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6 Ways to Freak Up Your Halloween in Berlin

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Halloween is that one time of the year when the rules don’t apply. Being a city of hedonists excited for any excuse to get freaky, Berlin is going all out for the spookiest time of the year. But we’re still in Germany, where Halloween is really a new concept. So how to navigate past the … Read more6 Ways to Freak Up Your Halloween in Berlin

The Petrolettes All-Female Outlaw Biker Fest Wants You To Join the Gang

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A new breed of outlaw biker chick is storming Berlin and they aren’t sitting in the backseat wearing low-cut leather bras. Instead, they’re revving up the handlebars of their DIY motorbikes and flying down the road with their hair flapping in the wind like a flag. If you’ve ever felt the need for speed, now’s … Read moreThe Petrolettes All-Female Outlaw Biker Fest Wants You To Join the Gang

Mark Sultan aka BBQ, Rocking the Berlin Bubble

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Somewhere on the edges of Berlin, veteran garage rocker Mark Sultan hatches another track that sounds like an amazing 1960s gem discovered in a flohmarkt crate. Occasionally, he ventures from his lair and jets around the world as BBQ, wearing ridiculous get-ups like a turban decorated with a zillion goo-goo eyes or a very bad … Read moreMark Sultan aka BBQ, Rocking the Berlin Bubble

La Lucha Brings the Mexican Riviera to the Landwehrkanal

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Americanos in Berlin jonesing for Mexican food can now wander down the canal for an upscale taste of downhome cooking at La Lucha. With its ample patio and a color scheme of flamingo pink and turquoise blue, La Lucha is more evocative of Miami Beach than Mexican kitsch. It’s cool and chic; definitely not the … Read moreLa Lucha Brings the Mexican Riviera to the Landwehrkanal

Bad Bruises Goes Apokalipstick & You Can Win Two Tickets

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The rational world seems to be going up in flames, so let’s orgy porgy like it’s 1984. This Friday, the team behind the bi-monthly bacchanalia known as the House of Red Doors have teamed up with Krousky Pictures to bring their brand of lavish debauchery to the notorious Kit Kat Club. Sweaty sexcapades. Filthy fantasia. Dionysian dystopia. … Read moreBad Bruises Goes Apokalipstick & You Can Win Two Tickets

The Insider’s Guide to Berlin Burlesque Week

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Starting tonight, Berlin will be busting out with a megalithic marathon of ecdysiast arts. Yes, it’s the annual Berlin Burlesque Week, a celebration of solidarity among nearly all of Berlin’s burlesque producers. Seven days, 10 shows, and over 70 burlesque artistes from all over the world. There are still millions of people who are uninitiated in the … Read moreThe Insider’s Guide to Berlin Burlesque Week

Saudia Young, From Dark Cabaret to Rockabilly Noir

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Her voice is like drinking a tumbler of whisky neat: scorching and seething, with a growl that cuts right through you. Since coming to Berlin ten years ago, Saudia Young has been torching up jazz and rock clubs throughout Germany. One part Billie Holiday, one part Big Mama Thornton, she’s sass and class in one … Read moreSaudia Young, From Dark Cabaret to Rockabilly Noir

Berlin’s Old Fleas Vintage Market Celebrates Its First Anniversary

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For one special Sunday each month, Old Fleas invades the Ballhaus Berlin. No, no, not geriatric parasites… Old Fleas is a market for mid-century clothing and accessories, proving that Berliners do wear more than mom jeans and beige duster coats. Founded by burlesque dancer Honey Lulu and actress Lucía Vicente, Old Fleas is actually more of … Read moreBerlin’s Old Fleas Vintage Market Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Renegade Opera Singer Feline Lang on Her Sweeping Steampunk Dystopia

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Berlin has a fascinating opera underground and Feline Lang is one of its most inventive musicians. A mezzo soprano who has performed at Schauspiel Leipzig and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin, she’s now the singer, composer and music arranger for Feline and Strange, a dark cabaret and electro-pop band that is about to release a new cyberpunk album, … Read moreRenegade Opera Singer Feline Lang on Her Sweeping Steampunk Dystopia

Sheila Wolf, Keeping Berlin Cabaret Queer

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Sheila Wolf, the post-gender Überfrau of Berlin Cabaret, needs little introduction. A walking piece of art, she blurs the line between male and female, fantasy and reality, queer icon and happily-married-heterosexual-dad-of-a-tween-daughter. It’s hard not to stare at her breasts, especially since they are often entirely visible in the sheer mesh dresses she favors, capped with jeweled nipple pasties. Most women … Read moreSheila Wolf, Keeping Berlin Cabaret Queer