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July 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Naked or scantily clad people wandered among the marble nudes at Vienna's prestigious Leopold Museum, lured by an offer of free entry to "The Naked Truth," an exhibition of early-1900s erotic art, if they showed up in a swimsuit or nothing.
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TRAVEL
April 29, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO VIENNA From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Vienna is offered on KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, Swiss, British and Iberia. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $744.50, including taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 43 (the country code for Austria), 1 (for Vienna) and the number. WHERE TO GO Secession Building, 12 Friedrichstrasse; 587 53 07, http://www.secession.at . Open Tuesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission about $7 for adults; children and students about $5. Spanish Riding School, 1 Michaelerplatz; 533 90 31, http://www.srs.at . Open Tuesdays-Sundays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Guided tours from $21; performance tickets from $30. WHERE TO STAY Hotel Sacher Vienna , 4 Philharmonikerstrasse; 51-4560.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 1991 | MICHAEL Z. WISE
Puzzled whispers echo through the audience at Vienna's English Theatre, where Edward Albee's latest play, "Three Tall Women," is having its world premiere. "Surcease," the dying protagonist proclaims just before the curtain falls. "That's the happiest moment. When it's all done. When we can stop." "Surcease?" the Viennese wonder aloud, stumbling more over the unfamiliar vocabulary than Albee's notion that death might come as a welcome respite.
TRAVEL
April 29, 2012 | By Alice Short, Los Angeles Times
VIENNA - The Hotel Sacher will never be mistaken for a hip hotel. The elaborate gilt trim in public rooms, the old-school celebrity photos that adorn the walls and the tourists in line to sample Sacher torte - all evidence that guests are unlikely to think of Philippe Starck or Shawn Hausman as they explore the place. What's more, everything about the hotel is expensive - overpriced some might say. It's easy to imagine the Sacher's halcyon days are over. And yet. The fin de si├Ęcle charm of the place is undeniable.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2009 | Chris Lee
A star-studded Michael Jackson tribute concert scheduled to take place at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna on Sept. 26 has been canceled, organizers told reporters Friday, citing scheduling problems. Instead, event promoter George Kindel said the concert will take place at London's Wembley Stadium next year, marking the first anniversary of Jackson's death. Kindel and Jackson's brother Jermaine had announced at a news conference this week a heavyweight talent roster they said would include Akon, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1996 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
No matter the emphatic partying or quantities of champagne consumed, year's end is invariably a time of reflection and sadness. One remembers what no longer is, and those losses seem to matter more than the year's gains or triumphs. So the fact that the announcement came last week that the heirs of Arnold Schoenberg, the great composer, were packing up their late father's manuscripts and shipping them off to Vienna hit particularly hard.
WORLD
May 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Vienna's Art History Museum said it would consider negotiating with whoever stole a 16th-century, gold-plated sculpture by Florentine master Benvenuto Cellini, valued at $57.5 million. "We are open to negotiate with anyone," museum director Wilfried Seipel said. An alarm went off Sunday at 3:55 a.m., but three security guards thought it was false, Seipel said. The theft was discovered by a cleaning woman four hours later, Seipel said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
Mozart would be mortified. Beethoven would probably spin like an LP in his grave. But for next week, at least, they ain't nothing but hound dogs to Austrians obsessed with the King. Vienna's Hilton becomes the Heartbreak Hotel on Monday, when "Elvis Week" -- seven days of live music, memorabilia and screenings of Elvis Presley films -- kicks off for those who love him in Europe, where he never gave a concert. The festival coincides with the 28th anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977.
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June 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Olga Borodina will no longer be singing at the Vienna State Opera, according to a statement by the company. The Russian diva, who has graced La Scala, Covent Garden, the Met, the Salzburg Festival and other famed operatic stages, was to make her Vienna State Opera debut this month as Isabella in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeria" ("The Italian in Algiers") -- one of her signature roles. But Agnes Baltsa is now singing the part.
WORLD
December 27, 2004 | Sonya Yee, Times Staff Writer
It seemed so brash and, to many Viennese, so American when Starbucks arrived three years ago bearing Frappuccinos and caramel macchiatos into this proud capital of coffeehouse culture. The coffee shop chain established its beachhead on prime real estate across from the famed Hotel Sacher and the Vienna State Opera. And this, said the management, was only the beginning. Starbucks would open a new store at least every month. By 2005, there would be 60 locations across the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2009 | Chris Lee
A star-studded Michael Jackson tribute concert scheduled to take place at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna on Sept. 26 has been canceled, organizers told reporters Friday, citing scheduling problems. Instead, event promoter George Kindel said the concert will take place at London's Wembley Stadium next year, marking the first anniversary of Jackson's death. Kindel and Jackson's brother Jermaine had announced at a news conference this week a heavyweight talent roster they said would include Akon, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Olga Borodina will no longer be singing at the Vienna State Opera, according to a statement by the company. The Russian diva, who has graced La Scala, Covent Garden, the Met, the Salzburg Festival and other famed operatic stages, was to make her Vienna State Opera debut this month as Isabella in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeria" ("The Italian in Algiers") -- one of her signature roles. But Agnes Baltsa is now singing the part.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
Mozart would be mortified. Beethoven would probably spin like an LP in his grave. But for next week, at least, they ain't nothing but hound dogs to Austrians obsessed with the King. Vienna's Hilton becomes the Heartbreak Hotel on Monday, when "Elvis Week" -- seven days of live music, memorabilia and screenings of Elvis Presley films -- kicks off for those who love him in Europe, where he never gave a concert. The festival coincides with the 28th anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977.
WORLD
July 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Naked or scantily clad people wandered among the marble nudes at Vienna's prestigious Leopold Museum, lured by an offer of free entry to "The Naked Truth," an exhibition of early-1900s erotic art, if they showed up in a swimsuit or nothing.
WORLD
December 27, 2004 | Sonya Yee, Times Staff Writer
It seemed so brash and, to many Viennese, so American when Starbucks arrived three years ago bearing Frappuccinos and caramel macchiatos into this proud capital of coffeehouse culture. The coffee shop chain established its beachhead on prime real estate across from the famed Hotel Sacher and the Vienna State Opera. And this, said the management, was only the beginning. Starbucks would open a new store at least every month. By 2005, there would be 60 locations across the country.
WORLD
May 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Vienna's Art History Museum said it would consider negotiating with whoever stole a 16th-century, gold-plated sculpture by Florentine master Benvenuto Cellini, valued at $57.5 million. "We are open to negotiate with anyone," museum director Wilfried Seipel said. An alarm went off Sunday at 3:55 a.m., but three security guards thought it was false, Seipel said. The theft was discovered by a cleaning woman four hours later, Seipel said.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Americans may be surprised these days to see campaign posters on the walls in the Austrian capital declaring in German: "Vienna Should Not Become Chicago." To anyone visiting this elegant seat of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, it seems a far-fetched concern. The closest thing to the Chicago's Sears Tower is the 404-foot Gothic steeple of St. Stephen's Cathedral. The only Bears here are in the zoo and there are no El trains, although there is a spotlessly clean subway system.
NEWS
December 16, 2001 | VANESSA GERA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When he was a boy, Matthias Peschke's mother often told him stories about his grandfather, Ferdinand Schmutzer, a well-known and much sought-after artist in the early 20th century and a member of Viennese high society. Because he heard the stories so often, and because Schmutzer's etched portraits of Freud and Einstein hung on the walls of their house, Peschke saw nothing special in the photographs.
NEWS
December 16, 2001 | VANESSA GERA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When he was a boy, Matthias Peschke's mother often told him stories about his grandfather, Ferdinand Schmutzer, a well-known and much sought-after artist in the early 20th century and a member of Viennese high society. Because he heard the stories so often, and because Schmutzer's etched portraits of Freud and Einstein hung on the walls of their house, Peschke saw nothing special in the photographs.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1996 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
No matter the emphatic partying or quantities of champagne consumed, year's end is invariably a time of reflection and sadness. One remembers what no longer is, and those losses seem to matter more than the year's gains or triumphs. So the fact that the announcement came last week that the heirs of Arnold Schoenberg, the great composer, were packing up their late father's manuscripts and shipping them off to Vienna hit particularly hard.
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