December 9th 2010, 9pm @ Joe’s Bar. Schönhauser Allee 157, Berlin
A legal fight involving a stork, copyrights and facists.
When Obama was elected, there were many jokes about the US being beyond racism. This absurd notion was far enough from truth to be funny, but it also came with the belief that something had in fact changed, that we had moved further toward a post-racial society. Unfortunately, the latest domestic controversy is proving that we remain as deep in the mud of ignorance and intolerance as ever.
Plastic people ooz through the summer streets in the city of the perpetual fashion show. They appear bold and intrinsically expressionistic. But expressions are based upon ideas with value, and plastic people are diversity deficient on the inside. Chipping away at the exterior reveals a homogenous mush of fluffy and stale material that cannot be repurposed.
Between 8.30 and 10pm you can admire the art of Frida.
A falafel with homemade peanut sauce? What?! Berlin is filled with tasty fast-food for the wandering bar-hopper, but, for the most part, it's all the same, standard formula. Who else is growing tired of the sauce options, kreuter, knoblauch, scharf?
Those of us walking through the city with open eyes know them. You see them at S-and U-Bahn stations or in front of your local supermarket, standing with astonishing stamina in one corner for many hours a day, in the coldest winter and hottest summer day, always alert, highly frequented by people of all ages and classes.