Archive for October, 2006

Halloween in Berlin

So does Halloween affect the rest of the world outside of the U.S.? I have no idea, I think in Berlin Halloween is primarily used to make an extra buck at the store – you can buy pumpkins and all kind of gadgets and gear to dress up and have some fun…

I have not heard much about Halloween today, I only noticed that Radio Fritz aired a “Top 3 of creepy places” around Berlin.

The list is as follows:

  1. The subway station Kottbusser Tor.
    The anchor man noted that if you want your mother to not ever visit you again in Berlin, you should tell her to wait for you at Kottbusser Tor, and be half an hour late to pick her up. She’s gotta enjoy the company of drunks, heroin addicts and other splendid examples of society, drinking, fighting and just having one hell of a time!
  2. Reinickendorf
    Reinickendorf is a district of Berlin, which is uhm.. pretty far away from everything. And if you know despise Berlin’s local politicians, you probably know that Frank Steffel is living there. Ugh…
  3. Number 3…

Well actually I forgot number three! But that should be an easy one, what are some creepy places in the city that you know of? Please comment, send pictures – and try to be more creative than, “my kitchen”! ;-)

And if you are looking for more creepy Halloween posts on the Metroblogging network? Look no further!

Hauptbahnhof Dawn

Smoke free

smoke.jpg Earlier this year, the voluntary iniative Berlin Qualmfrei started and some clubs, bars and cafes jumped the bandwaggon and pronounced themselves a non-smoking zone.

Still sitting in office, and now plan to enforce a new law which prohibits or at least severly limits smoking in public places which includes all of the above – bars, restaurents, cafes.

Hospitals and administrative offices are already strict non-smoking zones.

Bread & Butter cancelled

EUR_bear_s.gif Not late breaking news, but “Bread & Butter” in Berlin, 2007 was cancelled. On the website they released a statement about a week ago, talking about a focus in market and that Barcelona’s Bread & Butter event is already 80% booked, which lead to the conclusion to say “Bye, bye Berlin!”.

“Bye, bye” – but not yet completely.

The press release also states that even though the fair is cancelled, the company will still operate from here. Still, after abandoning the city, I think they should be kindly told to remove the Berlin bear from their logo.

Tom’s favorite Bars I

I thought I’ll start a new series here. It’s just my personal opinion and nothing else. I hope they’ll give me a free beer sooner or later. You won’t find anything outside Kreuzberg here. Today I’ll begin with my alltime favorite Club 39. Located in Manteuffelstrasse next to the Milchbar and open Thursday ’til Saturday from 23.00 to ?. You can meet the old kreuzbergian Bohemia there. Sometimes they like to be rude in their kind of humour. Especially they hate Mitte show-offs. Good music of all kind and color, Beck’s beer and a sophisticated back room. Now and then they have DJ’s as the famous Killersandale or Lehmann. Always a lovely place to finish a long night. Did I tell you that I won’t provide exact Addresses, photographs or more detailed infos? That’s the deal.

you still have three weeks

left to see the exhibition “Hannah Arendt Thinking Space” at the former Jewish Girls School on Auguststrasse in Mitte. One of the foremost german political theorists of the twentieth century, Arendt was a student of Karl Jaspers, friend of Walter Benjamin and sometime lover of Martin Heidegger. She made a name for herself with the publication of her book Origins of Totalitarianism and later her controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (describing the trial of nazi SS Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann on various charges including ‘crimes against humanity’). The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of her birth on Oktober 14, 1906 and features thirteen artists responding to the ideas developed in her works as well as video and audio interviews and a reading room containing copies of her works in both german and english. The photo at left is a detail from my favorite piece in the exhibition – “Das Lager als Denkraum -a contribution by Berlin artist Volker März.

August Strasse 11-13, Berlin-Mitte.
15 October – 19 November 19, 2006, daily from 12.00 noon – 6.00 p.m.,
Thursdays until 9.00 p.m.,
closed on Mondays
Entry 4 Euro, reduce 2 Euro
S-Bahn Oranienburger Straße,
U6 Oranienburger Tor, U8 Rosenthaler Platz

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Schoeneberg on a Saturday

This morning For lunch I met some people from work and an ex-colleague with family at the (Cafe Picturebook) in (Akazienstr.). Cafe Bilderbuch is a pretty nice place to chill and take a rest on a Saturday or Sunday morning. They have this huge library of books, current papers and lekker breakfast to get the day started.

For me this place with all the books and atmosphere makes me feel like visiting my grandparents, and spending a or two day inside reading and thinking about life in general and maybe in particular…

“berühmt” in Berlin

Am Donnerstag, den 2. November 2006 um 19 Uhr eröffnet klubfoto im Rahmen des Europäischen Monats der Fotografie die “berühmt” Ausstellung im Berliner Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Die Ausstellung ist zu sehen:

3. November 2006 bis 7. Januar 2007
Mittwoch – Montag 10 – 20 Uhr

Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
Niederkirchnerstraße 7 | Ecke Stresemannstr. 110
10963 Berlin

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