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Saturday, November 17, 2018
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 the documentary Bombshell The Hedy Lamarr Story neatly sums up how the diva felt about her claim to fame. Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time,...
philipp oberlohr
Baffling and bewildering, illusionist Philipp Oberlohr knows everything about you As I walked through the 16th district, I suddenly got a queasy feeling. I was on my way to The Game, a performance by illusionist Philipp Oberlohr, but, inexplicably, something felt off. I walked up a narrow staircase to the first floor of an ominous abandoned warehouse, and reached an...
The Vienna Theatre Project takes on Stephen Sondheim A bittersweet take on urban isolation, this musical revue by the Vienna Theatre Project  is about  two lonely singles living next door to each other in the big city, both fantasizing about their neighbor on a Saturday night. Despite their mutual desire, neither has the courage to strike up a conversation, let...
klezmore festival
Two weeks of Yiddish celebration from around the world show the versatility of a classic folk tradition Expressive melodies that draw from Yiddish and eastern European music characterize klezmer, an Ashkenazi music style that is seeing a steady revival in both its traditional form and fused with jazz and other influences. Now in its 14th iteration, the KlezMore festival celebrates...
book review paul lendvai orban
Paul Lendvai tracks the ambition of the increasingly authoritarian Hungarian prime minister. In politics, symbols matter. So it was on Heroes’ Square in Budapest that some 250,000 people gathered on June 6, 1989, for the “monumental” funeral service in honor of Imre Nagy, prime minister of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, and four others, all executed after a secret trial 31...
Viennale Blog - Part II: The Magic of the Very Big Screen As show time approaches, the lobby of the Gartenbau is a sizzle of excitement, the buzz of a beer hall, as professors and punks, the curious and the curiosities, mingle at the standing tables, a flurry of bright stockings, business suits, baggy hats and basic black. The chime...
florence foster jenkins
Mediocre amateurs are legion – but not many have fans throughout generations, including Cole Porter and David Bowie Long celebrated as the “world’s worst singer,” Florence Foster Jenkins was a soprano of such outrageous inability that her notoriety filled concert halls. With her recordings appreciated among irony-attuned music lovers for decades, it’s no wonder that she would eventually be immortalized...
This romantic comedy of beginnings and endings challenges believability Debuting on the continent after selling out its initial run at the Hampstead Theatre in 2013, this contemporary play by first-time playwright Peter Souter seeks to bring 21st century romance to the stage. The initial premise is good: illustrating the beginning and end of a relationship by showing a couple move...
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei explores the meaning of migration at Vienna’s 21er Haus Ai Weiwei is thrilled by the possibilities of his time: “In human history, there’s never been a moment like this,” the Chinese dissident artist and filmmaker said in a recent interview. It’s been an optimism hard won. After his arrest in 2011 by the Chinese government for...
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