We’ve been following the pop-up restaurant Pret A Diner now for a few years already. They have been opening up in Berlin during Berlin Fashion Week for the last couple of seasons, but also had pop-ups in other cities all over the world. I always liked their interesting set-ups and creative menues, but I must say, this time, they have out-done themselves. The location, the old Opera workshop at Zinnowitzer Str. in Mitte is absolutely stunning and the set-up is especially nice this time. They teamed up with Circle Culture Gallery who have a very good urban and contemporary art exhibition going on there. They also have cute little thrift-store-esque shop that features items from all the places in the world they have opened up in. It’s really charming.
And now to the food. Wow! They offer a 3 course menue for 55 EUR with lots of options. They seperate courses start are 15-20 EUR which is really fair considering the style and quality of the dishes. The US filet steak is the best steak I had in Berlin so far, it’s so good you will be out of words. I also enjoyed the ox cheeks and the cod, they are amazing (and I normally don’t eat fish!). The best dessert is the “Zimtblüte”, at the opening I ate like 4 of them, so good.
In addition to the amazing location, exhibition, shop and food they also offer an entertainment program with live music on Thursdays and special events and parties on the weekend. Next week they will host the 1st anniversary of the Berlin Film Society with a special screening and dinner. More on that in our eventguide.
If you like good food and want to enjoy it in a very unique and impressive set-up you should definately make a reservation at the current edition of Pret A Diner. You will love it! It’s still going on until the end of Febuary. Enjoy my impressions after the jump.
Mark your calendars, kids, on January 24th 2013 Berlin will get a new playground for experimental and excentric ideas and events. The Aktionsforum Shift will officially open its doors at the Kraftwerk Mitte, the same building that is also home to the Tresor Club and the big event space where the Show And Order fashion trade show takes place during Berlin Fashion Week. Shift will not just be another random club, it will be a space for performances and theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and much more. The preview event of the space during NYE already presented a very eclectic event with a live performance by Aerea Negrot (former vocalist of Hercules & Love Affair) and an experimental video installation which you can see part of after the jump. Stay tuned to our event guide for everything going on at Shift!
I love it when a new place near your home brings a lot of creative energy into the neighborhood. The sweet Serigraffeur Gallery is one of them. It is a new gallery/shop in Friedrichshain that opened in Spring and that offers a large collection of art prints like posters and handcrafted books. Thanks to a really simple way of showing the whole range of artists in poster displays, the small but pretty place changes its look almost every two weeks, and invites to events called “Accrochages” on Saturdays, with performances and/or concerts. The core of the collection mostly consists of the work of silkscreeners from Berlin. It’s already grown into a huge collective that gets bigger every single week with new local and international artists. This Saturday they will have a really spectacular art event called Japarade that sounds like real blast. Check out some images of the shop and the address after the jump.
photos: Gundula Schulze Eldowy
Gundula Schulze Eldowy – this strange name stands for the most important female photographer of the GDR. Currently, she has a remarkable exhibition running at C|O Berlin. More information and pictures after the jump.
Finally there will be one of the infamous dinners at Backyard again and this time at New Years Eve! They are known to offer several delicious courses for small money pared with nice folks and good atmosphere. If you got no special plans for this New Years Eve, you should definetely make a reservation, the makers will bend over backwards to make you happy. More details and the menu after the jump:
Sam Crew, Bubble Time, 350 Euro
Help! You don’t know what to buy for your boy or lady since he/she is allergic to any kind of perfume? You don’t have a clue about clothes and sizes and anyway he or she is SO picky? This might be a help: Backyard has a last minute Chrismas sale this week with pieces of the exhibition “It Wasn’t Art School”. There are bigger paintings and smaller pieces, easy to transport and for sure a nicer present than the odd DVD or perfume. The prices reach from 30 to 550 Euros. You can find most of the bigger pieces with picture and prices on the website backyardberlin.com. More and opening times after the jump:
Apart from the auction Mauri started on his blog, we would like to raise awareness to another really cool idea from the Jugend gegen Aids Stiftung. Together with Stefan Strumbel, one of our most favourite artists by the way, they did a real funny art exhibition protesting against the Catholic church. For every new facebook friend they get, a Holy Maria statue will cry one tear. In the end the holy mother will be drowned by her own tears. That’s a good way to protest, and a very good way to find more facebook fans for a good cause. Watch the video with all the details after the jump.
Getting rid of squatter artist houses seems to be the new hobby of Berlin’s Ordnungsämter. The artist house in the old Brewery Friedrichshöhe at Landsberger Alee 54 was one that I have really good memories of and remember it to be a really special place. Now it’s gone and luxury lofts are going to be constructed inside the house. A good friend of mine wrote an article in German describing the whole situation. The text and more impressions of the place after the jump.
The thing I like about artists working in Berlin is that they are not so much bound to economic values like in other big cities and still can have a decent living out of their art. A good way of supporting Berlin artists and don’t spend thousands on a painting is a project called Idealist. The Idea behind it is to make a book that works as an unique live exhibition. The book is limited to 5000 pieces and has Berlin artists working on the topic of “Kampfgeist”. So, any piece of art in it was especially made for this book. I’m really impressed with this book and think that the price of 100 EUR is pretty ok for that kind of limited edition and effort and work behind it. You can see the book this weekend at the Stroke Urban Art Fair. More about the project and some images after the jump.
I have more passion for illustrated and sophisticated street art then for graffiti or more simple symbolic pieces from the likes of Banksy & co. One artist I have observed for a while now is ROA. He magically turns animals inside out. In a brutal yet aesthetic kind of way. To see some of his work you can visit the Skalitzers Contemporary Art Gallery. Their current exhibition is an annual showcase, that includes the work of ROA, as well as some other gallery artists. More pictures of the exhibition and all the information you need after the jump.