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American musician Chad Matheny, aka Emperor X, on surviving testicular cancer, owing the hospital €30,000 and being (mostly) happy about it. more

Concerts & Parties

With Taiwanese sandwiches having a moment, we visited three of Berlin’s latest bao-crazy restaurants and ended up sinking our teeth into more than just squishy buns. more

, Food & Drink

It’s a deeply boring, yet immensely important topic: health insurance. Each country has its own system and Germany’s stands out for being a strange mix. The system is unfair and unsustainable in all kinds of ways – yet change could be on the horizon. more

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INTERVIEW! Mexico City-based actor, director and author Gabino Rodriguez went undercover in a factory for six months. The result, Tijuana, comes to the Schaubühne’s FIND festival on Apr 4. more

Theatre & Dance

INTERVIEW! A new TV series on ARD turns the spotlight on Berlin’s Charité hospital. Its scriptwriter tells us about the unique allure of the 307-year-old medical institution. It premieres Mar 21, but you can preview the first two episodes online. more

History

OUT NOW! Dialogue-free and gorgeously animated, THE RED TURTLE is bare-bones story-telling at its spellbinding best – and it has a pretty dang good score, too. more

Film

Just around the corner is Versfest, Berlin's multilingual (German and English) literary festival for kids, replete with readings, workshops, talks, and poetry nights – all free of charge. Catch it Mar 20-22 if you can get the kids away from school. more

Theatre & Dance

A new Berlin start-up wants to know how you’re feeling. Really. more

Start-ups

Maerzmusik, the Berliner Festspiele’s ever-more-ambitious “festival for time issues”, brings us the best in obscure contemporary music for 10 days. It's on from Mar 16-26 at the Festspiele Spiele and other venues across town. more

Concerts & Parties

INTERVIEW! Austrian composer, singer and musician Eva Reiter returns to Maerzmusik (Mar 16-26) with a performance of The Lichtenberg Figures. Catch it Mar 18 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. more

Concerts & Parties

Shebeen Flick, Berlin’s Irish film festival, returns with a bumper line-up. Catch it at Moviemento Mar 16-19. It opens with enigmatic, playfully confounding essay film "History's Future". more

Film

INTERVIEW! American artist and self-designated preserver of queer culture Dean Sameshima on why his show 647(a) serves both as nostalgia and a cautionary tale. It opens Mar 10 at Peres Projects. more

Art & Exhibitions

OUT NOW! Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning masterpiece MOONLIGHT finally hits German cinemas. And it was definitely worth the wait. more

Film

"Fruits of Labor", the latest piece by Miet Warlop, is a manic concert put on by performance artists unafraid to get weird. Catch March 9-11 at HAU 2. more

Theatre & Dance

Tel Aviv-raised, Berlin-based singer Mary Ocher talks politics, building walls and her brand new album The West Against the People, which will be released at this Friday's Ich bin ein(e) Berliner(in) at SO36! more

Concerts & Parties

INTERVIEW! Theatre legend Achim Freyer and Claus Peymann have teamed for one final premiere at the Berliner Ensemble, Kleist's Prinz Friedrich vom Homburg. We spoke to Freyer about theater, Brecht and their relationship and his creative arc. more

Theatre & Dance

Artistic director Claus Peymann arrived to the Berliner Ensemble in 1999. Almost 20 years later and he says goodbye with Kleist's "Prinz Friedrich vom Hamborg". You can see it Mar 9, 23 and 30. more

Theatre & Dance

Expats may be surprised at the huge number of bars and clubs that allow smoking in Berlin, even more to learn that the city, just like the rest of Germany, actually has a smoking ban. more

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Every district in Berlin has its own mental institution, or Klapse as it´s called in in German slang. For six months, our writer visited his girlfriend at the Wilmersdorf branch. He gives us a unique peek behind the clinic´s walls. more

Interviews & Portraits

Eye drops as heroin substitute, anyone? In Berlin, pharmaceuticals are increasingly abused by addicts and recreational users alike. We spoke to a helpless pharmacist and an industrious "legal" dealer. more

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