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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

May 2017

Adrenaline – Austria’s obsession with the extreme.

terry and gyan riley
Seminal composer-pianist Terry Riley and his virtuoso guitarist son Gyan pair up for a rare intimate performance Often mentioned along with contemporaries Steve Reich, La Monte Young or Philip Glass, American minimalist composer -Terry Riley holds pride of place as a pioneer of 20th-century music.  From its first performance back in 1964, his driving, methodical work In C commanded attention, emerging...
Elfriede Jelinek
While others may debate whether art is, or should be, political, Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek has never been in doubt. Through much of her work, she has portrayed the pathologies she saw in post-war Austria, suffocating under a conspiracy of silence, an inability to confront its role in the horrors of National Socialism. She saw this as a society-wide denial...
Wiener festwochen
The Wiener Festwochen push the envelope with a new co-director setting the tone Being voted “most-livable” city can be a double-edged sword. Every metropolis has its charms – a heady mix of unique tastes and memorable experiences. Living up to such an accolade isn’t easy. What sets Vienna apart is the sheer number of world-class events, many of them offered for...
LTE
Austrian logistics giant LTE is making use of the new Silk Road and plans to have 4,000 trains transporting goods between China and Europe in five years time. Until recently, when a technology producer wants to move a new device from its factory of origin in Shenzhen to a car producer in Stuttgart, they had very few options. “Traditionally giant container ships with...
jim libby
We’ve all had the nightmare: You’re on stage in a dark theater in front of a packed house; the lights go up and suddenly you realize, you have no idea what you’re supposed to say...   For Jim Libby, this is not a nightmare, it’s reality: For the last 20 years, he and his troupe have been getting up in front...
last word nervenkitzel
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet:   NERVENKITZEL     lit. “nerve tickle”; an informal German expression denoting the thrill and rush of adrenaline-inducing activities. While anglophones can have their fancies or funny bones tickled, German speakers are content with it being done to...
Hell or High Water
A worthy entry to the genre, David Mackenzie's gun-slinging villains are unforgettably epic America loves its underdogs. Deeply ingrained in the national psyche, the archetype is a mainstay, offering social commentary as the heroes fight corrupt, repressive authority, be it the government or capitalist robber barons. And with the subprime mortgage crisis ravaging the heartland as much as any carpetbagger,...
home cafe
Nordic charm and a living-room atmosphere are a welcome addition to Vienna's international collection of cuisines. While Austria undoubtedly has a lock on gorgeous alpine scenery as well as prime meat, dairy and produce in abundance, the one sore point is a marked lack of fresh seafood. While not surprising for a landlocked country, it is nonetheless trying for those who...
austrian american film
Bruce Jenkins, professor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Alexander Horwath, Director of the Vienna Film Museum discuss the Austro-American avant-garde A ballet dancer in the woods lifts his leg with light-footed grace, making a circle. His body taught with tension, he bends backwards, arms outstretched. When his foot touches the ground again, he’s suddenly inside...
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