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February 2017

Opinion | When in Winterland

We’re now well into winter. The last cinnamon breath of Christmas is a distant memory, and the glimmering promise of spring is still too distant to cl...

Opinion | Austrian Idol?

Amid the erosion of the political center, little Austria may be the unlikely champion to stem the surge of the far rightIf there is anything wor...

Musicals!

Vivid color, audacious dance moves and spirited show tunes define a genre making a modern comebackHot on the heels of La La Land’s box office an...

Slow Food, Fast Dancing

The Markterei Lindy hops onto the after-work bandwagon with their new evening event, TanzereiThe historic grand hall of the Alte Post (Old Post ...

Editor’s Letter | February 2017

You won’t read about it in the tourist brochures. They don’t allocate any of the marketing budget to it. But still, the visitors know. And the loc...

A Slice of Napoli at Via Toledo

The new Neapolitan-style pizzeria Via Toledo entices with a Valoriani oven and lots of southern cordialityVienna has its fair share of ristorant...

Last Word | February 2017

Ahhh, Vienna! It’s the city of Gemütlichkeit, semi-precious neutrality, badly and well-kept secrets as well as the go-to location for the odd diplomat...

How to be a Spy

Are you cut out for 00 status? Improve your combat skills, polish your manners, and become wine, poker and dance floor savvy. It could just save you...

Profile | Vienna’s Inside Men: Thomas Pietschmann

Whether they’re uncovering drug cartels, teaching how to protect secrets, improving the image of the police department or fighting corruption, skeptic...

The Undeclared Economy

How does Austria deal with Europe’s estimated €1 trillion shadow economy of black-market crime, petty tax evasion and corporate profit shifting?...

Lifting the Veil

The Vienna Theatre Project puts on Ayad Akhtar’s The Who and the What, where logos, mythos and gender intersectFour actors and a director huddle...

Travel | The Alpine Connection at Arlberg Ski Resorts

The proud Arlberg region looks to the future as a new lift system makes it the largest continuous ski resort in AustriaThe Fantastic Gondolas pa...

Capital of Cloak & Dagger

Vienna has never tried to curb the activities of foreign spies. Over the past century, it’s become the go-to stage for the dramas of global espionage ...

Opinion | (Fake) News of the World

How a small number of young eastern Europeans have managed to influence U.S politicsFake news has no borders. Last fall, in the flurry of debunk...

March as you Mean to go on

The Vienna chapter of the Women’s March on Washington was a flashback to 1960s activismby Caroline Stevenson & Dardis McNameeIt was Satu...

Master of Disguise

For the “Spy Issue” we went to Vienna’s sister city of espionage, London. There we delved into the ‘60s era of fashion unnoticed and put together time...

On The Vine | Where to buy Wine Accessories in Vienna

These three shops in Vienna offer excellent wine accessories By Catherine Hooker & Leopold WinklerEven if it’s not included in the Merc...

Accordion Festival

On its 18th birthday, this world music festival explores SpainStill going strong after 18 years, the city's own International Accordion Festival...

Opinion | Born-Again Facts

If the recent election has taught us anything, it’s that details do not matter anymore Trump rose to power not only by tapping into notions of helple...

The Oracles of Big Data

Data science is currently among the hottest fields of study and its practitioners are in high demandFor many, the 21st century buzzword “Big Dat...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in February 2017

A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in ViennaSecurity Increase After Attempted Terror Attack An 18-year-old Austrian was arreste...

Oliver Rathkolb | The Historian and the Intelligence Paradox

We met with Cold War expert Oliver Rathkolb to talk about the city’s spy-filled past and how it’s impossible to keep a secret in ViennaIt’s ha...

Sport | Slapshot Academy – Hockey Camp in St. Pölten

The Okanagan Hockey Academy turns out talented players in St. Pölten, hoping to win over Austria and EuropeThe hall echoed with yells, scraping ...

Profile | Vienna’s Inside Men: Franz Fiedler

Whether they’re uncovering drug cartels, teaching how to protect secrets, improving the image of the police department or fighting corruption, skeptic...

Code Name: Edith ‘Grandmother’ of the Cambridge Five

Edith Tudor-Hart photographed poverty, society and children in Vienna and the U.K. and also helped launch Britain’s most notorious ring of spies for t...

Profile | Vienna’s Inside Men: Dr. Uwe Egly

Whether they’re uncovering drug cartels, teaching how to protect secrets, improving the image of the police department or fighting corruption, skeptic...

The Power of Four

The enduring fascination of string quartets for musicians, composers and audiencesThe remarkable thing about the string quartet is how it endure...

Acquainted with the Night

Nychos is a rising star of the Viennese and international graffiti scene. He gave us a look into his life as a street artist from a beach in Maui, bec...

Film Stills: Magical Moments

Film stills as drama suspended, art as advertisement: Even if you’ve never seen the movie, chances are you know the imageThey are the indelible ...

Eyewitness: Kurz Takes Over the OSCE

As chairmanship revolves to Austria, we listened to what Foreign Minister Kurz sees as the biggest challengesI arrived unreasonably early on a c...

Ennio Morricone

The legendary soundtrack composer goes on tour, celebrating 60 years of musicIconic, influential and prolific with over 500 film and TV scores a...

Profile | Vienna’s Inside Men: Roman Hahslinger

Whether they’re uncovering drug cartels, teaching how to protect secrets, improving the image of the police department or fighting corruption, skeptic...

Books | The Third Reich on Drugs

In Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany, Norman Ohler shows how methamphetamines made the German Blitzkrieg possibleAs German Panzers overran France i...

From our Readers | February 2017

We’ve been getting lots of feedback from our readers over social media. Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! Check us out on Facebook, ...

Opinion | If You Don’t Look Good, We Don’t Look Good

Fashion’s dark side is cleverly disguised in fancy sets and luxurious outfits; Here are some pointers on how to survive the fake laughsIt’s been...

Books | No Direction Home

The story of Stefan Zweig’s exile years is compellingly told in George Prochnik’s literary biographyIn spite of his fame, Austrian novelist Stef...

A Spymaster’s Vienna – On the Trail of 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 icon...

Gußhausviertel | Downtown Diplomacy

GußhausviertelTaking a stroll just behind Karlskirche into the 4th district is a calming experience. Gone is the buzz of tourists and traffic sn...

Sleuth

Vienna’s English Theatre presents Anthony Shaffer’s exemplary thriller, filled with deceit and deceptionEver popular on English-language stages ...

Georgia O’Keeffe: The Reluctant Icon

Georgia O’Keeffe stars in her largest retrospective outside of her home countryMost people first get to know Georgia O’Keeffe through her volupt...

Indignation: Growing Pains Philip Roth Style

First-time director James Schamus brings Philip Roth's novel Indignation to the screenBeing an outsider is never easy – especially when you’re t...

Two’s Company – Steinthal

Steinthal’s stripped-back dishes showcase the best of local produceDaniel Steiner and Benjamin Wieselthaler are inseparable – “there hasn’t been...
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