Your Berlin Weekend Tips
It’s Friday, so of course it’s raining. That means that you might need your mulled wine even more urgently on tomorrow’s Glühwein Ride, although we’re not entirely sure, if hot sugary drinks and bikes go well together anyway. Just make sure to get off your bike once you can’t ride a straight line anymore.
Party in Berlin
- Tanga Elektra have been one of our favorites since we seen them at a concert two years ago, so we’re happy they’re finally releasing their first studio longplayer on Friday.
- Tété is bringing his uniquely french interpretation of Soul and Folk to the stage at Badehaus this Saturday.
- Radio Citizen are about a dozen Berliners that just released their 4th album of Hip-Hop and Afro-infused jazz-funk. Sorry, but this about as precise as I can be, one moment they sound like Mary J Blidge in her better days, the next like a 1960s rocksteady crew. In some songs they even sound a bit electronic, although everything they record is strictly analogue. Saturday at Kantine Berghain.
- Daniel Wang aka Danny Dancer is one Berlin’s most prolific House DJs and Griessmühle made him their headliner this Saturday for a night of Disco madness. Of course that won’t be all, there’s a whole floor taken over by Groovy Groovy from NYC, a former Berghain resident a whole lot more.
- Resident soul-queen and musical Berlin faktotum Jocelyn B Smith has long been active with her integrative laymen’s choir-project Different Voices of Berlin. Sunday they are giving a fundraising concert at Berliner Ensemble to collect money for the many homeless people that struggle to survive the coming winter months.
Arty in Berlin
- Willner Brauerei’s days as a local hub for arts and celebrations are over, gentrification claiming this magic place after just 6 years. This means, this year’s issue of Lost – 48 hours arts festival will be the last – at least in this location.
- Our guidesse Jenny is partaking in a group exhibition in Kreuzberg. Unter Urban features a handful of artist that show their paintings, drawings and as in Jenny’s case their mixed media work. DEfinetely worth a visit, even if you never met Jenny, which you should because she is funny and talented 😉
- In case you didn’t know; C/O Berlin, the city’s most important exhibition space for photography offers English guided tours every Saturday at 6pm for just a fiver extra. Current exhibitions: „Joel Meyerowitz – Why Color“ and „Torbjørn Rødland – Back in Touch„
- Probably everybody has a ton of associations when they hear the words „Islam“ or „Muslim“. Most of those tend to be connected to pictures of violence and backwardness. Even, if we know that these are not true or at least not the only truth, it’s good to be shown from time to time. The Museum at Kulturbrauerei is showing more than 50 photos from the Zenith Photo Award – Islam in Europe and tries to do just that.
- Between Love and Madness: The art of Mexican Micro Comics, is an exhibition at Somos, that shows an excerpt of a larger show in Texas with nearly 1400 works from the 60s and 70s, all in glorious black ink and lots of sugar-skulls.
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Other Stuff/Christmas in Berlin
- As a comedian, a funny accent almost always works for us Germans, so we have all these foreign comedians we like to listen to, while they make fun us uptight Teutonics. Gayle Tufts has been doing that for over 20 years before she finally became a citizen. And she is really good at it, and an extremely funny and powerful female stage presence.
- Rosi’s is hosting the 5th German PowerPoint Karaoke championships. Fun garantueed.
- The big Bollywood fad we had a while ago seems to be over, but true fans will always go the extra mile. If you ever wanted to dance like Sharuk Khan, Sunday’s your chance to take part in the Open Bhangra Practice at Theaterhaus Mitte
- Yaam houses the 1st Afro-Carribean xmas-market this weekend. There’s live music, a kid’s corner and all the reggae-feeling you might need in this gloomy december.
- The xmas-market at Charlottenburg Castle probably has the most amazing location except for Gendarmenmarkt. With the castle as the backdrop and a giant christmas pyramid it is rather traditional and expensive but definetely worth a visit.
- Of course Weddingmarkt has a christmas version of their artsy, hand-made-focussed regular event. More than 70 designers and artists show and sell their works.
- The xmas-market in Spandau is the biggest in Berlin, can’t say anything about the vibes though, probably a lot of Spandauers 😉