The film Song From The Forest will see its premiere at Delphi’s Filmpalast next Tuesday (3.9.2014). This documentary film is a directorial debut of the Berlin-based writer Michael Obert. He traced the life of Louis Sarno, an exceptional man who found his new home with the Bayaka Pygmies; his interest in a song once heard over the radio lead him to the rain forest in Central Africa. The movie follows Sarno 25 years after his move, as he delivers his promise to his son Samedi – introducing him to the world he came from: the inner city jungle of New York City. (Text: Sven Hausherr)
It looks like fall has landed in Berlin a bit too early. If you wish to spend the last precious days of summer outside, you will need the right outfit. I would choose the mock neck sweater by Pfeil & Piefke. The little store in Graefekiez run by Therese Pfeil and Franziska Piefke – formerly designers of Berlin fashion label Pulver – offers second-hand items for men and women as well as their own knit line. Their version of the cozy knit sweater with zipped collars is made with pure wool from Lausitz and produced in Apolda. The tighter and longer fit make them a perfect buy for ladies. The sweaters come in different colors and in kids’ sizes too. Their range of warm knitted hats are perfect for the upcoming chilly weather. If you’re simply into browsing second-hand goods, you won’t find hipster style here, but fashion items for everyday life including some designer pieces. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Benjamin Lindenkreuz)
The contrast in view cannot be more blatant than here: the skyscrapers of Märkiches district to the right, the Lübarser Höhe meadows to the left, and the Alte Fasanerie, the old pheasant house also known as “the family farm Lübars”, sitting in the middle. Since the new management which began earlier this year, a lot has changed here. Why do I mention this? Because it’s not easy to find good restaurants in the north of Berlin. A bright dining room that serves tasty no-fuss food has emerged from a dark hole. Their best seller is the grilled half chicken with fries. The potatoes are harvested in the farm’s garden, as well as the herbs, greens and seasonal sides. You’ll smell and taste the freshness, which is crucial for simple dishes. Their outdoor beer garden during the summer is absolutely beautiful, overlooking the flower beds and the thriving wetland meadow: a great relaxation for the stressed city eyes. Kids will appreciate the sandbox, and visiting horses, rabbits or sheep. (Photos: Susanna Gotsch)
Susanna Gotsch is a journalist and she blogs on Babyplausch about her daily craziness with kids. Since 2012 she has lived in Frohnau, but misses the culinary diversity of her former neighborhood around Boxi.
Could there be a better proof of the German-Austrian friendship than a wine bar created by both nationalities? In September 2013, Gerhard Retter, Christof Ellinghaus, Willi Schlögl, and Jan Ole Gerster (known for directing the Berlin film “Oh Boy”) opened the Cordobar together. Instead of a quiet atmosphere, you’ll find funny elements like a disco ball or neon sign that says “residual alcohol is a powerful drug” in German. The menu offers food but naturally the main player here are the wines. Besides the twenty classics, the friendly staff can offer 700 to 1000 bottles at any given night, of which around 40 are served by the glass. Cordobar’s name was taken from the Soccer World Cup 1978, when Germany lost against Austria. Some may still be dwelling in the disgrace of the past; if you happen to be one of them, please refrain from using their restrooms, where the radio commentary of the game is being played on a loop. All others can raise their glasses to this transnational friendship. Prost! (Text: Eva Biringer) Cordobar, Grosse Hamburger Str.32, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
A temporary garden has been set-up in Berlin-Mitte since the beginning of August in effort to wake up nature in the city. The project “Little Wood” arose from the initiative of the Contemporary Food Labs in cooperation with students of “Urbane Pflanzenökophysiologie” at HU Berlin. Solar powered kiosk awaits you on Invalidenstrasse, where you can grab the first drinks and nom noms of the day – ready for a picnic! Little Wood itself is hiding behind the trees lining the street: you can smell, feel, and taste the nature here. Wooden boxes with mint, tomatoes, melissa, basil, potatoes, and chard growing inside. You see where the ingredients served on the table comes from. Evening events alternate between lectures, workshops, screenings, supper clubs, live music and yoga classes. Don’t miss the last days as the garden will close it’s doors on August 31, hosting a flower market. Come over, sip a cool drink, and enjoy the sunset. (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: XXXX)