Is the Future of American Opera Unfolding in Detroit?

Yuval Sharon’s wildly innovative stagings, already celebrated in Berlin and Los Angeles, reach new heights in Michigan.

#berlin-germany, #detroit-mich, #hopscotch-opera, #la-boheme-opera, #opera, #sharon-yuval-1979, #the-magic-flute-opera, #theater

Ukraine’s Highly Mobile Tech Work Force Hits the Road

How one Lithuanian company evacuated dozens of employees, three dogs and one guinea pig as Russia invaded.

#berlin-germany, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #crimea-ukraine, #dnipro-ukraine, #labor-and-jobs, #lithuania, #nordcurrent, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #vilnius-lithuania

NATO Leaders Say They Will Speed Finland and Sweden Membership Bids

In another setback for Moscow, top officials from alliance nations met over the weekend in Berlin to discuss admitting Finland and Sweden and supporting Ukraine.

#berlin-germany, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stoltenberg-jens, #ukraine

Vladimir Sorokin Says Russian Writers Should Fight Back in War on Truth

With eight forthcoming translations of his books, Vladimir Sorokin is gaining recognition in the West just as, he says, Russian writers need to fight back in a semantic war on truth.

#berlin-germany, #books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sorokin-vladimir, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

Exhibit at German History Museum Reckons With Wagner’s Legacy

A new exhibition at the country’s national history museum examines the strong feelings stirred by its most famous 19th-century composer.

#anti-semitism, #barenboim-daniel, #berlin-germany, #german-historical-museum, #jews-and-judaism, #kosky-barrie-1967, #music, #wagner-richard

Mass Graves Identified in Syria Could Hold Evidence of War Crimes

Two sites have been located, believed to hold thousands of bodies of Syrians killed in detention centers administered by President Bashar al-Assad’s government during the civil war.

#assad-bashar-al, #berlin-germany, #cemeteries, #civilian-casualties, #damascus-syria, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #germany, #middle-east, #politics-and-government, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Putin Has Killed Germany’s Post-Cold War Assumptions

A stunned country re-arms.

#berlin-germany, #defense-and-military-forces, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine

Gail Halvorsen, ‘Candy Bomber’ in Berlin Airlift, Dies at 101

Lieutenant Halvorsen came up with the idea to drop candies, chocolate and chewing gum for the children of West Berlin during a tense Cold War standoff.

#berlin-germany, #berlin-airlift-1948-49, #candy, #children-and-childhood, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #halvorsen-gail, #humanitarian-aid, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Gorillas, the Rapid Delivery Service, Is Changing Berlin. Is N.Y.C. Next?

In Germany’s capital, workers are striking, congestion is on the rise and the German bodega — the spätkauf — is under threat.

#berlin-germany, #convenience-stores, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #gopuff, #gorillas, #jokr-sarl, #labor-and-jobs, #mobile-applications, #new-york-city, #start-ups

The Art World’s Amazing Spider Man

Tomás Saraceno’s creations, including those on view at a new exhibition at the Shed, lie at the intersection of sculpture, ecology and futuristic experimentation.

#architecture, #art, #berlin-germany, #content-type-personal-profile, #saraceno-tomas, #sculpture, #shed-manhattan-ny, #spiders

Reawakening the Antichrist (and Other Lost Opera Gems)

It can be challenging to revive forgotten works like “Antikrist.” But the absence of entrenched traditions can be liberating.

#antikrist-opera, #berlin-germany, #berlin-state-opera, #deutsche-oper-berlin, #germany, #hanover-state-opera-staatsoper-hannover, #komische-oper-berlin, #langgaard-rued, #mondtag-ersan, #opera

80 Years Ago the Nazis Planned the ‘Final Solution.’ It Took 90 Minutes.

As Germany observes the anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, witnesses of the Nazi era are dying and antisemitism is resurgent in Europe and the United States.

#auschwitz-concentration-camp, #berlin-germany, #concentration-camps, #eichmann-adolf, #goebbels-joseph, #hitler-adolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #lipstadt-deborah-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #wannsee-conference, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Russian Is Convicted in Murder of Chechen Man in Berlin Park

A German court ruled that the Russian state had orchestrated the attack, which strained ties between Berlin and Moscow.

#berlin-germany, #federal-security-service, #germany, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #russia

With Olaf Scholz at the Helm in Germany, a New, Uncertain Chapter

After 16 years, Angela Merkel handed over the German chancellery to Olaf Scholz, leaving behind a changed country and a polarizing legacy.

#alternative-for-germany, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #berlin-germany, #europe, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #scholz-olaf-1958, #social-democratic-party-germany

Angela Merkel’s Political Life in Pictures: The End of an Era

Images from the former chancellor’s 16 years leading Germany, and from her life before.

#berlin-germany, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government

René Pollesch Aims for a ‘Safe Space’ at the Volksbühne in Berlin

René Pollesch is the fourth boss of the Volksbühne in four years. The Berlin theater is pinning hopes of a return to its former vibrancy on his collaborative approach.

#berlin-germany, #castorf-frank, #dercon-chris-1958, #dorr-klaus, #pollesch-rene, #theater, #volksbuhne

Discovering a Secret Wonderland of Architecture in Dallas

A new generation of architects is arguing that postmodern cityscapes deserve re-evaluation.

#architecture, #berlin-germany, #buildings-structures, #dallas-tex, #mies-van-der-rohe-ludwig, #tempelhof-airport-berlin-germany, #venturi-robert

From a Contemporary Drama Festival, Tales of Art and Survival

At Berlin’s FIND festival of new international drama, some plays tackle big themes while others reject being useful.

#art, #beauty-concept, #berlin-germany, #liddell-angelica, #love-play, #mitchell-katie-1964, #outside-play, #ren-hang-1987-2017, #schaubuhne-am-lehniner-platz, #serebrennikov-kirill-s, #theater

Trams, Cable Cars, Electric Ferries: How Cities Are Rethinking Transit

Urban transportation is central to the effort to slow climate change. It can’t be done by just switching to electric cars. Several cities are starting to electrify mass transit.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bergen-norway, #berlin-germany, #bogota-colombia, #buses, #cable-cars-and-trams, #colombia, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #ferries, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #norway, #transit-systems

German Protesters Call for Climate Action as Election Nears

Protests took place worldwide, but those in Germany had heightened urgency amid calls for the next government to do something about climate change.

#berlin-germany, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #fridays-for-future, #germany, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #politics-and-government, #thunberg-greta, #youth

KW in Berlin’s Journey from Derelict Factory to International Art Space

In Berlin, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s journey from a ruin to a serious art-world player mirrors the transformation of the city around it.

#berlin-germany, #biesenbach-klaus, #gruijthuijsen-krist, #kw-institute-of-contemporary-art

Germany’s Far Right Is Nowhere in the Election. But It’s ‘Here to Stay.’

In the next national Parliament, the far-right Alternative for Germany party is likely to remain a pariah force. But it looks assured, too, of a role in shaping the country’s future.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-germany, #elections, #european-union, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #green-party-germany, #halle-germany, #hanau-germany-shooting-2020, #hitler-adolf, #immigration-and-emigration, #kabul-afghanistan, #merkel-angela, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #weidel-alice

Berlin Clubs Return With a Vengeance

A discothèque successfully sued the city over its ban on indoor dancing, and clubs have reopened. But if there’s a spike in coronavirus cases, the local government has explored a backup plan.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #berghain, #berlin-germany, #charite-universitatsmedizin-berlin-germany, #club-commission-berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #tests-medical

A World War II Spy Didn’t Live to Tell Her Tale. Her Great-Great-Niece Will.

In her book, “All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days,” Rebecca Donner examines the life of Mildred Harnack, part of the anti-Nazi resistance in Germany.

#all-the-frequent-troubles-of-our-days-the-true-story-of-the-american-woman-at-the-heart-of-the-german-resistance-to-hitler-book, #archives-and-records, #berlin-germany, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #donner-rebecca, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fish-harnack-mildred, #grandparents, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #little-brownco, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Did the Nazis Force an Art Sale? The Question Lingers 88 Years Later.

The case of Curt Glaser, an art historian who sold his collection before fleeing Germany, illustrates how differently museums can respond to similar restitution claims.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #basel-switzerland, #berlin-germany, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-fine-arts-boston, #museums

‘It’s More Fun’: Germany Offers Blinken a Gushing Welcome

A visit by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spotlighted the relief of Germans who endured the Trump administration’s hostility.

#berlin-germany, #blinken-antony-j, #germany, #maas-heiko-1966, #nord-stream-ag, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

He Came to Berlin to Change the World. Then the World Changed Berlin.

The Volksbühne theater’s longtime musical director Sir Henry arrived amid a post-Cold War artistic flowering in the city. The musician bemoans what followed.

#berlin-germany, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #nijenhuis-john-henry-sir-henry, #theater, #volksbuhne

‘Day X’ Audio Series Looks at Germany’s Resurgent Far Right

“Day X,” a new five-part audio documentary from The Times, examines the rise of a new brand of extremism, and one shadowy figure in the middle of it.

#alternative-for-germany, #bennhold-katrin, #berlin-germany, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Where to Find Exceptional Flowers in Six Different Cities

A guide to the most exciting florists working today in Chicago, Miami, Mexico City, Berlin, Seoul and Sydney.

#berlin-germany, #chicago-ill, #flowers-and-plants, #mexico-city-mexico, #miami-fla, #mothers-day, #seoul-south-korea, #sydney-australia

A Bitter Family Feud Dominates the Race to Replace Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany will exit the world stage in less than six months, and the fight for her seat is pitting the leaders of two sister parties against one another.

#bavaria-germany, #berlin-germany, #christian-democratic-union-germany, #christian-social-union-germany, #elections, #germany, #laschet-armin, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #soder-markus

‘Babylon Berlin,’ Babylon America?

How watching a TV show about Weimar Germany can help us interpret our own era.

#berlin-germany, #hitler-adolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #television, #trump-donald-j, #weimar-germany

Theater Review: ‘Polis/Reset’ at the Volksbühne in Berlin

The drama behind the scenes at the Volksbühne in Berlin has surpassed any onstage. A series of premieres involving vengeful gods, inescapable fates and tragic flaws seems apt.

#berlin-germany, #dorr-klaus, #polis-reset-play, #theater, #volksbuhne

For a Night at the Theater, Bring a Negative Coronavirus Test

A pilot program in Berlin is reopening some of the city’s landmark cultural venues, despite surging numbers of infections and toughened restrictions in other areas of life.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #berlin-germany, #berliner-ensemble, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #music, #theater

The Joys of Biking at Night

Riding through the empty city, I felt present in my body again, oriented amid the disorientation of pandemic life.

#berlin-germany, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #quarantine-life-and-culture

His Ancestors Were German Kings. He Wants Their Treasures Back.

A public dispute over thousands of artworks and artifacts could hinge on whether a crown prince supported the Nazis during their rise to power.

#art, #berlin-germany, #brandenburg-germany, #germany, #hitler-adolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #prinz-von-preussen-georg-friedrich, #reparations, #royal-families, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wilhelm-ii-emperor-of-germany

Amazon Quietly Tweaks Logo Some Say Resembled Hitler’s Mustache

The app icon, which shows a blue patch above Amazon’s signature smile-shaped arrow, was given smoother edges and a folded corner after claims that it bore a resemblance to the German dictator.

#amazon-com-inc, #berlin-germany, #social-media

Walking (and Skating) on Thin Ice, Some in Europe Paid the Price

Temperatures that had not been seen in years brought out the playful side of people across the continent. A few who took to icy canals and ponds needed rescuing.

#accidents-and-safety, #amsterdam-netherlands, #berlin-germany, #europe, #ice, #ice-skating, #snow-and-snowstorms

The Love Letters That Spoke of Everything but Love

Forbidden to express his ardor, a besotted writer found ways to say what he felt.

#berlin-germany, #books-and-literature, #love-emotion, #russia, #shklovsky-viktor-borisovich, #triolet-elsa, #zoo-or-letters-not-about-love-book

Bringing Some Cool to German Comedy

In a country not known for edgy standup comedy, the stand-up Felix Lobrecht has found success by ignoring the rules.

#berlin-germany, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #german-language, #germany, #lobrecht-felix-1988

Far-Right Protesters Stormed Germany’s Parliament. What Can America Learn?

It might be time to crack down, rather than reach out.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-germany, #conspiracy-theories, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-politics-and-government

German Automakers Are Charged Up and Ready to Take on Tesla

As Tesla completes a factory in Berlin, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are introducing electric cars in bids to defend their dominance of the luxury market.

#audi-division-of-volkswagen-ag, #batteries, #bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #berlin-germany, #daimler-ag, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #renault-sa, #springer-axel-verlag-ag, #tesla-motors-inc, #tuscaloosa-ala, #volkswagen-ag

New Year’s Eve 2020: How to Celebrate

The year that seemed to drag on forever is finally coming to an end.

#aoki-steve-1977, #auckland-new-zealand, #berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jarre-jean-michel, #london-england, #new-year, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil, #sydney-australia, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

Humboldt Forum in Berlin Finally Opens (Kind of)

A modest ceremony inaugurated the troubled museum, one of the most expensive and ambitious culture projects in Europe. The only thing is, you can’t go in.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #berlin-germany, #building-construction, #colonization, #humboldt-forum, #museums

Black Ballerina, Playing a Swan, Says She Was Told to Color Her Skin

The dancer with the Staatsballett Berlin says being directed to use white makeup to perform in “Swan Lake” was one of the racially insensitive incidents she has faced.

#berlin-germany, #black-people, #discrimination, #lopes-gomes-chloe, #ohman-johannes, #paris-opera-ballet, #race-and-ethnicity, #staatsballett-berlin, #women-and-girls

Driver Crashes Car Into Gate Outside Angela Merkel’s Office

The motive was unclear, but it could be tied to an expected German government extension of a partial lockdown to stem coronavirus infections.

#berlin-germany, #merkel-angela

German Police Arrest 3 Suspects in Heist of Royal Jewels

Officers searched homes, garages and vehicles in Berlin, detaining two 23-year-olds and a 26-year-old in connection with the theft of gold, diamonds and other precious stones in Dresden last year.

#art, #berlin-germany, #diamonds, #dresden-germany, #germany, #jewels-and-jewelry, #museums, #robberies-and-thefts

In Berlin, Mysterious Dwellings Hidden Amid the Trees

Rising through the foliage in the city’s Tiergarten, the Ökohaus townhouse complex is a model for living more freely in an ever-urbanizing world.

#architecture, #berlin-germany, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #otto-frei-1925-2015, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #trees-and-shrubs

New Airport, Beleaguered Symbol of ‘Irreverent’ Berlin, Is Opening at Long Last

Nine years late and $4 billion over budget, the airport is already outdated. Repeated blunders dented the image of German efficiency, but the “poor but sexy” capital has long been a bit different.

#airports, #berlin-germany, #berlin-brandenburg-international-airport, #cold-war-era, #engineering-and-engineers, #germany, #kornblum-john-c, #politics-and-government

A Taste of Berlin in Your Home

Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab, with several locations in Brooklyn, now sells its sandwiches as kits, to feed three to six.

#berlin-germany, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #kotti-berliner-doner-kebab-brooklyn-ny-restaurant, #restaurants

Germany’s Far Right Reunified, Too, Making It Much Stronger

Thirty years after Germany came back together, the former East has become the stronghold of a once-marginalized movement that now sits in Parliament.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-germany, #buchenwald-concentration-camp, #east-germany, #germany, #hitler-adolf, #hocke-bjorn-1972, #merkel-angela, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #world-cup-2006-soccer