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What's on in Germany: October 4 - 10

Published: 04 Oct 2012 11:29 GMT+02:00

BERLIN

Galleries/Museums

The Shuttered Society – Art Photography in the GDR 1949 – 1989

Focusing on trends, traditions, and shifting idioms in the medium, while offering a view of life in East Germany, a new exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie presents the largest collection of GDR art photography ever displayed. Images range from posed portraits to gray cityscapes, thoughtful still-lifes, and interesting street scenes. Go gaze at the trove, representing four decades of art photographs from the German Democratic Republic, when it's unveiled at the exhibition opening Thursday.

Price: €8

Location: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstrasse 124-128

Times: Thursday, October 4, 7pm (Opening); Wednesday – Monday, 10am-6pm; October 5 – January 28, 2013 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 030-789 02-600

More Information: www.berlinischegalerie.de

Asa Elzen – Mary Wollstonecraft's Scandinavian Journey 1795 Re-Traced

Back in the 18th century the notion of feminism wasn't much more than an unusual philosophy floundering around in the minds of a few intelligent women. One of these learned ladies was Mary Wollstonecraft, a British writer who is said to be the originator of feminist text and who also happens to be the subject of an artwork by Swedish artist Asa Elzen currently on view in Berlin. Examine Elzen's multifaceted response to Wollstonecraft's journey through Scandinavia at Uqbar.

Price: Free

Location: Uqbar, Schwedenstrasse 16

Times: Friday and Saturday, 2-7pm; through November 17

Phone: 030 4606 9107

More Information: www.projectspace.uqbar-ev.de

Film

The Red Shoes

Ballet is a powerful thing. It drives the human spirit to do the unthinkable. Or so it goes in the movies anyway. Powell and Pressburger's 1948 film The Red Shoes is one of cinema's most adored dance movies. British ballerina Moira Shearer famously played the starring role of love torn dancer Vicky Page. Watch the technicolour drama unfold at the Jewish Museum's Monday night film series this week.

Price: €5 (Museum Admission)

Location: Jewish Museum Berlin,
Lindenstrasse 9-14

Times: Monday, October 8, 7:30pm

Reservations: 030 259 93 488

More Information: www.jmberlin.de

COLOGNE

Galleries/Museums

Co-Mix – Art Spiegelman: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps

If you collected Garbage Pail Kids, or read the New Yorker between 1992 and 2001 you've encountered Art Spiegelman. One of the most important cartoonists of our time, the Pulitzer Prize winning comic book author is the subject of a new exhibition at Museum Ludwig. The retrospective includes sketches, illustrations, cover drawings, and a major exhibit featuring Maus, his graphic novel which tells the story of how his parents survived the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps. Go Thursday when the museum stays open late.

Price: €10

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, October 4, 10am-10pm; through January 6, 2013

Phone: 0221 221 26165

More Information: www.museum-ludwig.de

Music/Concerts

Irish Chamber Orchestra With Pekka Kuusisto

Works by the great Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara join violin concertos by Bach, and Bartok's Divertimento for String Orchestra on the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Sunday afternoon program. The celebrated Finnish virtuoso Pekka Kuusisto accompanies the ensemble in a vibrant concert where the violin is king. Order your tickets for this very special performance by one of Ireland's most acclaimed musical groups.

Price: €10-32

Location: Kölner Philharmonie, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1

Times: Sunday, October 7, 4pm

Hotline: 0221 280 280

More Information: www.irishchamberorchestra.com

DÜSSELDORF

Music/Concerts

Vive le Jazz

France and Germany have had some relationship issues in the past, but one thing they can always agree on is that music is the language of life. This week, jazz musicians from the land of baguettes join their bratwurst noshing counterparts in a series of concerts in venues around Cologne. Pianist Hans Ludermann and bassist Sebastien Boisseau kick off the program Thursday night followed by a set from the Christine Corvisier Quintet. Check the schedule and take your pick from an excellent array of performers.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, October 4 – Friday, October 12

More Information: www.vivelejazz.eu

FRANKFURT

Theatre

Relatively Speaking

Craving a little English theatre? Head to Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium Monday night when New Triad Theatre London performs Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking. The hilarious tale of a love triangle gone out of control premiered in 1967, and it's as comedically relevant today as it was back then.

Price: €15

Location: Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium, Sonnemannstrasse 16

Times: Monday, October 8, 7pm

Phone: 069 212 38 384

More Information: www.vhs.frankfurt.de

Dance

Arab Contemporary

Witnessing bodies in motion is a beautiful way to ponder the questions – Who am I? Who are we? Who are they? Mousonturm's Arab Contemporary dance series features artists from Tunisia, Morocco, and France who incorporate themes of identity into their work and grapple with the relationship between the customs of their homelands and the practices of western artists. Four different performances run through Sunday.

Price: €12 – 17

Location: Mousonturn, Waldschmidtstrasse 4

Times: Wednesday, October 3 – Sunday, October 7

Phone: 069 40 58 95 20

More Information: www.mousonturm.de

HAMBURG

Events

Rippple Books 2012 Book Launch

Focusing on books by expat writers living in Germany, Rippple Books publishes two books each year. On Thursday, the company celebrates the release of its latest pair of novels, MacKenzie Stilton's The Label Maker, and Campbell Jeffery's Hunter. Go and congratulate the anglophone authors between sets of live music and a literary performance.

Price: Free

Location: Oberstübchen, Sankt Pauli Fischmarkt 27

Times: Thursday, October 4, 7:30pm

More Information: www.rippplebooks.com

MUNICH

Film

Underdox – Festival for Documentary and Experimental Film

The Dutch artist and independent filmmaker Manon de Boer is the “artist in focus” at this year's Underdox festival. Some of her more recent films about musicians and dancers join Greek shorts, and a film about a sadomasochist with cystic fibrosis on the programme of strange and fascinating films from around the world.

Price: €6; €25 (5-pack)

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, October 4 – Thursday, October 11

More Information: www.underdox-festival.de

Events

Get the Picture – A Personal History of Photojournalism

John G. Morris has had a lot of influence on Western media over the last century or so. At 95, the photo editor has had an incomparable career, listing everything from Life to the Ladies' Home Journal, to The New York Times on his resume. He selected the images that the world would see of some of history's most important events from the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach to Apollo 11's landing on the moon. See the great man speak at Munich's America House Friday.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Friday, October 5, 6pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

More Information: www.amerikahaus.de

Celeste Sunderland (news@thelocal.de)

Today's headlines
July asylum applications hit 'all-time record'
An asylum seeker reception centre in Trier. Photo: DPA

July asylum applications hit 'all-time record'

More people applied for asylum in Germany in July than in any previous month on record, the Ministry for Immigration and Refugees announced on Friday. READ  

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The 1,000s of Germans massacred after WWII
Germans fleeing from eastern Europe after the Second World War. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The 1,000s of Germans massacred after WWII

Seventy years ago on Friday, a munitions depot exploded in the Czechoslovakian town of Ústí nad Labem. For the thousands of Sudeten Germans who lived in the town, the event was a death sentence. READ  

Minister seeks to rid laws of 'Nazi language'
In the center, Nazi lawyer Roland Freisler, who wrote laws that are partially still in existence today. Photo: German Federal Archive / Wikimedia Commons.

Minister seeks to rid laws of 'Nazi language'

Germany has made great efforts to purge legal system of remnants of Adolf Hitler's regime, but some laws still bear traces of the Nazi past. The Justice Minister wants to change this. READ  

Treason investigation of Netzpolitik halted
Netzpolitik published documents outlining the internal spy agency BfV's spy programmes and budget. Photo: DPA

Treason investigation of Netzpolitik halted

Update: Federal prosecutors announced on Friday they are suspending investigations of treason against 'digital rights' website Netzpolitik for 'the greater good' of upholding freedom of the press. READ  

Newborn baby found in Munich airport toilets
Munich Airport. Photo: DPA

Newborn baby found in Munich airport toilets

A newborn baby was found in a toilet in Munich airport on Thursday. Police so far have no clue as to who or where the mother is. READ  

Brit arrested in Munich for meth smuggling
Photo: BVZ/Zoll

Brit arrested in Munich for meth smuggling

A 50-year-old British woman is being held in custody in Munich on suspicion of attempting to smuggle two kilos of crystal meth out of Munich airport disguised as sweets. READ  

Start-up helps new Berliners slash red tape
Hate waiting in line at the Bürgeramt? There's a company that lets you pay to get the perfect appointment. Photo: DPA.

Start-up helps new Berliners slash red tape

Why waste time jumping through the hoops of German bureaucracy when you can pay someone else to take the hassle off your hands? A new Berlin company is offering to do just that - and it's got city officials fuming in the process. READ  

Michael Jackson shrine may have to beat it
A fan visits the makeshift Michael Jackson memorial in Munich. Photo: DPA.

Michael Jackson shrine may have to beat it

A memorial set up in Germany by some of Michael Jackson's most ardent fans the day after his sudden 2009 death has come under threat in a strangely emotional turf war. READ  

Ai Weiwei in Germany as UK slammed over visa
Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei arrived at Munich airport on Thursday, greeted by his son and son's mother, filmmaker Wang Fen. Photo: DPA.

Ai Weiwei in Germany as UK slammed over visa

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Munich on Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his application. READ  

'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?
Regulations for women's parking spaces differ from state to state across Germany. Photo: JG-NF / Wikimedia Commons.

'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?

Frankfurt Airport is one of many places in Germany to offer women their own 'bigger and nicer' parking areas. Is this sensible practice or plain sexist? READ  

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