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‘Silvester’ on the Graben

‘Silvester’ on the Graben

My plane set down in Vienna at 8:32 in the morning of December 31. It was grey and rainy, and much too warm to be New Years Eve. It had been a rough flight, at least on the inside: there were four babies in our section, with parents either too green or too tired to […]

‘The History of Love’

One would expect to find an account of a love affair or a philosophical discourse about the nature of love upon opening Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love. But that’s not the case. Leo Gursky, the main character shocks the reader with, “When they write my obituary. Tomorrow. Or the next day. It will say, […]

Mozart’s Farewell

Mozart’s Farewell

As Mozart’s Year ended, Vienna bade farewell to its Wunderkind with six performances of the composers great Requiem. It seemed the perfect way to end a year of celebration of Austria’s, and perhaps Western music’s greatest composer.  It was Mozart’s last commission, and his last work, left incomplete by his own death in strange circumstances. […]

All Vienna’s Having a Ball

All Vienna’s Having a Ball

U4 Karlsplatz, 7p.m. The train compartment is crowded, yet even more people manage to squeeze in; not just any people, but young people, teenage boys in tails, white collars and bow-ties, with smiling girls, hair done up, and flashes of color peeking out from underneath their coats. Their hair and jewelry give it away: These […]

Le Salzgries: Bistro Flair

Up Marc Aurel Strasse above Schwedenplatz is a sophisticated French bistro, Le Salzgries. When business at Café Salzgries unraveled after Profil Magazine uprooted and moved across the canal to the NEWS Group building, Denis König—formerly chef at Aux Gazelles—snapped up the space and transformed the comfortable old suite of rooms into an appealing, approachable restaurant […]

STOMP: Art and Sound In Constant Motion

The whole area around Museumsquartier was trembling as the clapping and stamping of the audience got more and more enthusiastic. During these last minutes of STOMP in Vienna, visitors and artists became one, in a wordless dialogue, with only the rhythms of sound and mime. Minutes later, peoples’ eyes were glowing as they streamed out […]

Babel: Of Riddles And Lives

Babel: Of Riddles And Lives

Babel, which opened in Austria in December 22, is a portrait of apparent randomness. In this Oscar nominated modern retelling of the Biblical myth by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, nothing seems to make much sense: four disconnected stories where languages and cultures overlap and collide, yet in which hope for redemption is never lost. […]

An Inspector Calls: A Family Haunted

An Inspector Calls: A Family Haunted

A glow of soft light radiates through the windows as we approach the International Theater on Porzellangasse. And inside, suddenly, we’re awash in laughter, chatter, and the tinkling of Sekt glasses, the excitement of what could be a gathering of intimate friends. After the lobby lights flash a second time, the theatergoers file inside for […]

Wer früher stirbt: ‘Purgatory as Cabaret’

Currently showing in Vienna is the enchanting and quirky comedy Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot (If you die early, you’re dead longer), by German filmmaker Marcus H. Rosenmüller. Set in Upper Bavaria and played in nearly incomprehensible Bavarian accents, this comedy shows signs of fast becoming a cult film. It was also recently the […]

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