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Ridin’ the Funky Trane

A raspy voice heard overhead opens the concert. “…the reason I play so many sounds, maybe it sounds angry, is because I’m tryin’ so many things at one time, you see…” The musicians stand in solemn contemplation as the voice of the late, great John Coltrane tries to enunciate the feeling of his music. Then, […]

A Helping Hand

We hear a lot these days about Herta Müller, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and read, more than anything else, over the infamous Security Services made unrelieved trouble for her that not only until the death of Ceausescu but whose dirty hands reach abroad as well, including after the end of Communism, even […]

Edvard Munch’s Uncanny Side

Edvard Munch’s Uncanny Side

No one walking into Oslo’s Munchmusset can forget the impression of seeing Edvard Munch’s signature tableau, The Scream, displayed as you first enter the museum. The famous contorted face of Angst and Weltschmerz on a bridge of oblivious passers-by is what you came to see. The rest of the museum endeavors to show the man […]

Book Review: Daniel Goldhagen’s Worse Than War

A Cure For Genocide? Inviting guests over for dinner to discuss genocide is not likely to result in many takers. The unsettling topic did not draw droves of attendees to the Bruno Kreisky Forum on Oct. 28 to hear a lecture about it either. Nonetheless, a room full of open ears entertained the topic as […]

Christmas Time in the City

The first Christmas market in Vienna was held in front of Stephansplatz in 1626 and the concept has since spread throughout the German-speaking world. The following is a list of some of the finest markets Vienna has to offer. Punsch, a hot drink made from liquor, sugar, and spices, can be found at countless stands […]

Chalo! India

Up the steps of the glistening, minimalist Essl Museum, a life-size reclining elephant in stone fills the space. Overhead, a giant spiral of confetti-like colored dots, a chain of the bindi marks Indian woman wear on their foreheads. A flurry of color, the colossal pachyderm by artist Bharti Kher sets the tone for Chalo! India, […]

Notes From Nature

Should you spot a bird from 300 meters or more, and be scratching your head for a name, there are few more helpful people to have around than Dr. Hans Frey, a long-time Lecturer in Zoology at Vienna’s University of Veterinary Medicine. I caught a lift with Dr. Frey in his gracefully aging Ford Fiesta […]

Lange Nacht: Art Gluttons

Sat. evening, Oct. 3, 20:30. The tram station at Hernalserhauptstraße flashed an announcement on the digital overhead sign. Trams would run until 2am, read the bright yellow letters. This was the Long Night of Museums. Hosted annually in October by the ORF (Austrian Radio and Broadcast) it was the tenth time that museums all over […]

A Late Night at Schwarzenbergplatz

The Viennese, including those born and bred, are known for their reclusive night life, especially when it comes to the final night of the weekend. Walking the streets of Vienna, you won’t see large groups of them out and about. You won’t even see lights on in buildings as you pass, if you happen to […]

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