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.
Location: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Königin-Luise-Strasse 5
Times: Tuesdays, 5pm, April 22 – July 15
Phone: 030 824 060
More Information: www.mpib-berlin.mpg.de
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.
Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7
Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-8pm; through April 21
Phone: 030 254 860
More Information: www.gropiusbau.de
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
More Information: www.jazzahead.de
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.
Location: Museum Ludwig, Bischofsgartenstrasse 1
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through Sunday, April 20
Phone: 0221 205 96 35
More Information: www.museenkoeln.de
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.
Times: Saturday, April 19 – Tuesday, April 29
Phone: 0351 810 7600
More Information: www.tanzwoche.de
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.
Times: Saturday, April 19, 7pm-2am
Phone: 0211 89 22 555
More Information: www.nacht-der-museen.de
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.
Location: Oper Frankfurt, Untermainanlage 11
Times: Monday, April 21, 6pm
Phone: 069 2123 7334
More Information: http://www.oper-frankfurt.de
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.
Location: Portikus, Alte Brücke 2 Maininsel
Times: Saturday, April 19, 3pm
Phone: 069 962 44 540
More Information: www.e-flux.com/shows/view/5336
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.
Location: Galeria Wilma Tolksdorf, Hanauer Landstrasse 136
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-2pm; through April 30
Phone: 069 430 594 27
More Information: www.wilmatolksdorf.de
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.
Location: House of Photography at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Deichtorstrasse 1-2
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Through September 9
Phone: 040 32 10 30
More Information: www.deichtorhallen.de
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.
Times: Thursday, April 17 – Saturday, May 3
More Information: www.muenchenerbiennale.de
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.
Location: Haus der Kunst München, Prinzregentenstr. 1
Times: Monday – Sunday, 10am-8pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm; Through April 20
Phone: 089 21127 157
More Information: www.hausderkunst.de
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.
Times: Wednesday, April 23 – Sunday, April 27
Phone: 0541 21658
More Information: www.emaf.de