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Vienna
Saturday, January 20, 2018
The History of Now
Nadiv Molcho – the young actor, director and member of the NENI clan – is used to defying naysayers. His first feature film is The History of NowThe world of Nadiv Molcho – a hyperactive 27-year-old actor-director – is a multicultural stew of flavors and inspirations. Meeting over Indian curry and New York cheesecake at his Israeli mother’s flagship...
gramola
The compact disc is still a viable archival medium, especially for classical musicI just read a Japanese best-seller about cleaning. The basic premise is that if you reduce your belongings to a perfect minimum of only those things you feel deeply about, then designate each a special place in your home, you will live the rest of your days...
leisure seeker
A bittersweet reflection on old age, held afloat by stellar performances.We’re not getting any younger, as the saying goes, and for die-hard baby boomers reaching post-retirement, that is a hard pill to swallow. In The Leisure Seeker, acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzí shows aging in all its denial and discomfort, finding the humor and hope in tough topics. And...
musical marco polo
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma leads once distant cultures joyously in consort in The Music of StrangersAs the screen goes black, the cacophony of instruments tuning up fills the cinema. Then abruptly, we are transported to a piazza in Venice to witness cellist YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project in action. It’s like no orchestra you have ever seen or heard: a Babel...
daniel sloss
The young Scottish funnyman shocks again on his 10th solo tour, NowCharming, brutal and poignant, Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss has made a career out of uncomfortable humor: From tax rates on tampons to his Tinder history, he touches on subjects most wouldn’t even dare to think of. Currently on his 10th solo show Now, his latest skits take aim at...
The Third Man
Graham Greene’s The Third Man: An iconic portrait of gloom and corruption in Austria’s postwar capitalGreat cities have their architectural icons, the Eiffel Tower presiding over the City of Light, Big Ben brooding beside the Mother of Parliaments, the Empire State Building still dominating Manhattan’s thrusting skyline. Vienna has its own splendid pile, the gothic Stephansdom whose single spire...
pallas athene
Ernst Krenek’s opera Pallas Athene weint: A musical megaphone for our political timesDoes music amplify the uproar of the world around us, or does it soothe it? Is opera a pacifying opiate, or can it be a medium of provocation or insight? Pallas Athene weint by Ernst Krenek – with four performances this month by the Neue Oper Wien...
Abel Ferrara recreates the final day of the Italian poet, film director and political radicalNever one to shy away from controversy, director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant,The Funeral) pays tribute to one of his cinematic heroes: Italian iconoclast Pier Paolo Pasolini, who also shocked audiences with graphic depictions of sex and violence (albeit in a more conceptualized manner). Frequent collaborator...
Biedermeier Glass exhibition
Glasses from the Empire and Biedermeier Period documents a rising middle class and its search for its own aestheticThere’s nothing new about conspicuous consumption - Imperial Vienna understood very well how to sweeten everyday life with things of beauty. It was “glassmania,” said director Christoph Thun- Hohenstein, opening the sumptuous new show of ornamental glass from the Imperial and...
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