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When Cultures Collide, Life Is a Cabaret

Jenny Simanowitz is a natural comedian.  It’s clear from the way she blows into a room, in a swirl of arms and bangles and flowing fabric, with an amused twinkle in her eye at the absurdity of the scene. Any scene. Whatever’s happening, or about to happen, she’s ready. “I expect to have a good […]

From the Editor: Death Must be Viennese

From the Editor: Death Must be Viennese

Composer and cabaret singer Georg Kreisler entered my life as a dictation in a German class.  It was in 1996, early in my time in Vienna, and a spirited teacher at the Volkshochschule Brigittenau decided to challenge the students in the B2 class with the irresistible verses of “Tauben vergiften im Park” (Poisoning Pigeons in […]

Ballroom Deluxe

Klaus Waldeck is one of the legends of the Vienna underground electronica music scene, which spawned the famous Vienna down tempo of the nineties.  Waldeck released his first EP Northern Lights in 1996, the same year Kruder & Dorfmeister released Conversions. In 2000, he created his own label Dope Noir, which continues to publish licorice […]

Seriously Funny

Seriously Funny

Cabaret in Vienna is alive and well. The Kabarett-Theaters are often packed to capacity, and while some did have to close, other have taken their place. The most popular of the comedians have made it to feature films and to cabaret-type shows on television, transferring the format and presenting it to a nation-wide audience, albeit […]

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