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What's on in Germany: January 24 – 30

Published: 24 Jan 2013 09:28 GMT+01:00

BERLIN

Comedy

Laughing Cows Presents Maureen Younger and Friends

Acclaimed British comedienne Maureen Younger returns to Berlin's Kookaburra Comedy Club Tuesday night with her plucky pals Shazia Mirza and Jo Caulfield. Satiate your hunger for English humour and belt out a few belly laughs.

Price: €10

Location: Club Kookaburra, Schönhauser Allee 184

Times: Tuesday, January 29, 8:30

Reservations: 030 48 62 31 86

More Information: www.comedyclub.de

Galleries/Museums

Secret Universe IV – George Widener

Some people can't get enough of statistical details. American artist George Widener is one of them. He merges his love for numbers, (population statistics, mathematical calculations, historical data, etc.) with art by creating interesting and informative imagery where numbers combine with graphics. The fourth installment in the Hamburger Bahnhof's “Secret Universe” series, which focuses on artists who haven't gotten much attention in the art world, features Widener's complex number pictures.

Price: €10

Location: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50-51

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm; Friday, January 25 – Sunday, June 16

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

More Information: www.hamburgerbahnhof.de

Events

International Green Week

Food, agriculture, and horticulture from around the world take center stage at Berlin's expo center this week. Take a stroll through the “Hall of Flowers,” taste delicacies from Egypt, Azerbaijan, Finland, and France, and bring the kids to see the animal shows in the livestock arena. This year's partner country is the Netherlands. Make a point to learn something new about our northwestern neighbour.

Price: €13 (One-Day Ticket); €26 (Family Pass)

Location: Messe Berlin, Messedamm 22

Times: Thursday, January 24, 10am-6pm; Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 10am-8pm; Monday, January 27, 10am-6pm

Phone: 030 3038 2027

More Information: www.gruenewoche.de

COLOGNE

Galleries/Museums

Theme Day: Africa

Celebrate all things African this weekend in Cologne. The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum's African Theme Day features live music, lectures, workshops, food, and special tours all based around that great continent known as “The Motherland.” Take a gospel-singing workshop, see photographer Dirk Schäfer's shots from a motorcycle trip he took from Namibia to Kenya, and hear South African literary star Mike Nicol read from his new thriller. It all happens Sunday.

Price: €7

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

Times: Sunday, January 27, 10am – 8pm

Phone: 0221 221 313 56

More Information: www.museenkoeln.de

DRESDEN

Music/Concerts

The Incredible Herrengedeck

For an authentic night of German punk-cabaret-rap, sidle up to the stage at Ostpol in Dresden on Tuesday. The Incredible Herrengedeck play piano, guitar, and bass, and sing about such topics as Prenzlauerberg in the nineties with just the right amount of straight-faced sarcasm. Some comprehension of the German language is required to really get the act, but even if you don't understand a lick of what they're saying, you're still guaranteed to have a fun time.

Price: €6.60

Location: Ostpol, Konigsbruckerstrasse 47

Times: Tuesday, January 29, 10pm

More Information: www.zeitzubleiben.tickets.de

FRANKFURT

Literature

Africanissimo – African Literature Days

“Strong voices and new stories” from Ethiopia to Zimbabwe will be showcased at a two-day festival of African literature at the Frankfurt Literature House. Get acquainted with contemporary authors from across Africa with the festival's rich program of readings and discussions, many of which will include English translation. And don't miss the closing performance of music and poetry Saturday night.

Price: €6 (Single Events); €25 (Festival Pass)

Location: Literaturhaus Frankfurt, Schöne Aussicht 2

Times: Friday, January 25, 4pm and Saturday, January 26, 11am

Phone: 069 2102 113

More Information: www.litprom.de

HAMBURG

Galleries/Museums

Giacometti – The Playing Fields

Swiss surrealist sculptor Alberto Giacometti liked to depict the human figure as fantastically tall and thin as he could manage – larger than life wisps of human beings. A new exhibition at the Hamburger Kunsthalle presents 120 of the legendary artist's works, including post-war paintings, sketches, and photographs, as well as models he made for public spaces in New York in the 1960s.

Price: €12

Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall

Times: Thursday, January 24, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; January 25 – May 19 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 040 428 131 200

More Information: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

Good Prospects – Young German Photography 2012/2013

If your name is included in the list of “Good Prospects – Young German Photography” prize winners, you're already well on your way to making a name for yourself. Meet this year's batch of seven chosen ones when the exhibition of their work opens at Hamburg's House of Photography Friday night. Stefan Kiefer and Matthias Schönebäumer preside over the turntables while photo fans mingle.

Price: €9

Location: House of Photography, Deichtorstrasse 1-2


Times: Friday, January 25, 7pm (Opening); Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; January 25 – March 3 (Regular Hours)

Tickets: 040 321 030

More Information: www.deichtorhallen.de

MUNICH

Galleries/Museums

Tasty Things – Fashion From the 1970s

With psychedelic prints and candy coloured hues of grape, tangerine, and acid green, the 1970s were a special time for fashion. A new exhibition at the Munich City Museum showcases the polyester caftans, bell bottoms, and platform shoes that made the decade so groovalicious. Gawk at fashion posters, design sketches, photographs, and original pieces by Pucci, Pino Lancetti, Halston, and other stars of the 1970s fashion scene.

Price: €4

Location: Münchner Stadtmuseum, St-Jakobs-Platz 1


Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; January 25 – September 15

Tickets: 089 233 22370

More Information: www.muenchner-stadtmuseum.de

Theatre

Excavations – The Anatomy Lesson

What's inside a newborn baby? Have a look Friday night in Munich, when artist Marijs Boulogne weaves an endoscope through her little one. Freaked out? Don't worry, the Belgian performer's baby is made of yarn, cotton, and silk threads. In a piece reminiscent of a David Lynch scene, Boulogne performs an autopsy on the stillborn child, revealing the exquisite anatomy of its innards. Go see the strange and wonderful performance and contemplate life, death, and the fragility of humanity.

Price: €12

Location: Münchner Stadtmuseum, St-Jakobs-Platz 1


Times: Friday, January 25, 7:30pm

Tickets: 089 233 24482

More Information: www.figurentheater-gfp.de

WIESBADEN

Theatre

Wiesbaden English Language Theatre – Almost Maine

In the heart of winter, way up in northern Maine, there's not much else to do but fall in love. Called “a wooly midwinter night's dream” by the Dallas Observer, Almost Maine is a touching romantic comedy by American playwright John Cariani. Wiesbaden English Language Theatre's production runs all week long. Go and warm up with a little English language laughter.

Price: €15

Location: Gemeinschaftszentrum Georg-Buch-Haus, Wellritzstrasse 38

Times: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, January 24 – February 2, 7:30pm

More Information: www.wiesbaden-english-language-theater.de

Celeste Sunderland (news@thelocal.de)

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