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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

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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

Erick van Ereraat
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Merging old with new

Erick van Egeraat opens architecture exhibit in Old Town Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat has had an office in Prague since 1999, but his building creations are mostly found elsewhere around Europe. Despite this, the Czech capital is still a huge source of inspiration for van Egeraat, who attributes much of his creative energy to… Keep Reading

Codex Gigas
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Codex Gigas: The Satanic Inspiration

Legend holds that the world’s biggest Bible is the work of the devil How does one gauge the value of a soul? Faust learned this lesson the hard way, by selling his soul and then regretting it. American musician Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul in order to become the best guitar player the blues… Keep Reading

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