Latest from Vanessa H. Larson

In the aftermath of civil war, contemporary Syrian art emphasizes not just loss, but resilience

On the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising, an exhibition showcases artists of the Syrian diaspora.
  • Mar 31, 2021

‘A Recipe for Daphne’ is a delicious debut

Nektaria Anastasiadou’s novel follows a young American woman who travels to Turkey to explore her heritage.
  • Feb 5, 2021

This Valentine’s Day, try one of these distinctive, local chocolate shops

They’re owned by women and offer a range of beautiful sweets.
  • Feb 3, 2021

These five new bakeries offer delicious treats — and a chance to travel the world

You’ll find South American pastries, ube cakes, halvah chocolate chip cookies and more at these spots.
  • Sep 23, 2020

Powerful photo show reveals a Lebanon in turmoil

The Middle East Institute’s online exhibition offers images of hope as well as heartache.
  • Aug 26, 2020

Pakistan screened us for coronavirus. Nobody checked us when we got back to JFK.

We’re the most powerful country on Earth. Why did our process seem so lax?
  • Mar 25, 2020

At the Sackler Gallery, take a virtual-reality tour of cities ravaged by ISIS and war

“Age Old Cities” raises awareness about the cultural costs of war in the Middle East.
  • Mar 4, 2020

How a play about the Taliban’s oppression of women manages to be both harrowing and hopeful

Arena Stage hosts the East Coast premiere of “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”
  • Jan 30, 2020

A view of women’s bodies, by 12 female photographers, that is by turns playful, provocative and profound

At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, “Live Dangerously” invites us to reconsider the female form.
  • Nov 27, 2019

Two new D.C. art spaces put contemporary Middle Eastern artists in the spotlight

Art, not politics, is the focus of shows at the Middle East Institute and Museum of the Palestinian People.
  • Nov 7, 2019