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October 10, 2012
Turhan Bey, 90, an actor whose exotic good looks earned him the nickname of "Turkish Delight" in films with Errol Flynn and Katharine Hepburn before he left Hollywood for a quieter life in Vienna, died Sept. 30 in the Austrian capital after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. His friend Marita Ruiter, who exhibited Bey's photos in her Luxembourg gallery, confirmed his death, according to the Austria Press Agency. Born in Austria as Gilbert Selahettin Schultavey, the son of a Turkish diplomat, Bey assumed his stage name shortly after moving to the United States from Vienna with his Jewish Czech mother to escape the Nazis and being discovered by talent scouts from Warner Bros.
September 18, 2012 |
The family always knew there was something mysterious about Wang Fanglian, secrets he dared not share with even his closest relatives. Although he was just an ordinary worker at a diesel engine factory, he spoke four languages, among them English with a guttural German accent. His narrow brick-faced house had a flush toilet, a gas stove and a balcony for drying clothes, all strange luxuries in his rickshaw-wide Shanghai alley. Only late in life did Wang explain himself, when it was safe to talk about his friendships with Jews.
September 6, 2012 |
Three years ago, a first-time novelist and longtime English teacher named Selden Edwards popped up on bestseller lists with "The Little Book," a time-traveling fantasy that included stops in late-20th century San Francisco, 1950s New England and World War II era London, with a great deal of lingering in fin de siècle Vienna. "The Little Book," in fact, opens as Wheeler Burden wanders the streets of the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is 1897, a somewhat bewildering time for a man who won't be born until 1941.
August 3, 2012 |
The J. Paul Getty Museumis having a Vienna moment, with two historical exhibitions of work by two artists whose profiles have gone from relatively obscure to popular favorite only in recent decades. Partly that's because of their eccentricity: It hasn't always been easy to know quite how they fit into established art historical narratives. Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-83) was an accomplished German Baroque sculptor who, when he moved from Bavaria to Austria, set aside expressive drama for the newly fashionable revival of sober classicism sweeping Europe.
August 2, 2012 |
Beyond the economic and political ramifications of globalization, consider its effect on movie stories: the cross-cultural slice-and-dice, á la "Babel," that too often passes for meaning and resonance. In"360,"the new border-hopping feature from"City of God"director Fernando Mereilles, the faux profundity runs deep, infecting nearly every exchange in each vignette, whether the setting is Berlin, Bratislava or Paris. Mereilles avoids touristy shots of his multiple locations, yet any sense of realism is undone by contrivance.
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.
April 29, 2012 |
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 siècle charm of the place is undeniable.
February 16, 2012 |
Every year Vienna's Old Easter Market gathers up a mountain of 40,000 or so decorated Easter eggs at Freyung square in the city. TourCrafters offers a seven-day land tour of Vienna and Budapest in March that's all about the Easter scene -- and saving money. On this trip, participants spend three days in Vienna visiting the Freyung market as well as markets at Kalvarienberg and the Baroque Schonbrunn Palace, which features marzipan Easter bunnies and Easter decorations as well as jazz and soul music.
December 20, 2011
Christmas markets, like this one in Vienna, date to the Middle Ages but are a hit with modern-day visitors. John Plummer of Pasadena snapped this late-in-the-day photo in December 2010. He was on a Viking River cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Nuremberg, Germany. The markets are a tradition in the German-speaking world, but the practice has spread to Britain, Romania and the U.S. Shoppers can find handcrafted gifts, of course, but the fairs are also a good place to find favorite holiday foods.