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Vienna
Saturday, January 19, 2019

December/January 2017/2018

Nostalgia

spelunke vienna
Spelunke does dark and swanky for trendy businesspeople In German, a Spelunke is a dark and shabby bar, often hidden in a grotty backstreet near a harbor. Not unappealing to Viennese, who have a soft spot for the shady and ugly underneath their noble veneers, even if the closest we have to a port is the Danube Canal – which,...
whole life
Andreas Egger lives a life bordering on the vegetative, both figuratively and literally: His dwelling is high above the valley, at the tree line; and his days are mostly passed in wordless labor. Unlike Seethaler’s earlier heroes of marginalized life – each of whom had his own Grand Tour – the protagonist of A Whole Life almost never leaves the...
Irony Perloff
The 1920s in Vienna was a time of despair and confusion in a world of lost empire, political upheaval and the trauma of war. Despite the progressive politics for the working class, cultural critic Marjorie Perloff reads the era as a time of crisis, of a disoriented national identity and a foreshadowing of the war to come. Faced with an...
loving vincent movie
Loving Vincent recreates van Gogh’s artwork in animated oil paintings If painters express themselves through their art, biographers are at a disadvantage: they may capture the person, but their message might prove harder. Unless, of course, you make that message the medium. Loving Vincent, a new take on the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, manages just that by...
vintage movie theatres vienna
Vienna’s vintage movie theatres endure and thrive with niche programming. Cinema is a young medium, around for just over a century. But it’s made up for it with nostalgia. Self-referential and prone to looking back, some of the greatest films are about cinema itself, like Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso or Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. And since it’s...
wait until dark vienna
Home invasions and darkness are two of our most primal fears – and excellent ingredients for a great thriller, as Frederick Knott succinctly proves in his play Wait Until Dark. Famously adapted for the screen in 1967 with Audrey Hepburn, the plot is fast-paced (and somewhat convoluted), culminating in criminals Mike (Chris Polick) and Croker (Simon Lloyd) intimidating blind housewife...
margaret cho vienna
Blunt and fearless, Margaret Cho is a real groundbreaker in her field of comedy, getting a rise from audiences since exploding on stage in the early 1990s. Tirelessly taking on controversial subjects with scathing observations has become her trademark, as well as criticizing current affairs. Recently named one of the 50 best stand-up comedians by Rolling Stone magazine, she has...
white rabbit red rabbit vienna
Nassim Soleimanpour has traveled the world without leaving his native Iran. Vienna’s Spektakel theater reserved a first row seat for the playwright, but it was empty during the performance of his maiden experimental play, White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Yet Soleimanpour was there. To solve this riddle, it helps to know that during the first two years of the play’s worldwide...
Polaroid project
Predating Instagram by several decades, Polaroid’s instant photographs were a hit from the mid-20th century up to the digital revolution, fitting all darkroom procedures inside the camera and promising the “60-second excitement.” While never displacing conventional film, artists and consumers alike loved the spontaneity of the format, with the 1970s-era SX-70 in particular defining the technology everyone had to try...
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