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A NEW SPACE FOR CINEMA LOVERS — KINO & BAR IN DER KÖNIGSTADT

A NEW SPACE FOR CINEMA LOVERS — KINO & BAR IN DER KÖNIGSTADT

In this age of streaming, going to the cinema can feel almost nostalgic. But what if it’s not just a big screen, but a meeting place for shared experiences and exchange too? Harald Siebler sees his recently opened Kino & Bar in der Königstadt as precisely such a place. The focus at this Berlinale partner cinema is not nonstop box office hits, but instead carefully-selected films which can later be unpicked over a drink in the adjoining bar. “Classics, new releases, and little-known movies,” Siebler says of the program. “We want to show good films that arouse curiosity,” he says. This focus on quality is also evident in the interior: instead of tightly-packed narrow seats, Siebler’s cinema has spacious velvet chairs with plenty of legroom. And not only is this a pretty auditorium, but it is also unconventional: in contrast to regular cinemas, at Königstadt natural materials such as hemp, pressed paper and Swiss stone pine are used throughout the building. Time to put your next Netflix night on hold. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Kino & Bar in der Königstadt
Straßburger Str.55, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
You can find the program here.

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BERLINALE LOUNGE: MASTERCLASSES, TALKS AND MORE — RIGHT NEXT TO THE RED-CARPET GLITZ AND GLAMOUR

BERLINALE LOUNGE: MASTERCLASSES, TALKS AND MORE — RIGHT NEXT TO THE RED-CARPET GLITZ AND GLAMOUR

The city is once again abuzz with cineasts hoping to catch some films and maybe a glimpse of a famous face – we’ve heard Willem Dafoe might make an appearance – at the 70th edition of the Berlinale. And while it’s all about the films – and the competition for the Golden Bear – there’s a lot more to the 11-day gala, with mind-broadening masterclasses, engaging conversations on media and special events to check out. Mere steps away from the red carpet at Potsdamer Platz, the Audi Berlinale Lounge is a hub for all that. Everyone can join in the Berlin Open House program, from budding filmmakers to casual movie lovers. The days start with energizing morning yoga classes followed by panel discussions, workshops and talks with industry gurus on topics like sustainability in film and how to self-market your skills in the industry. After a hard day watching films, you can drop by for a cocktail as musicians, DJs and open mic sessions provide the entertainment. The open lounge is the perfect spot to sit back and let the festival wash over you. (Text: Andreea Dragos / Photos: Audi, Simon Hegenberg)

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to each of the Lounge Nights including Lui Hill, 26.02., Silent Party, 27.02., and FIVA MC, 28.02. Email us at win@ceecee.cc for a chance to win.

Audi Berlinale Lounge, Potsdamer Platz 11, 10785 Berlin–Mitte; map
20.02–29.02.2020
@audi_de
@AudiDE

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MARIA: COMFORT FOOD FOR HUNGRY HERBIVORES — RECOMMENDED BY STEFAN KEHL

MARIA: COMFORT FOOD FOR HUNGRY HERBIVORES — RECOMMENDED BY STEFAN KEHL

In late 2019, New Daily Yoga in Wrangelkiez transformed into Maria, and since then the restaurant has been delighting its guests with delicious, fresh cuisine. Owner Maria Koimtzoglou playfully conjures up tasty vegetarian and vegan combinations from all corners of the culinary world, like “The Stack” – a tower of potato rösti harmoniously layered with oriental aubergine and served on a homemade hummus spread. Also on the menu: Swedish Köttbullar with a creamy sauce and cranberries served with mashed potato. The carefully selected wines are an excellent accompaniment to Maria’s dishes, ranging from spicy, intense whites that bring out the roasted aromas of the dishes to milder more mineral bottles that are enjoyable on their own. By the way: There is also a lunch menu, as well as breakfast on weekends. Maria is the perfect place to enjoy comfort food that’s a little bit special. (Text: Stefan Kehl / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Stefan Kehl is co-founder of Berlin perfumer Aer Scents.

Maria, Falckensteinstr.37, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map 
Tue–Fri 12–22h, Sat 10–22h, Sun 10–18h
@maria.restaurant.berlin

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DECOCULTURE: PLANT WORKSHOP & ECLECTIC INTERIOR IDEAS FROM INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS

DECOCULTURE: PLANT WORKSHOP & ECLECTIC INTERIOR IDEAS FROM INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS

Looking for a minimalist bookshelf for the perfect living room design statement? You can find just the right piece – and the plants to put on it – at Decoculture Berlin. The Wilmersdorf store for furniture and textiles is hosting an exclusive plant workshop in collaboration with Mayaa Plants on 26.02.2020 where you can try your hand at kokedama, the Japanese art of wrapping plant roots in moss. And while you’re there you can check out the design pieces selected by manager Agnese and her team from high-end brands as well as small studios and rare vintage suppliers. It’s a collection that’s bound to delight: iconic lamps from Italian pioneers Nemo, magnificent mirrors from Polish studio GieraDesign and boundary-pushing seating from Bergamo-based Pedrali. And if your entire interior concept needs work, the team will consult with you to create custom-made designs for the perfect bedroom, lounge or bathroom look. Your home will appreciate it. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Anne Scoffoni for Decoculture, Maya Pawelec)

Decoculture Berlin, Uhlandstr.141, 10719 Berlin–Wilmersdorf; map
Tickets for the plant workshop can be reserved online.
@decocultureberlin
@mayaa_plants

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PRETTY DEADLY SELF DEFENSE — EMPOWER YOURSELF WITH STREET-SMART TECHNIQUES

PRETTY DEADLY SELF DEFENSE — EMPOWER YOURSELF WITH STREET-SMART TECHNIQUES

Self-defense classes tend to forget the female perspective and Pretty Deadly Self Defense aims to remedy this. Since 2016, American-born Susie Kahlich has been teaching women to trust their own bodies and harness their strength to protect themselves. Khalich believes every woman can learn to defend herself, regardless of age, ability or fitness level, and prioritizes a fun, friendly atmosphere – the motto here is “Self Defense = Self Care”. Based on the martial art of Ninjutsu, training is divided into three courses of five weeks each, which can be taken consecutively or individually. After a basic course on martial arts and self-defense you can learn to navigate real-life situations in clubs or on the U-Bahn. The third level then teaches you how to use everyday objects to defend yourself. Also on offer are special programs preparing you for travel abroad and a recently-launched podcast featuring Susie in conversation with journalist Kate Leismer. You’ll be surprised by your strength and leave feeling empowered. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Pretty Deadly Self Defense, Stromstr.38, 10551 Berlin–Moabit; map
Sign up for courses via the website.
@prettydeadlyofficial

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