Nite Life/Nite Death

YOUR WEEKEND: A few years ago it would have sounded like the title of a police series, but 48 Stunden Neukölln promises to be the deb ball for an area that, once only settled by artists and bohemes after cost-benefit analysis, now appears more infinitely satisfying than what Mitte has to offer. more

Jun 25, 2010 11:00 AM Opinion

YOUR WEEKEND: A short study of Berlin history will reveal the Trümmerfrau, the women who cleared up the rubble left behind by the war – Teufelsberg, for example, is just a giant pile of pig bones and condom wrappers mounded by these women... more

Jun 18, 2010 7:51 AM Opinion 2 Comments

YOUR WEEKEND: It’s no secret that a schism through Berlin nightlife has built up over the last year. On one hand, a recently-arriving moneyed and aristo class is mixing with the increasingly aspirational, well-established dirt-glamour crowd... more

Jun 11, 2010 8:55 AM Opinion

YOUR WEEKEND: With the influx of the Easyjetset made up of weekend Good Time Charlies into Berlin clubs such as Berghain, their gay+ mandates are slipping into a general gestalt of laddish (if foppish) effluvia... more

Jun 4, 2010 8:22 AM Opinion 1 Comments

YOUR WEEKEND: “Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay”, Danny and the Juniors sang in the 1960s, failing to anticipate Berghain, as well as, say, Omar Souleyman, but one does have to admit that, though rock ‘n’ roll may be gone some 45 years, rock music is a tenacious little virus... more

May 21, 2010 7:02 AM Opinion

YOUR WEEKEND: First impressions mean little when absently assessed. Look at Black Eyed Peas. It’s hard to believe, but a decade ago the “My Humps” hitmakers were rather poorly selling, and heavily pushed by critics for the perceived consciousness of their message. more

May 14, 2010 12:00 AM Opinion

YOUR WEEKEND: Remember the sleaze that drew you here in the first place? With St. Bla/Bla Bla recently belly up, the number of places one can cavort naked into the point of a knife is reduced to a scattering... more

May 7, 2010 9:00 AM Opinion

YOUR WEEKEND: It’s Gallery Weekend, Berlin’s yearly attempt to convince collectors that it's a city overflowing with merchandisable talent. And while the City Elders may dream of Jay Jopling hopping out of Hauptbahnhof, checkbook in hand, only Germans would believe that multimillionaires take a train... more

Apr 30, 2010 8:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

YOUR WEEKEND: The days of Berlin being a city of hygiene-challenged semi-squatters looking for an abandoned building to turn into a bonfire and/or circus expired this decade: there’s no more Eimer to spend an evening of industrial metal and gasoline fumes at... more

Apr 23, 2010 9:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

YOUR WEEKEND: Back when I was but a pea stuck in a plastic straw, before the invention of the internet or, in the case of Germany, the telephone, there was once a city named Prague, in a country no longer existing called Czechoslovakia... more

Apr 16, 2010 7:34 AM Opinion 1 Comments


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The most banal attack on critics is the one in which they’re accused of being frustrated musicians. But musicians tend to have terrible taste in music: the good ones, anyway. more

Apr 9, 2010 7:00 AM Opinion

Easter in Berlin, when a city of unemployed Atheists gets to enjoy a few extra days off. But what to do? Even the contrarians can’t take up sacrilege: that’s too much like a typical day’s work here. more

Apr 2, 2010 9:55 AM Opinion

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