Fans of Chef’s Table, take note: 29.7.2018 marks the second edition of Berlin’s most extravagant dinner series, Neu Dinners. The recently-launched project sees Per Meurling of Berlin Food Stories and Arlene Stein of Terroir Symposium bring together internationally renowned chefs for one-of-a-kind evenings of experimental cooking in locations around town. This time, Will Goldfarb of Room 4 Dessert in Ubud, Bali (as featured on S4E4 of Chef’s Table) joins forces with René Frank of Berlin’s Coda to create an eight-course tasting menu of savory and sweet desserts, paired with cocktails conceived by the chefs and wines sourced by Viniculture and presented by Vinalupa. It’s all taking place at Atelier on the rooftop of Aufbau Haus. Tickets are an investment — but one that secures your place at the cutting edge of Berlin’s flourishing culinary scene. In? Get yours here. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Will Goldfarb, Ett la Ben, Atelier)
Chalk bags at the ready: The exercise trend of summer 2018 is the body-sculpting sport of bouldering. Indoor halls are scattered across the city, but one favorite is Ostbloc, situated near the Rummelsburger Bucht, with its industrial views over the Spree. An airy, 1000m2 interior full of diverse three-dimensional climbing walls, plus soft landing mats, awaits inside, with seven skill levels clearly color-coded — from easy (yellow) to extreme (grey). Beginners are advised to book a one-hour training session for an introduction to technique and best practice — then round up friends for a Saturday afternoon of taking yourself to new heights, before relaxing on the lawn under a picturesque weeping willow, sun descending and a beer in hand. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to explore all the cafés and bars that Berlin has to offer. It’s all too easy to lose track of the options. So when you need to make a decision, it’s advisable to have a true third place alternative up your sleeve — a so-called “plan C”, somewhere you can depend on. One such spot is the legendary Hackbarth’s, which has been around since the fall of the Wall. Here, I can find a quiet corner to sit and read my newspaper in peace in the mornings over a cup of coffee. Or hold a meeting further in the back with a slice of cake (topped with whipped cream, old school-style) or enjoy a pint of beer at the massive brass counter until the early hours — and all that, seven days a week. No need to look up the opening hours beforehand. The whole thing feels honest, reliable and rooted in tradition, partly due to the timeless and minimalist yet homey furnishings. When the world seems to be turning too fast, Hackbarth’s is here to help you unwind. (Text: Markus Roll / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Markus Roll worked as a pastor for twelve years. He’s a fan of Fuckup Nights, an event series which sees startup founders share their failures, and co-hosts ABC, an event featuring music, talks, and networking. The next round takes place on 6.9.2018.
Forty-six artists, five venues, and a “program of complete disorder”, as South African curator Gabi Ngcobo puts it — quoting Frantz Fanon — in her introduction to the 10th Berlin Biennale’s catalog (Distanz, 2018). The theme of this year’s Biennale, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (named after Tina Turner’s 1985 hit song), is a response to the “collective psychosis” of our contemporary condition. A varied program of exhibitions, events, performances, and workshops has been spread across KW — Institute for Contemporary Art, Akademie der Künste, Volksbühne Pavilion, ZK/U — Center for Art and Urbanistics, and HAU2. Hot on our radar (28.7.2018) is “A History of Remembering“, round 19 of the performance series “I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not. In collaboration with Aurélie Disasi, Skye Skyetshookii, Babiche Papaya and Troy Lopez, Isaiah Lopaz transcends national and linguistic borders to venture into territories which have impacted people of Black African descent, dedicating a shared dinner and spoken word performances to the memory of that which has been concealed, discarded or eradicated from history’s dominant discourses. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos / Works (clockwise): F. Anthea Schaap, Luke Willis Thompson, Isaiah Lopaz)
We’ve recently been spending more time in Neukölln’s green oasis — and we’re not talking about Tempelhofer Feld, but rather a new shop in Schillerkiez which opened its doors in May 2018, just in time for the gardening and balcony season. Specializing in all things green, the concept store brings together three ventures: Ania Grzeszek’s Kaliko, Maya Sriqui’s Garden State and the eponymous online shop Plant Circle by Monika Kalinowska. The store not only offers rare species such as fishbone cacti or jewel orchids but also plant swap parties and numerous workshops (like candle making using soy wax or plant-based textile dyeing). Even those whose fingers aren’t so green will find something for them here — such as a workshop called “How not to kill your plants”, during which you’ll learn how to transform your home into a more lush oasis. And in case you needed yet another reason to visit, Plant Circle plants a tree for each plant that’s purchased, and Garden State donates a portion of the proceeds of their candles to animal shelters. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Plant Circle)