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Vienna
Friday, December 14, 2018
Jazz Fest Wien
A plethora of genres and styles define this venerable festival. Attracting household names and promising newcomers from contemporary jazz as well as ambassadors of soul, pop and rock, the Jazz Fest Wien is a fixture in the city’s cultural calendar, thanks in part to spectacular locations like the Staatsoper and City Hall. A prestigious stop on the international summer circuit...
Paterson
Jim Jarmusch’s ode to the everyday is nostalgic, delightful and poetic An unabashed celebration of the quiet life, Paterson is Jim Jarmusch’s latest shot at an ephemeral film about nothing – but deliciously so. Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, N.J. who writes poetry in his spare time and shuns computers and cell phones. Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) is...
The garage rockers re-form and hit the road again, with a new album out With a musical style reminiscent of The Clash with a bit of The Smiths mixed in, The Libertines rode the fuzzy wave of post-punk revival to become household names, thanks in part to puckish co-frontman Pete Doherty’s rock n’ roll lifestyle. His antics increasingly took a...
The Wiener Festwochen bring the bleeding edge in theater by Michael Bernstein & Dardis McNamee   Vienna is a city of theaters – there are 104 active stages for drama, music theater and cabaret currently listed on the city’s website, not counting the opera houses and concert halls. It’s a centuries long love affair, ever since the Jesuits first staged morality plays...
book review janek wassermann vienna
Janek Wasserman takes a closer look at conservative discontent in Red Vienna during the interwar period It is the victors who write the history, Winston Churchill once said. In his case, of course, he wrote it himself, in six legendary volumes that established the importance of Britain’s role in winning World War II. And while certainly selective, even prejudicial, it...
See how Street Art breaks boundaries in the world of art As summer scorches Vienna, the torturous heat may tempt locals and visitors into momentary lockdown, but it certainly hasn’t stopped a most magical transformation: at the 5th Calle Libre Street Art Festival, greying walls are bursting to life by virtue of aerosol cans. Under the Motto “CINCO” (five in...
Glow stream
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, to say nothing of the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your while. And while June sets Vienna’s streets abuzz, fabulous woman wrestlers, mesmerizing homes and mysterious disappearances beckon you back onto the comfort of your couch. Dramedy: GLOW The creative team behind the iconic, boundary-breaking Orange is the New...
Mixing the profound with the absurd, Lucky pays tribute to the late Harry Dean Stanton and leaves audiences pondering. There’s a certain poetry in daily routines, the quiet reassurance of repetition over years. But it can be treacherous, as nothing ever stays the same – there is one inescapable truth that always catches up. That’s where Lucky comes in, the directorial debut...
Shirley Valentine
Vienna’s English Theatre puts on a charming and wistful comedy, Shirley Valentine There must be something about actors talking to inanimate objects that can make an audience laugh (remember Clint Eastwood berating an empty chair during the 2012 Republican National Convention?). In British playwright Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, the heroine talks to a rock. Unfortunately, it’s a Greek rock, so...
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