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What's on in Germany: March 19 - 25

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This Week's Highlights: Turkish films in Munich, an opera star in Frankfurt, and Barbie celebrates her 50th in Hamburg.

BERLIN

Concerts

George Crumb Portrait

American composer George Crumb turns 80 this year. Celebrate with a performance of the complete "Makrokosmos Cycle," a four-part composition for piano and percussion inspired by the zodiac.

Price: €15

Location: Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstrasse 33

Times: Tuesday, March 24, 7:30pm

Tickets: 030 254 89 100

More Information: www.berlinerfestspiele.de

Galleries/Museums

The Master of Flémalle and Rogier van der Weyden

Revered as two pioneers of early Netherlandish painting, the Master of Flémalle and Rogier van der Weyden utilised the technologies of the fifteenth century to create realistic images of people and places. A new exhibition at Berlin's Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz includes paintings of hovering Renaissance angels and virginal Dutch maidens among its trove of masterful gems.

Price: €8

Location: Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Matthäikirchplatz

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-7pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm

Phone: 030 266 42 4242

More Information: www.smb.museum

Harald Hauswald: Turned - Before and After the Fall of the Wall

Landmarks of a city. People in motion. Changes of exceptional magnitude. Photographer Harald Hauswald captured images of East Berlin both before and after the fall of the wall. Gaze at some of the most iconic moments of the twentieth century in this new exhibition at the Hohenschönhausen Memorial.

Price: Free

Location: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, Genslerstrasse 6

Times: Daily, 9am-6pm; through May 31

Phone: 030 9860 8230

More Information: www.stiftung-hsh.de

COLOGNE

Galleries/Museums:

Michael Bracewell and Devine & Griffiths - Reading and Concert

British author Michael Bracewell reads from his book Re-make⁄Re-model, which examines the phenomena of a band called Roxy Music, while Devine & Griffiths play their dreamy blend of folk-pop. While you're there, check out posters and album covers from the Belgian label Les Disques du Crépuscule in the exhibition "Après Crépuscule - Na Schemering - After Twilight - Nach Dämmerung."

Price: €4

Location: Kölnischer Kunstverein, Die Brücke, Hahnenstrasse 6

Times: Friday, March 20, 8:30pm

Phone: 0211 217 021

More Information: www.koelnischerkunstverein.de

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts:

Elina Garanca

One of opera's fastest rising stars graces the stage in Frankfurt Wednesday. The New Philharmonic Westfallen joins Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca in what will surely be a rousing performance of Rossini, Bellini, Bizet, and more.

Price: €54-79

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1

Times: Wednesday, March 25, 8pm

Tickets: 069 1340 400

More Info: www.alteoper.de

HAMBURG

Events:

Barbie Fiftieth Anniversary Play Day

Barbie celebrates fifty years of existence this year, and as part of the celebration, Karstadt is hosting a Barbie play day for kids this Saturday. While the wee ones are searching for tiny sling-backs, Malibu bikinis, and fairy tale wedding dresses, have a look at collector Bettina Dorfmann's dolls. One hundred and fifty of them are on display until Tuesday. And don't forget to pick up an Angela Merkel Barbie if you haven't already.

Price: Free

Location: Karstadt, Mönckebergstrasse, Lange Mühren 14

Times: Saturday, March 21, 9:30am-6pm

Tickets: 01805 11 44 14 (14 cents/minute)

More Info: www.mattel.de

Music/Concerts

The Presidents of the United States of America

Bounce along to the alt-rock leaders' cheeky lyrics Monday night when they bring their bag of punchy tunes to Hamburg's Knust.

Price: €22

Location: Knust, Neuer Kamp 30

Times: Monday, March 23, 9pm

More Info: www.presidentsrock.com

Galleries/Museums

Ito Jakuchu - Jade Flowers in Mysterious Gardens Japanese woodcuts

White birds, plants, and insects appear against a black background in the stunning woodcuts of Ito Jakuchu. The eccentric Japanese artist created a book titled Jade Flowers in Mysterious Gardens in 1768. Fifty-five prints from that volume comprise this enchanting new exhibition at Hamburg's Museum for Art and Trade.

Price: €8

Location: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Steintorplatz

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 11am-9pm; through June 28

Phone: 040 428 134 2732

More Info: www.mkg-hamburg.de

MUNICH

Concerts/Museums

Festival Jazz Lines 2009

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An evening of exquisite improvisation is set to transpire Sunday night as pianist Joachim Kühn, drummer Daniel Humair, and saxophonist Tony Malaby take the stage, preceded by the clarinet/cello duo of Michel Portal and Vincent Courtois.

Price: €35

Location: Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Sunday, March 22, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 2185 1940

More Info: www.bayerischesstaatsschauspiel.de

Turkish Film Festival

This year mark's the 20th anniversary of the annual festival of Turkish film in Munich, Türkische Filmtage. Over twenty films will be shown including dramas, comedies, documentaries, and even the 1964 black and white classic Susuz Yaz. Many are shown in their original Turkish version with English subtitles.

Price: €6

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: March 21 - 29

Phone: 089 480 980

More Info: www.sinematuerk-muenchen.de

STUTTGART

Galleries/Museums

Lange Nacht der Museen

Nearly ninety of Stuttgart's museums and galleries open their doors for this year's Long Night of Museums. Several shuttle bus routes link nearby locations, with two programs designed especially for kids. Art merges with partying for one long night of cultural fun.

Price: €14

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, March 21, 7pm-2am

Tickets: 0711 601 54 44

More Info: www.lange-nacht.de

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