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...

Ambling Through Arnavutköy

Every once in awhile, you come across a place that feels like a home away from home. As an expat, this feeling can be...

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...

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...

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...

Witty Thriller: Borusan Goes A Capella with Soli-Tutti

The terms “Soli-Tutti,” “A Capella” and “Borusan” seemed interesting enough of a trilogy to entice me to attend an evening of musical discovery on...

8000 Years of Istanbul: Review of ‘Again, and New: World City...

Artifacts have been found in Istanbul (previously home to some of the world's largest empires, the city has also been known as Byzantion, Nea...

Spray Paint and Stilettos: A Review of “Trace 14” @ Elgiz...

As I walked in to the Elgiz Museum’s event for their latest exhibition, "Trace 14", I immediately regretted my footwear. While throwing on clothes...

Review: Dismantling the Archive @ SALT Galata

The years between 1900 and 1940 were more than a little eventful for the Turks. The period saw numerous wars fought on many fronts,...

Piano Legend Murray Perahia with BIFO

What makes a piano superstar? Two Grammy Awards in the classical music genre? Numerous Gramophones? Honorary doctorates from highly heralded universities like Duke and...

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: Youn Sun Nah @ Borusan Muzik Evi

The Borusan Muzik Evi.  As you enter, you have already forgiven yourself for often being dazzled by the large Shake Shack sign down the...

Broadway Kitties in Istanbul: Cats the Musical

Take the wit, rich imagination and literary genius of Nobel-laureate T.S. Elliott, the musical creativity of Grammy-Tony-Golden Globe-Award winner Andrew Lloyd Weber, and the...

The Şakirin Mosque

There are more than 3000 active mosques in Istanbul and, in terms of architectural style, they can generally be categorized as either Byzantine (ancient...

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...

Waltzing into the New Year with BIFO

Even though the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra bid goodbye to 2013 in solemn style with its performance of Beethoven's magnificent yet weighty masterpiece Missa...

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...

Look Familiar? Five Movies Set in Istanbul

People say that cities have a personality. I disagree. For me a city has a genre. A category of literature or movies that jumps...

Beethoven is in the Air

2013 was a blessed year for classical music lovers and it looks like the bounty will continue on to the year 2014. Let's take...

Have a Reggae Christmas (Luciano the Messenger @ Nayah Reggae Bar)

What better way to spend Christmas Eve than getting down to the conscious reggae vibes bestowed upon Nayah Reggae bar by Luciano the Messenger,...

Green Getaway: Belgrade Forest

There's no denying that life in Istanbul can be a bit hectic. It's what makes this city so intoxicating. But there are times when...

A History Savored in Bread

The history of the Yedi-Sekiz Hasanpaşa Bakery is palpable as soon as you enter. As you stand within a small room—usually packed with other customers—the...

The Top 5 Yeşilçam Films

Yeşilçam, which translates to “Green Pine”, is a shorthand for Turkey's old film industry. The name comes from Yeşilçam Street, an area of Beyoğlu...

Review: Anish Kapoor @ Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Of all the materials known to be used by artists, stone is one of the most impressive and foreboding. This is what ran through...

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