Aug 24- Q&A for Pop-up Cinema Screening “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” at Bi’bek in #Berlin


Aug.24-I’ll be part of a Pop-Up Cinema #10 Q&A with audiences, along with Jason Ryle from imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Event in association with Berlinale NATIVe and Humboldt Forum. Free admission to see this terrific drama-comedy “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” directed by Taika Waititi.

Synopsis: “The rebellious Ricky is growing up without parents and the child welfare agency places him in a foster home in a remote part of New Zealand with the pragmatic Auntie Bella and her grumpy husband Hec. Ricky feels at home there for the first time ever – but then Auntie Bella dies and Ricky is supposed to go and live with a new foster family. Instead he flees into the bush and has an incredible adventure with Hec, closely pursued by a police manhunt.”

In the third part of its programme, the Pop-Up Cinema is screening the 2016 film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, an adventure comedy by Maori director Taika Waititi (whose other film credits include What We Do in the Shadows).

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
D: Taika Waititi
New Zealand 2016, 101 min
English with German subtitles
Free admission


“Der rebellische Ricky wächst ohne Eltern auf wird und vom Sozialamt im „neuseeländischen Nirgendwo“ bei der pragmatischen Auntie Bella und deren griesgrämigen Ehemann Hec untergebracht. Hier fühlt sich Ricky erstmals in seinem Leben wie zuhause, doch dann stirbt Auntie Bella und Ricky soll einer neuen Pflegefamilie zugewiesen werden. Er flieht in den Busch, und gemeinsam mit Hec erlebt er ein unfassbares Abenteuer, während die Polizei mit einem Großaufgebot nach ihnen sucht.”

Das Pop-Up Cinema von Humboldt Forum und Berlinale NATIVe zeigt in seinem dritten Block die neuseeländische Abenteuer-Filmkomödie Hunt for the Wilderpeople des maorischen Regisseurs Taika Waititi (u.a. 5 Zimmer Küche Sarg) aus dem Jahr 2016.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
R: Taika Waititi
Neuseeland 2016, 101 Min
Englisch mit deutschen Untertiteln
Eintritt frei


Our “Conejitos Amarillos”-Poetry & Piano-Selected for Anibar #Animation Fest 2016, Peja, Kosovo!


Our video “Conejitos Amarillos” with original piano composition and performance by German jazz pianist Uli Lenz has been selected for the Kids Program at the Anibar Animation Festival in Peja, Kosovo, 21-25 August 2016!

About the video:

“Conejitos Amarillos” is a short energetic piece composed and performed by German jazz pianist Uli Lenz, combined with a poem by Red Haircrow. Inspired by Lenz’s thoughts on the song’s creation and the mixture of jazz and animation in iconic Tom & Jerry cartoons, Red Haircrow created a simple but fast moving musical story of comedic gravity about the idiosyncracies of rabbits. It is part of Lenz & Haircrow, “Poetry & Piano” project, and created by Flying With Red Haircrow Productions.

“Conejitos Amarillos” is a live recorded performance from Lenz’s solo album ““Dance Mañana” available at HGBS Studios.

About Uli Lenz:

Lenz is regarded as a brilliant musical engineer with a particularly strong left hand, and an immediately recognizable style. Through his melodically complex but highly danceable style of play, while in Africa, he acquired the nickname ‘The man who dances on the keys.’

Although based in Berlin, Germany, and being a well known artist in the local jazz scene, Uli Lenz is a world traveler in the field of jazz, serving as a musical ambassador for Germany. His tours have taken him to almost every country on earth. He has played and continues to perform in various groups, bands, duos and trios with fellow artists such as François Jeanneau, Cecil McBee, Ira Coleman, Pepe Burns, Patricia Nomakosazana Dhlamini, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and more!”

Indian Hobbyists Again “Glamorized” in STERN Magazine

In September 2015, I was contacted again by a magazine or news source asking for an interview on the topic of German Indian hobbyists. Michael Streck of STERN Magazine, one of German’s biggest news and entertainment publications was interested in my responses to comments made by hobbyists and on the topic itself.

Indian hobbyism is only a side topic I’ve previously observed and written about, as my main research interests and endeavors lies with actual Native Americans, their needs, issues, and concerns. Most especially and specifically on their healing. The connection between historical intergenerational trauma, the continuing mascot issue despite clear evidence it is directly harmful to natives, especially the youth, and how loss of identity and culture through many aspects of neo-colonialism and cultural appropriation (such as hobbyists activities) increases Native American challenges and problems as a whole.

For centuries, natives have been fighting simply to survive, to keep their cultures, traditions and beliefs intact without adulteration or mispresentation in the face of tremendous odds and near eradication. And then you have people who are not native that want to “be” you. As the saying goes, they want the culture without the struggle. They want to be “native” or at least at special events or in their club, to dress up and pretend, but they sure as hell don’t want to live the brutal, stark lives many natives still endure in the US and Canada because of people that look just like these hobbyists.

They claim to be raising awareness about native cultures, but many, if they admit it, are most concerned with attention to themselves, their groups, their activities and welcome and solicit admiration for their authenticity. Indeed, many take great care with buying native items or learning to create their own “native inspired” costumes. As Anglos, as white people, just their pretending is a slap in the face of natives whether they realize or admit it or not.

Their copying native songs, their singing, dancing and drumming, their attempts at ceremonies are sad in that most don’t know the history of the full extend of Anglo American and European oppression, past and present, of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. These same activities Germans and other Europeans are aping were by majority forbidden to natives until fairly recently. Only in 1978 were natives “allowed” to practice their beliefs without fear of arrest and imprisonment, which are demonstrated through their songs and dances. That’s just one example. So, its a huge problem.

It’s an ugly, ugly issue no matter how pretty they or others think they look in their leathers and feathers. Most refused to accept education or any correction, because they feel its their right to do so. It’s just fun. It’s just entertainment. Well, people who look and act like you killed millions of natives, and by your attitude, we know why. You take what you want without regard to those you take it from.

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Playing 2 Times in November: The 105 Lenz-Kubach-Johnson Jazz Trio

jazztrioThe 105 Lenz-KubachZam Johnson Jazz Trio plays twice in November!

am Samstag, den 16. November 2013, 20:00 Uhr
Kellergalerie Oranienstraße 7
10997 Berlin
Einlass ist 19.30 Uhr.
Bitte bei „Keller“ klingeln.
Bitte nicht später als 20:00 klingeln


am Freitag, den 22. November 2013, 20:00
Gemeinschaftshaus Gropiusstadt, Kleiner Saal
Bat-Yam-Platz 1, 12353 Berlin.


For reviews of past performances:

A Far Cut Above the Average “Corner Kniepe”: Martinique Restaurant & Bar

Red Glasses by Red Haircrow

Red Glasses by Red Haircrow

Berlin has traditionally been known for its many restaurants, bars, and cafès, among other things, but in this modern age of intense gentrification and money demanding change in some areas, Martinique Restaurant & Bar is actively resisting that trend.

Where historical neighborhoods are losing their souls and hearts with the huge influx of people arriving who, instead of enjoying their new home as it is, are attempting to force their own needs, culture (or lack of) upon the city, Martinique is an island in the storm, rather like its namesake from the Caribbean.

On Monday, 14 October, Thomas Nolff, the chef and manager of Martinique, yet again displayed the unique ability of being able to combine excellent cooking in an elegant but simple and relaxed setting. All You Can Eat Venison, with traditional sides, for just 12€ was a hit, and people lined up in buffet style to enjoy a finely prepared meal!

Yet Martinque has much more to offer, and regularly does, as you may have gathered from some of my other posts. Musical evenings featuring bands such as The 105 Lenz-Kubach-Johnson Jazz Trio, The Berliner Japs or the Bojan Assenov Quartet. They also have a terrasse, pool table, and viewscreens for those afternoons and evenings where football is back “on the map”, as they are supporters of FC Bayern Munich, so games are broadcast live here when they take place, as well as various sporting events. Need a place to celebrate your birthday, wedding or celebration? Martinique can cover you.

But again, it’s not just about what Martinique offers by way of food, or a footie match or a place to have a drink. It is the character and spirit of the place, in it’s regulars,  where you can be recognized and greeted by name, and invited to pull up a chair. Martinique is the place wherever we have been, we might end up and are welcomed, very often by Thomas himself, its indispensable and indefatigible leader.

Martinique View by Red Haircrow

Martinique View by Red Haircrow

Located on the often lively corner of Kreuzberger and Monumenten, winter or summer, alone or with friends, Martinique Restaurant & Bar is a place that if you’re a real person looking for a great part of the real Berlin: its one of the best. See you there sometimes!

Restaurant Martinique
Monumentenstraße 29
10965 Berlin Kreuzberg

More postings regarding Martinque or its patrons, and how we end up there!


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