What's on in Germany: September 4 - 10
This Week's Highlights: A triathlon in Cologne, gospel music in Hannover, and salsa in Munich.
Kreuzberg Festival Days
Rides, games, food, and entertainment fill Kreuzberg's Viktoria Park for two whole weeks. Go for a spin on the swings, listen to some country music, or try to win a giant teddy bear!
Location: Viktoria Park
Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3pm-11pm; Wednesday, Sunday, 2pm-11pm; Friday, Saturday, 3pm-12am; through Sunday, September 14
More Information: www.kreuzberger-festliche-tage.de
The Building - E-Flux Video Rental
Four hundred artists, curators, and critics selected 850 works of film and video art to fill a new type of video rental store/screening room. The space opens Sunday with a double feature of films by Lawrence Weiner: Water In Milk Exists and A Bit Of Matter And A Little Bit More. Watch the movies, then sign up for a membership so you can take one home.
Location: Platz Der Vereinten Nationen 14a
Times: Sunday, September 7, 4pm; film screening starts at 6pm; Snöfrid bar opens at 7pm
Phone: 030 28 04 79 73
More Information: www.e-flux.com
The Collections of Barbara Bloom
American artist Barbara Bloom goes beyond the image, examining meanings and relationships among the objects pictured. See her classic installations "The Reign of Narcissism" and "Esprit de l’Escalier" along with new works at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7
Times: Wednesday - Monday, 10am-8pm; through November 9
Phone: 030 25 48 60
More Information: www.gropiusbau.de
Thousands of athletes strut their stuff in Cologne this weekend for the city's annual triathlon. Think you've got what it takes to join them? There's still time to register. Strap on those trainers and go!
Location: Fühlinger See
Times: Saturday, September 6 - Sunday, September 7
More Info: www.koelntriathlon.de
Rheingau Wine Festival
The wine harvest is upon us, and some of Germany's best comes from the region of Rheingau. Sample them at Frankfurt's Fressgasse this week, when thirty vintner stands set up among the zone's restaurants.
Location: Fressgasse, Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse/Opernplatz
Phone: 069 21 23 89 90
Times: Wednesday, September 3 - Friday, September 12, 11am-11pm
More Info: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
Gagarin Records 10th Anniversary Tour
The vinyl-only, Hamburg-based label celebrates ten years of existence with a seven-stop tour. See Pete Um, Ergo Phizmiz, and Echokrank at Mousonturm Wednesday.
Location: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4
Phone: 069 40 58 9520
Times: Wednesday, September 10, 9pm
More Information: www.gagarinrecords.com
Top notch cyclists take over the streets of Hamburg Sunday as the city joins in on the Europe-wide biking event Cyclassics. Go cheer on the professional racers as they kick off from Hamburg's city centre.
Price: Free to watch, €43.50-€53.50 to participate
Location: Hamburg city center
Times: Sunday, September 7; Professional race begins at 11am
More Info: www.vattenfall-cyclassics.de
Gospel Church Festival
Four thousand gospel singers converge on Hannover this weekend for the International Gospel Church Festival, which happens to coincide with the city's Long Night of Churches (September 5). Gospel stars like Tore W. Aas from Norway, Kirk Franklin from the United States, and Germany's own Dieter Falk will all be in town for the festivities.
Price: Free; €36 for Saturday night's gala concert
Times: Friday, September 5 - Sunday September 7
More Information: www.gospelkirchentag.de
Mike Patzeit and Andreas Friedberg
The New York jazz duo brings their saxophone and guitar to the Potting Shed Bar & Kitchen Thursday night. Hear some good music over a burger and beer.
Location: The Potting Shed Bar & Kitchen, Haimhauser Strasse/Occamstrasse 11
Phone: 089 340 77 284
Times: Thursday, September 4, 8pm
More Information: /www.the-potting-shed.de
Bears In The Wild
What do crystal chandeliers and wild bears have in common? Find out Thursday night at the opening of Kristall Villa's photography exhibition.
Location: Kristalvilla, Reifenstuelstrasse 10
Phone: 089 5708 2914
Times: Thursday, September 4; through January 31
More Information: www.kristallvilla.com
Summer Salsa Festival
It's about time you got that salsa step down. Munich's Summer Salsa Festival features dozens of workshops for beginners, to the most hip shaking advanced. Captivating to watch as well.
Location: Löwenbräukeller, Nymphenburgerstr. 2, Am Stiglmaierplatz
Phone: 0172 486 6097
Times: Thursday, September 4 - Sunday, September 7
More Information: www.summersalsafestival.de
The Fantasy Filmfest Munich
Lovers of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, your film festival has arrived. Now in its 25th year, the Fantasy Filmfest features movies from around the world, shown in their original versions.
Location: Cinema, Nymphenburger Strasse 31; City, Sonnenstrasse 12
Phone: 089 55 52 55
More Information: www.fantasyfilmfest.com