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The Ski Bummers Blues

It’s little more than a huddle of farmhouses – a satellite village of a glitzy Alpine ski resort. You’ll find the ski bums at night if you go through the low door into the village’s only significant drinking hole – a cavernous cellar bar which profits from the lack of better alternatives. The bums are […]

Struggle for Vienna

It’s 1930 and in Vienna, a huge experiment is going on, to build a more healthy, harmonious and attractive future. The world is curious, following every move, eager to see whether a city council can transform its citizens with better housing, education and leisure. But while Red Vienna is being born, there are dark clouds […]

The Evil In Us All

Everyone has a little evil in them. In the current production Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde playing at the International Theatre through Mar. 27, we see more than a little. Based on Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, this version breaks out of its Victorian frame to mythic proportions: The dormant […]

Book Review: Athanasius Kircher’s Theatre of the World, by Joscelyn Godwin

The Lost Brilliance of Athanasius Kircher Athanasius Kircher’s Theatre of the World, by Joscelyn Godwin Thames & Hudson (2009) ‘The world is bound by secret knots’ – Athanasius Kircher On the face of it, Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) presents a somewhat baffling figure. A respected Professor of Ethics and Mathematics at the University of Würzburg, […]

Keke’s Creole

“What’s Creole but the African manioc, plantain, and pineapple in Caribbean dishes in a Europeanized mix with Chinese, Indian and exotic ingredients!” explained Chris Steiner, the owner of Keke’s, a bar-restaurant on Amerlingstrasse 15 in the 6th District, just off Vienna’s Oxford Street: Mariahilferstrasse. Austrian Chris, born and raised in Ghana, said that Keke is […]

Imperial Dining

The great emperor Marcus Aurelius – who died in Vienna in 180 AD – had a reputation for being a connoisseur of the pleasures of the table. Not only did he thoroughly enjoy his food, he was an unashamed enthusiast of all culinary delights, considering fine wine among his top priorities, to which he undoubtedly […]

Her Painter’s Passion

Séraphine is Martin Provost’s poignant and captivating biopic that charts periods in the life of the largely forgotten French artist Séraphine Louis, also known as Séraphine de Senlis, who died in 1942. The film was the winner of seven Cesars from the French Academy in 2009, including the award for the best film and best […]

The Personal Truth of Elia Kazan

When “Mitch” tears off a Chinese lantern and exposes the face of “Blanche DuBois” to the glare of a light bulb, he is not merely exposing her personal lies and hypocrisy but those of society as a whole. Both director Elia Kazan and playwright Tennessee Williams were perfectly clear in their aim in A Streetcar […]

Beginning the Future

“1989? Go upstairs.” The staircase itself is old; the yellowish stone steps are uneven, and it feels like I’m entering a CPSU committee building from Brezhnev’s time. The resonance of a hammer hitting a stone mixes with the voices of a crowd. The sound is somewhat familiar and I quicken my pace. Between the staircases, […]

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