Archive for September, 2006

Day of Coffee

tagdeskaffees.gif Or in German, Tag des Kaffees.

Today, you can witness performances in many cafes. To learn more about this addictive brown thing which many people crave for in the morning, afternoons and some even at night.

I only learnt about the “Day of Coffee” when I read the Tagesspiegel today – I didn’t know that the first coffee (in Europe) was sold in 1675 in Berlin. I was always under the impression that Vienna booked the whole coffee-thing for them since we all know about the famous “Wiener Kaffeehauskultur”. Or at least that seems to be the standard when people speak about cafe culture anywhere in the world, outside of Vienna.

To see a list of “events” for Berlin, follow this link:

And someone has to add this day whole thing – which clearly is my most favorite day of all days in the yea – to , since they do not know about it yet. And they are probably all addicted to coffee anyway.

Art Overdose

kind.jpgif you have a big appetite for art, this is your weekend. At three separate events around town local and international artists and galleries will be presenting current works. The three year old Berliner List attempts to support younger galleries and is a favorite with gallery owners, art dealers and critics – over 40 different galleries from around the world will be presenting their latest. Not to be outdone the younger-by-a-year Preview Berlin offers “cutting edge art from emerging artists” and has signed up 53 galleries. Finally, the grandaddy of the them all, the eleven year old Art Forum Berlin is going to play host to 120 galleries from 25 different countries. Basically this weekend is an all you can eat art buffet! just remember two words – Binge / Purge !!!

I’m too sexy for my swine

Where, exactly, the german obsession with pigs originates is anyone’s guess. During the two years I have been living in Berlin the unsettlingly frequent images of sexualized swine have not escaped my notice. Currently the Schloss Neuhardenberg is hosting an exhibition of piggy portraits, hoggish household items and swinish social history – perhaps here i can find the answers i so desperately crave!

»Wretched pigs«
A Cultural History
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am -7 pm
27.08.2006 – 26.11.2006, Exhibition hall, Kavaliershaus Ost
Admission: € 5.- / reduced € 3.-

Smith and Smart


Gestern – bzw. jetzt schon vorgestern – gab’s im Soundgarden bei Fritz sympathische “Töne” aus Kreuzberg/Friedrichshain zu hören.

Das Duo heisst Robert Smith & Max’Well Smart, der Stil nennt sich ganz neudeutsch “Punk-Rap” oder “Discomassacre” – was heissen soll, sie machen einfach was sie wollen. Schubladentechnisch ist das Resultat am ehesten Rap/Hiphop, aber weit abseits vom Treiben anderen Berlinern – Bushido und Aggro-Sido.

Wer reinhören will, dem sei die Website oder MySpace wärmstens empfohlen. Die Liste der Konzerte findet sich dort bei MySpace ebenfalls.

Die aktuelle von E.P. heisst “Eine Frage der Perspektive” – zu finden demnächst beim Plattenhändler Deines Vertrauens. Also bei dem um die Ecke! ;-)

(Bild geliehen von myspace.)

Berlin Girl…


Absolutely Inapprehensible

“If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them….”

Karl Popper 1902-1994

It is unbelievable: on the eve of the first German Islam Conference, the “Deutsche Oper”, one of three berlin opera houses, has canceled Mozarts opera “Idomeneo” due to threats of Islamist violence. The “Deutsche Oper” said in a statement security risks presented to the company by Berlin’s police had caused them to cancel their show.
In the 3-year-old production by Hans Neuenfels, King Idomeneo is shown staggering on stage next to the severed heads of religious figures, including Jesus Christ, Buddha, the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon and – the Prophet Mohammed. The disputed scene, which is not part of Mozart’s original staging of the 225-year-old opera, but was an addition of Neuenfels’ production, would pose an “incalculable security risk” for the house and its visitors.

I have to agree with Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble who called the cancellation “simply crazy.”
The threat of violent retaliation should not manage to constrain the freedom of expression in a western democracy. With all understanding for the concern about the security of spectators and performers, I consider the decision of the Deutsche Oper to be wrong. When the concern over possible protests leads to self-censorship, then the democratic culture of free speech becomes endangered. This is the first step to give up our, the western worlds, highest value: our freedom of speech and art. That is unacceptable.

Wanna join our Nazi gang? You can even keep your afro!

Sounds weird? It is.

Leroy cleans up is a Berlin-produced short film that deals with Nazis and prejudices against Germans and foreigners in an unusual and humorous way.


The movie was quite successful on short film festivals and on the internet.
A full-lenght version was shot this year and will probably air on ZDF next summer.

If you’re not that familiar with the German language, there is also a version with English subtitles.

Today We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1899

The Zentrale Randlage, which turned out to be my favourite club in this city, regularly brings acts here that I truly love. Most of the concerts that get my to bite in my ass ass as I couldn’t go happen to be there.

At the moment they’re in a little bit of trouble because of the oh so great GEMA (German Royalty Collecting Society) *cough* presented them a bill of €1500 for the last two years. So they’re in need of help, any they can get, also yours! But what do you get out of that? Well a club that presents you for example this:

Matt Elliott and Milenasong

That’s Matt Elliott and Milenasong, playing today (being the 25th of September). In case you don’t know them yet, the lovely experience is just one click away, at their myspace pages.

So after you’ve been blown away by the beauty of tomorrow’s performance (ha!), we’d all very much appreciate if you leave some donations :) Thank you and good night.

Friday night

So Friday night was pretty good. Even though DJ Sasha (ahem…) did not come, rocked the house with some awesome electro – check their website for more dates!

This was also my first time at Spindler & Klatt, and I had a pretty good time. They have this setup of tables and couch area outside – you get a great look on Berlin and the river Spree, and get to take life very easy. Inside – plenty of space for DJ and the dance-ready party crowd. What strikes me about my clubbing lately, the people are so old. I’m in my mid twenties, and everyone else seems to be way beyond thirty.

Later on, we went to where virtually nothing happened. Probably due to the Popkomm-weekend and parties just about everywhere – but in Friedrichshain.

We managed to drink past the curfew of two bars and had to go home then – since nothing of interest looked open. Friedrichshain – so is this the usual on a Friday night? My company assured me this was not the case, but I am not sure if this is just some of her new discovered Friedrichshain-pride since she moved there a while ago.

Anyway, no need to bitch. It still took me pretty much all Saturday to recover. And I get this feeling that the older you get, the less alcoholparty you need to be completely done for the next day. Which also means that it’s finally getting cheaper! ;-)

“Ich mach auch was mit Medien”


Tonight you shouldn’t miss one of the best german bands at all: Mediengruppe Telekommander. The “german beastie boys” will rock the NBI from 10 pm on, not as usual as the band MTK, this time they enter the stage as the actual dj team for this night. The boys manage the job absolutely great, here’s a fantastic sample. So if you are in to intelligent, innovative, clear-sighted and creative indietronic: be there or be square…

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