What's On In Germany: April 17 - 23

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What's On In Germany: April 17 - 23

This Week's Highlights: Bollywood in Berlin, dance in Dresden and a musical theatre festival in Munich.




Bollywood Film Colloquium

The scientists over at the Max Planck Institute always have their hands full with some interesting type of research. One of their recent projects involves the history of emotions in Indian film. So if you've got a soft spot for Bollywood, head to the institute's Tuesday night colloquium, where classic films, from 1957's "Mother India" to 2006's "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" precede a fascinating discussion lead by a host of experts. All films are shown in their original version, with English subtitles.

Price: Free

Location: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Königin-Luise-Strasse 5

Times: Tuesdays, 5pm, April 22 - July 15

Phone: 030 824 060

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Karl Valentin: Pioneer of Films and Artisan of Media

Known for his rail-thin physique, Bavarian comedian, cabaret artist, author and film producer Karl Valentin, was obsessed with mechanical props which he created himself in his home workshop. He went on to achieve celebrity on stage, launched a film company in 1912, produced "In der Schreinerwerkstätte," Germany's first "non-silent" film, in 1929, and in 1934 set up an unsuccessful museum of curios. An exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau focusing on the various media Valentin used and developed over his lifetime ends Monday.

Price: €5

Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7

Times: Wednesday - Monday, 10am-8pm; through April 21

Phone: 030 254 860

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Much more than your average jazz festival, this four-day event includes workshops, discussions, seminars and exhibitions, in addition to some fantastic concerts. German musicians show their stuff during the German Jazz Meeting, while international stars like Maceo Parker and Marilyn Mazur take the stage at the Evening Concerts and Late-Night Program.

Price: €12.50 - 145

Location: Messe Bremen, Theodor-Heuss-Alle

Times: Thursday, April 17 - Sunday, April 20

Ticket Hotline: 0421 336 699

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Zhou Jun

The images created by Chinese artist Zhou Jun seem to hover above the surface of the page. Infused with the age-old art of calligraphy, 100 of his works hang at Museum Ludwig through Sunday. See them now, before they float away.

Price: €9

Location: Museum Ludwig, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-6pm; through Sunday, April 20

Phone: 0221 205 96 35

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International Dance Week Dresden

Put on your boogie shoes. Dance companies from around the world are about to descend on Dresden for an11-day festival of international dance. Look out for musical theatre performances, film screenings and talks.

Price: €5-15

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 19 - Tuesday, April 29

Phone: 0351 810 7600

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Night of the Museums

Lovers of art and culture unite in Düsseldorf this weekend! Forty museums and galleries fling open their doors until the wee hours of Sunday morning in a festive evening of cultural mayhem. Just one ticket allows entrance into all participating institutions, as well as the special bus that shuttles revellers all around town.

Price: €11

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 19, 7pm-2am

Phone: 0211 89 22 555

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Oper Frankfurt Tours

In the world of performing arts, operas have some of the most dazzling sets. Most people can only get close with a pair of opera glasses. But once a month, Oper Frankfurt leads groups of regular folk backstage where they can get up close and personal with the costumes and scenery and find out how it feels to take centre stage in one of Europe's grand opera houses. Meet at "Opernpforte" on Monday.

Price: €6

Location: Oper Frankfurt, Untermainanlage 11

Times: Monday, April 21, 6pm

Phone: 069 2123 7334

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I Am A Man: Parade with Arto Lindsay and Städelschule Students

Join avant-garde American musician Arto Lindsay Saturday as he leads a parade of Städelschule students, bands, dancers, philosophers and robot dogs around town. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, the parade's theme is Inventing Life, and it culminates in a street festival outside the Museum für Moderne Kunst at 6pm.

Price: Free

Location: Portikus, Alte Brücke 2 Maininsel

Times: Saturday, April 19, 3pm

Phone: 069 962 44 540

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Fifteen Pieces for a Soundscape

How do you see music? One Städelschule architecture class analysed the music of Glenn Gould, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Brian Eno, and came up with the most startling collection of geometric sculptures. See them at Galeria Wilma Tolksdorf through the end of the month.

Price: Free

Location: Galeria Wilma Tolksdorf, Hanauer Landstrasse 136

Times: Tuesday - Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-2pm; through April 30

Phone: 069 430 594 27

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The Oeuvre of F.C. Gundlach

Bold and graphic, F.C. Gundlach's fashion shots from the 1950s to 1980s helped shape the image of women in post-war Germany. Originally published in dozens of magazines, from Film und Frau to Brigitte, an exhibition featuring a vast collection of the photographer's work recently opened at House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

Price: €7

Location: House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Deichtorstrasse 1-2

Times: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm; Through September 9

Phone: 040 32 10 30

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Munich Biennale: International Festival for New Music Theatre

The coolest new opera and musical theatre bring Munich's stages to life these next two weeks. Beginning Thursday, the festival features premieres by by Enno Poppe, Klaus Lang, Carola Bauckholt and Jens Joneleit. Look out for tons of concerts, symposiums and discussions with the artists.

Price: €20

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, April 17 - Saturday, May 3

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The Great Art Exhibition

If you haven't had a chance to go see what Germany's young artists are up to at the Great Art Exhibition, go today, because the fabulously varied array of drawings, paintings and sculptures will be gone on Sunday.

Price: €2-10

Location: Haus der Kunst München, Prinzregentenstr. 1

Times: Monday - Sunday, 10am-8pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; Through April 20

Phone: 089 21127 157

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European Media Art Festival

When they say "media art" they're not only talking films and videos, but multimedia installations and flash animation as well! Hundreds of them. Be sure to catch one of the "club-style" evening events, where DJs collaborate with the crowd on three-dimensional art projects.

Price: €3-35

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, April 23 - Sunday, April 27

Phone: 0541 21658

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