Drinking alcohol is normal, socially accepted or even expected. But when it becomes excessive the evaluation quickly shifts to embarrassing, dangerous and frowned upon. But how much is too much? And when is it time to pull the emergency break on drinking? Last year’s Sundance Film Festival showcased a film that deals not only with these questions, but also takes a look at the desperation that arises when a young woman tries to fight against her dangerous addiction. Smashed is a heartfelt, honest and partially painful film, certainly worth watching, which finally found it’s way onto the German silver screen last week.
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I kept hearing about this new place Volta in Wedding now for the past few months and was very eager to check it out as it’s only a few blocks up my street. Located near the U8 subway stop Voltastraße it’s conveniently close to Mitte. Even though the super huge district Wedding still hasn’t found the type of Kiez infrastructure that we are all familiar with from Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Mitte, it still is developing quite nicely and offers more and more interesting places spread over its entirety.
The restraurant and bar Volta is the latest addition and quite an impressive one. No wonder, as it’s run by Cookies-chef Stephan Hentschel. The menu is quite diverse and very creative. Most of the dishes have the size of startes, so I recommend ordering at least two to get a taste of the variety. With prices between 5 and 7 EUR I think this is pretty fair, especially considering the great quality, refined look and awesome taste. My favorites are the red beet slices on yoghurt and the entrecôte on sticks. Delicious! The dessert is also quite exceptional, you have to try it! And what made the whole visit even better was the service which was super friendly and charming. This might very well become my new favorite place! Have a look at my impressions and the details after the jump.
For today’s Cinéma de Mode we want to show you the brand new powerful and passionate fashion film Kurze Pause by Berlin-based fashion stylist and film director Mudhar Al Khufash. Kurze Pause tells an intense and disturbing fashion tale through a highly sensitive combination of beauty images and emotional torments, which reflect Mudhar Al Khufash’s avant-garde visualization and artistic fantasy. Explore the clashes and diverse dimensions of Khufash’s latest black & white film, after the jump.
When it comes to sound there are no boundaries for Stimming. Sources in his productions have included a Coke can, a coffee machine, children’s toys, keys, marbles, a rubbish bin, loose change and an Ikea pizza cutter. His intricate beats and rhythm are testament to his long-running drumming skills, and his productions are rooted in his classical training. Born in Giessen in 1983, Stimming became accomplished at the violin, piano and drums by the age of 10, giving him a solid musical education and ability. In the beginning of June, he will release a new album called Stimming at DIYnamic.
In our interview with Stimming we talked about music by Solomun, Cypress Hill, Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave, Florence and the Machine and Mark OH. More after the jump.
Since I like Star Wars and have a lightsaber that a friend of mine gave me in my entrance, there had to be a beard theme with that topic as well. Besides I think Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi has a great beard. In this spirit: May the force be with your beard! Another beard photo set with and monologue by Bernard after the jump.
The fourth part of our interview serie The Berlin Experts puts the spotlights on the online magazine and event guide Don’t Panic Berlin represented by editor Indi Davies. Started off in 1999 as a free printed publication about arts and culture in the UK, Don’t Panic has hit the streets of Berlin a few years ago and since then it has been keeping us updated with all the latest arts, music, events, style and film news happening in our city and all around the world. Get an insight into Don’t Panic Berlin’s developments and its editor Indi Davies’ personal engagement with the city, after the jump.
A few years ago the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen showed the Video for James Blake’s Limit to your Love in their showcase of selected music videos. When I watched this year’s selection I began wondering if Blake may have also produced a new video? And luckily along with his new album, he also produced a new little visualization of the piece „Overgrown“.
About a week ago our beloved capital was graced with a visit by legendary Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. If you haven’t heard of him before (shame on you!) he is one of the most groundbreaking designers of our time and had a very strong impact on the aesthetic of avant-garde fashion as we know it today. He established his label over 30 years ago, has grown his brand into several sublabels and also raised the profile of quite a number of big commercial brands such as adidas (he designs the Y-3 line), Hermès and Madarina Duck with his design collaborations.
In Berlin he presented a magnificent retrospective fashion show that featured his designs from the last 32 years, he gave a talk at Soho house and revealed a visual dialogue with the art space MADE. I was lucky to be a guest at the first and third of these three special events and I am glad to have gotten such a close insight into the work and mind of this man who is so influential for this genre of fashion that I also dedicate a lot of my time and passion to in the last couple of years. Some thoughts and impressions from the Yamamoto events in Berlin after the jump.
Today’s Cinéma de Mode brings you a fashion film by Andrea Deanesi & Luke Glover for the current 2013 collection SPIINE of jewelry label Mies Nobis. Founded in 2011 by Berlin-based Australian designer Millicent Nobis, the unique jewelry brand has always distinguished itself for its statement pieces inspired by animalistic shapes such as horns, teeth and bones, reshaped into abstract forms. In her latest collection Millicent expresses once again her sculptural and structural style through the avantgardistic design and distinct character of every single piece, resulting in an amazing collection of headbands, necklaces, rings and cuffs, all made of Sterling Silver. Have a look at Mies Nobis’ refined reincarnations after the jump.
photo by DT64
The first of May is one of those days where i prefer to stay home, or at least in my calm neighborhood in North Mitte. Luckily through Instagram I didn’t miss a single exciting moment down at Oranienstraße, Spreewaldplatz or Holzmarkt thanks to all my blogger (and non-blogger) friends who went out into the streets to celebrate. As I’m a big fan of Instagram I collected the most fun shots of May Day in Berlin by my friends from ArtBerlin, Artschoolvets, Digitalsalad, DT64, L’Amour et la Violence, Les Berlinettes, Mit Vergnügen, Sdoeyes, Smaracuja, This Is Jane Wayne and a few more. Thanks so much for capturing these moments! Enjoy my favorite Instagrams from the first of May in Berlin after the jump.