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Fall Festival

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Fall is coming to Berlin, time to celebrate!
We’re having four days of events coming up;
October 18th – Farmers Market Opens/ Kid Hay Maze (starts at 11 am SLT, opened through out the festival)
October 19th– Wine tasting at Chateau Eloise, Boat ride around Wannsee, 2pm Happy Hour
October 20th – Pumpkin Hunt 12 pm SLT (whole day)
October 21st – Picnic at Wansee at 11- 1pm SLT
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Berlin goes camping!

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This Friday Berlin is holding a role-play camping event on one of our tiergarten parcels.

The event begins August 25 at 12PM SLT and will end on August 26 10AM SLT.

It is our hope that Berliners young and old will find time to visit the camp, have a drink, go for a swim, or sit around the campfire telling stories. Food, drink, tents, sleep pallets are all provided. Henry Payne has dragged a phonograph out to the woods so there will be music and perhaps dancing. Everyone is encouraged to dress down for this event, and wear what a person in 1929 would have worn for a trip into the woods. Hope to see you there.

You can find the clearing with the tents by clicking here.

The landmark will drop you at the start of a path through the woods that will lead you into camp. There are candles in place to light your way. The windlight setting for the parcel is called Raymond’s Night which provides a nice dark setting for camp.

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Eldorado Cabaret celebrates 6th anniversary!

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Picture by Jelena Matova

Picture by Jelena Matova

In 1925 (2011) the infamous Eldorado Kabarett opened its doors to the public for the first time.
A place that would embody the wild, free and bohemian spirit of our city.

With the well known designer Sonatta Morales at the helm our Cabaret soon became one of the most popular spots in Berlin and even (in)famous outside of our sim.
Every Saturday she builds a set, choreographs a dance and puts a costume together for a different show every week while Myron spins the disks as smoothly as he spins his lady on the dance floor.
Jelena pours drinks for customers who suddenly become a lot thirstier when they see her, Sasa sells ciggies and nuts to guests who turn into chain smokers when she shakes her smokes.
Sometimes Crazy Cad manhandles the drum kit and sometimes Henry is somewhere in the back counting the empty bottles.
And Max the piano player, well he provides services I can not repeat here.

It is one hell of a team they’ve got there, and these are just the people I remember, don’t wordpress and schnaps kids.

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This Saturday the 24th at 2pm we’ll have a special 6th anniversary show, everybody is welcome as long as you’re wearing 1920s clothes and have a realistic avatar.
And just like in the 1920s; cross dressing is encouraged but not a rule.

A club that not only has been around and doing very well for over 6 years but that manages to keep surprising its visitors with a brand new show every week, that must be some sort of record.

Just like the real Eldorado, our place is a safe haven for gays, transvestites and of course straight people as well.
Back then Berlin was probably the only city where you could have a place be this public about what went on inside, the Eldorado was so famous it was promoted to tourists as a place you must visit and magazines published photo spreads.
A kind of freedom and tolerance almost unheard of in the rest of the world at that time and sadly still not that generally accepted today.

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Berlin: Das Vergnügungsetablissement “Eldorado” an der Ecke Motz- und Kalckreuthstraße. (Aufn.: 1932)

The real life Eldorado, Tanzlokale für Herren was an openly gay and transvestite friendly bar situated at the corner of Motzstraße and Kalckreuthstraße from 1926 to 1933.

It is referred to in countless novels and guide books over the years, including those by Christopher Isherwood, well known for writing “Goodbye to Berlin” and the musical and movie;”Cabaret”.
Eldorado became immensely popular and a centre of attraction for homosexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and open-minded people, among whom numerous artists and writers.
In the late 1920s it was considered the most fashionable nightclub in Berlin.
The cabaret shows and the refined atmosphere of the nightclub (in which is was difficult to distinguish the boundary between “male” and “female”) became legendary, and were immortalized by artists such as Otto Dix.
Eldorado is even mentioned in the first German-language recording of a song featuring an openly gay love affair in 1929, ‘Am Sonntag will mein Süßer mit mir Segeln geh’n’.

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It featured regular performances by the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Paul O’Montis, Claire Waldoff and the Weintraub Syncopators, and was widely known to be a regular venue for transvestites and transexuals.
Customers could buy ‘chips’ to exchange for dances with the ‘performers’ who would then compare to see who got the most tokens and thus was most popular.
Of course it was most fun if a man gave a token to a transvestite thinking it was a woman.

In February of 1933, the Berlin Chief of Police announced a “comprehensive campaign against Berlin’s depraved nightlife” and brought forward the closing time of all “amusements with dancing of the homosexual kind’” to 10 O’clock.
Shortly afterwards Hermann Goering ordered the closure of a raft of premises and the Eldorado was raided and closed down.
The premises was then taken over by the Nazis and used as a local headquarters.

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The writers and artists that had made the cabaret shows unique underwent brutal persecution by the regime. Many of them were arrested and deported to the concentration camps.
Others committed suicide in order to escape the torturers, and others took refuge in the United States.
Ending the golden age of art, culture and tolerance in Berlin for several decades.

But being the wild and free spirited city she is, Berlin today is (almost) back to her former glory.

In Second Life you can join us and try and experience that wonderful moment in history when the exotic nights at the Eldorado seemed to go on for ever.

Sources:
http://www.cabaret-berlin.com/?p=11
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldorado_(Berlin)

Picture by Jelena Matova

Picture by Jelena Matova

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Our exhibit at Second Life’s 14th birthday community celebration

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This year’s theme for the SL14b Community Celebration is “Carnivalesque!”,

Looking at Berlin during the 1920s, it was not easy to find a connection between this city and the exotic theme.
Although the 1920s were a golden era for Berlin, for most people it was a harsh time, with extreme poverty, political instability, crime and in stead of living in brand new modern comfortable Bauhaus buildings most people lived in small dark apartments, such as the infamous ‘Mietskazernes’, rent barracks, the tenements.

But when doing my research I found several pictures and drawings (especially by the amazing Heinrich Zille) showing these same common working class people having dances, parties and even a circus in those typical Berlin ‘Hofs’, the courtyards that existed inbetween their tenements.

This inspired me for our SL14B exhibit.

I have created a typical Berlin “Hinterhof” as it could have looked in the 1920s.
A courtyard overlooked by lots of small apartments where big families lived.
The tenants are having their ‘Carnival’, the yard has been decorated, a biergarten has been set up in a corner, there is a little stage and the place is ready for a party, allowing our Berliner to forget their worries for a short moment.

Every day during the first week of SL14B, at 2pm SLT Berlin locals will gather here in the Hof and have a drink, dance and chat.
You’re welcome to join us.

The 1920s Berlin Project has been an vibrant community in Second Life for over 8 years and has allowed many thousands of people the opportunity to do not only try but share one of the most exiting adventures imaginable; Time Travel.

As a historical immersive roleplaying sim, people are given the chance to step back into the past to try and find out what life was like in this wonderful city before the Nazis took over.

If you want to come and visit us, click here;
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL14B%20Wonderous/129/164/30

Keep in mind though, the sims won’t open to the public till the official opening at noon SLT on June the 18th.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Jo Yardley

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May day riots coming to Berlin

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During the first days of May we will be re-enacting an infamous riot that took place in RL Berlin 1929.

In this blog post you will find information about what is going to happen in our sim and the historical background to the real riots.

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The 1929 Berlin riots in our Sim

We will try and recreate the real 1929 riots as realistically as we can within the limited options SL offers us.
Our sim is not like the Wild West, we are not a combat sim, so please make sure you know the projects rules and understand them before you take part in the madness of May 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

On May 1st at around 2PM SLT German Communists and sympathizers will gather outside the KPD HQ in the narrow Mieze Gasse, a side street of Friedrichstrasse.
There are rumours that the mayor has given permission for the march, other people may have heard that there is no permission but that the police said they wouldn’t stop the people… but the truth is that the ban on large public gatherings in the open air is still in effect and the police has been ordered to use brute force to stop any groups gathering.
They have been reinforced by Army and even local Navy units.

The group will march to Friedrichstrasse towards Unter den Linden but when they reach the Volksbad, they will realise that the Police is not going to let them trough.
There they will be confronted by officers who have been ordered to make sure the groups of people will not reach the ‘good’ part of Berlin where all the nice houses and big shops are.

The protestors will be upset, stones and bottles will be thrown and then a shot sounds…
It is not sure who shoots first, but chaos will follow.

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For three days events will be cancelled, police and protestors will play a cat and mouse game, houses can be searched, Berlin is a city of fear.

The police will block off part of the city, patrol, check people and will open fire at houses with red flags and people gathering.
Please be prepared to be hassled by them, even questioned.
If you don’t want to be part of this you may have to avoid the city or at least the working class district (west of Unter Den Linden).

Communists and other rioters will walk around with red flags and build their own barricades.
Shots will be fired, avatars may die.

For these 3 days Berlin will be in a state of emergency.

What to do

First you choose a side, do you want to be a protestor, part of the law enforcement side, a medic or simply a bystander.
Keep in mind that you can’t just pretend to be a soldier, nurse or police officer, you’ll have to sign up, invest in an uniform, weapon, etc.

On May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, everyone in Berlin should wear our wonderful custom combat HUD made by our very own Herr Kondor.
You will be able to get yours at Teleportplatz and the Amtshaus on Alexanderplatz on the day self.
Simply wear and give permission if need be.
Remember to turn off your AO for the hud to work properly.
No more being teleported home when you get shot, now you actually get wounded and have to crawl to the hospital or a nurse may have to come to you before you can get better!
If you get shot you’ll have trouble walking, and eventually won’t be able to do much moving at all.
It can take quite some time to heal and you’ll be out of the fight for a while.

Remember that if you choose to roleplay a brutal dramatic public death that it will be very difficult for your avatat to explain returning to Berlin after the riots.
Another good reason to make an alt, as they can die without confusing the community.

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If you think that being a communist streetfighter, doctor, nurse, orderly, soldier or sailor does not match the role you generally play in our sim, it is perhaps a good idea to create an ‘alt’, a new avatar.
But please do remember that without rezzing permit, your alt may not be able to shoot.

Remember though that most common people  would not own guns, they would use whatever they could find to throw at the police and of course some would use knives.
There are some rather interesting weapons available on marketplace that use animations and can knock your opponent out, like the truncheon the police uses.
And those work even without rezzing permissions.

Another tip would be to look for wounded tattoo layers, bloody bandages or other things like that to make yourself look the part when things go wrong.
It adds to the realism and you can’t be sure you like the stuff you can get at our hospital, if there is anything at all.

Join the KPD group to communicate with the other revolutionaries.

We hope to see you here on May 1st as part of the communists, the police, the navy, the army, the medical staff or as a bystander.
Please remember that if you have not been to Berlin before, that we have a strict 1920s dress code.

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The REAL 1929 may riots of 1929

Demonstrations in the open air without special permission have been illegal since 1924 in Germany but this rarely caused any serious problems.
But by 1929 the political tension in Germany had heated up so much that trouble was brewing.
At the end of 1928 Adolf Hitler’s public speech ban was lifted and he had started agitating the situation in the country right away, causing even more street fighting and several deaths.
The Berlin Police President Karl Friedrich Zörgiebel then reinforced the ban on all public open air gatherings of a political nature in Berlin.
When in April 1929 the Communist Party (KPD) started calling workers to come to the May day rally, it was announced that this public gathering ban would also be valid on may the 1st.
The communists were furious and threatened to have their rally anyway.
The police started preparing for riots and street fighting, extra troops were called in. On April the 30th the KPD handed out leaflets claiming the political gathering ban had been lifted, but it was not.

There were also rumours going around the city that the police would look the other way and ignore the marchers, they would not.

On May 1st thousands of Berliners started gathering and went on their way to the center.
For them this May day was more important then usual.
At this time the newspapers were full of the trial around the murder of revolutionary leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in 1919 and it seemed that the murderers would be very mildly punished, people were angry.
They also wanted to celebrate their 10th anniversary of the Komintern.
To add to all this, the government of Germany was led by the Social Democratic Party, a left wing party.

Having a party with who the Communists shared several ideologies but also be their oldest and perhaps biggest opponent, tell the KPD they couldn’t march was like rubbing salt into a wound. And of course the Nazi’s were growing and becoming louder and more aggressive all the time, it sometimes seemed like they were not being stopped by anyone while the Communists were not allowed to do anything.
The communists were furious, the city was tense.

The City Council told people that they were permitted and celebrate May Day but only indoors.
Many people did just that, having huge gatherings in halls and public buildings.
But others did not receive that information or just felt they had to right to march outside.
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When the police saw large groups of people marching trough Berlin with red flags and armbands, they took action.
They attacked people with batons, used water cannons and warning shots were fired.
The Social Democrats had followed the outdoor gathering ban and had had their may day meetings indoors but unfortunately they had to go outside to go there and to return home.
After his return home from such a meeting Max Gmeinhardt was shot when he didn’t close his window fast enough when the police ordered him to.
Other groups of innocent bystanders, civilians and Socialists simply going to or returning from permitted gatherings were set upon by the police.
With now also the social democrats, workers and poor people in general becoming furious, the conflict escalated rapidly.
In the afternoon barricades were erected to make it harder for Police cars to reach certain areas.
In the evening the police started using armoured vehicles with machine guns, only meant to be used when the police was fired upon.
Police start shooting at houses with red flags.

On May 2nd the KPD called people to go on strike as a reply to the police violence.
On May 2nd and may 3rd the police combed trough the working class areas, searched houses and arrested countless people.

In total 33 demonstrators, workers and bystanders had been killed by the police, most of those on just the first day and at least 80 were seriously injured. The Berlin police, under control of the supposedly pro-labour social democratic government, had fired a total of 11,000 rounds of live ammunition.
This incident, remembered in the German language as Blutmai (“Blood May”) deepened the split between the SPD and the Communist Party, which indirectly helped the German right wing parties and the eventual rise of the Nazi Party in the German parliament.

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Winterday in Berlin

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1929 was the coldest winter since records began in Germany, and here in virtual 1920s Berlin we’ve been suffering trough lots of snow, ice and coal shortages.
But we’ve made it (well most of us anyway) and it won’t be long before everything starts to melt.
Soon our city will be dusty, smelly and hot again so before that happens, lets enjoy winter one more day.
Sunday 23rd of February will be our annual Winterday!
During this day we will celebrate the weather, snow will fall for the last time, we’ll skate and have fun on the ice but the next day, slowly, snow and ice will start melting and Berlin will prepare for spring.
At 2pm we’ll have Happy Hour on Ice.
Join us on the Spree for some hot drinks, music and of course our annual ice skating race!
500 L$ for the man, woman or child who goes around the spree the fastest!
At 3pm we all move to the Wannsee Winterfest!
With wonderful things to do and see and some fundraising to help pay for the beach.
We’re going to have a lots of fun and it will also be your last chance to make atmospheric winter themed pictures in Berlin for a long time.
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Eldorado Drag Contest

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Eldorado Drag Contest – Rules and Requirements

The World Famous Eldorado Kabarett invites men and women and everything in between to enter as contestants in its annual Drag contest, where we will crown Miss and Mr. Eldorado on September 24th, 1929 (aka 2016) at 2pm SLT. The event will be hosted by Dora Duchamp & Hansi Sturm, with guest appearances by last year’s Miss Eldorado, FloriAnne Blaisdale and Mr. Eldorado, Sasa Steigerwald.

CRITERIA
For this year, we will focus on authenticity in creating ensembles in the spirit of Weimar Berlin’s vibrant drag scene. We encourage you to do historical research, which you may feel free to post on this events page.

HOW TO ENTER
1. Check our Facebook Event Page where we will post historical information about Drag in Weimar Berlin: http://tinyurl.com/EldoradoDrag2-2016
2. The photo entry requirement is now optional. If you wish to enter, please send a private message to Dora Duchamp (doraduchamp) no later than Midnight Sunday September 18. Please indicate if you are using a special name to compete.
3. Contestants will be invited join the inworld group Eldorado Drag Contest.
4. All contestants will be asked to check in at the Eldorado Stage Door (behind the venue) at 1pm SLT, on 24 September “entering through the rear” stage door, as is fitting of a drag contest at the Eldorado.
5. All entrants will receive a special gift. Miss & Mr. Eldorado will each receive their choice of a specially designed woman’s dress or a man’s suit by Sonatta Morales. The final winners will also be eligible to perform with the Flapperettes in their Eldorado show on 22 October.

ELIGIBILITY
* Prior winners may compete, but not winners from the previous year.
* Anyone may enter (including current or past Eldorado employees) regardless of their gender(s), provided they are dressed as a gender different from their own.

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