Vienna in BaselThrough Jan. 16, the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, is showing “Vienna 1900 — Klimt, Schiele and Their Times.” The exhibit brings together 200 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings (including masterworks by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Arnold Schoenberg), as well as furniture, designs, glass, posters and photographs to paint a picture of Austria’s capital city at the turn of the century.

During this period, the city was the center of modernism, which, as the museum’s website states, included coffee-house culture, composers and cabaret artists, Freud’s psychoanalysis, the avant-garde style of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops for visual arts), and the rebel artists of the Vienna Secession.

The Basel Tourist Board is offering a special package for the exhibition, available throughout the week in December and Friday to Monday in January. Based on double occupancy, the per-person prices are grouped into six categories and range from a two-star hotel at 72 euros per night to five-star accommodation at 119 euros per night.

The price includes one night’s accommodation with breakfast, a ticket to the exhibition and a Mobility Ticket, valid for free use of public transportation during the visit.

For details on the exhibition and the package, go to, and click on the package at the bottom of the left column.

‘Evita’ in EnglishFrom Dec. 15 through Jan. 1, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, will present performances of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Evita: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” in English with German subtitles.

The popular production centers around the life of María Eva Duarte de Perón (“Evita” for short), a political leader who was married to the Argentinean president Juan Perón. The musical depicts her early life and follows her rise to power until her death.

Shows include matinees and evening performances and prices range from 28.50 to 88 euros.

Tickets to Dec. 15’s evening preview cost between 15.50 and 30.75 euros. Premiere tickets Dec. 16 and Sunday to Thursday matinees range from 20.26 to 40.25 euros.

For details and reservations, see (there is an English version), and click on “Programme,” “Season,” “2010-2011” and “December.” Then scroll down to “Evita.” Tickets are also sold in ticket shops in Frankfurt and surrounding cities.

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