American novelist David Foster Wallace has been posthumously resurrected in Berlin's former walled-off West. Some 200 theatregoers were shuttled from the Steffi-Graf-Stadion on two double-decker buses throughout Berlin to watch performances of Wallace's most well-known novel, Infinite Jest.
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It is hard not to notice that Berlin has been in a state of soccer "fuss ball"-frenzy. I have my own theory why Germany lost: Germany never had a good fuss ball song to begin with.
104,1's travel contributor, Tam Eastley, recently took a short, 60 kilometer trip south of Berlin to an enormous dome. There, she found palm trees, 26 Celsius heat, a rainforest, and sunbathers.
Two works presented in Berlin last week explore different aspects of Jewish identity through art, music, and a whole lot of talking. Newest 104,1 contributor, Giulia Pines, offers her thoughts on the play "Schweigeminute" and Der Zerbrochene Klang.
Marek Claasson, one of Europe's foremost media entrepreneurs, recently gave a talk in Berlin on ArtFacts.net, an artist-run non-profit that fosters community-building and support for American creatives based in Berlin.
Despite the seemingly constant comparisons, Berlin and New York share very few real similarities, according to contributor Miriam Widman. One such example: handicap access to public transportation.
There are few things young Berliners like better than abandoned buildings, and many are flocking to the deserted sanatorium in Beelitz, which houses the undisputed king of ghostowns, Teufelsberg, West Berlin's Cold War listening station.
"Music Fund," an initiative from Ictus Ensemble in Brussels and Oxfam, gives support to music schools and trains repair technicians of musical instruments in developing countries and conflict areas. Hundreds of instruments are collected in Europe each year and redistributed.
Does Berlin have a Silicon Valley in it's future? Thanks to backing from the Pirate Party, pressure is on the Senate to pass legislation resurrecting the plan for free WiFi within the Berliner Ringbahn as part of larger policy to support the digitization of the city.
Nora von Nordenskjöld recently opened NOVONO, a Berlin-based design firm. Her recent projects include restaurant redesigns, pop-up diners, and clothes boutiques.
Berlin's newly appointed Interior Minister, Frank Henkel, recently called for a ban on the populist NPD party. A series of murders by an NPD ex-party functionary have increased the call to put an end the party.
Kreuzberg's newly reopened Markthalle Neun is a commercial experiment in economic and social justice.
Ulrich Klages, a Berlin-based artist, was selected in a recent competition to design a monument for this little-known rebel, Georg Elser. In November of 1939, Elser, a carpenter and loner, attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in a Munich beer hall.