Podcast: no government, but we can dance


Germany remains in a suspended state, sans ruling government coalition. Short of calling on Saint Nicholas to undo the political deadlock, we are likely to have to wait until the new year to get an answer to the question: If not Jamaica, then where do we go?

Everything you wanted to know about the German Federal Elections but were afraid to ask. (https://leipglo.com)
Everything you wanted to know about the German Federal Elections but were afraid to ask. (https://leipglo.com)

But of course, we can’t help but talk about it around our holiday gathering tables. And – surprise! – our hosts also do so in this podcast, as a warm-up to even more political analysis in a future episode. They gathered around the microphone in The Leipzig Glocal Podcast Studios, overlooking gorgeous Gohlis, to deliver us Episode 3.

Wait. Don’t forget to take the pumpkin out of the oven… I smell something burning. You can leave this tape rolling in the meantime.

Let’s spike that Glühwein of yours with a dose of murky German political future, and then sweeten it with some music and art.

Ah, multitasking. We like to do that here on LeipGlo. We also like to multi-talk. So, no, no, we don’t talk about politics and government (lessness) for 20 minutes straight (it’s more like 5 or 6). Our reporters have gone out there and checked things out on the local entertainment scene, and tell you where you can get culturally inspired, and even shake that skeleton of yours.

On shaking (up your Tuesday): Kapuczino recommends that you go to Elsterartig near Leipzig city center on Tuesdays, including this one. They’ve got something called “Street Music on Stage,” where you get to sample a scrumptious array of up-and-coming talent. Some more danceable than others, to be sure, but the nice thing about Elsterartig is that there’s room to dance, to listen and absorb, to sit down and chill, and also to eat burgers. It’s a multi-purpose nightlife spot. In the podcast, Kapuczino gives more details about Pit Strehl, the German singer-songwriter who will be on stage this time around (hint: he likes the guy’s sound). The gig starts at 8:30 pm.

On inspiration: As part of the curator team at Helmut, Maeshelle has recently curated a Danish artist in Leipzig whom she calls “really fabulous.” Although his finissage at the local Helmut has already happened, you can catch his work online (he uses “the Internet as his subject matter and his medium”). His name is Esben Holk and Maeshelle has interviewed him for us, on his art and his status as queer in society. We can definitely learn something from their deep chat on gender, the digital age and resistance to the current order.

So I think that’s plenty to sit, or ride, or bake pumpkin with for today. We hope you enjoy, and always welcome your comments and suggestions.

A Global Studies doctoral degree holder and former newspaper reporter, avid eater, pseudo-philosopher and poet, occasion-propelled singer, semi-professional socializer, movie addict, Brazilian-American nomad. In this space, she will share some of her experiences and (mis)adventures regarding various topics, with special attention to social issues.

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