February 2010

Peter Bjorn & John, who have considerably broadened their listener audience with the song ‘Young Folks,’ popularized by a number of TV series including Gossip Girl, will perform pieces from their latest album, ‘Living Things’, at Babylon, starting at 9:30 p.m. on February 2.

Cem Adrian, who has two albums, ‘Essentials/Seçkiler and Emir, is performing his compositions, accompanied by instrument imitations, and bidding listeners a bass baritone good-bye on a journey that starts in soprano. At Ghetto on the evening of Thursday, February 4

Anatolian goddess figures that have come down to us from the 7th millennium B.C. have been brought together in an exhibition by artist Gül Erali. The goddesses, who have undergone a significant transformation during their journey, will bring a smile to viewers’ faces with their soft, rotund contours. Erali, who started her ceramics training at Vienna’s Fine Arts Academy, pursuing it at the Linz Fine Arts Academy from 1976-1980, graduated from the Ceramics Department of the Istanbul State Academy of the Fine Arts in 1981. The exhibition, titled ‘Mad Goddesses’, in which the artist interprets the goddess concept ironically based on contemporary values, is at Hobi Art Gallery through February 6.

Mimar Sinan University of the Fine Arts is going to host an exhibition of wood-carved sculptures and jewelry titled ‘Local Art of the Northwest Pacific Coast’, by Jno Didrickson of Alaska’s Tlingit tribe. February 8 through 19.

Istanbul’s Galeri Nev is opening an exhibition titled ‘Turbulence’ on February 12, featuring the works of seven artists: Erol Akyavaş, Serkan Özkaya, İnci Eviner, Elvan Alpay, Erdağ Aksel, Hale Tenger and Nermin Er.  Through March 13.

Mehmet Bitmez is an artist who has traveled the globe popularizing Turkish classical music, blending it with the sounds of the world as he did so. Now the artist will be at Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall on February 15 for his first concert from his album, ‘Istanbul Dream’.

French director Philippe Lioret’s shocking film, ‘Welcome’, is being shown at Istanbul’s French Culture Center at 7 p.m. the evening of February 17. Two Turkish actors have roles in ‘Welcome’, the opening film of the 28th International Istanbul Film Festival.

Galeri NON is hosting Güneş Terkol’s one-man show, ‘They Were Trying to Swim Up River’, from February 18 to March 27. This artist, who uses an array of different materials in his productions, has opted this time for video and fabric.

One of the most important musicians Turkey has produced, Selçuk Sun is at Nardis Jazz Club on the evening of February 18.

İş Sanat is welcoming the Mozambique-born Portuguese singer Mariza on the evening of February 18. Mariza, who combines a variety of different styles on her latest album, ‘Terra’, released in 2008, is singing Fado as well as flamenco, morna, jazz and folk music.

Akbank Yeni Kuşak Tiyatro (New Generation Theater) is at Akbank Sanat every Saturday with ‘Ben Patronum’ (I’m the Boss). Written by Barış Toraz and directed by Mehmet Ergen, the play tells the story of Ali, who borrows money from just about everybody in order to set up his own business. At 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on February 27.