A Dozen of the Best: The 12 Cellists of the Berlin...

The Istanbul Music Festival is always a highlight of the summer. This is the forty-third year of the festival, and the central theme this time...

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: Incesaz @ Salon IKSV

Salon IKSV, one of our favorite stops between the neighborhoods of Galata and Şişhane, continues to bring delightful performances to their stage. Last Thursday...

14th Istanbul Biennial: Büyükada Art Safari

'SALTWATER/TUZLU SU: A Theory on Thought Forms' is the theme for the 14th Istanbul Biennial drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. In a city deeply saturated...

Running the Istanbul Marathon

I never liked running. I grew up playing tennis and to me, the long and painful sessions on the track were part of the...

Review: Pink Martini @ İş Sanat

Going to a Pink Martini concert is essentially embarking on a trip around a stimulating mix of cultures, languages and instruments. Pink Martini doesn't...

Menuhin’s Prodigious Youth Perform in the Bach Festival

If you are into classical music at all, there is no chance that you have not heard of Yehudi Menuhin. He is the single most...

Review: Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Hamlet’ @ Salon IKSV

This season, Salon IKSV is offering something completely new to theater lovers with its Oyun Salonu program. I assume that most of you have...

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...

Weekend Getaway: Gökçeada

Sometimes the sights, sounds, and smells of Istanbul get a bit too overwhelming and an escape is needed from this “City of Cities”. For...

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...

A Glimpse Back in Time: Review of the James Robertson Exhibit...

Do you ever wish you could go back in time to experience life during the Ottoman Empire? If so, there is an exhibition at...

Review: Luis Ernesto Gomez & Latin Jazz Band @ Nardis Jazz...

This weekend, I visited Nardis Jazz Club, just a few metres away from our beautiful Galata Tower, to catch Luis Ernesto Gomez & Latin Jazz Band. Despite visiting the venue on...
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The Restless Art of Mohammad Zaza

Mohammad Zaza is an accidental convert to the life of a travelling artist. Born in Saudi Arabia to Syrian parents, Zaza moved to Aleppo in 2005...

Review: Mor ve Ötesi @ Dorock XL Kadıköy

Sending “rock” waves through Turkey and the world for over 20 years, Mor ve Ötesi played to a jam-packed house last Saturday at Dorock...

Review: Magnum Contact Sheets @ Istanbul Modern

I'm giddy and excited as I enter the Magnum Contact Sheets exhibition at the Istanbul Modern. This show provides a look at some of...

Review: Buika @ Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater

Summer of 2016 has been a sad one for those of us who waited so long to see some of our favorite artists live...

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...

Finding and Tasting Turkey’s Microbrews: Gara Guzu and Pera

Beer in Istanbul is a touchy subject for a lot of expats, who generally fall into a few camps when it comes to preference. You have...

Weekend Getaway: Bozcaada

Where can you feel like being on a Greek island without leaving Turkey? Look no further than the beautiful Aegean island of Bozcaada (known...

Istanbul Naval Museum: A Day at Sea

The history of Ottoman achievements is defined in large measure by the empire's relationship with the sea. For instance, some maritime episodes of note...

Notre Dame de Paris: Timeless for a Reason

“Belle” is the only word I know that suits her well When she dances oh, the stories she can tell.... She dances naked in my soul...

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: 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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