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This Week's Highlights: January 31 – February 6

Published: 31 Jan 2013 09:34 GMT+01:00

BERLIN

Music/Concerts

Christiane Roesinger

Sadness, disillusionment, and the feeling of loss are recurrent themes in Christiane Roesinger's exquisitely melancholic songs. Make your heart bleed Thursday night in Berlin when the chanteuse takes the stage at Claerchen's Balhaus. Presented by Missy Magazine, the concert kicks off the “f******* Toward New Perspectives on Feminism” symposium, which starts Friday at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein.

Price: €10

Location: Clärchen's Balhaus, Auguststrasse 24

Times: Thursday, January 31, 9pm

Reservations: konzert@new-perspective.org

More Information: www.new-perspective.org

Film

Globians World and Culture Documentary Film Festival

From the spring migration of cranes to the social-cultural challenges of a Luxembourg allotment garden, the topics explored at this year's Globians Festival are things you might not think about every day. And then there's Carlo Pisani's movie Love Trips about couples in long-distance relationships – a topic closer to home for expats like us. Spend some time at the cinema this weekend. All documentaries screen with English subtitles.

Price: €7; €40 (Festival Pass)

Location: Kino Toni, Antonplatz, Weissensee

Times: Thursday, January 31 – Sunday, February 3

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

More Information: www.globians.com

Events

Transmediale 2013

“Back when Pluto was a planet” is the theme at this year's Transmediale Festival in Berlin. Through performances, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and film screenings, the annual event explores new connections between art, culture, and technology. Experts from around the world focus on figuring out what to do with familiar objects that have been declared somewhat obsolete, like Rohrpost, Berlin's former mail delivery system that used pneumatic tubes to transfer letters. How did the system relate to social media? Check out “Octo” at the House of World Cultures to find out.

Price: €5-18 (Single Tickets); €25-30 (Day Pass); €90 (Festival Pass)

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


Times: Tuesday, January 29 – Sunday, February 3

More Information: www.transmediale.de

BREMEN

Events

Bremen Classic Motor Show

If you're into antique cars (like my two-year-old), cruise up to Bremen this weekend. Original autos from the 1920s and 1930s including the Voisin C7C and the Hotchkiss AM2 join “young classics” like the 1977 Opel Manta S 1.9 Berlinetta. A star of the event is the 300 hp Ford Capri RS 2600, the same kind of razzle dazzle race car that legendary speed man Hans-Joachim Stuck steered around the track at the new German Racing Championship in 1972. Get your motor running!

Price: €15

Location: Theodor-Heuss-Allee

Times: Daily, 9am-6pm, Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3

Phone: 0421 . 3505 . 525

More Information: www.classicmotorshow.de

COLOGNE

Events

Grenzgang Dinner Show – Silk Road Adventure

Why shouldn't dinner be a journey – an enriching experience where the food is enhanced by music, stories, and imagery from a faraway land like the Orient? That's exactly what Grenzgang Dinner Shows are all about. This week Bruno Baumann leads gourmands on an adventure along the Silk Road from Istanbul to Peking. The evening begins in a theatre where you'll see extraordinary travel photography before moving on to a three-course meal of Arabian specialties. Satiate your hunger as well as your wanderlust in Cologne Saturday.

Price: €64.90

Location: Ludwig im Museum,
Heinrich-Böll-Platz

Times: Saturday, February 1, 7:30

Tickets: 0221 7199 1515

More Information: www.grenzgang.de

DUSSELDORF

Galleries/Museums

Yin Xiuzhen

Old clothing collected from cities around the world are stitched together into skyscrapers and apartment blocks in Yin Xiuzhen's “Portable Cities”. The cityscapes that bloom from suitcases join other interesting sculptures and installations the Chinese artist has created throughout her career in a new exhibition at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf. With vivid colors and textured materials, Xiuzhen ponders concepts like localization, globalization, and the impact of technology on nature and mankind.

Price: €5.50

Location: Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; through March 10

Phone: 0211 899 6243

More Information: www.kunsthalle-düsseldorf.de

FRANKFURT

Music/Concerts

Ensemble Modern

This twenty-member group has been playing music by contemporary composers since 1980. Based in Frankfurt, it's one of the most important German ensembles of its kind. If you haven't checked them out yet, make a date for Saturday night. The modern music makers set up on stage at the Frankfurt Opera house with a program of new pieces commissioned for their series “From Where? - Myths, Nations, and Identity.”

Price: €18.90 – 30.50

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt
, Opernplatz

Times: Saturday, February 2, 8pm

Phone: 069 13400

More Information: www.alteoper.de

HAMBURG

Film

Graphic Novels! Melbourne!

Comic book writers are fascinating people, especially the Australian ones. See for yourself Wednesday when Graphic Novels! Melbourne! screens at Projektor in Hamburg. The feature documentary by filmmaker Daniel Hayward and comic artist Bernard Caleo follows the lives of four cartoonists in Melbourne and offers insight into the city's comic book culture.

Price: €8-€10

Location: Projektor, Sternstrasse 4

Times: Wednesday, February 6 – Saturday, February 9, 7:30pm

More Information: www.graphicnovelsmelbourne.de

Events

The Cosmic Bay – Marcel Lichter and Friends

Stars collide Thursday in Hamburg when heartthrob Jan Sievers joins planetarium pianist Marcel Lichter for a cosmic evening of music and light. Sit back and relax as the duo perform songs about love and heartache as stars and lasers flash across the concave dome overhead. It's going to be galactic.

Price: €13

Location: Planetarium Hamburg,
 Hindenburgstrasse 1b


Times: Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm

Ticket Hotline: 040 428 86 5210

More Information: www.planetarium-hamburg.de

MUNICH

Galleries/Museums

Munich In Zoom

I could stare at a map for hours. But you know what's even cooler than cartography? Aerial photos. Get a bird's eye view of Munich this week at the office of the city's municipal department. Nineteen photographs from 1925 to 2011 offer a fascinating perspective on how the Bavarian capital has changed over the last several decades.

Price: Free

Location: Kommunalreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Rossmarkt 3

Times: Monday – Friday, 8am-5:30pm; through March 28

More Information: www.muenchen.de

Events

Super Bowl Party

it's Super Bowl Sunday! And just because you're in Germany doesn't mean you have to miss out on America's biggest sporting events of the year. Head to TonHalle Sunday where you can watch all the action from New Orleans. Who will you root for? The Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers? Even if you're not a football fan, go to see the halftime show. Beyonce's performing!

Price: €8; €96 (“Starter Package” includes entrance for 8, beer, and hotdogs)

Location: TonHalle München, Grafinger Strasse 6


Times: Sunday, February 3, 8pm

Phone: 089 6283 4411

More Information: www.tonhalle-muenchen.de

Celeste Sunderland (news@thelocal.de)

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Rainer Fassbinder on set in 1977. Photo: DPA

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A man assembling food processors in a Wuppertal factory. Photo: DPA

Industry: 'doped' growth boosting economy

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AfD co-leader Frauke Petry. Photo: DPA

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Court rejects case against US drone strikes
An American MQ-9 "Reaper" unmanned drone. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Paul Ridgeway/dpa

Court rejects case against US drone strikes

A German court on Wednesday rejected a complaint by three Yemenis demanding that Berlin bar Washington from using a US base on its territory to operate deadly drones. READ  

Gay marriage: Germany still says 'No'
A gay couple in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA.

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Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved a raft of draft measures to extend the rights of same-sex couples, but faced criticism for allowing only civil unions, not full gay marriage. READ  

Spectre of Greece haunts G7 Dresden meeting
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble welcomes his G7 colleagues to Dresden. Photo: DPA

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