Institute of Sociology St. Gallen: How Marketplaces Control Our Daily Lives 

The Pandemic brought into the open that a remarkable number of Western citizens believe that a cartel of malevolent super-rich businessmen manufactured a global health crisis to further enrich themselves, subjugate others through a pseudo-vaccine campaign and dominate world politics.  Believe in the conspiracy or not, one of the most obvious reactions to the Pandemic wasContinue reading “Institute of Sociology St. Gallen: How Marketplaces Control Our Daily Lives “

Finland’s Savonlinna Theater

In the second episode of our mini-series discovering the extraordinary Finnish City of Savonlinna, we tour the Savonlinna Theater, a professional theater company that produces five new productions every season. Our tour guides will be Jouni Rissanen, Director of the Savonlinna Theater, Hanna Hautala, an actress and Director of Theater at the Savonlinna Senior SecondaryContinue reading Finland’s Savonlinna Theater

The Art of the Opera Coach

When asked what he “really” thinks of actors, the film director Alfred Hitchcock famously replied “Fundamentally, actors are a race apart.  This group is divided into two sections: first, those who have talent and have never received any recognition for it, and, second, those who have received recognition without having any talent.  Either way, they’re cattle.”  One wondersContinue reading The Art of the Opera Coach

The Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Vienna

Vienna: The City of Fine Arts.  When viewing exhibitions at three of Vienna’s most renowned museums – The Academy of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art and the Albertina – it’s likely you are viewing an artwork acquired for that museum by the Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Vienna.  Since 1980, this unique charitableContinue reading The Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Vienna

Music & More in Bosnia and Herzegovina

South-Eastern Europe is one of the few remaining areas of Europe yet to be inundated by commercial tourism, but it probably won’t be that way for much longer.  One city in particular – Trebinje – is sure to start figuring into everybody’s travel plans.  Tatjana Rankovich, a New York-based pianist, discovered Trebinje when she was looking forContinue reading Music & More in Bosnia and Herzegovina