What's on in Germany: March 27 - April 2

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What's on in Germany: March 27 - April 2

This Week's Highlights: Berlin's got a new art gallery, Frankfurt's celebrating spring, and Germany's littlest giraffe turns two-months-old.




Long Night of Shopping

Shopaholics, your favorite night of the year has arrived. We may lose an hour of sleep Saturday night as the clocks "spring ahead," but we gain many hours of shopping! Over 200 shopping, dining and entertainment establishments around fashionable Kurfürstendamm, keep their doors open, and their cash registers unlocked until the clock strikes midnight.

Location: The Kurfürstendamm

Times: Saturday, March 29, until midnight

Phone: 030 26 55 56 41

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Merry Karnowsky Gallery

The pioneering Los Angeles gallery has been showing "Pop Surrealism" and "Lowbrow Art" for over ten years. Now they're setting up shop in Berlin. The inaugural exhibition opens Saturday with works by American artists like Miss Van, European artists like Viktor Safonkin, and Japanese artists like Junko Mizuno.

Price: Free

Location: Torstrasse 175

Times: Saturday, March 29, 7pm-10pm

Phone: 030 2850 3072

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Sandstein & Musik

The city is about to be awash with romance, because that's the theme of this year's Sandstein & Musik Festival. Now in it's 16th year, the festival brings chamber and orchestral concerts to Dresden's loveliest venues. Ever seen a brass quartet play among rock formations? Now's your chance.

Price: €10-26

Location: Various

Times: Thursday - Sunday; March 29 - December 6

Phone: 03501 44 65 72

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Paula Modersohn-Becker

The early 20th century artist had a unique style inspired by the 2000-year-old art of Egyptian mummy painting. This exhibition brings together a range of her portraits, and self-portraits that span her career.

Price: €6-9

Location: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; First Fridays, 10am-10pm, through June 15

Phone: 0221 221 26165

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Spring Dippe Fair

A gigantic display of fireworks kicks off this open-air event which celebrates the end of winter. From its 14th century origins, the Frankfurt festival has evolved into one of Germany's most popular fun fairs. With the trees beginning to blossom, it's a fine time to raise a glass of apple wine, then have a spin on the roller coaster. Or vice versa.

Price: Free

Location: Festplatz am Ratsweg

Times: Monday - Thursday, 2pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 2pm-12am; through April 6

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Tuesday Night Skate

Thousands of helmeted, knee-padded inline skaters take to the streets of Frankfurt every Tuesday, starting April 1. This year marks the group's ten year anniversary, so spirits are sure to be soaring. Just make sure you can brake and turn properly before jumping into the mass.

Price: Free

Location: Deutschherrenufer

Times: Tuesday, April 1, 8:30pm

Phone: 069 622 703

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Family Afternoon At Das Klingende Museum

Bring the kids (aged 5 to 7 years) to Das Klingende Museum Saturday afternoon where they can learn everything they ever wanted to know about the bassoon, the harp, and more fascinating musical instruments. Under the guidance of the experts, they'll also have the chance to try some of them out.

Price: €3-6

Location: Das Klingende Museum Hamburg, Dammtorwall 46

Times: Saturday, March 29, 2pm and 3:30pm

Phone: 040 35 75 23 44

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Hamburg Boat Cruise

It's time to start scraping off the barnacles and washing down the decks because the boating season is afoot. If you don't have one of your own, just hop aboard one of the steamers that ply Hamburg's waterways. A river cruise is one of the loveliest ways to appreciate the beautiful buildings that line the banks of the Alster, and its many canals.

Price: €1.30-8.50

Location: Jungfernstieg Pier

Times: Daily, 10am-6pm; through October 5; departs half-hourly

Phone: 040 35 74 240

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Time Warp

Dance parties, workshops, film screenings, and art exhibitions are all happening in Mannheim this week as Time Warp, the International Festival for Now Music and Media Arts rolls into town. Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, Alter Ego, and more man the turntables at the closing party on April 5. Shuttle buses start running at 5am, so you can shake it all night long.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, March 29 - Saturday, April 5

Phone: 0621 18 191919

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The Whitest Boy Alive

Berlin's indie darlings bring their mellow, yet addictive disco, to Bavaria Friday night. What started as an electronic dance music group five years ago has evolved into something sublimely sophisticated.

Price: €16

Location: 59:1, Sonnenstrasse 27

Times: Friday, March 28, 10pm

Phone: 089 2420 5716

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John Scofield

Since the seventies, the guitarist has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Medeski, Martin & Wood. He has released over 30 albums as a leader, and is considered one of the masters of his instrument. This Wednesday Sco brings his fierce brand of funk/jazz to the intimate confines of Munich's Bayerischer Hof.

Price: €28

Location: Bayerischer Hof, Promenadeplatz 2-6

Times: Wednesday, April 2, 9pm

Phone: 089 21 20 994

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Verzaubert Queer Film Festival

Savage Grace, featuring Julianne Moore, opens the Verzaubert Queer Film Festival Wednesday night. Sixty new films dealing with gay and lesbian issues, as well as 1970s classics like The Idol and Best of Lezsploitation, show first at Munich's City & Atelier Cinema, then continue on to Frankfurt, Cologne, and Berlin.

Price: €5.50-8

Location: City & Atelier Cinema, Sonnenstrasse 12

Times: Wednesday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 9

Phone: 089 59 19 18

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Tierpark Hellabrunn

Baby Isabel, Germany's tiniest giraffe turns two-months-old Tuesday, making it a great day for a visit (no presents please). Don't be surprised if she's bigger than you expected. Baby giraffes grow fast! Founded in 1911, Tierpark Hellabrunn was the world's first geo-zoo, a zoo which mimics the animals' natural habitat. Aside from Isabel, some of the zoo's highlights include a bat cave called Villa Dracula, free roaming squirrel monkeys, and a jungle tent.

Price: €4.50-9

Location: Tierpark Hellabrunn, Tierparkstrasse 30

Times: Daily, 8am-6pm

Phone: 08962 5080

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