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Christmas is just around the corner! Show some hometown pride this season and give your loved ones something that just screams Berlin, from Aldi action figures to club stench in a bauble to a GDR boardgame for some family fun. more »

Dec 15, 2014 2:20 PM , , , , The Best of Berlin

Three questions for... Sherry LeBlanc of Love Inks

INTERVIEW. Austin, Texas minimalist electro-dreamers Love Inks – husband-and-wife duo Sherry LeBlanc and Kevin Dehan, bassist Zach Biggs – have further stripped back their pared-down sound with new album Exi. Meet them at Lido on Dec 20. more »

Dec 16, 2014 12:05 PM Music & nightlife

Dance before Christmas

With the second Tanzen vor Weihnachten (Dec 16-21, 20:00) festival, Acker Stadt Palast invites dancers and the audience to meet just before Christmas in an experiment with intimacy as part of a wider programme of varied dance performances. more »

Dec 12, 2014 1:45 PM Stage

Choose your weapon

Film set, documentary theatre... game?! Daniel Wetzel of performance group Rimini Protokoll explains the trio’s “multi-player video piece” Situation Rooms, part of HAU's interdisciplinary Waffenloung, coming to Berlin Dec 14 through Jan 11. more »

Dec 10, 2014 1:00 PM Stage

The return of Berlin's ballet princess

She's back! After a two-year absence, prima ballerina Polina Semionova is once again gracing our stages. Her titular turn in Giselle premieres December 11 at the Staatsoper. more »

Dec 11, 2014 10:45 AM Stage

How to talk about Islam in ISIS times?

The Western media paints a dark picture of Islam, equating the 1.6 billion followers to the few foulest parts, but our latest issue shows you many more faces of ISLAM IN BERLIN. On stands now! more »

Dec 3, 2014 5:00 PM Zeitgeist

Bass in the house of techno

After years of neglect, it’s a high point for low sounds in Berlin. Here’s a quick primer on the city’s new bass music explosion. Get a taste of bass this month at Moonbootica at Gretchen on December 12 or catch Sick Girls at OHM on December 27. more »

Dec 9, 2014 11:00 AM Music & nightlife

Space and relationships

INTERVIEW: With her third feature film Exhibition, acclaimed British director Joanna Hogg explores new possibilities of film space, starring former Slit Viviane "Viv" Albertine. The film opens Dec 11. more »

Dec 8, 2014 4:55 PM Film

Tina Sauerländer on... Caroline Kryzecki

Dec 5 sees the opening of Superposition at Sexauer Gallery, featuring Berlin artist Caroline Kryzecki and her new mystical ballpoint pen-on-paper creations. Here, curatorial it-girl Tina Sauerländer takes us deeper under the surface of the art. more »

Dec 5, 2014 12:30 PM Art

Viet eats: Five places for Vietnamese

Cold nights, hot dishes – 16 years after Monsieur Vuong paved the way in Berlin, the city's overflowing with Vietnamese food. Here are the five most memorable spots we've encountered lately. more »

Dec 2, 2014 10:45 AM Food

OUT NOW! Our December ISLAM issue!

Beyond the sensationalist headlines, our December issue unveils the many realities of Berlin's Muslim communities. Read our Islam special, on newsstands now! more »

Nov 26, 2014 5:15 PM Features 1 Comments

Little Dragon: Cut-ups

INTERVIEW. Gothenburg, Sweden is better known for its twee and pensive singer-songwriters. One wouldn’t expect it to also host the lair of a Little Dragon. Hear them roar at Astra (Dec 8) as they show the world their new album Nabuma Rubberband. more »

Dec 3, 2014 2:10 PM Music & nightlife

From Monster Mash to mashed potatoes

It's been a sparkle-filled 10 years of Berlin's notorious karaoke club Monster Ronson's. Founder Ron Rineck still sings, but mostly to the animals on his farm, where he finds needed respite from the party mecca. Ronson's monster bash is Dec 1, 19:00. more »

Dec 1, 2014 2:00 PM , Music & nightlife

Laura Poitras: "I don't want to be the story"

You’ve heard of Edward Snowden, right? Thank Laura Poitras for that. The Berlin-based US filmmaker who filmed Snowden in his Hong Kong hotel room looks back on the eight days that shook the world in CITIZENFOUR, opening Nov 6! more »

Nov 6, 2014 11:00 AM People

Signs of the Wedding revival

Slated for the past few years as the up-and-coming cool, Wedding is finally showing signs of life thanks to re-vamped café GOLDENE MITTE, artsy bargain CITY KINO WEDDING, and NUSSBREITE, a cosy live-music Kiez bar decorated in paintings of butts. more »

Nov 28, 2014 1:00 PM The Best of Berlin

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Deck the Hallen: Berlin Christmas Markets

From now til Christmas, you won't be able to avoid the city's ubiquitous Weihnachtsmärkte. We've saved you some trouble and rounded up seven that are actually worth a visit. more »

Nov 26, 2014 3:45 PM The Best of Berlin 1 Comments

Snowden’s defender

Miss the premiere of whistleblower doco "1971" last night? The kick-ass panel afterwards, including Wolfgang Kaleck, Snowden’s legal support in Europe, touched on anonymity then and now and much more. Now read our interview with him here. more »

Nov 21, 2014 11:55 AM People

Norwegian novelty

From moonshine-caffeine concoctions to Nordic shuffleboard games to pass the time, the freshly opened Kaschk boasts more than just an impressively bearded proprietor – including an impressive array of Scandinavian treats up their sleeves. more »

Nov 21, 2014 12:20 PM The Best of Berlin

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