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November 2016

Death in Vienna

Some Viennese may play down any special relationship with death. But, then again, it’s probably better not to take any chances...

A War of Words – Molière’s Misanthrope

The archetypal angry middle-aged male splutters to life in Molière’s Der Menschenfeind (The Misanthrope) Our current love affair with the instant...

Twelfth Turbulent Nights

This comedy comes from Illyria to commemorate the Bard’s death Featuring a woman surviving a shipwreck and disguising herself as her twin brother...

Culture Club at KHM

Booming bass and flowing drinks aim to dust off the image of a venerable institution Some 125 years after opening to the public, the Kunsthistori...

The Color Woodcut in Vienna Around 1900

How the Vienna Secession revived an archaic technique – in brilliant color Exploring a lesser-known chapter of the storied Secession, Vienna’s fi...

A Weekend in the Waters – The Styria Spa Region

As cold weather takes over, the thermal baths of Styria’s Spa Region beckon for weekends of peace and warmth Vienna is often called a “Dorf” (a v...

Have a Glimps Behind a Writer’s Daily Grind: The Quiet Life of Paterson

Jim Jarmusch’s ode to the everyday is nostalgic, delightful and poetic An unabashed celebration of the quiet life, Paterson is Jim Jarmusch’s latest...

Hubert Scheibl, Austrian Contemporary Artist, Between Abstract and Bold art

The prominent Austrian artist redecorates the Belvedere’s Orangerie Celebrated as one of Austria’s most prominent contemporary artists, Hubert Sc...

I, Daniel Blake, and the Welfare Bureaucracy

British director Ken Loach takes on the welfare bureaucracy After rumors of retiring, director and social activist Ken Loach, the master of kit...

Blue Bird Festival

The Vienna Songwriting Association puts indie music on center stage Giving artists the chance to wow an audience hungry for newcomers, the Blue B...

The Pixies are in Town!

The alternative rock icons come to town with a brand new album A huge influence on the grunge movement and bands like Nirvana, Blur or Radiohead,...

Thompson, Gleeson and Brühl in the Movie Adaption, Alone in Berlin

Tragedy often brings people together, and with nothing left to lose, one is free to take a stand against oppression. At least that’s how it works in t...

Bernhard Günther of the Wien Modern Festival Answers Unanswered Questions

Bernhard Günther, the new artistic director of the Wien Modern festival, sets his course Where do we come from? Where are we going? And where the...

Editor’s Letter | November 2016

Naked and Screaming It was way too soon. When the phone call came from a close friend that his son was about to be born, I didn’t know what t...

Turning Back the Clock in Vienna’s Mittersteig

Wedged between the lively arteries of Wiedner Hauptstrasse and Margaretenstrasse, Mittersteig is a mostly residential area with some hidden gems ...

Sport | End to End Thrills – The European Handball Federation

Based in Vienna for 25 years, the European Handball Federation brings non-stop action Did you know that Vienna is the headquarters of one of the mos...

Profile | Guardians of Life & Death – Vienna Samariterbund Emergency Medical Workers

As we enter or leave this world, there are those seldom-thanked individuals that accompany us. We spoke to people who think and talk about living and ...

Opinion | Girl Power Tames Poland’s Conservatives… for now

Women led protests against a government-backed plan to ban abortion. They are now center stage in Poland’s most important dispute since the end of com...

Grave Misconception – How Vienna Lost Mozart

Mozart's Final Resting Place The myth that a destitute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried and abandoned in an unmarked mass grave persists to thi...

Danse Macabre

The Alte Technik at Ottakringer Brauerei usually hosts raging parties, but for us it became a stage for five Viennese dancers to live out celebrations...

Profile | Guardians of Life & Death – Katharina Laimer

As we enter or leave this world, there are those seldom-thanked individuals that accompany us. We spoke to people who think and talk about living and ...

Opinion | The Ugly Truth

If you’ve been following the American election, this has been a very tumultuous month for women. The release of a ten-year-old tape showing Donald Tru...

Books | Mortality Tales – Elizabeth Greenwood’s “Playing Dead”

Enjoy the true stories in Elizabeth Greenwood’s Playing Dead, but don’t expect deep insights It all began with a conversation about student loans. Li...

Books | Prized by the People – “The Habsburg Empire: A New History”

A myth-busting new history of the Habsburg Empire by Pieter M. Judson gives valuable insights on nationalism and identity in Central Europe In June ...

Glitter, Glam and The Great Gatsby

Dwight Rhoden revisits F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz age shenanigans on stage Mimicking the extravagant Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby Ballet is...

On the Vine | Dollhouse Vintage – Urban Vineyard

Vienna’s smallest working vineyard is in the heart of the city We all know the PR photo stunts: a portly man in a serious business suit performin...

Opinion | Mind the Gap

Sugar-coated English versions of Grimm's Fairy Tales usually end with a utopian promise: “And they lived happily ever after.” In the original German:...

I, Robot Worker

We all fear that our jobs will eventually be automated. But cheer up! Where one job dies, another rises from the ashes Imagine a world where writ...

Opinion | It Can’t Happen Here

Across Europe, liberal principles are under pressure, Austrian democracy must not be put at risk In a few weeks, Austrians will again go to the p...

Profile | Guardians of Life & Death – Florian Bauchinger

As we enter or leave this world, there are those seldom-thanked individuals that accompany us. We spoke to people who think and talk about living and ...

Walking the Talk

Vienna Art Week explores the finer points of aesthetics under the theme Seeking Beauty Vienna is in for an arts talkathon. From November 14-20, t...

Dress up for the Dead

Thoughts from our expert on design, gadgets and joie de vivre Framing the concept of life and death in a fashion editorial took me on a journey a...

Spirits of Mexico

Whether you avoid your countrymen or seek out their company, everyone needs something to remind them of home. For Mexicans, it’s the Day of the Dead ...

Herrmann Nitsch | Life Lessons from an Anarchist

The controversial performance artist Hermann Nitsch invited us to visit in Prinzendorf to discuss art, nature, death and wine “In art you don’t h...

Saved from Your Genes

Fertility specialists have made a breakthrough that could eradicate a rare deadly disease. So why isn’t the world celebrating? After several misc...

This Human World Film Festival 2016

Raising awareness for human rights on the silver screen A film festival with a social conscience, the 9th edition of This Human World visualizes hum...

Last Word | November 2016 | Life & Death

You may say plenty of profound things in your life but posterity seems to put significant weight on the ones you say right before you die To celebrat...

My Favorite Things November 2016

Today it's a camera drone. Tomorrow it travels back in time and tries to kill Sarah Conner. -Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory (slightly adapte...

Zentralfriedhof | Vienna Necropolis

Hardly a place embodies the city’s heart and soul more than the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna’s Central Cemetery As October ends and the city recoils fro...

All the Right Notes at Lingenhel

Lingenhel implores you to appreciate every single ingredient – resistance was futile Music folklore tells us that jazz is all about the notes you...

Profile | Guardians of Life & Death – Dr. Cornel Binder-Krieglstein

As we enter or leave this world, there are those seldom-thanked individuals that accompany us. We spoke to people who think and talk about living and ...
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