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This Week's Highlights: February 7 – 13

Published: 07 Feb 2013 09:12 GMT+01:00

BERLIN

Film

Berlinale Retrospective 2013 – The Weimar Touch: The International Influence of Weimar Cinema after 1933

While you're rubbing elbows with starlets and screenwriters at the Berlinale this week, be sure to save some time to discover some cinematic gems from the past. Thirty-three films from the 1930s through the 1950s offer insight into how Weimar-era directors dealt with the rise of National Socialism in Germany. Many of them emigrated to the United States or elsewhere in Europe where they went on to create classics like Casablanca and Some Like it Hot, both of which screen this week as part of the retrospective.

Price: €8-12

Location: CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz (entrance on Voxstrasse) and the Zeughauskino, Unter den Linden 2

Times: Thursday, February 7 – Sunday, February 17

More Information: www.berlinale.de

Music/Concerts

E-Studio Grand Opening – Blixa Bargeld, Caspar Brotzmann, Michael Wertmuller

Three heroes from the German avant-garde music scene inaugurate the Acadamy of Arts' new Studio for Electro-Acoustic Music Friday night. See Blixa Bargeld, Caspar Brotzmann, and Michael Wertmuller play works by new music composers Hans-Joachim Hespos, Georg Katzer, Chris Newman, and others in the fancy new sound space.

Price: €12

Location: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10,

Times: Friday, February 8, 8pm

Phone: 030 200 57 2000

More Information: www.adk.de

Galleries/Museums

A Black and White Perspective: Two Cities – Berlin, Toronto

You live here. You love it. You can't get enough of Berlin. See the capital from another person's perspective this week. Verena Bayer moody, romantic photos of her home city hang alongside shots of Toronto by her picture-taking pal Fabio Mascarin. The artistic duo presents a dramatic portrait of two very different metropolises.

Price: Free

Location: Axel Hotel Berlin, Lietzenburgerstrasse 13/15

Times: Through February 26

Phone: 030 2100 2893

More Information: www.berlin-toronto.de

COLOGNE

Events

Rose Monday Parade

The good people of Cologne know how to throw a party. Put on your fancy dress clothes and take your places Monday among the show horses and marching bands and process through the city streets like a local. The atmosphere along the 6.5 kilometer Rosenmontag parade route is infectious. And it's not just all the candy being thrown at the crowd. There's a natural mystic blowing through the air.

Price: Free

Location: Parade begins at Severinstor in Südstadt

Times: Monday, February 11, 10:30am

More Information: www.cologne.de

DUSSELDORF

Dance

Ballet Revolucion

They jump, they spin, they leap, they sway with the mystery and determination of a revolutionary. A dazzling dance troupe direct from Cuba, Ballet Revolucion fuses Latin and Caribbean rhythms with classical ballet and Beyonce-worthy hip hop to create a high-energy stage show that The Guardian says is “a bit like watching an MTV miscellany while doing cardio in the gym.” Get an endorphin high without going anywhere near a StairMaster this week in Dusseldorf.

Price: €44-79

Location: Capitol-Theater, Erkrather Strasse 30

Times: Friday, February 8 – Sunday, February 17

Ticket Hotline: 01805-570070

More Information: www.balletrevolucion.com

FRANKFURT

Galleries/Museums

Lutz Bacher Exhibition Opening

A giant chessboard fills the main exhibition space at Portikus, but where are the pawns? Instead of your traditional kings, queens, bishops, and rooks, the American artist Lutz Bacher's chess pieces take the form of dinosaurs, pop heroes, and icons of conceptual art – see the replica of Marcel Duchamp's bicycle wheel. After planning out your strategy, take a seat upstairs in the sparkling black sand and watch Bacher's 1996 video piece Blue Moon.

Price: Free

Location: Portikus, Alte Brücke 2

Times: Friday, February 8, 8pm (Opening): Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday, 11am-8pm; through April 14 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 069 962 44 540

More Information: www.portikus.de

Music/Concerts

National Symphony Orchestra Washington

In the midst of a tour through Europe, The National Symphony Orchestra stops off in Frankfurt Saturday. With Musical Director Christoph Eschenbach and first violinist Arabella Steinbacher at the helm, the Washington DC based ensemble presents grand orchestral works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Bartok. Sit in the audience at the Old Opera and succumb to the waves of string section enchantment.

Price: €32 – 120

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz

Times: Saturday, February 9, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 069 1340 400

More Information: www.alteoper.de

HAMBURG

Film/Music

Little Sun Blackout Night

Everyone needs light. Even after the sun goes down. But some people live in places where there isn't any electricity. Olafur Eliassons' “Little Sun,” is a solar powered light developed as an attractive and affordable option for off-grid light-loving folks. See sixteen short films about the pretty palm-sized lamp in Hamburg Thursday. The series of bite-sized cinematic bits is accompanied by musical sets by the Ten Cities DJ Team and Fatoumata Diawara. It's all part of the Lux Aeterna Music Festival, which presents a range of musical artists until March 4.

Price: €10

Location: Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Johannes-Brahms-Platz

Times: Friday, February 7, 9:30pm

Tickets: 040 357 666 66

More Information: www.elbphilharmonie.de

LEIPZIG

Music/Concerts

Mala in Cuba

A superstar of the dubstep scene, Mala and his pals Coki, Loefah, and St Pokes pioneered the genre over a decade ago in South London clubs. For his latest project, the British producer traveled to Havana, where he loaded up his hard drive with piano, horn, and percussion samples from local musicians. Check out his mix of Cuban sounds and dubstep beats at Conne Island in Leipzig Saturday.

Price: €11

Location: Conne Island, Koburger Strasse 3

Times: Saturday, February 9, 10pm (doors); 1am (start)

Phone: 0341 301 3038

More Information: www.conne-island.de

MUNICH

Events

Mardi Gras at the Museum of Man and Nature

Put on your lion mask and head to the Museum of Man and Nature Tuesday. The natural history museum is hosting a zoologically themed party to celebrate the end of the Carnival season. Clowns and jugglers create a circus-like atmosphere that the little ones will lap up as they run around like little monkeys. Strap on some butterfly wings or paint your face like a tiger! Anything goes as long as your costume resembles a member of the animal kingdom. An extinct one you ask? Even better. Party like a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Price: Free

Location: Museum Mensch und Natur, Schloss Nymphenbur

Times: Tuesday, February 12, 11am-5pm

Phone: 017 95 890

More Information: www.musmn.de

Music/Concerts

The Stars – A Tribute to the Rolling Stones

There are the Rolling Stones, and then there are the Rolling Stones cover bands. Have a couple of pints and you'll never know the difference. Not that The Stars do too shabby of a job. Fritz Wimmer yelps through “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” like a veritable Mister Jagger. Shake your hips at Muffatwerk Friday.

Price: €17

Location: Ampere, Muffatwerk, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Thursday, February 7, 9pm

Phone: 089 458 750 10

More Information: www.muffatwerk.de

Celeste Sunderland (news@thelocal.de)

Today's headlines
Hamburg districts make UNESCO heritage list
An eightfold composite picture of different views of the Chilehaus (Chile House) and the Sprinkenhof in Hamburg. Photo: EPA/Christian Charisius/dpa/picture alliance

Hamburg districts make UNESCO heritage list

The UN cultural agency on Sunday designated Hamburg's historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World Heritage sites. READ  

Germany's AfD heads right with new leader
Frauke Petry, the new leader of the AfD. Photo: Lukas Schulze/picture alliance/dpa

Germany's AfD heads right with new leader

Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ousted its co-founder and frontman Bernd Lucke on Saturday to elect a new leader from its right wing, signalling a shift in focus to immigration from its anti-euro origins. READ  

Extreme heat causes Autobahn to rupture
A fissure on the Autobahn near Heidelberg. Photo: DPA

Extreme heat causes Autobahn to rupture

The heatwave sweeping across the country may have Germans flocking to the sea this weekend, but the extreme temperatures are also causing Autobahns to break apart. READ  

Nazi island resort to be turned into luxury flats
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Nazi island resort to be turned into luxury flats

A vast Nazi mega-complex meant as holiday homes for German workers and later used by the Soviets as a Cold War barracks is about to be turned into luxury flats. READ  

Greece crisis
'Bundestag must vote on new bailout': Schäuble
A poster of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in Athens reads "For five years he has sucked your blood. Now tell him NO." Photo: DPA

'Bundestag must vote on new bailout': Schäuble

UPDATE: Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Friday that there would be no quick release of bailout funds to Greece after the country's referendum on whether to accept its creditors' terms on Sunday. READ  

Activists give Dalai Lama 80th birthday stamp
The new Deutsche Post stamp showing the Dalai Lama. Photo: DPA

Activists give Dalai Lama 80th birthday stamp

Pro-Tibet activists have created a new limited-edition stamp featuring the Dalai Lama to mark the Tibetan spiritual leader's 80th birthday. READ  

Women's World Cup
'Germany will crack England': top coach
Star striker Celia Sasic. Photo: DPA

'Germany will crack England': top coach

The manager of European champions FFC Frankfurt told The Local he expects Germany to beat England in the third place play-off in the Women's World Cup, and predicted his protege Celia Sasic will grab a goal or two. READ  

NSA surveillance scandal
Calls grow for govt to act on NSA spying
Chancellor Angela Merkel, the highest-profile German victim of NSA spying, speaking on the phone. Photo: DPA

Calls grow for govt to act on NSA spying

Green Party security expert Konstantin von Notz told The Local on Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel is failing to restore faith in the German-US partnership following fresh spying revelations. READ  

Germany reach semis of beach volleyball worlds
Ilka Semmler and Katrin Holtwick. Photo: DPA file

Germany reach semis of beach volleyball worlds

Germany's top beach volleyball pair are storming the world championships in Holland and prepare to face Brazil in the semis on Friday. READ  

Environment minister blasts Merkel, colleagues
Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. Photo: DPA

Environment minister blasts Merkel, colleagues

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks loosed a broadside against her cabinet colleagues on Friday in a guest article for Die Welt, saying that they had decided to do too little to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in a way that would cost too much. READ  

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