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Sioux Indian found guilty of Nazi salute

This June Sioux Indian artist Robert Packard was convicted of giving the Hitler salute during a confrontation back in 2013. Now he's probably the first Native American to be ever be convicted of a far-right crime in Germany. Here's the strange tale. more »

Jul 18, 2014 People

Club death and transfiguration

Cookies shuts its doors for the final time after July 19, but that's just the tip of the iceberg of Mitte's moribund nightlife scene. Is the party over for the formerly happening district and what does it spell for the rest of Berlin? more »

Jul 15, 2014 Zeitgeist (4 Comments)

Oh, Dolly!

INTERVIEW. The phenomenon that is Dolly Parton takes exhibition form at Bikini Berlin's 25hours Hotel, going on through July 21. While there may be a claim to kitsch about the country icon, eight Finnish artists show the 9-to-5er as transcendental. more »

Jul 14, 2014 Art

A visit to the Batcave

He's no dark knight, but Batman is among us. Chances are you've actually seen the elaborately designed storefront on Hermannstraße alluringly named Batman Elektronik. It belongs to Muharrem Batman, an electronic artist/proprietor extraordinaire. more »

Jul 10, 2014 People

Otto in the sky

Art collective ZERO co-founder and prolific 86-year-old installation artist and professor Otto Piene sadly passed away Thursday, the first day of his exhibition "More Sky". Don't miss the legend's last living contribution at Neue Nationalgalerie. more »

Jul 15, 2014 Art

Open up: The Open Knowledge Festival

Tailor programmed for everyone from hardware designers to surveillance (not-so) paranoids, from July 15-17 at Kulturbrauerei Open Knowledge Festival is the world's biggest free data and knowledge sharing event of the year. Time to expand your mind! more »

Jul 14, 2014 The Best of Berlin

Forbidden love

This July marks one year of the German criminalisation of one of sex’s biggest taboos: zoophilia. Despite this, some people remain open about their non-traditional love. Meet Oliver, a man fighting for his right to a relationship... with a dog. more »

Jul 9, 2014 People

The fans who fell to Earth

The city is still experiencing the David Bowie exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau (on through August 24), but some Berliners take it a step further and live it. Diehards, collectors, lookalikes and former stalkers: meet Berlin’s Bowie nuts. more »

Jul 8, 2014 People

Berlin videos: Many, many, much, much Mary

Here's another installment of "Between Two Drummers", the quirkily led talk show from Mary Ocher (and Your Government) that we shared last week. This week's guest is Ned Collette. Check it out here and help support her new album as well. more »

Jul 7, 2014 Culture

Frozen in '14

Why go to Rome for buono ice cream when you can get some high quality, affordable stuff right here in Berlin? We compile a best-of list that lets you know where to get your next brain freeze this summer! more »

Jun 1, 2014 Food (3 Comments)

Dance for your life

INTERVIEW. First time British director Richard Raymond tells the extraordinary journey of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, set against the backdrop of 2009's Iranian Green Movement, in "Desert Dancer". It opens Jul 3. more »

Jul 1, 2014 Film

OUT NOW! Our JULY-AUGUST issue!

Put your dancing shoes on – our SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL is here! Get in step with Berlin's dance scene, from the master movers to anti-fascist old-timer folk dancers and much, much more. On newsstands now! more »

Jun 30, 2014 Features

Home of the Brave: Hard Rock for July 4

For this Fourth of July, we tested that most American of institutions in Berlin – Hard Rock Cafe. more »

Jul 4, 2014 Food

Does Berlin painting have a gender problem?

Compared to other art centres around the world, Berlin's painting scene seems to still be boys' club. Fridey Mickel takes stock of the situation in light of Corinne Wasmuht’s new exhibition at AdK starting on Fri, Jul 4. more »

Jul 3, 2014 Art

World Cup: Red card for FIFA

Excited about more World Cup fun with Germany vs. the US Jun 26? Not so fast. Call him a killjoy, but Andrew Jennings is hammering in the last nail in the coffin of FIFA's credibility with his new book on that “desperate old thief” Sepp Blatter. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Zeitgeist

Drunken tea party

Organic wine, e-cigarettes, superfood ice cream... any way to enjoy your vice guilt-free is welcome in this city, so it’s a wonder T-Berlin’s alcoholic tea infusions haven’t caught on yet. Booze and antioxidants? We’ll drink to that. more »

Jun 30, 2014 The Best of Berlin

World Cup living room(s)

On June 12, most of the world (except for the Amis) will be caught in football fever. From couches at Stadion an der Alten Försterei to matches at the Pregnant Oyster and beyond, here's a round-up of best places for the big games. more »

Jun 10, 2014 The Best of Berlin (1 Comments)

Where were we then?

The Bowie exhibition at Gropius-Bau is still shaking stardust over town. But what about the Germans? Here's how Bowie's legendary stay aided the burgeoning collision of queer and punk in 1970s West Berlin. more »

Jun 23, 2014 Music & nightlife

Save Berlin: A tale of two condos

New rich vs. Berlin poor: the continuing tale of Berlin's future urban landscape. But examples of affordable and conscious new housing are surfacing. Dan Borden on the revolutionary Spreefeld housing project – and its evil twin across the river. more »

Jun 24, 2014 Zeitgeist (2 Comments)

Neni: Mishmash lifestyle

Part of the Bikini Berlin takeover of City West, Neni is to the hungry urbanite what the adjoining Monkey Bar is to the thirsty one. The Austrian export is more about lifestyle than flavour and the result is forgettable food, but a memorable meal. more »

Jun 18, 2014 Food (1 Comments)

Bier on a ranch

After predecessor MFE burned down in 2009, it's future is now here in Friedrichshain's Zukunft. An outdoor cinema, jazzbar, art gallery and, of course, a biergarten, make up a ranch of summer chill wonder and bohemian ambiance. more »

Jun 24, 2014 The Best of Berlin

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    OUT NOW! Moods of Hitchcock reverberate in BLACK COAL, THIN ICE, a body part-riddled Chinese thriller. more »

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    OUT NOW! Director Gareth Evans walks a tightrope between the grotesque and the beautiful in THE RAID 2. more »

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    OUT NOW! The last release from legendary Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki soars majestically in the wonderful THE WIND RISES. more »

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