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Thursday, July 19, 2018

December/January 2016/2017

For What it's Worth: Vienna and the true value of luxury

franz west
The prolific artist’s collaborations with other notables underline the significance of participationA firm believer in communication and participation as integral parts of the creative process, artist Franz West’s works can be seen on display in public places around the city, notably the Lemurenkopf on Stubenbrücke near the MAK or his Gerngrosssäule by the Rahlstiege just off Mariahilfer Straße.Confronting his viewers...
gold standard
The Money Museum documents the country’s history with cold hard cashMoney is ubiquitous; after all it makes the world go round. However, for a medium so universal there is a lot of mystery enshrouding it, with the internal machinations of reserve banks and high finance often regarded with suspicion by the public. We may gamble with it, hoard it,...
wolfgangsee
During the holiday season, the Wolfgangsee turns into a paradise for lovers of all things AdventWith the Christmas season starting earlier each year, it was no surprise that by early December last year my friends and I were already feeling burned out by the conspicuous consumption and forced cheer of the capital. So for St. Nicholas Day, or December...
antiques
Vienna is teeming with ancient goodies and there are plenty of experts to help distinguish the Wedgwood from the deadwood In a shop called Dead People’s Stuff, I reveled in rummaging through the old costume jewelry, clocks and knick-knacks that vied for space with end tables and old sofas. It was the closest thing to an antiques store in the...
integration
It has happened so oftenSoon after their arrival in Austria, a refugee family makes a formal application for asylum and is assigned to a small town in the countryside through the Red Cross. The community embraces them, offering help both practical and personal – a place to live, translation, paperwork and language classes. A volunteer stops by regularly to...
florence foster jenkins
Mediocre amateurs are legion – but not many have fans throughout generations, including Cole Porter and David BowieLong 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...
from our readers
We’ve been getting great feedback from our readers over social media. Thanks very much for your thoughts, ideas and insights! Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!IN RESPONSE TO: “How to ... Be an American Refugee in Austria”To the Editor,Why just Americans? Will they have special treatment? People in the U.K. have been trying to find places in...
political tension austria america
Hardly has been there a time in recent years when the political tensions in Austria and America have been so similar, when both countries have been so vulnerable Amidst anger and fear that are nearly unbearable, half the population is terrified by the other half’s choice of a president, convinced that the country is doomed for the years to come.But...
west side story
The deadly rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets ignites once again, as an international cast takes the stage celebrating Jerome Robbins’ legacy The first measures of Leonard Bernstein’s jazz prologue start slowly, a melodic counterpoint to the snapping of fingers, driving the audience wild with anticipation. The turbulent sights and sounds of Manhattan in the 1950s will be brought...
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