Rei Kawakubo Talks ‘Orlando,’ Opera and the Performance of Gender

On Dec. 8, “Orlando” will have its premiere at the Vienna State Opera. The opera represents a meeting of female creative minds across time and countries: It is based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, composed by Olga Neuwirth, with a libretto by Ms. Neuwirth and Catherine Filloux, directed by Polly Graham, with costumes by…

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New Therapies Help Patients With Dementia Cope With Depression

Anne Firmender, 74, was working with her psychologist to come up with a list of her positive attributes. “I cook for others,” said Ms. Firmender. “It’s giving,” encouraged the psychologist, Dimitris Kiosses. “Good kids,” continued Ms. Firmender, who has four grown children and four grandchildren. “And great mother,” added Dr. Kiosses. Ms. Firmender smiled. Dr.…

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Steven Leonardi, Matthew Garrido

Steven Mark Leonardi and Matthew Joseph Garrido were married Dec. 7 at Battleground Country Club, in Manalapan, N.J. Kathryn R. Parsons, Mr. Garrido’s sister, officiated, having become a Universal Life minister for the occasion. Mr. Leonardi (left), 28, is a manager for associate communications at the PVH Corporation, the New York-based parent company of Calvin…

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Grace Cao, Elliott Carter

Grace Miao Cao and Elliott Charles Carter were married Dec. 4 at the Chelsea Old Town Hall in London. Rebecca Raybone, a registrant of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, officiated. Mrs. Carter, 31, is an associate specializing in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions at Davis Polk & Wardwell, the Manhattan law firm,…

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Althea Webber, Michael Gruen

Althea Jenkins Webber and Michael Eli Gruen were married Dec. 7 at Basilica Hudson, an arts and performance space in Hudson, N.Y. Joshua R. Brodie, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for this event, officiated. Ms. Webber, 33, is a director of strategy at the College Board, the education organization…

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Molly Ford, Christopher Nixon

Molly Bridget Ford and Christopher James Nixon were married Dec. 7 at Indian Creek Country Club in Miami. Bishop J. David Dolence of the Old Roman Catholic Church performed the ceremony. Mrs. Nixon, 30, is a director of digital business development at Viacom in New York. She graduated from Villanova. She is a daughter of…

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Samantha Melnick, Jonathan Schaefler

Samantha Ivy Melnick and Jonathan Schaefler were married Dec. 7 at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York. Rabbi Jordan Millstein officiated. The bride, 34, is a genetic counselor at California Cryobank in Los Angeles, where she coordinates genetic screening for sperm and egg donors. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a…

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Amanda Gottlieb, Matthew Seplowe

Amanda Beth Gottlieb and Dr. Matthew Paul Seplowe were married Dec. 7 at the Pierre hotel in New York. Rabbi Daniel Gropper officiated. The couple met at the University of Michigan, from which each graduated. Ms. Gottlieb, 29, is a corporate associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis, a Chicago law firm.…

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Erica Moody, BJ Barretta

Erica Lynn Moody and William Joseph Barretta Jr. are to be married Dec. 8 at the Pen Ryn Estate, an events space in Bensalem, Pa. The couple are to be married in a self-uniting ceremony, as allowed by Pennsylvania law, that is to be led by Gary D. Morgan, a friend of the couple. Ms.…

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