February 03, 2009
New Month Open Thread
Well, it's February, the shortest month of the year, and we're already late opening the new month. The world economy continues to swirl around, there seems to be some kind of truce in Gaza, and I'm wondering if there are any good Turkish music venues in Istanbul, particularly where some visitors who are going there in the first couple of weeks of April might not be surrounded by other tourists.
Posted by tomscud at February 3, 2009 10:07 PM
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you can email me, if you have access to the email that I won't print on the page, but that I submit to 'Aqoul with my comment - I know several musical joints that are quite good - but for clarification, do you mean pop or classical Turkish music?
hard rock/ dance music/ - check most of the clubs in Beyoglu, off of Istiklal Caddesi, near the square. Too many, although I can't guarantee they're free of tourists, at least February is not swarming with them, only with drunk kids clamoring to get home on little dolmus buses at 1-2am
for classical Turkish music: I know a few private locations, especially for Sufi music, but email me instead. For those that are public, there is whirling dervishes at the Mevlevihane at the bottom of Istiklal Caddesi (down the road with all the guitar shops) - and also some nice cafes next to Sultan Ahmet have musical evenings. Do visit the Yurdan carpet/antique shop near to the tramway stop at Sultan Ahmet (kitty-corner across from the smaller mosque directly next to that tramway stop) , mention my name (Dawud from Toronto) to my friends at the door, and ask to see the calligraphy cafe at the top floor. Gorgeous view of the Bosphorus, Sultan Ahmet and Hagia Sophia - and good people as well.
let me know.
Posted by: Dawud at February 3, 2009 11:02 PM
also, for Eva Luna - the last month open thread was closed, but she was asking about 419 scam responses. This page is helpful, and has not only hints about baiting scammers, but also records of successful traps - funny and informative, and has an ethical balance to avoid racist or otherwise crude elements.
Posted by: Dawud at February 4, 2009 01:55 AM
Dawud - thanks for the tips,and I'm sure one of us will compose an e-mail at a more sane hour. We are definitely talking about music more in the classical/folk Turkish music vein; hard rock, pop, techno, etc. can be found easily enough at home.
Posted by: Eva Luna at February 4, 2009 03:43 AM
I like February. Thanks for post.
Posted by: temaprikol at February 5, 2009 05:00 PM
Yes, I like February too! I really like how some peoples say February without the "r" -- Feb-u -ary! Or is it Febr-u-ay? Feb-u-ay? I forget. But February is a funny month! It's also only 28 days! Except in years evenly divisible by 4 in which case it has 29 days. Of course, in years evenly divisible 100, February is only 28 days long. But, naturally this doesn't apply in years evenly divisible by 400 when February is 29 days long!
Yes, February is the gift that keeps on giving, a veritably cornucopia of fun. I think that Aqoul should have a special section just for February-related posts! . . . And, My Goodness! Looking in the archive, I see that Eerie has already set up a special section just for February! Yay! You think of everyting, Eerie!
Moving on, I wanted to call out this story about the Italian tourist in Falluja. I think what's most surprising is that no one has been stupid enough to do this before. I remember two or three years after GWII, various USG agencies were hosting conferences and seminars on what a wonderful vacation destination Iraq was and how everbody should invest in the tourism sector.
Posted by: Anonymous at February 6, 2009 10:58 PM
I'll be on the East Coast from around 18 Feb 'till 10 March. Would love to meet up. Email me ... (Don't have your current one, only the way-old Lebanese)
Posted by: MSK* at February 14, 2009 11:40 AM
MSK - erm, Tom's not on the East Coast anymore, as I kidnapped him more than a year ago via U-Haul.
Posted by: Eva Luna at February 15, 2009 08:32 AM
I need to pay more attention to the 'Aqoul gossip.
Thought you two are on the East Coast.
Oh well ...
Posted by: MSK* at February 15, 2009 12:55 PM
Im still going to email tom & eva, or so are my intentions, once some friends in Istanbul get back to me...
but I found a link to an interesting lecture by Abdallah Schleifer, the Templeton lecture from 2006 at the FPRI (Foreign Policy Research Institute) on News, Islam and the Arab media:
Posted by: dawud at February 21, 2009 02:37 PM