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Life In Berlin: RIAS Report On Anti-Semitism in Berlin

"If there is not the signal that people will interfere, the same will happen again." Benjamin Steinitz refers to anti-Semitic harassment. Steinitz is the coordinator of RIAS, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism.

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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.

The Cinematheque francaise exhibition "On the Set" is currently on display at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

Black and white photographs of movie sets in Paris, Babelsberg and Hollywood show the early days of filmmaking and how directors and crews constructed their film sets. The exhibit also documents the incredible progress filmmaking went through during the beginning of the twentieth century.

"On the Set" marks the 100 year anniversary of the Studio Babelsberg.

The Cinematheque francaise exhibition "On the Set" is currently on display at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

Black and white photographs of movie sets in Paris, Babelsberg and Hollywood show the early days of filmmaking and how directors and crews constructed their film sets. The exhibit also documents the incredible progress filmmaking went through during the beginning of the twentieth century.

"On the Set" marks the 100 year anniversary of the Studio Babelsberg.

Free WiFi And A New Internet Policy For Berlin?

Jan 24, 2012

Free WiFi may soon be available to all and sundry on the streets of Berlin if the city government's plans are realized.

But before you run out into the street waving your mobile device around in a gratuitous display of unadulterated glee (Wooh! Free stuff!), bear in mind that the Berlin Senate has put the project on hold before.

The free WiFi scheme has been on the agenda since 2007 but fell apart after a drawn out debate in the Senate.

Inhaling Egyptian Culture at Berlin's Largest Shisha Lounge

Jan 18, 2012

Google tells me that there are approximately 150 shisha bars in Berlin.

However, considering my favorite one isn't listed or on the map, I have to assume that there's a lot more. In fact, the wandering pedestrian can't spend five minutes in the heart of Turkish Neükolln without smelling one.... or two or three.

For those not familiar with the practice, shisha, hookah, or Wasserpfeife (water pipe), is used to smoke flavored tobacco.

"People call us Germany's streetcore band number one."

Hinrich Schmidt is sitting in his kitchen in Kreuzberg drinking tea. The drummer for the Berlin band Toxpack says his band was was really the first to invent the label "streetcore" in Germany.

Schmidt describes streetcore as a cross-over mix of hardcore punk, "Oi!" punk, an apolitical off-shoot of punk, and rock.

"People call us Germany's streetcore band number one."

Hinrich Schmidt is sitting in his kitchen in Kreuzberg drinking tea. The drummer for the Berlin band Toxpack says his band was was really the first to invent the label "streetcore" in Germany.

Schmidt describes streetcore as a cross-over mix of hardcore punk, "Oi!" punk, an apolitical off-shoot of punk, and rock.

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