What’s On In Germany: April 24 – 30

This Week's Highlights: Museum Nights in Frankfurt and Hamburg, a Dance Party in Dortmund, and Elvis in Berlin!

What's On In Germany: April 24 - 30
Did the King sweat in that? Photo: DPA




The English dandies mark a new genesis in their career with the release of their new album The Hungry Saw. Two days after it hits the racks, they hit the stage at Berlin’s Volksbühne. Like your melancholy with a side of jangle? Be there.

Price: €36

Location: Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Linienstraße 227

Times: Wednesday, April 30, 9pm

Box Office: 030 240 65 777

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Sergeant Elvis Presley in Germany 1958-1960

The King was a superstar on the stage, the screen, and in the army. And he sure looked a lot better in a GI uniform then he did in those white polyester jumpsuits. This exhibition traces the 18 months Elvis spent in Germany from 1958 – 1960, beginning with his arrival in Bremerhaven, and including his training period in Friedberg, and his life as an off-base soldier in Bad Nauheim.

Price: Free

Location: Allied Museum, Clayallee 135

Times: Thursday – Tuesday, 10am-6pm; through May 18

Phone: 030 8181 990

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Cornelia Geiecke – Cologne is a Feeling

Appreciate the architecture, cityscape, and life in general, of Cologne this weekend, with an exhibition at the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum. Cornelia Geiecke’s photographs of the city are stunning.

Price: €4,20

Location: Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Zeughausstrasse 1-3

Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm; Tuesday 10am-8pm; Through May 25

Phone: 0221 22 12 57 89

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Mayday 2008

Party people, the day you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! Mayday. And it’s not about weaving ribbons ’round a pole. Tagged as “the mother of all raves,” this year’s event promises another incredible DJ line-up, including Paul Van Dyk, Seth Vath, and more. Prepare for euphoria.

Price: €46 – 55

Location: Westfalenhalle, Strobelallee 45

Times: Wednesday, April 30, 6pm-9am

Ticket Hotline: 0261 921 5840

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Esslingen Garden Days

Spring is a time for planting, and no where in Germany will you find more ideas and products for the new season of gardening than in Esslingen. The picturesque town, just outside of Stuttgart, features 70 exhibitors on Fischbrunnenplatz for its annual Garden Days event. It’s the perfect time to stock up on fresh herbs, flowers, and garden gnomes.

Price: Free

Location: Fischbrunnenplatz

Times: Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, April 27; 11am-6pm

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Night of the Museums

It’s a great time to be in Frankfurt, because on Friday night, over fifty of the city’s best museums and galleries stay open until after midnight! One ticket gets you into all of the participating locations, from the Archäologisches Museum, to the Zoologischer Garten. Plot your course wisely, and see as many as you can!

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 26; 7pm-2am

Phone: 069 9746 0555

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Long Night of Museums

Hamburg wasn’t about to let Frankfurt have all the fun. The northern city’s museums and galleries will also be open late into the night on Saturday. Lots of cultural events too. Check out David La Chappelle’s documentary film, Rize at the Museum für Völkerkunde, and Brazilian music at Kunsttreppe.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, April 26, 6pm-2am

Phone: 040 428 1310

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Hamburg Marathon

Baby you were born to run. Strap on those trainers and join the 10,000 plus participants who will be sprinting their way along the River Elbe, around Aussenalster Lake, and past some of the city’s most stunning sites this weekend. Or, find yourself a peaceful spot on the sidelines and cheer them on.

Location: Various

Times: Sunday, April 27, 8:30am

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Sporting Events:

BMW Open by FWU AG 2008 – 93rd International Tennis Championships of Bavaria

Munich’s outdoor, clay court tennis tournament prides itself on a casual nature that allows spectators to mingle with the pros. Defending Champion Philipp Kohlschreiber joins Tommy Haas, Richard Gasquet, Fernando Gonzales, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and a host of other international players at this year’s event.

Price: Various

Location: MTTC Iphitos, Aumeisterweg 10

Times: Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, May 4; most rounds start at noon

Phone: 089 32 20 90

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May Dult

This weekend, the people of Munich will converge on Mariahilfplatz to see what treasures they can unearth from the piles of junk at Maidult. It’s Europe’s largest market for tableware, pots, and pans, and has been happening since the Middle Ages.

Price: Free

Location: Mariahilfplatz

Times: Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, May 4

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Koen Vanmechelen – The Cosmopolitan Chicken Project / Ten Generations

Interested in chickens? You might want to check out this fowl exhibition which brings up issues like cloning, genetic manipulation, globalisation, and multiraciality by focusing on the cross-breading of different type of chickens from all over the world, with the ultimate goal of forming a super-hybrid chicken. Strange? Yes. Fascinating? That too.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie k4, Klenzestr. 4

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 2pm-7pm; Saturday, 1pm-5pm; through Saturday, April 26

Phone: 089 237 099 77

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