All Photos: Jacob Schickler
Adapting to the Berlin Winter can mean a lot of things. For me personally, Winter is not only about suffering absurd weather conditions but also to take the opportunity to learn new things. After all Summer in Berlin is way too distracting to do so.
But instead of going to Volkshochschule to a Photoshop course or taking a French class, this year I learned how to create some of the best Whiskey cocktails ever. Not bad, huh? One of the finest American Whiskey brands Woodford Reserve invited us to meet and learn from two bartending superstars. At Bar Convent Berlin we met one bartender from Le Titty Twister in Paris and one bartender from Herzog in Munich. They personally showed us how to create two of their favorite Whiskey drinks and we made notes for you to copy
Especially in this dark month of the year I love Whiskey drinks with a tangerine scent. They give me a feeling of comfort, like sitting in front of a stove or a fireplace and listening to the sound of the wind outside making the trees rustle. Perfect for the rest of Autumn I would say. The whole recipes and many pictures after the jump.
One of the many words that would characterize Berlin would be power; at least that is the impression that was shaped in the eyes of Alex Soloviev who, drawn by his interaction with the city, created a beautiful short film in an attempt to capture exactly this: the power that resides in Berlin’s core together with its countless edges and nuances, that make it so diverse, unique and at the same time so relatable to everybody.
ALFA / Ich – Ein Groupie
‘Tis the season! Once a year, Berlin becomes the host for a film festival of a different kind. So all of you sexy people, sex lovers and kinky minds beware. While the Venus Sex Fair focuses on the kind of Porn that is rather sexist, the Porn Film Festival offers an alternative to normative stereotypes. In Germany’s oldest cinema, the Moviemento, they show serious documentaries about the work and life in the sex industry. They show movies with a more humorous approach to sex, with conceptual aesthetics and extraordinary stories. Pornographic films can be more than mainstream. The ones shown during this festival are all about authentic lust, sexy non-normative bodies, queer sex and erotic encounters between emancipated individuals with empowering narratives.
There are stories about fetishes, about homosexual pleasure and intimacy as well as short movies about the lives of refugees. Sexual assault and trauma are another aspect of sexuality that the festival also addresses. Wherever there is sex there is also issues of power and dominance. Where there is intimacy there can be pain and it is especially significant how this film festival gives a holistic view on sexuality with all its extremes. The dark ones as well as the euphoric ones. Besides showing movies the festival also offers a great range of events all focusing on sex, porn and politics. There are workshops, panels, readings and performances. Get a first glimpse here.
Oren Lazovski, NO-MAD, 2016 © Johan Planefeldt
Migration is pretty much a hot topic these days, but for the most part we only look at it from one side: The immigrants and what effect they might have on the places they migrate to. But what I find way more interesting and important to know is how migration actually feels like for the people that have to do it. In the end every single migration has a story attached to it that needs to be told, and be heard.
This video collected some migration stories from the makers and performers of the annual ID Festival that is going to take place this weekend for the second time at Radialsysteme V. The theme of this year is migration, so it made a lot of sense to ask all the people involved what their personal association with this term is. The result is a beautiful collection of personal anecdotes and statements that bring us closer to understanding the emotional weight of migration.
photo: Frau Tonis Parfum
Autumn has come lovely people. We cannot deny it any more. It is, therefore, high time we started coming up with nice activities for this grey time of year. Quite a few times we have you aware of the fabulous, tempting offers by Priceless Berlin® and on this note we will carry on today. This time we have picked out a few activities for you for the cold days that will get your creative juices flowing. DIY has become such a pretty big trend; but in order to develop the right skills for it, think about participating at some of the workshops, that are offered in great abundance all over Berlin. We picked out a few exciting suggestions for you.
On board is also Berlin-re-cycle, whose workshop we recently featured in detail; there, you can work on your own upcycling lamps. Besides that, you can make your own perfume with the help of Frau Tonis or get a professional make-up by the MUD experts.
photo: Valerie-Siba Rousparast
Since 1997, each year people from the adult entertainment industry come together for the Venus erotic fair. Porn actors and actresses are there for meet and greets, exotic dancers and and sex workers from all kinds of genres are presenting their special acts of pleasing their audience.
photo: Sebastian Mayer
Three photographers, three decades, three visions – that is the subtitle to a photo series about Berlin that brings back memories of its wildest times, subculture and underground scenes. Berlin is a city that is dynamic, fast and constantly changing. These photos are testaments to a rebellious and fascinating past.
Last week a brand new festival launched in Berlin that took over the beautiful Kaufhaus Jandorf at Weinbergspark. But the C-HR Festival is not just any kind of festival, it’s a festival for the future: The themes are sustainability, creativity, design, fashion and innovation. All of these are quite broad topics, but when you read the program of speakers and workshop hosts you will understand how it’s all connected.
We live in a world that is oversaturated by innovations, creativity and design. But we realized that many of the things that humans have developed in the past couple of decades brought a lot of negative side-effects with them. Effects that we were blind to for way too long, environmentally, economically but also socially. The C-HR Festival now wants to shed some light on some of the problems and solutions we have today and need to come up with in the future. There will be talks and speeches about pollution of the ocean, the psychology of creativity, the possible effects of veganism and so much more.
Heimathafen Neukölln, photo: Verena Eidel / CC
A classical concert in a non-classical setting is just about the right kind of Wow-effect for your brain. The old and the new merge perfectly, creating something that is new. Gone are the times where classical music seemed old, a bit stiff and hard to understand for anyone who is used to the very different scales of, let’s say, mainstream pop. Nowadays, classical music seems to make an Ancora or – dare I say this: was never gone.
The thing that is changing about it though is the setting in which the music vibrates. What other place than progressive Berlin would provide the right kind of locations that frame these melodies from another century in a way that only this century could. See five of the most unusual places to enjoy a classical music concert right after the jump.
The creativity resulting out of the Berghain experience seems to have no limits. Over the last years we nearly saw everything: a bird house in the shape of Berghain, necklaces in the shape of Berghain, all sorts of illustrations and guides, music videos starring a fake Sven Marquardt and last but not least even an animated online game which works like a virtual trainer on how to get in.
And we don’t even feature all the things that happen to be in shape or referencing to Berghain. We could fill a whole blog just about it, but we rather be called iHeartBerlin than iHeartBerghain, right? Jokes aside, the new card game called Berghain ze Game is actually incredibly hilarious that it’s worth to be the 1001th post about the infamous club.
In this card game you finally get the chance to play the feared door men Sven Marquardt and select between the guests including Hipsters, Gimps, Bloggers, Fag Hags, College Kids, Narcs, Bears, Cubs, Stoners, Club Kids and lots more.
This strategic game is not launched yet, but will soon start a Kickstarter campaign where you can for sure buy one as your most beloved and not so family friendly Christmas present. Until the release we have more images and some featured cards for you to check out and laugh about it after the jump.