Cycling down Kopenhagener Straße to meet Kristina for lunch, I had to stop off at Nix Wie Wein for a bottle of Rivaner to accompany her exquisite fresh asparagus ravioli with a zested crème fraîche sauce. I used to live across the street from this friendly little wine shop and sneak every excuse I can to return and chat with the charming woman who has run the place since 1998. (It might not be worth coming across town for but it's lovely if you live nearby.)
Meanwhile, the weather! Google "Berlin weather" and there's a jolly line of suns. Artists are throwing open their studio doors all across Brandenburg this Saturday and Sunday for the 2011 edition of Offene Ateliers. Dozens (hundreds?) of artists are offering workshops, live music, coffee and tea, or just the chance to browse through their ateliers and see what you discover. Find the almost-daunting array of events here (just in German).
And do you remember how last year I told you how a trio of women sang sea shanties in a Moabit garden tucked into a rich slice of urban wasteland? Anderl Kammermeier and Brigitte Stockmann's "open garden" concert/art series kicks off this Sunday at 2pm. There's coffee and homemade cake, with paintings by Barbara Quandt on display, and at 3:30pm, Denise Gorzelanny and Manfred Eisner will perform Jacques Prévert chansons. This overgrown garden once formed a part of the French army's barracks; it's now a listed building. Enjoy!
Offener Garten 2011 Brigitte Stockmann + Anderl Kammermeier, Kruppstraße 16, Berlin-Moabit (map)
Tel. 030/394 9979
The garden is open from 2pm; the concert begins at 3:30pm. Future concerts scheduled for May 29th, June 18th, June 19th, August 20th, August 21st and September 11th.