What’s on in Germany: September 25-October 1

What's on in Germany: September 25-October 1
Deborah Colker's 'Rota' dance performance in Düsseldorf. Photo: DPA




From a serene image of bathing beauties in the 1930s, to a 1964 shot of a snakeskin-clad Veruschka tying up a rhinoceros, this exhibition provides an overview of how fashion photography has developed over the last century. Over 250 works by 65 photographers like Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Man Ray, Lee Miller, and Steven Meisel are on view.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Camera Work, Kantstrasse 149

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm; through November 15

Phone: 030 31 00 773

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Ensemble UnitedBerlin

The Ensemble UnitedBerlin performs works by Lebanese, Slovenian, Jordanien, Israeli, Azerbaijani, and Palestinian composers Saturday night, followed by a set of traditional Arabian music played by Cologne-based Ensemble Sidare.

Price: €9

Location: Haus 13/Pfefferberg, Schönhauser Allee 176

Times: Saturday, September 27, 8pm

Phone: 030 505 93 400

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Laugh Olympics

When’s the last time you had a good laugh? The English speaking comedy troupe Laugh Olympics kicks off a season of funny antics and jokes Saturday night. Giggle ’til it hurts.

Price: €10

Location: Kookaburra Comedy Club, Schönhauser Allee 184

Times: Saturday, September 27, 11:30pm

Phone: 0173 649 0106

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Iraq – The Space Between

Women cloaked in black. Soldiers in desert fatiques. Empty playgrounds, dusty landscapes. Evidence of violence is everywhere, but an eerie aura of calm pervades. “It describes the gap between different peoples and cultures in Iraq,” says Christoph Bangert about his book Iraq – The Space Between. Meet the photographer Friday night at the exhibition opening.

Price: Free

Location: Laif Photo Gallery, Merowingerstrasse 5-7

Times: Opens Friday, September 26, 7:30 pm; Regular hours are daily, 12pm-5pm; through October 5.

Ticket Hotline: 0221 272 260

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Deborah Colker Dance Company

Incorporating classical ballet, 1950s Broadway, and dynamic symmetrical sequences, the Brazilian choreographer’s magical piece “ROTA” comes to Düsseldorf as part of the Altstadtherbst Kulturfestival. Attend a performance, and witness eight dancers moving together on a massive rotating wheel.

Price: €19 – 36

Location: Theaterzelt, Burgplatz

Times: Wednesday, September 24 – Saturday, September 27, 8pm

Ticket Hotline: 0211 617 0617

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Palmengarten Autumn Festival

Carve a pumpkin among an autumn wonderland of sunflowers and gladiolas this Saturday as the Frankfurt Palmengarten hosts its annual Herbstfest. Music, seasonal refreshments, and vendors selling local products add to the spirited atmosphere.

Price: Free

Location: Frankfurt Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Saturday, September 27, 2pm-7:30pm

Phone: 069 2123 6689

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Barrelhouse Jazz Party

Gustl Mayer’s Jazz Stampede, Frank Muschalle Boogie Trio, Hot Four Creole Jazzband and the infamous Barrelhouse Jazz Band bring their down home American blues to the Frankfurt Opera House Saturday night.

Price: €25 – 43

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1

Times: Saturday, September 27, 8pm

Phone: 069 1340 400

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Laughing flowers will be blooming all over Frankfurt’s Museum for Modern Art starting Friday when Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami’s celebrated exhibition opens. Three floors feature 130 of the artist’s colourful paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos.

Price: €7

Location: Museum für Moderne Kunst, Domstrasse 10

Times: Opens Friday, September 26, 7pm; Regular hours, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-8pm; Through April 1, 2009

Phone: 069 212 304 47

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The Kitchenettes

These three Swiss damsels belt out catchy love songs like a 1960s soul-pop trio. Check them out Sunday night at Hamburg’s Molotow Club.

Price: €10

Location: Molotow Club, Spielbudenplatz 5

Times: Sunday, September 28, 8pm

Phone: 040 430 1110

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Hamburg Film Festival

This year’s festival features sections devoted to Portugal and France. Sensational cinematic gems are shown in their original language, with either English or German subtitles. Lots of great flicks for the kids too including “31 Minutes, The Movie,” based on the popular South American TV series, “The Paper Prince,” from Serbia, and “Butterflies” from Sweden.

Price: €3,50 – 8,50

Location: Various Cinemas in Hamburg

Times: Thursday, September 25 – Thursday, October 2

Phone: 040 399 19 000

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Walt Disney’s Wonderful World and its Roots in European Art

By showcasing classic scenes from Disney movies like Fantasia and Alice in Wonderland alongside works by German Romantics and French Symbolists such as Henri Rousseau and Heinrich Kley, this exhibition explores Walt’s early avenues of inspiration, and reveals how deeply rooted in European art they were.

Price: €10

Location: Kunsthalle Munich of the Hypo-Foundation for Culture, Theatinerstrasse 8

Times: Daily 10am-8pm; through January 25, 2009

Phone: 089 22 44 12

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