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Searching for a certain “Je ne sais quoi” in Berlin? Look no further than Neukölln’s Bichou, a French farmhouse eatery-cum-Parisian bistro that’s filling the area’s lunch gap with delicious, fresh and accessible food. You’ll be able to get acquainted with both owners — chef Thomas working in the open kitchen cooking and Marion greeting guests with a warm smile at the counter. Made with modern French cooking techniques, their caramelized tarte Tatin oozes tradition and their ever-changing quiches leave you wanting more. Marion and Thomas seek out the highest quality ingredients, and make nearly everything they can in house — even rolling their own oats for their granola. Plus, with a zero waste ethos, nearly nothing goes to waste. Similar to another Neukölln favorite, Isla Coffee, Bichou uses milk left from making coffees as a base for their milk jam — a perfect partner to their buttery “brioche à tête.” With a small weekly menu that features salads, soups, sandwiches and quiches, you’ll always be able to sample the season at Bichou. (Text & Photos: Emilie Wade)
Who has actually read Ulysses by James Joyce in its entirety? The one-thousand-page classic work of modern literature will be brought to life as a four-hour play at Deutsches Theater at the end of January. The novel’s subject matter challenges the reader’s attention with its unstoppable stream of consciousness narration. Directed by Sebastian Hartmann, the project was developed in close cooperation with the ensemble. Ten actors will use their bodies and voices as mediums to depict the polyphonic cosmos of the work, set in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century. The result: a poetic stage version of the complex novel. Even 100 years later, Ulysses still serves as an inspiration for life in an unmanageable world. The play premieres on 19.1 and you’ll have the chance to catch the performance through the beginning of June. It is a production that will be enjoyed by all, even by those who might not have read Ulysses (completely) but want to spend a moving and stimulating evening at the theatre. (Text: Kevin Junk / Photos: Arno Declair)
A custom-made pair of shoes made last a lifetime is a wise luxury to invest in — though one that fewer and fewer people seem to be doing. Keeping the tradition alive in a beautiful shop in Wilmersdorf is Korbinian Ludwig Hess, a shoemaker whose work embodies the art of craftsmanship. Each pair is unique and is measured, designed and sewn by hand. Korbinian was trained at Rudolf Scheer & Söhne, a Viennese bespoke shoemaker rich in tradition, and learned everything there is to know about ray leather loafers in London, Munich and Leipzig. After eight years of sanding, stitching and polishing, he has now moved into his own workshop on Hohenzollerndamm, a setting wonderfully reminiscent of bygone days. From the very first measurement to the final presentation, it takes the shoemaker 100 hours to perfect the luxury item, all without the use of machines. Anyone who accompanies Korbinian through his creation process may suddenly find the elegant boutiques on Ku’Damm a few meters away rather unoriginal and uninspired. Anything that is truly “handcrafted,” after all, is in a different league altogether. (Text: Anna-Lena Jehle / Photos: Tommi Aittala, Martin Smolka)
When it comes to training motivation, a considered, mood-focussed atmosphere makes all the difference. Since their 2016 launch in Berlin, John Reed Fitness Music Clubs have been putting this principle into effect, with their design-focussed interiors supplemented with twice-weekly live DJs and their own radio station. Now they’re upping their game for the fairer sex with John Reed Women’s Clubs in Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte. In addition to a wide range of group workouts with trainers, a cardio and weights area, there’ll be a health bar and relaxation lounge, childcare and — in Prenzlauer Berg — a wellness centre comprising a sauna and rooftop whirlpools on offer. This branch’s open house kicks off this weekend (20-21.1.2018) and you’re invited. Expect free Nike Training Club Sessions, yoga workshops, live DJs and a beauty lounge, and snacks and drinks to replenish your energy. Not only do all membership registrations before the 31.1 receive three months’ fee-free training but we’re also giving two readers the chance to win three month passes to the clubs. Tell us what drives you to push harder to be in to win. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: John Reed)
When was the last time you lost yourself an alternative reality? From the 19-21.1.2018, the Berliner Festspiele’s“Immersion” program will launch for the year, inviting visitors to delve into its namesake theme with the conference “Into Worlds. The Craft of Blurring Boundaries”. The three days will bring together artists and leading researchers from around the world to explore three forms of immersive arts: physical techniques and crafts, entertainment formats and spiritual mental practices. Taking place in the Lichthof of Martin-Gropius-Bau, the program offers an extensive range of lectures and workshops that reflect upon the mechanisms of immersion, and the effects and implications of immersive phenomena on our society. Attendees are invited to put theory into practice through virtual reality experiences, sound installations, and artistic interventions — making for a wonderful opportunity to escape the January blues and immerse yourself mentally and physically into other worlds of engagement. (Text: Lucy Thorpe / Photos (clockwise, from left): MGB Presse / Thomas Struth / David OReilly)