Telling Stories Through Glass: The Mosaics of Ravenna @ Istanbul Archaeological...

Mosaics, which are created from either glass, stone or shards of pottery, represent some of the earliest forms of human art from the Roman...

Hot, Intense and Smooth: 2CELLOS in Istanbul

I discovered 2CELLOS by chance about a year ago through their cello duet cover of "Smooth Criminal." I usually do not like Michael Jackson...

Klarnet Festivali: Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra and Ivo Papazov & Trakia...

After a year of exploring Istanbul and getting to know the locals, two things became very clear to me – Turkish people seem to...

Perlman, the King of Classic, Marks the Season

This musical season has been the year of ultimates. Concert halls and performance centers have hosted the greatest names of their genre: From Murray...

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...

“L’Italiano” in Town: Toto Cutugno

As the season comes to an end, concert venues entered the final days and weeks of their performances. Among my favorite venues this year...

Off The Beaten Path: Rumeli Hisarı

Although the Bosphorus is the real star of Istanbul, its beauty is accentuated by the city’s monuments, those sturdy shapes that mediate between the...

Dance of Fire with Ursula Lopez

The TIM Maslak Show Center is a venue that offers myriad alternatives, from ballet to modern circus to music of various genres. And several...

Review: IKSV 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial

At its core, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, titled The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, encourages you to think and rethink...

Small Projects Istanbul: Emphasizing Education

“They first need to learn Turkish to be better integrated into their Turkish communities -- namely, their schools,” stressed Anna Tuson, the communication manager...

FotoIstanbul: Art on the Streets

Istanbul is a city brimming with creative people and galleries heralding their work, showing off its art and photography collection inside white walls. Now, the...

Cihangir Yoga Sessions with Chris Chavez

"The more you know, the more you see there is to be known.” Tucked away in the Istinye branch of Cihangir Yoga studios on...

The Kronos Quartet Crawls into Our Souls at the CRR

I remember very clearly the day that I was introduced to the Kronos Quartet. It was 1992 and I was in seventh grade. It...

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...

Review: Medical Phalanx of Space & Spent Ex @ Karga Bar

In a city where bars and venues, from Taksim to Beşiktaş to Kadıköy, are filled with 80s cover bands and generic DJs, it is often...

!F Istanbul International Independent Film Festival Awards Ceremony

!f Istanbul 2015, Istanbul's premier independent film festival, wrapped up recently at Nu Pera in Beyoğlu. It wasn't like you would expect, if the...

Review: Spoken Word Istanbul @ Arsen Lüpen

Three years ago, Merve Pehlivan, an art and writing enthusiast, decided to create a friendly environment where writers, poets, singers and performers of all...

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...

The Interwoven Worlds of Yaşar Kemal and Slim Memed

Before Orhan Pamuk came to prominence in the West and launched Turkey once more into the international literary scene, Yaşar Kemal was Turkey’s best...

Review: Red Axes Midnight Session @ Babylon Bomonti

For those who were at Bomontiada on St. Patrick's Day, you'll know it was a sloppy, high-energy affair for nearly everyone present. The holiday...

Review: GoGo Penguin @ Salon IKSV

As a band name, 'GoGo Penguin' doesn't exactly carry the weight or edginess that one usually associates with a jazz trio. But as soon as...

Review: Oldies But Goldies – Serious Nostalgia @ Babylon Bomonti

Saturday 26 September saw Babylon’s classic “Oldies But Goldies” night, a throwback mash-up of primarily 80s and 90s hits, making its debut at the...

Maxim Vengerov & The Polish Chamber Orchestra: A Legend @ Iş...

Music, music, in the hall; who is the most talented of them all? For millions the world over, the answer is, without a doubt, Maxim...

Review: Randy Esen Quartet ft. Şenova Ülker @ Denizde Caz

A night cruise on the Bosphorus has been on my list of things to do for a few years now. But at the same...

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