Poem of the Week

Poem of the Week: 19 – 25 December

William Blake (Fragments from "Auguries of Innocence") To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. A Robin Redbreast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage. A dove house fill’d with doves and… Continue reading Poem of the Week: 19 – 25 December


Yıldız Ibrahimova and Tanini Trio

Yıldız Ibrahimova and Tanini Trio On October 22,2014, I had the pleasure of hearing Yıldız Ibrahimova with Tanini Trio at Kültür University. Yıldız Ibrahimova, one of the most popular jazz singers in Europe, is a Bulgarian singer of Turkish ancestry. Tanini Trio consists of Tahir Aydoğdu on the canon, Bilgi Canaz on the ney and… Continue reading Yıldız Ibrahimova and Tanini Trio


Ariadne on Naxos

I was at Kadıköy Süreyya Opera House for the first time. It is one of the rare buildings about art in İstanbul. I love its decoration very much - stairs, chandeliers, frescos on the ceiling and on the walls… It is definitely one of the most noteworthy and beautiful buildings in İstanbul. It was built by Süreyya İlmen Pasha as a theatre, opera and ball room in 1927. The building was rather used as a movie theatre until it underwent a functional restoration and reopened as an opera house by the end of 2007. Now, the opera house is mainly known as the home of Istanbul State Opera and Ballet.

Film reviews · Review

Transcendence (2014) / Wally Pfister

The Oscar-winner cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence unites Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany for the second time after The Tourist. While Cillian Murphy and the voice of reason, Morgan Freeman have small parts in the motion picture; Rebecca Hall plays the woman who changes the rules of the game. In this case the game… Continue reading Transcendence (2014) / Wally Pfister