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based in Berlin
based in Berlin

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vibrant, relaxed Berlin is an artist's mecca - creatives of all stripes flock here to live their dream. The opening of the huge new Based in Berlin exhibition last night was a celebration of the city's young, international art scene. The exhibition features 80 up and coming artists who live in Berlin. Spanning the best galleries all over the city, the exhibition is a great chance to see what's happening in the not-so-established art scene.

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Open air cinema
Open air cinema

Friday, June 3, 2011

One of the many joys of Berlin summer nights is the open air movie cinemas that dot the city, called Freiluftkinos. Freiluftkino Kreuzberg is a favorite among expats due to their original-version programming and smart selection of box-office hits and art-house fare. Settle back into comfy lawn chairs with a beer and a snuggly blanket, in a lovely courtyard in the former hospital-turned-artist-colony Bethanien.

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Torstraße
Torstraße

Friday, May 20, 2011

Torstrasse is loud, it's wide, it's dirty - and lately it's morphed into one of the most exciting streets in Berlin. In contrast to the sterile name-brand shopping to its south and the cutesy cobblestone cafe-filled streets to the north, Torstrasse is hopping with small galleries, junk shops, little designer shops, über-hip bars (Trust Bar).

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Gestalten Space
Gestalten Space

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Berlin-based Gestalten publishers have opened a huge, beautiful new space in Mitte devoted to their stellar vision of cutting-edge art, photography and design. It's gorgeous! The new, 350-square-meter shop and gallery is designed as a space for exhibitions and a 'platform for exchange'.

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Gallery Weekend 2011
Gallery Weekend 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The sprawling Berlin Gallery Weekend is upon us again - the ante has been upped to 44 galleries, 44 openings, and of course parties all over the city. It's an easy stroll from the Miniloft apartments to the host of galleries on Linenstraße and Auguststraße and Brunnenstraße, or head south to Galerie Crone, Carlier | Gebauer and others east of Friedrichstraße.

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Ticket B Architecture Tours
Ticket B Architecture Tours

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ticket B Architecture tours are a boon for architecture buffs. Discover Berlin with the experts, on tours through the Parliamentary District, Potsdamer Platz, Embassies, Art Spaces in Berlin, and Sustainable Architecture in Mitte (and many more). Their newest tour, of Museum Island, shows you an insider's view of the restoration of the Museum Island according to David Chipperfield’s master plan, currently Berlin’s largest inner city project.

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Landhaus Lemke
Landhaus Lemke

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Landhaus Lemke was Mies van der Rohe's last house built in Germany before he went into exile in 1938. This small, simple brick house certainly is a confirmation of van der Rohe's statement that "architecture begins if two bricks are carefully assembled.“

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Kunstfabrik Schlot
Kunstfabrik Schlot

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kunstfabrik Schlot has been the go-to jazz spot in East Berlin since right after the fall of the wall. Hidden in a back courtyard, it's the perfect night out from the Miniloft apartments, just around the corner. Monday and Thursday evenings there's even free entry!

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Rollery Derby: Berlin Bombshells
Rollery Derby: Berlin Bombshells

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Roller Derby is back, in Berlin, and badder than ever. This quintessentially American sport, now with German flavor, involves two teams of ladies on skates, barreling around a track and attempting to pass each other by any means necessary.

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Chipps
Chipps

Monday, March 14, 2011

A hearty breakfast is hard to find in Berlin. Sure, Sunday buffet brunches are an institution, and a roll and cheese can be found in any old bakery. But what about pancakes and waffles? And English breakfast? And eggs benedict? As an American homesick for real breakfast, I almost cried with relief when Chipps (run by the team behind Cookies Cream) opened their second location down the street from the Miniloft apartments.

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