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issue 136

Hans-Torsten Richter answers your questions about surviving and thriving in Berlin. Write to hanstorsten@exberliner.com with all your queries. more

Features

Make sure to put on a silly hat, and go for a day, or week, at the races! The 102-year-old Mariendorf Trabrennbahn hosts Derby Week going on from Jul 24-Aug 2. But the track alone is worth the trip. more

What's On

Tischtennis

Photo by Dominic Blewett

Summer's coming and its time to get those paddles out. Our reporter faces off against casual park players and national ping pong champions alike in an attempt to unlock the secrets of Berlin’s obsession with Tischtennis. more

Culture

Looking to try lupin-based "coffee" (a la GDR) in today's Berlin? Pop into the all-vegan Gräfekiez café No Milk Today, where it's served with oat, soy, rice or coconut milk as one of many options for the dairy-intolerant. Or just get a cup of joe. more

Food & Drink

Whether asylum seekers, Russian kids from Hartz-IV families or Turkish girls looking to break patriarchal tradition, these lucky athletes found dedicated coaches ready lend a helping hand. We visited three sport associations that make a difference. more

Zeitgeist

East German-born Claudia Pechstein was a speed skating sensation – until doping accusations in 2009 caused her fall from grace. Fighting for years to prove her innocence, Pechstein is finally back in the skating game and stronger than ever. more

Interviews & Portraits

OUT NOW! A dark tone poem set in Manila's backstreets, RUINED HEART makes up for lack of narrative with gliterring imagery. more

Film

OUT NOW! The story of a grieving man who starts cross-dressing after his wife's death, UNE NOUVELLE AMIE suffers from an overload of camp. more

Film

OUT NOW! Capturing wild West Berlin on film without cliches is no easy feat – TOD DEN HIPPIES doesn't quite pull it off. more

Film

The band CAN, Krautrock greats from the swinging 60s, defied musical norms and helped found a new generation of sound. Last month, the French government gave its former keyboardist, Irmin Schmidt, a knighthood. more

, Concerts & Parties

OUT NOW! Even charming Charlotte Gainsbourg can't save tangled love story 3 COEURS from feeling uninspired. more

Film

OUT NOW! Following an immigrant businessman's descent into corruption, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a nuanced exploration of morality in 1980s NYC. more

Film

OUT NOW! Offering a new take on Schiller's 18th-century classic, DIE RÄUBER is elegant and chilling. more

Film

Berlin’s best known secret at the moment is a charming little South Indian restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg. Friendly to both veggies and carnivores, the cuisine actually lives up to the hype. It’s always packed, so make sure to get a reservation. more

Food & Drink 3 Comments

It's official, Hamburg gets the bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Although some Berliners are undoubtedly rejoicing, Dan Borden has a few reasons why the Olympics could have done something for the city. more

Zeitgeist

Maerzmusik (Mar 20-29), the avant-classical festival featuring cutting-edge concerts, films, and multi-disciplinary performances, returns this Fri. Ensemble Ictus opens with their multi-stage "Liquid Room" show at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. more

Theatre & Dance

The Schaubühne replicates the Globe Theater for Thomas Ostermeier's Richard III, an intense exploration of evil and power. Lars Eidinger wows with his deformed, perverse Richard. English surs have now been announced for April. more

Theatre & Dance

On Mon, Mar 16, the German Olympic Council will announce its nomination for Hamburg or Berlin as host of the 2024 Olympics. While Hamburg's all for the Games, Berlin finds itself divided. Read the experts' opinions, then weigh in yourself! more

, , Features 3 Comments

OUT NOW! Based on the true story of a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl who kills her kidnapper, DIFRET follows a society in transition. more

Film

OUT NOW! Despite a clever if somewhat crazy plot, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE suffers from an overload of violence. more

Film

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