Certain characters of the Berlin nightlife are too unique to not be featured in all their shapes and colors here on I HEART BERLIN over and over again. Amazing show-stoppers who are able to walk the walk and easily put any wannabe Topmodel contestant to shame! We are talking about the talented drag queen scene in town pulling off one nice costume party after another.
From next week Tuesday THE annualy ritual of the LGBT* scene is starting again: The public screening of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Südblock preseted by queen of the queens Pansy. This is not only an occassion for a fun get-together, but of course also for the local drag queens to show off their talent. Most of the screenings finish with a big party afterwards so don’t worry too much if you come to late for the screening – there is always gonna be more. Check out the Facebook event here for all the info.
To lift up your expectations the bad boy of photography Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert took some great pics for us at the Pansy presents Showgirls party a couple of weeks ago showing some drag queens gone wild. Enjoy them after the jump.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
For the launch of the 90′s revival sneaker collection of Diadora we went to the (not so) secret coven of all sneaker fetishists in Berlin: the OVERKILL Shop last Friday. Thankfully our expectations in seeing some really weird (but somehow hot) sneaker fans were more than satisfied. Diadora is one of the brands I vividly remember from my Italian childhood and it is very exciting for me to see how they are having international fans nowadays all over the world. The new vintage silhouette and color palette of the N9000 Live put the supercool back on the tracksuit you will wear while jogging with this beauties through Treptower Park. Enjoy some impressions of the launch event after the jump.
All photos:Nady El-Tounsy
Spring is coming. The last weekend was beautifully sunny and we have hopefully survived another Berlin Winter without big snow storms, glacier-sidewalks or other inconveniences. A good reason to put back the Winter boots back in the closet and get your colorful sneakers out. If you are still looking for the right pair of urban footwear we have one shop recommendation that probably every sneaker fetishist knows by heart. OVERKILL Berlin is more then just a shop: it is a footwear institution. Located directly at Schlesisches Tor, in Berlin Kreuzberg it brings you the most innovative and diverse selection of urban sneakers, street wear and graffiti. The store also sells all kind of creative material fitting in the street art subculture as pens and spray cans and other graffiti material. But even if you are not so much into the whole sneaker thing visiting OVERKILL is quite interesting for its interior design created by the studio plus4930 Architektur.
Do you still need a good reason to check it out? This Friday the 20.2 they are going to have an exclusive Diadora shoe presentation in store with free drinks and nice appetizers. I remember the Italian sportswear brand Diadora from my first track suits I got from my Italian part of the family. They will relaunch their 90′s cult-sneaker collection called N9000 LIVE which is a really great collection of running sneakes. We will give away two pairs of shoes to our readers directly at the event. To find out how to win them check out the rest of the article and the video to the shoes after the jump.
It’s been quite a while since we published a nice short film on a Sunday like we used to do. Even if there is no real big connection to Berlin I had to show you this hyper-romantic short film called Fawns by Greek director Thanasis Tsimpinis. Actually I could not care less about the hot naked protagonist (I know, nobody believes me, but I tried at least) but I am much more into the gentle voice and the sensible story behind the short film. I think you have to watch it to get the goose bumps I feel right now just to think about the story of this stunning black-and-white film reminding us of how sometimes in order to protect the ones we love, we have to let them go. To enjoy the video follow the fawn.
There you are again you bastard of a Valentine’s Day! Like every year you put us poor singles of Berlin in trouble with your high expectations. No, we did not find the Love of our Life yet to spend some money on presents, flowers, or a nice dinner. To be correct we did not even find the Love of our Moment or the One-Night-Stand for the weekend or anything that resembles somehow a date. And if we found somebody to have some dates with, the dating dilemma transforms us into nerve wrecks.
But who is to blame? You want to point your finger on Berlin, Tinder or the neo-liberal capitalistic society we all live in. But it can’t be quite as easy, right? Let’s follow my wild speculations after the jump and maybe we find some tips for our next flirting-moves.
photos: Skylar Kang
Somehow this year’s Berlinale seems to be celebrated with much more enthusiasm, glamour and invasiveness then the years before. Even our little blog managed to publish already much more articles about this particular event then ever before.
Why is it so you might ask? Is it maybe all because of James Franco pushing the limits in time, space and physics being omnipresent all around the city. Just yesterday a friend asked me if I think we might get expelled out of town just because we have not met James Franco yet (and I am not 100% sure). Or might it be that my theater friends are right and the movie people are all impostors who managed somehow to give the business a pure dose of glamour injection not only causing botoxed faces but also total oblivion to the sponsors of the festival?
Anyway one thing that stays somehow reassuringly unchanged is the distressing bad design of the Berlinale bags. Trying to explain this obscure urban myth repeating itself in its painful atrocity every year I collected some thoughts after the jump.
“We want to talk about your dick” raps gorgeous Tatiana Saphir backed up by a chorus of Opera singers.
Would you expect this kind of lyrics in any opera? Probably not. But the opera Switch On about the discovery of the synthesizer has more to offer than just pornographic lyrics. The Argentinian director Santiago Blaum created one of the most unconventional music theater pieces I saw in my life (and I saw quite a lot of it). It deals with the controversy between what is “classic+natural” and what is “eletronic+synthetic” in music (but actually somehow in all of our life). Finally the piece will come back to Berlin. So don’t miss to visit the piece this weekend at Uferstudios and watch the funny trailer featuring the dick song and many more highlights of the piece after the switch.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
For several seasons now the Swedish brand Odeur is showing at Berlin Fashion Week. Finally the minimalistic sportswear label had a big runway show and got the attention it actually deserved. Even though we are not really sure what to think about the styling and the combination of this year’s collection, we definitely spotted some brilliant highlight pieces as Devid mentioned already in our best of menswear article. To continue our series of backstage impressions here you go with the next photo set by our dear Olga. Enjoy the pictures after the jump.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
We were incredibly intrigued by the new aesthetics of the studio 30ph (stands for 30 pairs of hands representing the students working on the project) collection that we mentioned already in our womenswear best-of. The label is the student project of the HTW university and focuses their work on ethical fair trade eco-fashion. This year they presented a collection only made out of pure untreated cotton. The results are unique garments for all kinds of situations and all kinds of body shapes and ages. Our photographer Olga was not only taking photos backstage, but was also one of the designers creating the outfits. We clap our hands to this fantastic result and look forward to shows in the upcomming seasons.
photo: Ian Douglas
I have heard about the work of Berlin-New York nomadic dancer Jeremy Wade quite a lot in the last years and never made it to any of his shows. The new dance theater piece he is performing at HAU Theater is an aggressive/sexy/disturbing (choose you adjective) monologue about the different aspects of death. In a dark, American-Horror-Story-like queer setting Wade experiments with vehicles for experiencing different deaths – death of theater, value, sense, and attachment. Jeremy Wade uses death as a metaphor to give the audience a wake-up call projecting his research on the death of our Western society into the future. The dates, pictures and a video after the jump.