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Vampire Weekend: Live (and Free!) in London

Vampire Weekend has recently caught some flack for their transformation from East Coast prepsters to laid-back California rockers. But no matter what coast they end up on, the band’s sound is as American as penny loafers and the Ivy League (or should we say as American as surfboards and sneakers?).   Tomorrow night, though, the Weekend is headed to the ... Read More »

Congrats Istanbul: Culture Capital

When Istanbul was announced as the 2010 European Capital of Culture, we were excited, but we weren’t exactly surprised. After all, we included the city in two of our guides–Film+Travel Europe and Music+Travel Worldwide.   There’s a reason the city is so full of culture–spanning the Bosphorus, it has one foot in Europe and the other firmly rooted in Asia. ... Read More »

Nollywood in New York

Nigeria’s Nollywood scene is one of the most exciting movements in cinema today. With its renegade, DIY sensibility, the industry churns out movies by the thousands, making it one of the world’s biggest film industries.   The scene has remained mainly local, though. But this spring, New York will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Nollywood when South African photographer Pieter ... Read More »

Caravaggio in Chicago

If all our talk of our upcoming guide to Art + Travel Europe has you thirsting to see the real thing, then you’re in luck–well, at least if you live in Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago, the Windy City’s premier art museum, is currently hosting Caravaggio’s 1601 masterpiece Supper at Emmaus, on loan from the Nation Gallery of London, ... Read More »

The Fight for Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 masterpiece The Night Cafe is one of the most famous paintings in the world. And now it’s in the middle of a sticky lawsuit that could send shockwaves throughout the entire world of art.   The problem dates back to 1918, when the communist government nationalized personal property–including the Van Gogh in question–in the USSR. Years ... Read More »

Required Listening

While we’re not always fans of compilation albums, sometimes a single record can capture an entire movement in music history. This weekend we went back into the vaults and rediscovered ‘Rock at the Edge‘, the 1977 comp that features a who’s-who of New York protopunk pioneers, including Blank Generation all-stars Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Lou Reed and Debbie Harry. Pop ... Read More »

Masterpiece Theater: Mauritshuis

  It’s been a museum and a murder scene, a palace and a private home, but today, the Mauritshuis (Korte Vijverberg 8, The Hague, Netherlands) is home to one of Europe’s premier art collections. There you’ll find the so-called “Mona Lisa of the North,” Johannes Vermeer’s famed portrait, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, and the rest of the royal ... Read More »

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