Both orchestras and experimental theatre groups have a place at Berlin’s hottest contemporary music festival. With a theme based on travel and transition, MaerzMusic
2008 features artists from Australia, Spain, Portugal and other countries. Composer Olga Neuwirth kicks off the week with the premiere of her “song play,” Hommage à Klaus Nomi.
Price: €10 – €25
Location: Various locations around Berlin
Times: Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 16
Phone: 030 254 89 218
More Information: www.maerzmusik.de/
Kodo: One Earth Tour
It’s incredible what these guys can do with the traditional Japanese Taiko drum. On their quest to bring the sound of the instrument around the world, Kodo stops off in Berlin. Catch the percussion masters Monday night at Philharmonie.
Price: €30 – €55
Location: Philharmonie, Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
Times: Monday, March 10, 8pm
Phone: 018 05 44 70
More Information: www.kodo.or.jp
Can’t bring yourself to take off those leg warmers? Shake it like a 1980s superstar as the cast of Miami Nights entertains with hits like “Let’s Dance,” “What A Feeling,” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Dust off the hair crimper, you’ll fit right in.
Price: €35 – €65
Times: Tuesday – Sunday 8pm, with matinees on weekends, through March 16
Phone: 030 887 089 57
More Information: www.miaminights.de
Dubbed “The European Ambassador of Goodness” by novelist Zadie Smith, British author Nick Hornby is joined by German actor Matthias Schweighoefer Friday night, for a reading of Hornby’s funny new book Slam. Anyone who has ever called on skateboarding star Tony Hawk for a bit of advice won’t want to miss it.
Location: Admiralspalast, Friedrichstrasse 101
Times: Saturday, 8 March, 9pm
Phone: 030 4799 7499
More Information: www.admiralspalast.de
ITB Berlin 2008
Mingle with thousands of travel industry insiders at this major annual trade show. Travel hot spots and tourism innovations take centre stage at the Exhibition Grounds at Messe Berlin, while cultural demonstrations entertain.
Location: Messe Berlin, Messedamm 22
Times: Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 9am-5:30pm
Phone: 030 3038 5555
More Information: www.itb-berlin.com
Pablo Picasso. Frieden
Intellectuals from 45 nations met in Wroclaw in 1948 for the World Peace Congress. Pablo Picasso, whose “Dove of Peace” lithograph became the emblem of the Paris Peace Congress the following year, was among them. Sketches, posters, photographs, documents, drawings, and lithographs created by the painter, dealing with the subject of politics, are now on view at the Willy-Brandt-Haus.
Location: Willy-Brandt-Haus, Wilhelmstrasse 140
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm-6pm, through March 9
Phone: 030 25 99 37 85
More Information: www.willy-brandt-haus.de
Piet Mondrian – Depiction to Picture
Tracing the Dutch artist’s career from his impressionist and cubist beginnings to his post-1920s geometric fascination, this exhibition provides a fantastic look at Mondrian’s life and work, including major projects like the founding of the journal De Stijl, in 1917, and the development of his “Neo-Plasticism” concept.
Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Boll-Platz
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm, through March 30
Phone: 0221 2801
More Information: www.mondrian-in-koeln.de
Andy Warhol – Myths
Uncle Sam, Superman, and Howdy Doody all have two things in common, they’re American icons that Andy Warhol immortalized with silkscreens in a series known as “Myths.” Ten graphic works from the series are on display in this exhibition, as are photographs that document the artist’s process.
Location: NRW-Forum, Ehrenhof 2
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-8pm, Friday until midnight, through April 13
Phone: 0211 89 266 90
More Information: www.nrw-forum.de
Band of Horses
South Carolina rockers bring their sympathetic vocals and epic guitar rhythms to Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm Tuesday night. Tyler Ramsey and Cave Singers open.
Price: €17,50 – €20,80
Location: Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4
Times: Tuesday, March 11, 9pm
Phone: 069 40 58 9520
More Information: www.mousonturm.de/
Royal Tombs of the Scythians – Under the Sign of the Golden Griffin
The Scythians, a nation of powerful, horse-riding nomads, had a knack for turning gold into exquisite objects of beauty. This exhibition features over 6,000 ancient treasures that illustrate the fascinating life of this mysterious tribe.
15.02.2008 – 25.05.2008 – Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
Location: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Steintorplatz
Times: Tuesday – Sunday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-9pm
Phone: 069 7575 5000
More Information: http://www.mkg-hamburg.de/mkg.php/en/home/
Tegan and Sara
The Canadian twins just released their fifth album The Con and it’s full of frisky power-pop moments. Check the ladies out Friday night at Backstage. All-girl rap group Northern State opens.
Location: Backstage, Friedenheimer Brücke 7
Times: Friday, March 7, 8:30pm
Phone: 089 1266 100
More Information: www.backstage089.de/
Rupprecht Geiger – Making Colour the Motif
The Munich artist turned 100 this year, which is one great reason to check out this exhibition at Lenbachhaus this week. His work, with its dazzling bursts of color, is energizing, because as Geiger himself said, “red makes you high.”
Location: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Luisenstrasse 33
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm, through March 30
Phone: 0 89 233 32 00 0
More Information: www.lenbachhaus.de