issue 132

Hans-Torsten Richter answers your questions about surviving and thriving in Berlin, like the confusing German term Spießer and the city's water problems. Write to with all your queries. Read more


Although many people might not know it, Berlin has a big Vietnamese community. Some of its members shared their stories with us. Read more

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Although it's been 25 years since the capitalist system reigned victorious, there are still a few folks out there who long for the bygone era of the socialist state. Here's a rundown of where you can exercise your selective memory. Read more

, , Zeitgeist

Céline Poulin works exclusively with art in communal areas and outdoor artistic practice, and with Berlin's abundance of transformable spaces, she has something new to present Berliners at her workshop on Nov 27 at DAZ. Read more

Art & Exhibitions

Damon McMahon’s Amen Dunes project is more evidence that psychedelia has had a longer-lasting effect than the drugs that inspired it. Listen closely on Nov 28 at Monarch Bar to find out why. Read more

Concerts & Parties

From moonshine-caffeine concoctions to Nordic shuffleboard games to pass the time, the freshly opened Kaschk boasts more than just an impressively bearded proprietor – including an impressive array of Scandinavian treats up their sleeves. Read more

Insider Tips

OUT NOW! The Brit wit, strong script, and talented kids make up for the family vacation clichés in WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY. Read more


OUT NOW! A much needed vacation leads to awkward realisations in TURIST, a brilliantly honest examination of family dynamics. Read more


Is there any better way to embrace the autumn with the bittersweet pang of a good cider? Apples, pears, or even a triple-fermented apple beer, the Comptoir du Cidre duo has it down to an art. Read more

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INTERVIEW. Albrecht's NASTY PEACE, a fantasy-inspired audio tour, uses dragons and swords to explore the consequences of increasing privatisation in Kreuzberg. Experience his so-called "Game of Zones" Nov 20-Dec 6. Read more

Theatre & Dance

OUT NOW! The boundaries of love are examined through the eyes of a troubled boy and his struggling mother in Xavier Dolan's award-winning and acclaimed MOMMY. Read more


OUT NOW! Gyllenhaal plays an amateur cameraman chasing accidents in NIGHTCRAWLER, a well-acted commentary on tabloid morality. Read more


In the early 1980s, two young students were looking for ways of transporting (post) punk and new wave sounds onto film. Check out the result at this month's special EXBlicks screening of OKAY OKAY – Der Moderne Tanz at Lichtblick Kino, Nov 17, 20:30. Read more


INTERVIEW. From dying of tiredness to being too horny to fall asleep, our society has a sleeping disorder, say Israeli theatremakers Hila Golan, Niva Dloomy, and Ariel Nil Levy. LET'S CALL IT A DAY! runs at Theaterdiscounter, Nov 19-22. Read more

Theatre & Dance

INTERVIEW. The city cult institution Gob Squad invites you to “Be Part of Something Bigger” at the group’s weekend-long 20-year anniversary extravaganza, happening November 20-22 at HAU. Don't miss! Read more

Art & Exhibitions

INTERVIEW. After a four-year hiatus, Australian siblings Angus and Julia Stone found themselves coaxed by the late blues convert Rubin into a new self-titled album which they will be blessing Berlin with on Nov 12 at Tempodrom. Read more

Concerts & Parties

Life in the GDR was not all Spreewaldgurken and flowery wallpaper. The socialist dictatorship’s Zwangsadoption (forced adoption) programme separated thousands of children from their parents. Katrin Behr was one of them. Read more

Interviews & Portraits

Wall souvenir

Photo by Anna Agliardi

From GDR auctions to spray-painted original souvenir to total fakes, the past – and present – of selling off the Berliner Mauer is a curious business indeed. Read more

, Zeitgeist

OUT NOW! Although a little late, LABYRINTH OF LIES explores an individual's despair at the collective crimes committed during Germany's darker era of history. Read more


OUT NOW! Despite the good performances all round, the FADING GIGOLO seems a little too saccharine for its own good. Read more


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