn - is under pressure from mass production and modernity, but small producers are pushing back. TLAXIACO, Mexico - Petra Cruz González wakes at 6 every morning to make some 400 tortillas by hand.

A Second Act for Pujol, Mexico's World-Class Restaurant

But as central as Pujol is for Mr. Olvera, this new version has been shaped in part by lessons he learned at another restaurant: Cosme, which he opened in 2014 in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. ("Cosme is cool, but isn't trend-chasing," the New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells wrote a few months later.

The Luminato Festival Turns a Former Power Plant Into a Creative Engine

To create a space that would be responsive, adaptable and accessible, Mr. Weisbrodt took inspiration from the influential British architect Cedric Price and the theater director Joan Littlewood. They envisioned the "Fun Palace," a repurposed space for the arts and sciences that could accommodate different fields of creativity and ways of life.

the Guardian
The photographers who exposed America: Arbus, Goldin, Winogrand

No one captured the chaos of the 1960s more acutely than Garry Winogrand. His voracious, omnipresent eye sought out the decade's absurdities. He revealed the society balls of the 1%; the joy, violence and despair of marches, protests and parties; the spectacle of politics and press conferences, and the quotidian street.

The Review: Counternarratives by John Keene | Brick

John Keene was born in St. Louis in June 1965-the summer, evoked in the opening pages of his first novel, , "of Malcolms and Seans, as Blacks were transforming the small nation of Watts into a graveyard of smoldering metal." There was, he writes, a "crueler darkening, as against the assured arrival of dusk.

the Guardian
Apocalypsis: welcome to the epic end of world show at Luminato

The end of the world begins in the silence of a Toronto rehearsal hall. Director Lemi Ponifasio nods and the stage manager signals the cue, which tumbles through assistants to the 350 musicians, choristers and dancers crammed throughout the converted-factory space. The choirs form a slow procession, some in wheelchairs, and make a wall on the stage.