Archive for September, 2006

Döner ist Wunderbar

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Last week I spent a few days exploring Berlin, a unique and amazing city. I think much of the character it exudes stems from the extreme changes it has faced during the past century. The city center was all but destroyed during World War II, then rebuilt separately by the Allies and the Axis according […]

Ethnography in Berlin

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Tonight I went out to an “Indie Pop” show at Berlin’s Mudd Club, a tiny place with the feel of a wine cellar; it was underground, with brick columns interspersed and low, vaulted ceilings. It also featured a pitch dark corridor leading off to who-knows-where (actually, in retrospect, it probably led to the bathrooms). UK […]

Bumbleshoot

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

This year’s Labor Day weekend extravaganza of musical variety, “ethnic” food, and teenaged girls — that storied Seattle festival known as Bumbershoot — was, surprisingly, not ruined by a series of miscalculations which caused me to skip events that I really did not want to skip. For example, although I heard the final, lingering, feedback-laden […]