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Wednesday, July 04, 2012


Attended the first two days of the Independent Arab Short Films and Media Art Festival at the Arsenal with Jewish Muslim Daniel Hendrickson and fearless leader of CHEAP Susanne Sachsse.  Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus has scored a coup with 61 Arab Films that will be distributed through Arsenal Experimental.  Miss Stefanie  and the Schulte Strathaus dynasty has far reaching tentacles  in the Arab world and Cairo, Egypt in particular that is very intriguing and Stefanie has matered Arabic which she used to great affect on the opening night during her introductions.
My favorites so far in the program has been the films The Valley by Firas Taybeh and With Soul,With Blood bý Rabih Mroue also Children of Fire by Mohammed Hawajiri was quite lovely and the forelorn Rice City by Sherif Al Azma which featured the illest histrionic queen with overly plucked eyebrows speaking Italian in a film noir villa along with a glum young woman in a designer dress and an andrygenous African refugee. 

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Piero Bellomo and Daniel the Jewish Muslim put up some shelving in my Cheese Endique Trifecta and it looks amazing with my high ceilings.  Afterwards we went for coffee and cake at a new Italian cafe on Akazien Strasse that was very charming.
Later i went to HAU for their Abschlussfest end of the 2012 season and farewell to itendant(spelling?) Artistic Director Mattias Lienthal.  It was definately the end of a Hera for Berlin with Mattias´departure for greener pastures and a lot of his staff were overcome with emotion like Stefanie Wenner and Anna Mülter.  It was way too hot and humid for me to stay inside HAU 1 for the programblauf and speeches by Berlin´s dull gay Burgermeister Klaus Wolvereit.  I just came for the free nosh that included tasty vegi-burgers.  Hanging out with my CHEAP comrades Marc Siegel, Susanne Sachsse, Daniel Hendrickson and kJohnny Blue Tenderloin´s blondine hunk Felix Knoke and his posse of young cuties.  Enjoying the warm summer evening Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Uli Ziemons and his ladylove, Nazli Kalerci, Senol Senturk, Haus of World Kulture´s Nadja Talmi & Koen Claerhout, HAU´s Katrin Dod and Meike Harmsen.  Seen dancing during my DJane set late in the evening, the delightful British artist Phil Collins and crew, the lovely Mrs. Harum Farochi who is such a personable good time Sally and white wine affecionado,handsome Israeli artist Yael Bertrana and wife Saskia, Peaches and her big peniled beau Connie, dancer/choreographer Jeremy Wade and my sizzling talented NYU graduate art students who are in Berlin for a workshop before going back to Paris for a summer fellowship.
After DJaning the thunder, lightening and torrential rain made it impossible for me to get home so i took a disco nap in my dressing room till things subsided.  The party raged on and was the most crowded I have ever seen the WAU cafe.  Everyone was in a joyous mood even the most sour of Teutonic types who never smile and look like they are in a perpetual state of glum und drang loosened up.
The new regime at HAU will most likely make it more normative so that means that a door has certainly closed there for this lady and kollective CHEAP.  I was doing pieces at HAU from its beginnings as a new Berlin art bastion so i have some great memories, or is that mammaries.