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Mrs. Universe sued by Miss Universe

Mrs. Universe sued by Miss Universe

VILNIUS — Miss Universe is taking on Mrs. Universe, not for who’s more beautiful but over a trademark issue. Miss Universe, which is owned by American real estate mogul Donald Trump and NBC Universal, contend that Lithuania’s Mrs. Universe is infringing on their copyright and is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages. “We have filed […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

It’s another inconspicuous August weekend in the Baltic states — the last one of summer, in fact. But while September looks action-packed, August is going out with more of a whimper than a bang. The biggest names on are the loop-happy Australian street performer Dub FX, Brit folkie Sol Invictus and indie rock sensation Alina […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Used to be in the Baltics about the only Western musical acts they could get over were total has-beens from the 1970s and 80s. Well, after going all out last weekend with a ton of top-notch musical options, this weekend is much more low-key with the biggest name being ancient Scottish hard rockers Nazareth. Their […]

Lithuania’s first underwater photo gallery

Lithuania’s first underwater photo gallery

VILNIUS — While most Lithuanians spend half of their summer swimming in one of the country’s 6,000 lakes, until now none had gone underwater with a camera in hand. That’s perhaps understandable, as underwater photography involves very expensive equipment. But now, for the first time a public gallery displaying underwater photos of the country’s biggest […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

After largely taking last weekend off entertainment-wise, the Baltic states are offering a fully-stocked line-up of events the upcoming week. For big Western acts, Riga sees the return of living legend DJ Tiesto while death-metal rockers Cannibal Corpse thrash their way through all three countries. Lithuania is holding the largest country music festival in the […]

In pictures: rural Lithuanian summer

In pictures: rural Lithuanian summer

UTENA COUNTY, Lithuania — The soul of the Baltic states resides in a village, and summer is the best time to uncover it. Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians were primarily a rural people for centuries, their largest cities inhabited by other ethnic groups. The lyrics of their folk songs are often about forests, mushroom hunting and […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Roasting, baking, sweltering. You could fry an egg on my stomach. Yeah, it’s hot in the Baltics this weekend. To be honest, what I would recommend above anything else is to head to the seaside for the day. Like most of Europe, in the August events in the Baltics wind down a bit as pretty […]

In pictures: Vilnius in summer

In pictures: Vilnius in summer

VILNIUS — It’s been a hot one this summer, but Vilnius is reveling in the heat with tourism better than last year’s rock bottom level, a number of festivals and events and consistently sunny, warm weather the northern city usually dreams about. I tried finding an excerpt of translated Lithuanian poetry that described Vilnius in […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

The Russian pop saga of the New Wave Festival will draw to a close in Jūrmala, but it will be upstaged by Mika. Sort of the male response to Lady Gaga, the British pop star is coming to all three Baltic states over the next few days. Interestingly for a region not known for its […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Does anyone actually like Russian pop music? Well, I already know the answer to that — in the Baltics, all sorts of people. And who am I to judge? So, if you happen to like cheesy Russian pop or shaking your rump to techno beats until dawn, you’re in luck this weekend as all three […]

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