What’s On In Germany: May 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Berlin's Open-Air Cinema, a Documentary Film Festival In Munich, and Afro-Cuban jazz in Stuttgart!

What's On In Germany: May 1 - 7



Open Air Cinema Kreuzberg

Bring a blanket, a bottle, and someone to cozy up to. As dusk turns to dark, the screen lights up at Freiluftkino, near Kotbusser Tor. Each night recent films like The Darjeeling Limited, The Kite Runner, and No Country For Old Men, are shown in their original version with German subtitles. And since most of the German films include English subtitles, everybody’s happy.

Price: €6, €27.50 for five shows, €50 for ten shows

Location: Freiluftkino, in the Künstlerhaus Bethanien courtyard, Mariannenplatz

Times: Daily, 9:30pm, through June 1

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Qatar Telecom German Open

Will defending champion Ana Ivanovic be able to hold on to her title? Tough to say, the Serbian tennis ace is up against some pretty strong competition at this year’s Qatar Telecom German Open. Since 1979, the world’s top female tennis players have been converging on Berlin for the exciting event.

Price: €15 – 270

Location: LTTC “Rot-Weiss” e.V., Gottfried-von-Cramm-Weg 47-55

Times: Monday, May 5 – Sunday, May 11

Phone: 030 89 57 55 20

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The Badeschiff, Berlin’s swimming pool in the Spree, takes its winter cover off this weekend. Don your suit and goggles and take the plunge.

Price: €3

Location: Badeschiff, Arena Berlin, Eichenstrasse 4

Times: Saturday, May 3, from 8pm

Phone: 0178 95 00 163

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Mark Knopfler

The Scottish guitarist formed a little band called Dire Straits in the mid-1970s, and showed the world that he could “play the guitar on the MTV.” Ranked number 27 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” he went it alone just over ten years ago, and released his fifth solo album Kill To Get Crimson, last fall. Watch him heat up Festhalle Sunday night.

Price: €50 – 70

Location: Festhalle Frankfurt

Times: Sunday, May 4, 8pm

Phone: 069 92 00 92 13

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All-Inclusive: A Tourist World

We all like a little jaunt now and then. Add it all up and what it comes down to is a culture steeped in a phenomenon called tourism. If notions of “global communication,” and migration peak your interest, check out “All-Inclusive: A Tourist World” at Schirn Kunsthalle before it ends Sunday, and all those images of airplanes and sunbathers are just a distant memory.

Price: €8

Location: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Römerberg

Times: Tuesday, Friday – Sunday, 10am-7pm; Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-10pm; through May 4

Phone: 069 299 8820

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Sporting Events:

German Jumping & Dressage Derby

A day at the races is always a refined affair, but how about a day at the “world’s most difficult jumping course?” Better get out that Ted Baker suit. The top horses and riders the world over, bring their skills to Hamburg’s Derby Park this weekend, for one spectacular event!

Price: €5 – 140

Location: Derby Park

Times: Thursday, May 1 – Sunday, May 4

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Omar Sosa

Musicians from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and France all played a part in the creation of Omar Sosa’s new album Afreecanos. His gig Tuesday at Fabrik is sure to be one rollicking event.

Price: €20

Location: Fabrik, Barnerstr. 36

Times: Tuesday, May 6, 9pm

Phone: 040 391070

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Bildarchive 5: Lorenza Lucchi Basili

If you haven’t checked out the “huge, former cotton spinning mill complex extending over 70,000 square meters of active surface, distributed in 23 distinct buildings,” known as Spinnerei yet, do it this weekend. Italian photographer Lorenza Lucchi Basili spent a month-long residency in the place and came up with a rather interesting exhibition.

Price: Free

Location: Spinnerei Archiv Massive, Spinnereistr. 7, Building 20 (A)

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 6pm; through September 16

Phone: 0341 47 84 141

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DOK.FEST International Documentary Film Festival Munich

A famous French actress’s autistic sister, the year-long process of creating a Steinway grand piano, and a journey down the Yangtze river are just a few of the fascinating topics explored at this year’s DOK.FEST. It’s a week full of screenings of the past year’s most exceptional documentary films, so be prepared for a moving night out at the movies.

Price: €7; festival pass €70

Location: Gasteig, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

Times: Thursday, May 1 – Wednesday, May 7

Phone: 0894 80 980

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Munich Blade Night

Munich is a city for walking, biking, and above all… inline skating. On Monday nights at least. From now until September, kick off the week with that mass of spirited skaters you might’ve seen rolling through town each Monday. The organizers mix things up by plotting out five different routes around the lovely Bavarian capital.

Price: Free

Location: Gasthaus Alte Messe, Theresienhöhe 15

Times: Mondays, 9pm; through August

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Roberto Fonseca

The Cuban pianist has played with legends like Rubén González, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo, making for an impressive pedigree. If you’ve got a thing for Afro-Cuban jazz mixed with soul and traditional Cuban music, check him out Friday night at Stuttgart’s Theaterhaus where he’ll heat up the space with new tunes from his latest album Zamazu.

Price: €22.34

Location: Theaterhaus, Siemensstr. 11

Times: Friday, May 2, 8pm

Phone: 071 140 207 20

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