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Bone Church
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Skeletal shrines

The Bone Church near Kutná Hora is an attraction, but it isn’t alone David Hahn and his wife were visiting Prague in the Czech Republic from Chicago. “The Bone Church in Sedlec, near Kutná Hora, was definitely on our agenda,” he says. “We saw pictures in a guide and thought, ‘We have to go there.… Keep Reading

19th-century telescope based on Kepler's design
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Science with a side of scandal

A new museum and conference look at the life’s work of Kepler, the death of his greatest collaborator sparks intrigue They came for the science, but they stayed for the tales of murder, sex and excess. A scientific conference is focusing on Johannes Kepler’s scientific contributions, but the sordid conspiracy theories that link Kepler to… Keep Reading

Short shrift for Swan Lake
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Short shrift for Swan Lake

Hybernia offers an abbreviated version with canned applause More than any other time of the year, right now Prague is packed with people seeking to explore the city’s rich cultural life. Yet August offers very little in the way of serious culture, especially on the dance scene. The best tourists hoping to see a ballet… Keep Reading

A tank burns on Vinohradská
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The everyday occupation: 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion

New English-language translation looks at the details of the ’68 Warsaw Pact invasion The 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia has been documented many times before, but a new English translation of a book by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes not only breaks new historical ground but brings the history to a… Keep Reading

Eagles of Death Metal
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Putting some fun in death metal

By any abusive name, this band knows how to have a good time The Eagles of Death Metal are not the kind of rock band to pass up a silly innuendo or obvious pun, as evidenced by the title of their latest release, Heart On. The band’s name originated in much the same fashion. A… Keep Reading

Bohemian National Hall NYC
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Bohemian center reopens in NYC

Gov’t funds building of Czech expat hub New York City When George Suchánek moved from his native Czechoslovakia to New York City in 1965, he was seeking a lifetime opportunity. As many discovered before and since then, however, city life can be lonely for a newcomer — which is why he was grateful to meet… Keep Reading

Author Nancy Huston
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Author Nancy Huston is a success in any language

It’s difficult to think of two more rivalrous literatures than English and French. The studied aloofness — the French were the last to acknowledge Shakespeare, while Anglophones have never fully appreciated Hugo, the one Frenchman who loved Shakespeare— has, of course, been balanced with influential borrowings (we’ll trade you our Poe for your Rimbaud). Occasionally,… Keep Reading

2007 Prague Quadrennial
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Behind the scenes

A glossy assessment of last year’s global theater festival A year past the 2007 Prague Quadrennial, that Olympiad for scenographers, costumers and lighting technicians, the Theater Institute has at last issued a book on the event. Edited by Arnold Aronson, the famed American theater scholar who served as the PQ’s general commissioner, Reflections on the… Keep Reading

The Sixth Dynasty tomb
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Fifty years of Czech Egyptology

Local scientists have led some of the most important excavations The history of the country’s accomplishments in the field of Egyptology hits an important milestone this year as the Czech Institute of Egyptology turns 50. The birthday of the institute, located in Prague, will be celebrated with a series of exhibitions in Egypt as well… Keep Reading

prague-mr-knips-it
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Poetry in motion

Czech verse garners an audience abroad It’s a Tuesday night in London’s bustling Soho district, where a small crowd of literati has gathered on the top floor of Foyle’s Bookshop. They have come to listen to a reading given by two Czech contemporary poets whose work has been translated into English and published in a… Keep Reading

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