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Bill Wilder in Berlin

It was Paul Whiteman, America’s ‘King Of Jazz’ that first brought Billy Wilder to Berlin in May 1926. The twenty-year-old journalist rookie journalist from Vienna had so impressed the band leader with his review of their shows at the city’s … Continue reading

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Review: The Tap Pack at the Tipi am Kanzleramt

The nights are certainly getting warmer in Berlin with the arrival this weekend of  The Tap Pack.   This company of five male dancers and two musicians have come all the way from Australia for an eight-week residency and, if … Continue reading

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Nollendorfplatz

This picture of Berlin’s Nollendorfplatz was taken in 1926. The overhead railway had been completed in 1904, and the square resembled a small park prior to the arrival of the electric trams in the boom of post-WW1 Berlin. The building … Continue reading

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Joseph Schmidt

Tenor and actor Joseph Schmidt was born in March 1904 in the Austro-Hungarian village of Davideny, which became part of Romania after WW1 and is now in Ukraine.   His mother encouraged him into a career in music despite objections … Continue reading

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Britain’s Best season at Bar Jeder Vernunft

Driven by Instinct – An Evening with Dillie Keane. 28th to 30th September  If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing one of Britain’s top cabaret trios Fascinating Aida since their debut in 1983,  then you will need no … Continue reading

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