What’s on in Germany: April 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: A motocross tournament in Berlin, Portishead in Cologne, and azaleas in Frankfurt.

What's on in Germany: April 3 - 9
'Apassionata' in Cologne: girls love sparkly ponies! -DPA



The Kills

Take an American singer, and a British guitarist and you’ve got a super cute rock duo that as the BBC says, “gets straight to the dirty little point.” Alison “VV” Mosshart and Jamie “Hotel” Hince met in a hotel while both were on tour with different bands. They formed their own band, called it The Kills, and recently set off on a mega world tour in support of their third album, Midnight Boom.

Price: €17,80

Location: Maria am Ostbahnhof, Stralauer Platz, 34/35

Times: Thursday, April 3, 8pm

Phone: 030 21 23 81 90

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Suzuki Night of the Jumps

If terms like “motocross” and “gravity-defying tricks” get you pumped, head to Max-Schmeling-Halle April 5 and 6, for this major international freestyle tournament, where the world’s most daring stunt masters embark on wild rides.

Price: €49

Location: Max-Schmeling-Halle, Am Falkplatz

Times: Friday, April 5, 6pm-11pm and Saturday, April 6, 1pm to 6pm

Phone: 030 44 30 45

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Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art

Saturday kicks off ten weeks of exhibitions, lectures, performances, workshops, concerts, film screenings, and field trips, as the city hosts its fifth Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art. This year’s event features works that respond to the spaces where they are displayed, such as the former margarine factory, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the Mies van der Rohe designed Neue Nationalgalerie, and the expanse of empty lots known as the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. It’s going to be an artful April.

Location: Various

Times: Daily, Saturday, April 5, through Sunday, June 15

Phone: 030 2434 5970

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Apassionata – Grand Voyage

While weaving their way through flames and prancing around sets with names like “Spirit of India,” “Arabian Nights,” and “Sparkling Diamonds,” horses from around the world lead the audience on a “Grand Voyage.” Not to be missed by horse lovers, Apassionata is an exceptional show of equestrian skill.

Price: €19 – 79

Location: Kölnarena, Willy Brandt Platz 1

Times: Friday, April 4, 10pm; Saturday, April 5, 2pm and 7pm

Ticket Hotline: 0221 8020

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The UK trip-hop trio is back, and unleashing songs from their latest album, Third, on audiences across Europe this spring. They take the stage in Cologne on Sunday.

Price: €37,40

Location: Palladium, Schanzenstr. 37

Times: Sunday, April 6, 8pm

Phone: 0221 96790

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Azalea Exhibition at PalmenGarten

Frankfurt’s 50-acre floral paradise, the PalmenGarten, is home to one of the largest greenhouse complexes in the world, an exquisite collection of sub-tropical plants, and through April 13, a fabulous display of azaleas!

Price: €3,50

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Daily, 9am-6pm, through April 13

Phone: 069 2123 39 39

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A Heaven On Earth

The bronze disc with gold inlay, known as the “Sky Disc of Nebra” is 3,600 years old. It’s the most ancient known representation of the cosmos, and one of central Europe’s most important archaeological discoveries. This exhibition presents the exquisite relic, and examines astronomy during the bronze age.

Price: €6

Location: Archäologisches Museum, Karmelitergasse 1

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm, Wednesday, 10am-8pm, through June 1

Phone: 069 2123 58 96

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Alster Jazz Band

This swinging outfit has been bringing New Orleans style jazz to Hamburg for the past 25-years. Their regular jam session at Das Riff is a grand old time.

Location: Das Riff, Kattjahren 1

Times: Tuesday, April 8, 8:30pm

Phone: 040 411 88 99 2

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Hans Arp – Fritz Winter: Dialogue Without Encounter

By comparing the work of German-French avant-garde artist Hans Arp, with the “biomorphic” works of the German artist Fritz Winter, this exhibition attempts to determine how the former influenced modern art. An intriguing exercise indeed.

Price: €9.50, €1 on Sundays

Location: Pinakothek Der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm, Thursday, 10am-8pm, through May 12

Phone: 0892 3805 360

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