On her blog, The Lesen Lounge, Berliner by-way-of Canada Leah Buckareff defines a zine as "an independently produced publication. Most often they are self or hand-made books that vary in content, but usually house the creators' personal thoughts, ideas, or artwork both in text and images."
An avid artist and musician, Buckareff has set out to draw a greater awareness of zine publication from the Berlin community. She will ride out through parks every weekend on her "Lesen Lounge," a bike with a brightly painted zine library attached.
Some of the best and most entertaining art is the result of creating just for the fun of it. It’s the sort of feeling that created spontaneous art galleries, collaborations, and flash mobs. It’s art with joy and it bring a special charm to whatever it touches. We’re fond of installations that add a touch of humor and whimsy to a scene, and that is just what German-based artists Maria Luján and Wolfgang Krug created recently all around Berlin.
Tonight at The Electric Pickle ,Hailing from Chile, by way of Berlin; Alejandra Iglesias B.K.A Dinky will be engaging all five of your senses! Beautiful you say? Yea. But that's just part of the equation grasshopper. Dinky is a bona fide house hottie that's been in the game 10+ years, that’s pre-digital DJ kids! Smell vinyl! Dance till sweat drips from the walls! Feel it. With sounds as diverse as her motherlands landscape. Hear it! Beautiful people dancing the night away, See it! Ecstasy in the air! Feel it. This shindig starts at 11, bring ya dancin’ shoes!
After reviewing the trailer for the upcoming season of The City, it struck us as kind of odd that Joe Zee of Elle coerced Olivia Palermo into being a 'reporter' for the publication - opting to tell her it would make her more famous.
But, we wondered, what exactly does Olivia want to be famous for? She's already attempted to be an actress - or shall we say someone who darts in front of any camera. She's deemed herself a fashionable girl - taking note of her DvF and Elle stints - and she's now calling herself a jewelry designer, by partnering up with Roberta Freymann for a capsule collection.
On the cusp of their marginally successful world tour, the highly influential and often political rock band U2 will be performing a free concert in Berlin during the taping of the MTV European Music Awards on November 5. The concert marks the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bono and company will be performing in front of the Brandenburg Gate as the performance is simultaneously broadcasted during the awards ceremony in Berlin’s O2 World arena.
The Berlin Wall, which had both literally and figuratively divided Europe for nearly thirty years, was torn down on November 9, 1989, as the Eastern European Communist regime lost power and succumbed to the forces of Western capitalism. The act of tearing down the divisive barrier symbolized the reunification of Europe as a global entity and enabled a new level of freedom to emerge in the otherwise oppressed and underdeveloped Eastern-block countries. U2’s upcoming performance in Berlin marks, “twenty years almost to the day since the wall came down.”
Alex Ridha, the German mastermind behind the skullcrushing electro mayhem of Boys Noize, is one busy man. At 27 years old, he runs white hot Boys Noize Records, plays festivals from Berlin to Montreal, and has even had a song featured in the massively popular Grand Theft Auto IV, so the next time you jack a Lamborghini you can outrun the cops while being assualted with the mindmelting grandeur of '& Down.' Where he found the time to put together Power, his first album since his debut Oi Oi Oi blew up dancefloors in 2007, is a mystery on par with what Daft Punk look like behind the robot helmets.
Berlin police officers have been banned from wearing their favorite designer duds. Yep, that’s right – such names as Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, ACAB, Alpha Industries, Consdaple, Lonsdale, Pit Bull, Outlaw, Troublemaker and Thor Steinar have all been ‘outlawed’ so to speak.
Why might you ask? According to authorities, such labels are apparently popular among neo-Nazis with right-wing extremist views - which disciplinary action is taken against anyone with such ideologies. With the new rule in effect there has been an outpouring of negative press pegged to the say so. Union reps say that undercover officers will not feel as safe and feel they are surely at risk as they will not be doning such wears as those of the neo-Nazi groups. Furthermore, while Thor Steiner is strongly associated with these groups, both Fred Perry and Ben Sherman have spoken out about their clear efforts to distance themselves from such types.