Do you remember the night of the singing balconies we wrote about a couple of weeks ago? I heard it was quite a blast. Now the organisers Polly& Bob are planning another large scale urban intervention in Friedrichshain which sounds like fun and I am looking forward to join. What a better way to meet new neighbourhood-friends than having dinner with them. So this is why a big running dinner will take place this Saturday in Friedrichshain where everybody can participate if they live in this district. Forming teams of two cooks you will get randomly paired up with other teams and be surprised what they will serve to you. Every dish will be served in another apartment, so you will not only get to know the cooking abilities of your neighbours but also learn more about their interior. A quite personal, yet funny and communicative event where – with a little luck – you might also find new friends. You can still join untill December 5. To take part you have to sign sign in here and you will get more information directly from Polly and Bob.
photo: Dan Hirsch
We all know that living together in a 35 square meter studio apartment in Berlin did not bring eternal love and happiness to the young couples of the city. And still I see more and more people moving together in tiny apartmens, losing their privacy in the name of love and money. But what does all this saving money bring you in the end if you will wreck your relationship. Maybe love just can’t be a bargain.
The economy of love and relationships in Berlin is also the topic of the upcoming piece Save Your Love by Israeli director Ariel Nil Levy and performers Hila Golan, Niva Dloomy at Theaterdiscounter. A basic berlin relationship will unfold in front of your eyes with all the problems love can have of living in a big city in a small apartment. The piece is suited for an English-speaking audience. Furthermore during all of December there will be performances around the topic of love at this little theater which now is fighting for its existence, since the state will not support it in the future. Let’s hope for the best and let’s get some love there this month. The dates and the address after the jump.
all photos: Im Gegenteil
Being single in Berlin and wanting to change it is not the easiest thing. Paradoxically the quantity of possibilites to meet and hook up with someone seems to go inversely proportional to the actual flirting happening in this city. That is why I gave you some advice on how to flirt on the public transport not so long ago. Did it help? Eventually. But we cannot ride in eternity in the single Ringbahn just waiting for the right guy or girl sitting next to us. So maybe the intrepid Berlin dweller wants to try his luck online hoping for cupid hitting him through the window of his browser.
Until now I would have told you that there is no way to flirt online with dignity. There is always the stinky slime of cheap superficiality all over it of choosing someone because his profile pic looks sexy, nice or interesting (whatever you are looking for). But two girls with entrepreneurial spirit finally did something I was thinking about in years without a concrete solution: Re-inventing online dating.
Im Gegenteil is a curated interview magazine featuring Berlin’s most interesting bachelors and bachelorettes. The look and feel, is very personal and the photos are high-quality and remind me of Freunde von Freunden, which is big compliment. So far so good. Still the page got me thinking and raised a couple of questions which I also discussed with my friends. Would we like to be portrayed on Im Gegenteil? Would we write somebody who is interviewed there? What happens with the interview after the single is not single anymore? Does it remain as an online memory of desperates times? Some personal answers after the jump.
photo: Rolf Arnold
Maybe you have already heard about the literature contest we launched together with the Sophiensaele theater. The reason we ventured in this new editorial direction is the upcoming international theater festival Strange Magic that will start tomorrow. We are really much looking forward to it not just because our first printed booklet comes out of the press and will be presented during the festival but also because there will be so much interesting theater and perfomances going on. The overall topic is the magical and illusionary in theater. How can stage magic be combined with performance know how? Visibility vs. invisibility, knowledge and power, illusions and disillusions are the focus and point to the current social debate: who is manipulating and fooling whom? In my opinion very interesting questions, which will be hopefully answered in part by the presented pieces. But if you can’t visit the festival, you can still follow our Strange Magic of Berlin stories which we will publish, one by one here on the blog. My recommendations for the individual perfomances after the jump.
photo: Eylül Aslan
Without being too much New-Age-esque and yogi-like, I think we all agree that Berlin is a magical place. But unlike other metropolises that have per definition spectacular sites and magical corners such as Rome, Paris or New York have, Berlin’s magic cannot be described with another word other then strange or odd. The only way to capture it in real words is by telling the singular stories of our everyday life and exclaiming in the end: this is Berlin.
Exactly this stories we would like to hear from our readers. Together with our favorite independent theater the Sophiensaele we are curating and editing a print booklet entitled The Strange Magic of Berlin in which we would like to present stories by our readers and followers telling their experiences about the life in Berlin. This booklet will be available at the upcoming theater festival Strange Magic by the Sophiensaele. Please send in your short story of a maximum of 800 words in English or German to email@example.com until November 14, 2013.
Together with the team of the Sophiensaele we will edit 10 stories to be printed and presented to the audience of the festival. Every participant will receive a copy and have the possibility to visit one piece of the festival for free. Also the stories will be presented online during the festival on here on I HEART BERLIN. We are very curious about your submissions!
Weather conditions are not the best today to walk around the city. Still I warmly recommend you to check out the night of the singing balconies simply because I think the idea is genious and should be supported. The concept is that the neighbors of Friedrichshain will get on stage of their balcony today and sing for their neighbors. 38 Balconies, 38 Gigs of neighbors, 3 different tours means more than 10 hours of music, theatre, video screening and a final after party at the nice underground venue Antje Oklesund. I know that a lot of hip people somehow despise Friedrichshain and see it as too touristy to go out there. So maybe this a good opportunity to discover it from another point of view. Check the full program over here.
The Berlin-based fashion brand BL33N is a project by Donovan and Matthias Vriens-McGrath. Their core products are very simple yet funny T-shirts that are the perfect costume for Halloween if you like to show some belly (and have the right body to do so). The heart of this project is the belief and support of individual freedom. BL33N believes that sexuality should not be forced into taboos, but should be recognized and celebrated. That is why they just recently made a new sexy T-shirt. As a visual reminder of the anti-gay laws that have recently been passed in Russia and that exist throughout the world. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt will be donated to ALL OUT, an organization that works on making this hope a reality. Well done, we say and still work on our belly to become fit to wear their monster T-shirts.
Did you know that also our friends from Pornceptual protested against the anti-gay legislation with a very sex hardcore party a couple of month ago? It looks like quite a party! They will be also take part of our Halloween event today by having a special haunted porn photo booth in our House of Haunted Hearts. So prepare to strip off your costume if you dare to be sexy. After the jump more pictures of the shirts of BL33N.
Good food is the right thing to do, in any circumstance and in any occasion and for any diet you are going through. Actually, there is no excuse for bad food even if you are vegan or gluten-intollerant. At least if you live in a city with so many options such as Berlin. One of my favourite vegan places in town is called Goodies and it has now several stores all over town. It started as a small cafe at Warschauer Straße just a few years ago. Shortly, Goodies stood out of the hundreds of random pretentious hip coffee places of the area by giving the customer something unique: wonderfully extravagant and special vegan food at a good price and in charming atmosphere. Sounds simple, it is simple and it’s as good as the name of the place. No wonder that more places had to open to have more people in Berlin indulge in their unique treats. More photos and all the adsresses after the jump.
photo: Bernhard Musil
Contemporary dance is a lot of things: beautiful, inspiring, energetic, traumatic and sometimes boring. But it is almost never funny. Unless you are watching a piece of Nir de Volff collective Total Brutal. The performances of the Israeli choreographer who started his Berlin career by making crazy pieces in Dock 11 at Kastanienallee never lost their black and outrageous humor. So maybe it is not a cliché after all that Jews have a good sense of humor. Anyway, his new pieces premiering this week at Sophiensaele does not only have some sexy dancers to show off, but also a very intense topic. Two cities – Berlin and Tel Aviv – struggling with financial issues and political troubles have a hard time to work on their future. Its young inhabitants dance their pain away instead of worrying about the problems. Inside a vibrant nightclub 5 dancers meet and talk about their fears of the future. Reminiscent of the Golden 20s the nightclub transforms into a cabaret of anxiety. Photos and dates after the jump.
Can you successfully work together with your exboy/girlfriend? This is one of the most discussed topics in my life, since I try to do it day by day, sometimes better sometimes worse. But in the end the results are what counts. Two very good friends of mine where a couple years ago and now joined forces again not to make love but to make really good theater. The creative duo Daniel Schrader and Thea Axthelm-Hoffmann did a great job creating the piece V. at Ballhaus Ost based on the book of the American novelist Thomas Pynchon.You will have a theater experience not just of pure intelectual and visual pleasure but also a good dose of Berlin craziness. More pictures and the details after the jump.