Celebrating Beethoven with Buchbinder (and some Mozart on the side)

Many of us might not have known about pianist Rudolf Buchbinder earlier. However, we all learned his name well last month: He was the...

It’s All Fun and Games with the Harlem Globetrotters

Even though I do enjoy an occasional soccer match or basketball game, I am not a big sports fan. However, I was miffed three...

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...

Jose Carreras Marks the Musical Season

Just when the season looked like it couldn't possibly get any better, the Zorlu Center went above and beyond by featuring the crème de...

Top 5 Reasons to Watch Med Cezir, the Turkish O.C.

If you were alive in the 2000s, you probably watched "The O.C.". I was in university during part of its four-season run, and I’m...

Review: Medeski, Martin & Wood – Wide Open @ Babylon

It’s Friday night, and I am at our usual hangout for all good things jazz - Babylon Club in the heart of Asmalı Mescit...

Book Review: The Time Regulation Institute

There’s a moment in The Time Regulation Institute, the novel by acclaimed Turkish author Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, where the protagonist Hayri Irdal explains the...

Hilary Hahn & Frankfurt Radio Symphony Delight @ Is Sanat

Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Maxim Vengerov - they are some of the greatest names out there in classical music. And they are all legends...

Clash of Cool: Pete Doherty @ garajistanbul

“Shall we give him the egg now?” I panicked. “I don’t know,” Sam replied, half reaching into his satchel, “I just don’t know.” The evening up...

Review: Balthazar @ ROXY Club

Brussels, March 26, 2006. Backstage at the Ancienne Belgique concert venue, ten beginning bands are trying to keep calm. One of them will win...

Buchbinder takes Süreyya by Storm on Seven Moonlit Nights

Suggested as pre-requisite for reading this article: Visit buchbinder.net, set Buchbinder and his Beethoven in the background, and proceed on... This year has been a...

How Bazaar: Istanbul’s Best Markets

When one thinks of shopping in Istanbul, there’s one particular place that usually springs to mind. The city’s most famous market, the Grand Bazaar,...

Review: Wye Oak @ Salon IKSV

If you’re curious about Wye Oak’s impression of Istanbul: “I feel like we’ve been tricked into being on some reality TV show where they...

Review: Forever Tango @ Zorlu Center

Forever Tango has finally come to Istanbul preceded by its worldwide fame: the show has captivated audiences on Broadway and has been nominated for...

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...

Honoring a Diva: Leyla Gencer

It is said that opera is the ultimate manifestation of art, that it is the pinnacle of artistry: it requires ultimate mastery of music...

Review: Picasso at the Pera

For many, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is the preeminent artist of the twentieth century. In addition to being active and prolific, he was able to...

Masters of Movement: Limón Dance Company

As a fan of classical music and any high quality performance of fine arts, dance, and drama, I try to get a hold of a...

Review: Of Montreal @ Babylon

Confession: I don’t know how this happened, but somehow I’ve been hanging around Istanbul for about six months now, and never stepped inside Babylon....

Review: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra @ Salon IKSV

Canadian post-rock veterans, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, graced the halls of Salon IKSV for two consecutive evenings this past week. I was...

Feel the Istanburn: Gyms in Istanbul

Choosing a gym is much like choosing a life partner: sure, you have to like the look of them at first, but where will...

Turkish Coffee from Beans to Telve – A Global and Local...

Like many of history’s greatest culinary discoveries, that of coffee stemmed from a noisy, restless goat and his attendant farmer’s desire for an undisturbed...

Insider Trading: Bosphorus Brewing Company

Let’s be honest: Turkey isn’t exactly renowned for its beer. Efes and Bomonti, the country’s two homegrown brands, leave a lot to be desired,...

Tophane-i Amire Culture & Arts Center

Tophane is a very pleasant area to spend an afternoon smoking nargile and playing tavla. Or, if you are more into art than the...

Yabangee Essentials

Yabangee Classics