This Week's Highlights: Puppet theatre in Munich, Madama Butterfly in Hamburg, and photos of GDR punks in Berlin.
Ensemble Adapter – Music By Yoav Pasovsky
With flute, clarinet, harp, piano, and percussion, the five members of the Berlin based ensemble Adapter perform the works of young experimental composers in a chamber music setting. For the upcoming instalment of their “Rotation” series, the German/Icelandic musicians focus their gaze on works by Israeli composer Yoav Pasovsky. Catch the concert Thursday night at ExRotaprint, a former printing press factory in Wedding.
Location: ExRotaprint, Gottschedstrasse 4
Times: Thursday, November 8, 8:30pm
More Information: www.ensemble-adapter.de
East End! – Punk in East Germany (Photographs From 1980 – 1984)
In the early 1980s punk culture was everywhere. Spiky haired boys and girls in cut up t-shirts and combat boots hung around smoking cigarettes and banging out chords on electric guitars in cities around the globe including Weimar, Leipzig, Berlin, and other points east. In a society where conformity was the rule, the punks in East Germany embodied rebellion. See photographs of punks in 1980s GDR at an exhibition opening Thursday night at the Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg. With works by Sabine Bading, Brigitte Bludau Munroe, and others, the show is part of the European Month of Photography.
Location: Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg, Greifswalder Strasse 218
Times: Thursday, November 8, 8pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 2-7pm; Saturday, 1-6pm; through November 29
Phone: 030 44 32 47 41
More Information: www.mdf-berlin.de
British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin's research in the early 1950s was critical to the discovery of the DNA double helix. But as a woman in a man's world, she didn't get the recognition she deserved until much later. Anna Ziegler's play Photograph 51
offers an interesting view of the male-dominated scientific world of the 1950s. English Theatre Berlin brings their production back for part three of their “Science and Theatre” programme this week.
Price: €18; €9 on Monday
Location: English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstrasse 40
Times: Thursday, November 8 – Tuesday, November 13, 8pm (Except Sunday)
Tickets: 030 691 12 11
More Information: www.etberlin.de
One blonde. One brunette. Loads of glamour, mystery, and sex appeal. All with a French accent. The ladies of Brigitte have concocted a recipe irresistible to those who prefer their indie-pop mixed with a little hippie-chic glam-camp. Aurelie Saada and Sylvie Hoarau saunter up to the mic Tuesday night in Cologne.
Location: Luxor, Luxemburger Strasse 40
Times: Tuesday, November 13, 8pm
Tickets: 0221 2801
More Information: www.luxor-koeln.de
New Russian Film
Movies about an orchestra conductor, a group of transvestites, and World War II comprise three Russian films being shown with English subtitles this week in Cologne. The topics vary widely but one thing these Siberian flicks all have in common is their heritage – they were all made by Russian directors. Consider the series a little Molotov cocktail of current Russian cinema.
Location: Filmforum NRW, Museum Ludwig, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1
Times: Thursday, November 8, 7pm; Sunday, November 11, 4:30pm & 7pm
Tickets: 0221 221 24498
More Information: www.filmforumnrw.de
Sweet Charity – A musical by Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon
“Do you wanna have fun? How's about a few laughs?” You know the tunes, even if you've never seen it before. With music by Cy Coleman and choreography by Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity
opened on Broadway in 1966. Now English Theatre Frankfurt is staging the entertaining tale of “Charity,” an optimistic night club hostess trying to make a more respectable life for herself. Go and have some fun with the feisty cast this week in Frankfurt. The laughs start on Tuesday.
Price: €29 – 42
Location: The English Theatre, Gallusanlage 7
Times: Tuesday, November 13, 7:30pm; Wednesday, November14, 7:30pm; More dates through February 17, 2013
Tickets: 069 242 316 20
More Information: www.english-theatre.org
Family On Ice – Frankfurt Ice Sport Hall Open House
Sharpen those blades and lace up those skates! It's time to hit the ice. Skate backwards, cut a few figure eights, or clutch the sides of the rink and take itty bitty baby steps at the Frankfurt Ice Sport Hall. The skating centre is offering free admission and special activities for kids on Saturday. Let the winter sporting season begin!
Location: Eissporthalle Frankfurt, Am Bornheimer Hang 4
Times: Saturday, November 10, 10am-6pm
Phone: 069 212 39308
More Information: www.eissporthalle-ffm.de
Christian Lacroix loves working in the theatre. Prefers it actually. And the great fashion designers' costumes for the Hamburg State Opera's new production of Madama Butterfly
are more ravishing than anything you might see on a runway. See what colourful creations the French couturier concocted when the Puccini masterpiece opens in Hamburg on Sunday.
Price: €6 – 158
Location: Staatsoper Hamburg, Grosses Haus, Dammtorstrasse 28
Times: Sunday, November 11, 6pm; Wednesday, November 14, 7pm; Other dates through December 5.
Tickets: 040 35 68 68
More Information: www.hamburgische-staatsoper.de
Bavarian Dance Lessons
If you're living in Bavaria, or even just visiting the picturesque German region, you might as well learn a few traditional dance steps. In anticipation of Saint Katherine's Day, when Catholics are allowed to take one last spin around the dance floor before getting all quiet and contemplative for Advent, the Hofbräuhaus is offering free dance lessons. Don your dirndls and lederhosen and join the light steppers Thursday. A live band provides traditional German folk music.
Location: Hofbräuhaus, Platzl 9
Times: Thursday, November 8, 11 & 22, 7-11pm
Phone: 089 29 01 36 100
More Information: www.hofbraeuhaus.de
TrauDich! Wedding Fair
White gowns, net veils, cakes, flowers, favours, oh my! The TrauDich! Wedding Fair taking place all weekend long at the Olympia Park Event Arena in Munich is a bride-to-be's dream event. Go and scout out everything you need for the big day, and check the programme for fashion shows, make-up shows, dance classes, and presentations on everything you'll need to know to plan the wedding your friends and family will be talking about for decades.
Location: Event-Arena, Olympiapark München,
Times: Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, 10am-6pm
More Information: www.traudich.de
Children's Puppet Theatre
Wiggle Tail and Cat Dance – A Musical Animal Journey To Spain
The Nuremberg Paper Theatre presents “Ferdinand the Bull” this weekend at Gasteig. The kids will marvel at the paper animal puppets as they follow Ferdinand's journey through Spain where he meets his animals friends the bee, the pig, the cat, and the goat. Music by Debussy, Rossini, Honegger, and others add to the magical scene.
Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5
Times: Sunday, November 11, 2pm & 4pm; Monday, November 12, 9am & 11am
Tickets: 089 54 81 81 81
More Information: www.gasteig.de