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What's on in Germany: May 31 – June 6

Published: 30 May 2012 21:48 GMT+02:00

BERLIN

Galleries/Museums

No Dice: 100 games / 100 photos

No Dice magazine’s talented photographer, Ian Stenhouse, has been to over 100 football matches in Berlin over the last year. An exhibition of some of his best images will double up as a No Dice’s Issue 3 launch party. Stop by to find out why it’s called the “Beautiful Game” and pick up your copy of the English-language mag covering the German capital’s footie scene.

Price: Free entry, No Dice issue 3 costs €5

Location: Babette Bar, Karl-Marx-Allee 36

Times: Tuesday, June 5, 8:00pm till late

More Information: Event info on Facebook

Helmut Newton – White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes

A portrait of a lady. Sky-high in four-inch heels. Skin, smooth and milky white. The great German-American photographer Helmut Newton composed some of the 20th century's most iconic shots of women. Fashion and nude images from his first three books White Women, Sleepless Nights, and Big Nudes are being shown together at a new exhibition in Berlin, which opens Saturday.

Price: €8

Location: Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstrasse 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; June 2 – November 18

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42


More Information: www.smb.museum

Comedy

Drew Portnoy

See The Local's columnist Drew Portnoy up close and in person at his stand-up show "The Enemy's in the Kinderzimmer." So get a babysitter. Try to stay reasonably sober until midnight on a Saturday. And head down to Berlin's leading joke shop for comedy in English, The Kookaburra.

Price: €8

Location: Comedyclub Kookaburra, Schönhauser Allee 184

Times: Saturday, June 2, 11:45pm

More Information: www.comedyclub.de

Festivals

The World is Not Fair – The Great World's Fair 2012

There's a new kind of world's fair taking place in Berlin this month. It's not the Belle Epoque hoopla of yore, but rather a more analytical type of shindig. One that considers global relations of the most un-discussed level and ponders the abstractness of catastrophic events. Intellectual indeed, but with an international amalgam of actors, artists, and architects pondering the current state of the world and its future, this fantastic fiesta is sure to be an event of the utmost excitement.

Price: Free

Location: Tempelhofer Park; Main entrances on Oderstrasse, Tempelhofer Damm, and Columbiadamm

Times: Thursday and Friday, 4-9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-9pm; June 1 – 24

More Information: www.tempelhoferfreiheit.de

Film

Berlin Documentary Forum 2

Social media's role in the Syrian revolts, New Guinea warrior-farmers, and Christmas Eve in a Hamburg bar are a few of the topics explored in the films at this festival of documentary cinema. See some great non-fiction movies this weekend and be sure to catch Disquieting Nature an “abstract blues” video piece by artist Christine Meisner and composer William Tatge that screens Friday night with live musicians.

Price: €6; €15 (Day Ticket)

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Thursday, May 31 – Sunday, June 3

Phone: 030 397 870

More Information: www.hkw.de

BIELEFELD

Galleries/Museums

Sou Fujimoto – Futurospective Architecture

If your idea of a house is four walls and a roof think again. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto turned the concept of home dwelling upside down with his radical designs. Check out a replica of Fujimoto’s “Final Wooden House” along with models, and objects that inspire his ideas at a new exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld.

Price: €7

Location: Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Artur-Ladebeck-Strasse 5

Phone: 0521 329 99 500

Times: June 3 – September 2

More Information: www.kunsthalle-bielefeld.de

COLOGNE

Music/Concerts

Kel Assouf

A band of seven formed in Belgium of musicians from across Africa and Europe, Kel Assouf's music is at once jubilant and compassionate. Nuanced vocal rhythms merge with mesmerising guitar riffs in a style of music known as “desert blues” that has its roots deep in the Sahara. Catch the troubadours Friday night in Cologne.

Price: €12

Location: Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cäcilienstrasse 29-33


Times: Friday, June 1, 7:30pm

Reservations: 0221 221 31 356

More Information: www.kelassouf.com

Carnival of Animals – Elephants and Rabbits in the Wallraf

If you're five-years-old, your favorite kinds of artworks are probably paintings of animals. Lucky for you, there's a new children's tour at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne geared toward your type. On Sunday, the little ones can embark on a discovery adventure through the collection's more zoologically inclined masterworks. It's never too early to start learning about art.

Price: €7 (Adult Museum Admission)

Location: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Obenmarspforten

Times: Sunday, June 3, 3pm

Phone: 0221 221/2 11 19

More Information: www.museenkoeln.de

DÜSSELDORF

Events

Japan Day

Follow the sound of the Taiko drums and you'll find a festival of Japanese culture Saturday in Düsseldorf. In celebration of the large Japanese population that makes its home in the city, the annual Japan Day festivities include traditional music, dancing, food and fireworks.

Price: Free

Location: Burgplatz

Times: Saturday, June 2, 1pm-Midnight

More Information: www.japantag-duesseldorf-nrw.de

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts

An Evening With Joan Baez

She's been strumming strong for over half a century, singing about peace and freedom and campaigning around the world for human rights. If you're among the masses who call the American folk icon a hero, here's your chance to see the great lady live.

Price: €43.75

Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Pfaffenwiese 301

Times: Sunday, June 3, 8pm

Tickets: 0711 8496 1672

More Information: www.joanbaez.com

HAMBURG

Galleries/Museums

Gedok Hamburg Exhibition Opening – Alice

Gedok is home to a community of like-minded artists in Hamburg, and their new exhibition “Alice” opens Thursday. Stop by to check out the art and take in a performance by soprano Marcia Lemke-Kern and violinist Ewelina Nowicka who perform works by English composers like Jeremiah Clarke and Richard Causton.

Price: Free

Location: GEDOK-Kunstforum, Koppel 66/Lange Reihe 75

Times: Thursday, May 31, 7pm

Phone: 040 280 31 24

More Information: www.gedok-hamburg.de

Film

International Short Film Festival Hamburg

The USA is the focus of one of the special programs in this festival of short film. “Untied Tastes of America” examines aspects of current American culture from television and advertising to stereotypes of African-American women in an economically challenged downtown. The program of 15 short films screens Thursday and Sunday. See it along with hundreds of other little cinematic gems in Hamburg this week.

Price: €6 (Single Screening); €25 (Five Screening Pass); €45 (10 Screening Pass)

Location: Various

Times: Tuesday, May 29 – Monday, June 4

Ticket Hotline: 040 39 10 63 134

More Information: www.festival.shortfilm.com

MUNICH

Theatre

Entity Theatre Presents “3 Nights with Madox”

All artists want their work to be realized (well most of them do anyway). And since the plays Matéi Visniec penned were barred from the stage in his native Romania, he fled to France. Smart move. Over two decades later Visniec's works have been staged all over the world. See “3 Nights with Madox” this weekend in Munich. Written in French, Entity Theatre is performing the one-act play for the first time in English.

Price: €12

Location: The Pepper Theater, PEP Einkaufszentrum, Thomas-Dehler-Strasse 12, Neuperlach

Times: Thursday, May 31 – Saturday, June 2, 8pm

More Information: www.entitytheatre.com

Celeste Sunderland (news@thelocal.de)

Today's headlines
Ex-minister: Merkel's Greece policy is 'fatal'
Former German vice-chancellor and foreign minister Joschka Fischer. Photo: DPA.

Ex-minister: Merkel's Greece policy is 'fatal'

Joschka Fischer, former German vice-chancellor and foreign minister between 1998 and 2005, unleashed an uncompromising attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel over her Greek policy in an article published by newpspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday. READ  

Two court cases to test criminal links to Isis
Photo: DPA

Two court cases to test criminal links to Isis

Islamic State members in Germany have turned to petty crime and selling stolen artifacts to fund the extremist group's war efforts, reports Der Westen. READ  

Study: 1 in 5 big firms attacked by hackers
Photo illustration: DPA.

Study: 1 in 5 big firms attacked by hackers

One-fifth of Germany’s major companies has been attacked by hackers within the past three years, but companies are also not taking cyber security as seriously as they should, according to a study released on Monday. READ  

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets visa to Germany
Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei shows off his passport, which was recently returned to him after four years. Photo: DPA.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets visa to Germany

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has been given a visa to travel to Germany, he told AFP on Monday, just days after police handed him back his passport following a four year confiscation. READ  

Politician's car blown up in far-right heartland
Right-wing protests in Freital on the outskirts of Dresden in June. Photo: DPA.

Politician's car blown up in far-right heartland

The car of a left-wing politician was blown up early on Monday morning in an east German town that has been the scene of fierce anti-refugee protests, with the politician claiming he is "top of the hit list" for the far-right. READ  

Greece crisis
Berlin restaurant serves up Greek Crisis Menu
Chrissidi came up with the idea two weeks ago. Photo: DPA

Berlin restaurant serves up Greek Crisis Menu

A Greek restaurant-owner in Berlin is bringing his homeland's current political crisis to life for customers – by creating a menu based on Greece's financial struggles. READ  

Fire on Munich train leads to cancellations
The fire was on an inter city train. Photo: DPA.

Fire on Munich train leads to cancellations

All trains from Munich's central station were cancelled on Monday morning after fire services had to put out a fire on a locomotive. READ  

Merkel urges Turkey to stick with Kurdish talks
Turkish anti-terror police have been targeting alleged members of the Islamic State and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Photo: DPA

Merkel urges Turkey to stick with Kurdish talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to stick with the Kurdish peace process despite escalating violence, her office said. READ  

Jewish Games to be held at site of 'Nazi Olympics'
Berlin's Olympiastadion. Photo: Marcel Schoenhardt, via Wikimedia Commons

Jewish Games to be held at site of 'Nazi Olympics'

Seventy years after the end of World War II, Berlin from Monday hosts the European Maccabi Games, dubbed the Jewish Olympics, at the site of the 1936 "Nazi Games". READ  

Merkel tops guest list at Wagner Festival
Preparing for the festival. Tobias Hase / DPA

Merkel tops guest list at Wagner Festival

German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the guest list Saturday of the gala opening of the Bayreuth Festival, one of the highlights in Germany's cultural calendar. READ  

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