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issue 165

Comic artist Berliac has earned the ire of the identity politics community three times over. Exberliner met with him to find out what all the fuss was about. more

Interviews & Portraits

"Only dead fish follow the stream,” reads the exhibition text for THEY. Spotlighting mainly Berlin-based artists who flow against the "tide" of gender and sexual norms, it's a fine survey of local talent. more

Art & Exhibitions

Preis der Nationalgalerie finalist Sol Calero talks about the politics of representation and creating art out of a strip mall. more

Art & Exhibitions

What to do when the heat isn't working? Should your "leftist" friend be allowed to rent out an apartment for only two weeks a month? Hans-Torsten has the answers. more

Features

Two street art museums have popped in Berlin this autumn, one with a touch of everything from Banksy to Shephard and one with nothing but the big B. more

Insider Tips

David Bowie's back in Berlin... in wax form! And he's not too happy about it. We visited Madame Tussauds to try and suss out what's behind the Starman's bummed-out expression. more

Insider Tips

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Photo by Arno Declair

INTERVIEW! Film star Nina Hoss talks about how her relationship with her father and the post-Trump Left inspired her to hit the Schaubühne stage with a very personal adaptation of "Returning to Reims". Catch it Nov 22 and 25-28. more

Theatre & Dance

INTERVIEW! Gay film pioneer Rosa von Praunheim turned his attention to Berlin’s fastest-gentrifying Bezirk for Survival in Neukölln. Catch it at our next EXBlicks on Mon, Nov 27. more

Film

Finally a board game about an airport! And not just any airport: BER! UnberechenB€R: Das Verrückte Flughafenspiel satirises Berlin's famous ineptitude when it comes to handling its big project. more

Insider Tips

INTERVIEW! Meret Becker, star of German stage and screen, tells us why she’s still taking music lessons after all these years. She and her Tiny Teeth turn Heimathafen Neukölln into a circus on Nov 24. more

Concerts & Parties

OUT NOW! Billie Jean King biopic BATTLE OF THE SEXES is a a well-executed crowd-pleaser but is ultimately too timid to win any awards. more

Film

OUT NOW! Kathryn Bigelow’s dramatisation of 1967 Algiers Motel incident in DETROIT delivers Bigelow all the way, only to falter in the final act. more

Film

Did Israel really sponsor the indie festival Pop-Kultur? Why did Kate Tempest cancel her Volksbühne show? Part 4 of our series on Berlin identity skirmishes deals with how the Israel-Palestine conflict is playing out on our stages. more

Zeitgeist

INTERVIEW. Bruce LaBruce on his lesbian-separatist film "The Misandrists" and the complexities of queer politics today. Catch it followed by a Q&A with star Susanne Sachse at EXBlicks' PORNBlicks on Dec 26, 20:30. more

Film

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Left: Dreadlocked artist Jan Muche at his studio in Wedding. Right: Fatima Muhammed. Photos by German Palomeque

The cultural appropriation debate around dreadlocks has migrated from USA to Berlin, where many Germans continue to sport the style. A former dreadhead himself, Cameron Cook took a deep-dive into the issue. It’s not always a matter of black or white. more

Features 4 Comments

OUT NOW! The altogether life-affirming THE BIG SICK takes on love and cultural customs. more

Film

November's all about identity politics and with that comes a series of shitstorms, homegrown right here in Berlin. Each week we'll look at a new identity-related controversy from the past year. This week: Well-intentioned lesbian talks... more

Zeitgeist

Coming “home” to Lido Mon, Nov 20, Aussie synth-pop maestro and frequent Berliner Alex Cameron speaks about putting words in the mouths of despicable characters on his latest album Forced Witness. more

Concerts & Parties

November's all about identity politics and with that comes a series of shitstorms, homegrown right here in Berlin. Each week we'll look at a new identity-related controversy from the past year. This week: The fascist bookstore? more

Zeitgeist

Intersectional feminism has hit the Berlin music scene! With the We Make Waves festival and conference on the horizon (Nov 9-11), we looked at initiatives that support female musicians and DJs while inviting other marginalised groups to the party. more

Culture

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