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...

Review: Kaan Düzarat, Todd Edwards and Julio Bashmore at Babylon Bomonti

One rainy, windy and rather cold Friday in early February, I spontaneously decided that an electronic show at Babylon Bomonti – conveniently within walking distance...

Review: Gaye Su Akyol @ Babylon Bomonti

A snowy Saturday night in Istanbul couldn't be spent any better than with 200-something fellow music lovers at a Gaye Su Akyol concert, courtesy of Babylon Bomonti....

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...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where do I take my friend who says there...

"Where do I take my friend who says there is no spicy food in Istanbul?" Turkish food has plenty of spices but is not generally...

Review: Hamdi Akatay & Tepecik Filarmoni Orkestrası @ Babylon Bomonti

A Thursday night spent in Babylon Bomonti never disappoints. Last week, I finally made it to see Hamdi Akatay & Tepecik Philharmonic Orchestra on stage....

Insider Trading: Saloon Istanbul Bayan Kuaförü

One of the hardest things to find is an affordable hairdresser that you can really put your faith in. Dealing with a language barrier...

Blues from the Delta and Chicago Meet in Turkey: Istanbul Blues...

The blues came to Istanbul on Saturday (12/12/2015), but instead of being a melancholic affair with musicians pouring their hearts out about love lost,...

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...

Review: Omar Souleyman @ Babylon Bomonti

After Omar Souleyman's incredible performances at the One Love Music Festival and Babylon's former venue in Asmalımescit, his fans – me included – were...

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: 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...

The Elgiz Museum: A Mixed Bag of Contemporary Art

While the Elgiz Museum is a bit off the beaten path, it is well worth a visit. Located in Maslak, it showcases the Elgiz...

Review: Iron & Wine @ Babylon Bomonti

The southern United States is quite a distance from Istanbul, but that didn’t prevent Sam Beam, better known by his stage name “Iron &...

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...

Review: Oh Land @ Babylon Bomonti

I have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Oh Land... until last Tuesday when I listened to her perform live on...

Review: Chinawoman @ Babylon Bomonti

Born in Canada to Russian parents, Michelle Gurevitch, or Chinawoman, is a happy new discovery for me, although I seem to be late to...

Review: Ilhan Erşahin’s Istanbul Sessions @ Babylon Bomonti

I was pretty upset about missing Ilhan Erşahin perform on the Denizde Caz cruise this August. So when I checked Babylon Bomonti’s Fall &...

Review: GusGus @ Babylon Bomonti

In short: This review is written by a person who, before going to the GusGus concert last Thursday at Babylon Bomonti, knew only two...

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...

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...

Review: Nilüfer Verdi Trio feat. Ülkü Aybala Sunat @ Denizde Caz

A night cruise on the Bosphorus is always a good idea, as is a jazz concert by local musicians. Thankfully, The Primetime Cruise gave...

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...

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...

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