Photos of the penultimate Blow Up are up now. The final Blow Up is this Friday, so that'll be your last chance! Immediately prior to Blow Up on that same day is Mortified, which I cannot recommend highly enough.
We also had a big metal show last week, but nobody ever sends me photos of those. Every now and then I come across a Youtube clip that sounds like a cell phone in a clothes dryer, but that's about it. We've got three other metal shows coming up this week and next, but I wouldn't be holding my breath for photos of those either.
We also had a (rare) hiphop show last week. Remember a while back when I pointed out how weird metal fans are about over-blogging tour dates? Well I had forgotten and have been reminded that hiphop fans are just as weird, but with Twitter instead of blogs. Every day, that show was re-twitted by like 5× as many people who came to the show. (Pro tip: retwit counts count for nothing.)
The plumbers have been at work upstairs this week, but there's not a lot to see. Fun fact, though: it turns out that the crawlspace between the first and second floor of the pizza place is actually large enough to fit an entire plumber into it. I think we should rent it out as an apartment. For the small.
Bureaucratic runarounds continue apace from the Building department, the ABC, and the folks in charge of parklets. No surprises there. Or progress. Possibly the opposite of progress. It's hard to even tell.
Oh, did you see our fan? We have some leftover parts from the DNA Pizza sign, and one of them fits perfectly around our kitchen exhaust:
If someone tells you that they are DNA Pizza's number one fan, it's not true. That's our number one fan right there.
Meanwhile, from the "Where's my bailout?" file:
Clubbed to death: Berlin steps in to save nightlife from gentrification
Politicians in Berlin have launched a campaign to rescue the city's legendary nightclub scene from the spectre of property investors in the hope of salvaging the capital's reputation as one of Europe's party hotspots.
A 'Music Board' fund of around €1m ($1.3m) has been set up to help protect the city's shrinking club scene, which has been a mainstay of the economy since the fall of the Berlin Wall but has found itself increasingly squeezed out by real estate investors.
Around 15 clubs are currently under threat of closure according to Spiegel, while three prominent clubs have closed within the last few months. The nightspots, which are often housed in grungy urban buildings, breweries, or former factories situated on prime land, are increasingly being converted into apartment blocks and loft homes.
In addition to conversion projects, clubs often inspire the wrath of 'nimby' residents who lodge complaints about the noise, leading to authorities closing them down.
City politicians have been forced to address the issue having recognised the economic consequences of a fall in the number of young Europeans who fly to Berlin ~ sometimes for a single night ~ to enjoy clubbing in cheap, quirky venues.
Relatedly, here's a photo gallery of German clubs with all the lights on.