Review: A Seductive Evening with Rhye @ Salon IKSV

The early 2010s were a genuinely great period for sexy indie albums. The XX's xx (2010), Bon Iver's Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011) and How to Dress...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I take my friends or relatives who...

“Where can I take my friends or relatives who want to try Turkish ev yemekleri?” If you delve deep into Turkish cuisine, past the kebap...
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Istanbul’s Hidden Architecture: The Camondo Stairs

Strolling through Istanbul requires two basic skills: a good sense of direction and a strong pair of legs. The steep hills and windy streets...

Off the Beaten Track in Istanbul: Secret Food/Drink/Activity Spots

I’ve been in this crazy, lovely city for two years now, and although I cannot claim to know all its secrets, I have in...

In Conversation with Burak Bener of Montag Coffee

If you've been in Kadiköy Merkez, trying to push through the crowds, then it's very possible you've missed this gem of a coffee shop....

Review: Ada’m in Bozcaada

Oh, that dish! What dish? I’ll come to that in a minute.  First, a bit of background: My family and I were on a...

Review: Gripin @ Jolly Joker

What a crowded Jolly Joker lacks in elbow room it certainly makes up for in performance quality, and this month's Gripin performance was no...

Büyülü Fener: A Magic Lantern to Istanbul’s Past

A middle aged man passes under a vivid yet rustic sign that reads BÜYÜLÜ FENER, which fits like a puzzle piece among the colors of...

Review: “Foreign Films About Turkey” @ TÜRVAK Exhibition Hall

Of all the images that cross our mind when we think of Istanbul, one that features Charles Bronson holding a gun is the least...

Review: Borusan Philharmonic Featuring Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich

The March 13th program of the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Nicola Benedetti on the violin and Leonard Elschenbroich on the cello, was a program...

BIPO Ends the Season with Aida, Commemorating La Diva Turca

The increasing temperature is not the only signal that summer is just around the corner. One by one, the concert halls are wrapping up their...

Concluding IKSV’s Jazz Festival – An Evening with the Masters

By Julián Muñoz Villarreal and Elizabeth Stern The final concert of the Istanbul IKSV Jazz Festival took place this past Wednesday evening against the lush...

St. Mary of the Mongols: The Last Byzantine Church

Nowadays Istanbul is known for its mosques, but prior to 1453, Constantinople was a completely Christian city replete with churches. Many of them exist to this day:...

Review: Lara Di Lara, Emre Akbay, Emir Yargin by Sofar...

It was another rainy, cold Friday night in Istanbul when Sofar Sounds Istanbul stars Lara Di Lara, Emre Akbay and Emir Yargin arrived at the...

City Highlights: Sancaklar Cami

A friend of mine from the Czech Republic once told me her feelings while she visited Istanbul one year ago. She said that it...

Come what may, Spoken Word Istanbul is here to stay

“There are just three rules: No Racism, no sexism, and no homophobia.” Rules? I thought this was an open-mic event. There shouldn’t be any rules. “You...

Review: Goran Bregovic @ Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Amphitheater

Goran Bregovic's latest album, Champagne for Gypsies (2012), was intended as a criticism of the recent discrimination against the Roma people, one of the largest European...

Review: Tricky @ garajistanbul

Tricky in Istanbul was not great. Nor was he great in Athens, according to friends who saw him there two days later on the...

Magical Encounters with Turquerie: The Ottoman Magic

Among the impressive list of twenty-six concerts, the evening of “Turquerie: The Ottoman Magic” was the evening that I had been looking forward to...

An Evening with Popist Supper Club: Istanbul’s Newest Pop-Up Dining Experience

There is an old Turkish saying stating if you are bored with Istanbul, you are bored with life. Although Istanbul is rarely boring there...

Babylon Bomonti’s Housewarming with Flight Facilities

This past Thursday was a big day for Babylon and for those of us who missed the venue this summer. But the wait was...

Book Review: Mark Wyers’ “Wicked Istanbul”

Fun Fact: There are around 60 state-run brothels in Turkey. This may be surprising given Turkey’s reputation as a conservative, rather religious country. So,...

ColoNie: Karaköy’s New Gem

One day I went a-wandering. I set out for an entire day of tourism, hitting some of Istanbul's must see hot-spots. I had planned...
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3rd Istanbul Design Biennial: An Evening at Galata Greek School

Are we human? That is the main question surrounding the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial which debuted on Saturday 22 October. “The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial...

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