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This Week's Highlights: January 31 – February 6

Celeste Sunderland · 31 Jan 2013, 09:34

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



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


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


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 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



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,

Times: Saturday, February 1, 7:30

Tickets: 0221 7199 1515

More Information: www.grenzgang.de



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



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



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


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 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


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)

Today's headlines
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Klopp signs 3-year Liverpool deal: reports
Photo: DPA

Klopp signs 3-year Liverpool deal: reports

12 hours ago

Star German coach Jürgen Klopp has signed a three-year contract to become Liverpool manager, English media are reporting.

Could you take care of Cologne Cathedral?
Cologne Cathedral is searching for a new master builder. Photo: DPA

Could you take care of Cologne Cathedral?

12 hours ago

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Volkswagen scandal
Police raid Volkswagen offices in Wolfsburg
Photo: DPA

Police raid Volkswagen offices in Wolfsburg

12 hours ago

German police raided auto giant Volkswagen's headquarters and other sites Thursday, as part of an investigation into a massive pollution-cheating scandal engulfing the group.

Doctor 'got drunk and set fire to own flat'
Fire services put out a fire in Schwabing, Munich. File Photo: DPA

Doctor 'got drunk and set fire to own flat'

15 hours ago

A Munich doctor is on trial for causing €80,000 worth of damage after setting fire to his own apartment.

Hamburg Olympics gets €11 billion price tag
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Hamburg Olympics gets €11 billion price tag

16 hours ago

Holding the 2024 Olympics in Hamburg would cost taxpayers €7.4 billion, according to the results of financial estimates announced on Thursday.

Exports set for record year despite hiccup
A worker supervises container loading at the harbour in Bremen. Photo: DPA

Exports set for record year despite hiccup

16 hours ago

Germany is still on course for another record year of exports in 2015 despite a drop of 5.2 percent in August compared with the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Thursday.

Deutsche Bank issues massive loss warning
Photo: DPA

Deutsche Bank issues massive loss warning

17 hours ago

Deutsche Bank warned Thursday that it would post a net loss of €6.2 billion ($7 billion) in the third quarter and that dividends for the year may be scrapped.

Horse was pregnant for 48 million years
The fossilized horse at a 2013 exhibition. Photo: DPA

Horse was pregnant for 48 million years

18 hours ago

A 48-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant horse and fetus found south of Frankfurt is the oldest of its kind known to science and contains unusually well-preserved evidence of tissue from the womb, researchers said Wednesday.

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'Europe can't become a fortress': Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel with TV journalist Anne Will on Wednesday evening. Photo: DPA

'Europe can't become a fortress': Merkel

18 hours ago

There will be no quick-and-easy solutions in the refugee crisis – "but the situation is here now" and there's no going back, Chancellor Angela Merkel told television viewers on Wednesday night.

Refugee crisis
Refugees tell Germans: we won't stay forever
A group of largely Syrian refugees arriving in Passau, Bavaria. Photo: DPA

Refugees tell Germans: we won't stay forever

19 hours ago

Most Syrian refugees in Germany fled their country out of fear for their lives and want to return home when it's safe, a survey released on Wednesday shows.

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