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Life In Berlin: Adrian Piper's "The Probable Trust Registry" Inspires Hard-Thinking And Conversation

Inside the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, I’m standing at a desk with gold lettering above it that says, "I will always mean what I say."

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Afro-Soul With A Conscience Climbs the World Music Charts

Feb 15, 2012

Mike Russell, from Washington D.C., MFA Kera, from Madagascar and Senegal, and Reinhard Katemann, from Germany, make up the Afro-Soul band Black Heritage.

"It's very important to participate in Black History month," Mike Russel says. "There's still a long way to go in the African-American community. I've had friends that have lost sons and daughters to violence. And you start to figure, have people gotten used to it? It's not something to get used to."

In Berlin, Netizens Protest Against 'ACTA'

Feb 15, 2012

Thousands of netizens braved the cold streets of Berlin on Saturday as part of a day of global protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The Individual Vs The Group

Feb 13, 2012

I decided to go on an organized group ski trip during the recent winter school break.

I don't have a car in Berlin, and I dislike driving long distances. I also don't like driving in Germany. Those people who cruise down the left lane at 200 km per hour scare me.

So I went with my daughter on a bus trip with a Berlin company called "Prima Klima." The name sounded cool, and a friend had recommended the company.

I have never traveled so long by bus in my life; it took us nearly 16 hours to go from Berlin to Bormio in the Italian Alps.

"I have a theory," I said to the cabbie as we pulled away from the taxi stand at Wismarplatz in Friedrichshain.

"That cab drivers know where to find the best, cheapest things to eat in the city."

"Some taxi drivers know," the cabbie said. "Not all."

Fortunately, this cabbie, a forty-something Russian-German from Kazakhstan who has been driving a taxi in Berlin for the past seven years, is someone who does know about food. And like many Berlin cab drivers I have met in the quest for a good meal, Andreas Schulz* is also a fan of his job and his city.

Final Entries For The Berlinale Announced

Feb 3, 2012

Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick confirms the final entry of this years competition program: The Chinese film, White Deer Plain, by Wan Quan'an.

Quan'an is no newcomer to the festival. In fact, the director has been to the Berlinale multiple times and won a Golden Bear in 2007.

18 Films Make Final Round At Berlinale

Feb 2, 2012

Berlin's Ultraschall Festival for new music, this year in its 14th iteration, took on an ambitiously broad scope.

The program dedicated itself to reviving classics of the avant-garde while exploring new roads in the European music scene, opening an unresolved view into the stylistic plurality and fragmentation that defines the landscape of post-modern and contemporary developments.

'HBC': Cultural Center, Fine Dining With Eastern Bloc Flair

Jan 31, 2012

Maxime Boillat runs the restaurant at HBC near Alexanderplatz.

For Boillat, the quality of restaurants in Berlin is relatively behind London, Paris, or Rome. The most interesting and best restaurants in the world, for him, are in Tokyo.

And while the restaurant manager is not competing with Tokyo, he does try to offer a sophisticated dining experience.

'Adana Grill Haus': Beyond Doener Kebab In Berlin

Jan 30, 2012

Döner kebab may have surpassed sausage as Germany's favorite fast food, but the famous sandwich, invented by Mahmut Aygun at a Turkish snack bar in West Berlin in 1971, is nowhere to be found at Adana Grill Haus.

Founded 26 years ago a few blocks from the epicenter of Berlin's "Little Istanbul" neighborhood in Kreuzberg, the 40-seat restaurant claims to be the first Turkish grill of its kind in the city: every piece of beef and lamb is butchered in-house and grilled to order in the open kitchen.

Monthly Music Tip: Yodeler Doreen Kutzke

Jan 26, 2012

If you're looking for something a little unusual this winter weekend, Berlin's country yodeling queen, Doreen Kutzke, will be hosting a 4-hour yodeling workshop this Saturday, January 28th at Jodelschule Kreuzberg.

Yodeling involves singing an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch from the chest voice to the head voice making a high-low-high-low sound.

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