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Restaurant Review: Particularly Persian

Restaurant Review: Particularly Persian

For insiders, Pars is old news. It’s long been the go-to place for Persian expats. When he began working at his parents’ small establishment in the upper Lerchenfelderstraße in 1998, owner Shahram Marandi says it was already established as the spot where Iranian students went to hang out. What started as a Persian snack joint […]

Staging Shame

Staging Shame

“What happened to me is a purely private matter.” In J. M. Coetzee’s 1999 novel Disgrace, Lucy is describing rape by strangers – and also…

A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Parody and Psychoanalysis

Follow the tracks of Konstanze Mozart’s carriage to Baden-bei-Wien – long the home-away-from-home for countless Viennese hypochondriacs like her – and you’ll discover quite possibly…

Die Wiener Festwochen

Die Wiener Festwochen

Restless souls who’ve “been there and done that” should consider sitting still at a different theatre every single night during the upcoming Wiener Festwochen from…

Elfriede Jelinek Adapts Wilde’s An Ideal Husband

Elfriede Jelinek Adapts Wilde’s An Ideal Husband

If it is true that Oscar Wilde’s last words were “Either this wallpaper goes or I do,” Bettina Meyer’s nifty, luxurious set for the Akademietheater…

Nobody’s Business: Peeling the Blue Banana

Nobody’s Business: Peeling the Blue Banana

When you’re moseying on home or up to no good, a hole in the wall is often just…

Passionate with Joe Garcia

Passionate with Joe Garcia

Joe Garcia, operatic bass, has lived for a dozen years in this town, but his bio isn’t exactly…

All Together Now: Well-Meaning Commune-ists

All Together Now: Well-Meaning Commune-ists

In Thomas Vintenberg’s 1998 film The Celebration, his hand-held camera peeked at a pater familias’ birthday bash as…

A War of Words Waged from the Windows

Imagine Linke Wienzeile 22 – a plain 1850s egg carton of a building – as a giant refrigerator…

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