issue 165


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

Nov 16, 2017 12:00 AM Features 2 Comments

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

Nov 15, 2017 12:00 PM 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

Nov 14, 2017 1:30 PM Zeitgeist


Alex Cameron (left) with saxophonist Roy Malloy. Photo by Cara Robbins

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

Nov 14, 2017 12:00 PM Music & nightlife

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

Nov 8, 2017 12:30 PM Zeitgeist

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Gizem Adiyaman (left) and Lucia Luciano (right) of hip hop party series Hoe_mies. Photo by Alex Kleis

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

Nov 7, 2017 12:25 PM Zeitgeist

This month’s jam-packed film calendar looks set to keep spirits high as the nights draw in. First up is the Italian Film Festival (Nov 9-12), followed by Interfilm (Nov 20-26) and it's rounded out by Around the World in 14 Films (Nov 23-Dec 2). more

Nov 6, 2017 12:00 PM , , Film

INTERVIEW. Cameron Cook talks to Bruce LaBruce about his lesbian-separatist film "The Misandrists", out Nov 2, and complexities of feminism. more

Nov 2, 2017 2:30 PM Film

REVIEW! Geremy Jasper's latest PATTI CAKE$ follows the story of Patricia Dombrowski, who hits the road to achieve rap stardom. more

Nov 2, 2017 2:00 PM Film

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Photo by Daniel Seiffert

INTERVIEW: Can a theatre director change the world? Milo Rau isn't sure, but that hasn't stopped him from trying. He spoke to us about his three recent projects: a play about Lenin, a "General Assembly", and a film about the Congo. more

Nov 2, 2017 2:00 PM Stage


Photo by Ohad Meromi

Contemporary artists have their say on the centennial in Israeli exhibition The Kids Want Communism. Catch it before it's over Nov 12. more

Nov 1, 2017 4:30 PM Art

Catch Geoffrey Farmer's solo-exhibition, "The Care With Which the Rain Is Wrong", at Schinkelklause, which offers insights into humankind through his meticulous collection of images, objects and sounds. Through Nov 12. more

Nov 1, 2017 3:05 PM Art


1917, Deutsches Historisches Museum. Photo courtesy of the Staatliches Museum für Zeitgenössische Geschichte, Moskau

The Deutsches Historisches Museum tries to connect the Revolution's past and present in their exhibition 1917, with mixed results. It's on through April 15. more

Nov 1, 2017 1:40 PM Culture


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At Schaubühne, Milo Rau contemplates the Russian Revolution through Lenin's dying days. The next performances are Nov 4-5, 16-19 (in German). more

Nov 1, 2017 1:20 PM Stage


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If you were an artist, actor, director or musician in 1980s West Berlin, you came to the Paris Bar. And even today, you still do. Satya, a French waiter at the notorious Kantstraße Paris bistro for 16 years, explains its unique magic. more

Oct 2, 2017 11:00 AM Zeitgeist

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