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Street art on an (Urban) Spree

The question “street art or vandalism?” is a well-worn one, but today still provokes a response. From Sep 18, Urban Spree hosts street crew Dubl Trubl, illustrating this fine line by pairing up artists for a mash-up of artistic urbanity. more »

Sep 15, 2014 Art

Ukraine: "Russia was always elected to be the enemy"

INTERVIEW: Is Putin plotting to invade Ukraine, as unanimously suspected by the Western media? Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern brings some sanity into this new Cold War-style propaganda battle. more »

Sep 11, 2014 People (2 Comments)

Generation queer

Expatriarch celebrates its five-year-anniversary with the four-month series Expatriarch Generations: the old guard of Berliner musicians shares their knowledge and experience with the new through radio and concerts. First concert is Sep 19 at Schwuz. more »

Sep 16, 2014 Music & nightlife

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead

INTERVIEW. The cult of Blonde Redhead can rejoice. Barragán (Kobalt), their album of stripped down pop, is just out, and they’ll be playing for the damaged on Wed, Sep 17 at Frannz Club. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Music & nightlife

Lit Fest and more: Killers and gods

Award-winning Greek writer Amanda Michalopoulou delivers a blitz week of literary appearances starting on Sep 16 at St. George's English Bookshop and then continuing on at the International Literature Festival. Make sure to catch her at least once. more »

Sep 15, 2014 Culture

Read all about it: Top 5 English-language book shops

The International Literaturfestival Berlin is on! From Sep 10-20, the city is a flutter in bookworm-y goodness. While a good chunk of the fest's happenings are in German, Berlin itself has no shortage of the written word in English. more »

Sep 10, 2014 The Best of Berlin

Has the autumn of art lost its edge?

Berlin Art Week is on Sep 16-21, with the three big fairs – Positions, ABC and Berliner Liste – starting the 18th. But it's not what it used to be. Camille Moreno explores the loss of our Kunstherbst. more »

Sep 9, 2014 Art (1 Comments)

Brutal inspirations

INTERVIEW. The summer's last open-air theatre piece will be a doozy. Collaborators Sebastian Nübling and Iver Thuwis confront the intrinsic violence of men's bodies in Fallen, which opens Sep 11 at the Maxim Gorki Theater. more »

Sep 9, 2014 Stage

Lost and found in the forest

INTERVIEW. In his debut documentary Song from the Forest, Michael Obert, a Berlin-based journalist turned filmmaker, follows a man who wandered into the Central African rainforest 25 years ago. The film opens on Thu, Sep 11. more »

Sep 9, 2014 Film

Berlin's digital rebellion

Berlin has always attracted dissidents and free thinkers. Today it's the de facto headquarters of the global rebellion against state surveillance. In the post-Snowden era, it's time to take a stance, says Exberliner editor Nadja Vancauwenberghe. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Zeitgeist

Free at last!: Top 5 places to eat and drink on the southern U8

After a year of construction and frustration, the Leinestraße and Hermannstraße U-Bahn stations are back in action! Here's where to go in the area, now that you can go there again. more »

Sep 5, 2014 The Best of Berlin

Musikfest gets horny: Wolfgang Rihm

INTERVIEW. Wanna raise those brows to high? Berlin offers nearly three weeks of orchestral bliss all over the city with Musikfest (Sep 2-22). Star composer Rihm brings the horns in the German premiere of his new concerto, Sep 6, 7, 11 and 17. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Stage

Three for the dough

In the mood for bagels? What about foccacia? From New York to eastern Europe to Italy, sink your teeth into fresh-baked bready treats at these three shops. more »

Aug 19, 2014 , , Food (3 Comments)

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Berlin's burning: Top 5 punk spots

Kreuzberg punk-stronghold SO36 turned 36 this month and in light of its staggering survival, we’re highlighting the five best punk spots – from venues to cinemas to shops – that show that Berlin’s burning… brighter than ever. more »

Aug 28, 2014 The Best of Berlin

Who do you love?: Digitalism

INTERVIEW. Hamburg's electronic duo Digitalism, now practically electro-grandpas, emerge from the bunkers for a special DJ set at this year's Berlin Festival (Sep 5-7 at Arena). Catch the set on Sep 7 at 3:30am. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Music & nightlife

Men Men: Noodling around

Expats may bemoan the lack of "authentic" Berlin sushi, but Neukölln's new self-service ramen-ya Men Men may just quell that whinging with the kind of food that people in Japan are more likely to eat on the regular. more »

Aug 28, 2014 Food

August is hot for dance!

INTERVIEW. While summer cools down, Berlin’s stages will be heating up. Tanz im August, Berlin’s biggest international dance festival, steps up on Aug 15 around the city under the lead of new artistic director Virve Sutinen. more »

Aug 11, 2014 Stage

Pool for sharks

Eight ball, corner pocket. Berlin's newest pool hall, Bata Bar, joins the slim ranks of pubs hosting billiards. And it's reasonably priced to boot. It's getting chilly out there: time to pick an indoor sport? more »

Aug 26, 2014 The Best of Berlin

Partitioned positions: Israelis in Berlin

It’s not easy being an Israeli in Berlin these days. Many are unhappy about the war in Gaza and the right-wing government in Jerusalem and at the same feel the sting from other Israelis about not supporting the Jewish state. What's a Jew to do? more »

Aug 20, 2014 People

Loach's last dance: Jimmy's Hall

INTERVIEW: The stalwart socialist stays impassioned to the end! Legendary auteur Ken Loach's supposed last feature, Jimmy's Hall, is a post-Irish Civil War drama with a heavy dance element. It hits Berlin cinemas on Aug 14. more »

Aug 15, 2014 Film

Always crashing in the same bar

Haven't seen the Bowie exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau yet? It only remains a Lodger there for a short time longer. With the end in sight on August 24, Exberliner’s music editor meditates on Bowie, rebirth and Berlin. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Music & nightlife (2 Comments)

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  • Sophomore Scheiße

    OUT NOW! The film adaptation of Charlotte Roche's second novel, SCHOßGEBETE, is trite drivel with none of the rebelliousness and charm of the first. more »

  • It's an average life

    OUT NOW! Mundanity and predictability hinder R.J Cutler's attempts at matching the warmth of "It's a Wonderful Life" in the bland IF I STAY. more »

  • The family man?

    OUT NOW! With an utterly skewed portrayal of facts, Heinrich Himmler is contrived as THE DECENT ONE and we're puzzled. more »

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