This “What to do this weekend in Berlin” guide starts with a sad note: in an effort to slow the spread of the corona virus, Berlin banned gatherings of 1,000 people or more and announced the closure of state-run theaters and concert halls until at least April 19th.
Smaller and private venues are not (and hopefully will not be!) forced yet to cancel their programe for the next weeks, but double check them out as the pandemic develops.
Thursday Mar 12nd:
Bergamotte Pop Up Dschungel
With unique green plants, fresh and dried flower creations and lots of great accessories!
12-14 Mar. 10-19:00. Linienstraße
Zeroliq Opening – The first non-alcohol bar of Berlin
The first non alcoholic bar in Berlin will open its doors this Thursday with refreshing craft beers, premium alcohol free wines and sparkling wines.
12 Mar. 18:00-5:00 13 Mar. Zeroliq. Boxhagener Strasse 104. Friedrichshain
Ja Ja Berlin [CANCELLED]
Night with hip-hop and indie pop artists from Nordic countries: Cell7 (IS) and Josephin Bovién (DK).
12 Mar. 20-23:30. FluxBau, Pfuelstraße 5, Kreuzberg
The cool label Monkeytown founded by Modeselektor returns to OHM for another intimate session.
12 Mar. 21-5:00. OHM, Köpenicker Str. 70, Kreuzberg
Patrick Watson [CANCELLED]
The fact that he started out in a ska band in high school is no longer audible in the music of this Franco-Canadian. The classically-trained pianist has worked with the likes of John Cale and Philip Glass, composed entire film scores and fractured hearts with his vocal contribution to The Cinematic Orchestra’s agonising ballad To Build a Home.
12. Mar, 20:00. Metropol Berlin. Nollendorfpl. 5, Schöneberg
Friday Mar 13rd:
Taste of Venezuela Weekend
The Taste of Venezuela returns with mouth-watering arepas and the Venezuelan national dish, Pabellón criollo.
13-15 Mar. 15-22:00. CBS Kitchen & Shop, Weserstr., 168, Neukölln
Social Revolution at Mikkeller
To celebrate the Social Revolution By Beer Festival 2020 Fest in Copenhagen, Mikkeller Berlin got some of the beers that will be showcasing at this awesome festival with great local breweries.
13-14 Mar. 15-2:00. Mikkeller, Torstrasse, 102, Mitte
Robert Mapplethorpe: Selected by Robert Wilson
Robert Mapplethorpe’s preeminent X, Y, and Z Portfolios will be shown together at Galerie Thomas Schulte. Simultaneously, the gallery presents a large group of Mapplethorpe prints selected by another artist of the gallery, avant-garde theater director and designer Robert Wilson. The exhibitions will be on view 14 March through 18 April with two special film screenings of the documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” (2016) at the gallery the day after the opening and during Berlin Fetish Week.
Opening 13 Mar. 19-21:00. Galerie Thomas Schulte, Charlottenstr., 24, Charlottenburg
Tomoko Hojo Exhibition | Hover Over Man and Woman [CANCELLED]
For the final presentation of her stay at the Kunstquatier Betanien, sound artist Tomoko Hojo focuses on the concept of Japanese woman based on the recording of an actress and a former geisha Sadayakko Kawakami, which was the first audio recording of Japanese conducted in Berlin in 1901. Through researching the emphasized femininity on visual images of Sadayakko and her mistakenly transferred ‘male’ voice in the archive, this show ‘HOVER OVER MAN AND WOMAN’ explores gaps between the fictional desire towards Sadayakko and herself. At the opening night, there is a collaborative performance with Russian sound artist Sergey Kasich, a current music fellow of the Artists-in-Berlin Program by DAAD.
13. Mar, 18:00 (opening). 14-15 Mar, 12-18:00. Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien. Mariannenplatz 2, Kreuzberg
This Andrew Schneider and Sasha Waltz dance performance is all about bodies in space over time. We are present. We are present here. But we are also present together in time, now. What traces are we leaving behind? In his German debut commissioned by Sasha Waltz & Guests, the American performer, author, and director Andrew Schneider and nine dancers of the company embark on a research journey into the simultaneously scientific and mystical fields of quantum entanglement and human entanglement.
13. Mar, 20:00 Radialsystem V. Holzmarktstraße 33, Friedrichshain
A Night with Quantic (DJ Set) [CANCELLED]
A celebration of classic soul, disco and Balearic grooves with two specialists: Quantic and Alex Barck.
13 Mar. 23:30-6:00. Gretchen, Obentrautstr., 19-21, Kreuzberg
Tresor 29 Years Party – Part I [CANCELLED]
One of Berlin’s oldest clubs turns 29 with an almighty bang with some specials DJs from Detroit: Stingray, Craig Gonzales and Ectomorph.
13-14 Mar. 23:59-12:00. Tresor. Köpenicker Strasse, 70, Kreuzberg
Situated in an industrial area on the border of Lichtenberg and Prenzlauer Berg, Mensch Meier is run by a team affiliated with the well-known Fusion Festival. This time, ‘Menschenskinde III’ brings the message: we’re all different — and that’s a good thing. Tolerance, difference, togetherness and music. The line-up promises even more. Names include Sabine Hoffmann from party collective Frauengedeck, Oliver Bernstein and Click | Click.
13. Mar, 23:59 Mensch Meier, Storkower Str. 121, Prenzlauer Berg
Saturday Mar 14th:
Kater in the morning? Yes, Please. This Saturday Kater Blau, from 10am on starts the breakfast that will only finish on Monday. Cult Berlin DJ Marcus Meinhardt, Chris Brid and Victoria Brabeck will be keeping the things flowing. So, if you are starting or just continuing, grab a croissant, down that espresso and get on it.
14. Mar, 10:01. Kater Blau, Holzmarktstraße 25, Friedrichshain
YĪN YĪN [CANCELLED]
The band explores the potentialities of de psychedelice, danceable South East Asian music from 60’s and 70’s. It’s a blend of disco, funk, electro from all over the world into a unique genre.
14 Mar. 19:30-23:00. Gretchen, Obentrautstr., 19-21, Kreuzberg
Anewal: The Walking Man Tour
“On Anewal/The Walking Man, Tuareg guitarist and singer Alhousseini Anivolla evokes the great African blues masters and blazes a trail through his Saharan homeland. Anewal/The Walking Man is the much anticipated debut solo album by the guitarist and lead vocalist of Etran Finatawa. Recorded in Niger, this album has an otherworldly feel which reflects the nomadic way of life in the Saharan desert.”
14 Mar. 20-22:00. Apostel Paulus Kirche, Akazienstraße 18, Schöneberg
Mechatronic x Pinkman [CANCELLED]
Griessmuehle and the record labels Mechatronica and Pinkman are going to have the next party at Alte Münze with The Hacker b2b Alessandro Adriani, Credit 00, LVRIN, Marsman and more.
14-15 Marc. 22-12:00. Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt, 2, Mitte
Fiepblatter [MOVED TO LIVESTREAM, NO PUBLIC EVENT]
For our new series CC No. 2 – Craving Coincidence, we’ve invited six musicians to curate one long ausland-night each, inbetween concert evening, salon and club night. They’re weaving their own concert into a heterogenuos programme featuring contributions by further artists. This edition is put together by Jan St. Werner (Microstoria, Mouse on Mars), who’ll bring Olivia Block, PITA, Rosa Barba, Patricia Reed and Eleni Poulou and present the book “Decay Object” together with Rupert Smyth.
14 Mar, 19:30. Ausland, Lychenerstr. 60, Prenzlauer Berg.
Sunday Mar 15th:
Ran an die Waffel ** 2020
Lecko Mio, one of the best ice cream parlors in Kreuzberg will kick off their gelato season this Sunday offering new flavors and a 2 for 1 scoop deal!
15 Mar, 14-19:00. Lecko Mio. Graefestrasse 80, Kreuzberg
Fresh AIR #3 Scholarship Exhibition
The URBAN NATION Artist in Residence Scholarship Programme has now completed its third term. In a final exhibition, the 13 artists in residence will present the projects they have worked on in the past six months.
15 Mar, 14-18:00. Until 22 Mar. URBAN NATION. Bülowstrasse 90 + 97, Schöneberg
Detriti Mini-Festival II [CANCELLED]
Up for some techno on a Sunday night but not partying until Tuesday morning? The 2nd edition of Detriti Records Mini Festival will bring up a more chilled Sunday session for those who want to keep it going but also hope it will end at a civilized time. Techno E.B.M. concerts with Ascendent, Mind | Matter, Dusty Idols.
15 Mar, 19:30-23:59. Kantine am Berghain. Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Friedrichshain
Poetry without kitsch. Emotion without calculation. Musical precision without airs and graces. The new album by Fortuna Ehrenfeld: Helm ab zum Gebet sounds so casual and effortless, as if it would be the easiest thing in the world to let your heart burn for pop and poetry to light the fuse on the big wheel of emotion. But apart from the emotions, it also provides a good portion of weirdness and madness. On stage, Fortuna Ehrenfeld appears as a trio (Martin Bechler, Jenny Thiele, Paul Leonard Weißert) in pyjamas and bear paw shoes, producing music from bar ballads to dance beats, from Dada to Weill, from pianissimo to brass band.
15 Mar, 20-23:00. Silent Green. Gerichtstraße 35, Wedding
Bonus: Monday Mar 16th
Rollerdisko im SO36
Reviving the old-school roller skate disco – with a new concept: Once a month, every 3rd Monday, the legendary punk/rock club SO36 opens its doors for a relaxed after work roller skate disco night. With DJs playing some nice Funk, Hip-Hop and Roller Boogie music, skating pros and rookies can go round and round or try some dancing tricks. And for those who don’t quite feel like John Travolta on wheels (yet): Every roller skate disco night starts with a beginners’ lesson.
16 Mar, 17:00. SO36. Oranienstrasse 190, Kreuzberg
Save the date
Underworld: 21 March 2020 @ Tempodrom (sold out)
Piano Day: Joep Beving: 29 Mar 2020 @ Silent Green
Jon Hopkins – Polarity Tour: 2 April 2020 @ Philharmonie Berlin (sold out)
Steve Reich – 6 Pianos: 15 April 2020 @ Philharmonie Berlin
Thundercat: 17 April 2020 @ Astra Kulturhaus
James Blake: 23 April 2020 @ Verti Music Hall
Pet Shop Boys: 1 May 2020 @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin: 8-9 May 2020 @ Tempodrom
XJazz Festival: 8-10 May 2020 @ Various Venues
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: 27 May 2020 @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
Boiler Room Ten: 29 May 2020 @ Berlim (sold out)
Nicola Cruz and Fidel Eljui: 18 Jun 2020 @ Funkhaus
Björk Orchestral Tour: 9 Jul @ Waldbühne
Billie Eilish: 14 Jul @ Mercedes Benz Arena
Ólafur Arnalds: 2 Oct @ Tempodrom
Four Tet live with lighting by Squidsoup: 17 oct 2020 @ Velodrom (sold out)
*Photo cover: Robert Mapplethorpe – Joe Rubberman, 1978 (“Mapplethorpe + Munch” at Munch Museum, Oslo)