Issue 116

On Mon, Sep 30, EXBlicks at Lichtblick presents Diane Näcke's raw yet optimistic "Meine Freiheit, Deine Freiheit", following the journey of two women from prison to freedom. Here's the story of Salema Wad’Deres, one of the film's protagonists. Read more

Interviews & Portraits 1 Comments

So you're vacationing in Berlin this summer, and confused by the legions of joint-toking, jaw-chewing Berliners you encounter. Are drugs legal here or what? Christine Köhler-Azara, the city's drug commissioner, clears up the rather druggy waters. Read more


Hansa Wißkirchen started his exhibition series “Salon Hansa” 20 years ago, curating elegant guerrilla exhibitions with self-educated artists. Now he has initiated a new, similar exhibition programme in Berlin with P.O.P. club owner Cornelius Opper. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

LAST CHANCE. Pharmaceutical giant Bayer boasts a sparkling collection of modern art – is it enough to shine up their less-than-gleaming image? Check out this roll-call of artistic innovation and decide for yourself before June 9. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

The promises of modafinil, and other 'smart drugs' are bold: can they really make you more productive and intelligent? Our reporter takes the plunge, but finds that there are at least as many risks as benefits to putting your brain in the fast lane. Read more

Zeitgeist 1 Comments

Pankow is housing a hidden gem you may never have meandered past. Wo der Bär den Honig holt is a veg-friendly haven of comfort food, full of chewy, buttery, goat cheesy homemade goodness with daily soups, creative sandwiches, and yummy pastries. Read more

Insider Tips 2 Comments

Happy hour isn't exactly Berlin's claim to fame. That may change once word spreads about this Venetian bistro whose dishes bring even the most discerning Italian to their knees. Come for the supper, come back for the aperitivo. Delizioso! Read more

Food & Drink 2 Comments

When it comes to unconventional museums, Berlin is at the forefront. One of the city's newest exciting additions is Generation 13, exhibiting artefacts-from video games to sneakers-of urban youth culture from the 1960s-1980s, or the 13th generation. Read more

Insider Tips

OUT NOW! Berlin's beloved Kiez has a heritage deeper than just Berlin. The district shines in CANIM KREUZBERG, with a family story originating in Turkey. Read more


OUT NOW! Despite beautiful cop man candy and graceful cinematography, gay melodrama FREIER FALL suffers from a clichéd plot. Read more


OUT NOW! A masterpiece of pure cinema, LEVIATHAN renders the violence of the sea with a poetry worthy of Melville. Read more


OUT NOW! Even with interesting content and genuine theatrical presence, THE WORDS putters out. Read more


OUT NOW! Berlinale Golden Bear winner MUTTER UND SOHN arrives in cinemas proper. Now's your chance to catch the heavy social drama. Read more


Do Berlin cops give a shit about drugs in this city? One Berlin police officer offers insight into the daily trials and tribulations of being the potential buzzkill. Read more

Zeitgeist 1 Comments

OUT NOW! Ulrich Seidl's conclusion to his trilogy with PARADIES: HOFFNUNG ends on a high in a unlikely location: a diet camp for teenage girls. Read more


OUT NOW! The remake of Sam Raimi’s original film EVIL DEAD falls by the wayside of its predecessor, leaving us thinking, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Read more


Hans-Torsten Richter offers advice on navigating the Standesamt and getting your baby's name accepted, especially in the case when your name of choice is something more original than Florian or Julia. Read more


Come fall 2013 Berlin welcomes Eba51, its first post-industrial-pre-fab container city: a cheap, mobile flat village offering affordable housing. But what are the repercussions of exiling Berlin's poor majority to the city's outskirts? Read more


INTERVIEW: OB-boys (as in Ost Berlin) Sebastian Szary and Gernot Bronsert started making electronic music two decades ago in the ripely unified Hauptstadt. Monkeytown Records released a DVD-only documentary on May 3 about the duo's rise to fame. Read more

Concerts & Parties

Tucked away in a Prenzlauer Berg side street you'll find the gem that is Stolichnoe, where homemade Soviet classics like borscht and dumplings are served up with love by the ladies of a family from Chechnya. Read more

Food & Drink 1 Comments

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