It’s not a secret that Berlin has an event’s agenda that obliges you to have not only one, but at least two Doppelgängers! It’s always a hard task to decide what to do and we also struggle a bit every end of the week. To help you make the best choices, we will start doing a “What to do this weekend guide!”
For this very first What to do this weekend guide, the highlights are the Helga Paris’s photography exhibition, following the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, portraying East Berlin from the late 1960s until early 2010s, and the Congolese band Kokoko!, who currently does one of the most energetic music performances in the world. But there are also a jazz band playing Missy Elliot’s songs and a mini festival to get to know Iceland through its music. Brazil is represented as well by one of its great techno artists, Cashu, and by one of the bossa nova’s fathers, the master João Donato. Finally, next week starts with a thrilling concert from the English band The Comet is Coming that simply promises to take your breath away!
Check out our weekend’s picks!
Helga Paris, Fotografin
With around 275 photographs from the period of 1968 till 2011. Having lived in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg since 1966, Helga Paris began taking photos of people in her neighbourhood in the early 1970s. She found her photographic motifs in flats, pubs, break rooms and factory halls, or on the streets and in train stations. But she is not only a chronicler of Prenzlauer Berg. Helga Paris also has taken photos in Halle, Leipzig, Transylvania, Georgia, Moscow, Volgograd and New York.
Until 12.01.20, Akademie der Künste.
“Capturing the Past – Iranian History in Contemporary Photography”
The exhibition, Capturing the Past, critically examines the past in order to reflect current political and social developments and locate elements of the past in the present. In their work, four photo artists born in Iran explore the historical conditions of the Iranian present and their personal experiences.
Until 26.01.20, Pergamon Museum.
A Virtual Reality Dance Experience: „Das Totale Tanz Theater“
A VR dance experience inspired by the Bauhaus Era: Put on the VR-glasses and transfer into a 400-meter-high virtual reality dome, inspired by Walter Gropiu’s “Totales Theater”. You will meet dance machines wearing futuristic versions of Oskar Schlemmer’s costumes.
14, November, 19-23:00. PalaisPopulaire.
Exhibition Opening – Calina Aoun: seeing is believing
Caline Aoun refers to Big Data as “noise”. In her first solo exhibition, the young artist shows in reduced experimental arrangements how data manifest themselves materially, how inseparably real and virtual worlds are actually linked. Instead of amplifying the “noise” further, Caline Aoun concentrates it in her artworks and gives it a material dimension.
14, November, 19-23:00. PalaisPopulaire.
Kokoko! is a Congolese collective that fights against African music stereotypes. Expect a super explosive night with punk beats on the dance floor!
14, November, 19:00 (door opens) – 20:00 (show). Berghain.
Blind Dog Studio Presents: Hazel Iris & Mally Harpaz with Berlin Special Guests Marc Marcovic & Honeytape
Experimental music with London based multi instrumentalist Mally Harpaz.
14, November, 19:30 – 23:30. Marie-Antoinette.
A jazz band playing the music of Missy Elliot
Celebrating the life, music and samples of pioneer Missy Elliot, a live jazz band will take you on a journey through the music of one of hip hop’s most acclaimed artists!
14, November, 20:00 (sold out) and 22:30, Monarch Berlin.
Club Night PAN – Open Spaces @ No Photos on the Dancefloor
Pan Daijing will develop a new audio-visual performance for C/O Berlin. Beatrice Dillon and Steven Warwick will present their sounds to the Berlin audience, and M.E.S.H. and the label maker Bill Kouligas will set the scene for the event with free-form DJ sets.
14, November, 22:00 – 2:00. C/O Berlin.
The London-based boutique’s last “Nomad” store arrives in Berlin with a 3 day program of performance, music, talks and exclusive products in a disused supermarket. IAMMDDB, Juliana Hustable and No Shade will play at the launch party.
14-16, November, 12:00 – 22:00. Holzmarkt 66.
Sony World Photography Awards 2019
The renowned photography prize takes over the exhibition halls of the Willy-Brandt-Haus to showcase this year’s winners in several categories.
14/11 – 2/2/2020. Willy-Brandt-Haus.
Sounds of Iceland
Four days music Festival offering insights into the multi-faceted music scene of Iceland, including jazz musicians and other artists performing cover versions of Björk songs. The highlights are Ólafur Arnalds, Sóley, Ólöf Arnalds + guests and the closing concert with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
14-17, November. Konzerthaus Berlin.
Design Börse Berlin 2019
50 exhibitors from Germany and all over Europe will come to Berlin to showcase their best and rarest pieces. At the 3 days vintage event more than 5,000 visitors romp from now on floor 2 of the classic brick factory building from 1896, the Loewe Hall close to the center of Berlin.
15, Nov, 16:30 – 21:00 / 16, Nov, 12:00 – 20:00 / 17, Nov, 11:00 – 19:00, Wiebestrasse, 42, Berlin
Colin Self presents Siblings (Elevation VI)
Artist and performer Colin Self presents Siblings, the sixth and final part of The Elation Series, a sci-fi opera encompassing performance, music, sculpture, and video that he has been developing since 2011.
15-16, November, 20:00, Trauma Bar and Kino.
Acid Arab Live
Acid Arab is a duet from Paris mixing Eastern music with electronic sounds, from acid house to techno.
15, November, 20:00 – 23:00, Gretchen.
MEMBERS – Ashore
Inviting KINGSIZEBED from Milan who rocked the MEMBERS floors before and made himself a name through his party imprint Vitamina and his steady influence on Berlin’s electronic savvy nightlife. More music with the DJs Marc Miroir, HGR, Devan and 131BPM.
16,17, November, 23:55 – 12:00. Warehaus3.
Kreuzberg Open 2019
ROUND III of the ultimate table tennis tournament!
16, November, 16:00 – 23:59. Kreuzberg Open.
Tomás Saraceno: Algo-r(h)i(y)thms
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce ‘Algo-r(h)i(y)thms’, Tomás Saraceno’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 16:00 – 20:00. Esther Schipper Gallery.
The exhibition will be on view from November 16 through December 21, 2019.
Vegan Schnitzel Night vol.2
Delicious Vegan Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel with vanila sauce to complete the menu.
15, November, 6pm. Yummy Mummy Berlin, Raumerstraße 12
Berghain / Panorama Bar
The Brazilian DJ Cashu and Dr. Rubinstein playing in the same night? Expect nothing less than fire on the dance floor!
16-17, November, 23:59. Berghain / Panorama Bar.
Adam Holzman live
Keyboard player Adam Holzman was a member of the Miles Davis Band from 1985 to 1989. He performed with the trumpet legend in more than 200 concerts worldwide.
17, November, 22:30 – 23:59. Quasimodo Berlin
João Donato live
João Donato is one of the greatest Brazilian jazz pianists, known as one of bossa nova’s fathers and one of Latin Jazz’s biggest stars. At 86 he’s still full of creative juice! For this concert, he brings to life his first all-new album in 15 years, “Donato Eléctrico”, where he plays vintage electric pianos and analog synthesizers. Donato will be accompanied by musicians of the new scene of São Paulo, featuring members of the acclaimed Bixiga 70.
18, November, 20 – 23:30. Gretchen.
The Comet is Coming – XJAZZ live
The Comet is Coming is the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse. In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will chart the new frontier? In a warehouse somewhere in London 2013, a meeting would take place between three musical cosmonauts.
18, November, 20:00 – 22:30. Heimathafen Neukölln.
*This article was written by the mighty Lalai Persson and edited by Domingos Ruiz Lepores.