Binu Starnegg

Manila born, Brooklyn bred and longtime resident of Vienna, Binu Starnegg is currently managing editor for Metropole. Photo: Visual Hub

WestbahnstraĂźe West Side Story

Vienna may not be quite as hip as Berlin – though not from lack of trying, as anyone who’s been to WestbahnstraĂźe in the 7th district can attest. Armies of young and trendy 20- to 30-somethings roam here, slurping superfood smoothies and soy chai lattes while perusing sustainable independent fashion and vinyl records. But really, don’t […]
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Poetic Injustice

James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk takes flight under director Barry Jenkins At its best, fiction can portray reality in a way that non-fiction can’t. It should come as no surprise then, th...

Pro & Con | March 2019

Open Store Policy Closing shops on Sunday is so 19th century Every time I welcome someone to Vienna and give them my list of recommendations, I always end by saying, “Oh, and remember that next to nothing is open on Sun-days!” to which they often reply, “Really? Why?” I’ve often asked that same question myself […]
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Streaming | Our Top Picks for December & January

There’s so much good television available to stream these days, to say nothing of the films. As the holidays roll in, quirky, dark children’s classics, Mexican demon hunters and alleged Russ...

Culture Screen | November

Danse Macabre Visually spectacular, Luca Guadagnino’s reinterpretation of Suspiria is flawed but atmospheric The threshold to womanhood might not be the most obvious theme for your run-of-themill ...

Metropole’s Top 5 Picks for Vienna Art Week 2018

As the annual Vienna Art Week rolls in again, the city fills to the brim with artists, with hundreds from around the world dropping by to open an exhibit, give a talk, or present their latest works. W...

10 Films you shouldn’t miss at the Viennale 2018

METROPOLE’s Top 10 Films at the Viennale! It's that time of the year again: Today, the Viennale kicks off, Austria's premier film festival! Featuring over 300 films from all over the world shown ov...

On Screen | Hedy Lemarr’s Life Story in Bombshell

Bombshell recounts the life of Hedy Lamarr: Austrian émigré, Hollywood diva – and inventor. "Any girl can look glamorous, aLL she has to do is stand still and look stupid.” The opening quote of th...