Maximum Black Festival
Call it indie rock heaven (with a touch of electro pop). Deerhoof, Six Organs of Admittance, Frog Eyes, Dirty Projectors, and Max Tundra join headliner Final Fantasy, for what's sure to be one epic night.
Location: Postbanhof, Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8
Time: Sunday, March 2, 7pm
More Information: www.maximumblackfestival.com
Zille Children of the Street
Rudolf Heinrich Zille, who would have turned 150 this year, published his first book Kinder der Strasse exactly one century ago. The comedic German illustrator was also an adept photographer, who documented Berlin's less fortunate folk in the early 1900s. Fifty of Zille's drawings, prints, and photographs of and for children are on view through Sunday.
Price: €5, free on Wednesdays
Location: Ephraim-Palais Museum, Poststrasse 16
Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm, Wednesday 12pm - 8pm, through March 2
Phone: 030 24 002 121
More Information: www.ephraim-palais.de
Eccentric restauranteur Hans Peter Wodarz hosts an evening of feasting and acrobatics within the opulent mirrored tent by the Hauptbahnhof. Guests dine on a three-course, prix fixe meal while contortionists, comedians, and clowns, many from Cirque du Soleil, take center stage. Could be a scene from a pre-war cabaret.
Price: €99,90 - €119,90
Times: Tuesday - Thursday, 8 pm, Friday - Sunday, 7 pm, until March 15
Ticket Hotline: 0180 5388 883
More Information: www.palazzo.cc
If you caught singer Björn Dixgård on his solo tour last winter, you won't want to miss the full band this time around. The Swedish garage rockers take the stage in seven cities during their 2008 European tour.
Location: Palladium, Schanzenstrasse 40
Times: Saturday, March 1, 8pm
Phone: 0221 2801
More Information: www.mandodiao.com
Everybody likes a good story. Authors from around the world present their work at this annual literature festival, the largest in Europe. Links between literature, theatre, music, and film are explored, and a plethora of readings for the little ones comprise a festival for kids, called lit.kid.Cologne.
Price: €9 - €42
Location: Various venues around town
Times: Friday, February 29 - Sunday, March 9
Phone: 0221 221 30400
Tickets: http: www.koelnticket.de
Mention Impressionism and Monet comes to mind. But what about Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzales, and Marie Bracquemond? These four female artists made major contributions to the movement, and you can see them all under one roof at this exhibition of over 150 works.
Location: Schirn Kunsthalle, Römerberg
Times: Tuesday, Friday - Sunday, 10am - 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am - 10pm, through June 1
Phone: 069 2998 820
More Information: www.mandodiao.com
Beyond Geometry: Works by Birgit Antoni, Johannes Franzen, John Hilliard and Imi Knoebel
The connection between geometry and art fascinated these four artists, all abstractionists, but all employing very different approaches. The exhibition of their works begins in 1970 and explores their style.
Location: L.A.Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Domstrasse 6
Times: Tuesday - Friday, 12pm-7pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, through March 1
Phone: 069 288 687
More Information: www.lagalerie.de
Panic At The Disco
The new disc's not out until the 25th of March, but you can check out their new look while dancing away to the Las Vegas rockers' "Nine In the Afternoon" and other hits when they stop off in Hamburg.
Location: Docks, Spielbudenplatz 19
Times: Monday, March 3, 8pm
More Information: www.panicatthedisco.com
Festival of the Baritone
Got a thing for deep voices? You'll swoon over this festival featuring twenty top baritones from opera houses all over Germany and elsewhere in Europe. World premieres by young, international composers, and a performance of Schubert's Winterreise round out the event.
Price: €23 - €42 Euros
Location: Galerie Chaco, Friedensallee 7-9, and Jenisch Haus, Baron-Voght-Strasse. 50
Times: February 24 - March 1
Phone: 040 45 33 26
More Information: www.baritonale.de
Hip Hop, Klassik, Balkan-Pop - Hamburger Lebenswelten
Artists aged 18 to 62 present music that moves them in this interesting exhibition of sound installations. From Woodstock to classical concert halls, hip hop, and R&B, the show's a "soundtrack for every situation in life."
Location: Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Rothenbaumchaussee 64
Times: Tuesday - Sunday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-9pm
Phone: 01805 30 88 88
More Information: www.voelkerkundemuseum.com
The Mars Volta
Prog-metal outfit proves they still rock with their new album "The Bedlam In Goliath." See for yourself this Monday at Georg Eiser Halle.
Location: Georg Elser Halle
Time: Monday, March 3, 8pm
Café am Beethoven Platz
Concerts, from classical, to jazz, to Latin, to folk occur every evening in the restaurant's elegant interior. This week features the violin/piano duo, Eli Nakagawa and Heiko Stralendorff, the Kai Lauber Jazz Group, and pianist Joram Ronel & Friends, among others.
Location: Goethestrasse 51
Phone: 089 55 29 10 0
More Information: www.hotelmariandl.de
Strong Beer Weeks
With an average of 700 calories per liter, the malty, double-bock brew called Starkbier kept Munich's monks going during the Lenten season. Breweries around the city offer their own Starkbier, but the three-week season kicks off at the Paulaner Inn. The final week is upon us, so fill up while you can.
Price: €6.40 per liter
Location: Paulaner am Nockherberg (a.k.a. Salvatorkeller)
Time: Through March 9
Mark Rothko Retrospective
Fill up on color at Kunsthalle's Mark Rothko Retrospective. The Russian-born, American abstract expressionist painter became famous for his large-format canvases, adorned with layered panes of colour. Over 100 works comprise the exhibition, the first Rothko retrospective in Germany since the one in Cologne in 1988.
Price: €9 regular museum entrance, €5 for students.
Location: Kunsthalle, Theatinerstrasse 8
Time: Daily 10am - 8pm, through April 27
Phone: 089 22 44 12
More Information: hypo-kunsthalle.de
Last week to catch this circus show in their 2000-seat tent. African acrobats, dancers, and musicians entertain with traditional drumming, dazzling costumes, and stunning tricks.
Price: €29-€99, children €26-€89
Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 8pm; Saturday Matinee, 3pm; Sunday 2:30 & 7pm, through March 8
More Information: www.afrika-start.de
Dortmund Motorcycle Fair
Biking enthusiasts won't want to miss this annual motorcycle bonanza. Drool over 1,000 types of bikes, from mopeds to dirt bikes, to premiers of new models. There's also displays of motorcycle clothing, helmets, and new accessories to trick out your ride, and make you safer. All the heavyweights, from Harley Davidson, to BMW will be there, so don't miss out!
Price: €12 all day, €8 after 4pm, €10 students
Location: Westfalenhallen Dortmund
Times: 9am-6pm, Thursday, February 28 - Sunday, March 2
Phone: 023 01 91 25 00
Ticket Hotline: 0231 1204 666
Kurt Weill Music Festival
Concerts, readings, guided tours, films, art exhibitions, and a ball, all based around the theme "dream," can be enjoyed during this 10-day festival devoted to one of Germany's musical stars. Highlights include the Mahler Chamber Orchestra playing Weill's violin concerto, a duet performance by tenor Ian Bostridge, and soprano Sophie Daneman, the Ensemble Modern's rendition of Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Story," and a finale of Broadway tunes. It's sure to be a rollicking good time.
Price: €4.50 - €45
Location: Various locations around Dessau ‚
Times: February 29 - March 9
Phone: 01805 564 564 (14 cents per minute)
More Information: www.musikfeste.de