There is a pivotal moment in the Italian film Cinema Paradiso where a fire ravages the local movie theatre and all appears lost. Our film’s boy hero Salvatore manages to save the projectionist’s life and the subsequent bond and the theatres influence upon a small post-war village is detailed in this 1988 cult classic from director Giuseppe Tornatore. The power of a local movie art house to actively affect its surroundings is also evident with our very own cinematic jewel, Kino Aero, Biskupcova 31. Pro Aero s.r.o (For Aero) owns and operates one of the very few theatres committed entirely to innovative and cutting-edge film presentations. Ivo Andrle a film enthusiast and holder of International Finance degree opted out ofRead more.

iPods, Discmans and mini-disc players all lack one important thing. Take a guess? They are commentator-free. In this age of DIY playlisting, radio days may be in their waning years. But don’t throw away that armband tuner just yet: There are entertaining and informative music broadcasts in Prague, several of them in English. King of the heap just now is the daily Express Evenings in English on COLOR RADIO (90.3 FM). American Robert Polo (Dr. Bob), a 20-year broadcasting vet, provides “humor, news and helpful tidbits about life in the Czech Republic” The show is a welcome brew of trendy tunes, showbiz anecdotes, occasional guests and the always informative “ minute,” a tight roundup of night-out tips from the WebRead more.

In the right corner, weighing in at 192 pounds, ladies and gentlemen, The Aphex Twin! And to my left, the diminutive yet precocious bubble-gum goddess Kylie Minogue! Cue the maniacal wrestling-crowd cheer … An unlikely match-up? Maybe. Yet this “mash-up” battle has gone from idea to form thanks to lightning-quick laptops and widely available mixing software. A growing audience of eager bootleggers has stepped into the ring to poke fun at the corporate pop machine. The concept is simple: Flip vocal track X over backing track Y, stir in your own freakish flair, and bake till the tempos match. Or, layer several elements from familiar sources one upon another. The result is mash-up, a genre that delivers on punk’s DIYRead more.