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At the Fleischerei Integration As Performance Art

It’s hot, loud, a Turkish wedding and a work of theatre. It’s socio-experimental theatre. Standing in front of the entrance door, we again checked the address, Ragnarhof, Grundsteingasse 12. “Situated in the 16th District, near Thaliastrasse,” the invitation said. We followed the crowd, taking the narrow flight of stairs up to the second floor where […]

Donizetti’s Anna Bolena Invitation to a Beheading

Donizetti’s Anna Bolena Invitation to a Beheading

Music history claims that Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) made his final musical breakthrough with a drama serioso based on the tragic death of Anne Boleyn (1501–1536), the second and best-documented wife of English King Henry VIII, who had his wife beheaded following an alleged love affair. The two-act opera is a well-crafted, substantial portrait […]

Frog Tests, Knitting-Needles and Crocodile Dung

“It’s huge!” “Just look at it!” “And it’s so thick!” “I wouldn’t let that in my house, never mind my body!” My girlfriend and I are staring in some awe at a condom made of sheep gut, now browned by age. It’s laid out majestically on its dinky little drying-stand and encased proudly behind a […]

Jazzland: Always ‘In The Mood’

Jazzland: Always ‘In The Mood’

It’s Monday evening and I am on my way to Jazzland. The club is situated right next to Schwedenplatz in the 1st district of the capital, not far from the so-called “Bermuda Triangle,” where a concentration of bars have long been popular with both locals and tourists. The hidden entrance, under St. Ruprecht’s Church, already […]

The Emperor’s New Food

It was getting dark, as I met my friend Selma for dinner. We were both savagely hungry and needed some down time after a busy day. Looking on the internet for an interesting new place to have dinner, we came across an interesting Chinese restaurant with an intriguingly pompous name: zum Kaiserlichen Thron. The restaurant […]

Who Cares About the News?

Who Cares About the News?

As times change, so does the news. We’re now in the digital age, with 24-hour news, and media that seem to morph into new forms before our eyes. We can watch whatever we want, when we want, and how we want. Before, we had little choice, so we read and watched what was offered in […]

Legal Tentacles

Legal Tentacles

Chances are, unless you have been living in North America, the Recording Industry of America Association (RIAA) is unknown to you. However, what was once a small organization, created to implement and maintain recording standards, has now become a one of the most influential government lobbying organizations, with the power to influence world diplomacy and […]

Rehearsing for the Real World

It’s the last days of February 2007.  I’m sitting at a table in Rochus, a semi-pretentious café next to Rochus Markt in Vienna’s third district. Outside the enormous windows the weather is acting in the slightly schizophrenic manner that has been the hallmark of this winter season. Short periods of sunshine interrupted by spurts of […]

Naschmarkt Food, Foreigners and Festivity

Summer, 1983; a press conference at the Naschmarkt. Helga Maria Wolf of the Austrian Daily Presse, quickly took notes on what was displayed in front of her, on the long wooden tables bursting with food. In her notebook, it said, “Dates, French and Italian cheese, Greek olives, nutmeg, Kaki fruit, pineapple (great!!), avocado (fatty), anchovy […]

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