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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Wien Modern festival
Bernhard Günther, the new artistic director of the Wien Modern festival, sets his courseWhere do we come from? Where are we going? And where the hell are we? These are the three “ultimate” questions of life. While the answers will undoubtedly remain forever elusive, the search for them has been a wellspring of human creativity for millennia.Bernhard Günther, the new...
Richard Linklater revisits the 1980sKnown for his fondness for coming-of-age-stories like the celebrated Boyhood and the seminal Dazed and Confused, acclaimed director Richard Linklater takes us on a scenic nostalgia ride with this informal sequel to the previous two films. Beginning where he left off, Everybody Wants Some!! (a Van Halen reference) follows freshmen baseball players at a small...
Asperger
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Blue Bird Festival
The Vienna Songwriting Association puts indie music on center stageGiving artists the chance to wow an audience hungry for newcomers, the Blue Bird Festival beckons with an eclectic line-up of rock, folk, blues, electric and country, showcasing the versatility of contemporary folk and singer/songwriting.Organized by the not-for-profit Vienna Songwriting Association, the three-day festival is now in its 12th edition,...
The Viennale ‘15 has well and truly come to a close. The first Viennale was way back in 1960, before many of us were born – about the time of black and white television.As the festival director, Hans Hurch, dodging any questions of the festival engaging in any politics said, “the festival simply being a festival … (is) perhaps...
The Young Karl Marx
The Young Karl Marx takes the earliest days of the labor movement out of the textbooks At first glance, an origin story of Socialism doesn’t seem an obvious choice for an engaging film. Unlike the revolutionaries that succeeded them, Marx and Engels did not fight on barricades or in the jungle; their battlefield was journals and academia. Yet director Raoul...
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...
robert frank
Don’t Blink is an insightful gaze into the life and mind of iconoclastic photographer Robert FrankThe camera zeroes in on an unkempt, disheveled elderly gentleman; a question comes from off screen: “What makes a good photo?” The old man breaks out into a smile, and says, “It should be sharp!” The grin widens.Meet Robert Frank, legendary photog­rapher, filmmaker, artist...
color woodcut
How the Vienna Secession revived an archaic technique – in brilliant colorExploring a lesser-known chapter of the storied Secession, Vienna’s fin de siècle aesthetic reformers, the Albertina is presenting roughly 100 color woodcuts, including works by Koloman Moser, Carl Moll, and Emil Orlik. With their stylized motifs, prominent outlines and rich colors, they are high points in both craftsmanship and...
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