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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Take time for beer

Take time for beer

Visitors to the second Basel Beer Market at Vogesenplatz were spoilt for choice: Basel’s small and micro breweries presented a large selection of their various beers. By Martin Pütter For all those who would like to visit the Basel Beer Market last Saturday in August next year, a tip: please come early. Basel’s small and micro breweries had been offering a wide selection of their various beers. Anyone only turning up at Vogesenplatz, in front of the St.Johann train station, certainly missed a lot and was only able to taste and savour a fraction of what was on offer. And

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A toast to Basel’s regional beers

A toast to Basel’s regional beers

Beer is definitely no longer something you just gulp down to quench your thirst, but a drink to savour. Recently, the Basel region has seen the emergence of numerous creative craft breweries producing an innovative range of beers. This coming Saturday 30 August, from 4 pm till 10 pm, a dozen regional craft brewers will be presenting their cherished products at the 2nd Basel Beer Market. So go along to Vogesenplatz in the St. Johann quarter and try a selection from the region’s broad and ever-expanding range – over 30 different craft brews are available for you to taste. And

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Going West! Comics Looking to the West

Going West! Comics Looking to the West

by Cartoonmuseum Basel The Cartoonmuseum Basel looks towards the West: “Going West” features the bulletproof history of western comics in the U.S. and Europe. Looking back on over a hundred years of comics and cartoons, you will learn how drawing techniques and styles evolved in time, and discover the changing perception of the American frontier and the “Wild West”. A section of the exhibition focuses on the renowned Swiss artist Derib whose art demonstrates a sensitive and varied approach to such subjects as Native Americans, the first settlers, the wildlife and the domesticated animals of that time. The exhibition includes

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Tonight: August’s Music Buffet

Tonight: August’s Music Buffet

The jazz festival “Em Bebbi sy Jazz” has been held since 1984 on the first Friday after the end of the Basel school summer holidays. Visit 31 venues (including open airs) and enjoy over 500 musicians. By Mary Al-Akhdar It is usual in Basel that one Friday night in August, the city is filled with the sounds of jazz.  The particular event is called “Em Bebbi sy Jazz.”  This may be the largest one-evening Jazz festival in the world, with over 70 groups performing New Orleans Jazz, Dixie, Free Jazz, and even Big Band music.   Musicians travel from afar, their

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Rolf Rappaz – an artist on eternal quest

Rolf Rappaz – an artist on eternal quest

The exhibition “Rolf Rappaz: A Life with Art and Graphics” celebrates both the work of an artist and the historic building that houses the Rappaz Museum. By Shirley L. Kearney The building that houses the collected works of Rolf Rappaz is one of the oldest in Kleinbasel. It dates back to the 11th century and is closely bound to the former Klingental Convent (1274), the site of today’s Kleines Klingental Museum. The Minnesinger and knight Walther von Klingen, donor and supporter of the convent, added Klingental 11 to its existing compound, where it functioned as the nuns’ weaving atelier. The

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Celebrating the Bard’s Birthday

Celebrating the Bard’s Birthday

The English Seminar of the University of Basel offers an opportunity to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, with the Bard’s comedy Twelfth Night. By Shirley L. Kearney In commemoration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Upstart Entertainment continues its programme of presenting some of the Bard’s works held under the sponsorship of the English Seminar of the University Basel. In August and September the comedy Twelfth Night or What You Will Have is featured. William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the English national poet and master dramatist or playwright. Also referred to as the Bard, he was allegedly born

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“The shot heard round the world”

“The shot heard round the world”

By Shirley L. Kearney “The shot heard round the world” continues the theme of the article on the Great War in the latest print issue of The Basel Journal (No. 14, 2014). It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who first penned the phrase above, in his poem Concord Hymn in connection with the beginning of the American Revolutionary War (1775): By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. The second time this phrase was used was in relation to the assassination of

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